This piece is a small silver jewel in that its major feature, namely the bright cut Aesthetic period engraving on each arm, that includes a lily of the valley flower, is exquisitely executed in a technique that shows diamond cutting at its finest. The surfaces virtually glisten, all the more so for being set against a satin ...
It is marked "Bigelow.Bros & Kennard" for the major Boston firm that operated under several name variations, and "925" in an oval for sterling silver.
The handle is an "Old English" pattern with a "Tipt" backside. The front is engraved in a design that is identified as either "Buckle" or "Garter," th...
Solid silver, it is a 2" high, 2 1/2" top diameter, 1.9 T. oz., master salt dip that sits on a rimmed pedestal base 1 1/2" across.
It is round and smooth walled with a triple lined border around the outside top, and has never been monogrammed or inscribed. The interior retains traces of an...
This example is a 9 1/2" long, 2.1 T. oz., ice cream server.
The blade has a curved and upswept lower edge that leads to a pointed tip. The upper edge is raised and has a scalloped flange edge, which repeats on the lower shoulder.
The surface is engraved with a rosette motif with acanthus leaves leading from this.
The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.
It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks.
Price for the set of six.
They are stamped "T[heodore] Evans & Co.," for the New York City and Newark, New Jersey firm with dates 1855-65.
The pattern on these is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" aka "Plain Thread" and they are monogrammed "Hofman." in script lettering set sideways on the handles.
In excellent condition, they retain well-shaped, pointed bowls that are free of tip wear, d...
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 twelve.
Made by Whiting, the company's "lion" emblem and "Sterling" are stamped on the backside of each piece.
Probably dating from the late 19th century, and toward Art Nouveau in manner, the pattern features a stylized, raised grape cluster and leaf motif on the terminal end. The lower section of the handle has an also raised lea...
Produced at a time when the company was enjoying great prosperity and was especially productive, it exhibits sophisticated design and high quality execution. This is especially evident in the plum-shaped, notched edge, bowl that is intricately engraved and finished with a matte gold surface on the interior and bright gold on the exterior.
A multi-motif line issued in 1880, the style draws upon Aesthetic sensibilities. The primary element of the design is a fish, possibly koi, set against a raised background suggestive of marine elements, including waves and seaweed.
The three tine, cupped, grips have textured surfaces and rich, intact, g...
Solid silver, it measures 4 1/2" overall, weighs .9 T. oz., and has an elongated bowl with a narrowed and splayed mouth, which is finished in a soft satin gold wash.
It is fully identified for the manufacturer, J.B. & S.M. Knowles of Providence, Rhode Island, and identifi...
This "Ball End" form is an especially appealing piece, with a shaped blade with notched shoulders and an engraved surface with roulette bordering.
The ball itself is inscribed with a rubbed Old English monogram that appears to read "MEBH."
In very g...
As later examples produced by Shiebler carried his "winged S" mark, this is a docume...
He is also known as "Wosso" or "Wasso," although the name "Owosso" carries on in the Michigan city which takes its name from him.
Measuring 6" long and heavy at 1.0 T. oz., it was made by Rogers,...
Price per piece, two available.
Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz., tabl...
Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths gives narrow dates for the W&H partnership, 1859-61/62, while Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia indicates Greenwood began his business about 1850.
These dates are conv...
The pattern is "Lady Washington," which is one of Gorham's early lines, dating from 1876, the year of the American Centennial, which may have occasioned the development of the design given the name is associated with the first family of the new nation.
It features the profile of a courtly looking female figure set against a background of classical imagery, including swags, garlands, corn...
Price for the pair.
They were made by Whiting, whose "lion" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "7" are stamped on the undersides.
The cauldron shaped body, tiered base, and beaded detailing suggest an 1870-80 date.
Each one is engraved "F.R." in Old English lettering on the upper edges below the rims.
They are in excel...