Canterbury of nicely figured rosewood, ideal for your magazines or sheet music, made in France in the mid-19th century. Very good condition. Retains original casters. Length: 17 inches; depth 15 inches; height 18 inches. Can easily be shipped via UPS anywhere in USA. More photographs are available and can be emailed.
Fine early tablespoon by one of the rarest Southern makers, Martin Noxon of Edenton, North Carolina. It has a pointed handle and dates from about 1805. It is in excellent condition, measuring 8 7/16 inches and weighing 1.68 troy ounces. It also has a beautifully engraved, elegant script monogram on the handle. I have also noted that the hallmark is the only one I know which reads the same upside down...
Rare reticulated silver Acheh belt dating from the early 20th century. The 17 panels depicting peacocks are complemented by a larger octagonal lobed buckle with a dragon. The belt is 27 inches long and the buckle is about 4 inches across, making a belt size of 31 inches. The belt weighs 7.7 troy ounces.
Fine set of three Georgian wine labels or tickets -- for madeira, port and claret -- by the renowned maker John Reily. They are cast and have a griffin crest. The definitive book, “Wine Labels,” edited and co-authored by John Salter says (p...
Very nice oval Dutch tobacco box of a form typical of the last part of the 17th century. Very well made with heavy gauge brass with engraved scenes on both sides of women drinking. There is a caption under each scene but I cannot translate from the Dutch. In researching it I found a very similar box in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City which is discussed in an article on the museum's collection of tobacco boxes by Daniëlle O...
Rare and possibly unique large Queen's pattern sterling ladle by the renowned Philadelphia silversmith Peter L. Krider with beautiful aesthetic style engraving in the bowl and a perky rabbit at the bottom. Dating from about 1880, it measures 12 inches in length and is in virtually mint condition. The pattern is double struck, and there is a finely executed script monogram below the anthemion at the top. The ladle is quite heavy, 6 troy ounces and 13 pennyweights.
Two rows of elaborate piercing highlight this superior oval sterling mustard pot with its elegant body, pierced thumbpiece and urn finial. It retains its cobalt blue liner. It is fully marked on the base (the maker's mark is upside down in the photo) and marked on the underside of the lid with a lion passant and the maker's mark, which is faint. Overall length (including handle) is 4 1/4 inches and height is 3 1/4 inches. Weight, without glass liner, is 3 troy ounces and 12 pennyweights...
Fine late Victorian English brass postal scale with malachite base by the renowned firm of Sampson Mordan & Co. These are particularly handsome because of the malachite which sits atop a larger piece of black marble. Looks great on a desk. Mordan was known, among other things, for making micromosaics and other items from colorful marbles. Ordinary Mordan postal scales are fairly common but the marble inlay ones are scarce...
Marrow scoops are easy to find, though very nice. Marrow spoons are few and far between. This is a shell-back George II marrow spoon by the renowned London silversmith Ebenezer Coker, with the date mark for 1750. It has a nice shell and period block initials on the back. The marks are easily readable which is not the way you always find them on bottom marked pieces. The piece is 8 3/8 inches long and shows a slight bit of tip wear...
Sterling silver soup ladle by the most famous woman silversmith of all time -- Hester Bateman. It has a period script monogram (we think it is a "T") and measures 12 1/8 inches long. There are some minor bruises on one side of the bowl; this really does not detract from the piece but is mentioned just for completeness of description. More photos are available and can be emailed on request.
“Elias Davis of Newburyport, Massachusetts, remains an elusive figure, mentioned in only a few documents,” writes Patricia E. Kane in her monumental and definitive tome, “Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers.” Davis was born in Newburyport in 1746 and died there in 1783. Some references list his name as Edward Davis, or posit that there were two Newburyport silversmiths named Davis, but Kane thinks this is an error...
Handsome set of mother of pearl cufflinks and shirt studs. The cufflinks are 9/16 in diameter while the studs are 5/16 in diameter. These probably date from around 1900. There is a maker's mark (see photograph) but I have not been able to identify it. Other photographs are available and can be emailed on request.