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Bigelow, Kennard "Oval Thread" c. 1870 Sterling Silver Fish Slice
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3532f   $120.00


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Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a... Click for details

John Polhamus ORIENTAL dessert spoons (2)
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2327   $120.00


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length 6 3/4 inches, weight 2.92 Troy ounces the pair, one has slight dents in bowl visible from reverse (see third image) but excellent overall condition, monogrammed "Calhoun."

Did these spoons belong to one of Vice President John Calhoun's children? We like to think yes, but don't ask me to prove it!

Six Matching Frank Smith "Martha Washington Star" Sterling Teaspoons
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3525f   $75.00


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Measuring 5 1/2" long, these spoons are 5 o'clock size, slightly smaller than a full size teaspoon.

Slender and delicate, with the six weighing 2.9 T. oz., the pattern is "Martha Washington Star" by Frank Smith, dating 1927.

A "Pointed Antique" design, the handle surfaces are gently rounded and have satin finishes that are bright cut in an abstract star burst or starfish motif.

Each piece is lightly engraved in a flowing script "MG" monogram that is an enhancement to the overall design.... Click for details

ANTIQUE IVY ENGRAVED serving spoons, pair of,
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2326   $120.00


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length 8 5/8 inches, weight 3.9 Troy ounces, monogrammed "B", outstanding original condition, marked "Shreve Crump & Low" with 925 in oval. Though not a "first demand" pattern, the Antique Ivies were made by several manufacturers, and involved extensive skill and hand work to produce. Expensive when first sold, they are members of a dying breed, as most flatware of this quality has now been consigned to the melting pot. This handsome pair was given as a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary gift... Click for details

Knowles ROSE pie knife (with bugs)
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2324   Sold


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length 9 1/8 inches, monogrammed "FLC" script reverse (see third photo), marked "sterling 11", an extremely slight wave to the blade mentioned as my esteemed colleague in Tennessee would say only for the sake of accuracy but fine overall condition and not one but two bugs crawling among those roses...

Gorham sterling twist handle olive fork number 278
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2319   On Hold

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length 7 3/8 inches, weight .69 oz Troy, no monogram, good condition.

The handle is applied with wirework in the form of a watch spring, making this the perfect gift for your martini-drinking watch collector friend!

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Gorham EGLANTINE ice cream knife,
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2318   Sold


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the parcel gilt blade luxuriously engraved with rose flowers and foliage, length 10 1/4 inches, weight a massive 5.06 Troy ounces, excellent original condition, monogrammed (reverse) as shown in fourth enlargement.

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Durgin FAIRFAX cucumber server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2317   $35.00


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length 6 5/8 inches, weight 1.28 oz. Troy, monogrammed "B", fine condition.

Watson Cast "Cherub" Heart Shaped Bowl Sterling Silver Spoon
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3489f   $42.00


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Produced by Watson, this version of "Cherub," while similar and perhaps a variant, is to be distinguished from the company's full line pattern with this name (see Old Friends item 2714f for comparison).

The figure on this 4 1/4" long, unusually heavy at nearly .5 T. oz., spoon appears to be cast rather than die struck, and possesses much more dimension and detail than the line design.

Indeed, the youthful image evinces an angelic, innocent, and ethereal quality, suggesting she or he is not... Click for details

J.S. MacDonald, Baltimore, Engraved Sterling Silver Tablespoon x 5
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3486f   $42.00


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Measuring 8 1/2" long, and weighing nearly 1.6 T. oz., this table or serving spoon dating circa 1880 and originating in Baltimore, is stamped with "Sterling" and "J.S. MacDonald."

It is an engraved "Lily" pattern set on an "Old English" handle, and shows the influence of Aesthetic (Eastlake) design sensibilities in its naturalistic and abstract motifs.

The background behind the engraving has a satin finish along with an "FMA" feathered script monogram.

It is in superb estate condition.... Click for details

Holly, engraved master butter knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2316   On Hold


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length 7 3/4 inches, weight a generous 1.95 Troy ounces, no monogram, marked only sterling but probably Vansant.

There is some slight wear to engraving on blade, though nothing tragic, and also a few scratches as shown in first enlargement which I'll gladly attempt to polish out before shipping if you ask me very nicely.

Michie, Cincinnati, "Antique" Silver Table or Serving Spoon
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3467f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Amy Miller Dehan's Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 offers separate entries on four related operations employing "Michie" in their names, with the mark on this 8 1/4" long, heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon associated with "Michie Brothers," and "used by the firm between 1885 and 1888."

Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.

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Durgin "Heraldic" Large Fluted Bowl Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3464f   This item is currently being auctioned


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An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name, all of which show particularly well at the scale of this 9 1/8" long, weighty at 2.5 T. oz., (salad) serving spoon.

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.

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A. F. Towle "Wentworth" with Cherub Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3463f   $32.00


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A 5 5/8" long, .7 T. oz., item, this spoon was made by A.F. Towle (later Lunt), as indicated by the "TS" emblem imprinted on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

Based on the 1899 "Wentworth" pattern, it includes an image of a plump, completely baby-like, winged cherub draped in a garland of roses, all set in very high relief that rises off the handle sculptural-like.

The figure is surrounded by beading, below which are more fully developed rose blossoms.

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Newcastle "Stalker & Mitchison" George III Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
Silver : Sterling

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3462f   $225.00


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Measuring precisely 12" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this meat skewer is nearly 250 years old.

It is fully hallmarked for Newcastle, England, 1774-75, sterling silver, and makers William Stalker & John Mitchison.

Typical of the form, it has a tapered shank that goes from 3/8" wide to a pointed tip. This has beveled edges, with feathering on the upper portions front and back. This is also the place where the marks are located on one side and a "WWS" monogram on the other.

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Gorham 1880 "Empress" Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3449f   $115.00


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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

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