Let's take a moment to reflect upon why a dealer, or at least Yours Truly, chooses to add an item to inventory.
Over the years, we've handled many many pieces of Martelé, and if you dear reader will forgive me for a bit of crudeness, most of them are "trashed." Specifically, the detail is severely worn away, leaving the beauty of the overall design still appreciable but no longer intact...
silver polish. Folks often come into the shop and ask what I use to make all of our silver look so splendidly handsome. (Then again, there are others who want to know why the proprietor is so decidedly unkempt, but we won't get into that.) I've decided to unleash the secret and perhaps earn a buck or two in the process. This is the ten ounce size, and yes it truly does retard tarnish formation. Rose & Vase not included.
length 4 1/4 inches, no monogram, the gilt bowl is a bit splotchy but otherwise in fine condition.
Yes, just one lonesome spoon in spite of the fact that you see eight pictured above, and it's a bit substandard at that with some small dents in the bowl and a slightly uneven edge of same, length 5 7/8 inches, monogrammed "Maria". To reflect both these sad issues and our troubled times, the price is unabashedly cheap.
Many of our faithful readers have no doubt been wondering, "Has Cherner resigned, retired, been fired, got tired or perhaps become discouraged with the overall lack of interest in antiques unless they are being chased by strange folks on the telly"? Well, no, we actually took a bit of vacation and mostly stayed out of the shops so have little new to show but this lone Tiffany spoon.
If the hostess gift still lives, then this (and a pound of great coffee) would make a fine one...
length 4 1/4 inches, excellent condition, weight .4 oz Troy, monogrammed "CMS" (script, reverse, please see second photo).
length 6 3/4 inches, no monogram, excellent condition.
length six inches, weight 1.00 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition, retailed by Wendell & Roberts.
Silver scholar and author D. Albert Soeffing describes this portrait as "a rather plain woman," and though it lacks the sophistication of some Medallions, there is a certain undeniable charm to her face. A great entry level item for the budding silver collector, should such a creature still exist...
spoon, length 5 3/4 inches, excellent condition, no monogram. The T-monarch-S trademark (see second photo) is ringing only the faintest of bells in our memory, but Thomae silver company is also a possibility.
length 6 inches, no monogram, excellent condition, and like Yours Truly a fine old specimen...
length 5 1/4+ inches, excellent condition, no monogram. A splendid gift for your Keuka grad or alum, made by the Shepard Mfg. Corporation of Melrose, Massachusetts circa 1895.
with applied wirework in the form of a watchspring trailing down into the twist handle. 7 3/8 inches; good condition, no monogram.
An American Beauty Rose orange (?) spoon 6 3/16 inches monogrammed "MMM" (front) and "Apr. 20 '06" (reverse). The birth month spoon pictured alongside has been sold.
One lonesome youth fork monogrammed "Rebecca." The other items shown here are sold.
length 3 3/4 inches, excellent condition, no monogram. Not antique but perhaps from the 1920's (see photo number two for mark) with better detail, die-depth and stronger oxidation than you'd find in a brand new one.
Yes, here by popular demand is another item in our now famous series for those with Park Slope taste and Canarsie budgets: a well engraved Victorian youth fork length 5 3/4 inches, fine condition and wonder of wonders it's never been monogrammed. Please see third photo for marks.
length 5 1/8 inches, weight .68 oz. Troy, excellent condition, no monogram. Watson, which was located just above Providence, RI in North Attleboro, Massachusetts had many fine quality designs. In addition to Cherub, their Lily and "Fruit and Flowers" patterns are both sought after by collectors for the faithful and finely detailed rendering of their subject matter.
of regional interest, length 8 1/4 inches, monogrammed "L.J.K." (script, obverse), fine condition. This broad fiddle pattern is typical of the Louisville/Cincinatti region. Marked "J.S. & S. COIN"; see second photo.