The pattern is Durgin's 1895 "Empire." Apropos of the name, the main feature is a crown, combined with cornucopia, a torch, a garland, and floral elements, all offered in a French manner.
A slender piece, it has the twist end tip characteristic of this form. The backside of the handle is engraved "Austin" in script.
It is in very good ...
This example is a 7" long individual salad or fish fork. Commensurate with the line, it is very heavy at 1.7 oz.
It is in very good condition. Somewhat polished, there is some softening of detail on the design, but overall the detail remains distinct. It also app...
It is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems to be a scarce form in this line. It has a scalloped edge bowl, with slight ribbing on the sidewalls. It retains a portion of its original gold wash.
The image on the front ...
This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest. The flowers appear to be orchids and show as an open blossom on the end and midpoint of the handle front, and...
This item is an uncommonly found toast or bread fork (which is similar to a spinach fork in some patterns).
It measures 7 3/8" long overall and weighs 1.3 T. oz.
The defining characteristic of the piece is the slender, lengthy, three tine serving end. This has a decorative he...
The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.
In this instance there is a script "LNP" monogram set in the shield shaped re...
This pair of makers are quoted in Jackson's Hallmarks as "Good, general makers of usually small pieces, spoons, cream jugs, etc."
They weigh a combined .7 T. oz. and measure 4 3/4".
These spoons are in very good to exceptional condition. They show some minor rippling to the edge of the bowls but no tip wear, which is usually seen in pieces of this ...
Priced as a Pair.
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...
Priced as a pair.
No company generated more examples of this form than Gorham. Indeed, the Tompkins book on this subject documents a full century of Gorham's production.According to Tompkins, this set, item number 2480, dates to 1890. They possess a commanding look. They are large, 4 1/2" long, 1 3/4" tall, and weighty, 3.9 T. oz. combine...
Price per pair, two pairs available.
Dating from 1883, it reflects Victorian pedigree combined with some Aesthetic, i.e. Eastlake, sensibilities.
It has a garland of flowers at the top of the handle, with an open space below this that in this instance is monogrammed "CNB" in fine script. The lower two thirds ...
Price per pair.
There is a wide, 3/4", rim encircling the relatively deep, gold washed bowls and this has a formed surface that is no doubt inspired by the Aesthetic taste. The imagery is organic, leafy and sinuou...
Offered as a pair at a single price.
Dating from the second quarter of the century, both of these master salt spoons are marked "A.E.W." One is 3 7/8" long and stamped "11" while the other measures 3 3/4" and stamped "10.15." Both these are standard marks particular to Baltimore and roughly equate...
Unremarkable in terms of function, this 6 3/16" long, just under 1.0 T. oz. sugar spoon, still stands forward for its quality of design and manufacture.
It is a "King" or "Kings" pattern that compares well with other companies' interpretations of this English-inspired motif.
This has an oversized, 2 1/4" by 1 1/2", shell bowl with a frosted matte gold fini...
The pierced bowl is stamped "Plata Industria Argentina" and "800" in a diamond. This is hinged for opening and has a threaded end that fits into the tube.
The tube itself has a gold tip that is stamped "18K." This appears to be a solid band wrapped around an inner lining. The stem is divided into several sections separated by bands, two of which are knurled. The upper portion h...
Price per piece, three available.
A place piece, it is a length that is commonly identified as for tea or dessert. The pattern is "French Thread," aka "Fid...
Price per piece, two available.
One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.
The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the the...
Price per piece.
They bear several similarities including the date "1891" set in the center of the handle, with each number surrounded by twig or branch framing. The bowls are identical as well, with acid etched to a pale gold, matte surfaces, leaving bright, irregular, si...
The handle has an irregularly shaped margin on the terminus. This frames a three dimensional, decorative floral (perhaps fuchsia) element. The plainness of the lower portion of the handle is broken by tw...