A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.
It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle.
In good condition, it retains excellent form and th...
This 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., solid silver, example by Alvin is true to form, with a handsomely cut and engraved, slightly cupped, 4" long by 1 5/16" at the widest, pointed serving end.
The pattern is the company's turn of the 20th century "Cippendale Old."
Like the blade, the ha...
Having a bulbous, cauldron shape body, it is relatively large, standing 2 1/2" to the top of the lid, 3" to the highest point on the thumb lift, is 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighs a substantial 4.0 T. oz.
The solid handle is a double cee scroll form, with an acanthus leaf detail.
The interior has a gold finish, which is intact on the lid, but some worn in the body.
The lid is engraved in a...
It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.
Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style, "JA" monogram, suggesting a date circa 1900.
It is in very good condition. There are n...
It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.
Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.
There is a handsome, feathered sc...
Price per piece, two available.
The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard.
"Ionic" is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sid...
It is marked "Huntington & LaBoyteaux" for a partnership that existed 1850-56, between William C. Huntington, who first established himself in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1846, and Issac N. LaBoyteaux (Cincinnati Silver, Amy Dehan).
The "exaggerated fiddle handle and pointed shoulders" form is "typical of flatware associated with Cincinnati in the mid-19th century" (Deha...
Price for the pair.
They are stamped "Porter Blanchard," who was a prominent, 20th century name in California Arts and Crafts silver, and "Sterling," on the backsides of "Pointed (1800)" pattern handles.
Alternatively identified as a large salad set, or buffet or platter items, they present as slender, elongated pieces, with a narrow bowl on the spoon, and two lengthy, splayed tin...
Stamped "Coin" on the larger blade, there is no further identification, save that this belonged to "Emily" as engraved in script on the reserve area on one side of the engine turned surfaces of the handle.
There is a repeating line and star design on the upper edge of one of the blade braces, and a line a...
In this case, the primary piece is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon in Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is a highly textured, Art Nouveau floral design.
The bowl is bright cut engraved in a representation of the American Civil War, "Soliders and Sailors Monument" in "Cleveland, O.," as inscribed around the actual port...
Price for the set of six.
Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In their time, when large scale was favored, these would have served as standard place pieces.
They have a substantial feel, although they weigh marginally les...
The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end.
The blade is essentially round and flat, and has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3". It has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.
The piece is without a monogram o...
Price for the set of eight.
Marked "Sterling," they were retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) and carry forward some of the design sensibilities of earlier coin silver flatware.
They have plain handles with rounded and upturned terminals. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.
This 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon dates from the earliest years of the firm, and may have been produced by it.
It has a flat handle, with notched edges and an anthemion shaped tip. The surface front is extensively engraved with diamond bright cutting, wriggle work, and cross hatching. The backside shows much simpler, lar...
The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861.
As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is a...
This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork.
The overall condition is excellent and there is no monogram or removal. The tines retain a portion of an original gold wash and are pointed and free of bends or burrs. The pattern detail remains well-d...
One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name.
The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it demonstrated a specialized capacity of a given manufacturer.
This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2...
He is also associated with Savannah, Georgia where he spent some of his early working years.
This 6 9/16" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., probably youth fork is stamped "Marquand & Co." which dates it 1830-33.
It is a "Kings" pattern with a plain back. The front is inscribed "Rock...