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Bailey, Banks & Biddle Sterling Silver Aesthetic Period Olive Spoon
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3065f   On Hold


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A 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., olive spoon, this circa 1880 piece has a tubular handle and a plum-shaped bowl that has quartrefoil piercings. The bowl also has flange shoulders with line engraving, and retains traces of an original gold wash.

The handle terminus is block form and engraved in an Aesthetic design. It also includes a portion of a monogram, beginning with a script "S," indicating this element was once larger.

This area is fully finished and has worn edges indicating any... Click for details

Gale Wood & Hughes "Fiddle Thread" Embellished Coin Silver Place Spoon
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3064f   $48.00


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Measuring 8 1/4" long, and weighty at 1.9 T. oz., this tablespoon in today's usage, would have been a place piece in its 1833-45 period according to one source, 1841-45 to another.

Marked "G.W & H" and with "bust" and "eagle" pseudo hallmarks, it was made by the firm of Gale, Wood and Hughes, one of the numerous partnerships that New York City's William Gale established.

The pattern is a "Fiddle Thread," aka "French Thread," and in this regard not much to be distinguished from other good... Click for details

Tiffany "English King" Sterling Silver Salad Spoon, Older
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3063f   $425.00


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An earlier piece in the production history of "English King," this 9 7/8" long, 3.8 T. oz., salad serving spoon is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885.," and "m."

The pattern is high style and shows to its fullest at the scale of this item.

This piece has an original form bowl with scalloped, flange, shoulders, a textured base, and a rich gold wash front and back sides. Later examples have plain, rounded bowls.

It has never been monogrammed and is in outstanding condition.... Click for details

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

Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Gumbo Spoon
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3060f   $58.00


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An early example, this 6 7/8" long, weighty at over 1.6 T. oz., round bowl gumbo soup spoon is marked with the Alvin emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent," all in precise, fine lettering as would be expected on an original piece. It also has a slightly upturned handle end, another indicator of its age.

The pattern is "Old Orange Blossom." Issued in 1905, it quickly became a standard bearer among Art Nouveau designs and remains so today.

The high relief portraiture is intricate, richly... Click for details

I. Reed & Son, Philadelphia, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon
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3059f   $18.00


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In her work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan indicates I[saac] Reed & Son may represent a partnership with "Osmond," 1830-40, or "G. Washington," 1844-53.

The "Reverse Tipt" design on the handle of this 5 1/2" long, not quite .5 T. oz., teaspoon which carries this mark, suggests the earlier years.

The piece presents in a diminutive manner that in its delicacy is appealing. It has a broad handle end, with high, beveled "fins" off the join with the bowl.

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Stieff "Williamsburg Queen Anne" Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
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3058f   $95.00


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Marked on the reverse "Stieff - Sterling" and with an oval emblem with a "CW" inside it, this fork was one in a line of reproduction silver made for and sold exclusively by Colonial Williamsburg.

The pattern is "Queen Anne" which has a broad rounded end, upturned handle, narrow stem, and a mid rib. The backside is plain, save for the marks.

This piece is a four-tine cold meat fork that measures 8 1/2" long and weighs a robust 2.3 T. oz.

It was never monogrammed and is in excellent... Click for details

Gorham "Fontainebleau" Eight Matched Sterling Silver Teaspoons
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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.

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Gorham No. 2040 Large Aesthetic Style Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
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3055f   $55.00


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Made circa 1880, this napkin ring stands 1 3/4" high, measures 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just over .9 T. oz.

It is model number "2040" as stamped on the interior, made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" and "Sterling" appear above the number.

The body has rolled rims bordered by knurled bands. The subtly convex surface between these bands has a satin matte finish that is bright cut engraved in a flower and leaf design that reflects Aesthetic sensibilities.

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

Towle "No. 50" Engraved Boxed Set Sterling Silver Ladle and Tongs
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3052f   $150.00


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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
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3051f   $225.00


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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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Durgin "Fairfax" Sterling Silver Tea Infuser, Original & Scarce
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3050f   $135.00


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An example of the popular "Fairfax" pattern originated by Durgin and continued in production by Gorham, this tea infuser, aka tea ball spoon, measures 5 9/16" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

It is a fully original item marked with Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "PAT'D" on the reverse.

The handle front has an Old English "K" monogram.

The bowl is 2" long, 1 1/4" at the widest, and 3/4" deep. Its shape mirrors the pattern and both the upper and bottom portions are pierced.... Click for details

Tiffany "Lap Over Edge" Acid Etched Extra Large Sterling Silver Tongs
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3049f   $445.00


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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
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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

Unger Brothers "Douvaine" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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At 4" long, .9 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs have large, stylized claw grips.

They were made by Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey, whose entwined "UB" surrounded by "Sterling 925 Fine." This was a firm known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs in both sterling silver flat and holloware, and jewelry.

Perhaps its most popular flatware line, the pattern on this pair is "Douvaine." An expressive figural design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of each arm, and a... Click for details

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