Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 2000 item #1273893 (stock #2203)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$350.00
a rare, diminutive example, 3 1/8 X 1 7/8 X just under 1/2 inches, weight 2.3 Troy ounces.

It is an unusual pleasure to find an object which is engraved ("J. Diprose, EsqR / from J.J.G. Bombay") with both a name and a location, to lend it an added sense of history.

This item is superb in both design and execution. Though we always hesitate to say "flawless condition," one would be hard-pressed to find fault...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1271680 (stock #2202)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$225.00
length 12 7/8 inches, weight 4.11 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

With the added cachet (we were going to say "snob appeal", but then remembered that our faithful readers, all two of them who remain, aren't snooty) of a Cartier retailer's mark.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 2000 item #1268530 (stock #2201)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
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height 12 3/8 inches to top of handle; 11 1/2 to top of spout, eight lobed body with ornate floral chasing and helmet spout, weight 26 Troy ounces, some light wear to high points and a few very minor dents (these will not photograph) but fine overall condition, engraved "Presented by the Fire Department of Williamsburgh to Andrew B...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1247426 (stock #2197)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
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length 8 1/4 inches, weight 4.85 Troy ounces, design detail in fine condition, bowl retains more than half of its original gilding, monogrammed as shown. Retailed by Boston's own late lamented Bigelow Kennard & Company, a fine, elegant store which many of my customers are old enough to remember with affection...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1238134 (stock #2193)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$40.00
length 7 3/4 inches, three letter script monogram (reverse) as shown in enlargement number five, exceptionally fine condition, weight 1.36 oz. Troy, the blade well engraved with trailing bellflower decoration.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1221326 (stock #2186)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$95.00
Length 5 7/8 inches, weight 1.18 Troy ounces, excellent condition, monogrammed "B" (obverse, Old English).

One of Frank Smith's better designs, and one of Yours Truly's favorite patterns...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 2000 item #1220066 (stock #2185)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
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height 3 1/8; top diameter 5 inches, weight 6.14 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

Similar in design and construction to its larger cousin known as the "Louvre Bowl," (see Drucker, p. 188) because it is in the permanent collection of that institution.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1219048 (stock #2184)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$40.00
length 5 1/8 inches, weight .47 oz. Troy, monogrammed "M.F.W.", fine condition with traces of original gilding on bowl and along handle.

One of these days, a more scholarly colleague will reveal the true name of this pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1217386 (stock #2180)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$25.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 2000 item #1211269 (stock #2174)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$825.00
height 1 3/4; diameter of base 2 1/4 inches, weight 3.28 Troy ounces, excellent condition, discreetly monogrammed on the underside as shown in photos three and four.

These are perfectly plumb, but wide angle distortion has caused one to look a bit akilter, and for this we must apologize, dear reader.

All Items : Silver : Pre 2000 item #1209782 (stock #2173)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$150.00
Phineas Mitchell, Boston circa 1820, length six inches, weight 1.39 Troy ounces, excellent condition, monogrammed as shown in enlargement number three.

Long enough to be used for either ice or crudités. Note shell back decoration on spoon ends, which lifts these out of the realm of the mundane and into that of the "above average."

All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 2000 item #1209362 (stock #2171)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
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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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1206987 (stock #2169)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$1650.00
Gale & Mosely, New York circa 1830, double struck-- for the uninitiated, this means the pattern is both front and back, length just shy of 8 1/2 inches, some very slight tine wear on a few (we've pictured the worst one in enlargement number four) but superb overall condition, weight 30.74 Troy ounces (!!) or 2.79 each on average, no monogram.

One would be hard-pressed indeed to find a better set of dinner forks.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 2000 item #1206650 (stock #2168)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$495.00
circa 1935, .833 standard, height 3 1/8 inches, weight 2.67 Troy ounces, excellent condition, no monogram. A very charming little owl indeed.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1206269 (stock #2166)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$925.00
length 8 1/2 inches, weight 6.4 Troy ounces, no monogram, with Jensen trademark circa 1940, "84", and Swedish import marks, (see third enlargement).

Over the years, we've bought and sold many pieces of Blossom. This one is in exemplary condition, with gentle hammer marks on spoon bowl and fork tines; each petal of the blossom with full detail.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1200984 (stock #2155)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
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length 8 3/8 inches, weight 3.09 Troy ounces, no monogram, slight wear to gilding on tines but very nearly benchmark condition, retailed by Sheafer and Lloyd of Pittsburgh.

This pattern has always been a personal favorite. Note the expressiveness of the eyes, which you may examine up close in photo number three.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1200097 (stock #2152)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$50.00
engraved "Kansas City" in bowl, length 5 7/8 inches, weight 1.30 Troy ounces, excellent condition.

Place pieces are much rarer than servers in this grand old Durgin pattern whose name is a subject of some disagreement, which leads me to believe that not many were produced.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 2000 item #1199239 (stock #2149)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$270.00
length 5 5/8 inches, total Troy weight 6.22 ounces, superb condition, faintly gilt tines, monogrammed as shown (please see third photo).

These are particularly choice examples, extra heavy, with excellent detail and die depth. To my eye, this is one of R & B's most attractive designs. For further discussion of what makes a pattern aesthetically successful, see Design New England, November-December 2012, pp. 60-64

 
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