The style follows after late Federal period design, 1820-30, evident in the bulbous, melon shaped bodies standing on tiered feet. The pot has a serpentine spout.
Each item has a floral and oak leaf and acorn band around the shoulder area, applied gadroon rims on the top and bottom edges, a pomegranate finial, and ebony handles on the pots. The spouts are serpentine form with a split tongue opening.
Measuring 5 3/8" long each and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the lot, they are 5 o'clock size, used for afternoon tea.
They have elaborately designed, cast, handles that are reminiscent in style to "apostle" spoons.
The design incorporates a pair of dolphins supporting a heart and flower or fleur-de-lis at the openwork handle tops. The lower ends of the stems portray...
Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the "Old English" tipt backside handle, the pattern is "Chrysanthemum," issued in 1885. Flowers, grasses, and birds were common themes for this genre.
The imagery is finely rendered, set agai...
Dating circa 1880, it is stamped "J.S. MacDonald" for the late 19th century Baltimore firm, and with the word "Sterling."
The "Old English Reverse Tipt" handle features an engraved "Lily" pattern that shows th...
It is relatively large compared to more recent pieces, measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz.
It is marked "S. Kirk & Son" and "1015" for the peculiar to Baltimore silver standard that is essentially equivalent to coin and was use...
All these qualities are evident on this 5 7/8" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl.
Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is narcissus, with blossoms and leaves that lay upon and fold over one another, rising from the surface of the s...
The pattern is "Bead," issued in 1893. It features a "Tipt" end with a beaded margin handle, joined in this instance to heavy, detailed, talon grips.
The plain arch is engraved with an Old English "T" monogram.
In superb condition, these are without wear or dam...
Price for the set of six.
Estate items, they are early examples of Gorham's Art Nouveau "Virginiana" pattern, marked with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1904."
A poppy design, the portraiture includes blooms and buds on both ends of the handle, front and back sides, along with long trailing leaves.
They are in outstanding con...
This example of the line is a 5 3/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., narrow bowl, condiment spoon, used for chow chow or piccalilli relishes.
It appears to represent a further refinement of the pattern, having a hammered handle and a hand chased, rather than die struck, design that embodies the Arts & Crafts sensibilities of the period.
There is a sc...
Rainwater further notes that "Mrs. Welles retired in 1940." Given that this 10 1/8" long, 3.6 T. oz., serving spoon is engraved on the backside, "AS HCM" over "Feb. 14, 1939," it traces to the founder's working years, which le...
Price for the set of twelve.
The pattern is an American interpretation of an English "Kings" pattern and incorporates shells, acanthus leaves, and an anthemion.
This group is a set of twelve, matched, 4 3/8" long, 5.8 T. oz. the group, coffee (slightly larger than demita...
This example is a 6" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon with a script letter "EAB" monogram engraved on the handle front.
The bowl has pointed, flanged, shoulders and a thumb drop on the backside.
Marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterl...
The pattern is "Virginiana," which is an early 20th century, Art Nouveau design that features poppy blossoms, buds, and leaves.
There is a flowing script "KTC" monogram engraved on the arch.
An original and unusual form, these tongs have large, 1 1/2" long, lined and textured, leaf grips. If form suggests function, then these are for olives, given the leaf ...
This is stamped "Sterling," along with Westervelt's "star, lion, D" pseudo hallmark.
The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle. There is a line script "M" engraved on the handle front.
The bowl is shell-shaped with a ribbed interior and ro...
It is marked "J.T & E.M.E. Chicago," whom John McGrew in his Manufacturing Marks on American Coin Silver identifies as J.T. and E.M. Edwards, working 1852-64.
There is a finely engraved, script letter, "HPC" set sideways on the handle.
Essentially without wear, it remains well-shaped, free of bend...
The only similarly themed line is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak third is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."
All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which in Alvin's instance is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves.
This is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by this 7" long, very heavy at 3.3 T. oz., gravy ladle with a 2 1/2" by 2 1/8" by 3/4" deep bowl....
Other marks on this include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "Geo. H. Bechtel."
"Ionic" is a Greek Revival design that incorporates a central rosette with a stylized a...
The high, pointed and steeply chamfered shoulders off the bowl are also characteristic of this region's style.
Consistent with this, it is stamped "Sterling," "925/1000," and "Duhme & Co." for the prominent Cincinnati firm. Examples of this pattern were also made in coin silver.
Engraved with a...