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Gorham Aesthetic Hanging Basket Sterling Silver Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3841f   $115.00


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Designed to hang from a teapot, this 2" diameter, 1 1/4" high, .7 T. oz. all silver, basket style tea (leaf) strainer has a wire prong that fits in the pot spout, and which is also attached to a pivoting wire bail.

It is marked "Sterling" on the wire, and "Sterling," model number "24," and "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham on the basket.

Markedly Aesthetic in style, the pierced basket is folded or crimped and is irregularly impressed with a fern or seaweed like organic design. This is... Click for details

Shiebler "Floral & Foliate" Filigree Sterling Silver 4179 Stamp Box
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3782f   $185.00


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Decorative and utilitarian desk items, stamp boxes evoke nostalgic reminders of a measured and purposeful lifestyle that no longer exists. They served the useful purpose of protectively holding stamps when they were issued singly.

This likely late 19th century example was made by George Shiebler, whose "winged S" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "4179" are imprinted on the underside.

Rectangular with two compartments, its measurements are very symmetrical, 2" long by 1" wide... Click for details

Gorham Special Order Large "Kummel" Sterling Silver Liquor Tag
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3770f   $68.00


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This liquor tag was produced by Gorham in 1910, stamped on the reverse with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, a date symbol for the year, the word "Sterling," and the letters "TGR," indicating this is special order (or sample) item.

It is an unusual piece in several regards.

First is the above noted fact that, as a special order, it is essentially one of a kind, or few at most. Second is its size, which is large for this sort of item, measuring 3" by 1 1/2", and weighing approximately... Click for details

Gorham "Arabesque" No. 1295 Large Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3745f   $115.00


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Dating from 1879 as indicated by the date letter "L" stamped on the inside wall, along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," this napkin ring stands 1 3/4" high, is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 1.0 T. oz.

It is model number "1295" and features "Arabesque," i.e. Moorish, pattern banding on either side of a plain, slightly concave, center ring that is inscribed "Hattie."

It is in very fine condition, retaining excellent pattern detail free of polishing wear. The patina... Click for details

Howard & Co., NY, Solid Sterling Grape Shears with Foxes circa 1895
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3742f   $295.00


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This example of late Victorian grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co." and "Sterling," which applies to the entire piece.

They measure 6 7/8" long and... Click for details

Whiting (attrib) figural sterling napkin ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2377   Sold


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With applied bird, ivy, and wirework tendrils, weight 1.53 Troy ounces, diameter 1 5/8 inches, monogrammed as shown in third enlargement, marked only "169" on base.

So far as I can see, there are no losses, though condition can be difficult to assess on this type of item.

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Victorian Bright Cut "Christmas" Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3720f   $38.00


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The style of this plain band, 1" wide, 1 3/4" diameter, .7 T. oz., napkin ring places it from the late 1800s.

The satin finish exterior is bright cut engraved in a leaf and scroll theme interpreted in an Aesthetic manner. Both edges have a repeating beaded design that looks like knurling.

There is a reserve within the engraving that is inscribed "TGM," while the inner side reads, "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25, '99.," so very likely it was a Christmas present given well over a century ago.

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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.

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

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2338   $550.00


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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   $95.00


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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.

The design on the hollow but all... Click for details

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.

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