With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.
A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David a...
This piece is a 6 1/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon.
It is unusual in that the upper end of the handle is hollow, while the lower portion is tubular. This provides for a thicker than usual grip, and also enables more detailed design elements, which include a blossom, bud, and sinuous leaves set against a textured background.
The bowl is decorative, in keeping with the overall de...
Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," Indianapolis. Interestingly, most sources cite Talbott for spelling of this firm, with the exception of Kovel's which cites Hiatt "The Silversmiths of Kentucky" as its source and uses a single "T."
The 3/4" deep, nearly round, 2" diameter, bowl with a central vee, flanged shoulders, and slightly tipped lip, on this 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle is engraved in a Palmetto leaf motif that is evocative of Egyptian Revival style. The bowl interior also retains most of its original, bright...
Considerable online information is available about this volume, and given no book expertise is here represented, evaluation of this has to rest in outside sources. This comes through a family channel, not commercial or otherwise.
It is fully authentic, with a plate on t...
The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight variation on both sides of the handle.
The lower portion of the handle is plain an...
Staunch and clean, these were made to a standard and no doubt intended to serve dutifully while presenting with a quiet nobility.
The elongated cup grips have high shoulders that, which, along with the length of the arms, have beveled edges. The arch i...
This piece is a 6 1/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., sugar spoon.
It has an elongated, plum-shaped bowl with hatched edge shoulders. The interior has a matte finish.
The handle portrays a maiden in courtly garb, carrying a kettle in one hand and a pitcher and saucer in the other.
It is without a monogram or removal and in very good condition. It ...
The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co.," the date "1892," "New York," and "Sterling." To be sure, they do have darkened sur...
This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.
Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.
Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."
It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co.," and dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."
The piece incorporates two variations, both of which reflect highly sophisticated craftsmanship.
One, the handle is reticulat...
Price for each piece individually.
Offerings in this line were made to a higher standard of finish and refinement than general production items, and that is the case in this instance.
The handles are a tipt backside "Old English" design while the fronts are acid etched with a "Humpty Dumpty" figure on the spoon and "Sim...
Dating about 1875 or so, it shows sophisticated decoration. The heavy rimmed edges are bordered by knurled bands that are nearly 1/8" wide.
There is a fancy, feathered script "JWP" in a central reserve. Either side of the reserve has raised, ha...
This 6 1/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., butter fork or pick is an example of the limited production series.
It has a twisted shank, with a cast rather than die struck cluster of blossoms on the end of the handle. These hang to the side on openwork stems.
The fork end has two splayed tines that have a satin finish and ...
Price for the set of three.
This group is a matching three piece place setting. It includes a dinner size knife that measures 9 7/8" long, a fork, commonly identified as regular size, that measures 7 1/4", and a 5 7/8" teaspoon.
This is a heavy line and that is the case with these pieces. The ...
This item is an uncommonly found toast or bread fork (which is similar to a spinach fork in some patterns).
It measures 7 3/8" long overall and weighs 1.3 T. oz.
The defining characteristic of the piece is the slender, lengthy, three tine serving end. This has a decorative he...
It is distinguished by an elongated bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 1/16" at the widest, which in this instance retains very slight traces of an original gold wash.
It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate co...
Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.
This example is a gravy ladle. This line...