Produced in a plain version, it also had a number of engraved variants, of which this, number "80," is one.
The engraving is particularly engaging, and features three flower blossoms, sunflower or similar, with leafy detail, all set against a satin matte ground.
This example is a full size dinner fork, 7 ...
It is a singular design, having a twisted stem and a notched, shield shaped handle, similar in overall form to Gorham's little known "Imperial" pattern of the same period, and of which Wood & Hughes had an almost identical match.
The upper edge of the blade has two notches that repeat the design of the handle.
Otherwise having a plain sur...
This popular mid 19th century form of construction in silver has been described by one source as "jewelry-esque." It represents crafting of the highest form, employing exceptional skill of the sort the 19th century excelled in.
This example is an 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., almond scoop. The central portion of the handle is tubular and is fitted wit...
The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."
This is an exceptionally fine example in...
Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, it was made by Wood & Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "41" is imprinted on the inside lip of the lower half.
The design is exceptional, deriving from the intricate reticulation on both the top and bottom halves of the ball.
In addition to apostrophe like cuts, there is a 1/2" wide band on each...
The pattern is "Angelo" made by Wood & Hughes and stamped with that company's "WwH" plus the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1878." It is a Renaissance Revival design that incorporates a number of detail elements and a combination of bright and matte finishes. The bowl has a gold fini...
The pattern is clearly rooted in Aesthetic sensibilities, with a marine theme. There are two shell motifs, one in the heel of the central of three tines, and one at the tip of the handle.
Radiating lines fan out from the broad, angular, handle shoulders, and meet a series of ripples that evoke waves, which probably not without coincidence, resemble Tiffany's "Wa...
The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.
A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to...
A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source.
Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling.
Export is generally derivative of English design, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a...
Flynt and Fales also note in their entry on him that he has been referred to as the "honest goldsmith" and that he "supplied well-crafted church silver and other vessels."
The style of this example of his work, an 8 5/8"...
It was made by New York City's William Gale, who operated in various partnerships over a long history. This has double marks for one of the associations, "William Gale & Son." One of the stamps includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscur...
It is hallmarked for Dublin, Sterling, 1824, and "WC" for maker William Cummins, sometimes spelled Comyns, and an expert maker according to one reference source.
It is also imprinted "Smith & Gamble" who was a manufacturer, but in this instance likely the retailer.
It has a "Tipt End" backside as well as a rattail extending onto the reverse heel of the bowl.
The handle front has a crest ...
It was made by William B. Kerr of Newark, New Jersey. The company emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2448" are imprinted on the backside of the 3/8" wide, slightly curved, band that forms the body of the piece.
The backside is fitted with a pivoting crossbar to which two prongs that reach to the front are attached.
The surface of the band is acid etched in a swirling, leafy, Ar...
Pricing for the pair as a set.
While a salad set, either piece could be used independently.
They are substantially sized items, with the fork measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., and the spoon 9 1/8" long and 2.2 T. oz.
The serving ends shows an Aesthetic influence, with their irregular, scalloped shoulders and rippled bowls. This latter...
This is an original, factory produced, 4 1/4" long, nearly .6 T. oz., example made by Whiting in the "Pompadour" pattern, which is essentially an embellished "Queens" design introduced in 1898.
The design appears on each of the two, upward sloping, arms joined by an arch. The pierced grips are rectangle and slightly curved inward,...
It is double scallop shaped, with undulating walls with a flange rim. There are six smaller lobes with channels that run to the flat bottom base.
The interior retains a portion of its original gold wash finish.
The outside surface is acid etched in a branch, leaf, and flower motif that is both finely rendered and embl...
The handle is open, featuring trellis like borders that are interspersed with trailing posies or similar flower. The mid portion of the handle is demarcated by a single blossom set against a shell, while the area below this has an Aesthetic style scrolling desi...