@antiquesilver_com The Audubon salad servers seemed to get a lot of positive attention from the post a few weeks ago. So here is where some more are for auction. This time @skinnerauctions is selling this group as described in their catalog: “Tiffany "Audubon" Pattern Sterling Silver Flatware Service, New York, 20th century, twenty-four teaspoons, twelve each: cream soupspoons, salad forks, hollow steak knives, hollow luncheon knives, and hollow spreaders; eleven luncheon forks, two gravy ladles, a salad serving spoon and fork, cold meat fork, serving spoon, and a sugar spoon, approx. 130.6 troy oz. weighable silver, in a four-drawer chest.” The estimate is $8,000 to $12,000. I will update once the auction is complete. Make a guess in the comments if you want to take a chance at looking like a genius or idiot.
@antiquesilver_com The Hurd name is probably a top 5 surname you need to know if you want to collect early American silver. I personally feel that the story and history is just as important as the aesthetic appeal. This tankard sold for just under $20,000 at @skinnerauctions Nathaniel Hurd (1729-1777), Boston, c. 1760, urn and flame finial on a stepped domed lid over a tapered cylindrical body with applied band at lower body, the front engraved with bird surmounting a coat of arms within a rococo cartouche, surrounded by cornucopia and flower sprays over the inscription "S. P. Parrot"; hollow scroll handle with scroll thumb-piece with a rounded drop at upper joining, and with engraved monogram N over J+M, the maker's mark with initial and surname with a pellet between in a cartouche with straight lower edge (Kane mark A), located on the body to the left of the upper handle terminal, (minor imperfections), ht. 8 3/4 in., approx. 28 troy oz.
Note: Nathaniel Hurd was the son of the prolific Boston silversmith Jacob Hurd (1702-1758). He was a noted silversmith as well as an engraver of currency, prints, trade cards, and bookplates.
A typewritten note accompanies the tankard which was written in 1928 by noted antiques dealer, Miss Katrina Kipper, of Accord, Massachusetts. It is addressed to a Mr. Robert Morse of Boston. She writes that the tankard belonged to the Newhall family of Concord and was handed down to members of the family of S.P. Parrot and Susan Parker of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. #antiquesilver#oldboston#hurdsilver#antiquetankard#silver#boston
0 10011:59 PM Dec 22, 2017
@antiquesilver_com A digital image really doesn’t do this monstrosity justice. It is 30” tall and weighs over 50lbs. This is probably the Mona Lisa of American Silver. Description from The Met: The Magnolia Vase was Tiffany & Company's most prominent silver entry at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Native and Latin American sources inspired the form, which was derived from Pueblo pottery, and the ornament for the handles, which relates to Toltec artifacts. Plant motifs represent various sections of the United States: pine typifies the North; magnolia, the Southeast; and cacti, the Southwest. Standing for the whole country and applied in gold is the ubiquitous goldenrod. #antiquesilver#silver#tiffanysilver#1893expo#magnolia#metmuseum#GOAT
25 1474:49 AM Dec 21, 2017
@antiquesilver_com This is a special one. I don’t recall seeing it displayed in the handful of times I have been to the @metmuseum. It is scary to think about all the amazing items the public rarely gets to see at museums. Write up: An 1898 article in The Jewelers’ Circular lauds this service as “one of the most artistic silver sets ever produced by the hands of an American silversmith.” Tiffany factory records describe it as a “tête-à-tête” and as “Persian.” Near Eastern and Asian sources clearly inspired both the forms and the ornament, which is executed in sophisticated, subtly shaded enamels. #tiffany#tiffanysilver#antiques#teapot#silverteapot#antiquedealer
10 1432:54 AM Dec 19, 2017
@antiquesilver_com I bought this one for myself. Probably should have saved the money for a bigger purchase, but it is tough to always be on the sidelines. The auction description: SOUTH CAROLINA INTEREST COIN SILVER PRESENTATION FOOTED CUP, with scrolling handle, all-over chased scrolling floral and foliate decoration, centered cartouche lettered "From / the Edgefield District / Agricultural Society", otherwise unmarked. Total weight: 4.08 ozt. 19th century. 4 5/8" H. #antiquesilver#edgefield#edgefieldsc#scsilver#antiques#silverauctions
Someone educate me. This was recently auctioned as an 1840s coin silver piece by Charleston silversmiths Gale & Hayden. But it barely sold for twice melt. Misrepresented? Reproduction? Or is that really where the market is? Tag a hollowware expert or coin silver specialist and someone comment. Thanks