Most unusual example of a fine Art Nouveau silver card case. Rambling vines along with daffodils in high relief are upon the cover of the case. The case, with its spring mechanism, opens to reveal a beautifully fitted interior of moire silk. Each side has a gusset pocket to hold a card. The form accommodates modern- day-size business cards. Impressed marks for 800 fine silver along with maker stamp: Germany circa 1900. 2 5/8" W., 4" L.
A beautifully interpreted pair of Vienna Secession-design candlesticks made by WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) in Germany circa 1910. Clearly a Josef Hoffmann influence with lobed and beaded elements. Firm's marks beneath each. 5 7/8" H., 4 1/8" W.
Whimsical figural cigar cutter in the form of a monkey designed by Igantius Taschner, Germany (1871-1913), known for his animal sculptures. Lift the steel monkey's tail, insert cigar and guillotine design drops tip into hammered copper bowl beneath. A fine example for the collector of cigar cutters; circa 1905. 7" W., 4 1/4" H., 4 5/8" H. (tail extended)
A pair of basket-form sterling silver salt cellars have foliates in relief. Each salt, with its cobalt-blue liner, is accompanied by its own spoon. All fully hallmarked: Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1905. 2 1/4" W., 1 1/4" H' 2 1/4" L. spoons
Lovely Anglo-Indian sterling silver frame with a curved design. The frame has detail of elephants among trees in high relief. Wooden easel back. Silver of this genre was made in the Lucknow region on India, early 1900's. 5" W., 6 1/2" H.; 3 1/4" W., 4 3/4" H. photo
Elegant, large, sterling silver magnifier. The long handle has a hand-chased spiral-foliate pattern in relief. Hallmarks: Hilliard & Thomason, Birmingham 1899. 4" W., 10 1/4" L.
Beautiful antique sterling silver magnifier with a lovely swirl grip handle. Mount upon the glass ring has a complementing pattern in relief as well as bead-edge detail. Hallmarks: Adie & Lovekin, Birmingham 1900. 3" W., 7" L.
Beautiful and bold Art Nouveau sterling silver frame. Undulating borders surround a hammered surface on the large form. Original lush velvet easel back. Hallmarks: Henry Matthews, Birmingham 1905. 8 1/2" W., 11 1/2" H., 5 7/8" W., 8 1/8" H. photo
Completely hammered wine bottle stand. The Vienna Secession-era stand was made in the Frantisek Bibus, known as Franz, workshop in Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) circa 1910. 2 1/4" H., 3 1/2" W.
Fine Gorham sterling silver whisky flask. The glass form is covered in basket-weave silver and is fitted with a convenient, removable drinking cup, gilded within. Top cap has a bayonet hinge and turns to lock or unlock. Marked with the firm's "caliper" date symbol for 1908 along with the famous Rhode Island silver workshop's hallmarks. 2 5/8" W., 5 1/4" H.
Tiffany patinated bronze Zodiac-pattern bookends. The pair depicts the twelve signs of the zodiac in relief. Impressed marks upon each. Tiffany Studios, New York 1091. Circa 1905. A similar pair illustrated in "Tiffany Desk Sets," by Holland, page 36. 6" H., 5" W.
Silver vodka cup engraved with foliate and architectural designs. Assay mark for Anatoly Appollonovich Artsybashev, Moscow 1889. Light gilding within. 2" H.
Wonderful marabou figural cigar cutter. Designed by Ignatius Taschner, Germany (1871-1913), known for his animal sculptures. The hammered brass bird has a guillotine-design steel beak. Raise beak, insert cigar into the eye, drop beak to cut, and allow cigar tip to fall into waiting copper bowl beneath. Clever and whimsical. Germany circa 1905. 4 3/4" W., 5 3/4" H., 9" H. (beak extended)
WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) Art Nouveau basket with florals and berries in relief upon its rising sides. A figural winged maiden fashioned as the handle. Designed by Albert Mayer, circa 1907. Firm's marks beneath. 6 3/4" W., 3 1/2" H.
Handsome classic design English sterling silver flask. The practical, discreet size has one curved side to comfortably fit a hip or breast pocket. Bayonet feature on its top, locking cap. Hallmarks: Charles S. Green, Birmingham 1918. 3 1/8" W., 4 1/4" H.
Lovely, romanticized Art Nouveau wine bottle stand from the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany, circa 1907. Flowing florals rise above a series of six fish as they swim through wave-like Art Nouveau tendrils. Workshop marks beneath. 3" H., 4 3/4" W.
Nice quality antique sterling silver flask in desirable, discreet size. Drinking cup removes from bottom for convenience and cap has bayonet-hinge design. Cup is gilded within. Hallmarks: James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield 1895. 2 1/4" W., 3 3/4" H.
Sweet Art Nouveau snuff, or pill box with crisply details florals. The abundant designs are in relief upon both sides of the rounded form. Gilded within. Stamped boar mark for 800 fine silver as well as maker mark. France circa 1900. 1 5/8" W.