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William Gale & Son "Italian" Sterling Silver Place Fork x 5
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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Towle Aesthetic Engraved Sterling 1891 Silver Sauce Ladle
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4367f   $46.00


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Towle produced a number of intricately engraved patterns in the 1880s and 1890s, some of which were assigned names, while others are only identified by numbers or not at all.

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

The handle is "Old English" in style, with a rounded end, tipt backside, a satin matte finish on the front, and is inscribed with a fancy monogram.

The engraving is diamond cut, with deep facets, in a design which is Aesthetic in manner. It includes... Click for details

R&W Wilson "King" aka "Honeysuckle" Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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4365f   $46.00


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Measuring 7 1/16" long and substantial weight at just under 1.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver master butter knife has a flat handle on a plane with the blade.

Stamped "R&W. Wilson Philad" on the blade backside, it was made by brothers Robert and William with dates spanning the second quarter of the 19th century.

The pattern is a "King," and more specifically what Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies as a "Honeysuckle" variant for the stylized floral element set... Click for details

Gorham "Kings I" Decorative Bowl Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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4363f   $105.00


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Gorham's first iteration of what eventually evolved into three, four counting "King George," interpretations of this standard English design, "Kings I" was issued in 1876.

The pattern incorporates traditional elements such as shell and honeysuckle, and embellishes them with rosettes and an acanthus leaf pendant.

This example is a generously sized 7 1/2" long, 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle.

The bowl is particularly decorative (see enlargement two for detail). It has a wide, curved, rim with a... Click for details

Aesthetic Engraved Butterfly & Flower Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
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4361f   $105.00


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This 8 7/8" long, relatively weighty 2.8 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon has a rounded "Old English" handle with a tipt backside.

A highly refined piece, it has an overall matte finish and is finely engraved in what appears to be a wild rose or dogwood floral design on the handle, and a detailed butterfly set amidst bamboo or similar leaves in the bowl.

These motifs are very much in the Aesthetic style of its circa 1880 period.

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Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Unique" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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4359f   $38.00


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The "H&S" mark (along with "Sterling") imprinted on the backside of this 6 3/4" long, just under 1.1 T. oz., preserve spoon was used by Syracuse, New York's "Hotchkiss & Schreuder" 1864-71 according to an entry in Rainwater's Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers.

The pattern is "Unique" and is expressive of its period. It incorporates leaf and anthemion elements rather abundantly employed on a shaped handle. Double die struck, the design appears on both the front and... Click for details

Fine Decorated Teaspoon Circa 1815, by "T.B" - Timothy Bonticou of GA?
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20200922-01   $45.00


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Offered is a lovely early American coin silver teaspoon by a maker with a well-made "T.B" mark, circa 1805-15. Although this mark has been given to Newburyport, Mass. silversmith Theophilus Bradbury in one book on the basis of a single spoon with no provenance, that spoon and the several others I'm aware of with this mark have essentially nothing in common with Bradbury's known work, so he can be largely discounted as the putative maker of this piece. William Voss' American Silversmiths website... Click for details

Thomas Wallis London 1805 "Old English" Sterling Silver Platter Spoon
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4358f   $145.00


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This lengthy at 11 1/2", 3.4 T. oz., piece is variously identified as a basting, stuffing or platter spoon.

English in origin, it is hallmarked for London, 1805-06, sterling silver, and "TW" for maker Thomas Wallis.

The slender handle is "Old English" style, with a rounded end and tipt backside. There is thumb drop on the bowl reverse.

Never originally monogrammed or inscribed, this was apparently re-presented as a 25th commemorative gift, given the script "1928/L/1953" engraved on the... Click for details

Whiting "Old King" Sterling Silver Fancy Bowl Gravy Ladle
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4355f   $75.00


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Otherwise a faithful interpretation of a traditional English design, Whiting's late 19th century "New King" is more precisely a "Queens" pattern, with a convex shell and a flower head and honeysuckle or rosette on the handle front.

American manufacturers generally failed to distinguish between these two kindred motifs, choosing instead to treat the decorative details as interchangeable.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle.

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Westervelt for Halliwell "Oval Thread" Six Coin Silver Place Forks
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4352f   $225.00


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Mid 19th century Hudson River Valley in origin, these six, 6 7/8" long, 6.8 T. oz. the lot, coin silver tea or dessert forks are all stamped with the "star, lion, D" pseudo hallmark of Newburgh silversmith John L. Westervelt, and the name "G[eorge]. W. Halliwell," for the nearby Poughkeepsie silversmith and jeweler.

The are an "Oval Thread" pattern, with each piece engraved with a script letter "M.H.H." monogram set sideways on the handle.

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Robert Hennell Georgian Sterling Silver Master Salt Shovel
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4348f   $32.00


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The "R pellet H" and "lion" mark on this 3 1/2" long, 6 gram (.2 T. oz.), spoon could indicate any of three generations of London silversmiths named Robert Hennell, although the "Hanoverian" style handle with a midrib and upturned end date it to the 18th century and thereby suggest the first in the line.

It has an unusual shovel form bowl with rippled sides, rather than the typical hemispherical shape.

Without a monogram or inscription, it remains in very good condition. Without bends or... Click for details

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