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All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1940 item #1406220
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$395.00
A set of six sterling silver coffee spoons by Asprey & Co. Each spoon has a brownish-black bakelite “coffee bean”—a decorative device popular in England during the Art Deco period. Each spoon is fully hallmarked for Asprey, 1931. The spoons are presented in their original silk- and velvet-lined fitted box, the lid of which is imprinted “Asprey/166 Bond St/London”.
  • Origin: England, 1931.
  • Dimensions: spoons, 3 7/8" long.
  • Weight: 43.0 grams.
  • Condition: excellent, all original, no monograms; case is like new.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Plate : Pre 1940 item #1406003
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$165.00
A classic silverplated single-serving cocktail shaker by Napier in 1934 specifically to be sold at Saks Fifth Avenue. The shakers were made in two variations, one with a dial on the top indicating the type of cocktail within and this version, with the profile of a rooster on the lid. The shaker has a built-in strainer and pouring spout. When removed, the lid becomes a footed cocktail glass. The bottom of the shaker is stamped "Napier Pat. Pend."
  • Origin: America, ca. 1934.
  • Dimensions: 6 1/2" tall.
  • Condition: very good; light wear to plating as is typical of all Napier silverplated items; a pinpoint and a 1/4" ding to the side of the cap/cup.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1940 item #1405765
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$350.00
A French Art Deco cocktail pick set in the form of Gideon the duck and his snail friend worked in chrome on a mahogany base. The design is by the famed French Art Deco illustrator Benjamin Rabier, who created a comic strip called "The Adventures of Gideon" in 1923. It was immensely popular and Rabier was commissioned to make a range of entertaining barware. Few of Rabier's designs were signed, but this example is signed with his full name. The twelve picks have red bakelite finials. Cocktail pick holders ("porte-piques") were once a fixture of every French bar and café. Today, they can be use to spear olives of cherries in a cocktail, or to serve small hors d'oeuvres.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1930.
  • Dimensions: 5 7/16" x 3" x 4 1/2".
  • Condition: very good; a small area of wear to chrome in the folds of the tail feathers and another smaller spot on the underside of the tail; normal age-appropriate wear to the wooden base.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1940 item #1405755
Kensington House Antiques
$225.00
A French Art Deco cocktail pick set in the form of a large snail worked in chrome on a mahogany base. The design is by the famed French Art Deco illustrator Benjamin Rabier, who had a side job designing entertaining barware. The twelve picks have red bakelite finials. Cocktail pick holders ("porte-piques") were once a fixture of every French bar and café. Today, they can be use to spear olives of cherries in a cocktail, or to serve small hors d'oeuvres.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1930.
  • Dimensions: 5 3/8” x 2 7/8” x 4 1/2”.
  • Condition: excellent, all original; no chrome loss.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1950 item #1405746
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$225.00
An elegant set of six sterling silver demitasse spoons by English silversmith William Suckling, Ltd. The handles are simply decorated with an acanthus bud. The bowls are slightly broader and more balloon-shaped than the typical demitasse spoon, so they could easily be used for delicate desserts. The set is presented in its original velvet- and silk-lined fitted case. Each spoon is fully hallmarked for the maker and for the year 1945. A set such as this must have quite the rare luxury in the final year of World War II.
  • Origin: London, 1945.
  • Dimensions: spoons, 3 13/16" long.
  • Weight: 58.2 grams.
  • Condition: both the spoons and case appear to be unused.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1405744
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$450.00
An uncommon boxed set of twelve Art Deco sterling silver cocktail picks with red bakelite finials in the shape of maraschino cherries. The picks are presented in their original velvet and silk-lined fitted box. Each pick is marked “Sterling Silver”. It's quite rare to find a set of a dozen picks rather than the standard six.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1920.
  • Condition: picks are excellent; box shows expected wear for the age.
  • Dimensions: picks, 3” long.
