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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
length 5 3/4 inches, monogrammed "m" (Old English, obverse), gilt tines, excellent condition, weight 1.26 oz. Troy.
Chrysanthemum patterns were wildly popular in the 1880's. Tiffany, Gorham, Shiebler and other manufacturers all produced them, but this is certainly among the best of these designs.
double struck King's pattern with conforming hand chased double thread on blade and eleven lobed shell drop, length 7.5 inches or if you'd prefer 18.75 cm, weight 1.92 oz. Troy, a few minor scratches as shown in third enlargement but excellent overall condition, scarce.
We could only wish that it had a fine old family name but alas there is no engraving and happily no removal.
length 9 inches, weight a massive 6.39 Troy ounces, some scratches in bowl as shown (please see third photo) but fine overall condition, no monogram, marked with Simpson Hall & Miller's trademark and STERLING. It is worth noting that this is only the second large piece of Cleone we've had the privilege to offer.
length 4 3/4 inches, weight .79 oz. Troy, a few minor scratches on second and third tines from bottom as shown in enlargement but fine overall condition, no monogram.
length 6 5/8 inches, weight 1.28 oz. Troy, monogrammed "B", fine condition.
length 5 3/8 inches, no monogram, exemplary original condition, weight 1.00 oz. Troy. For those who might not be familiar with the design and production of these small sculptures cast in silver, we would commend to you the excellent chapter on same in Carpenter's "Gorham Silver".
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.
gilt bowl, no monogram, fine condition, length nine inches, weight 2.74 oz. Troy.
length 6 1/4 inches, weight 1.12 oz. Troy, monogrammed (reverse) with three letter conjoined script, excellent condition, retailed by Boston's own late lamented Bigelow Kennard & Co. In the sad event that you've been eating pap with a stainless steel utensil, click your mouse, send us an email, and get something proper...