This candle snuffer has a multiple provenance.
It is stamped on the end of the handle, "Perlita," which sources indicate was a Mexico City retailer, "Taxco," for the renowned center of modernist silver manufacturing, "Sterling 925," and with an eagle symbol with a "9" on its chest, which was the number assigned by convention to Hector Aguilar.
Aguilar was a shop manager for the legendary William Spratling before he opened his own operation in 1939, and became prominent in his own righ...
It is hallmarked for Dublin, Sterling, 1824, and "WC" for maker William Cummins, sometimes spelled Comyns, and an expert maker according to one reference source.
It is also imprinted "Smith & Gamble" who was a manufacturer, but in this instance likely the retailer.
It has a "Tipt End" backside as well as a rattail extending onto the reverse heel of the bowl.
The handle front has a crest ...
It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "D1656" appear on the lower edge of the cover.
The cover is domed and acid etched in a design that includes various blossoms, acanthus leaves, and other elements set against a double band. The area around the etching has a...
It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "B2712," and a date symbol for 1908 appear on the underside.
It has a rolled edge rim that varies from 11/16" to 1" wide. This is acid etched in a design that is vaguely reminiscent of Shreve's "XIVth Century" issued in 1912, although this is more embellished.
In addition to ...
Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, it was made by Wood & Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "41" is imprinted on the inside lip of the lower half.
The design is exceptional, deriving from the intricate reticulation on both the top and bottom halves of the ball.
In addition to apostrophe like cuts, there is a 1/2" wide band on each...
Price for the set of ten.
Originally identified as "A" to "L," this group encompasses ten of those pieces, omitting "D" and "H." The above image shows the ten arrayed corresponding with the catalogue page.
Each piece measures approximately 4 1/4" long, while the set weighs just under 3.4 T. oz.
They all have the same, stylized shell shape bowls with go...
Price for the set of six.
They are stamped "E.E. & S.C. Bailey," for brothers Ebenezer and Samuel, who established a partnership in Claremont, New Hampshire, circa 1825.
They are particularly well-crafted and elegantly formed. Slender in shaped, they have elongated "Tipt" handles with upturned ends. The bowls are also rather narrow and long, and have pointed tips and exposed drops on...
The solid handle is contoured in the shape of a tree trunk, with the same textured surface as the actual thing. The top of the tree, with a spreading array of fronds, is imprinted on the backside of the bowl in a raised design.
The handle, fronds, and interior of the bowl are all finished in a gold wash, which in th...
The motif portrays "Little Miss Muffet" from the Mother Goose child's nursery rhyme. The figure is etched on the surface of the pointed end handle. She is holding a pie from which several blackbirds are peering out, while there are two other birds flying about her.
The lower portion of the handle reads "...
Price for the set of twelve.
They have heart, or spade, shaped stirring ends that are engraved in a leaf and scroll design and stamped "Sterling" on the backsides. The sipping ends have ball or sphere like attachments.
They are in excellent condition, free of bends, breaks, or splits, and have bright finishes. One has a pinprick dimple and that seems to be the only sign of use among the whole set.
Exceptionally quality, it has three, cast and applied, pad feet, with raised anthemions where they join the body. The splayed rim has a repeating leaf and bead design, while the interior is finished in a bright gold wash.
It is stamped on the underside "Eng'Sterling," which was a term in limited use circa 1870, and below this "925-1000" flanked by an Old Engli...
This example is an impressively scaled at 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flange shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.
The matte surface handle has a rounded end and eleven applied daisies. These are joined by a ...
Price for the set of twelve.
They are unusual form with narrow, 1 7/8" long by 15/16" at the widest, deep at 3/8", bowls with oval tips and gold finishes both front and back sides.
They are clearly distinct from typical citrus or orange spoons but are likely to be used for eating fruit.
The pattern is Gorham's "St. Cloud...
Price for the set of eight.
Each piece measures 5 3/8" long and has a script monogram that appears to be "GEHA" on an otherwise plain backside. They are relatively heavy, weighing 6.7 T. oz. the group.
All the pieces are in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having fine finishes. The tines r...
It features the figure of a bearded man at the handle terminus, a pedestal urn laden with fruit midway up the handle, and an array of other fruit and acanthus leaf elements overall.
This example is a 9" long, very heavy at 4.3 T. oz., berry spoon.
The bowl is large, 3 5/8" long by 2 7/8" at the widest, has decorated flange shoulders, and retains traces of an original gol...
These four, matching, generously sized, 6 1/8" long, 2.5 T. oz. the lot, teaspoons bear his mark and have a second provenance in the inscriptions on the backsides, which read, "J.S. Pote" in script.
They are in choice condition, showing no wear and having bright finishes. The pointed tip bowls remained well-shaped and are free of dents, burrs, o...
The pattern is "Rose," introduced in 1892, and which is a hallmark repousse design for this company and for Baltimore silver in general.
This is the open shield variant of the line, which in this instance is engraved "Suzanne" in script.
The high relief chased work encompasses the entire band and is ...
Made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the backside, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For," it measures 6" long and weighs .8 T. oz.
The piece is well-crafted, with a sculptural quality to the detailed, high relief, imagery that includes a box turtle at the join between the handle and bowl and the word "...