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...
retailer, with arrow - W - monarch maker's mark, length six inches, with short front midrib and pointy shoulders, monogrammed "Lewis".
These are substantial and well made spoons, weighing in at 4.69 oz. Troy, the lot. The overall condition is excellent. Whether any of this lends them a premium over the silver value, or whether they'll be swallowed up by the smelter's gaping maw remains to be seen...
Philadelphia circa 1790, with round downturned end and rounded drop, length 14 1/4 inches, weight 6.0 Troy ounces, monogrammed "RRC" (period script, obverse), with a scratch below these initials as shown and a few minor nicks in bowl but very good overall condition.
In an attempt to distinguish this ladle from its peers, we'll mention that the bowl has a slight boat shape when viewed head on, as you may see in photo number four.
dessert spoons, Paris circa 1780, .950 standard, maker's mark LTA (please see fifth photo), total Troy weight 20.75 ounces, some light wear but fine overall condition, with crest as shown though one spoon also has a period script "S" monogram. The forks measure 20.5 and the spoons 19.5 centimetres.
French silver from this period is quite scarce. Price is for the total of eight pieces.
length 8 1/2 inches, monogrammed "Cora 1900," fine condition, weight 3.39 Troy ounces, retailed by R. Mockford of Trumansburg, NY.
Born in Winchester, England (1839), Mockford trained as a miller. He originally established himself in Tompkins County as a baker and flour merchant, then a jewelery pedlar, and finally a retail jeweler. For a peek back in time at how his mill would have looked in 1890, see photo number five.
Elizabethtown NJ circa 1826, length 12 7/8 inches, weight 7.44 Troy ounces, excellent condition, monogrammed "MSM" in conjoined period script with flourishes (obverse) and "1801" (reverse), round downturned end with short back midrib, round chamfered shoulders and rounded drop.
A fine, massive and well executed piece of silver with an exceptionally wide (4 3/8 inches), deep and capacious bowl. Voss attributes this mark to Darby, though Elias Davis, Jr...
length 10 1/4 inches, weight 3.5 Troy ounces, superb original condition, monogrammed "B". This is truly a grand piece of silver. Often, fine details of die-struck patterns were embellished by hand chasing, and a light finger over the grapes and tendrils here will reveal to the touch a slight burr still left from the silversmith's tools.
length 12 5/8 inches, weight 8.69 Troy ounces, monogrammed "L" (script, obverse), some light wear and minor scratches in bowl but fine overall condition and truly a grand old piece of Tiffany flatware which unlike others of its kind (see a similar but scrawnier example on the bay of eeehs, item 221269578302) won't make quite such a big dent in your bank account...
length 9 5/8 inches, weight 4.86 Troy ounces, monogrammed "M" (obverse, Old English), gilt tines with a bit of table wear to gold wash on underside but excellent overall condition.
Most American silver manufacturers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries offered some variant of the Chrysanthemum pattern. As faithful readers of our little web page will know, here is my favorite one of them all...
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.
length 9 1/2 inches, weight 3.73 Troy ounces, ornate three letter script monogram "AES" (?), excellent condition, with elaborate Art Nouveau piercings above the tines.
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...
Virginia circa 1810, length 5 3/4 inches, monogrammed "T" (??) in period script with flourishes, weight 2.51 oz. Troy the lot, light wear and some minor dents in bowls but superb color and very good overall condition. Clarico's work would appear to be scarce.
length 7 1/4 inches, weight 2.69 oz. Troy, monogrammed as shown in photo number three, retailed by Daniel Low, some very minor stains on bowl but excellent overall condition.
Don't get me wrong, we love a nice 1820's piece of S.O.W. ever so much, but you'll never see this amount of detail in a sheaf which some brawny silversmith made by whacking a swage with a big hammer.
Hand wrought special order (number 288) with applied beaded rim above alternating tulip and anthemion border, on round stepped base with conforming beaded edge, large and massive; weight 56 oz. Troy, top diameter 12 3/8 inches excluding handles, height 6 3/8 inches, some minor scratches to interior but excellent overall condition, please see fourth and fifth photos for marks.
Inscribed “To Louis Ettlinger from his friends and associates in the American Lithographic Co...
luncheon fork and teaspoon, lengths 7 3/4, 7 1/8, 7 1/4 and 6 inches respectively, weight 5.34 oz. Troy, all monogrammed "Ralph Chandler" script obverse. For those who have interest in such matters, Ralph Chandler served as Master Lieutenant on the sloop Vandalia, and saw action on her in the Civil War battle of Port Royal...
length across handles twelve inches, width six inches, height six inches, weight 27.13 Troy ounces, fine condition, monogrammed as shown.
Whiting could easily have incorporated the rocaille design into the dies which were used to strike the body of this piece. Instead, they chose to use applied decoration along the foot and below the lid, a more difficult and costly technique. The resulting three-dimensionality lifts this tureen out of the realm of "good" and into that of "exceptional".
length 8 inches, a massive 2.85 oz. Troy each, no monogram, excellent condition.
Scroll down our main catalogue page a bit and you'll find two others, monogrammed and slightly more moderate in price, but equally functional.