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Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Berry Spoon, George Webb Retailer
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3072f   $68.00

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Gorham's "Grecian" was an early line pattern in the history of that company, patented in 1861, as indicated by the stamp on the reverse of this 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon.

Other marks include a "lion, anchor, G," and the name of the retailer, Baltimore's "Geo. Webb & Co."

The design incorporates a large, fan-like, anthemion end attached to a tubular handle. The backside of the anthemion is plain with a leafy border, and never monogrammed.

The bowl is melon... Click for details

Sharp for Tiffany "Ball End" Sterling Silver Long Salad Serving Set

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3070f   $565.00

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This salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing.

Made by George Sharp of Philadelphia, they are stamped with his "lion, S, lion" emblem, as well as "Tiffany & Co.," who would have retailed this pair about the mid 1860s. Presumably they are sterling rather than coin silver, given that Tiffany early on required this.

They are exceptionally large items, with the fork measuring 10 3/4" long and... Click for details

Paul Bang Danish Modern Sterling Silver Pastry Server
Silver : Sterling

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3066f   $135.00

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Biographical information for Danish silversmith Paul Bang is difficult to unearth, although one online source lists his working dates 1935-80.

He evidently designed a considerable amount of quality jewelry, and less so, flat and holloware, based on the ratio of what internet searches yield.

Although not identified as a worker for Georg Jensen, his name frequently seems to surface in conjunction with that renowned maker. His work is decidedly Danish Modern, in a Jensenesque manner. ... Click for details

George Adams (Chawner & Co.) "Kings" 1852 Sterling Youth Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3062f   $40.00

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Larger than a teaspoon at 6 3/8" long, and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this piece is the size of a youth spoon. Apparently, it was originally presented to "Agnes" whose name is engraved sideways in script on the handle.

It is an English, Victorian era item, fully hallmarked for George Adams of London, with a date letter for 1852. Chawner was of the Firm Chawner & Co., which reference work "Jackson's Hallmarks" describes as "the most important [English] mid 19th century firm of spoon... Click for details

Gorham "Fontainebleau" Eight Matched Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3056f   $160.00

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Each of these eight teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy, with the set weighing 6.8 T. oz.

Issued by Gorham in 1882, the pattern is "Fontainebleau," which is a design that features characters from the French Court of Francis I (see image 2 for all the figures). The specific image on these is a woman garbed in a bustled dress, carrying a kettle in one hand and supporting a large cup or mug in the other.

These are early examples, all marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor,... Click for details

Tiffany "Japanese" Sterling Silver Jelly Spoon, Old & Original
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3053f   $335.00

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An early example of Tiffany's "Japanese," to be distinguished from the later reissue "Audubon," this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "M," and "Pat. 1871."

The handle is upraised, has a satin finish front and back, and protruding knobs on the sides, all of which are distinguishing features between "Japanese" and "Audubon."

This piece is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems... Click for details

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Towle "No. 50" Engraved Boxed Set Sterling Silver Ladle and Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3052f   This item is currently being auctioned

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Towle produced numerous bright cut engraved patterns in the late 19th century, some of which were named and others identified only by number.

These two items, a large, 5 1/4" long, pair of tongs, and a 5 7/8" long cream ladle, each piece weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., are examples of "Number 50."

They were a presentation set, packaged in a purple colored velvet clad box, with a pale blue satin interior. There is a trade sticker on the underside that identifies this as retailed by "Myers... Click for details

Langlands & Robertson Newcastle Six Picture Back Sterling Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3051f   $125.00

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Arising during the rococo period, English "picture (fancy) back" silver encompassed many designs.

This image is one of six, matching pieces made by the partnership of John Langlands & John Robertson of Newcastle, each one of which features a stylized shell with foliate elements.

They measure 5" long each and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the lot., and have down turned, reverse tipt, "Old English" handles with exposed drops.

The fronts have a feathered script "JML" monogram.

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Tiffany "Lap Over Edge" Acid Etched Extra Large Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3049f   $385.00

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Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among exotic designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied elements. This pair of tongs are acid etched, showing a leaf and vine design on one arm and clover blossom and leaves on the other.

The work is intricate, precise, and artfully expressed. The etching wraps around the edges of the handle, which feature lends the pattern... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Trianon Pierced" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3048f   $35.00

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A late 19th century pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

It is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves and flowers, all under a rococo mantle and set in moderately high relief.

There were two versions, one with a solid background and one pierced. This 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork is the latter.

It was never monogrammed or inscribed, and is in very fine condition. It has a warm finish, retains... Click for details

Gorham Mixed Metal Number 385 Aesthetic Dish Dating 1881 (A)
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3043f   $345.00

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A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the... Click for details

Wallace "Peony" Art Nouveau Intaglio Sterling Silver Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3039f   $110.00

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Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is an 8 1/4" long, and consistent with the line, weighty at nearly 2.8 T. oz., medium sized cold meat fork. The serving end has four straight tines.

The handle is inscribed with a feathered script "M"... Click for details

Tiffany "Georgian" Style 1902 Sterling Silver Footed Master Salt
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3036f   $52.00

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Stamped "Tiffany & Co. Makers," "Sterling Silver," "925-1000," and with a lower case "m," this master salt was put into production in 1902 as indicated by the model number "15251."

This was a period when Tiffany made reproduction items or designs inspired by older, especially English Georgian, holloware, and that is the case with this piece. It is round, cauldron shaped, and stands on three pad feet with acanthus leaf sprays where the legs are attached.

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Early (c. 1760-80) Coin Silver Spoon with Maker's Mark BB (Perhaps)
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20170311-24   $27.50

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Offered is a very early early (circa 1760-80) American coin silver tea or coffee spoon that appears to have a maker's mark of BB, for which there would be several candidates. This piece measures about 4 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. This spoon has some condition issues in that there is a fissure on the front stem from the stress of where the maker's mark was struck, and the spoon has been buffed. There are also some planishing marks visible on the end of the underside of the... Click for details

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by Samuel A. Mansfield
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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20170311-21   $32.50

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Offered is a very good American coin silver dessert spoon bearing the maker's mark or retailer's mark of Samuel A. Mansfield (born 1826 in Delaware, died 1907 in Philadelphia), who probably apprenticed under Thomas Megear of Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, and who was living with Megear in 1850. This spoon may date to around that period as the STANDARD mark used on this spoon is from a die owned by Megear. Mansfield later moved in with his brother and was working as a watchmaker, silversmith,... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by John Fries
Silver : Coin Silver

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20170311-20   $30.00

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Offered is a good American coin silver dessert spoon bearing the maker's mark of John Fries, working circa the 1830s through about 1858. This dessert spoon measures about 7 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. This piece has good clear marks and a period engraved script "HPS" monogram. Condition is very good overall, with no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a good useful piece of Philadelphia coin silver in a desirable size!

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