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Gorham "Fontainebleau" Set Six Choice Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4584f   $200.00

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Measuring 5 7/8" long each, and weighing 4.8 T. oz. the set, these six matching teaspoons are all marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Fontainebleau," which features figures from the court of French King Francis I. Designed by Antoine Heller in 1882, it reflects an expressive Beaux Art aesthetic.

The image in this instance is of a festively garbed woman holding a kettle in the hand of one, lowered, arm, and a covered pot on the hand of her... Click for details

Towle "King Richard" Weighty Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4583f   $90.00

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Issued in 1932, Towle's "King Richard" pattern has enjoyed nearly a century of popularity.

A then contemporary interpretation of an English Court design, it incorporates acanthus leaves, scrolling, rosettes and a central beaded oval.

This example is an 8" long, heavy at just over 3.0 T. oz., cold meat fork.

It has four tines arranged in two splayed pairs, each of which is joined by a crossbar.

This has never been monogrammed and is in immaculate estate condition, free of wear or... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Angelo" Rare Form Sterling Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4582f   $65.00

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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .6 T. oz., this item has a 1 5/8" diameter, flat-bottomed, bowl with scalloped sides.

An unusual form, it is likely a cream ladle.

The pattern is "Angelo," which is a Renaissance Revival design patented in 1878, as indicated on the reverse. Other marks are "WwH" and "Sterling."

This is engraved "MEP" over "'90" in fancy, feathered script lettering on the handle backside.

The pattern detail remains sharp and well defined, absent polishing... Click for details

Blackinton Baird-North "Cherry Blossom" Sterling Silver Butter Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4581   On Hold

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This 5 7/8" long, .4 T. oz., two tine butter fork aka pick is marked "Sterling," "Pat. 1903," and "Baird-North Co.," for the Salem, Massachusetts, and subsequently Providence, Rhode Island, firm that was an early mail order operation.

The pattern is "Cherry Blossom," produced by Blackinton.

Art Nouveau in style, the design features a trailing array of buds, blossoms, and leaves on the front and back sides of the handle.

The reverse is engraved with a flowing script "P" monogram.

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Gorham "Harlequin" or Jester Cast Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling

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4580f   $325.00

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An image with roots deep in the history of theater, the harlequin figure has had many evolutionary manifestations.

This representation, a pair of 4 1/2" long, heavy at approximately 1.6 T. oz., tongs was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" are impressed on the inside of one grip. These are illustrated in the company catalogue of 1888 (see above image 2) in a list identified as "sugar, olive, and bon-bon tongs."

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Wallace Figural Art Nouveau "Irian" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4579f   $35.00

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Weighty at nearly 1.1 T. oz., this spoon measures 5 7/8" long.

Made by Wallace, whose "R W & S with deer head" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902" appear on the backside, the pattern is "Irian."

A highly expressive Art Nouveau design, the handle features a semi-nude female surrounded by three cherubs, one with a drawn bow and arrow, a second with just an arrow. The lower portion of the handle portrays a cascade of flowers dominated by an iris, all set in high relief.

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Watson "Dorchester" Sterling Silver Bon Bon or Nut Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4578f   On Hold

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Issued in 1905, Watson's "Dorchester" is a shell and bead pattern that reflects the emerging colonial revival design trend of the period.

This example is a delicately scaled, 4 1/2" long, approximately .4 T. oz., bon bon or nut scoop with a decorative, reticulated, bowl with "Louis XV" detailing on the shoulders (see enlargement 2).

The handle backside is plain, save for Watson's Mechanics Division "H in a pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling."

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Reed & Barton "La Parisienne" Sterling Silver Large Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4577f   $345.00

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"La Parisienne" was one of several highly expressive Art Nouveau patterns, among them "Love Disarmed," "Les Six Fleurs," and "Francis I," that Reed & Barton issued in the early 20th century that represented some of the best of American Art Nouveau flatware design.

Multi-motif, it incorporates various flowers, each relative to the piece.

