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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1342865 (stock #2860f)
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$44.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, this 5 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., spoon shows remarkably refined die work and finishing.

Sculptural in manner, it was made by Watson, whose design and execution in silver manufacturing consistently shows to a high standard.

The subject is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Little Bo Peep" and features a complexly detailed, three dimensional, portraiture of the miss herself...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342802 (stock #2859f)
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$150.00
Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., cream ladle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342740 (stock #2858f)
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$95.00
Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1342665 (stock #2857f)
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$185.00
Item number "1196," as imprinted on the inside lip, along with the word "Sterling" and the mace emblem for Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr, this match safe, aka vesta, measures 2 1/4" by 1 1/2" by 3/8" and weighs .9 T. oz.

The company was known for its outstanding Art Nouveau designs in both silver and jewelry, and this follows in that mode...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342616 (stock #2856f)
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$65.00
Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1342549 (stock #2855f)
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$150.00
A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342446 (stock #2853f)
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A large item measuring 9 3/16" long and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a generously proportioned, nearly round, 3 1/4" by 3" by 5/8" deep, bowl.

It has an intricately chased handle that features leaves on a stem. This work is diamond cut, showing sharply chiseled surfaces.

The remainder of the handle is filled with a repeating pattern of overlaying flower blossoms...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342332 (stock #2851f)
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$52.00
Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork measures a lengthy 9 1/8" and weighs .9 T. oz. The pattern is "Imperial Queen."

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342233 (stock #2849f)
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One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this pie or pastry server is demurely proportioned. Measuring 8 5/8" long overall, and weighing 1.9 T. oz., it has a slender, relatively lengthy, blade.

The design is entirely derived from bright cut engraving and is Aesthetic in manner. There are any number of naturalistic floral and leaf motifs intermixed with stylized elements that bespeak the mode...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342140 (stock #2848f)
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An extravagant design, Gorham's "Paris" portrays an array of emblematic imagery.

These include figures such as a standing woman with an arc of stars around her head and a banner reading "Genovepha Parisis," and a pair of cherubs flanking the top front of the handle.

City landmarks are represented by a rendering of the full fa├žade of "Notre Dame," while other, more generic, symbols include a wooden ship powered by sail and oars, birds with raised wings, acanthus, ivy, and laurel leaves, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1342049 (stock #2847f)
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Rather than the characteristic round or oval shape of most napkin rings, this piece is essentially rectangular. It has a flat bottom and top joined by arched sidewalls.

It is a large item, measuring 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" on the base and 1 3/4 by 1 5/8" on the top. It stands 1 3/16" tall and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz.

The bottom and sides are reticulated in a leafy design and have engraved surfaces that complement this motif.

The top is also engraved in a flower and diamond cut pattern ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1341985 (stock #2846f)
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Standing 3 3/16" tall, this item has a top diameter of 2 7/8", a base that is 2 3/8", and weighs just over 4.3 T. oz.

Marked "Sterling" and "Trees," and imprinted with a tree symbol, it is one of the most recognizable names in mint julep cups, Benjamin Trees of Lexington, Kentucky.

The exterior has a brilliant finish, while the interior is a brushed satin. The top and bottom have multi-lined, applied borders.

It is without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same, and in excell...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341920 (stock #2845f)
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Variously identified as an orange, grapefruit, or generically, citrus, spoon, this piece measures 6 1/16" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

Made by Tiffany, the pattern is "Vine," which is a multi-motif line featuring a variety of fruits and flowers. The specific design in this instance is "Gourd."

There is a flowing script "AC" monogram on the backside.

This is somewhat unusual in that the entire piece is finished in an overall deep, satin gold wash, which is intact. Indeed, th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341851 (stock #2844f)
Old Friends
$56.00
Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sardine fork is stamped with the Whiting Manufacturing Company "lion" emblem, "Sterling," an Old English "O," and "Pat. 1896."

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. The pattern repeats with slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341809 (stock #2843f)
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$185.00
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Markedly emblematic of the Egyptian Revival movement of the 1860s, Gorham's "Lotus" remains one of the most compelling silver flatware designs of the period.

It was issued in two versions, one with solid spaces between the three fronds at the terminus of the handle, and one open between them. This 8 7/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon is an example of the former.

The line characteristically runs to a large scale, and that is the case with this. While the dimensions of a typical berry s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1341687 (stock #2841f)
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Of a superior quality to most examples of this form, this double shot glass, i.e. jigger, stands 3 3/8" tall and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz. It has a larger measure 1 13/16" in diameter that is stamped "2 oz.," and a smaller one that is 1 5/8" across and stamped "1 oz."

It is model number "W 16" as identified on one rim. Made by Watson, the company's "crown, W, lion" hallmark, along with the words "Sterling Silver," adjoin the "W 16."

It is cleanly made, following after the Arts and Cra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341618 (stock #2840f)
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Each of these six pieces measures 5 1/8" long, while the group weighs 4.0 T. oz. They are ice cream or sorbet spoons in Wallace's "Lucerne."

These are delicate items, with three-lobe, shallow bowls, the heels and edges of which are decorated with the same elaborate design as the handles.

They are without monograms, although close inspection suggests there have been monogram removals.

Polishing wear is nil, with clear pattern detail remaining. The bowls are well-shaped and free of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1341539 (stock #2839f)
Old Friends
$42.00
One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

The execution on this is masterful. Aesthetic in design, the engraving shows the diamond like surfaces characteristic of bright cut work. The background is satin finish on both the reverse tipt handle, and the scallop flange edge bowl. This provides an offsetting surface that highlights the engraving to advantage.

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