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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
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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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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

Gorham "Old Baronial" Solid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
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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

William Scarlett, London 1728, "Hanoverian Rattail" Sterling Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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Measuring 8" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this place spoon made by William Scarlett, London, during the last year or so of his life (d. 1729, source Grimwade). His slightly rubbed, but distinct "W over C" in a shield appears on the handle reverse. Other marks include a lion, crowned leopard, date letter "N," and an extraneous and peculiar "p."

This last mark apparently is something of a mystery to collectors of English period silver. A letter from Anthony Brown, that appears in the May/June... Click for details

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Pierre Queille, Paris 1834-46, Crested .950 Silver Large Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3848f   $125.00


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To a European scale, meaning large compared to a typical American counterpart, this French fork measures 8 1/16" long and weighs a massive 2.8 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva, indicating .950 purity silver vs. sterling at .925, and "P, spade, Q" in a caret for well documented maker Pierre Queille, 1834-46, and a bigorne assay mark.

Having a double lined, fiddle-shaped handle, the pattern incorporates a leaf and flower motif at the front and backside handle ends as well... Click for details

Alvin "Majestic" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Cream or Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3847f   $48.00


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Issued in 1900, Alvin's "Majestic" was a multi-motif line of Art Nouveau flatware that featured a variety of floral themes.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, substantial weight at approximately 1.3 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

The flower is narcissus or daffodil and is represented by a number of blossoms on the handle front and leaves and buds on the backside.

The 1 7/8" wide by 1 1/2" back to front by 1/2" deep bowl has three lobes and a scalloped edge.

Never monogrammed, it is in... Click for details

A.E. Warner, Baltimore, "Jenny Lind," 11 Standard Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3846f   $46.00


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"Jenny Lind" was a pattern first introduced by New York City's Albert Coles in 1850, although numerous contemporaneous manufacturers took up the design, leaving extant pieces that bear a variety of makers' marks.

This example, a 7 1/4", weighty at 1.5 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon is a rarity though in that it is stamped "11" (one of Baltimore's individualized standard marks, for a .917 silver content, midway between coin and sterling) and "A.E.W" for Baltimore's Andrew... Click for details

Kirk "Wadefield" Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3845f   $55.00


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One of Kirk's earliest patterns, "Wadefield," essentially a "Pointed Antique" design, was introduced in 1850 and continued in production for nearly a century and one half.

The mark on this 4 1/4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., tea caddy spoon with a scallop shell bowl, "S. KIRK & SON STERLING," was used by the company during the middle third of the 20th century, indicating this is sixty plus years old.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it remains in like-new condition, showing no... Click for details

Gorham "Henry II" Bailey, Banks & Biddle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3844f   $65.00


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Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Henry II" pattern was an homage in design to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

The central feature is a lion's face set midway on the handle. This is surrounded by an array of acanthus leaf (one of which forms the tongue of the lion), fruit, scrolls, and scaling as would be found on a suit of armor.

This piece is an all original, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., olive spoon with a pierced and gold washed bowl with a narrow flange... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3843f   $225.00


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This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology.

Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.

D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatewarenotes this particular pattern... Click for details

Gorham "Luxembourg" Sterling Silver Pea Spoon, "Whist Club 1897"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3837f   $265.00


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An impressive serving piece that measures 8 3/8" long and weighs nearly 2.7 T. oz., this item has a double provenance that traces to the late 19th century.

First, the pattern is "Luxembourg" made by Gorham and introduced in 1893. This particular example is a pea spoon with a large, round, 3" diameter, reticulated, shallow bowl with a gold finish on both sides.

Secondly, the handle front is engraved "Whist Club" and the backside reads "1897." While this could reference numerous... Click for details

Whiting "Lily Engraved" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3836f   $135.00


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Utilizing an "Old English," i.e. rounded end with a reverse tipt back, form, "Lily Engraved" is one of numerous bright cut designs Whiting and other manufacturers produced in the 1880s.

Attractive and artful, these patterns showcased the skills of engravers of the period and were apparently well received in their time, given the variety of examples still available today.

This piece is a lengthy, 10 1/2", 3.1 T. oz., all silver fish slice.

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Dominick & Haff "Corona" Heavy Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3829f   $165.00


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This ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a 7 1/2" by 1 3/4" flat blade that has a beveled lower edge and upswept, pointed, tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. It incorporates a shell design that appears on both sides of the handle terminus and at the join with the blade.

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Old Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver Cream or Sauce Ladle
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3827f   $85.00


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An early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this piece is marked with the company lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. App. For."

A cream or sauce ladle, it measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy at 1.5 T. oz.

The handle is engraved with a feathered script "P" monogram, while the bowl is finished front and backsides with a pale, satin, gold wash.

It is in superb condition, showing no wear or even evidence of use. All the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined... Click for details

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