  • Weight: 24.8 gr.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1405567
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$1,250.00
A very fine Edwardian sterling silver powder box with guilloche enamel in translucent ivory. The lid is decorated with a elegantly colorful painted enamel bouquet of wildflowers tied with a blue ribbon and the sides with complementary floral sprigs. The gilt interior is stamped with Imperial Austrian hallmarks and the master silversmith's for Georg Adam Scheid. Scheid was a silversmith to the Imperial Family and was particularly known for beautiful enameled items such as boxes, compacts, parasol handles and miniature clocks. This box would make an elegant spot for jewelry or other small items.
  • Origin: Austria, ca. 1900.
  • Dimensions: 4 1/16" diameter; 1 5/8" high.
  • Condition: excellent, very minor surface wear visible upon close inspection in strong raking light.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1970 item #1405519
Kensington House Antiques
$195.00
A nice mid-century modern French cocktail pick set featuring a blonde wood stylized snail with a chrome shell. He's perched on a set of chrome leaves that hold the six chrome and plastic-topped cocktail picks. Cocktail pick holders ("porte-piques") were once a fixture of every French bar and café. They can be used to spear olives or cherries for cocktails or to serve small hors d'oeuvres.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1960.
  • Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 3-5/8" high.
  • Condition: excellent; tiny amount of chrome wear.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Plate : Pre 1930 item #1405419
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$595.00
A delightful and very rare French Art Deco silverplate cocktail shaker with enamel recipe decoration by Deschamps Frères of Paris. The enameled decoration depicts a pair of scrolled documents with seals presenting recipes for “Torelli” and “Winter Palace” cocktails. Both are rather unusual variations on a classic martini. Adolphe Torelli was the barman at the famous Winter Palace Hotel in Nice. His book, “900 Recette de Cocktails et Boissons Américaines: Guide du Barman et du Gourmet Chic” (“900 Recipes for American Cocktails and Drinks: A Guide for the Bartender at the Stylish Gourmet”) was published in 1927. It was among the first important bartender’s books from the cocktail era. This shaker was likely produced just after the publication. Deschamps Frères opened in 1920 and was known at the time for its interesting enameled silverplate barware, but the items are quite rare today and the enamel is often in poor condition. The bottom is stamped with Deschamps’ maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1927.
  • Dimensions: 8-1/4” tall.
  • Condition: good; no dings; some yellow enamel loss; isolated pitting, light dulling and superficial scuffs to some areas of the plating.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Plate : Pre 1940 item #1405371
Kensington House Antiques
$125.00
An elegant French Art Deco silverplate jigger in the form of a champagne bucket. The form is completed by a pair of spherical handles typical of champagne coolers of the era. The bottom is stamped with an illegible maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1930.
  • Dimensions: 1-7/8” diameter; 2” high.
  • Condition: excellent; no dings; a 2mm area of plating wear to the interior near the bottom.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1960 item #1405370
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$135.00
A carved horn cocktail pick set in the form of a flying bird that looks rather like an albatross. The bird has inset glass eyes. The natural coloring of the horn is used to good effect in the bird’s wing and tail feathers. The set is completed with a holder containing ten cocktail picks with horn finials. Cocktail pick holders (“porte-piques”) were once a fixture on the bar of every café in France and were sometimes used in the home as well. Horn sets were popular in the 1950s. Usually made in the Auvergne, the sets were a by-product of the region’s renowned cattle industry. Because the picks have tines, they can be used to spear cherries or olives for cocktails or to serve small hors d’oeuvres.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1950.
  • Dimensions: 7-3/4” x 3-5/8” x 4” high.
  • Condition: excellent; minor flaking at the bottom edge consistent with age and use.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1403364
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A fascinating English Art Deco sterling silver hors d'oeuvre or dessert set cast and engraved with Egyptian motifs. This set is hallmarked for 1922—the year King Tut's tomb was discovered by English archaeologists in Egypt. Everything Egyptian suddenly became a design craze. This set features ornate depictions of everything Egyptian—the Step Pyramid of Zoser, a pharaoh wearing a nemes headdress, papyrus, lotus, ibis, Horus wings, and more! The spoons with the spade-shaped bowls are gilt, suggesting they were intended for use with salty foods that would tarnish bare silver. The spoons are presented in their original fitted case. Each spoon is stamped with Birmingham date marks for 1922 and the maker's mark for Levi & Salaman.
