This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."
There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...
The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.
It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.
English in origin, they are stamped for London, 1808, and WE over WF over WC, for William Eley, William Fearn, and William Chawner. There is also a "C" imprint, which is likely a journeyman's mark.
The handles are fiddle-shaped, with down-turned ends, and exposed drops on the backs. The fronts are engraved with dragon head crests.
They are in very good condition. The bowls remain well-sh...
This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.
One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.
Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," ...
Priced as a set of six.
An enduringly popular pattern introduced in 1907, older examples are bestowed with a crispness and clarity of detail that is lacking on later made items.
These pieces possess the qualities that go with their age. The high relief fruit and floral design remains sharply defined...
The pattern is "Louis XV," introduced in 1891 by William B. Durgin.
An extravagant Rococo design, it features high relief shell, acanthus leaf, scroll, floral and other elements set in a dense, asymmetrical, array.
Both sides of the handle have reserve areas, with the front one engraved with an elegant, period "CM" monogram. ...
Its features bespeak its origins, and quite impressively so. It has a twisted stem in the central portion of the handle, suggesting a date from the mid 1860s when this detail was popular.
The handle end is broad, with a slightly tipt backsid...
Retailed by one of New York City's premier 19th century outlets, "Black, Starr & Frost," this is early production of the pattern which was introduced in 1880. In addition to the retailer's stamp, it is marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "1."
The raised design on the handle, set against a checkerboard background, is blueberry, and remains precisely articul...
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This piece is illustrated in a 1900 company catalog (see enlargement 3) and is shown mounted on a separate silver base. This is free standing.
The silver lid and fitting on the base are decorated with a scrolling leaf form, while the interior of the li...
This lengthy (designed to reach the bottom of a chocolate pot), 9 1/4", and weighty, 1.5 T. oz., example is "Colonial A."
The engraving features a central, open wreath with a bow on the lower portion. The interior of this has a very fine, script "AJK" monogram.
The remainder of the surface has delicate, fleur-de-lis like detailing, with a diamond cut and w...
"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.
This example is a 7 3/8" long, ...
It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.
The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.
It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the...
This example is a 5 5/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter aka confection spoon. It has a 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, round, pierced bowl, that characteristic of Wendt, has ribbed walls.
The figure on this is swooping downward, with the remainder of the handle surface decorated ...
Price for the set of six.
This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.
They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."
The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no v...
It is a cream or sauce ladle in 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.
The bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the inte...
English in origin, some makers specialized in this form, and that is the case with this example made by John Bettridge of Birmingham in 1820. A web sear...
This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."
There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl...
It incorporates a central shield-like reserve on the upper front side and a corresponding open area on the backside. These areas are surrounded by tracery that is interspersed with numerous fleurs-de-lis, which are representative of the city which presumably inspired the pattern.
This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has a generous...