A souvenir item, the handle portrays a standing miner wearing boots and a hat, holding a chunk of ore in his left hand and with his right hand leaning on a crow bar or such.
The figure is standing on a base that reads, "Struck it at last."
The caricature is sculp...
It is solid silver, made by the Watson Company, whose "crown, W, lion," emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "A65" appear on the underside.
It is fully in the Mid Century Modern style, building upon sleek, plain, and clean design lines that are emblematic of the 1950s and 60s. It could readily serve as a prop in the home of Ward ...
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...
The figure is surrounded by considerable imagery including wheat, a grape cluster, a shell, and clouds, this last details perhaps derivative of her mythological identity as a Titan associated with light.
This 5 3/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., pi...
It is in very good condition, without any breaks or bends in the silver, although there are light surface scratches. The inset shows some fading around the edges under the frame. The backside brace remains intact, along with a brass hanging ring. The two pins ...
The first is "Danish Modern," taking its inspiration from the style popularized early in the 20th century by Georg Jensen. It also embodies the clean, sleek, look of the "Mid Century Modern" mode, which actually dovetails with the Danish aesthetic.
It was made by the Webster Company, whose "CW with an arrow" emblem is stamped on t...
The central element is a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is strongly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.
It is a multi-motif line, meaning the figural representation varies between different pieces.
This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sa...
The pattern is "Medallion" by John Wendt and is stamped "Patent 1862," "Sterling," and "Ball Black & Co," for the New York City retailer with whom Wendt is strongly associated.
One of the most impressive of the myriad "Medallion" figures offered by American manufacturers in the 1860s, the line featured a vari...
Price for the set of three pieces.
The pattern is "Medallion" dating from the 1860s, and features Wendt's young male figure on the fork and spoon, and his less commonly found female image on the knife.
The high relief portraiture remains crisp and sharply defined on all ...
Price for the set of six.
Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz. Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.
All have a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.
The pattern appears on both the front and back of the ...
Price for the set of ten.
Aesthetic in manner, and likely dating about 1880, there are two types of blossoms, one six petaled and one multi-petaled.
The relatively generously sized bowls, 1 3/8" long by 13/16" at the widest, have crimped...
This example is a 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar spoon with a gold washed, shell shaped bowl.
Never monogrammed, it remains in choice condition. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is bright. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs, with the only sign of use some loss of the gold, most notably on the backside.
"Lily," which is actually a "lily of the valley" presented on an "Antique" form handle, was a popular motif offered by numerous manufacturers, none more successfully so than Whiting, the manufacturer of this 8 3/4" long, 2.6 T. oz., berry or large serving spoon.
It has a pointed tipt end with scroll detailing and a raised fleur-de-lis drop.
The length of a tablespoon, the oversized, wide and deep with a pointed end, bowl suggests this was designed to function as a versatile server.
While relatively plain, it is adorned with an embellished Old English "L" monogram that stands for...
This example is 9" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., (probably berry) serving spoon. The plum-shaped bowl is elongated, relatively narrow, and has a lip edge. It is finished in a satin matte gold wash front and back sides.
The otherwise plain handle has an embellished leaf script "P" monogram.
The griffin set against a Moorish style background composition is emblematic of the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s.
The bowl is plum shaped, with a flange rim and central vee running from the handle to the midpoint of the base. It is finished with a...
The pattern, "Bead," was introduced in 1880, and in addition to a namesake beaded border, it features a fully articulated, high relief, shell at the handle end. This element shows particularly well at the scale of this piece.
The 7 1/2" long by 2 1/2" at the widest, b...
A multi-motif design, "Berry" portrays a variety of fruit, leaves, and branches, relative to the individual piece, the portraiture on this being blueberry.
In excellent condition, it has never been monogrammed (which would have appeared on the plain backside of the handle). Pattern detail remains w...