It has a hollow handle and a silver plate blade, which component is something of a rarity when found in good condition, as such blades are subject to wear and, soon after the 1900 date of this design, were supplanted by stainless steel composition.
The pattern is akin to Durgin's "New Art," showing high relief iris blossoms, with long, sinuous, leaves trailing up the handle.
The blade is flat a...
This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork.
The overall condition is excellent and there is no monogram or removal. The tines retain a portion of an original gold wash and are pointed and free of bends or burrs. The pattern detail remains well-d...
The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, with in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.
The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.
The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of de...
The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.
Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold ov...
Made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the backside, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For," it measures 6" long and weighs .8 T. oz.
The piece is well-crafted, with a sculptural quality to the detailed, high relief, imagery that includes a box turtle at the join between the handle and bowl and the word "...
The design on this 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon features a bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow. It is altogether quite charming in a bit naive way, in its representation.
Commonly referred to as "Spray," it is sometime identified as "Bouquet," and while made by Durgin, is occasionally attributed to other makers.
Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, sometimes carrying the Durgin name or "D" emblem, and...
Priced as a pair.
Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are only occasionally identified as by Durgin. This youth set provide that association, as both pieces are stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Sterling."
The knife measures 7 1/2" long, while the fork is 6". Both pieces combined weigh just...
Common to all these pieces are silver bases, crowns, and the truly defining element, which is a dolphin or sea serpent handle.
The bodies are high quality, finely cut rock crystal. At least one source attributes the...
The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.
Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with minor var...
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...
Price per piece, three available.
In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.
This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders o...
It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded end shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front.
It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script.
It is in excellent condition. The detail remains well-defined, showing minimal evidence of polishin...
Price for the set of six.
They are stamped "E.E. & S.C. Bailey," for brothers Ebenezer and Samuel, who established a partnership in Claremont, New Hampshire, circa 1825.
They are particularly well-crafted and elegantly formed. Slender in shaped, they have elongated "Tipt" handles with upturned ends. The bowls are also rather narrow and long, and have pointed tips and exposed drops on...
Price for the set of eight.
Marked "Sterling," they were retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) and carry forward some of the design sensibilities of earlier coin silver flatware.
They have plain handles with rounded and upturned terminals. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.
Stamped "Coin" on the larger blade, there is no further identification, save that this belonged to "Emily" as engraved in script on the reserve area on one side of the engine turned surfaces of the handle.
There is a repeating line and star design on the upper edge of one of the blade braces, and a line a...
Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.
It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate. The date letter is simply blurred while the maker's mark, which appears to be a script "LM" in a scalloped punch, is insufficient...
Standing on a footed base that is 3" in diameter, it measures 4 3/4" high to the rim and 5 1/8" to the top of the handles, is 4" across rim to rim, has a maximum span of 7 1/4" handle to handle, and weighs a heavy 14.8 T....
First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.
Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry, ...