It is a souvenir piece depicting the city of St. Augustine, specifically the landmark "Old City Gates," as acid etched on the handle backside.
Generally found as a teaspoon, this is the less common citrus spoon variant, with a long, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange margin and point...
The first is "Danish Modern," taking its inspiration from the style popularized early in the 20th century by Georg Jensen. It also embodies the clean, sleek, look of the "Mid Century Modern" mode, which actually dovetails with the Danish aesthetic.
It was made by the Webster Company, whose "CW with an arrow" emblem is stamped on t...
It is marked "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the retailer of note, and although the design could just as well be coin silver, "(925)" for sterling.
The style and quality of execution are consistent with work from this source and time. The "Pointed Antique" handle has an engine turned surface with additional engraving. This includes a shield shape reserve area th...
The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.
This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part ...
The specific mark on this 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt," coin silver, place spoon, "J.E. Merriman/123 Pearl St.," traces to his New York period. It is accompanied by a "leopard head, bust, star, leopard head" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his volume on manufacturers' marks attributes to an unknown New York City source.
Given that his years in office coincided with the peak popularity 0f souvenir spoon collecting, it is no happenstance that Roosevelt and the teddy bear found expression in this form.
This example is a 5 3/8" long, just over .6 T. oz., example...
It is a replica of an anointing spoon, also identified as a coronation spoon. These largely English items have a history that traces back to the late 19th century, with early ones like this, date mark 1904-05, generally the best crafted examples.
Indeed, this is hallmarked for the London firm of Carrington & Co. (John Bodman Carrington), which Jackson's Hallma...
Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with t...
Price for the set of six.
Flynt and Fales also note in their entry on him that he has been referred to as the "honest goldsmith" and that he "supplied well-crafted church silver and other vessels."
The style of these six, matched, 6 1/8" long, 3....
Price for the pair.
The pattern is Whiting's 1885 "Lily of the Valley."
These stand apart on two bases. One, they are the less common, twisted handle, form of this piece. Two, they were retailed by "William Kendrick's Sons," the renowned Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, known as a supplier of julep cups.
They have front and back, gold washed, trident tines, that are sinuous,...
The pattern is "Apollo," which is a scroll, bead, and rose design that is very much in keeping with its late Victorian period (1892 issue date).
The cupped server on this is 1 3/4" long by 3/4" at the widest, and has a satin matte finish.
Never monogrammed, it is in excelle...
The rim is scalloped and the tapered sidewalls are undulating. The solid handle is twisted, with a smooth, square, grip at the top.
There is a large scale representation of a wild rose blossom, branch, and leaves acid etched on the otherwise plain body. Acid etching is a technique that produces a more textured surface than simple e...
The handle backside is plain save for the marks, which are the Frank Smith "lion" emblem and "925/1000 fine."
This example is a 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.0 T. oz., youth fork.
Although having a reserve area, this was never monogrammed and is in very good condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is warm...
A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.
It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle.
In good condition, it retains excellent form and th...
This 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., solid silver, example by Alvin is true to form, with a handsomely cut and engraved, slightly cupped, 4" long by 1 5/16" at the widest, pointed serving end.
The pattern is the company's turn of the 20th century "Cippendale Old."
Like the blade, the ha...
Having a bulbous, cauldron shape body, it is relatively large, standing 2 1/2" to the top of the lid, 3" to the highest point on the thumb lift, is 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighs a substantial 4.0 T. oz.
The solid handle is a double cee scroll form, with an acanthus leaf detail.
The interior has a gold finish, which is intact on the lid, but some worn in the body.
The lid is engraved in a...
It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.
Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style, "JA" monogram, suggesting a date circa 1900.
It is in very good condition. There are n...
It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.
Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.
There is a handsome, feathered sc...