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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1413606 (stock #4071f)
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Of a size that could serve as either a gravy or sauce boat, this piece measures 5 3/4" from handle end to spout tip, is 3 1/8" broad, stands 3 1/2" at the highest, and weighs 3.8 T. oz.

"Georgian" in style, it has a paneled, low slung, body that rests on three, short, leaf and hoof feet, has a solid cee scroll and leaf handle, an applied shell detail on the underside of the spout, and a repeating motif band along the upper rim.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it is in particularly fine con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413539 (stock #4070f)
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Measuring 7 3/8" long, and weighing .9 T. oz., this piece is a youth knife, engraved "Harry" on one side of the solid handle, and "1873" on the other side.

The pattern is "Louis XIV," which, apart from the obvious French reference, also incorporates a variety of style elements including Moorish and Greek Revival.

In excellent condition, it is free of polishing wear and has a flat, even, blade that is without bends or nicks. The finish is soft and even.

Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1413452 (stock #4069f)
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Measuring 8" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this place spoon made by William Scarlett, London, during the last year or so of his life (d. 1729, source Grimwade). His slightly rubbed, but distinct "W over S" in a shield appears on the handle reverse. Other marks include a lion, crowned leopard, date letter "N," and an extraneous and peculiar "p."

This last mark apparently is something of a mystery to collectors of English period silver. A letter from Anthony Brown, that appears in the Ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1950 item #1413409 (stock #4068f)
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Tear drop shaped, this item measures 2 1/2" long, 1" across at the widest, and weighs .4 T. oz.

It is a book marker or clip, with a central cut out section made to slip over a leaf of paper.

The top front has a raised, repousse, rose blossom cluster and leaf pattern, while the back is plain save for the marks which are "S. Kirk & Son Inc.," "Sterling," and the model number "9."

Dating from the middle half of the 20th century, it remains in flawless condition, showing no wear or damage, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1413341 (stock #4067f)
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This set consists of a tea pot, a creamer and sugar, and a hot water kettle on stand.

The two pots and the creamer are stamped on the undersides "I.W. Forbes" with two stars and an anchor, for the prominent New York City silversmith and public figure, John Wolfe Forbes, 1781-1864, son of William Garret Forbes and brother of Garret, both also silversmiths of note.

An example of his work is housed in the Yale University Art Gallery and is valued by private collectors as well.

The p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1413279 (stock #4066f)
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A diminutive example of a loving cup, or equally so a trophy, this piece stands 3 5/8" tall and weighs 2.1 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, it is stamped on the underside with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," model number "A970," and a date symbol for "1900."

It is vase form mounted on an unweighted, tiered base, with two, solid, cee scroll handles. The interior is gold washed.

There is a fancy, lined script, "MMH" monogram engraved on the body front.

In excellent condition, i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1413237 (stock #4065f)
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Issued in 1910, Lunt's "Pynchon" is essentially a Chippendale design derived from the colonial revival impulse of its period.

It features an open work handle, and in the instance of this 7 7/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., (beef) serving fork, similar piercing in the heel area.

The serving end is elongated and has three broad tines, the outer two of which have hooked ends.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice estate condition. Apart from overall light surface scratches, there are no signs of use. Th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413207 (stock #4064f)
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Price for the set of six.
These six spoons are marked for Sheffield, England, sterling silver, year 1898-99, and "HA" for maker Atkin Brothers - Harry Atkin.

Measuring 5 3/8" long each and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the lot, they are 5 o'clock size, used for afternoon tea.

They have elaborately designed, cast, handles that are reminiscent in style to "apostle" spoons.

The design incorporates a pair of dolphins supporting a heart and flower or fleur-de-lis at the openwork handle tops. The lower ends of the stems portray...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413174 (stock #4063f)
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Bright cut engraved designs were popular among American silver manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, with this generously-sized, 9 1/4" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., pie server a fine example of the style.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the "Old English" tipt backside handle, the pattern is "Chrysanthemum," issued in 1885. Flowers, grasses, and birds were common themes for this genre.

