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Gorham 1888 "Versailles" Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
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3138f   $110.00


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An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flange edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back sides... Click for details

Gorham "Maryland" Solid Sterling Silver Saratoga Chip Server
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3137dd   $185.00


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Extravagant items, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by massive, pierced, scoop bowls, which is the case with this example made by Gorham.

The piece measures 8 1/2" long overall and weighs 2.4 T. oz. The scoop itself is 4 1/4" by 3 1/4" by 5/8" deep.

The pattern, "Maryland," dates from the late 19th century, and features design elements including scrolls, acanthus leaves, and a spray of roses. The acanthus leaf detail extends onto the flange shoulders of the bowl, which also has... Click for details

Gorham "588" Sterling Silver 19th Century Bonbonniere
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3136f   $165.00


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Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large.

The form was popular in the late 19th century, and no company was more successful in producing impressive examples than Gorham. This example is model number "588" offered by that firm.

It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.

It is cast rather than die struck, as these forms generally were. Casting allows for the introduction of more intricate detail and... Click for details

Three Rhoads & Four Zahm, Lancaster, Pa., "Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoons
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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
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3130dd   $95.00


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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
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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

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Fine Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Felix Lefevre
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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

Wallace "Washington" All Sterling Hooded Asparagus Server
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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

Whiting "Ivy Leaf" No. 39 Sterling Silver Open Work Cream Ladle
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3124f   $145.00


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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.

It is model number "39" according... Click for details

Durgin "Bead" Pierced Bowl Sterling Silver Pea Spoon
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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
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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.

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Joseph Seymour "Duchess" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
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3118f   $115.00


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Syracuse, New York, was a major silver manufacturing center in the mid to late 19th century. Joseph Seymour, the maker of this 8 1/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon, was one of the most prominent names among that city's firms, with a history that began in 1846, terminating in 1905.

An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to... Click for details

Gorham Old "Medici" Sterling Silver Large Carving Knife and Fork
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3115f   $120.00


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This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4".

The pattern is Gorham's old "Medici," which is an intricate design that features Renaissance period figures, including in this instance a woman carrying a bundle of fruit in her skirt, as well as satyr and gryphon images

These are particularly early examples, marked "lion, anchor, G,"... Click for details

Gorham "Ivy" Sterling Silver Five O'Clock Spoon, One of Three
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3112f   $18.00


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Classified as Egyptian Revival in style in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

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Peter Krider, Philadelphia, "Kings" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
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3111f   $70.00


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Marked only "Sterling," this circa 1865 "Kings" pattern is readily identified. Among other features, it incorporates a rosette in the design, which was a detail particular to Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, later Krider & Biddle.

This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider.

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Robbins, Clark & Biddle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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3106f   $165.00


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This substantial-sized, 9 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., piece bespeaks its 19th century Philadelphia origins.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade. There are two round bottom vees with... Click for details

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