This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.
It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There i...
It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.
Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.
An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak th...
Highly detailed, the imagery is iconic. The bowl portrays the Chicago Herald building constructed in 1891, which date appears on the lower portion of the handle. There is a pennant that reads "Herald" flying from the flagpole atop the building.
Close inspection reveals a figure standing on a pediment placed on a...
It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin. The surface has a pale gold wash and is engraved in a period ...
It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.
There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.
It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin ...
Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.
The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the bac...
The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham. Dating from the 1870s, it is relatively early in the stable of the company's full line flatware designs.
It features an elegant and refined looking central female bust in profile. This is surrounded by swags, drapery, and trailing garlands of ivy vines and leaves. Th...
The pattern is "Waverly" by Wallace. The scroll design derives from the same style impulses that Whiting embraced for its "Louis XV" and Gorham for its "Strasbourg" patterns.
The serving end has five delicate tines joined to a scalloped heel area that is pierced in a fleur-de-lis motif.
There is an embellished, Art Nouveau style "S" monogram.
It is in very fine estate conditi...
This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.
It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design imprinted in part of the interior. It is also engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a light portion of its original pale gold finish.
It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.
The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing.
Price per piece, five available.
The design incorporates a banded ivy border and trailing ivy vines and berries on the shank, and a single ivy leaf at the top of the handle. The dominating feature is the face of a satyr-like figure that appears at the top center of the handle.
This example is a 6 7/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., dessert or oval soup spoon. It has an elegant, feathered script "MJP" monogram set ...
It was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem appears on the underside, along with the word "Sterling" and the model number "5225."
It has plain walls with a 1" tall, embossed leafy design along the lower edge. This is slightly bulbous and and indented creating a rimmed like base.
The surface opposite...
Price for the set of six
Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.
They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T. oz., with the gr...
Priced as a pair.
The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.
The design is a study ...
The pattern is "Violet," one of several Art Nouveau floral designs Wallace produced early in the 20th century. It is an expressive, true to life portraiture, with the design carrying into the matte finish, gold washed bowl.
There is a script "MKW" monogram.
It is in impeccable condition. There is no evident wear wh...
This example is a 7" long, exceptionally heavy at 3.0 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle front features an opulent array of high relief iris blossoms that appear to be in motion. The backside of the handle is much less detailed and actuall...
The handle has an irregularly shaped margin on the terminus. This frames a three dimensional, decorative floral (perhaps fuchsia) element. The plainness of the lower portion of the handle is broken by tw...
The piece is a 9" long ice spoon. It is an extra heavy version weighing 4.4 T. oz., and was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," whose name is stamped on the backside. Other marks are the Durgin "D" and the word "Sterling."
The elegant bowl has scalloped edges, a pierced interior, and is finish...