"Mythologique" has generated interest and commentary since its introduction in the late 19th century. Some of the most informative insight about the history of this pattern can be found in an essay written by Elizabeth Williams, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Rhode Island School ...
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The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell." Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends where the raised shells are situated are broad and rounded.
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 splayed outw...
The wide bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, defines this as a large berry, aka casserole or vegetable, spoon.
An early production item, this is marked with the Durgin "D" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd," and the name of the retailer, "Banks & Bryan," of Wilmington, Delaware.
There is a multi-line script "ESB" monogram on the handle front.
It is in very good e...
It is hallmarked for Turner & Simpson, of Birmingham, England, with city and sterling symbols that, while rubbed, are legible. The date letter is obscured, although the outline shape is for "Cycle XIII," which ran 1950-74.
It is Georgian in style, with a plain body that has an applied rim and the previously mentioned footed base.
There are also two cast lio...
It is stamped "E.S. & D.R. Burr" and "coin," for the jewelers located in the small, central Wisconsin town of Berlin. An entry in a 1919 "Jewelers' Circular," notes the death of Daniel Riley Burr at age 85, still resident in Berlin.
There is also a right-facing, bust that McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as an unknown Chicago maker. He cites only Chicago retailers associated with this, so...
Common to all these pieces are silver bases, crowns, and the truly defining element, which is a dolphin or sea serpent handle.
The bodies are high quality, finely cut rock crystal. At least one source attributes the...
While "Tipt" end examples of their work, which this is, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.
One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.
The handle has...
Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebony handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T. oz. and has a cap...
An original, early, production item made by Alvin in the Art Nouveau "Bridal Rose" pattern, the company emblem, along with the words "Patent," and "Sterling" appear on the backside in fine lettering.
The handle is upturned at the end, while the surface displays a high relief, intricately rendered, portraiture of rose buds, blossoms, leaves, and t...
Working in the early decades of the 20th century (and later absorbed into Currier & Roby), Henckel produced quality work, often in an Arts and Crafts style, as evidenced by this 7 1/8" long, weighty at 3.1 T. oz., pai...
It is stamped "S.N. Story" for the Worcester, Massachusetts silversmith and jeweler. Also marked "Pure Coin," which was a regional term, this was likely made in Boston.
The pattern is "Olive," which was a very popular design in the period.
What sets this apart from other examples is its intermediate size, shell bowl, solid weight, quality manufacture, and good condition.
Made in two versions, solid background and pierced, it is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves with flowers, all set in moderately high relief.
Elegant without any embellishment, this pierced, 8 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., jelly knife is made all the more so by the addition of an overall vermeil, i.e. gold gilt, surface, and rich, multi-colored enamel...
The backside of the handle on this 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz., (baby) food pusher has a more simplified design than the front and coincidentally resembles Gorham's "Norfolk" of the same period.
It is a full...
The pattern was introduced in 1934 (one source offers 1931), although the mark on this 4 1/8" long, substantial weight, .8 T. oz. tea caddy spoon, "Georg Jensen in an oval of dots" over "Sterling" and "Denmark," was used from 1945 onward, so it dates between then and the 1970s when production was discontinued.
Deceptively simple in design, the pattern features a slight...
They are early production items, marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902."
In superb condition, each arm retains excellent, precise detail to the lily design, which is set in high relief. The talon grips are finely articulated and without bends or cracks. The overall finish is bright and even.
Just slightly smaller than a tea or dessert knife, it is a youth size piece.
An "Oval Thread" design, it is stamped "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm of the period. It is also marked "Sterling," which is early for this date; coin would be expected.
It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and blunt-end blade.
Other elements include flower blossoms, acanthus leaves, a shell, and a fruit or berry at the end of a scalloped edge handle.
This example is a large, 11 1/2" long, approximately 4.0 T. oz., fish slice. The blade has a shaped and curved upper side and shoulders, both with a...
It is an old, i.e. early production, piece marked with the Whiting "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "Reg. 1902," and the name of the retailer, "F.W. Reich."
The blade comprises more than half the length of the piece and has a scalloped upper edge, and upswept, pointed tip.
Both the handle and the blade are...