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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413207 (stock #4064f)
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These six spoons are marked for Sheffield, England, sterling silver, year 1898-99, and "HA" for maker Atkin Brothers - Harry Atkin.

Measuring 5 3/8" long each and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the lot, they are 5 o'clock size, used for afternoon tea.

They have elaborately designed, cast, handles that are reminiscent in style to "apostle" spoons.

The design incorporates a pair of dolphins supporting a heart and flower or fleur-de-lis at the openwork handle tops. The lower ends of the stems portray...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413174 (stock #4063f)
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Bright cut engraved designs were popular among American silver manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, with this generously-sized, 9 1/4" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., pie server a fine example of the style.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the "Old English" tipt backside handle, the pattern is "Chrysanthemum," issued in 1885. Flowers, grasses, and birds were common themes for this genre.

The imagery is finely rendered, set agai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1413142 (stock #4062f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., spoon carries the distinctive "crossed shovel and pick with JM Co." mark of Seattle's Joseph Mayer Company, along with the word "Sterling."

A souvenir piece, it features a raised figure of a grass skirted hula dancer wearing a lei around her neck. She is identified by a banner set diagonally across her feet.

The end of the handle is embellished by three hibiscus blooms, while the shank reads "Hawaii" in raised le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413108 (stock #4061f)
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Reflecting Aesthetic sensibilities, themselves drawn from Asian design, Wendt's "Bird" is a multi-motif pattern that features a variety of avian creatures, usually in flight or alight on a branch.

This full size, 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.6 T. oz., soup ladle is unusual in its portraiture in that, rather than representing a delicate specimen such as a nightingale or swallow as is typical of most of the line, it portrays a bold, standing rooster or cockerel, with raised tail features and a for...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413076 (stock #4060f)
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Measuring 5 7/8" long, and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sugar spoon was made by Durgin, marked with the company "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd," and retailed by Philadelphia's "Bailey, Banks & Biddle," also so stamped.

The pattern is "Empire," which is a late 19th century design that incorporates imagery suggestive of the French court, nobility, and imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown, cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

The b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412988 (stock #4059f)
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In pristine condition, this 6" long, "Statue of Liberty" themed spoon marked "Tiffany & Co." and "Sterling," is heavier at 1.3 T. oz. than other similar pieces.

It features a raised, sculptural-like, full representation of Liberty standing on her pedestal base.

There is an eagle with raised wings, a shield, and the words "New York" below this, extending to the margin of the bowl.

As indicated, the item is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever and possessing a bright finish...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1412927 (stock #4058f)
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Lengthy at 9 5/8" and weighty at 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a large, 4" long by 2 1/2" at the widest by 5/8" deep, bowl with flanged shoulders, a central rib in the base, and a gold washed surface that is bright cut and wriggle work engraved in a blackberry and leaves design.

Dating circa 1880, it is stamped "J.S. MacDonald" for the late 19th century Baltimore firm, and with the word "Sterling."

The "Old English Reverse Tipt" handle features an engraved "Lily" pattern that shows th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1412872 (stock #4057f)
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An early example of a form that was produced for decades, beginning in the 19th century and extending well into the 20th, this solid silver, "Repousse pattern handle with an elongated, arrow head shaped blade," letter opener, dates to the mid 19th century.

It is relatively large compared to more recent pieces, measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz.

It is marked "S. Kirk & Son" and "1015" for the peculiar to Baltimore silver standard that is essentially equivalent to coin and was use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412842 (stock #4056f)
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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 5 7/8" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is narcissus, with blossoms and leaves that lay upon and fold over one another, rising from the surface of the s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1412680 (stock #4054f)
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Measuring a lengthy 5 3/4" and weighing a robust 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are marked on the inside of each leg, respectively, with Durgin's "D" emblem and "Sterling," and "B.K.&Co.," for Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Company.

The pattern is "Bead," issued in 1893. It features a "Tipt" end with a beaded margin handle, joined in this instance to heavy, detailed, talon grips.

