For those of you who have an interest in Heraldry, we will mention that this item bears the arms of Blackwill. And also Bonvill, Fisher, Fulcher, Halliday, Miles, Peck, Shields, Trant and Twedie.
The bowl has a few more scratches than we'd like to see, and a small dip at the edge which we show in excruciating detail (see third photo), but all in all a pleasant and substantial item which presents itself quite well.
Marked only "coin," back in the day we would have hastened to read through many musty issues of "Silver Magazine" in order to find the maker of this fine ladle, but now, in our dotage, we will leave this task to you, dear reader.
Stone's workshop made this item in at least four sizes. The larger two required substantial time in the making, and are scarce by comparison to their smaller peers. It is also unusual find an example which has never been engraved, since these were most often made as presentation pieces.
Over the years, we've handled many many pieces of Martelé, and if you dear reader will forgive me for a bit of crudeness, most of them are "trashed." Specifically, the detail is severely worn away, leaving the beauty of the overall design still appreciable but no longer intact.
Why? Because Gorham made a bit of a bargain with the devil, and used .950 or .9584 silver to...
Compare other examples such as items 361767311810 (1875.00) and 131490471803 (2550.00) on the Big Bad auction page...
Brams was a noted jewelry designer; also a prominent collector of folk and ethnographic art. He is now retired and living in New York.
As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...
Though it's a bit sad to think about what has happened to such a once-large set, at least spoons fifteen and sixteen are able to keep each other company for the foreseeable future...
Though not a "first demand" pattern, the Antique Ivies were made by several manufacturers, and involved extensive skill and hand work to produce. Expensive when first sold, they are members of a dying breed, as most flatware of this quality has now been consigned to the melting pot. This handsome pair was given as a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary...
Please note that each bird is slightly different in form, and that only one bears Adler's mark. However, we do believe them to be of a pair.
Marguerite was design...
There is some rather sloppy soldering on the beaded border beneath the spout (I do not believe this to be a repair) which we show in agonizing detail, see image four, but aside from this the condition is very good
Height excluding handle 3 3/8 inches, weight 5.84 Troy ounces, 2 5/8 inches across base, a few minor dents but very good overall condition.
Though the mark overstrikes that of Wolcott (& Gelston?), work from Spear's Savannah period is scarce, and this mark was previously unrecorded. It is now included in Wm Erik Voss' excellent compendium ...