It is hallmarked with the "pedestal vase" symbol for the prominent Bremen, Germany, firm of Koch & Bergeld, as well as "800" representing the silver standard, and a "crescent" and "crown" for the national marks. This particular configuration was introduced by the company about 1884 and that is also the approximate date of this piece.
The pattern is Gorham's "Colonial," the main feature of which is striping that runs up about two-thirds the length of the handle.
This is more subtle than it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo, which in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be consistent wit...
The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flange edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back sides...
The piece measures 8 1/2" long overall and weighs 2.4 T. oz. The scoop itself is 4 1/4" by 3 1/4" by 5/8" deep.
The pattern, "Maryland," dates from the late 19th century, and features design elements including scrolls, acanthus leaves, and a spray of roses. The acanthus leaf detail extends onto the flange shoulders of the bowl, which also has ...
The form was popular in the late 19th century, and no company was more successful in producing impressive examples than Gorham. This example is model number "588" offered by that firm.
It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.
It is cast rather than die struck, as these forms generally were. Casting allows for the introduction of more intricate detail and great...
The trail of the numerous patterns produced under these various nameplates can be intricate, but that is not the case with this 5 3/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., "Josephine" sardine fork which bears the earliest Howard Co. "H, four leaf clover, L" emblem, along with the word "Sterlin...
Price for the group of seven.
Three were made by Gorham, marked lion, anchor, G, and have feathered script "SC" monograms. They measure 6" long each, while the set weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz. They carry the retail name "Rhoads," for Charles G. Rhoads of Lancaster, Pennsylvannia.
The second set is also coin silver, and comprised of four spoons, 5 7/16" long, approximately 2.3 T. oz. collectively, with feathered script "SST" mono...
It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of old production pieces.
There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.
It is in superb condition, indicating it has had little to no us...
This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.
It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.
It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks. The fi...
It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded end shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front.
It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script.
It is in excellent condition. The detail remains well-defined, showing minimal evidence of polishin...
This example is a scarce, all sterling silver, asparagus server.
Measuring 9 3/4" long overall, and weighing 3.6 T. oz., it has a hollow, not filled, handle, and quite unusual for its time, a solid silver, 4" by 3 5/8", blade. Most pie...
The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.
It is model number "39" according t...
Made by Durgin, the pattern is "Bead," which was introduced in 1893.
The design incorporates a beaded border on the handle, which has a tipt end on the slightly upturned front and a plain end on the back.
There is an Old English "H" monogram.
An estate piece, this is ...
This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel.
The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.
It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal polish...
Price for the pair.
They also have deeply beveled and highly angular shoulders coming off the bowls.
The pair weight approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, and each one has the same feathered script, period "HM" monogram engraved on the front.
Each one is imprinted with a right facing "eagle" pseudo hallmark...
One of several sizes made in the "Repousse" pattern, probably varying over the decades long production run of this pattern, this one is medium length.
It has highly articulated talon grips.
Never monogrammed, it is in choice condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright. The ...
An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to mak...
The piece is cast open work, rococo in style, and fully marked for sterling, William Comyns, London, 1895-96.
The design is intricate and incorporates a variety of figures and leaf and floral elements surrounding two roughly heart shaped, 1 1/2" by 1 1/4", areas for pictures.
A pair of cherubs flank a shield on th...