North Hill Antiques
Made by John C. Stedman, Raleigh -- downturned fiddle handle, reverse tipt, slight pointed shoulders, feathered script mono T W B on front; 7" in length. Condition of all6 is near mint.
Made by Ball, Tompkins & Black, NYC, c1845 -- 12 forks, each 7" long, and 11 knives with silver blades, 8-1/4" long. Mono on all 23 pieces is M D (shown). Only the knives are marked with the makers' names. Some of the hollow handles have light dings, but, by and large, overall condition is excellent.
Made by Edward Lang, Salem, Mass., c1770, for Susanna Bernon (1716-1802), the daughter of a prominent Hugenot family. Her initials and name are inscribed on the backs of the handles (see pic). The spoons themselves are in excellent condition, with a deep front rib. Length is 5-5/8".
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1193560 (stock #107D)
18thC-style pointed-end handles, drop on bowl back, short reverse rib, brightcut bellflowers extend half-way down handle, feathered script mono C L L in cartouche on front. Length is 6-3/4". Condition is mint -- probably never used.
North Hill Antiques
16-lobe circular body on square pedestal foot, feathered script mono M G D in wreath cartouche on side; 6-1/2" diameter, 4-1/4" high, 15 Troy oz. Condition is near mint.
Downturned fiddle handle, sugarloaf shoulders, feathered script mono E L on front; 12-7/8" in length. Overall condition is fine. Mark is I.WELCH, as listed in Hollan's "Virginia Silversmiths." Fincastle, then as now, is a small town a tad northwest of Roanoke.
Both made by R&W Wilson, Phila -- Inscribed in cartouche: Presented to/Linda Venable/as a reward of merit/by the trustees of the/Public School/1861. Similar sentiments of 2nd mug. Both with floral repousse bodies; one 4" high, 2nd 3-1/2" high. Both in excellent condition.
Pointed-end handle, narrow pointed-arch drop on bowl back, brightcutting and roulette work half-way down handle, feathered script mono L M N in cartouche on front. Length is 9-3/4". Weight is a hefty 15 T oz. Condition is mint -- extended bowl tips unworn. Sayre learned his trade on Long Island. By the turn of the century, he had moved on to NYC.
Pointed-end handle, c1790 -- large and unusual oval drop with rib running through its center (see pic); reverse rib on back of handle, brightcut and roulette cartouche with feathered script mono JPA. Length is 15", round bowl is 4" in diameter, weight is 6-1/4 Troy oz. Condition is near-mint.
No maker's mark, but it's safe to assume that Gebelein was responsible for this piece, c1920. It is, of course, marked STERLING. The sheaf and sickle design is quite similar to the original of 100 years earlier, but differs somewhat in the details. This ladle is 13-3/4" long and weighs 6-1/2 Troy oz. It has high square shoulders, with double pouring lips on the bowl. It has never been engraved. Condition is minty. Repro or not, this is an imposing piece of silver.
Hamilton & Co. worked in Calcutta - These casters have a baluster body on a round pedestal foot, pierced lid with bud finials; repousse bands of grapes, leaves and tendrils at shoulder, at bottom of body and at base (see pic); gilt interiors; 4-1/4" high, 2" dia., 7 T. oz; excellent throughout.
All Items : : Pre 1800 item #659521 (stock #105L)
18thC pointed end spoons with pointed arch drops and reverse ribs; feathered script mono E I B on front; 9-3/8" long; 12-1/2 T oz. Condition is excellent, with only the slightest bit of tipwear. Mark is W pellet H, mark of the William Sr., as shown on page 68 of Gerstell's book on Lancaster smiths (see pic).
Deep, short front rib on handle, rattail extending 3/4 of the way down bowl, block mono G over I * S on reverse; 7-3/4" in length. Light tipwear, otherwise in excellent condition. We've been able to identify this TA mark by referring to the American Silversmiths Genealogical Project, which you can reach by googling American Silversmiths. This spoon is, without doubt, a rarity among Colonial silver.
All Items : : Pre 1800 item #1028377 (stock #102K)
Hammersley worked in NYC. This piece was made about 1750. Its rattail extends 2/3 of the bowl length (see pic). Interesting mono on reverse: tiny block letters M C over I E, over ornate foliate design. Length is 8". Condition is excellent, with just a touch of tipwear.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1837 VR item #1071168 (stock #484)
Crisp sheaf at end of handle, 12-lobe shell drop on bowl back, flared shoulders at base of handle, feathered script mono E P on front; 14-3/4" in length, 4-3/8" oval bowl. Overall condition is excellent, although mark is only partially struck (see pic).
Deep rib on handle front, molded drop on bowl back, block mono D over M * M on reverse; 7-3/4" in length. Excellent condition, mark still crisp.
All Items : : Pre 1800 item #1032111 (stock #102A)
Long forward rib on handle front, c1765 -- molded drop on bowl back, shaded block mono D over R M on reverse; 8-3/16" in length. Condition is excellent, just a shade of tipwear, and two good crisp marks -- C (pellet) H. (See Gerstell for discussion of Hall's work.)
North Hill Antiques
Pointed-end handles, c1790 -- drop on bowl backs, feathered script mono GAC on front; 7-1/8" in length. Condition of all 6 is excellent.