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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
For bread and butter, the form functions well as a wine coaster, and an item this size could accommodate a 1.5 liter bottle.
The pattern is "Louis XIV" by Towle, whose "T around a lion" emblem, "Sterling," model number "5435," "Patented Dec. 23. 1919" all appear on the underside.
Never monogrammed, it remains in excellent condition, free of bends, dents, or nicks, and has a fine finish. There is no polishing wear at all t...
A platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread."
It has an upturned handle with an elegant, feathered script "MB" monogram engraved...
While this is a relatively well executed instance of a reproduction, clear differences exist with an authentic, first run, piece.
Overall clarity of detail on this is rather lacking, with the surfaces largely smooth rather than conveying the full subtlety of the shells and barnacles.
Such pieces utilized marine forms, including shells, crabs, and barnacles joined together to form the end product.
This body of this example is a large shell, with a smaller shell functioning as the foot, while the base is covered in barnacles.
The perception is that Gorham used actual artifacts and life f...
Based on its style, with a straight sided, rounded end, slender handle with a slightly tipt backside, this spoon dates circa 1810.
It measures a lengthy 6", and has a weighty feel at approximately .8 T. oz.
Well crafted, it has a gently arch...
This item is a 5" long, weighty feel, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle engraved "Helen" in script set sideways on the handle.
In outstanding condition, it was evidently little used as there is no polishing or other wear, and th...
The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features an image of a Florentine style, north wind looking, bearded figure located midway on the handle and with an expanded version of this set on the backside heel of the bowl (see image 2).
There is a lightly in...
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.