Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.
The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the bac...
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...
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...
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 "...
This motif appears in the top center of the handle, and is repeated on the lower front at the join with the blade and on the backside heel.
This example is a 9" long, 2.1 T. oz., pie or pastry server. The pointed blade measures 4 1/2" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, and has a cupped heel and flange edge...
It is a souvenir piece depicting the city of St. Augustine, specifically the landmark "Old City Gates," as acid etched on the handle backside.
Generally found as a teaspoon, this is the less common citrus spoon variant, with a long, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange margin and point...
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...
This 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., example is a naturalistic form, portraying a twisting vine that turns back on itself to form a looped handle. The surface is textured, lending it a fully authentic look.
This form was made in at least tw...
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, two 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 rim bottom and top and is otherwise plain except for two inscriptions.
One of these, "Castlelow 1854," relates to the maker's marks on the underside, which reads, "E. & D. Kinsey," "Prem. B. Co A.S.," "1854."
The word "premium" references that this was a prize or...
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.
Price for the group of eight.
The square one has a lined base, engine turned top, is marked "925" and "FS" in a circle, and weighs 26 grams (just over .8 T. oz.). The next largest is rectangular with rounded corners, plain-surfaced, marked with the Blackinton emblem, and weighs 16 grams (approximately .5 T. oz.).
The small oval has ...