Published: May 18, 2004
April was a banner month for Dennis Auction Service.
On April 3 the gallery had its most successful auction and on April 1 silver hit an all-time high when exceptional sterling silver hollowware and flatware from various New York and New Jersey estates sold in 350 lots, including 30 lots of fine jewelry.
Continental silver and coin silver included Tiffany, Cartier, Gorham, Georg Jensen, S. Kirk, Dominick and Haff, T.B. Starr and Mappin Webb. Many early hallmarked pieces were also offered and several lots of silver plate brought high prices.
The top lot of the sale was an important 1892 Gorham five-quart covered entrée dish that was made especially for exhibition at the 1893 World’s Fair Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The piece was originally part of a set; at the close of the exhibition each silver maker that worked on it was given a piece of the set. The inscription of the notable Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo appeared on the bottom of the piece.
Other rdf_Descriptions of importance included a six-piece Gorham repousse tea and coffee service having a swing stand with burner, 170.9 troy ounces that was dated 1895 and achieved a final price of $7,475. Two sterling silver hammered console bowls, 111/4 by 6 inches high, 50 troy ounces, brought $1,380 and a 14-inch by 7-inch Franklin Mint heavy sterling silver bicentennial bowl with 24 karat gold wash sold for $2,013.
A price of $1,265 was paid for a Georg Jensen sterling silver side-pour teapot with ivory handle and finial, 18 troy ounces, and a 103/4-inch horn handled sterling silver tyg presented in 1911 for a 50th Anniversary of T. Shriver & Co brought $1,380. A handsome 241/2-inch sterling Reed & Barton “Hampton Court Shield” serving tray, 103 troy ounces, sold for $1,840 and a price of $2,300 was achieved for a pair of unusual six-light Danish sterling silver candelabras, 67.8 troy ounces.
Several sets of important flatware were offered. Chief among them was a 98-piece Theodore B. Starr sterling sil-ver flatware set with a Dominic & Haff maker’s mark, 166 troy ounces, that sold for $5,865. A 130-piece Danish sterling silver flatware service made by Frigast, Denmark, 216 troy ounces, reached a price of $2,875.
Another set that generated keen interest was a Mapin & Webb silver set of flatware with the original dovetailed fitted box, London-Sheffield, 132 troy ounces, which also brought $2,875. A 95-piece Tiffany & Co set of flatware in a mahogany box, 185 troy ounces, sold for $3,335 from a phone bidder and an exceptional Tiffany & Co makers sterling silver berry spoon with a pea and pod design achieved $1,610.
A select group of jewelry featured an 18K gold diamond brooch with seven round old European-cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.7 carats and nine single-cut diamonds that sold for $2,070. Two phone bidders battled it out for a platinum flip watch with 4.7 carats total diamonds and pearls resulting in a final price of $2,300. Pocket watch collectors found an 18 karat gold key wind 21-jewel large chronometer balance pocket watch marked M.L. Matile, Locle, circa 1840 that realized $1,150.
Prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
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