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For those of you who did not get the chance to attend Brimfield this July in search of great antique silver, take heart. There was not much to be had. After a long day of shaking, nay thrashing the bushes, all we had to show for ourselves was this charming and well modelled little dog, length three inches, height 2 1/4 inches, excellent condition, unmarked.
Apparently doggie was once mounted on a plinth, as two of his paws have threaded holes (please see fourth photo).
comprising necklace (17 1/2 inches), bracelet (7 inches), brooch (1.75 inch diameter) and earrings. Excellent overall condition, though the safety needs to be reconnected and the threaded post-backs should be replaced with the "pinch" style backs (please see third photo).
Ruopoli worked for Black, Starr & Gorham in addition to making jewelry under his own name. He was a skilled modeller and his cast items are finely finished...
length 7 3/8 inches, weight 1.27 oz. Troy, retailed by Augustus Mathey, excellent condition.
Leveridge was part of a prominent New York family, many of whom were attorneys. His grandfather John William Chase Leveridge (please see fourth photo) served in the war of 1812, and upon his death in 1886 was the oldest living lawyer in the city...
and a mighty handsome one, at that. With bad news swirling all around, what better way to brighten up the day than to buy yourself a little gift, preferably a silver one? Diameter 1 1/2 inches, excellent condition, clasp has been replaced with modern safety (please see third photo), unmarked.
length 5 1/2 inches, weight .64 oz Troy, excellent condition, no monogram, mark of Watson-Newell corporation. Aside from the obvious skill and detail with which the face was rendered, what lifts this spoon into the realm of above average is the applied wirework decoration, "Chicago..."
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...