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Hayne & Cater, London 1844, Sterling Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2108f   $85.00

Hayne & Cater, London 1844, Sterling Serving Spoon
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Fully marked for London, 1844, and sterling, this large, 9", heavy 2.6 T. oz., table serving spoon is stamped "SH" over "DC" for the partnership of Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater.

It is a handsome and refined item, artfully formed and finished. It has a reverse tipt handle with an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The plain front has cleanly beveled edges and high, sharply defined shoulders off the generously proportioned, 3 1/4" by 1 3/4", bowl.

It is in superb condition and... Click for details

Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2107dd   $125.00

Towle
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Identified specifically for use with lettuce, as opposed to salad, this matching spoon and fork form was a reflection of the 19th century's inclination to devise specialized implements for individual foods.

This matching pair was made by Towle in its 1893 "Canterbury" pattern. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz. Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915"... Click for details

Unusual 19th Century Gorham Aesthetic Sterling Bookmark
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2106f   $165.00

Unusual 19th Century Gorham Aesthetic Sterling Bookmark
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Marked with the number "1," the Gorham "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling," this combination bookmark and letter opener is a novel item.

It measures 4 3/4" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz. It has a tubular stem handle with a series of concentric rings. This has an Aesthetic sensibility to it.

There is a crosspiece at the attachment with the blade. This supports an element that suggests a Celtic knot in design, and which serves as the upper portion of the actual page marker.

The... Click for details

Four Whiting "Imperial Queen" Sterling Egg Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2104dd   $150.00

Four Whiting
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Showing no wear whatsoever and having brilliant finishes, this set of four, estate, egg spoons are in mint condition.

Each one measures 5" long, has a fine, script "JSH" monogram, and a matte finish, gold washed bowl. The group weighs 1.8 T. oz.

Marks are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and an Old English "O."

Shreve San Francisco "Greek Key" Sterling & Enamel Cup
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2103f   $195.00

Shreve San Francisco
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According to Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," "[Shreve & Co.'s] production focused on special order merchandise [which was] sold only through the firm's own retail shop."

An usual item, this 2" high, 3 1/2" top diameter, 4 1/2" maximum span, 2.9 T. oz., cup may have been one of those special order items. It is singular in design, and further distinguished by the blue cloisonne enameled band along the upper rim. Enamel work examples from Shreve are not readily... Click for details

Whiting "Rose & Scroll" Sterling Large Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2101f   $135.00

Whiting
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Referred to both in the singular and plural, that is "Rose and Scroll" and "Roses and Scrolls," this Whiting pattern dates circa 1890.

This was a transition time between design modes and this shows both Aesthetic and Art Nouveau influences. The form is asymmetrical and rather exotic suggesting the former, while the expressive, unrestrained elements in the portraiture suggest the latter.

This piece is a large, 9" long, 2.3 T. oz., possibly salad or vegetable serving spoon.

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Stieff "Rose" Solid Sterling Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2100dd   $115.00

Stieff
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Identical in form to a hot cake lifter, and certainly suitable for that purpose, but slightly smaller at 7 1/2" long, this example of Stieff "Rose" is a tomato server. It is a heavy piece, weighing 2.7 T. oz.

The 2 3/4" diameter, round server is solid, not pierced, and has an "MLT" script monogram inscribed on it. The backside of the handle is engraved "1929" so it is a relatively early item in this pattern which was first issued in 1892.

The condition is excellent estate. It is free... Click for details

Reed & Barton "La Marquise" Solid Sterling Toast Fork
Silver : Sterling

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2098dd   $145.00

Reed & Barton
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That such a mundane item as toast would have a server of the elegance and scale of this 7 1/4" long, nearly 1.7 T. oz., all silver, fork is testament to the Victorian inclination to surround all aspects of a meal with a sense of formality and presentation.

The pattern is "La Marquise" by Reed & Barton. Patented in 1895, it is a scroll and bead design, tending toward the rococo in manner. There is a script "VP" monogram on the handle.

