The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.
This particular piece stands apart for two reasons...
The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.
The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal...
Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted...
An earlier example, it is stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and with an Old English "O."
It is in excellent condition. The shell and leaf elements that constitute the design are free of polishing wear, remaining crisp and well-defined. The wispy tines are well-formed and without bends, nicks, or burrs...
The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas...
This example is long handle, 8 1/2", 1.0 T. oz., olive spoon.
The plum-shaped bowl has decorated, notched shoulders, while the piercing mirrors the grasses and clover of the overall pattern. There are remaining traces of an original gold wash.
It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless estate condition...
It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.
The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out...
Price for the set of six.
The "Ivy" design on these six, 5 7/8" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, matching teaspoons, is one of the firm's signature patterns. Made to both a coin and sterling standard, these are marked "Sterling," dating them to 1870 or later according to silver scholar D. A. Soeffing...
Price per piece, two available.
The pattern is Unger Brothers' Art Nouveau "Douvaine."
An expressive design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or wizard like figure set midway on the handle.
This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down t...
Price per piece.
They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.
The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.
Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them ar...
The piece measures 6 1/16" long and, consistent with the line and the firm, is robust weight at 1.5 T. oz.
It is inscribed "F O'D" in script on the front.
It is in very good condition. There is some slight overall polishing softening of detail on the high spots of the des...
Price for the set of ten.
The pattern is Wallace's "St. Leon, which is a densely articulated floral design dating from 1890. The flowers and leaves are portrayed in intricate detail, but exactly what they are is uncertain. One source suggests columbine.
All matching, they have script "MR" monograms on the backsi...
This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.
The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.
It is without a monogram or removal and in ve...
It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.
The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers.
The pattern is Tiffany's turn of the 20th century, "Florentine," which is an elaborate and richly textured design.
It is in choice estate condition, showing no polishing wear, having a bright finish, and retaining its original gold wash, front and backside, bowl.
There is an Old English "C" monogram on the handle reverse.
Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," ...
One only available.
Intricate and high relief like its successor designs, it is more two-dimensional in profile than they are.
The leaf and floral portraiture is more organic and naturalistic than Alvin's better known version of this same motif, "Old Orange Blossom" (OOB).
Durgin's is also less commonly found. Indeed this 5 3/8" long, just over ...
The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.
Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed.
This example is a 6" long, just under .9 T. oz., youth fork. It is an early example, stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" set on the edge of the handle.
Its age is further evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads in fine script le...