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Very Good St. Louis, MO Coin Silver Soup Ladle by A. H. Menkens
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20210808-01   $245.00


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Offered is a fine large American coin silver soup ladle by St. Louis silversmith Anthony Henry Menkens (fl. 1840-66), and bearing a good clear strike of his maker's mark. This piece is also initialed in period engraved script. This piece measures about 13 1/8 inches in length and weighs a good 152 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest scuffing and scratching from normal use, but with no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all an excellent example of St. Louis and Missouri... Click for details

Large & Heavy Gorham "Newcastle" Solid Sterling Silver Cheese Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4669f   $95.00


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Weighty at 2.8 T. oz., and lengthy at 8", this cheese scoop is a fully original, i.e. not "made up" or "custom" as some items in this form are, example in Gorham's Newcastle.

Introduced in 1895, the pattern has beaded margins, with progressively larger beads toward the tipt end of the handle.

The scoop itself has a low cut, cupped, heel, with a rounded end with high, beveled, walls.

Never monogrammed, this is without wear or damage and has a bright finish. The only signs of use... Click for details

Stieff "Forget-Me-Not" Sterling Silver Medium Cold Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4668f   $80.00


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Although identified as a "medium" sized cold meat fork, this piece is actually quite large, measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 2.4 T. oz.

Solid sterling silver made by Stieff, the pattern is Forget-Me-Not, introduced in 1910.

This is an early production piece, with well-defined, high relief, repousse flowers and leaves, all evocative of a style strongly associated with Baltimore silver.

The otherwise plain, rounded end handle back is engraved in a flowing script, Art Nouveau,... Click for details

Gorham "Eglantine" Rose Sterling Silver Crumber
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4667f   $475.00


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Named for the Old World rose also known as sweetbriar (sweetbrier), Gorham's Eglantine issued circa 1870 was one of that company's most expressive early patterns.

This solid silver crumber is one of the largest pieces offered in the line. It measures 13 1/4" overall and weighs a robust 5.8 T. oz.

The blade is 7 1/2" by 3", has flanged edges, a raised strawberry fruit, leaf, and vine design in the bottom, and is finished in a deep satin matte gold wash on the interior.

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Gorham "Versailles" Sterling Silver Long Salad Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4665f   $225.00


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A 10 1/2", 3.9 T. oz., piece, this item is a long-handled salad server, although it could readily double as a platter spoon.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the bowl backside, the pattern is "Versailles."

Featuring imagery inspired by the palace from which the pattern takes its name, this shows a full-sized, draped, classical female figure.

The handle backside has a reserve area, which is engraved with a flowing script monogram... Click for details

Kennard, Boston, "Pointed Antique" Sterling Silver Table Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4663f   $48.00


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Measuring 8 5/8" and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this spoon has a "Pointed Antique" end with a tipt back and is marked "Chas. W. Kennard" and "Sterling," for the Boston jeweler and watchmaker who was the brother of William and Martin, partners in the prominent firm of "Bigelow Brothers and Kennard."

Charles's working years spanned the third quarter of the 19th century, with this piece dating circa 1870.

Slender looking with a slightly elongated bowl, it is strikingly straightforward in design,... Click for details

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London 1760 George III T*R Maker Sterling Silver Marrow Scoop
Silver : Sterling

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4662sh   $265.00


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Fully and clearly hallmarked with a crowned leopard for London, gothic C date letter for 1760-61, a lion for sterling, and (unidentified) maker's initials "T*R," this marrow spoon measures 9 1/4" long and weighs 1.9 T. oz.

It has two scoops with rounded ends, one 7/8" wide, and one 3/8" wide, joined by a flat bar, all of which is characteristic of the form.

The backside of the bar in this instance is inscribed with the initials "R*B" in block lettering.

In very fine condition, this is... Click for details

F. Smith "Hawthorne & Butterfly" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4661f   $65.00


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This piece measures 7 1/2" long, weighs 1.2 T. oz., and has a 2 3/4" by 1 3/4" oblong bowl with a central groove in the interior and rounded corners.

It was made by Frank Smith, likely in the 1880s, and is stamped with his early "S flanked by scrolls" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "C.E. Wright" on the reverse.