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Tiffany Arts & Crafts "Richard" Sterling Youth Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2096f  

Tiffany Arts & Crafts
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Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.2 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with a lower case "m," used 1907-47. Given its Arts & Crafts style of this, it no doubt traces to early in this range.

It is plain save for the end which has a hand cut, open work design. The entire surface of the piece has a smooth, highly tactile, satin-like finish that is pleasing to the hand.

It is engraved "Richard" in script on the handle.

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19th Century Silverplate & Cut Glass Epergne
Silver : Plate

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2094dd   $1,500.00

19th Century Silverplate & Cut Glass Epergne
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This four-branch epergne, or sweetmeat server, is a grand piece that traces to a time when presentation was a component part of the culinary experience.

It is comprised of a silverplate frame that supports one central and four subsidiary cut glass dishes. Large scale, it stands 11" at the highest edge of the main bowl and is 14" across length and width. The main bowl measures 10 1/2" x 7" x 3" deep. The small bowls are 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 3/4" deep.

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Gorham "Old Baronial" All Sterling Ice Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2093dd   $265.00

Gorham
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Dating from late in the 19th century, Gorham's "Old Baronial" has characteristics similar to a kings design, but is more elaborate.

The dominant feature is the lion or leopard head that surmounts what would be the end of the handle on something other than tongs. Other elements include acanthus leaves, shells, flowers, and scrolling.

This example is a large, 6 7/8" long, heavy, 3.6 T. oz., solid silver pair of ice tongs. The grips are pierced, with one bowl form and one fork form. ... Click for details

Gorham "Palm Beach" Vermeil Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2091dd   $335.00

Gorham
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Expressive of its namesake place in a variety of ways, "Palm Beach" was a limited line produced by Gorham around 1900. This example is an 8 1/2" long, heavy, 2.4 T. oz., serving spoon.

The handle is formed like a palm tree trunk, while the backside of the bowl portrays the full spray palm fronds that cap the trunk.

The entire piece is vermeil, save for the background behind the leaves, which remains silver. The gold could imply both the prosperity associated with Palm Beach, and the... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell Diamond Cut Coin Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2090f   $65.00

Farrington & Hunnewell Diamond Cut Coin Preserve Spoon
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz., this coin silver preserve spoon is stamped "F&H" for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell.

It also carries the retail name of "L.C. Bailey" for Lyman Clapp Bailey of Calais, Maine, which borders Canada and is as about far east as any settled place in the United States.

It is a strikingly fine example of mid 19th century precision bright cut silver that exhibits the same mirror like qualities as diamond facets.

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S.D. Brower "Medallion" Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2089f   $55.00

S.D. Brower
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Sperry Douglas Brower was an Albany silversmith and manufacturer of repute and substantial size.

Examples of his work are readily found, although that is not the case with his "Medallion" pattern, as instances of it are scant. In fact, Don Soeffing in his work on Medallion silver shows two spoon examples and states they are the only pieces he had seen (admittedly some time ago now as that publication is aging).

This piece is a 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., tablespoon (likely a place spoon in... Click for details

Large Gorham "Eglantine" Sterling Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2085f   $145.00

Large Gorham
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Named for the rose which is the central portraiture of the design, "Eglantine," i.e. sweetbrier, is an early, 1870, Gorham pattern and one of the company's most refined.

Cast rather than the typical die struck mode of manufacture, it demonstrates the intricate, high relief detail casting enables.

It is a heavy line, and that is the case with this lengthy, 5 1/8", pair of sugar tongs which weigh a substantial 1.3 T. oz. They have intricately articulated talon grips that are finished in a... Click for details

Lunt "Monticello" Solid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2084f   $125.00

Lunt
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Dating from 1908, "Monticello" reflects the early 20th century's interest in neoclassicism design. It portrays an open, shield back design reminiscent of Hepplewhite furniture style on the handle.

This example is a 7 3/4" long, relatively heavy 2.0 T. oz., solid silver tomato server.

The blade is unusual in that it has individualistic, fine piercings rather than the plainer, more blunt cuts that typically convey with this piece. This may be a consequence of the early dating of the... Click for details

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