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Fine Victorian Art Nouveau Cherub Silver Vanity Tray

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Plate: Pre 1900   item# 1275445

Fine Victorian Art Nouveau Cherub Silver Vanity Tray
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$335, reduced from $395.
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A slightly smaller and considerably less detailed version of this Art Nouveau silver tray is offered elsewhere online for $1,200, because it's of hallmarked sterling. This one, freshly replated at considerable cost, can be yours for a great deal less.

As you know if you collect Victorian and Edwardian vanity silver, items of a cherub or angel motif are the most coveted. This is an exceedingly beautiful rendition of the "Five Angels in the Clouds" pattern, embellished with loads of gorgeous scrollwork and finished with a scalloped edge. The tray measures about 10 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches and is in lovely condition, relative to the delicacy of antique repousse work. Two small areas of reinforcement are visible on the reverse, but you have to look hard to spot any problems on the front. A couple of teensy tears in the edging could stand to be reinforced (a cheap and easy fix). Underlying metal is brass and dating would be circa 1900.

The prior owner, who acquired the tray in England about 30 years ago, recalls that it was difficult even then to find cherub silver. You could look for a long while before finding another affordable tray of this quality.

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2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1910   item# 1275441

2 Antique Cherub Sterling Button Hooks 1885 and 1906
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$150, reduced from $200.
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A matching pair of antique button hooks in this much-coveted cherub design can take ages to find, so we're offering these together (but will consider selling separately, if you prefer). Both are hallmarked for Birmingham. The smaller (7 3/4" to hook clothing and gloves) was made in 1895 and maker-marked C or G, while the larger (11" to hook shoes and boots) was made in 1906 and maker-marked H M.

Their elaborate repousse sterling handles formed over wax have taken a few small dings over the past century-plus, but thankfully nothing serious. Each side is identical, apart from the direction in which the hooks face. Naturally the shank and hook portions are of fine English steel hallmarked as such.

As you know if you collect Victorian and Edwardian vanity silver, items patterned with cherubs (or angels, if you prefer) are the most desired.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and beautiful gift-wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



2 Silver Individual Cream Jugs by Walker & Hall 1902

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Plate: Pre 1910   item# 599770

2 Silver Individual Cream Jugs by Walker & Hall 1902
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It's wonderful to find a pair of antique creamers still together after more than a century! They'd be a splendid gift for a romantic couple who have shown staying-power, too -- perhaps your parents -- and perfect for use both with the morning coffee and afternoon tea.

They were fashioned by Walker & Hall of Sheffield in England, among the world's leading producers of sterling and fine silver-plated goods in Victorian and Art Deco times. These pieces are very heavily plated (marked 2HP) on an underlying metal with lots of weight to ensure no worries about their toppling over. The date letter k identifies the year as 1902.

Also present on each base are the company's jaunty logo, which looks like a golf flag, containing the letters W & H; the words "Walker & Hall Sheffield" and "Warranted Hard & Silver Soldered"; and the style or stock numbers "53444," "A1" and "79".

Size is about 3 1/4 inches high and 4 1/4 inches wide from the outer handle to the lip. The base is 2 inches round. Style is Late Victorian Neo-Classical and overall condition is simply marvelous, with no loss of plating that we can find. The C R (or R C) monogram, which appears on the fronts in stylized Celtic lettering, could probably be polished out by a good jeweler. But perhaps you have these in mind for Robert and Claire or Rebecca and Charles -- or ?

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Antique 1830s American Silver Spoons Willey & Blaksley

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Coin: Pre 1837 VR   item# 598490

Antique 1830s American Silver Spoons Willey & Blaksley
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$140.
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According to the Cincinnati Art Museum, which owns work by Willey & Blaksley, the firm was a local business in operation for only a few years (circa 1831 to 1836). Subsequently, silversmith Bushnell Willey entered a different partnership. Thus, this is a rarely seen hallmark, from the period prior to adoption of a sterling standard in America. Whether made from melted coins or not, pieces fashioned before 1865 are called "coin silver". In this case, however, the silver is of very high grade -- apparent in its delicacy -- and the form of the spoons is particularly graceful. While these spoons have certainly been treated with loving care, evidence of long use is plain. There are no repairs, but there are the little dings and other irregularities you'd expect after almost two centuries.

Based on the length and bowl width, they were originally made as dessert spoons -- taller than tea spoons but shorter than table spoons of that era. At 7.25 inches long, with a bowl width of 1.5 inches, the size is equal to what we'd use now for soup and as auxiliary serving spoons for smaller dishes like cranberry sauce.

A scrolling monogram, the letters EH or EM, appears horizontally on the fiddles. This isn't deeply incised and could be polished off by a good jeweler. On reverses, the Willey & Blaksley mark appears within a rectangular cartouche.

BTW, a small (less than 4 inches tall) and very plain coin silver beaker made by Willey & Blaksley in the 1830s recently commanded almost $500 on eBay, which attests to the rarity value of W&B goods.

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Enchanting Art Nouveau Silver Butterfly Bowl c1900

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Pre 1900   item# 411099

Enchanting Art Nouveau Silver Butterfly Bowl c1900
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$200.
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The romance of Art Nouveau design is perfectly captured by his exquisite antique silver bowl with ruffled edges upon which finely detailed butterflies perch gracefully as handles. It's a wonderfully versatile piece you can use to hold favorite jewels on your vanity or in any room for flowers or potpourri. You could serve sweets and nuts in it, too, or cache small items on your desktop.

Dating from the Late Victorian era, circa 1900, it's about 5 3/4" wide at the handles and 2 1/2" tall with a bowl 4" in diameter. It looks very French, but, on the base (which feels like it's weighted) the signature DERBY appears with the numeral 2 and a logo that looks like feathered wings extending in both directions. This presumably refers to a metalsmith of Derby town in England, because the marks are entirely different from those used by Derby Silver Co. in Connecticut and by Crown Derby (famed for its china).

The bowl polishes like sterling but, in the absence of sterling hallmarks, must be a lesser grade of silver or very heavy plating. We've cleaned it considerably, leaving the dark patina only in crevices. Condition is excellent; there's no damage, only age-appropriate surface wear. Provenance is an English estate, via a specialist Art Nouveau dealer in East Anglia.

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Fine Victorian or Edwardian Silver & Ivory Paper Knife

Catalogue: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Sterling: Pre 1910   item# 133048

Fine Victorian or Edwardian Silver & Ivory Paper Knife
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$195.
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Layaway terms are available for this and all our items priced over $150. Just e-mail and we'll arrange a schedule that works well for you.

This large and gorgeous antique paper knife (aka letter opener) has been in my own collection for about a dozen years. It was quite expensive, even then, and I'm totally wasting it; in the chaos of my desk, it seldom sees use and often vanishes entirely! For someone who keeps an immaculate desk, this will be a thing of beauty and a joy forever!

Acquired at a major London antiques fair, it measures slightly more than 10" long, with an ivory blade almost 1" wide and a bulbous pear-shaped handle 1 1/2" at its widest. The handle is comfortably weighted, probably with the tarlike substance (tar?) over which such shapes were molded. The juncture of handle and blade is gorgeously decorated with an applied 1"-wide strip of hand-worked repousse silver. I believe all the metal is unmarked sterling; certainly it's high-grade silver. Relatively minor dings attest to its age, which I judge to be 19th century, though the form persisted into early Edwardian times.

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