The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co.," the date "1892," "New York," and "Sterling." To be sure, they do have darkened sur...
The large, applied, fleur-de-lis motif is set in high relief as if it were carved. It is also embellished with added detailing, such as beaded banding around the lower section and scrolling, leafy highlights.
This example is a 7" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.
The bowl is particular to Durgin. It has a swirled ...
This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.
Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.
Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."
It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co." It apparently dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."
The piece incorporates two modifications, both of which reflect h...
Sources indicate that Lord was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1770, was working in Rutland, Vermont, in 1797, and finally in Athens, Georgia, from 1831 until his death.
The style of this is early 19th century and likely dates from his Vermont years, but could trace to his Athens period.
It is very finely made, having a broad end with an extremely narrow shank. It and the hi...
Price for the set of ten.
The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell. Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends broaden to a rounded, upturned end, which hosts the concave shell form. These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.
The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three...
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 ...
Price for the set of ten.
Each fork is 5 5/8" long and has the same three part script monogram. The group together weigh 6.7 T. oz.
An expressive interpretation of the narcissus flower, the design fully reflects Art Nouveau sensibilities. Fluid, flowing leaves trail up the margin of the handle, which is topped by a large, high relief, ...
Expressive of the Arts & Crafts sensibility, it is a clean and straightforward piece. It borrows its name, "Hanoverian," and design inspiration from an early English style, and consistent with that, features a midrib along the front side of the softly tipt end handle.
The entire piece evidences subtlety and an notably high degree of refinement. For example, there ...
Price for each piece individually.
Offerings in this line were made to a higher standard of finish and refinement than general production items, and that is the case in this instance.
The handles are a tipt backside "Old English" design while the fronts are acid etched with a "Humpty Dumpty" figure on the spoon and "Sim...
This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon.
The vee shaped bowl with clipped shoulders is used on all the serving spoons throughout the line, and in this instance has a matte finish gold wash on the interior and...
This example of his work is a 1 3/4" diameter, 1" high, weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., napkin ring.
In keeping with Gebelein's Arts & Crafts roots combined with his sensitivities to ...
Alas many of these quite impressive patterns have become lost in the abundance of what came after, which may apply to International's "Duchesse" dating from 1907.
It is lavishly styled, vaguely derivative from a "Kings" motif but more embellished. The handle has a shell end surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing and is trimmed with a decorated beveled edge. This whole ensemble of design is repeated on the b...
The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.
It is model number "39" according t...
Dating about 1875 or so, it shows sophisticated decoration. The heavy rimmed edges are bordered by knurled bands that are nearly 1/8" wide.
There is a fancy, feathered script "JWP" in a central reserve. Either side of the reserve has raised, ha...
Price per piece, ten available, all matching.
The pattern is the company's flagship "Repousse" design, with a plain back engraved "GEHH" in script.
It is in immaculate estate condition. The high relief design is free of polishing wear, remaining sharply defined. The tines are flawless, without any nicks, burrs, or bends. The finish has a warm patina.
This 6 1/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., butter fork or pick is an example of the limited production series.
It has a twisted shank, with a cast rather than die struck cluster of blossoms on the end of the handle. These hang to the side on openwork stems.
The fork end has two splayed tines that have a satin finish and ...
The style is very much of the period. It has a twisted stem with a notched and engraved handle end. This is inscribed with a script "GDS" monogram surmounted by a shield with an emblem inside it that lo...