It is an original production example of Alvin's early 20th century, Art Nouveau, "Old Orange Blossom," informally known as "OOB."
It is imprinted with the Alvin emblem, and the words "Patent" and "Sterling," all in very fine lettering as would be expected of an early piece.
The handle end is upturned and has an Old English "W" monogram that is very shallowly inscribed and only faintly visib...
This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an extra wide and deep bowl, to be distinguished from a nearly identical version with a smaller bowl.
This is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was pop...
The holder is sterling silver with a lattice body with beaded detailing on the upper rim and handle. The 2" diameter lid has a raised flower, perhaps wild rose, and leafy scroll design with a solid thumb grip.
The liner is ruby red glass and is original to the piece, as is the 3 3/4" long, sterling bead and twist pattern mustard ladle. The total weight of the silver is 2.5 T. oz.
It was retailed by New York's "Black, Starr & Frost," as indicated by the "B.S. & F." imprinted on the edge of the handle, near to the word "Sterling."
The backside of the handle has a line script "AH" monogram.
It is in very good condition, retaining clear pattern detail and having a ...
Made by the Meriden Britannia Company, it dates circa 1895, and carries the firm's emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "221" stamped on the underside.
It is plain-sided save for a large and handsome "DGS" leaf monogram. The domed lid has a fitted sleeve with a double bead, 1 1/2" diameter, lip.
It is in superb estate condition. It has a mirror-like finish, and a...
This 11 1/4" long example has an engraved margin, but is otherwise plain and without any erasures.
The large, 6" long by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade is sterling silver, as is the shank which is fitted with a turned, appearing to be rosewood or mahogany, handle. The piece weighs 4.8 T. oz., including the handle, which comprises a relatively insignificant a...
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Made by Tiffany, they are holloware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece.
The creamer measures 3 ...
This example is an 8 1/8", .9 T. oz., olive spoon. It is long-handle, versus standard size, which is less than 6".
The flowers are delicately scaled and arrayed around the end of the handle, with trailing leaves and buds set along the length of the shank.
The pierced bowl has flange edges, a pointed tip, and retains most of an original pale gold fin...
Made for Colonial Williamsburg as part of an exclusive line, it is described in a 1976 catalog as "A design of classic simplicity copied from a bowl made by Philip Syng (1676-1739)."
It sits on a tiered base that is 3" across, and has an applied upper rim.
There is a line "MSB" script monogram on the side.
In exceptionally fine condition, it sits eve...
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Each one has three legs and stands 1 1/4" high to the top of base and 1 5/8" tall with the liner in place, and is 1 3/4" wide at the maximum. The combined weight of the metal is .7 T. oz.
German in origin, they are stamped "800" for the grade of the silver. These marks are on the rims, and are flanked by two other imprints. These are so small they are indecipherab...
The imagery includes a sword, a cross and crown, seeing eye, and the emblematic square and compass.
The most dramatic aspect of the piece is a detailed rendering of the towering "Masonic Temple" built in downtown Chicago in 1892. This is finely detailed and has a gold finish.
Made by Wallace, it is stamped with the company...
This example of the line is a medium sized, 4 3/4" long, moderately heavy at nearly 1.3 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.
Naturalistic in their portraiture, the three leaves that adorn each leg of the tongs are nonetheless precisely arrayed within the overall design, with one on the bottom and two on the top, surrounding an open area with lined margins.
The leaves are offset with several...
Gerstell also notes that he "held various positions in the community," indicating he was a person of standing and good reputation, and she illustrates both hollow and flatware made by him.
This piece dates late eighteenth century. It is a "Pointed Antique...
Price per piece, two available.
This 8 11/16" long, 2.0 T. oz., likely berry serving spoon, is an early example in the line, marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co," which saw time-bound use. It is also stamped "Patent...
Price for the set of six.
They were made by Alvin, whose company emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent" appear on the backsides, in very fine, precise, raised lettering as it should be on original pieces..
The pattern is "Majestic," which is a multi-motif floral Art Nouveau line that in this instance portrays irises. It was introduced in 1900.
There is a single, large blossom set midw...
The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.
The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.
Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is e...
Sculptural in manner, it was made by Watson, whose design and execution in silver manufacturing consistently reflects a high standard.
The subject is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Little Bo Peep" and features a complexly detailed, three dimensional, portraiture of the miss herself.
She is adorned with a big bonnet hat, is wearing a corseted bodice that i...
This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., cream ladle. It is commonly referred to as a "bucket" ladle referencing the shape of the 1 1/2" top diameter, 1" deep, dipping or serving end, which in this case has a bright gold finish.
The stem is semi-tubular, with a half-round front and flat backside. The ivy and berry portraiture which defines ...