The pattern is "Tuscan," which is an "Olive" variant developed by Michael Gibney (later marketed by Whiting) and in this instance retailed by New York's prominent "Ball, Black & Co.," whose name, along with "Sterling," is imprinted on the handle backside...
This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., tablespoon is an early example of his work and is imprinted on the backside "W. Mitchell Jr." in a banner...
It has a broad, down turned, "Reverse Tipt," handle end, a narrow shank with beveled edges, and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl.
The bowl has a pointed tip and a raised shell design on the backside heel.
It is stamped "R[ichard]...
Made of coin silver, this dates c. 1865.
The pattern is described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appears on both sides of the handle and features anthemion leaves, along with other period detailing...
Marked only "Coin," without a maker's or retailer's identification, the rounded handle with notched tip essentially matches Gorham's early, 1865, "Italian" pattern, and the quality of manufacture suggests such a significant maker.
This is bordered by fine wriggle work engraving and has an elegant period "EC" feathered script monogram set in the center of the plain area of the surface...
Price for the set of six.
Each one is stamped "John B. Scott" for the New York City retailer, who is documented working circa 1820, with no ending date available.
The pattern is a "Beaded Olive" that appears to be a near match for manufacturer John Westervelt's pattern of the same name...
It is stamped "E.S. & D.R. Burr" and "coin," for the jewelers located in the small, central Wisconsin town of Berlin. An entry in a 1919 "Jewelers' Circular," notes the death of Daniel Riley Burr at age 85, still resident in Berlin.
There is also a right-facing, bust that McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as an unknown Chicago maker...
While "Tipt" end examples of their work, which this is, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.
One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.
The handle has...
It is stamped "S.N. Story" for the Worcester, Massachusetts silversmith and jeweler. Also marked "Pure Coin," which was a regional term, this was likely made in Boston.
The pattern is "Olive," which was a very popular design in the period.
What sets this apart from other examples is its intermediate size, shell bowl, solid weight, quality manufacture, and good condition.
Just slightly smaller than a tea or dessert knife, it is a youth size piece.
An "Oval Thread" design, it is stamped "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm of the period. It is also marked "Sterling," which is early for this date; coin would be expected.
It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and blunt-end blade.
Price per piece, five available.
This 5 1/2" long, relatively heavy at .9 T. oz., egg spoon is such an example.
It is a "Bead" pattern, with the design appearing on both sides of the handle. The reverse has a fancy script "CBD" monogram.
The oval bowl is generously sized at 1 3/4" long and 1" across at the widest. It retains an original, bright gold wash front and back surfaces.
It is in excellen...
It also incorporates a raised rib that breaks and separates into two parts that carry onto the surface of the tine area. This adds dimension and interest to this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., youth fork.
It has a feathered script "CCH" set sideways on t...
The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver sold out to Brown in 1858, but whose interest he bought back in 1863. All this history indicates the mark on this piece is rarer than most associated with the Shaver name.
The pattern is one described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appear...
It has a "Tipt" end, rounded and heavily beveled shoulders, and a pointed end bowl.
The backside of the handle has an elegantly rendered, feathered script "TD" monogram.
It is stamped "J.L. [Jared] Moore & Co." (1796-53) for the well-documented jeweler and watchmaker. This particular mark, with the "& Co.,"...
Its mid 19th century pattern is a variant of "Tuscan," attributed to New York's Michael Gibney, or a similar design called "Cottage" produced by Joseph Seymour, John Polhamus, William Gale, and possibly other makers.
This example is only identified by the retailer's name, "J.W. Helmer," location unknown, stamped on the backside.
It has a particularly charming script engraving set sideways on the handle. This read...
Price per piece, three available.
In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.
This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders o...
It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.
The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.
It is also marked "10....