A ripe berry appears at the end of the handle, while a strawberry leaf appears in a circle midway down the handle. The pattern repeats on the backside.
This example is a 6 7/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.
It is in superb condition and without a monogram or removal...
It is engraved "Bennie From Papa 1870" on the backside of the handle. Bennie and Papa are now lost to history, but the affection of one for the other remains with the piece and is a reflection of how artifacts can take on a near spiritual component and thereby transcend the usual metrics of price.
The pattern is "Grecian" by Gorham...
The pattern is referred to as "Shell," and sometimes "Leaf." The motif was popular in the period, and produced by several manufacturers. This is strongly akin to Gorham's "Josephine," patented in the same year...
It traces to the Boston area, being stamped "Harry Raynes" for the Lowell, Massachusetts retailer. It is also marked "Coin," but is absent a manufacturer's mark. Undoubtedly, though, it was produced in New England.
The handle has a plain, rounded end, a tipt backside, and is engraved in a delicate, stylized flower or grass motif that suggests early Aesthetic influences...
It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a finely engraved front with detailing that resembles engine turning.
There is an Old English "M" monogram.
It is in flawless condition, free of any wear or damage. The engraving remains crisp, the upturned, pointed end is without nicks or burrs, and the finish has a warm patina...
The markings are not readily found, and while a standard motif for the period, the "French Thread" pattern was not one that Gorham seemed to produce in significant quantity, so this is a doubly unusual piece.
It is engraved "A.L...
The style of this 5 1/2" long, just over .5 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon locates it early in that period, well before the Civil War.
It is a "Reverse Tipt" pattern with a feathered script "M" on the front of the handle...
This coin silver youth fork and knife combination are early items, unmarked saved for the retailer, "H. Hotchkiss," a Buffalo, New York, jeweler.
The fork measures 6 7/8" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz., while the flat handle, solid silver blade, knife measures 7 1/4" and weighs 1.0 T. oz.
Each piece is inscribed in script "F.H. Town...
Made by Albert Coles, the pattern is a "Grape." A common motif for the c. 1860 period of this, this particular version is singular to Coles and quite a detailed and artful expression of this design.
There is a a small, Old English "...
It is stamped "H H & Co" for Henry Hebbard. Other marks include "Patent 185x," "I," and the retailer's name, "H. Salisbury & Co" for the New York City jeweler.
It is a "Shell" aka "Leaf" pattern, similar to contemporaneous designs produced by such other manufacturers as Albert Coles, Polhmanus, William Gale, and Gorham, which company called its design "Josephine." The leaf motif appear...
The pattern is "Olive," a popular mid 19th century design, which in this case made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell," whose "lion, F&H, bust" pseudo hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.
It has a particularly appealing 2 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, scallop shell bowl.
It also carries the pseudo hallmark "lion, S, shield" identified as a standard mark used by Bailey for sterling, and introduced January 1, 1855. There is s second lion mark on this, which sources identify as possibly a second sterling designator. Previous to this, Bailey used a similar "lion...
This set of six, matched, oversized at 6 1/8" long, approximately 3.7 T. oz. the group, coin silver teaspoons trace to the earliest years of that lineage.
Marked "Wm. Rogers," they date to the second quarter of the 19th century. They have down turned, reverse tipt ends, and...
A classical looking figure surrounded by drapery and ivy detailing surmounts the handle tip while the center of the handle portrays a bellflower and additional ivy leaves.
This example is a 6" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon. The bowl is large, 2" by 1 1/2", and is uniquely shaped. It is something of an embossed double scallop form.
There is a...
It is a "French Thread" pattern, and double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. Measuring 4 13/16" long, it is heavy for its size, weighing just over .5 T. oz.
There is an Old English "D" monogram set sideways on the handle. The tapered pick itself has an intentional, horizontal, ridge line about midway down its length.
It is in outstanding c...
Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.
They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T. oz., with the gr...
It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.
The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.
It is in very good condition. There are no mars or da...