Speer is documented as a jeweler and watchmaker about 1840-70. The style of this locates it at the beginning of his working years.
It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a rubbed "LH" script monogram on the front.
It is in very good condition. There are overall surface scratches, but no other signs of wear such as bends or burrs...
The pattern, "Grecian," was patented in 1861, and this is so stamped, and continued in production beyond the 1868 date. This is also marked "Coin," thereby dating it quite closely, 1861-68. Lastly it is imprinted "Geo...
It is stamped with a first standard Minerva head, meaning it has a slightly higher silver content at 95% than sterling, which is 92.5%. There is a bigorne guarantee on the surface opposite the Minerva. The maker's mark is an "L" on either side of a cross that has a star at the top and bottom, all this in a lozenge...
Apart from this, he was a well-regarded producer of Arts & Crafts items as well as reproduction pieces.
This 2 7/8" tall, 3 1/2" maximum width, 4.8 T. oz. footed bowl falls generally in the later category. The style bespeaks American design from the 1860s...
Price per piece, three available.
"Cromwell" has scrolled edges with acanthus leaf detailing and a fan terminus. This motif is expanded on the backside heel of the bowl.
This piece is a 5 5/8" long ice cream spoon. Consistent with the line, it is substantial weight at .9 T. oz...
Price per piece with liner, two available.
A slightly convex barrel shaped form, it stands 1 1/2" to the top edge and has a body diameter of 1 7/8". The silver by itself weighs 1.5 T. oz.
It has its original, fitted, deep colored, cobalt blue glass liner...
A slightly convex barrel shaped form, it stands 2 1/4" to the top of the finial, has a body diameter of 1 7/8", and a maximum span of 2 5/8" to the end of handle. The silver by itself weighs 2.1 T. oz.
It has its original, fitted, deep colored, cobalt blue glass liner.
The lid is tiered and has ...
This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.
A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches.
The detailing is extensive, with a textured background adding character and depth to the overall imagery.
It is qui...
A benchmark pattern of the period, all the intricate and abundant details of the chrysanthemum motif show to perfect detail on both sides of the handle and in the interior of the flanged edge and pointed tip bowl. The bowl has a bright gold wash front and back sides.
It is without a monogram or removal of same.
It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.
Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.
The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized shell fo...
The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., coin silver, preserve spoon likely one of the earliest expressions of the style.
It features a cast, oval disk portra...
The handle is open, featuring trellis like borders that are interspersed with trailing posies or similar flower. The mid portion of the handle is demarcated by a single blossom set against a shell, while the area below this has an Aesthetic style scrolling desi...
This piece is stamped with the T&W three part pseudo-hallmark which includes a rooster, the letter T and W, and an arm and hammer. It is a 6 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., pickle knife.
Generally sold in sets, often boxed, with a companion fork, the form resembles a ma...
This example is a 3 5/8" long, .4 T. oz., master salt spoon.
It is an original, early production, item and not a later recast, and in mint condition.
The ovoid bowl has a matte finish and the handle is engraved "HG" in fine script lettering.
Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat 190x."
Price per set of six. Two extra pieces available.
These examples are stamped "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.
They are cream soup spoons, measuring 6 1/8" long. There are 14 of these, all matching, with the same script "ELS" monogram on the backside. They all weigh between 1.2 and 1.3 T. oz., with one exception which is extra weight at 1.5 T. oz.
Price per piece, two available.
This piece is a 6 3/4" long, rather heavy at just over 1.3 T. oz., tea or dessert fork. It is an early item, marked "Patent 1855," "Coin," and with the name of the retailer, Pittsburgh's "J. Stevenson."
There is a handsome, feathered script "AG" monogram set sideways on the handle.
It is in exceptionally fine condition....
Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.
It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880. The rounded, swooping handle has a scalloped upper edge ...
This example is a 6 3/4" long, just under a weighty 1.2 T. oz., place fork. It is tea or dessert size, which in today's parlance is sometimes simply referred to as a regular fork.
It is an early example marked "APR. 5 0x," along with the Whiting logo and "Sterling." It is also stamped wi...