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Gorham Actors Fund Fair charitable support spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
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Founded in 1882 by Harrison Grey Fiske, a New York socialite whose life work revolved around theater productions and support of those who made them possible, the Actors Fund (actorsfund.org) to this day gives financial assistance and provides retirement housing to those who make their careers in the performing arts.  

In the early days of this organization, several fairs were held to create an endowment from which they could sustain their work.  This spoon and others like it would... Click for details

Fiddlethread Coin Silver Teaspoon by Oscar S. Jennings, NY and LA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20201025-01   $32.50

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Offered is a nice and scarce American coin silver teaspoon in the fiddle and thread (fiddlethread) pattern, by Oscar S. Jennings, working in New York circa 1837-58 and in New Orleans around 1860-62. The fiddlethread pattern was popular in both New York and New Orleans throughout Jennings' working period, but it seems he was mostly focused on selling pistols and swords in New Orleans during the beginning of the Civil War - it's more likely, though not certain, that this spoon dates to his New... Click for details

A.E. Lyon "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Large Spoon with Period Monogram
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4390f   $46.00

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Otherwise typical of "Fiddle Tipt" pattern coin silver flatware of its mid 19th century period, this 8 5/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., table or serving spoon stands apart by virtue of its exquisitely rendered, high style, Victorian "CMG" entwined monogram.

An inch and a half high and three-quarters of an inch wide, it sits boldly on the handle front. Hand engraved, it employs fine line, stippling, and wriggle work detailing.

In very good condition, this is without damage or evident wear. The bowl... Click for details

International "Cloeta" Grape Motif Knife, Fork & Spoon Place Setting
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4387f   $95.00

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A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

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 spoon weighs almost... Click for details

Good Carlisle, PA Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Hendel, Circa 1800
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20201021-01   $42.50

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Offered is a nice and scarce American coin silver teaspoon dating to around the beginning of the 19th Century and made by George Hendel, a celebrated silversmith of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 2009, a tea service by Hendel sold at auction for $90,000. This teaspoon is slightly more affordable. It has a legible maker's mark of GH in an oval, and a period engraved script monogram of TMcM. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is fairly good, with... Click for details

Knowles "Angelo" Sterling Silver Bon Bon Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4386f   $22.00

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A delicate piece in both scale and design, this 3 3/4" long, .3 T. oz., bon bon was made by Knowles in its fancy leaf and scroll, "Angelo" pattern, issued in 1910.

The 1 5/8" diameter bowl is particularly decorative. It has scalloped edges, embellished shoulders, a ribbed and pierced base with a central opening that is surrounded by an embossed design that repeats the pattern details. The entire surface is finished in a pale satin matte gold wash.

Never monogrammed, this remains in... Click for details

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Lunt "Dorothy Q" Engraved Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4385f   $32.00

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The first full line flatware pattern produced by Rogers, Lunt, & Bollen, later simply Lunt, "Dorothy Q" was carried forward from its antecedent firm "A.F. Towle & Son Co." which introduced it in 1883.

This example is a 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon, marked with the RL&B three part emblem and the word "Sterling."

The handle is "Old English" in style with a plain "Tipt" backside and a front that is extensively and engagingly engraved in a star shaped flower and leaf design around... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Les Six Fleurs" Old Sterling Silver Berry or Jam Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4383f   $135.00

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This 7 7/8" long and weighty at 2.3 T. oz., small berry or jelly serving spoon is an original example of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs," a pattern issued in 1901.

It is marked with the company's "eagle, R in a shield, lion" emblem, "Pat. Appl'd For," and "Sterling" on the reverse, all in precise, fine lettering as would be expected of an original piece.

In addition, it is engraved on the backside in an Old English letter "C" monogram.

An extravagant design, the multi-floral... Click for details

Akerly & Briggs NYC circa 1845 "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4382f   $18.00

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This slightly oversized at 6 1/8" long, just under .5 T. oz. (14 grams), coin silver teaspoon is a particular fine example, exceptionally well-designed and crafted, in pristine condition, and with a brilliant finish.

