The pattern is "Trajan," which is a bold, high relief, repousse-like, leaf and floral design. The handle backside has a reserve area that is engraved with a script "R" monogram.
This is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece, and it is all s...
Stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G", emblem, "Sterling," and model number "456" on the underside, it is actually part of a desk ensemble, namely the underplate, or as labeled, a tray, for a multi-lobed ink bottle.
Original purpose aside, it is attractive in its own right, featuri...
Price for the set of six.
The pattern is "Union," produced by John Wendt, and is quite similar to "Gibney," by F.H. Gibney, later Whiting, with both designs issued in 1862. Given this date, it is reasonable to assume that Wendt, a New York City manufacturer, was expressing support for the Union cause in naming this design.
Each handle has a central leaf rosette and leaf tipped, ov...
The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.
The handle has a flat backside with a raised, scroll and bead, Victorian style design on the front.
In flawless condition, it shows no signs of use or wear. Pattern detail remains well-defined, absent any polishing wear. The wire loop is perfectly shaped, without any bends or breaks. The finish is warm and even.
It is stamped on ...
It has a 1/2" high sidewall with a scalloped edge and a series of raised scrolls that appear to mimic breaking waves.
The center bottom of the piece has an oval dome that is engraved "HCE" in lined script. Ridges radiate out from this, suggesting a sunburst.
This example is a 9" long, 3.3 T. oz., berry spoon in "Grapevine."
William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware notes that this was made with a variety of bowl forms, and the shell or fluted design on this is observationally one of the less common ones. It is finished with a bright gold wash front and backsides.
An early production item, t...
The griffin set against a Moorish style background composition is emblematic of the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s.
The bowl is plum shaped, with a flange rim and central vee running from the handle to the midpoint of the base. It is finished with a...
It measures 2" tall to the rim, 2 3/4" at the highest point of the arms, has a body that is 3 1/2" wide, 5 1/4" handle tip to handle tip, 2 3/8" across on the bottom, a top opening of 2 3/4", and weighs 4.6 T. oz.
Likely a sugar bowl, it stands on its own.
Elegantly understated in design, the body is cauldron shaped with a sawtooth edge rim, and has...
The pattern is "Passaic," introduced by Unger Brothers in 1900.
Known for its innovative Art Nouveau designs, executed in both flatware and jewelry, the style of this goes in another direction, to the rococo. It employs a variety of scrolls, leaves, and delicate flower blossoms presented i...
This 6 1/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an example of this practice. The rarely found pattern is a very close match to Whiting's "Berry," introduced in 1880.
The handle is more slender than Whiting's and also ...
"Lily" is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau pattern that essentially set the standard for this floral interpretation after its introduction in 1902.
Absent noticeable polishing wear, this pair show the design to full advantage, retaining all the fine flower and leaf elements for which the line is known, as well ...
They are "MKH" and "JAH" in block lettering, "Hand Wrought," and "Sterling."
The piece is compellingly appealing in its simplicity of design, good heft, and the high quality of its workmanship.
In flawless condition, it exhibits precise construction, is perfectly round, and has...
This is also imprinted "J.S. Sanders," for the nearby Schenectady, New York, jeweler who retailed this.
A flat-surfaced piece with a high shouldered, pointed end, handle that angles downward to the broad, 1" ...
The handle, about half the overall length, is sterling silver, so marked, along with Shiebler's "winged S" emblem and the model number "5264," while the lower portion with the actual "hook" that defines the piece, is plated steel.
The silver portion is comprised of a central rod wrapped by two strands of heavy wire that encircle th...
Butler also used an animal head over chevron emblem, as found on this 7 1/8" long, T. oz., preserve spoon, that is similar enough to that used by Wat...
It has a pointed tipt end with scroll detailing and a raised fleur-de-lis drop.
The length of a tablespoon, the oversized, wide and deep with a pointed end, bowl suggests this was designed to function as a versatile server.
While relatively plain, it is adorned with an embellished Old English "L" monogram that stands for...
The pattern is "Chippendale Old" made by Frank Smith. It features a raised acanthus leaf design set on the terminal end of the handle and the backside heel of the blade. The front of the handle is otherwise smooth and tapered, while the reverse has a midrib.
The handle curves downward where it joins the nubbed shoulders of the blade, which has a bev...