Curiously it is only marked "Norfolk," without a maker's identification.
A review of Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia does not illustrate this specific italicized version of the word "Norfolk," but does show several sources that used similar lettering in their touch...
Price per piece, five available.
It is an engraved "Lily" pattern set on an "Old English" handle, and shows the influence of Aesthetic (Eastlake) design sensibilities in its naturalistic and abstract motifs.
The background behind the engraving has a satin finish along with an "FMA" feathered script monogram.
It is in superb estate condition....
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 ...
Stamped "International," with the Simpson, Hall, Miller "shield and helmet" emblem, "Sterling," and "121 15 /2," they weigh 18.2 T. oz. combined. As, however, the undersides indicate they are "weighted reinforced," the actual silver content is only a fraction of this, e...
It was made by Dominick & Haff in 1891, as indicated by the company emblem with date imprinted on the underside, and retailed by Rand & Crane, both firms of New York City. Other marks include "Sterling" and model number "135."
It was presented to "Harriet Neilson Shriver" on "Marc...
Generally cast, they all bear in common innovative design features, with a preponderance falling within the Art Nouveau style, particularly fine execution and finishing, and often, as in the instance of this massive, 10 1/8" long, 5.1 T. oz., example, commanding presentation.
There were several designs offered in this subset of large spoons, of which this i...
Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.
The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.
Based on the 1899 "Wentworth" pattern, it includes an image of a plump, completely baby-like, winged cherub draped in a garland of roses, all set in very high relief that rises off the handle sculptural-like.
The figure is surrounded by beading, below which are more fully developed rose blossoms.
The handle backside is...
It is fully hallmarked for Newcastle, England, 1774-75, sterling silver, and makers William Stalker & John Mitchison.
Typical of the form, it has a tapered shank that goes from 3/8" wide to a pointed tip. This has beveled edges, with feathering on the upper portions front and back. This is also the place where the marks are located on one side and a "WWS" monogram on the other.
The 1 1/8"...
Stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G", emblem, "Sterling," and model number "456" on the underside, it is actually part of a desk ensemble, namely the underplate, or as labeled, a tray, for a multi-lobed ink bottle.
Original purpose aside, it is attractive in its own right, featuri...
The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.
It has a 1/2" high sidewall with a scalloped edge and a series of raised scrolls that appear to mimic breaking waves.
The center bottom of the piece has an oval dome that is engraved "HCE" in lined script. Ridges radiate out from this, suggesting a sunburst.
This example is a 9" long, 3.3 T. oz., berry spoon in "Grapevine."
William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware notes that this was made with a variety of bowl forms, and the shell or fluted design on this is observationally one of the less common ones. It is finished with a bright gold wash front and backsides.
An early production item, t...
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...
It measures 2" tall to the rim, 2 3/4" at the highest point of the arms, has a body that is 3 1/2" wide, 5 1/4" handle tip to handle tip, 2 3/8" across on the bottom, a top opening of 2 3/4", and weighs 4.6 T. oz.
Likely a sugar bowl, it stands on its own.
Elegantly understated in design, the body is cauldron shaped with a sawtooth edge rim, and has...
The pattern is "Passaic," introduced by Unger Brothers in 1900.
Known for its innovative Art Nouveau designs, executed in both flatware and jewelry, the style of this goes in another direction, to the rococo. It employs a variety of scrolls, leaves, and delicate flower blossoms presented i...
This 6 1/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an example of this practice. The rarely found pattern is a very close match to Whiting's "Berry," introduced in 1880.
The handle is more slender than Whiting's and also ...