The imagery is finely rendered, set agai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413108 (stock #4061f)
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Reflecting Aesthetic sensibilities, themselves drawn from Asian design, Wendt's "Bird" is a multi-motif pattern that features a variety of avian creatures, usually in flight or alight on a branch.

This full size, 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.6 T. oz., soup ladle is unusual in its portraiture in that, rather than representing a delicate specimen such as a nightingale or swallow as is typical of most of the line, it portrays a bold, standing rooster or cockerel, with raised tail features and a for...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413076 (stock #4060f)
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Measuring 5 7/8" long, and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sugar spoon was made by Durgin, marked with the company "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd," and retailed by Philadelphia's "Bailey, Banks & Biddle," also so stamped.

The pattern is "Empire," which is a late 19th century design that incorporates imagery suggestive of the French court, nobility, and imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown, cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

The b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412988 (stock #4059f)
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In pristine condition, this 6" long, "Statue of Liberty" themed spoon marked "Tiffany & Co." and "Sterling," is heavier at 1.3 T. oz. than other similar pieces.

It features a raised, sculptural-like, full representation of Liberty standing on her pedestal base.

There is an eagle with raised wings, a shield, and the words "New York" below this, extending to the margin of the bowl.

As indicated, the item is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever and possessing a bright finish...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1412927 (stock #4058f)
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Lengthy at 9 5/8" and weighty at 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a large, 4" long by 2 1/2" at the widest by 5/8" deep, bowl with flanged shoulders, a central rib in the base, and a gold washed surface that is bright cut and wriggle work engraved in a blackberry and leaves design.

Dating circa 1880, it is stamped "J.S. MacDonald" for the late 19th century Baltimore firm, and with the word "Sterling."

The "Old English Reverse Tipt" handle features an engraved "Lily" pattern that shows th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1412872 (stock #4057f)
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An early example of a form that was produced for decades, beginning in the 19th century and extending well into the 20th, this solid silver, "Repousse pattern handle with an elongated, arrow head shaped blade," letter opener, dates to the mid 19th century.

It is relatively large compared to more recent pieces, measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz.

It is marked "S. Kirk & Son" and "1015" for the peculiar to Baltimore silver standard that is essentially equivalent to coin and was use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412842 (stock #4056f)
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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 5 7/8" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is narcissus, with blossoms and leaves that lay upon and fold over one another, rising from the surface of the s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1412680 (stock #4054f)
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Measuring a lengthy 5 3/4" and weighing a robust 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are marked on the inside of each leg, respectively, with Durgin's "D" emblem and "Sterling," and "B.K.&Co.," for Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Company.

The pattern is "Bead," issued in 1893. It features a "Tipt" end with a beaded margin handle, joined in this instance to heavy, detailed, talon grips.

The plain arch is engraved with an Old English "T" monogram.

In superb condition, these are without wear or dam...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1412614 (stock #4053f)
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Rooted in Moorish design, Whiting's "Arabesque" was produced during the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s. It features a standing griffin with widespread wings.

This example from the line is a rarely found, 8 1/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., jelly cake server.

It is characterized by a lengthy, narrow and pointed, blade with a cupped heel, flanged shoulders, and pointed tip.

In this instance the blade is also bright cut engraved in a design that mirrors that on the handle.

Never monogramm...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1412531 (stock #4052f)
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A 9" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this berry or other serving spoon has a "Tipt" end, and high, pointed, shoulders off the ovoid, scalloped edge bowl.

It is stamped "Zahm & Jackson," for the partnership that Vivian Gerstell in Silversmiths of Lancaster Pennsylvania 1830-50 indicates was established in 1845, although this piece dates some fifteen years or so later than that.

This also carries the "horsehead over shield" manufacturer's mark of Philadelphia's James Watts and the word "Coin...

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