It is an original production example of Alvin's early 20th century, Art Nouveau, "Old Orange Blossom," informally known as "OOB."
It is imprinted with the Alvin emblem, and the words "Patent" and "Sterling," all in very fine lettering as would be expected of an early piece.
The handle end is upturned and has an Old English "W" monogram that is very shallowly inscribed and only faintly visib...
Priced as a set.
This pair of of items is reflective of their high quality work. They are in the fashion of earlier styles, executed in an Arts & Crafts manner.
The main piece is a 5 5/8" diameter handle tip to handle tip, 1.1 T. oz., tea strainer. The actual strainer section m...
Priice per piece, three available.
This example is a 7" long, weighty at 1.2 T.oz., dessert or oval soup, place spoon. It was made by Whiting, whose lion emblem, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat 1862," appear on the backside.
The design incorporates three defining elements, all of which are derivative of the name. The dominant o...
Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, NY, operated under various names from the mid to late 1800s. The "H&S" mark (along with "Sterling") imprinted on the blade of this 7" long, relatively weighty at 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife in the company's "Unique" pattern was used 1864-71 according to an entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."
The design is characteristic of the period, incorporating leaf and anthemion elements rather abundantly employed. It is doubl...
Consistent with that, this example measures 6 7/8" long and is quite heavy, at 1.7 T. oz.
The pattern is "Dauphin" by Durgin, issued in 1897.
Apropos of the name, the design is French in manner. It features a variety of high relief flowers and leaves, with a ribbon border. The backside heel of the roughly 2" diameter bowl features an expanded leaf portraiture, interpreted in a free-flowing, Art Nouveau...
This 10 1/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., item is a rare form, likely pudding, serving spoon.
It has a symmetrical, 4 3/4" long by 2 1/4" at the widest, oval blade or bowl with a slightly scooped interior. This has a deep, bronze colored, gold finish front and backsides, and delicate, stylized leaf and blossom engraving at the tip. There is a feathered script, possibly "JDQ," m...
This piece is a 5" long, just scant of 1.0 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.
Marked only "Sterling," the maker is unknown, but the character of the work is Arts & Crafts, evocative of "Onslow" patterns produced by Arthur Stone and Tuttle, and suggesting an early 20th century date.
The rolled, broadly lined, handle tip that defines "Onslow" is p...
It was made by William B. Kerr of Newark, New Jersey. The company emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2448" are imprinted on the backside of the 3/8" wide, slightly curved, band that forms the body of the piece.
The backside is fitted with a pivoting crossbar to which two prongs that reach to the front are attached.
The surface of the band is acid etched in a swirling, leafy, Ar...
Price for the pair.
Made by Gorham circa 1865, they are coin silver and stamped with that company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the undersides.
They are identical except for the round, applied medallion that adorns the wall of each piece. One of these has a female figure and the other a male figure. These are cast, very finely executed, preci...
The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.
It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless co...
This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a scall...
An individual place piece in a "Kings" pattern, it has a flat handle and a solid silver blade.
The handle front has a delicate script monogram that appears to be "EKP" while the backside is engraved "'90."
It is in flawless estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, free of polishing wear. The blade is without bends, nicks or burrs, and has barely...
It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme.
These include (see image two for detail):
Jack the Giant Killer
The Merry Hunter
The Wolf and the Lamb
Tom the Piper's Son ...
Price for the set of eight.
Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.
Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.
The pattern appears on both sides of the handles, an...
Whereas the pusher is bent, this has a flat, 2" wide, pierced, blade with a straight front edge and scalloped sides and shoulders.
A rarely found item, this form seems to have been favored by Towle who produced this in the company's 1900 "Old Newbury," and offered it in other patterns as well.
It was retailed by "A.M. Jewett" whose name appears on the re...
Price for the set of 12
Short handled, individual, chocolate spoons, they are rarely found items, and all the more so in this quantity. The pattern is "Old Newbury" made by Towle.
Each one has an Art Nouveau, script "MAH" monogram. The style of engraving is consistent with the 1900 date of issue of this beaded pattern.
The bowls are ovoid, 1 5/16" by 1", scaled t...
The pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., olive spoon is "Douvaine," perhaps the company's most popular line.
It features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure set midway on the handle.
This is all surrounded by an array o...
The faceted base is molded glass while the top is silver attached to an applied rim. The lid is divided in half and is fitted with a hinge and knob allowing it to open fully.
The fixed side of the top is engraved with an Old English "S" monogram.
The edge of the rim is stamped "Sterling," "95" (a model number), and with a rubbed gr...