This particular pair are stamped "Ford & Tupper" and "Sterling," and are in the form of large tongs.
A firm associated with high quality silver, Ford & Tupper operated under this partnership name 1867-74; there is considerable question about whether it was a retailer exclusively or also a manufacturer. In the Encyclopedia ...
The pattern is Gorham's "Fleury," which is a floral design very reminiscent of that company's "Buttercup," although the flowers in this instance appear to be wild rose, and in that regard, there is a close parallel with Watson's "Meadow Rose."
All these patterns date from the first decade of the 20th century and show the expressiveness of the Art Nouveau style that was popular in the period. ...
Firstly, the extensive inscriptions offer a lot to the genealogist.
The front of the handle reads "Sarah Aurora Dauchy" while the reverse is inscribed in similar script, "From her grandmother A. Mead."
Probing for the specifics about the lives of these persons is aided by the fact that both the retailer and manufacturer are located in New York's Hudson River Valley...
The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.
The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a rais...
The motif is dominated by laurel and other leaves arranged in sprays, clusters, and wreaths, all surmounted with a scroll handle terminus.
The pattern is high relief and substantial, as evidenced by the 2.0 T. oz. weight of this 7 5/8" long, chipped beef fork.
The serving end has four, lengthy, splayed, tines, shaped shoulders, repeats the pattern theme...
While Hollister was of no particular distinction, this pickle or early pastry fork is an unusual form in that it has four tines, the lowest one of which is widened. Most examples of such mid 19th century pieces have three tines.
The pattern is "Williamsburg Shell" which was a reproduction flatware line produced by Stieff for sale through Colonial Williamsburg, the design of which was inspired by period items in the museum's collection.
It is an "Old English" pattern with a raised shell added to the tipt end of the slender, elongated, handle. A second shell appears on backside heel of the serving end.
The pattern, "Hamilton," dates from 1938, the late Art Deco period.
The thick handle is fiddle shaped with a double lined border, and otherwise plain save for a bit of extra shaping around the shoulders.
Never monogrammed, this is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches, there are no signs of use. The tines remain pointed, straight and even, while the finish has a soft...
The multi-tine, reticulated serving end is quite faithful to the original, although there are subtle differences that distinguish it.
It is in flawless estate condition, and without a monogram or removal. The finish is bright...
It is a fully original piece, i.e.not made up or custom, produced by William B. Durgin in its 1897 "Madame Royale" pattern.
The scroll, leaf and berry design borders the handle and flat area of the pick, repeating on the backside of the handle but not the pick.
There is a script "LHB" monogram engraved on the front.
It is in immaculate estate condition, free of bends or polishing wear, and having a brigh...
It has a 1 3/4" wide, double border rim that has a hand raised leaf and floral design. Repousse as represented on this reflects a style and technique that was a hallmark of Baltimore silver, and this applies especially so to Kirk.
The interior has a line script monogram. As the base is flat bottomed, the piece co...
Price for the pair.
Made by George Shiebler, with a likely late 19th century date, they are imaginatively designed--which in reference to Shiebler is often an understatement--and extravagantly scaled. Both items are stamped with a "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "2733."
Each piece measures 10 1/2" long, with the fork weighing 3.2 T. oz. and the spoon nearly 3.4 T. oz. ...
This 5 1/8" long, light weight, three tine, strawberry fork illustrates the imaginative diversity of the firm's products.
Apropos of the firm's New England location, the handle features a sculptural portrait of a Victorian woman in bathing or beach garb, with her hand resting on a pier post. Below this is an array of seashore creatures, including a fish, ...
There are subtle aspects to the reticulated bowl that confirm the age of this. Having a shape that mimics an olive spoon, it has notched and chamfered shoulders, and a pointed and upturned end. The soft, satin matte, finish has a pale gold wash on front and back surfaces.
There is a flowing script "SS" monogram ...
This example is a 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.2 T. oz., all silver gravy ladle.
It has a large bowl that measures 2" in diameter and 1/2" deep.
The backside of the piece is plain, save for the Frank Smith "lion and S" emblem and the word "Sterling."
In excellent condition and never monogrammed, the only signs of use are sligh...
This example is model number "5" by Gorham, and so identified by marks on the inside of the handle, which also include the word "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1889."
One other imprint by the pin that holds the two pieces together reads "Pat. 75," which no doubt is a reference to the spring mechanism that controls the pivoting arms.
The design on the hollow but all silve...
This example is a long handle, 8 7/8", .7 T. oz., two tine, olive or pickle fork.
In addition to the novel design, it has an unusual double twist handle. Overall it is an elegantly slender and graceful piece, well-crafted and finely finished.
It is in flawless condition, showing no polishing wear, having a fine fine, an...
It is sterling silver, model "4805A" made by Gorham in 1907, all of which information is indicated by the marks on the underside.
It is decidedly Art Nouveau in style, featuring raised wild rose blossoms and trailing stems arrayed on an undulating rim. The quality of the design and execution are such that th...