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Peter Krider, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
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4221f   $46.00


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A 6" long, .8 T. oz. spoon with an "Old English," i.e. "Reverse Tipt," handle, this is stamped with the "lion, K, crown" emblem of Philadelphia silversmith Peter Krider and the word "Sterling."

A sugar spoon, although it bears some similarity to an ice cream spoon, it has a plum shaped, pointed end bowl with flange shoulders and a midrib down the center.

Likely dating from the 1870s, this exhibits the exquisite bright cut engraving for which Philadelphia silver of the period was renowned.... Click for details

P&B "Who Killed Cock Robin" Sterling Silver "Pond Lily" Food Pusher
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4213f   $48.00


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This 3 3/4" long, just under .5 T. oz., baby food pusher was made by Paye & Baker whose three part emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the underside of the handle.

The pattern is "Pond Lily," which is an Art Nouveau design issued at the turn of the 20th century.

The 2" wide, scalloped edge, curved blade has a raised bird on a branch, with the words "Who Killed Cock Robin" appearing above it.

The backside of the blade is engraved in script "Agnes, Sept. 4, 1906."

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Howard "Josephine" 8 Tine Pierced Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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With an overall classic French design that features an "acanthus leaf" at the tip, midpoint, and lower end of the handle, which itself has a "crossed ribbon" border, the name of this pattern, "Josephine," likely derives from the Empress Josephine, first wife of Napoleon.

Originally issued in 1899 by Howard Sterling Silver Co. of Providence, RI, this line was continued by successor firms, Roger Williams Co. and Mount Vernon, which in turn folded into Mauser.

This 5 3/4" long, .9 T. oz.,... Click for details

Deming & Gundlack, Hartford "Tipt" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4202f   $52.00


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Lengthy at 7 5/8", this weighty, 1.3 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife is slender and graceful in design.

It has a thick, arched, plain handle with a "Tipt" end and a feathered script "B" monogram, along with a scalloped upper edge blade.

Dating circa 1870, it is marked "Sterling" and "Deming & Gundlach" for the Hartford, Connecticut partnership that was the 1859 successor to Walter Pitkin.

In exceptionally fine condition, the piece shows no significant wear or damage. The finish... Click for details

McCarty & Hurlbert Bright Cut Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4197f   $42.00


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As a body, Philadelphia silver manufacturers of the second half of the 19th century exhibited great capacities in engraved design.

The quality of that work is exhibited on this 7 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., master butter knife stamped "Sterling" and "McCarty & Hurlbert" for the Philadelphia jeweler and manufacturer, 1876 successor to "Butler & McCarty," founded in 1849.

Both the "Old English" with reverse tipt end and the broad, notched, blade are extensively engraved in an Aesthetic... Click for details

Whiting "Dresden" Floral Sterling Silver Cream Ladle
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4188f   $30.00


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A decorative pattern, Whiting's "Dresden" was issued in 1896 and evokes the baroque style of architecture and design for which the German city of the same name is renowned.

The handle features a trailing run of delicate, posey-like, leaves and flowers surmounted by a scroll and shell end.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

The 2" wide bowl has a scalloped edge, faceted and embossed interior, and is finished in a pale gold wash front and back... Click for details

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Frank Smith Bright Cut Sterling Silver Ice Cream Knife & 12 Spoons
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4181f   $395.00


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It is unusual to find an intact set of twelve ice spoons along with their original serving knife, aka slice, and even more so to have the set in such pristine condition as this group.

Made by Frank Smith, whose early "S in a circle" mark and "sterling" are imprinted on the backside of all pieces, along with the name of the retailer, "Worcester & Co.," Lowell, Massachusetts.

The server measures 10" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while each of the spoons is 5 3/4" long with the twelve weighing... Click for details

F B Thomas, London 1894, "Pistol Grip" Sterling Silver Banquet Knife
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4161f   $75.00


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A late Victorian piece made in London, England this knife measures an exceptional 10 5/8" long, 3.7 T. oz. total weight.

Scaled for banquets or grand affairs, it has a filled sterling silver "Pistol Grip" handle engraved with an "upraised hand holding a sword" crest, and an original, blunt-end steel blade.

