diameter 9 5/8; height 4 1/4 inches, weight 25 Troy ounces, fine condition, no monogram, craftsman Herbert Taylor. Please see third photo for marks.
This pattern, known as "berry in calyx", is among Stone's best designs. A nearly identical though not quite so desirable piece is held by Yale University Art Gallery, see Chickering p. 147, plate 134. Similar examples may also be seen in the collection of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
the blade well engraved with three frolicking fishes, knife 11 7/8, fork 9 3/8 inches, fine condition, monogrammed "Lockwood" (obverse, see third photo), weight 8.2 Troy ounces and not too bad a price either we might add... Is my high school English teacher rolling over in her grave? No may God bless her she's still with us!!
length 6 inches, weight .89 oz. Troy, no monogram, fine condition. For those whose knowledge of U.S. history is not encyclopedic, Hamlin was Vice President during Lincoln's first term, Governor of Maine, and held a host of other illustrious positions.
length 8 5/8 inches, some slight wear to high points but fine overall condition, monogram EAG script with flourishes, shell drop, weight 1.47 oz. Troy.
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round upturned end with full front midrib and thirteen-lobed shell drop, length 4 5/8 inches, engraved with initials "D N", weight .32 oz Troy, some annoying abrasions in bowl but very good overall condition.
Faithful readers of our little web page know we never tire of mentioning that Burt was a substantial and by all reports jovial fellow who weighed three hundred and eighty pounds.
length 7 7/8 inches, conjoined script monogram "MHC" in bowl, cast, chased and reminiscent of Martelé flatware (see Carpenter plate 249 p. 235). Marked only "Sterling Black Starr & Frost".
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length 7 3/8 inches, weight 1.27 oz. Troy, retailed by Augustus Mathey, excellent condition.
Leveridge was part of a prominent New York family, many of whom were attorneys. His grandfather John William Chase Leveridge (please see fourth photo) served in the war of 1812, and upon his death in 1886 was the oldest living lawyer in the city...
length 5 1/2 inches, weight .64 oz Troy, excellent condition, no monogram, mark of Watson-Newell corporation. Aside from the obvious skill and detail with which the face was rendered, what lifts this spoon into the realm of above average is the applied wirework decoration, "Chicago..."
no, not that kind of a cat box, but a snuff box with "trap door" opening and secret compartment, 2 1/4 by 1 7/8 by 1 inches, weight 2.27 oz. Troy, marked with Chinese ideograms only (please see 5th photo).
In terms of construction, this is, not alas a first rate object. The edges don't quite meet up flush, the hinge is on the exterior rather than integral, and there are also a few minor bits of waviness on the front and side panels...
Canton circa 1825, double struck fiddle thread and shell with classic "inset vee" or "Chevron" seam construction, length 11 7/8 inches, weight 6.9 Troy ounces, a minor test mark as shown in enlargement number four but outstanding overall condition, no monogram.
For related items by this maker, see Forbes figure 61c and Chait number 251. This is the first China Trade strainer spoon we've encountered in the course of twenty eight years...
length 13 1/2; width 11; height 2 1/4 inches, in classic Art Nouveau form with embossed cherries along undulating border, no monogram, excellent condition though currently a bit bright (we're not responsible for this sin, alas...), weight 27 oz. Troy. Those who unlike Yours Truly have long strong memories may recall a similar example which we helped place in the Gorham collection at RISD (see Silver Magazine, March/April '98, p. 18). This one is a bit better, we think...
Boston and Salem Massachusetts circa 1800, length 9 1/8 inches, slight tip wear but heavy and in fine overall condition, monogrammed "H" (obverse, script with flourishes).
Boston circa 1830, length 4 1/2 inches, weight .64 oz Troy, monogram G.L. (script, reverse) the bowl is a bit etched out by, well, mustard, but overall thickness and quality are both above average.
Taunton, MA with presentation to "King David Lodge, June 12, 5873 (Masonic calendar for 1873), retailer's mark of Pollard & Leighton, Boston circa 1870, weight 5.78 Troy ounces, length 8 inches, excellent condition.
What is Freemasonry? The short answer is that it’s a group of good men who choose to come together with the goal of becoming better human beings and providing assistance when needed for each other and for the community at large...
Let's stop right there. I don't for a moment believe that this item was made in Boston. Most everything about it: the floral four toed feet, chased foliage with "ring matted" background (see Forbes, plate 41), silversmith's center punch on the top (see fourth photo), the overall heft and construction suggest that it was made in Canton province. Can I prove it? No, not yet at any rate. Diameter, 8.5"; height .75"; weight 14.0 oz...
Rand and Crane, length 11 5/8 inches, weight 3.98 oz. Troy, monogrammed "M" (obverse, old English), excellent condition with button on reverse. The shell appears to be applied rather than die-struck, but little else is remarkable about this spoon aside from the price, which we deem to be quite reasonable.