Most discussion about purpose indicates they were originally tea related, used for filtering loose leaves, with the point serving to clear a spout of clogs.
Late Victorian in date, this stylized piece measures 8 1/2" long and weighs not quite .4 T. oz., and could readily double as an olive spoon.
The bowl is 2...
A slender piece, it is a master butter, or possibly a pickle, knife.
The shoulders of the handle are angular, while the smooth surface is extensively engraved in a diamond cut and wriggle work design that is character of this period Boston silver.
The pattern on this is particularly appealing in that it i...
This matched pair of 4 3/4" long, 1.1 T. oz. combined, (soft boiled) egg spoons are early production examples, marked "J.P. Patent 868," "Sterling," and "Bailey & Co.," for the Philadelphia retailer.
The handle backsides are engraved "MLC" in leaf scri...
The image on this 5 3/4" long, relatively heavy at 1.4 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle, features a woman carrying a basket of fruit in her left hand and a tray of fruit in her right hand.
The handle backside is engraved "M.C.W. in embellished script lettering set sideways.
The approximately round, 1 1/2" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has scalloped shoulders, and a gol...
It measures 10 1/2" wide, stands 2" tall, and weighs 14.9 T. oz.
It is stamped on the brushed finish underside "Gorham," "lion, anchor, G", "Sterling," model number "745," and with a date symbol for "1949."
Never monogrammed, it is without dents, scratches, or other evidence of use, and has a brilliant, hand polished only, finish.
Watson's "pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of each of the 3 3/4" long spoons (as well as the box lid). The group weigh approximately 1.8 T. oz.
Dating from early in the 20th century, they are Art Nouveau in style and portray six different blossoms, leaves, and stems on the handle fro...
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Made by Frank Smith, whose early "S in a circle" mark and "sterling" are imprinted on the backside of all pieces, along with the name of the retailer, "Worcester & Co.," Lowell, Massachusetts.
The server measures 10" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while each of the spoons is 5 3/4" long with the twelve weighing ...
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A "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, they would have been place pieces in their period, slightly larger than a contemporary dessert or oval soup, and smaller than a tablespoon.
They are stamped "L[eander]. Amadon" for the silversmith and jeweler who worked in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Never monogrammed, they are in very fine estate condition, showing no polishing wear and having smoot...
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They have broad, upturned handles with "Tipt" ends, with the name "Maggie" finely engraved in script set sideways on them.
The shoulders off the bowls are high, chamfered, and rounded, while the backside heel drops are smooth.
They are stamped on the reverses "J.G. Griswold" (Johnson Gage), "Hartford," and with a right facing "eagle," which John R. McGrew in his comprehen...
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This is a difficult to find group of twelve matched pieces in John Wendt's Renaissance Revival "Florentine" pattern issued in 1870.
Measuring 8" long each and weighing 20.3 T. oz. the lot, these are variously identified as tea, breakfast, or dessert knives.
These have solid handles, blunt end blades, and are engraved "MLC" in script in the reserve area of ...
Coin silver, the style is consistent with Philadelphia flatware design of its 1870 period.
It has a twisted stem with an oblong, tipt end handle that is extensi...
Made by Watson, whose "crown, W, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "W&H Co.," appear on the backside, it commemorates the "Woman's Benefit Association."
Information about this organization, now the "Woman's Life Assurance Society," founded in Port Huron, Michigan in 1891 by Bina M. West when she was merely 24 years old, is readily available on the internet and makes for an ...
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The pattern is "Etruscan," which features a Greek Key motif on the handle end.
Marked "Gorham" and "Sterling," these are 1930 or later production of this design first issued in 1913.
Never monogrammed, they are in flawless condition, show no wear or damage, and have bright finishes.
The pattern is "Merrimac," which is a colonial revival, apparently Hepplewhite inspired, design that is engraved and chased on a hammered surface. The hammering suggests an Arts & Crafts influence, popular in the 1916 issue date period of this.
Made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem and "Sterling" are imprinted on one arm, and retailed by Boston's "Shreve, Crump & Low," whose name appears on the other arm, the pattern is "Iris."
One of Durgin's flagship designs from early in the 20th century, "Iris" embodies all the lush expressiveness for which ...
It is model "B749," as indicated on the plate on the underside, which is also imprinted with the Watson Company "crown, W, lion" emblem, "Sterling," "10 1/2," and "Weighted."
Total weight is 12.9 T. oz., nearly all of which is silver given there is only a ...
It has a twisted stem with a flat, oval, handle, that in this instance is engraved in a (grape?) leaf and tendril design and the name "A. Ayler." set sideways.
An online commentator notes that there are at least six "types" or variations of this design, apparently the most common of which has a pointed handle end. This is one of two "kn...
The pattern is "Daisy," interpreted in an Art Nouveau manner, with multiple blossoms and trailing details arrayed along the length of the handle front, with complementary elements on the backside.
A large scoop is the defining element of this form, and Blackinton went th...