This example, an original issue salad serving spoon (also suitable as a casserole, vegetable, or rice piece) features a central iris blossom set in high... Click for details

Gorham "Corinthian" Sterling Silver Mustard Ladle, Original
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4576f   On Hold

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As might be surmised from the name, Gorham's 1871 "Corinthian" pattern is a Greek Revival design.

It incorporates an anthemion along with other elements that tend toward the Moorish, all set on the end of a tubular handle.

This example is a 5 1/4" long, approximately .5 T. oz., mustard ladle.

Fully original, i.e. not "made up" from another piece, it has a round bowl with pointed tip, notched shoulders, and a central vee in the base. This is finished with a (partly rubbed) gold wash.... Click for details

Inman Salem Witch House of Seven Gables Sterling Silver Souvenir Soon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4575f   $50.00

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Daniel Low of Salem, Massachusetts marketed two "witch" themed lines of souvenir silver items, one made by Durgin and one by Gorham respectively, that are legendary among collectors.

This 5 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., spoon is also a Salem souvenir piece, but marked "Inman" for the J.T. Inman & Co., of Attleboro, Massachusetts, with a history that traces to at least 1896 (Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

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John Westervelt "Ivy" Sterling Silver Jelly Cake Server Engr'd "Julia"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4574f   On Hold

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A prominent Hudson River Valley silver manufacturer operating from the 1840s to the 1880s, John L. Westervelt of Newburgh introduced the "Ivy" pattern that appears on this 8 1/8" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., jelly cake server in about 1870.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, which in this instance is engraved "Julia" in leaf script lettering on the front.

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Fessenden Female Nude Individual Sterling Silver Pastry Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4573f   $44.00

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Marked "925/sterling/1000," the pattern on this 5 3/4" long, .5 T. oz., pie or pastry fork is an identified but unnamed Fessenden pattern.

Featuring a full figure, faintly garbed, nude, it dates from the same early 20th century period that generated such similarly-themes designs as Reed & Barton's "Love Disarmed" and Alvin's "Raphael."

Strikingly realistic, the bold theme so naturalistically rendered belies its late, or early post, Victorian dating, and the proprieties associated with that... Click for details

Indo-Persian Exotic Silver Covered Box Chased with Insects

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4572f   On Hold

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Made of silver clad copper, this hinged lid box measures 6" x 2" x 1 3/8".

Indo-Persian in style and probably dating from the 19th or early 20th century, it likely originated in India, the Middle East or South Asia.

The hand chased work is highly unusual, intricately rendered, and immediately appealing.

All sides apart from the flat bottom feature winged insects set in high relief, seventeen in total, of at least five different varieties (see image two).

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Currier & Roby "Onslow" No. 26 Sterling Silver Small Cheese Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4570f   $85.00

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A well-regarded name among Arts & Crafts producers, with an expertise in reproduction silver, New York's Currier & Roby, 1900-1940, was both a manufacturer and retailer.

The pattern on this 5 5/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., small cheese scoop made by C&R is "Onslow," which was inspired by an older English motif.

It features a fanned scroll structure at the end of the handle, and is a design C&R employed on numerous items.

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Shreve & Co. "Norman Hammered" A&C Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4569f   On Hold

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Solid silver, this gravy ladle is large scale, measuring 6 1/2" long overall, with a 2 1/2" by 2" by 3/4" deep bowl, and weighs just under 2.6 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling" and "Shreve & Co.," for the San Francisco firm known for its Arts & Crafts style silver, which the "Norman" pattern on this exemplifies.

Introduced in 1909, "Norman" is reminiscent of Shreve's "XIVth Century," and was offered in a plain version and with a hammered surface, as on this.

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Reed & Barton "Love Disarmed" Sterling Silver Waukegan Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4567f   On Hold

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At 5 5/8" long and .8 T. oz., this piece is a size smaller than a full length 6" tea and is identified as a 5 o'clock spoon.

This is an original production example of Reed & Barton's "Love Disarmed," issued in 1899, and is marked with the company's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Appl'd For," all in very fine lettering.

All the details are exactly as they should be on an old example. The baby's face is rounded and fully delineated. The chest, neck, and arm surfaces of the... Click for details

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