We love that this was a Christmas gift from one woman to her friend, and also that the item is dated (presumbably from year of manufacture) 1870. If you're thinking that it might be nice to have a collection of napkin rings, this would be a great place to start!
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As we get further along in time from the patent date of 1900, it becomes much more difficult to find examples retaining the full floral detail which makes this fine old Durgin pattern so extraordinary. We're pleased to present these four to you, dear reader!
While quite common in the world of Continental silver, these are exceptionally scarce in Victorian era Americana.
There are some scratches on the reverse of the bowl, at end (see second enlargement) but the colorfully enameled head-dress is intact, and the face retains its original oxidation.
Like almost all items from the workshop of Colonial Williamsburg, it is of above average quality. Marked as shown in second enlargement.
It hardly needs to be said, but these are adorable.
Born in Switzerland (1868), Kunkler worked as both wood engraver and silversmith. He was a member of the Boston Society of Art & Crafts, exhibited his work at their gallery in 1907, and achieved the status of Master Craftsman in 1908. Surviving examples of his work would appear to be scarce.
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Frequent guests of our little website will know that I'm fond of gushing about what an exceptional job the Durgin Corporation did in recreating New Hampshire's natural flora with solid silver. These Cat Tails, with their "fuzzy" flower heads, are perhaps the prime example of that work.
Finally we will mention that althoug...
With its gadrooned border and luxuriously chased acanthus leaf thumb rest, this is a refined, well constructed and massive piece of early 20th century Boston silver. Please see fourth enlargement for marks.
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Those with long memories will recognize this as the same mug which sold at Charlton Hall, June 14 2009, (lot 730) for 1725.00. Please take a moment to look at those catalogue photos (see fifth enlargement), and you will notice a few dents and some surface abrasion presumably due to improper cleaning with steel wool. We ...
A similar example, held by the Art Institute of Chicago, is shown in Chickering, plate 52; page 111.
These have probably "been to the wheel" sometime during their career, and it pains me to see Mr. Stone's work treated in such a manner. We must asume that our readers will agree, or else they'd be looking at Replacements, not here. That said, this is a rare form from his workshop, and also emin...
There is a pinprick dent, visible mostly from the reverse, which we show in excruciating detail (see third enlargement); also an engraved inventory number, but aside from these issues the condition is very good.