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Wood & Hughes "Venetian" Sterling Silver Large Bowl Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4588f   $68.00

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A 7 1/2" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., preserve spoon, this piece was made by Wood & Hughes, New York City, whose "WwH" emblem is stamped on the handle reverse, along with "Sterling," and "Pat. 1878."

The pattern is "Venetian," which is a Moorish or Renaissance Revival design.

The plum-shaped bowl is relative large and elongated at 3" by 1 3/4" at the widest, by 1/2" deep. It has a central groove in the base, a flange rim, and a pale, satin matte, gold finish on the engraved interior, and... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Cherub Cock Robin" Sterling Silver Loop Baby Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4587f   $60.00

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Measuring 3 1/2" long and weighing approximately .7 T. oz., this spoon was made by Reed & Barton, whose "eagle, R in a shield, lion" emblem appears on the handle backside, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. Oct. 9. 1894."

A baby feeding spoon, the handle is looped to form a finger grip and portrays a winged cherub holding a spray of flowers in one hand and drapery in the other on the front facing surface.

The backside of the loop is engraved in a flowing script, Art Nouveau style, "JEC"... Click for details

Whiting "Armor" Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4586f   $44.00

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One of Whiting's earliest patterns, "Armor" was patented in 1871, as stamped on the reverse of this 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz., sugar spoon.

Other marks include the company's "lion and W" logo, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "Geo. W. Biggs," Pittsburgh, 1868-1903.

This has a shell bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

Never monogrammed, this is without polishing wear, has a flawless bowl save for a surface scuff on the back side, and shows a bright... Click for details

John Westervelt "Cone" Heavy Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4585f   $65.00

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Stamped with the "star, lion, D" pseudo hallmark of maker John L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, and the name "Andrew Dunn" of Fort Plain, New York, this master butter knife measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz.

The pattern is "Cone," dating circa 1860, and features ivy and other leaves, along with anthemion and bellflower detail set on a shaped handle, all of which is suggestive of the Greek Revival design mode of the period.

The 1" wide, broad, blade is set at a... 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.

An 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 damage, and... Click for details

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

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

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4580f   $310.00

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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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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

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

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

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4570f   334043951860

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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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Towle "Shell" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4566f   $38.00

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Introduced in 1889, Towle's "Shell" is a stylized representation of a scallop shell set on a rounded end, upturned, "Antique" handle.

This piece is a 7 1/4" long, just over 1.1 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife.

It has a broad, 1" wide, flat, blade with an upswept, pointed tip, and notched edges.

There is a line script "MLJ" or "MLT" monogram engraved sideways on the handle.

In very fine condition, this is without any evident wear and has a bright, even, finish.

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Jacob Harley, Phila., "Antique Tipt Engraved" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4565f   $46.00

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The name "Jacob Harley," which appears along with the word "Coin" on the backside of this 6 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter is best known by virtue of his 1852-61 Philadelphia retail jewelry partnership with Isaac Stauffer.

This item dates from the ten year period when Harley operated on his own after the dissolution of the partnership.

The style is characteristic of its place and time, with a rounded end, engraved, "Antique Tipt" handle.

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