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Durgin "New Art" Narcissus Solid Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3876f   $225.00


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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 fullness of expression that characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 6" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/8" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is narcissus, with blossoms and leaves that lay upon and fold over one another, rising from the surface of the... Click for details

Full Set of 12 Gorham "Zodiac" Sterling Silver Month Teapoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3875f   $350.00


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Comprised of a core grouping of ten different month spoons with two additions to complete the year, this assemblage consists of a full set of twelve Gorham "Zodiac" teaspoons.

Each piece measures 5 7/8" and is heavy, with the group weighing 14.6 T. oz., well over 1.0 T. oz. each on average.

The ten from the one group are all monogrammed on the reverses "EMT" in script, while the remaining two (August and December) are without monograms.

All pieces are in excellent condition, essentially... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3873f   $65.00


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A late 19th century line, Whiting's "Berry" featured a variety of fruits assigned to different pieces.

This instance is a 7 3/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife, and features blueberries and leaves on a stem.

The blade has a curved lower edge and scalloped upper margin.

The backside of the piece is plain, save for a handsome line script "FAT" monogram and the marks, which are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," and "16."

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Rare Early Kentucky Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Ayres of Lexington
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190519-02   $125.00


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Offered is a very scarce and early example of Kentucky coin silver by prominent Lexington silversmith Samuel Ayres, whose biographical information appears below. This piece is marked with a maker's mark of "S.AYRES LEX K" in a banner. By style this piece would appear to date to between 1800 and 1810. There is no monogram or sign of erasure, and the maker's mark is rubbed but legible. This piece measures about 4 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 7 grams. Condition is poor overall, with... Click for details

18th Cent. Coin Silver Spoon Marked LH, Prob. Ludwig Heck of Lancaster
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20190519-01   $29.50


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Offered is an interesting early American coin silver teaspoon in a style consistent with 18th Century Pennsylvanian German silversmiths, and marked LH - probably for Lewis (Ludwig) Heck, working in Lancaster circa 1780-1817. This piece probably dates to about 1790-1800. It has an engraved monogram that could be period but appears a bit later in terms of the depth of the engraving. This piece measures about 4 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 7 grams. Condition is poor overall, with... Click for details

Twist Handle Engine Turned Coin Silver Berry Spoon circa 1860
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3872f   $110.00


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Marked only "Coin," absent a maker's stamp, this 8 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with a twisted shank and engraved and engine turned, notched, handle is reminiscent of a die struck pattern named "Imperial" that was produced by both Gorham and Wood & Hughes about 1860.

It is a handsome item exhibiting sophisticated design and manufacturing processes.

The twist feature was a favored device in the period, as was the fine engine turned surface complimented by precise... Click for details

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Ball Black & Co. c. 1865 Solid 950 Silver Melon Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3871f   $165.00


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An unusual and highly specialized place piece, American melon forks followed after a form that evolved in mid 19th century France. Few American makers produced them, so they are truly hard to find items.

Having the typical-to-the-piece extended blade with three, slightly upturned tines at the end, this example is 8 3/8" long, weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz., and is all silver with a hollow handle.

It is stamped "Ball Black & Co." for the premier New York City establishment of the period,... Click for details

Duhme & Co., Cincinnati, "No. 2" Sterling Silver Tea Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3870f   $46.00


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Cincinnati's prominent 19th century silver manufacturer and jeweler, Duhme & Co., produced numerous designs that were clearly derivative, or even imitative, of other companies' work, but its early "No. 2" pattern was decidedly of its own devising.

It has sculpted margins decorated in scroll, leaf, flower, beading and lattice detail. The pattern at one and the same time appears Victorian and Elizabethan in nature.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, heavy at approximately 1.4 T. oz., tea or... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" A. Stowell & Co. Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3868f   $52.00


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"Grecian" originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern within Whiting.

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an expanded ivy motif on the backside heel of the bowl.

This example is an 8 3/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., serving or table spoon, with the name "Sanford." engraved in script, set sideways on the handle front.

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Shiebler "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" Sterling Silver & 14k Gold Cuff I
Silver : Sterling

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3867dd   On Hold


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George Shiebler's exotic design that features heads of classical figures superimposed upon a hammered ground is identified with equal frequency as "Etruscan" or "Homeric."

In some instances, the heads are gold, and that is the case with this oval 2 5/8" by 2 3/8", just over .8 T. oz., cuff bracelet. It has an overlapping area, so is expandable beyond this size.

The gold appears to be a thin overlay rather than a separate cast and applied piece, although the figures are nonetheless set in... Click for details

Gibson & Langman, London 1897, Pair Sterling Silver Master Salts
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3866f   This item is currently being auctioned


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A matched pair, each of these master salts measures 2 1/4" in diameter and stands 1 3/8" high, while the pair weigh 3.2 T. oz. combined.

They are English in origin and fully hallmarked for London, 1897-98, sterling, and WB/JL for William Gibson and John Langman (also operating as the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co.).

Traditional in design, they are round, with heavily repoussed bodies, applied hatched rims, and stand on three lion's paw and shell legs.

Each piece has a reserve area which... Click for details

Large Philadelphia Bright Cut c. 1860 Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3865f   $48.00


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Weighing 1.6 T. oz. and measuring a lengthy 7 5/8", this master butter knife is a generously sized piece.

Marked only "Coin," the convex, shaped side and pointed end handle with bright cut engraving, is indicative of Philadelphia silver of the c. 1860 period, particular so that of William Faber.

The blade is wide, has an upswept tip, scalloped back, and is engraved in a design akin to that on the handle.

The join with the handle curves up and is especially thick, lending it extra... Click for details

12 Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Fruit or Melon Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3863f   $335.00


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Each of these twelve, matching, spoons measures 5 3/4" long, with the group weighing 12.4 T. oz.

They are early examples of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

With fully original (meaning not made up), pointed bowls that are slightly larger, i.e. wider, than typical grapefruit or orange spoons in this line, and having a central bottom ridge as well as fluting in the heel, and slightly flanged shoulders, this form... Click for details

Stebbins & Co. Pat. 1848 "Gothic" Coin Silver Place Spoon x 4
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3862f   $28.00


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One of four available, varying in weight from 1.2 to 1.4 T. oz., this 6 3/4" long place, aka dessert or oval soup spoon, is marked "Stebbins & Co.," for the mid 19th century firm operated by William Stebbins, successor to his brother Edwin.

It is also stamped "Patent 1848," which is the date of the "Gothic" style pattern, as designed by Abraham Wood of the New York City firm A&W Wood.

The handle is engraved "Williams" in cursive lettering.

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Gorham "Old Baronial" Solid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3861f   $75.00


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Replete with design elements that are expressive of its name, Gorham's "Old Baronial" incorporates acanthus leaves, clusters of fruit, a shell, and commandingly, a lion's face at the tip of the handle end.

This example of the pattern is a solid silver tomato server that measures 6 3/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.6 T. oz.

The defining feature of the piece is an approximately 2 5/8" by 2 5/8", flat, reticulated server, with in this instance, raised shoulders with high relief acanthus... Click for details

Pair Large Footed Circa 1870 Sterling Silver Master Salts
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3860f   $175.00


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Each of these two, matching, master salts measures 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the tip of the handles, has a top opening that is 2 5/8" across, a maximum span of 3 5/8" handle end to handle end, and stands on a tiered, pedestal base that is 2" across on the bottom. The pair together weigh a substantial 5.2 T. oz.

Cauldron shaped, each one has a knurled band below the top rim and is fitted with a pair of upswept, solid silver, handles with anthemion leaf detailing.

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