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M.W. Galt George Washington Sterling Silver Small Letter Opener
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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Measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing .4 T. oz., this small letter opener was produced as a commemorative piece--more commonly found as a spoon--issued in honor of the first inauguration of George Washington in 1889.

It features a low relief bust of Washington set in profile on the handle end attached to a twisted shank. The blade is scimitar shaped.

The backside of the handle is engraved "JBB" in flowing script, along with the date "1892."

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Gorham sterling soap dish model B2017
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2369   Sold


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roughly 3 1/2 by 2 3/4 by 1 5/8 inches, weight 2.95 Troy ounces, monogrammed as shown.

At the risk of giving our faithful readers whiplash (and damaging our very prestigious-- Ahem!!--brand) by moving from splendid Shiebler to shabby chic, I must mention that this item has various dings and dents. However, you won't feel badly about dropping it on the bathroom floor and adding one or two more!

coin silver napkin ring, heavy and well engraved
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2362   $195.00


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diameter 1 3/4; height 1 1/2 inches, with high quality brite cut and roulette work engraving, no monogram, superb condition (there is a flea-bite test mark shown in third enlargement), weight 2.02 Troy ounces, unmarked.

Our resident fashion consultant tells me that rose gold colored items (it is gilt inside and out) such as this are currently "in".

Massive and imposing sterling pitcher by Simons Brothers
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2361   $35.00


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height 1 3/4 inches, weight .65 Troy ounces, a few very minor bruises but fine overall condition, marked as shown in second enlargement.

Alas, mainly a decorative item as no hole has been drilled for the spout to function.

Old Newbury Crafters sterling napkin rings, set of six
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2354   $360.00


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in original felt holders, excellent untouched condition, no monogram, 2 3/4 X 7/8 inches, the surface artfully finished with with broad planish marks (please see third enlargement), delightfully heavy in the hand @10.51 Troy ounces the set.

These bear the craftsman's mark of Reynolds F. Senior, son of ONC's founder Elmer Senior. A splendid gift for the North Shore bride.

Watson Solid Sterling Silver Double Shot Jigger
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3573f   $58.00


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This item was made by the Watson Company, whose "crown, W, lion" emblem is imprinted on the edge of the piece, along with the words "Sterling Silver" and model number "W16."

It is a double shot jigger comprised of two similarly shaped cups joined by a center bar. It stands 3 1/2" tall and weighs nearly 2.4 T. oz. One cup measures 1 7/8" across and is marked "2 oz." and the other is 1 5/8" in diameter and reads "1 oz."

The "2 oz." one is also engraved "X.H.P" on its side in Arts & Crafts... Click for details

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Whiting sterling card case with applied gold dogs
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2338   $650.00


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4 1/8 by 2 5/8 inches (fits credit or business cards easily), weight 3.5 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent original condition, model number 19D (please see third photo for marks).

This was probably a custom made item.

We've examined both doggies carefully with a high power loupe, and they appear to be 14k. No, we're not going to test them...

Gorham Solid Sterling Silver Victorian Glove Stretcher
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3551f   $165.00


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Definitely a product of the Gilded Age, this 6 5/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., glove stretcher bespeaks a refined lifestyle.

This example is model number "5" by Gorham, and so identified by marks on the inside of the handle, which also include the word "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1889."

One other imprint by the pin that holds the two pieces together reads "Pat. 75," which no doubt is a reference to the spring mechanism that controls the pivoting arms.

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Watrous sterling tea ball number 16
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2325   $75.00


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pleasantly rotund and sturdy, this weighs just shy of one Troy ounce (.98) and is in excellent condition, with a fully functional hinge and a clasp which snaps shut properly.

Though it may only win second prize in a beauty contest, the price is attractive and we've certainly seen uglier ones.

For those of you who like comparison shopping, check item 192469545712 on the Bay of Eees, which weighed not even half as much and measured a mere inch an a quarter in diameter.

Whiting trompe l'oeuil card case number 28
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2321   Sold


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4 1/8 X 2 3/8 X 3/8 inches, weight 2.53 oz. Troy, no monogram, one corner is bruised, there is a split to seam (see fifth enlargement) and the hinge is slightly ajar, but the lid closes well and overall condition is fine.

With faux alligator skin, and applied silver matte finish "calling card."

Eight Small Silver Boxes, American, Italian, and Taxco, Mexico
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3480jl   $250.00


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This assemblage of eight boxes vary in size from a 1 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 1/2" high square at the largest, to a 1 1/8" by 3/4" by 1/2" tall oval and 1" by 5/8" high round one at the smallest.

The square one has a lined base, engine turned top, is marked "925" and "FS" in a circle, and weighs 26 grams (just over .8 T. oz.). The next largest is rectangular with rounded corners, plain-surfaced, marked with the Blackinton emblem, and weighs 16 grams (approximately .5 T. oz.).

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charmingly engraved Victorian era napkin ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2314   $65.00


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with bird, flowers, foliage; a beaded band above and below, diameter 2 1/4; height 1 1/2 inches, weight 1.5 Troy ounces, .800 standard, no monogram, marked as shown in fourth enlargement.

Some twit put a drop of silver-test acid right inside the cartouche and left a slight stain, but aside from this the condition is exemplary.

Shiebler "Wire Knot" Sterling Silver & Steel Button Hook
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3436f   $135.00


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As is so much the mark of George Shiebler's work, this late 19th century, 5 1/2" long, button hook reflects imaginative and innovative design characteristics.

The handle, about half the overall length, is sterling silver, so marked, along with Shiebler's "winged S" emblem and the model number "5264," while the lower portion with the actual "hook" that defines the piece, is plated steel.

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Blackinton Hanging Basket Sterling Silver Tea Strainer No. 64
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3421f   $42.00


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This style of tea strainer is designed to hang from the spout of a tea pot.

The body is a basket, in this instance 2 1/4" in diameter and 1" deep, with a bail handle that is attached to a double wire prong that is held in the spout by tension. The total weight is nearly .5 T. oz.

This circa 1900 example made by Blackinton is model number "64" as stamped on the underside, along with the company sword emblem, and the word "Sterling."

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Gorham 1904 Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Napkin Ring Model B2306
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3349f   $68.00


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Measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and 1 3/8" across, and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this is a moderate sized napkin ring.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "B2306" are imprinted on the inner wall.

It is engraved "Betty" flanked by "four years old . . . April 3 1904.," which date is consistent with the low tone Art Nouveau style of the piece.

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Good Scottish Provincial Silver Teaspoon by John Pringle of Perth
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171221-02   $45.00


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Offered is a nice Scottish provincial silver spoon by jeweler and silversmith John Pringle, working in Perth circa 1823-60. This piece probably dates to the earlier part of Pringle's career. It is engraved with a period Scottish-style script monogram of JF or IF, and bear's Pringle's maker's mark, struck twice and accompanied by two strikes of a Perth eagle pseudo-hallmark. Please take a look at all the photos. This piece measures about 5 7/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. ... Click for details

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