This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.
The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.
It is without a monogram or removal and in ve...
It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.
The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers.
Whatever name is applied, this example is characteristic of the piece. It measures 3 7/8" long, with a short handle and a 1 5/8" diameter bowl with two tabs to lock over the rim of a brandy snifter. It weighs .6 T. oz.
While brandy warmers are readily available, this piece is uncommon. Figural and decorative whereas many are plain, it is a limited lin...
The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.
Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed.
This example is a 6" long, just under .9 T. oz., youth fork. It is an early example, stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" set on the edge of the handle.
Its age is further evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads in fine script le...
It is a 4 7/16" long, just over .4 t. oz., lemon fork with three tines, the outer two of which are splayed. The center one is wider and slightly more elongated than the other two.
It is without a monogram or removal, and in immaculate condition. The high relief, clustered fruit pattern detail remains clear and well-d...
It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.
It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style, ...
The pattern is clearly rooted in Aesthetic sensibilities, with a marine theme. There are two shell motifs, one in the heel of the central of three tines, and one at the tip of the handle.
Radiating lines fan out from the broad, angular, handle shoulders, and meet a series of ripples that evoke waves, which probably not without coincidence, resemble Tiffany's "Wa...
Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.
A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this pa...
Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.
This example is a 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.8 T...
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...
The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.
The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. T...
This example of his work is fully marked with his maker's "H.H," a date letter for 1858-59, London, sterling, and a queen's head.
It is a large mustard pot with a clear glass liner. It stands 2 1/8" tall, has a body that is 2 1/8" wide, a maximum span of 3 1/2" to the end of the handle, and the silver ...
Priced as a Pair.
They are a "Pointed Antique" design with engraved fronts, a slightly tipt backside, and exposed drops on the bowls. There are reserve areas that are without monograms or inscriptions.
Marks are a harp for Ireland, Hibernia for sterling silver, and a distinct, script "JO" for John Osborne, working in Dublin 1784-1809.
They are in good condition, noting some wear...
According to the identifications offered in the "Encylopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the style of the "S. Kirk & Son" mark, along with the word "Sterling," was used 1925-32, indicating these have considerable age.
The footed, open salt stands 1 13/16" tall on a base that is 1 3/4" in diameter, and has a top opening that measures 2 5/8" across....
Such is represented in this 7" diameter, 1 1/8" high, very heavy at 11.4 T. oz., open bowl. It is stamped on the underside "Tilden-Thurber," "Sterling," and "943," and likely dates from early in the 20th century.
It has a flat bottom, with an eight lobed wall,...
That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, with a likely late 19th century date.
It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.
The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.
Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes. Yet within the detail,...
This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."
There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...