It has double marks, one of which is "WG&S" for William Gale & Son, and a second which is three part, one of which includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscured.
The form is octagonal, with a beaded edge top and beaded rim base. The sidewalls have a raised flower, leaf, and scro...
The form is uncommon and hence of uncertain function. It may be a spinach or toast/bread fork, or for another purpose yet. The proportions assure it is definitely original and not adapted from another piece as, for example, most potato forks are derived from dinner forks.
The maker was George Sharp, Philadelphia, as indicated by his "lion, S, ...
This item is double stamped "R.W" for the progenitor, Robert, who Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths notes, was "probably born in Scotland, [and] was listed as a silversmith in New York City directories 1803-10, then settled in Philadelphia in 1812."
Made by Albert Coles of New York City, it bears his three part "eagle, AC, bust" mark on the reverse, along with "A. Coles," which added identifier is not frequently found.
There is a feathered script "W" monogram on the handle front.
It is in choice condition, retaining excellent pattern detail, and having a well-shaped bowl tha...
Price for the set of six.
Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz. Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.
All have a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.
The pattern appears on both the front and back of the ...
Stamped "R&W. Wilson Philad" on the blade, it was made by brothers Robert and William with dates spanning the second quarter of the 19th century.
The pattern is a "King," and more specifically what Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies as a "Honeysuckle" variant for the stylized floral element set midway on...
Price for the pair.
They weigh 19.9 T. oz. the pair, but that is essentially irrelevant because of the fill in them.
A matched, baluster form, pair, they stand 6 1/2" tall, have bases that are 3 7/8" across, and have solid silver removable bobeches that are 2" in diameter...
Price for the set of six.
These six place or dessert spoons are all matching, were never monogrammed, measure 7" long each, and weigh 8.0 T. oz. the group.
They are in excellent condition, are absent polishing wear and have bowls that remain well-shaped and are free of dents, bends, ni...
The pattern is "Empire," which is a late 19th century design that incorporates imagery suggestive of majesty, nobility, and imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown, cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.
A wide variety of silver is still found with the company's various marks, the one on this 7 1/8" long master butter knife being "R&W.W."
It is coin silver, with a solid, blunt end, blade, and a hollow, filled...
Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period (see Old Friends catalogue item 3170), and which in turn is akin to Knowles &...
A non-line, meaning it was not produced in a full service, flat handle, pattern, it is stamped on the blade "Sterling," and with Alvin's early lion emblem. The quality of design and execution is equal to such other well-regarded offe...
Price for the set of six.
He was in fact the second manufacturer, after Michael Gibney to patent a flatware design, with that on these six, matching, coin silver tea or dessert forks, dating to 1847 as indicated by the "Patent 1847" mark on the reverse. The actu...
Marked "Berry & Co. Baltimore," for that city's firm with working dates 1880-94 according to Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, and "Sterling," the pattern is a finely engraved flower and leaf design on the tipt back handle. This is interpreted in an Aesthetic manner, set against a satin matte finish.
The engraving repeats in an enlarged representation in the scallo...
Price for the set of ten.
Aesthetic in manner, and likely dating about 1880, there are two types of blossoms, one six petaled and one multi-petaled.
The relatively generously sized bowls, 1 3/8" long by 13/16" at the widest, have crimped...
It is fully stamped with Paris hallmarks for first standard, i.e. .950 pure (vs. .925 for sterling), including the "bearded man" head used 1819-38, a female head large guaranty mark, and a bigorne.
The maker's mark is diamond shape with a tower like image in the center, three letters in the left, right, and bottom corners, the right hand one of which is "G" whi...
This 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon, has complete and clear marks for these makers, "PB/AB," sterling, 1791, and a duty (bust) stamp.
It is an "Old English" form with a downturned, tipt backside, handle.
Likely evolved from a rattail, there is a long...
This piece is a small silver jewel in that its major feature, namely the bright cut Aesthetic period engraving on each arm, that includes a lily of the valley flower, is exquisitely executed in a technique that shows diamond cutting at its finest. The surfaces virtually glisten, all the more so for being set against a satin ...