The blade is impressed "Thomas" under a "crown" over "Bond Street," while the handle is stamped with the firm's hallmark. The well regarded reference, Jackson's Hallmarks, notes... Click for details

F. Whiting "Antique Lily Engraved" Eight Sterling Silver Oyster Forks
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4159f   $130.00


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A popular motif from the 1880s, engraved versions of "Lily," actually "Lily of the Valley" with Aesthetic detailing, were produced by multiple manufacturers.

This matched set of eight, 5 15/16" long, 4.0 T. oz. the group, oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks were made by Frank Whiting whose "W in a circle" and "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverses.

The handles are an "Antique" pattern with rounded ends and tipt backsides.

The fronts have satin matte finishes, which sets... Click for details

Gorham "Tipt" Sterling Silver Teaspoon Fancy "R" Monogram x 4
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4158f   $22.00


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In his benchmark work Gorham Silver 1831-1981, Charles Carpenter dates "Tipt" to 1840, which is consistent with the appearance of this widely produced pattern in coin silver.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .6 T. oz. teaspoon, however, is marked "Sterling," which dates it well beyond 1840. Gorham in actuality produced this design for an extensive period, as this piece evidences.

Other marks include the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "T" which is a weight designation for "trade."... Click for details

JWR 24 Bright Cut Floral Month Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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4157f   $8.00


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These 3 7/8" long, .3 T. oz. (9 grams) each, demitasse or coffee spoons are matching items in a series that represent the twelve months with corresponding flowers.

The flowers are bright cut engraved on satin finish handle fronts. All pieces are in mint condition.

They are marked "JWR" and "sterling" on the reverses.

Twenty-four individual spoons are available, representing eleven different flowers, ten different months (with some months in multiple).

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Reed & Barton "Les Six Fleurs" Pair Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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4149f   $48.00


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At 4 1/4" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz combined, this matched are identified as coffee spoons in old catalogues, as opposed to generally smaller demitasse spoons.

These are original production examples of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs."

An extravagant design, the Art Nouveau style portraiture incorporates sinuous floral elements that entwine with one another throughout the length of the handles and carries onto the interior cups of the heels.

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Durgin "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Fluted Bowl Preserve Spoon
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4147f   $145.00


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An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

This example is a 6 7/8" long, relatively heavy, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

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Scottish Thistle & Sterling Silver Amethyst Glass Demitasse Spoon
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4141f   $26.00


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This 3 7/8" long, scant weight, coffee or demitasse spoon is hallmarked for sterling silver, date of manufacture 1898-99, Birmingham England, and maker John Grinsell & Sons (JG&S).

The firm had showrooms in Birmingham, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, the latter of which may relate to the "Thistle" that sits on the end of the twisted handle on this.

With leaves and a ball formed from silver, the actual blossom is shaped from a piece of purple amethyst colored glass.

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Gorham "No. 21" c. 1888 Set of (6) Sterling Silver Oyster Forks
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4139f   $150.00


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A matched set of six 5 7/8" long, approximately 2.8 T. oz. the group, each of these oyster or seafood cocktail forks has a delicate feathered script "R" monogram engraved sideways on the handle.

Made by Gorham, they are marked with a "lion, anchor, G" and the word "Sterling" on the backsides.

The pattern is "21," which number appears with the other marks. This is not a standard line design, but it very much resembles "Versailles" in its dense, rococo style, scrolling leaf motif, and likely... Click for details

Bailey Banks & Biddle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Bouillon Ladle
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4137f   $110.00


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Measuring 8" long and weighing approximately 2.5 T. oz., this ladle is larger than a gravy and is likely for bouillon. It has a large, plum-shaped, 2 1/2" diameter, 1" deep, bowl with a central vee, flange shoulders, and a matte gold finish on the interior.

The arched handle is an "Old English" pattern with a "Reverse Tipt" end. The front has a satin finish and is extensively engraved in a floral (anemone) and leaf design.

The engraving extends onto the flange of the bowl, and into the... Click for details

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