Gorham cast "The Dumplings" pictured here is sold, Watrous "Uncle Tom's Cabin" tea pictured here is SOLD, Gorham cast Detroit demi (4 7/8", OK maybe it's only medium rare) remains, excellent condition.
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: Pre 2000
One is just cause to raise the flag, but a pair? Splendid! These are oval, 2 1/8" X 1 3/8", and stand 1 3/4" off the table. Unmarked, but attributed by a VERY knowledgeable fellow to F.A. Durgin of St. Louis. I tried to put both in the same frame but couldn't get sufficient detail, thus the two similar looking enlargements. One has some dents of the type made by a small, sharp object on the back side, as shown in photo three . There is slight wear to the high-points...
Gorham souvenir spoons have been described as miniature sculptures, and these are fine examples. Each one was designed by a New Orleans silversmithy, and cast at the Gorham factory. From top to bottom (see photo): demi with gilt bowl, five-o-clock spoon, round bowl Jackson Square (SOLD), all by A.B. Griswold & Co; sugar shell with gilt engraved bowl (rare) by A.M. Hill; teaspoon A.B. Griswold(SOLD); citrus by A.M. Hill.
: Pre 2000
A large, attractive ring with elegant floral engraving. Diameter, 1 3/4"; height, 1 3/4". Heavy, and in good condition. I couldn't get both the Shiebler mark and the engraving in focus, but you can view my best attempt by clicking the little camera. And if any Canon executives out there are reading this, I'd be glad to link with you in exchange for use of that lovely top-of-the line digital camera!
Those of you who've emailed with inquiries already know that this book is at the top of my "must read" list for folks with an interest in 19th century American silver. It is well written and comprehensive, with many informative listings of both companies and individual silversmiths. Price includes postage. Also available: one copy of the third edition (still a great book) @12.00 postpaid.
As pictured, top row: Four unmarked (save for French import mark) Chinese tags with brackets to hold various labels, 4/$125.00 2nd row: HOCK, SOLD (Dublin ça 1807, maker JT); MADEIRA, $95.00 (London, 1824, George Pearson?); KETCHUP, SOLD (London ça 1790, T. Phipps & E. Robinson); SOY, SOLD (London, 1797, maker I•H in oval); FISH SAUCE, SOLD (London, 1825, IR?) 3rd row: ANCHOVEY, SOLD (unmarked); two WHISKEY, $35.00 each (20th c.); SOY $165.00 (London ça...
A handsome (and now famous!) example of medallion jewelry, this pin features four different portraits. Length, 2 1/4 inches; excellent condition. Why is it famous? Please see Suzanne Marshall's fine new book "200 Years of American Manufactured Jewelry & Accessories", p. 45
oval with two bellflowers, 2 1/8 by 1 1/2 inches (possibly a LaPaglia design), excellent condition.
A charming and finely made piece of Victorian silver jewellery, the matte surface is inlaid with delicately chased gold and copper flowers. Length, 3 5/8 inches; excellent condition; marked only "PAT AP'D FOR", but probably produced by the Whiting Mfg. Company.
A fine, heavy piece in excellent condition. Measurements: 3 3/4 by 2 inches; marks: Kerr trademark / STERLING / 2719; no monogram.
First, let me protest my spell checker's version of "enamelled". We favor the doubled consonant, and have only capitulated to appease the mighty google.
Height 1 3/4; top diameter 4 1/8 inches, weight 3.92 oz. Troy, no monogram, some very minor enamel loss, light scratches and barely visible dents but fine overall condition, unmarked.
Knight was a designer and silversmith who achieved both Craftsman and Master designations from the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts...