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, no monogram, fine condition, weight 1.68 Troy ounces, retailed by H & D Rosenberg of Rochester, NY.
In an attempt to distinguish this spoon from its "on line" peers, we will mention that the price is quite reasonable...
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 won't set you back a grand, and then some...
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...
We'd like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all those folks who braved the dreary weather to attend this event. It was truly a pleasure, albeit a rather chilly one, to once again see some faces (you are all looking much younger!!) that we haven't seen since our shopkeeping days on Charles Street. Next year, if the weather cooperates and we're not hunkered down under a tent, I promise to bring a bit more holloware.