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Chicago 1893 Columbain Exposition "Isabella" Sterling Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2703f   $35.00


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Produced by the "Columbian Souvenir Manufacturing Company," as indicated by the "CS" emblem imprinted on backside, this spoon measures 5 11/16" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. Other marks include "Sterling" and "Pat. 1893."

A literally monumental event, this exposition generated a seemingly endless array of souvenir items such as this piece. It features the two significant figures associated with this event, namely the Spanish queen "Isabella," and "Columbus" himself.

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Serving fork by Arthur Stone
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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5242   $180.00


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Journeyman Erickson. Two tines, pointed end. Length 9-1/4".Weight 2.6 troy ounces. Monogram REH in cut-cornered rectangle on top of handle. Overall and mark condition excellent.

Pair of 12" candlesticks by Kalo
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5241   $4,860.00


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Marked HAND WROUGHT AT THE KALO SHOP. Bobeches are attached(not separate). No monogram. Height 12".Weight 24 troy ounces. Overall and mark condition are excellent

Gorham "Rampant Lion" No. 610 Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2701f   $345.00


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A numbered design, specifically "610," rather than a standard line pattern, this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection (see image three for 1892 catalogue image and identification) spoon, was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

It has regal iconography.

The tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle, just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in... Click for details

Wallace "Kings" Large Shell Bowl Sterling Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2698f   $115.00


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A lengthy piece at 9 3/16", and weighing nearly 2.6 T. oz., this spoon has an exceptionally large bowl. Shell form and with a satin gold wash, it is 3 3/4" long by 2 3/4" at the widest, and probably was made as a vegetable or salad server.

The pattern is Wallace's version of "Kings," issued in 1903, and encompasses all the traditional elements of a design derived from English antecedents. The pattern appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, with the front having a convex... Click for details

Lovely Ornate Cast Georgian English Sterling Wine Label Circa 1807
Silver : Sterling

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20160414-02   $95.00


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Offered is a fine Georgian English sterling silver wine label or bottle ticket in the "two putti" style, first introduced by Sandilands Drinkwater in the mid-18th Century, and widely copied by 18th and 19th Century specialist label makers thereafter. This piece is hallmarked for 1807, and the maker's mark of J.A may be for Joseph Angell. This piece measures about 2 3/8 inches across and weighs about 28 grams. Condition is very good, although a couple of links in the chain indicate they may be... Click for details

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Rare Mark, P.L. Taylor & Jones, "Tipt End" Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2697f   $42.00


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Multiple sources list silversmith and merchant Pardon L. Taylor, as born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1824, and working in Brooklyn, New York, where he died in 1860.

No reference, however, documents the "P.L. Taylor & Jones" mark on this large, 8 7/8" long, significant weight, 1.6 T. oz., "Tipt End" table or serving spoon, suggesting it was, like the man himself, a short-lived enterprise, and thus rare.

The piece is a superb example of what it is. Carefully honed and crafted, it... Click for details

9 Matching Frank Smith "Federal Cotillion" Sterling Cocktail Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2691f   $150.00


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Issued in 1901 at the beginning of the Edwardian Period in English history, Frank Smith's "Federal Cotillion" is also known as "Edward VII." It is a relatively high style "Kings" pattern that with only minor differences is identical to Whiting's "King Edward," also introduced in 1901, suggesting that American silver manufacturers were pivoting off the end of the Victorian era in their design offerings.

This group is a matched set of eight oyster or seafood cocktail forks. Each one measures... Click for details

William Gale & Son, New York, Chased Coin Silver Mug, 1850s
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2690f   $145.00


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Octagonal in shape, this mug is slightly diminutive. It stands 3" to the rim, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed bottom that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It was made by New York City's William Gale, who operated in various partnerships over a long history. This has double marks for one of the associations, "William Gale & Son." One of the stamps includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number... Click for details

Important Out of Print Seminal Reference on Irish Provincial Silver
Books and Publications : Antiques

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160407-01   $125.00


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Offered is a fine and very scarce copy of a much-sought-after, out of print reference book on Irish provincial silver - "Cork Silver and Gold: Four Centuries of Craftsmanship" by John R. Bowen. This is the hardcover version, which is going for a minimum of $500 on Amazon. This copy is in excellent condition, with only modest wear from normal use and no damage or discoloration to the pages. This is the seminal reference on Cork silversmiths, and it is surprisingly helpful for the advanced... Click for details

Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by August Jarecki of Erie
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160406-03   $25.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon bearing the retailer's mark of Erie, PA jeweler August Jarecki, circa 1850-65. Jarecki and his family emigrated from Posen, Prussia around 1849, and his father Charles was a goldsmith who worked with August until his death in 1878. August's brothers Charles and Henry started the Jarecki Iron Foundry in Erie. This piece has a period engraved script monogram and is in good condition, with modest wear and no dents, splits or repairs. This spoon... Click for details

Set of Three Rare Early Teaspoons by Henry Biershing of Hagerstown MD
Silver : Coin Silver

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20160406-02   $125.00


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Offered is a lovely set of three early American coin silver teaspoons by watchmaker and silversmith Henry Biershing of Hagerstown, Maryland. Biershing was born about 1789 and was working in Hagerstown between about 1809 and 1843, the year of his death. These spoons measure about 5 3/4 inches in length and weigh about 36 grams altogether. They each have a period engraved block monogram and a clear maker's mark of H:B in a rectangle. They would most likely date to the first ten or fifteen years... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" Lily Large Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2687f   $385.00


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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and freedom of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold... Click for details

Very Early Columbus or Wooster, OH Condiment Spoon by Lindel Sprague
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160405-02   $65.00


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Offered is a fine and very early Ohio coin silver master salt spoon or condiment spoon by Columbus and Wooster silversmith Lindel (or Lindol) Sprague. Mr. Sprague was born October 12, 1798 in Cooperstown, New York. According to information online, he appears to have been apprenticed to William Platt of Columbus, OH around 1810, and by 1815 was in business for himself. He was master to his brother Hezekiah from around 1817 to 1820 in Columbus, before relocating to Wooster around 1820. He... Click for details

English Georgian, London, Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2685f   $125.00


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Variously identified as a platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the defining characteristic is the scale of the item.

Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.

It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate. The date letter is simply blurred while the maker's mark, which appears to be a script "LM" in a scalloped punch, is insufficient... Click for details

P.W. Ellis "Toboggan" and "Miss Canada" Sterling Souvenir Spoons
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2684f   $65.00


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These two, 5 3/4" long, approximately .7 T. oz. each, spoons were made by Toronto's P.W. Ellis & Co., with each stamped "Sterling" on the handle and back of the bowl, and with the firm's "E inside a maple leaf" emblem in adjoining places.

They bear several similarities including the date "1891" set in the center of the handle, with each number surrounded by twig or branch framing. The bowls are identical as well, with acid etched to a pale gold, matte surfaces, leaving bright, irregular,... Click for details

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