It is something of a utilitarian item with a straightforward design. The handle pattern is essentially "Old English," with a rounded and down turned end, but without a tipt backside. It has a "C.A.G." monogram on the front, with a subtle dip in the surface below this which may be an old monogram removal, or just a slight ...
Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., serving fork, however, are quite rare.
The design detail shows to advantage at the scale of this. The surface is highl...
Solid silver, it weighs a hefty 7.75 T. oz. and rests on four, six sided, faceted, ball bottom, feet.
Dating from the end of the Edwardian era, it is fully stamped for "Birmingham," England, "Barker Brothers Silversmiths Ltd.," "Sterling," and the year "1914-15."
Although simple in construc...
The glass is etched in a grape and vine design indicating this is intended for jam or jelly, although it is of a size that would function as well for mustard.
The just over .6 T. oz. lid is a "Repousse" design with a solid floral finial. It has a ro...
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 ...
"Lily" is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau pattern that essentially set the standard for this floral interpretation after its introduction in 1902.
Absent noticeable polishing wear, this pair show the design to full advantage, retaining all the fine flower and leaf elements for which the line is known, as well ...
They are "MKH" and "JAH" in block lettering, "Hand Wrought," and "Sterling."
The piece is compellingly appealing in its simplicity of design, good heft, and the high quality of its workmanship.
In flawless condition, it exhibits precise construction, is perfectly round, and has...