That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, with a likely late 19th century date.
It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.
The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.
Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes. Yet within the detail,...
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.
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," ...
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...
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...
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...
Offered as a pair at a single price.
Dating from the second quarter of the century, both of these master salt spoons are marked "A.E.W." One is 3 7/8" long and stamped "11" while the other measures 3 3/4" and stamped "10.15." Both these are standard marks particular to Baltimore and roughly equate...
It is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece.
Marked in a way consistent with this line, namely "925/1000," the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," this also has a second patent date, "Oct. 27, 1903." This probably relates to the specialized bowl. Lastly, it is stamped with ...
All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving ...
The pattern is 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.
In this instance there is a script "LNP" monogram set in the shield shaped re...
The pattern is Watson's "Cherub," which takes its name from the winged (upward tilting) figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embodies a rococo sensibility.
The piece is in excellent condition. Polishin...
It is marked "J.E. Caldwell" for Philadelphia's carriage trade firm, along with the word "Sterling."
The pattern is a "Kings," "English Kings," in a form that was standard to Caldwell. It conforms to all the conventions of this British inspired design. It has a convex shell on the front and a ...
This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest. The flowers appear to be orchids and show as an open blossom on the end and midpoint of the handle front, and...
Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon.
Presumably named after Napoleon's empress consort, the design features bold acanthus leav...
A literally monumental event, this exposition generated a seemingly endless array of souvenir items such as this piece. It features the two significant figures associated with this event, namely the Spanish queen "Isabella," and "Columbus" himself.
A standing I...