Chickering & Ross, 196 pages hardbound, new, with dust jacket, pub. Boston Athenæum. A well illustrated and informative catalogue of the 1994 exhibition. Includes biographical data, descriptions of life in Gardner, reminiscences of individual crafstmen.
10 1/2 inches long; fine condition; monogrammed "MJM" (at end) in period script with flourishes; marked "BALL BLACK & CO / 950"; weight 6.5 oz. Troy. Also known as a "yoked" asparagus tongs, which sounds a bit bovine to these ears...
An American Beauty Rose orange (?) spoon 6 3/16 inches monogrammed "MMM" (front) and "Apr. 20 '06" (reverse). The birth month spoon pictured alongside has been sold.
6 salad forks 6 5/8" , 6/$325;
8 lunch forks 7 1/4", SOLD
10 massive (2.77 oz. Troy each) dinner forks 7 5/8", SOLD;
1 antique dinner knife 9 5/8 with crest of arm holding arrows, new blade, some wear $45;
6 lunch knives 8 7/8" two have minor dents at end 6/$175;
5 dessert spoons 7 1/8", SOLD;
6 cream soups 6 1/8" extra-nice condition (see 2nd photo), SOLD;
4 teaspoons 5 3/4", SOLD;
12 demitasse spoons 4 1/4", 12/$240;
12 heavy flat butters or small tea knives (fat, heavy, marked on ...
Bored and in need of a new game? How about one that doesn't require a computer or, for that matter, electricity? Measuring 4 3/8 by 1 1/8 by 1 3/8 inches, this set will fit easily into your purse or briefcase, but at 31 oz. Troy (that's two pounds, two ounces in lay terms) it may weigh you down a bit. The case has some minor dents, as one might expect, from its occupants which are small and dense. There is also a spot on the "M" where the engraver bore down too hard and went through the cover...
Let's be optimistic and start off with the bull, which measures one inch long by 5/8 high, excluding pedestal. He is fully three dimensional and sports a pair of small (approximately 6 points each) but fully cut diamonds as befits such an enthusiastic fellow. The base is hand engraved with two stock symbols and prices: V 13 1/4, C 64, which no doubt had fond associations for the original owner. Next the bear, just shy of 5/8 inches long and 1/2 inch high excluding pedestal, this little beast...
circa 1860, with hollow handle and finely engraved flat all silver blade; marked "R & W WILSON" in rectangle; length 11 1/2 inches; engraved "Woelpper" on reverse of blade, good condition although the edge is a bit rough (please see second enlargement).
one by Bigelow Kennard, engraved (reverse) with fancy Gothic "H"; one by C.A.W. Crosby, engraved (reverse) "Lizzie"; $45.00 each. The third sold by Gerould, Richardson & Skinner; Keene, NH circa 1865, $65.00. All are six inches long and in fine condition.
Excellent condition, monogrammed "Theodora", looks like an ocean liner up there on your screen but actual length is 3 1/2 inches. Not an easy piece to find in this pattern.
with Little Boy Blue and Old Mother Hubbard (check out her schnoz!!) repoussé chased on the handles. The knife (7 3/8 inches) and spoon (5 3/4 inches) are in good although not flawless condition. Both monogrammed "Roger from Auntie" (reverse). Pictured here in detail only; please click the little camera and scroll down to view the photo. Full length image available via email.
with applied wirework in the form of a watchspring trailing down into the twist handle. 7 3/8 inches; good condition, no monogram.
Silver gilt, with inlaid black and raised blue enamel. A classic example of Art Deco flatware. 4 1/8 inches; good condition; marked "925S" with maker's mark of two V's superimposed upon each other at 180 degrees.
8 3/4 inches, good weight, excellent condition, monogrammed "LES" (script, front).
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. For similar exampl...
A fine, heavy piece in excellent condition. Measurements: 3 3/4 by 2 inches; marks: Kerr trademark / STERLING / 2719; no monogram.
A charming and finely made piece of Victorian silver jewellery, the matte surface is inlaid with skilfully engraved 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.
marked with the F.M. monarch - lion - D pseudos commonly associated with Savannah, length 13 1/4 inches, weight 8.7 oz Troy, monogrammed "S S T" (obverse) as shown.
There is a minor, shallow scratch extending downwards from nick on rim of bowl, and a flattened out spot on reverse cartouche where someone buffed out a scratch, long ago. Both are subtle and don't "jump out" at the eye-- overall this piece presents itself extremely well. It is grand in weight and scale.
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