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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1337717 (stock #2790f)
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A pattern identified in both the singular and plural, the origins of Whiting's "Rose(s) & Scroll(s)" is encased in some mystery. It does not show up in standard references, so its story is vague.

Dating from about 1890, it expresses both Aesthetic and Art Nouveau sensibilities.

Stylized rose blossoms appear to float amid a cloud-like setting framed by the scrolls. The design reflects a wispy and ethereal quality, with the imagery seeming to be disembodied from any real world connection...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1337601 (stock #2789f)
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Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching, open master salts stands 1 5/8" tall, has a top opening of 2", and is 2 1/4" maximum diameter. The pair combined weigh a substantial 4.5 T. oz.

Marked on the undersides "S. Kirk & Son Inc.," "Sterling," "Hand Decorated," and with the model number number "3," they date 1925-32.

The pattern is "Repousse," which is the hallmark design of this firm. They have three paw feet each that are joined to the bodies in a leaf form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337461 (stock #2787f)
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A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1337406 (stock #2786f)
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This 8 1/2" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., spoon exhibits innovative design, as is characteristic of its maker, Georg Shiebler.

It is a lemonade, iced tea, or other form of stirring spoon.

It has a melon shaped bowl, 1 7/8" long by 1" at the widest, with a ribbed interior. It has a gold finish, which extends part way up the handle, which itself is comprised of four joined wires that are twisted in the center portion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337337 (stock #2785f)
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Perhaps Wallace's most expressive entries in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of a partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1336978 (stock #2783f)
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This 6 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz. teaspoon was made by the highly regarded, 20th century English firm, "Crichton Brothers." It is fully marked for London, Sterling, 1928, along with "LAC" for the maker, and the words "Made in England."

In keeping with the company style, it is a reproduction of an earlier form, namely "Trefid."

It has a broad, bulbous handle end, with the defining three part, slightly upturned, tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1336487 (stock #2780f)
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Priced as a pair.
One of Durgin's earliest line patterns, this design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow. Although documentation for it is scant, "Spray" is an accepted name.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are only occasionally identified as by Durgin. This youth set provide that association, as both pieces are stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Sterling."

The knife measures 7 1/2" long, while the fork is 6"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1336397 (stock #2778mc)
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The piece is a true estate item, dating to the second quarter of the 20th century, and offered for the first time on behalf of the original owner.

It is lone coffee pot made imprinted on the underside "S. Kirk & Son," "Sterling," model number "184 A F," and "Hand Decorated."

It is a "Half Chased" Repousse, meaning there is a plain area on the upper and lower portions of the main part of the body.

There is a script "FFM" in the open area at the top of the body, just below the lid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1336351 (stock #2777f)
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A commemorative made for the sixth annual dinner of the "Manufacturers Association New York," held at the "Union League Club February 1st 1899," this solid sterling silver letter opener is a rare item.

It measures 6 1/4" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz.

The design is individualistic in a way that is characteristic of Shiebler's work...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1336062 (stock #2774f)
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This flat bottom pitcher stands 3" tall, has a tapered body that is 3" across at the bottom 1 5/8" at the top, and weighs just over 3 T. oz.

It is a high style item made by Gorham and dates from 1890 according to marks on the underside, which also include the word "Sterling" and the model number "3436."

The main portion of the body is heavily hand chased with a repeating upward and downward facing leaf pattern, bottom and top respectively. The surface between these borders is filled wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335850 (stock #2773f)
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Priced as a set of six.
These six forks are in a "Tipt" design that traces to the earliest years of silver crafting, when an individual smith would have hand hammered the end of a handle to create this simple, decorative element that defines the pattern.

An enduring motif, it was brought forward into the realm of manufactured silver, as evidenced by these six, matching, 7 1/16" long, 6.5 T. oz. the lot, place forks made by Gorham. This size could have been used for tea, dessert or lunch.

They were produced to ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335773 (stock #2772f)
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This server follows after the form of an ice cream server, although some outsized for that at 10 1/2" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz.

Dating circa 1880, it has a slightly upturned, round end handle and a large, 5" by 3 1/16" at the widest, teardrop shaped serving end.

The entire front surface is extensively bright cut with wriggle work and hatched detailing. The theme of this is vegetative, expressed with an Aesthetic sensibility.

The imagery on the handle is largely leaves with two sma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335614 (stock #2770f)
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Whiting's and Gorham's Lotus are nearly twin patterns, although there are subtle differences. The primary distinguishing feature is the number of lotus fronds in the design, Gorham having three and Whiting, as with this piece, having five.

They are both products of the c. 1870 Egyptian Revival movement and are patterns that have never lost appeal.

This example is a 6 3/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has an elongated, scallop shell form bowl that retains scant traces of an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335434 (stock #2768f)
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A 6 1/8" long, slightly under 1.0 T. oz., piece, this item dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1335358 (stock #2767f)
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Identified as an "important manufacturer," in the benchmark "Jackson's Hallmarks," Henry Holland, of Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater, was located in London, England, in the mid 19th century.

This example of his work is fully marked with his maker's "H.H," a date letter for 1858-59, London, sterling, and a queen's head.

It is a large mustard pot with a clear glass liner. It stands 2 1/8" tall, has a body that is 2 1/8" wide, a maximum span of 3 1/2" to the end of the handle, and the silver ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1335283 (stock #2766f)
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Marked with the Schofield Company three part emblem and the word "Sterling," this butter pick measures 4 13/16" long and weighs .4 T. oz.

The pattern is the fancy version of "Baltimore Rose," with a patterned rather than plain back. The design dates from 1905.

It is a fully original item, that is, not made up or customized.

It is without a monogram or removal (which would appear in the reserve area on the back) and in choice condition. The pattern detail remains well defined, showi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1335106 (stock #2764f)
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A generously sized item measuring 8 3/16" long and weighing a exceptionally heavy 3.3 T. oz., this piece is likely a vegetable serving fork, although it may be a pierced salad fork. It has a three tine, pierced bowl with a markedly cupped heel.

The 1901 pattern is "Federal Cotillion" by Frank Smith. It is a handsome design reminiscent of an English "King," save the shell motifs of that pattern are replaced with acanthus leaves on this. It is nearly indistinguishable from Whiting's "King E...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1335020 (stock #2763f)
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Priced as a Pair.
Measuring 5 1/4" long, and light at .7 T. oz. the pair, these matched spoons were likely intended more for coffee than tea.

They are a "Pointed Antique" design with engraved fronts, a slightly tipt backside, and exposed drops on the bowls. There are reserve areas that are without monograms or inscriptions.

Marks are a harp for Ireland, Hibernia for sterling silver, and a distinct, script "JO" for John Osborne, working in Dublin 1784-1809.

They are in good condition, noting some wear...

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