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Mon, Sep 25, 2023 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Sep 29, 2023 03:00PM EDT
Lot 587

Early 1900s Various Marked Sterling Utensils

Estimate: $200 - $400

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Featured in this lot are five marked sterling utensils from various companies circa early 1900s. The collection shows finely crafted silver utensils, the first in this collection comes from San Francisco, California and was made by Shreve & Company. The coaster features a sterling construction with a simple design and initials on the top of the coaster. The bottom of the coaster reads, "Shreve & Co. / Sterling / San Francisco". The next piece in this collection is an Egyptian sterling dish bowl with an Egyptian Qirsh coin set in the center. The dish shows stamped designs inside the bowl with another stamp reading, "800 XY". The center of the bowl features an Egyptian Qirsh set in the center which can be seen from the top and bottom. The third piece in this collection is this 1950s Towle 777 sterling baby cup. A direct ancestor of Moulton, the first silver business in the United States, is Towle Silversmiths. The family dynasty is thought to have been the industry's longest-running business. Moulton fathers taught their sons their trade for more than 200 years. The cup features a sterling construction with stamped initials on the side of the cup reading, "RCB" as well as the makers stamp on the bottom reading, "Towle Sterling 777". The fourth piece in the collection is a 1900-1930s Gorham sterling salt shaker. The Gorham Manufacturing Company was established in 1831 by 19th-century silversmith Jabez Gorham in Providence, Rhode Island. There he acquired the skills necessary to create coin-silver flatware, which served as the foundation of his early business and was made of thin, rolled silver. John Gorham, Gorham's son, succeeded his father as company president in 1848. Every International Fair that Gorham participated in between the years of 1879 and 1893 featured displays that garnered both public praise and awards. Gorham won 47 awards for excellence at the Columbian Exposition alone. The salt shaker features a sterling construction and shows the makers mark stamped on the bottom reading, "Gorham Sterling 788". The top of the salt shaker comes off so the basin can be easily refilled. The very tip of the shaker is lose and there is salt build up in the top. The final piece in this collection is this National Silver Company sterling napkin holder circa 1910-1940s. The ring shows the makers mark on the inside reading, "NSCO Sterling / 60 L". The outside of the ring shows stamped initials. Each piece in this collection shows good condition overall with some wear from their use and vintage age, but no sings of obvious damage are present. The items measure from 4 3/4" L x 1 3/4" W to 1" L x 1 7/8" W. The collective weight of the items is 161.7 grams.

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