First is the 8 3/8" long size. Substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, it was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.
Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the word "Coin"...
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The theme on this companion youth spoon and fork set is "Diana and her nymphs," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line.
The fork measures 6 1/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at 1.8 T. oz. Also weighty at 1.7 oz. the spoon measures 6 1/8" long, which is slightly larger than a teaspoon.
Both items are engraved "Wentworth" and ...
The faceted base is molded glass while the top is silver attached to an applied rim. The lid is divided in half and is fitted with a hinge and knob allowing it to open fully.
The fixed side of the top is engraved with an Old English "S" monogram.
The edge of the rim is stamped "Sterling," "95" (a model number), and with a rubbed gr...
It is comprised of an open ball or basket that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep.
This is fitted with a wire bail handle which in turn is attached to a 2 1/2" long, pronged wire that locks into a spout, held in place by tension.
It is solid silver, weighing .9 T. oz., and marked "Sterling" on the rim.
This functions effectively to capture any ...
It also has a matte finish, thick-walled and gold washed bowl, front and backsides, which additionally distinguishes this example of Watson's "Orange" pattern from a standard production piece.
One of the company's fruit series, it exhibits the high relief, Art Nouveau influenced, finely detailed design elements of this line.
The oranges have textured surfaces, while the background areas of...
The pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., olive spoon is "Douvaine," seemingly the company's most popular line.
It features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or wizard like figure set midway on the handle.
This is all surrounded by an array o...
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Short handled, individual, chocolate spoons, they are rarely found items, and all the more so in this quantity. The pattern is "Old Newbury" made by Towle.
Each one has an Art Nouveau, script "MAH" monogram. The style of engraving is consistent with the 1900 date of issue of this beaded pattern.
The bowls are ovoid, 1 5/16" by 1", scaled t...
This form came in a larger size for shoes, and a smaller size for gloves. This is the latter at 3 1/16" long.
This is a patterned piece, namely "Heraldic," a medieval style design featuring a shield and helmet, made by Whiting and dating from 1880.
It has a plain backside, save for the company lion emblem and the word "Sterling." The hook portion has a slight twist design where it jo...
Whereas the pusher is bent, this has a flat, 2" wide, pierced, blade with a straight front edge and scalloped sides and shoulders.
A rarely found item, this form seems to have been favored by Towle who produced this in the company's 1900 "Old Newbury," and offered it in other patterns as well.
It was retailed by "A.M. Jewett" whose name appears on the re...
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Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.
Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.
The pattern appears on both sides of the handles, an...
It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme.
These include (see image two for detail):
Jack the Giant Killer
The Merry Hunter
The Wolf and the Lamb
Tom the Piper's Son ...
An individual place piece in a "Kings" pattern, it has a flat handle and a solid silver blade.
The handle front has a delicate script monogram that appears to be "EKP" while the backside is engraved "'90."
It is in flawless estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, free of polishing wear. The blade is without bends, nicks or burrs, and has barely...
It is a commemorative item produced by Philadelphia's J.E. Caldwell. The entire handle portrays a full-sized, three dimensional, image of William Penn, the founder of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.
The tea and smaller size versions of this early twentieth century design are readily available, but this citrus spoon variant is a rarity. Additionally, ...
This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a scall...
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It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied, often mixed metal, elements. This fish serving slice and fork set are acid etched.
The motifs of the etched line were myriad, more than can be catalogued, but they included floral and fauna themes, and even insects.
The portraiture on these is "morning glory" on th...
It is comprised of a mother of pearl handle fitted to a hollow body that portrays a jester's torso and head. The head is fitted with a three-pointed cap, the two side ones of which have bell tips. A pair of larger, open, clam shell, bell-like forms dangle from the shoulders, suspended by wrapped wire and clasps. Although the "be...
This example is nearly as old as the pattern itself, dating between 1846-61, as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son" imprinted on the backside. It is a 7 1/8" long, relatively heavy at 2.1 T. oz., hotcake lifter.
The standard mark, "10.15," also appearing on the handle reverse, is roughly the equivalent of coin silver and one p...
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.
It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless co...