  • Origin: England, 1922.
  • Condition: excellent, no enamel damage, slight wear to gilding on spade-shaped spooons; case has slight spotting to lining, but otherwise superb.
  • Dimensions: oval spoons, 4-13/16"; spade spoons, 4".
  • Weight: 78.8 grams.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1940 item #1403313
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$225.00
An unusual French Art Deco cocktail pick set featuring a stylized snail carved from beautifully-grained macassar ebony. The snail has a very unusual streamline aerodynamic appearance and colorful phenolic ornaments on the antennae. The set is completed with an ebony and bakelite "basket" holding chrome cocktail picks with multicolored phenolic heads.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1935.
  • Condition: excellent, all original.
  • Dimensions: 6" x 2-1/4" x 3-3/4" high.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1403311
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$1,795.00
An extremely rare set of 12 sterling silver and enamel tea or coffee spoons from the "Cymric" line produced by Liberty & Co. in partnership with the Birmingham silversmith William Hair Haseler. The stems of the spoons have an incised trailing motif accented with translucent shaded enamels in blue and green. Only a few designers produced spoon designs for the Cymric line, and this style is typical of designs by Archibald Knox around 1910. Each spoon is fully stamped with Liberty’s hallmark and the city and date marks for Birmingham, 1927-8. The spoons are presented in their original silk-lined fitted case, the lid impressed with Liberty’s logo.
  • Origin: England, 1927.
  • Condition: excellent, no enamel damage, one spoon has a slight flattening at the very tip of the bowl; box in very good condition.
  • Dimensions: 4-3/8” long.
  • Weight: 148.4 grams.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1940 item #1403309
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$395.00
A delightful French Art Deco cocktail pick set in the form of a carved rosewood cat arching his back to hiss at a little chrome snail. A wooden rack holds six chrome cocktail picks, each topped with a snail. All are presented on a macassar ebony base. Sets such as these were used in French homes as well as on the bar counters at cafes.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1935.
  • Condition: excellent, all original, one pick has very minor plating wear visible on close inspection.
  • Dimensions: 5-7/8" x 3-1/4" x 4" high.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Pewter : Pre 1980 item #1402837
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$125.00
A boxed set of six pewter decanter labels or bottle tags for Scotch, bourbon, gin, vodka, brandy and sherry by Stieff for Historic Newport. Newport, RI was one of the most important pewter-making cities of Colonial America, and these tags are made according the 18th century models.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1976.
  • Condition: tags are excellent; box shows significant wear.
  • Dimensions: tags, 2-5/8 x 1-1/4" (excluding chains).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1402076
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$495.00
A delightful set of six sterling silver Art Deco cocktail picks with finials in the form of the Devil. The little naked figure grasps a flaming torch in one upraised hand and his tail is replaced by the business end of the cocktail pick. No doubt, the picks were intended to remind one, rather tongue in cheek, of the sin of drinking! Each pick is fully hallmarked for Barker Brothers Silver Ltd. The picks are presented in their original velvet- and silk-lined fitted case.
  • Origin: Birmingham, England, 1929.
  • Condition: picks are excellent; box is very good with minor discoloration to the velvet lining.
  • Dimensions: picks, 3-17/32” long.
  • Weight: 26.8 grams.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Furnishings : Accessories : Pre 1940 item #1402068
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$295.00
A French Art Deco cocktail pick set in the unusual form of a large snail accompanied by a pair of baby snails. The snail is usually alone or perhaps with just one smaller one. They are worked in chrome and are set on a mahogany base. The design is by the famed French Art Deco illustrator Benjamin Rabier, who had a side gig designing entertaining barware. The twelve picks have red bakelite finials. Sets such as this were used on bar and café counters to serve cocktail garnishes, canapés, or even escargot.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1930.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Dimensions: 6-7/8” x 3-1/8” x 4-1/4”.