It is a small, well-crafted, 5" long, .7 T. oz., sugar sifter, with a round, 1 1/2" diameter, bowl that has a flat bottom and a tapered wall...
The piece is cast open work, rococo in style, and fully marked for sterling, Robert Comyns, London, 1895-96.
The design is intricate and incorporates a variety of figures and leaf and floral elements surrounding two roughly heart shaped, 1 1/2" by 1 1/4", areas for pictures...
Sources vary about the date for the use of this last mark, but 1932 seems to be the latest possible year.
The design is architectural in manner, comprised of a sharply angular handle with what appear to be a series of chiseled "parallel" lines with beveled surfaces...
Price for the pair.
This 7 5/8" long, heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of the line marked "925/1000," with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898," and the name of the retailer, "Bruce & Chapin," of Worcester, Massachusetts...
Price per piece, three available.
This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.
This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides...
This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider...
Price for the pair.
Made by Tiffany, they are hollowware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece...
They are marked on the inside of each arm "GS" for George Smith III, working in London the last quarter of the 18th century.
They are finely made and in choice condition.
Each arm is bright cut in a diamond pattern with wriggle work trim...
It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.
An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade. There are two round bottom vees with cur...
The pattern is "Du Barry" by Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the heel of the reverse, along with the word "Sterling" and the name of the retailer, Pittsburgh's prominent jeweler, "Hardy & Hayes Co."
Appropriate to its name, "Du Barry" is thematically French in style, featuring laurel leaf wreaths and sprays on the handle and in the bowl, and a scroll terminus on the handle. This i...
It measures 4" at the widest, is 2 1/2" across on the base, and stands 2 1/2" high to the top of the knob on the lid. The total silver content is 4.0 T. oz.
The interior is finished in a bright gold wash, and the piece retains its original (lambswool?) puff in mint condition.
The reason for its fine condition is bittersweet, as it was lit...
It is a sugar spoon in one of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Lotus."
An Egyptian Revival design, the handle terminus features a three frond array of lotus leaves. This is the solid background vs. the open version in which this pattern was also made.
The stem of the handle is faceted and leads to a wire-like, pseudo-wrapped area where it joins the bowl.
The bowl is eggplant shape with a central raise...
Measuring 5 5/8" long each, this pair of spoons bear his "WB" mark and are also fully marked for London, Sterling, and 1831-32.
They are a "Fiddle" pattern with "Tipt" backs and exposed drops on the reverses of the bowls.
Each one is engraved with a crest showing a raised arm holding a dagger.
They are in very fine condition, f...
This candle snuffer has a multiple provenance.
It is stamped on the end of the handle, "Perlita," which sources indicate was a Mexico City retailer, "Taxco," for the renowned center of modernist silver manufacturing, "Sterling 925," and with an eagle symbol with a "9" on its chest, which was the number assigned by convention to Hector Aguilar.
Aguilar was a shop manager for the legendary William Spratling before he opened his own operation in 1939, and became prominent in his own righ...
It is hallmarked for Dublin, Sterling, 1824, and "WC" for maker William Cummins, sometimes spelled Comyns, and an expert maker according to one reference source.
It is also imprinted "Smith & Gamble" who was a manufacturer, but in this instance likely the retailer.
It has a "Tipt End" backside as well as a rattail extending onto the reverse heel of the bowl.
The handle front has a crest ...
It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "D1656" appear on the lower edge of the cover.
The cover is domed and acid etched in a design that includes various blossoms, acanthus leaves, and other elements set against a double band. The area around the etching has a...