The mark on this 4 1/4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., tea caddy spoon with a scallop shell bowl, "S. KIRK & SON STERLING," was used by the company during the middle third of the 20th century, indicating this is sixty plus years old.
Never monogrammed or inscribed, it remains in like-new condition, showing no evid...
The central feature is a lion's face set midway on the handle. This is surrounded by an array of acanthus leaf (one of which forms the tongue of the lion), fruit, scrolls, and scaling as would be found on a suit of armor.
This piece is an all original, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., olive spoon with a pierced and gold washed bowl with a narrow flange ...
Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.
D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatewarenotes this particular pattern wa...
His "Luxembourg" line of flatware is a case in point.
Introduced in the mid 1880s, it is a difficult pattern to categorize, as it embodies aspects of rococo and naturalistic style elements, and it also Aesthetic sensibilities in such aspects as hammered surfaces and idiosyncratic shapes.
This example is a 7 3/8" long, heavy at 1.9 T. oz., solid silver, flat ...
It is marked "Sterling" on the wire, and "Sterling," model number "24," and "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham on the basket.
Markedly Aesthetic in style, the pierced basket is folded or crimped and is irregularly impressed with a fern or seaweed like organic design. This is reminisce...
It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.
The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period.
The scalloped ...
A bon bon aka confection spoon, it has a round, 2 3/8" diameter, slightly cupped, scalloped edge, serving end.
The pattern is Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," issued in 1885. This has a pointed end handle, while some pieces in the line have squared off ends.
A high relief design, this has sculptural qualities with detailing that suggests an Aesthetic influence as well as anticipates Art Nouveau.
Never monogrammed and i...
It is marked GH in an oval, attributed to George Hendel (1776-1842), born in Philadelphia and working in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
This is an example of a "birdback" spoon, so identified for the, in this instance, "dove on a branch" image impressed on the heel of the bowl.
There are a wide v...
First, the pattern is "Luxembourg" made by Gorham and introduced in 1893. This particular example is a pea spoon with a large, round, 3" diameter, reticulated, shallow bowl with a gold finish on both sides.
Secondly, the handle front is engraved "Whist Club" and the backside reads "1897." While this could reference numerous organization...
Attractive and artful, these patterns showcased the skills of engravers of the period and were apparently well received in their time, given the variety of examples still available today.
This piece is a lengthy, 10 1/2", 3.1 T. oz., all silver fish slice.
The blade is relatively slender, slightly concav...
It was made by "Tiffany & Co.," so marked on the underside, along with "Sterling Silver," "925/1000," "C" (for director Charles T. Cook, 1902-07), and model number "15298" introduced in 1902, and order number "5156."
It is subtly Art Nouveau in style, with an undulating double upper rim, and curvilinear arms.
Commonly identified as chicken (salad or fried) tongs, they might have have been used for various salads.
This coin silver pair are particularly attractive, combining several design features.
Each of the arms, for instance, has a twisted section, which style was particularly favored in the pe...
It is appealing in several respects.
First is its pleasing form, with a broad, down turned, "Reverse Tipt" handle, oval bowl with a pointed end, and clean drop on the bowl back.
The name "H E Benedict" is engraved in handsome, feathered script, lettering set sideways on the handle.
There are abundant maker's marks, which would feed a collector's interest. They include "Clark" "and company...
The same source indicates tht he was both a manufacturer and retailer. As this 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," coin silver master butter knife is marked "WwH" as well as "C.H. Zimmermann," it would have marketed by him but made by New York's ...
Multi-motif, the portraiture on this 8 9/16" long, heavy at 4.1 T. oz., cold meat fork is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold over and upon one another, rising from of the surface of the silver as if sculped out of the material.
It is an early example, marked with Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling...
It is solid sterling silver, with a 7 1/2" by 1 3/4" flat blade that has a beveled lower edge and upswept, pointed, tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.
The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. It incorporates a shell design that appears on both sides of the handle terminus and at the join with the blade.
The handle front h...
A cream or sauce ladle, it measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy at 1.5 T. oz.
The handle is engraved with a feathered script "P" monogram, while the bowl is finished front and backsides with a pale, satin, gold wash.
It is in superb condition, showing no wear or even evidence of use. All the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined an...
This example is in a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern and is stamped "Kirby," for Abner, "Milwaukee," and with a "P, eagle, star" pseudo hallmark.
In his work on marks, William McGrew identifies this combination of symbols with William Pitkin of Hartford, Connecticut, but he also associates the particular eagle on this with Chicago, which is a much more likely source ...