The plain arch is engraved with an Old English "T" monogram.

In superb condition, these are without wear or dam...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1412614 (stock #4053f)
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Rooted in Moorish design, Whiting's "Arabesque" was produced during the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s. It features a standing griffin with widespread wings.

This example from the line is a rarely found, 8 1/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., jelly cake server.

It is characterized by a lengthy, narrow and pointed, blade with a cupped heel, flanged shoulders, and pointed tip.

In this instance the blade is also bright cut engraved in a design that mirrors that on the handle.

Never monogramm...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1412531 (stock #4052f)
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A 9" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this berry or other serving spoon has a "Tipt" end, and high, pointed, shoulders off the ovoid, scalloped edge bowl.

It is stamped "Zahm & Jackson," for the partnership that Vivian Gerstell in Silversmiths of Lancaster Pennsylvania 1830-50 indicates was established in 1845, although this piece dates some fifteen years or so later than that.

This also carries the "horsehead over shield" manufacturer's mark of Philadelphia's James Watts and the word "Coin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412484 (stock #4051f)
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Each of these six iced tea aka parfait spoons measures 7 5/8" long and has an Old English "E" monogram inscribed on the handle front. The group weigh 6.2 T. oz.

Estate items, they are early examples of Gorham's Art Nouveau "Virginiana" pattern, marked with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1904."

A poppy design, the portraiture includes blooms and buds on both ends of the handle, front and back sides, along with long trailing leaves.

They are in outstanding con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1412330 (stock #4049f)
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A relatively large item, this master salt stands 1 13/16" high to the rim, slightly more to the tips of the three legs, has a top span of 2 1/2", a bottom diameter of 2", and weighs 1.8 T. oz.

It is barrel form, with a tapered body that is plain save for a knurled and lined band on the upper portion. The name "Kate" is inscribed in Old English lettering above this.

The interior has a bright gold wash on the interior and a slightly concave base.

The body is supported on three, stave-like...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1412278 (stock #4048f)
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First issued in 1905 as "American Chippendale" aka "Chippendale," Frank Smith produced a rarely found variant named "Lincoln Engraved" in 1923.

This example of the line is a 5 3/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., narrow bowl, condiment spoon, used for chow chow or piccalilli relishes.

It appears to represent a further refinement of the pattern, having a hammered handle and a hand chased, rather than die struck, design that embodies the Arts & Crafts sensibilities of the period.

There is a sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1412179 (stock #4047f)
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Marked "IL/HL/CL" for silversmiths John, Henry & Charles Lias, a "lion" for sterling, a "leopard face" for London, an "n" for 1828-29, and a "bust" duty mark, this item is a pap boat, used for feeding children or the invalid.

Measuring 5" long, 3" at the widest, 1" high at the tallest, 2.5 T. oz., it is oval shaped with a pouring lip at one end.

Flat bottomed, it has an applied, gadrooned, rim, and is otherwise plain.

In very good condition, it shows no signs of use save for some shall...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1412153 (stock #4046f)
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The Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by Dorothy Rainwater indicates that "The Kalo Shop" was founded in 1900 by Clara Barck Welles and "went on to become the largest and most influential producer of handwrought silverware and jewelry in the midwest."

Rainwater further notes that "Mrs. Welles retired in 1940." Given that this 10 1/8" long, 3.6 T. oz., serving spoon is engraved on the backside, "AS HCM" over "Feb. 14, 1939," it traces to the founder's working years, which le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412078 (stock #4045f)
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Price for the set of twelve.
Frank's Smith's "Federal Cotillion" aka "Edward VII" is nearly identical in design to Whiting's "King Edward," with both issued in 1901, coincident with the elevation of Edward to the throne of the United Kingdom following the death of Queen Victoria.

The pattern is an American interpretation of an English "Kings" pattern and incorporates shells, acanthus leaves, and an anthemion.

This group is a set of twelve, matched, 4 3/8" long, 5.8 T. oz. the group, coffee (slightly larger than demita...

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