A preserve or jelly spoon, it has a rounded end "Antique" handle with a plain back. It is engraved on the front with hawthorne branches and flowers, with... Click for details

Pair of Georgia Coin Silver Teaspoons by Wentworth & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20210729-01   $85.00


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Offered is a good pair of American coin silver spoons by the little-seen maker Cyrus King Wentworth (1816-47), who worked for a few years in Boston after his apprenticeship and then spent the rest of his career in Georgia, first in Milledgeville (1840-44) and then in Macon (1844-47) before his untimely death. The Georgia Museum of Art has at least one piece made by Wentworth & Co., and it is likely these spoons were made in Georgia, though they could also have been made during Wentworth's... Click for details

Gorham "Medici" Old Sterling Silver Place Fork and Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4658f   This item is currently being auctioned


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This pair of matched pieces is comprised of a 6 3/4" long fork and 6 7/8" spoon, with the former just under and the latter just over 1.5 T. oz., for a combined weight of 3.0 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" are imprinted on the handle reverses, the pattern is the company's 1880 Medici aka Medici Old.

Each piece is inscribed with the name "Mildred Holden" on the backside.

A heavy and highly decorative line, the... Click for details

Excellent Coin Silver Salt Spoon Circa 1810-25 by John Owen of Philad.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20210726-01   $27.50


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Offered is a lovely early American coin silver salt spoon by Philadelphia silversmith John Owen, dating to about 1810-25 based on style. This piece is nicely engraved 'TMB' in period script and has a clear, well-struck maker's mark. It measures about 4 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 9 grams. Condition is very good, with modest signs of use but no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of the form from two centuries ago!

Blynn & Baldwin, Columbus, Ohio, "Kings" Coin Silver Large Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4657f   $120.00


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Generously scaled, this coin silver server measures 10 1/8" long overall, has a 4 1/2" by 3" at the widest, blade, and weighs 3.3 T. oz.

It is marked "Blynn & Baldwin," for the Columbus, Ohio, pair of jewelers with approximate dates 1850-60.

The handle is in a double-sided "Kings" pattern that almost surely has Philadelphia origins, with kindred patterns illustrated in Catherine Hollan's encyclopedic Philadelphia Silversmiths.

Intended to serve pie or pastry, the blade is a study... Click for details

Gorham "Rosette" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter, Clark & Biddle Retailer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4655f   $90.00


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One of Gorham's earliest full line patterns, Rosette reflects the Greek Revival style popular in the 1860s period when it was issued.

Having a double lined border, the handle end incorporates an anthemion flanked by scrolls, while there is a rosette placed midway up the shank, hence the pattern name.

This example is a 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., sugar sifter with a 2" diameter, round, pierced bowl with scalloped edges and coffered sides. The bowl is finished in a bright gold wash front and... Click for details

George Shiebler "Sandringham" No. 6937 Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4653f   $75.00


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Sandringham is a beaded edge design with a plumed top that may represent the feathered heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales, given the pattern name references the English royal estate.

While the pattern was issued in 1897 by manufacturer George Shiebler, this 4 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., tea caddy spoon or scoop predates this and could have served as a precursor to the full line.

It is marked on the reverse with Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 92.," and model number... Click for details

Gorham "Florentine" Sterling Silver Ice Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4650f   $235.00


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Large and weighty at 6 3/4" long and 3.3 T. oz. respectively, this pair of solid silver tongs were made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the inside of each arm.

The pattern is Florentine issued in 1901. Classical in manner, the design features a bearded figure apparently emerging from the leafy detail at the handle end.

One arm of this is engraved with an Old English "H" monogram, while the other arm and arch are plain.

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Gorham "Coligni" Large & Heavy Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4649f   $375.00


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Introduced in 1889, Coligni stands alongside other enduring Gorham patterns such as Versailles, St. Cloud, and Cluny that originated at the hand of renowned designer Antoine Heller.

Heller was a classicist much of whose work reflects the Beaux Arts style. This mode is very much evident in Coligni which is a multi-motif line that illustrates elegantly portrayed, draped, romantic figures arrayed amid opulent imagery.

This example is a very large, 9 5/8" long, 4.6 T. oz.,... Click for details

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