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Holly, engraved master butter knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2316   On Hold

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length 7 3/4 inches, weight a generous 1.95 Troy ounces, no monogram, marked only sterling but probably Vansant.

There is some slight wear to engraving on blade, though nothing tragic, and also a few scratches as shown in first enlargement which I'll gladly attempt to polish out before shipping if you ask me very nicely.

unbearably cute little Netherlands silver basket circa 1850,
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2315   Sold

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height 4 inches to top of; 2 inches excluding handle, top diameter 3 1/4 inches, weight 3.2 Troy ounces, excellent condition, no monogram, marked as shown in second enlargement.

Is there a wedding in your future? Picture the flower girl, strolling down the aisle, carrying your rings in this basket.

Eight Small Silver Boxes, American, Italian, and Taxco, Mexico
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3480jl   $250.00

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This assemblage of eight boxes vary in size from a 1 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 1/2" high square at the largest, to a 1 1/8" by 3/4" by 1/2" tall oval and 1" by 5/8" high round one at the smallest.

The square one has a lined base, engine turned top, is marked "925" and "FS" in a circle, and weighs 26 grams (just over .8 T. oz.). The next largest is rectangular with rounded corners, plain-surfaced, marked with the Blackinton emblem, and weighs 16 grams (approximately .5 T. oz.).

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Michie, Cincinnati, "Antique" Silver Table or Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3467f   This item is currently being auctioned

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Amy Miller Dehan's Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 offers separate entries on four related operations employing "Michie" in their names, with the mark on this 8 1/4" long, heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon associated with "Michie Brothers," and "used by the firm between 1885 and 1888."

Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.

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Durgin "Heraldic" Large Fluted Bowl Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3464f   This item is currently being auctioned

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An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name, all of which show particularly well at the scale of this 9 1/8" long, weighty at 2.5 T. oz., (salad) serving spoon.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

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A. F. Towle "Wentworth" with Cherub Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3463f   $32.00

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A 5 5/8" long, .7 T. oz., item, this spoon was made by A.F. Towle (later Lunt), as indicated by the "TS" emblem imprinted on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

Based on the 1899 "Wentworth" pattern, it includes an image of a plump, completely baby-like, winged cherub draped in a garland of roses, all set in very high relief that rises off the handle sculptural-like.

The figure is surrounded by beading, below which are more fully developed rose blossoms.

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Newcastle "Stalker & Mitchison" George III Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
Silver : Sterling

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3462f   $225.00

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Measuring precisely 12" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this meat skewer is nearly 250 years old.

It is fully hallmarked for Newcastle, England, 1774-75, sterling silver, and makers William Stalker & John Mitchison.

Typical of the form, it has a tapered shank that goes from 3/8" wide to a pointed tip. This has beveled edges, with feathering on the upper portions front and back. This is also the place where the marks are located on one side and a "WWS" monogram on the other.

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charmingly engraved Victorian era napkin ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2314   $65.00

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with bird, flowers, foliage; a beaded band above and below, diameter 2 1/4; height 1 1/2 inches, weight 1.5 Troy ounces, .800 standard, no monogram, marked as shown in fourth enlargement.

Some twit put a drop of silver-test acid right inside the cartouche and left a slight stain, but aside from this the condition is exemplary.

Gorham No. 456 Sterling Silver Small Footed Dish
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3451f   $75.00

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This 4" round, 5/8" high, just under 2.0 T. oz. shallow dish resting on four ball feet presents as rather mysterious in purpose, save that it is identified in Gorham's 1890 catalogue (see image 2).

Stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G", emblem, "Sterling," and model number "456" on the underside, it is actually part of a desk ensemble, namely the underplate, or as labeled, a tray, for a multi-lobed ink bottle.

Original purpose aside, it is attractive in its own right,... Click for details

Gorham 1880 "Empress" Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3449f   $115.00

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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

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Whiting "Arabesque" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3445f   $95.00

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A 7 5/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., piece, this example of Whiting's "Arabesque" pattern, is imprinted with the company's "lion" logo and the number "19" on the backside heel of the bowl, and "Sterling" and "Pat. 1875" on the handle reverse.

The griffin set against a Moorish style background composition is emblematic of the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a flange rim and central vee running from the handle to the midpoint of the base. It is finished with a... Click for details

Gorham 1881 Two Handle Sterling Silver Open Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3444f   $110.00

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This sterling silver bowl is model number "2385" made by Gorham in 1881, all documented in the marks on the underside of the flat bottom.

It measures 2" tall to the rim, 2 3/4" at the highest point of the arms, has a body that is 3 1/2" wide, 5 1/4" handle tip to handle tip, 2 3/8" across on the bottom, a top opening of 2 3/4", and weighs 4.6 T. oz.

Likely a sugar bowl, it stands on its own.

Elegantly understated in design, the body is cauldron shaped with a sawtooth edge rim, and has... Click for details

Unger Brothers "Passaic" Original Sterling Silver Butter Pick
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3443f   This item is currently being auctioned

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This 6 1/4" long, relatively weighty at .7 T. oz., butter pick is a completely original piece, rather than adapted from another item as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is "Passaic," introduced by Unger Brothers in 1900.

Known for its innovative Art Nouveau designs, executed in both flatware and jewelry, the style of this goes in another direction, to the rococo. It employs a variety of scrolls, leaves, and delicate flower blossoms presented in a dense, high relief,... Click for details

6 China Trade dessert knives, Sunshing
Silver : China Trade

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2313   Sold

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Canton or Hong Kong circa 1840 with carved mother of pearl handles, length eight inches, monogrammed "WL" (?), fine condition although one blade shows evidence of being straightened (see fourth photo).

Forbes lists one set of dessert knives, #252 shown in figure 75, but these would appear to be quite rare.

No, dear reader, you're not daft though I may be, there are only five pictured here. Yes, we do have the sixth and it is no different than these!!

Vintage sterling silver Peruvian souvenir ladle / spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

Sherrys Antiques* Collectibles* Frivolous Necessities  
safn-6466   $30.00

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VINTAGE STERLING SILVER LADLE. A souvenir from Peru/ Measures approximately 5" in length. Dancer at the top of the handle and the bowl of the ladle features 2 llamas and what appears to be a Sun God or other Peruvian idol, Tiki,. I left this beautiful ladle with its slightly original oxidized patina, but if you would care to polish it, it would shine brightly. Wonderful condition.

James Butler, Philadelphia, "Leaf" Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3435f   $55.00

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Identified in Catherine Hollan's work Philadelphia Silversmiths as a member of "the extended Butler-Peters-McCarthy families from New London, CT," James Butler established himself in Philadephia and became closely associated with that city's James Watts with whom he was actually in active partnership as Watts & Butler for one year, 1867.

Butler also used an animal head over chevron emblem, as found on this 7 1/8" long, T. oz., preserve spoon, that is similar enough to that used by... Click for details

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