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Howard Sterling Co. "Josephine" Sardine Server, Fancy, Pierced
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3133dd   $75.00


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Many of Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Silver Company's patterns were absorbed by Rogers Williams Silver which in turned merged with Mauser to form the Mount Vernon Co., itself finally taken over by Gorham.

The trail of the numerous patterns produced under these various nameplates can be intricate, but that is not the case with this 5 3/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., "Josephine" sardine fork which bears the earliest Howard Co. "H, four leaf clover, L" emblem, along with the word... Click for details

Bigelow, Kennard, Boston, Bright Cut Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3132f   On Hold


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A relatively large item at 9" long, and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this berry or other serving spoon traces to Boston, circa 1870. It is marked for that city's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." and "Sterling."

It has a plum-shaped bowl that measures 3 1/4" by 1 7/8" at the widest by 1/2" deep, a "Reverse Tipt," upturned handle, and intricate diamond cut bright work, all of which are characteristic of a New England regional style that was produced the third quarter of the 19th century.

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Three Rhoads & Four Zahm, Lancaster, Pa., "Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3131dd   $95.00


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Dating c. 1860, these seven, coin silver, "Tipt End" teaspoons fall into two groups.

Three were made by Gorham, marked lion, anchor, G, and have feathered script "SC" monograms. They measure 6" long each, while the set weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz. They carry the retail name "Rhoads," for Charles G. Rhoads of Lancaster, Pennsylvannia.

The second set is also coin silver, and comprised of four spoons, 5 7/16" long, approximately 2.3 T. oz. collectively, with feathered script "SST"... Click for details

International "Frontenac" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork, Old, No Mono
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3130dd   $115.00


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Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this sardine fork is an early production example of International's 1903 Art Nouveau style "Frontenac."

It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of old production pieces.

There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.

It is in superb condition, indicating it has had little to no... Click for details

Tiffany "Vine" (Gourd) Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter, Choice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3129f   $265.00


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Dating from 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.

It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks. The... Click for details

Fine Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Felix Lefevre
Silver : Coin Silver

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20170604-04   $37.50


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Offered is a rare example of the work and maker's mark of Jean-Felix LeFevre (1780 - 1813), silversmith of Philadelphia. This piece measures about 6 1/16 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. This piece has a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram, perhaps of "CF". Condition is very good, with no dents, splits or repairs and only moderate surface wear from normal use. This piece should date to around 1800-13. All in all a good example of this interesting... Click for details

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Excellent Gorham Medallion Pattern Master Butter Knife, Jupiter (Zeus)
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170604-03   $75.00

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Offered is a very good American sterling silver medallion pattern master butter knife by Gorham, featuring a medallion of a crowned deity - presumably Zeus (Jupiter) as other pieces in Gorham's medallion pattern represent other gods, but only one has a crown. This particular medallion seems to be uncommon. This piece is about 7 inches in length and weighs about 52 grams. Condition is good overall, with surface wear consistent with its age, and no dents, splits or repairs. There are two very... Click for details

Fine Large Alexandria, Virginia Coin Silver Tablespoon by John Adam
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20170604-02   $65.00


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Offered is a fine Southern coin silver table spoon by noted Alexandria, Virginia and Georgetown, DC silversmith John Adam (1775-1848), who was active as a silversmith from about 1796 into the 1840s. This piece by style should date to about 1825-40, but could be a few years earlier or later. It is engraved with a period script "R" monogram. This piece also has a well-struck maker's mark of I.ADAM. in roman capitals in a rectangle. This tablespoon measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and... Click for details

Fine Set of 7 Sheaf of Wheat Pattern Teaspoons - Samuel C. Brown c1824
Silver : Coin Silver

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20170604-01   $145.00


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Offered is a very fine and scarce set of seven early American coin silver teaspoons in the sheaf of wheat pattern by New York City silversmith and watchmaker Samuel C. Brown, who appears in directories between 1824 and 1839. He may also have worked a bit earlier and a bit later. These spoons probably date to the earlier part of Mr. Brown's career, judging by style, but they are overall in quite good condition, given they are likely almost 200 years old! Three or four of the spoons are in... Click for details

E. & D. Kinsey, Cincinnati, Twist Handle Coin Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3128f   $95.00


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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61).

It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded end shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front.

It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script.

It is in excellent condition. The detail remains well-defined, showing minimal evidence of... Click for details

Wallace "Washington" All Sterling Hooded Asparagus Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3127dd   $185.00


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Dating from 1911, Wallace's "Washington" exhibits the straightforward clarity of design that characterizes its Colonial Revival period, resembling in its directness of line, such other stalwarts of the age as Durgin's "Fairfax" and Towle's "Mary Chilton."

This example is a scarce, all sterling silver, asparagus server.

Measuring 9 3/4" long overall, and weighing 3.6 T. oz., it has a hollow, not filled, handle, and quite unusual for its time, a solid silver, 4" by 3 5/8", blade. Most... Click for details

Christian Wiltberger circa 1800 Coin Silver Teaspoon, One of Three
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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3126f   $32.00


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A well-known name among 18th century Philadelphia silversmiths, (John) Christian Wiltberger's (1767-1851) working years extended until 1819 according to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths."

This 6" long, .6 T. oz., teaspoon bears his characteristic stamp on the backside.

It has a slightly down turned, "Reverse Tipt" handle, and an exposed drop on the bowl backside.

There is a very fancy, feathered script "MK" monogram on the handle front.

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Whiting "Ivy" No. 39 Sterling Silver Open Work Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3124f   $165.00


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The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1870, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.

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Durgin "Bead" Pierced Bowl Sterling Silver Pea Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3123dd   $120.00


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Large at 8 9/16" long, and weighty at over 3.1 T. oz., this pea spoon has a generously scaled, round, 3" diameter, 7/8" deep, bowl. This has intricate scroll and bell flower piercing and a gold finish on both sides.

Made by Durgin, the pattern is "Bead," which was introduced in 1893.

The design incorporates a beaded border on the handle, which has a tipt end on the slightly upturned front and a plain end on the back.

There is an Old English "H" monogram.

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Gorham "Josephine" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3122f   $90.00


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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel.

The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal... Click for details

Heavy Crested Georgian Fiddlethread and Shell Master Salt Spoon c1830
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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20170601-03   $25.00


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Offered is a good heavy Georgian sterling silver master salt spoon bearing London hallmarks for 1830 and a maker's mark of "WE", probably for William Eaton. This piece is engraved with a period armorial of a mailed? arm grasping what appears to be a riding crop. This master salt spoon is heavy and large, measuring about 4 1/2 inches in length and weighing about 28 grams. Condition is fairly good, with some surface wear from a century and a half of use, but no dents, splits or repairs. There... Click for details

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