Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 2000 item #1209362 (stock #2171)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$1500.00
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 : China Trade : Pre 2000 item #1200492 (stock #2154)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
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indeed riotous chrysanthemum decoration, height 3 3/4 inches, weight 3.32 Troy ounces, top diameter 2 3/8 inches, applied circular cartouche with no monogram, seamed construction, a minor test file mark on base (please see fourth photo at nine-o-clock position) but excellent overall condition.

Tuck Chang worked in Shanghai, and this piece dates from about 1890...

All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 2000 item #1115987 (stock #2048)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
last seen in Chinese customs, now missing and presumed stolen
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...

All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 2000 item #761468 (stock #1644)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
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Canton Province circa 1830, length 8 inches, some tine wear and knife cuts (see third photo) as shown but wonderfully heavy and well made, with a classic set of marks. The second fork pictured here is sold.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 2000 item #429306 (stock #1112)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
$1100.00
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...
All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 2000 item #220075 (stock #0821)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
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Kheechong, Canton circa 1825, length 13 1/2 inches, weight 8.43 oz. Troy, monogrammed "DR". Heavy and in excellent condition, with the classic "inset v" construction on both shells (front & back), bold shell drop (please see third photo). A superb example from the China Trade period, there is but one caveat here: someone has substantially removed the mark (ideogram - K.H.C. - monarch), and it is now only visible in outdoor lighting, with the back tilted at just the right angle.
All Items : Silver : China Trade : Contemporary item #216856 (stock #0737)
Bruce Cherner Antique Silver
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6 1/4 inches; no monogram; excellent condition. These are made from two spoons joined together by a (silver) spring device. I can anticipate questions such as "How do you know that this is original, not just a couple of spoons mated up?" or "Has Cherner flipped his wig?" To answer the first, there are at least three clues: the spoons are uncharacteristically straight, the mark is further from the bowl than one would expect it to be, the color of the spring is an exact match for the spoons...
 
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