The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."
This is an exceptionally fine example in...
It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.
The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.
The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.
It appears barely ever to have been u...
The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.
A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to...
It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.
The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.
The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended...
Price for the set of six.
The "Ivy" design on these six, 5 7/8" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, matching teaspoons, is one of the firm's signature patterns. Made to both a coin and sterling standard, these are marked "Sterling," dating them to 1870 or later according to silver scholar D. A. Soeffing.
Each one has a feathered script "M.A.S." monogram ...
Price per piece, two available.
The pattern is Unger Brothers' Art Nouveau "Douvaine."
An expressive design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or wizard like figure set midway on the handle.
This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down t...
Price per piece.
They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.
The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.
Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them ar...
It is marked "H.I. Sawyer," for Henderson Inches Sawyer, who worked in New York City 1835-45, then Hartford, Connecticut, 1845-58.
It also carries a "lion" pseudo hallmark that McGrew identifies in his benchmark work on marks as characteristic of the Hartford area, so this item likely traces to Sawyer's (earlier based on s...
The piece measures 6 1/16" long and, consistent with the line and the firm, is robust weight at 1.5 T. oz.
It is inscribed "F O'D" in script on the front.
It is in very good condition. There is some slight overall polishing softening of detail on the high spots of the des...
An estate piece dating from the first part of the 20th century, the bottle itself is high quality cut glass fitted with a substantial all silver cap that is 1 1/4" high and 1 7/16" in diameter....
Price for the set of ten.
The pattern is Wallace's "St. Leon, which is a densely articulated floral design dating from 1890. The flowers and leaves are portrayed in intricate detail, but exactly what they are is uncertain. One source suggests columbine.
All matching, they have script "MR" monograms on the backsi...
This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.
The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.
It is without a monogram or removal and in ve...
It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.
The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers.
The pattern is Tiffany's turn of the 20th century, "Florentine," which is an elaborate and richly textured design.
It is in choice estate condition, showing no polishing wear, having a bright finish, and retaining its original gold wash, front and backside, bowl.
There is an Old English "C" monogram on the handle reverse.
Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," ...
Whatever name is applied, this example is characteristic of the piece. It measures 3 7/8" long, with a short handle and a 1 5/8" diameter bowl with two tabs to lock over the rim of a brandy snifter. It weighs .6 T. oz.
While brandy warmers are readily available, this piece is uncommon. Figural and decorative whereas many are plain, it is a limited lin...
One only available.
Intricate and high relief like its successor designs, it is more two-dimensional in profile than they are.
The leaf and floral portraiture is more organic and naturalistic than Alvin's better known version of this same motif, "Old Orange Blossom" (OOB).
Durgin's is also less commonly found. Indeed this 5 3/8" long, just over ...
The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.
Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed.
Examples of his work can be found at Yale University, Winterthur, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A pair of canns, i.e. mugs, larger than but otherwise matching this one, are illustrated online, with a date of circa 1815, and identified as in a private collection....