Note: there is one scratched area on the handle backside, evidence of someone confirming the purity of this. Resistant to hand polishing, it could be eliminated by buffing.

It has a "Fiddle" shaped handle with a slight "Tipt" backside, high, rounded, shoulders, a plain drop,... Click for details

William Gale & Son "Italian" Sterling Silver Place Fork x 5
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4380f   $46.00

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Patented in 1860, and so stamped on the reverse, the pattern on this 7 3/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., fork is "Italian," which is very much a period design. It incorporates gadrooning, beading, leaves, and an anthemion tip, much akin in composition to contemporaneous maker John Polhamus's "Armor."

It is also stamped "Wm. Gale & Son" for one of the many partnerships of maker William Gale, this one dating 1862-66 (Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

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Schofield "Lorraine" Large & Heavy Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4379f   $105.00

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Exceptionally weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this 8 3/4" long berry or other serving spoon is marked with the three part emblem of the "Schofield Co." founded in 1903 in Baltimore, and "Sterling."

The pattern is "Lorraine" and has antecedents that predate the company itself.

The handle is a "Pointed Antique" with a slightly "Tipt" backside. The front is engraved in a "Mayflower" design that has its origins in Baltimore and which evolved into a full line of flatware produced by Kirk under this... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. "Tuscan" 950 Silver Large & Heavy Cheese Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4378f   This item is currently being auctioned

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Lengthy at 8 3/4" and weighty at nearly 2.7 T. oz., this entirely original cheese scoop has New York City origins.

The pattern is "Tuscan," which is an "Olive" variant that was originated in 1846 by Michael Gibney and later marketed by Whiting.

This is an early example of the line, dating from the 1860s and retailed by the prominent firm of "Ball, Black & Co.," whose name, along with "950" for an enhanced silver standard higher than sterling, is imprinted on the handle backside.

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Wood & Hughes "Medallion" Twist Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4376f   $85.00

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One of several "Medallion" patterns, i.e. designs representing classical figures, produced by Wood & Hughes, the c. 1863 version on this 7 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter, or possibly fish, knife is the only one that incorporates a twisted stem as part of the design.

The handle end is shield-shaped with a rosette at the base.

Fine, trailing leaves and vines surround the high relief, youthful warrior's right facing profile. His helmet is surmounted with a griffin, which may be an... Click for details

Palmer Bachelders, Boston, Aesthetic Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4373f   $95.00

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The "Aesthetic" motifs empolyed on this finely engraved, 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon reflect the same design sensibilities that informed the Eastlake style of its c. 1870 period.

The handle is "Old English" with a rounded end and "Tipt" backside.

It is diamond cut engraved in a motif that incorporates grasses, a fern leaf, and a central floral rosette.

The bowl has a pointed tip, notched edges, and five raised vees extending toward the center.... Click for details

Crosby, Morse & Foss Substantial Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4369f   $75.00

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Very heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., this 7 3/4" long master butter knife is stamped "Crosy, Morse & Foss," for the 19th century Boston retailer, and "925 in an oval" for sterling silver.

Having a rounded "Antique" handle with a "Tipt" backside, the appeal of the piece lies in its quiet elegance and overall substance.

There is a handsome leaf script monogram engraved on the handle front.

The plain blade has a scalloped upper edge, a beveled lower edge, and an upswept, pointed, tip.

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Gorham "Hindostanee" Sterling Silver Berry Sterling Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4368f   $125.00

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A Moorish or broadly Renaissance Revival pattern, Gorham's "Hindostanee" was issued in 1878.

This example, an 8 1/2" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon, is an early example of the line, marked "Pat. Appl. For," along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling."

The finely rendered design incorporates a series of repetitive scrolls and palmettes on a slightly upturned, rounded end, handle, and includes a shield reserve, which in this instance has never been... Click for details

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