English bronze door knocker with cold-painted detail in the form of Tom Chrudd, known as Old Boots. This knocker depicts the famous "boot boy" from the 18th-century Unicorn Inn of Ripon in Yorkshire, carrying a boot jack and a pair of slippers. He had a nose and chin so long that he was able to hold a coin between them. He was tipped for his service, upon which he grasped the coin in that fashion. England circa 1890. 4" L.
Lovely silver jigger with a repousse design of interlacing florals. The detailed Art Nouveau jigger was made by the well-known Wilhelm Binder workshop of Schwabisch Gmund, Germany, circa 1900. Gilded within. Firm's marks beneath, along with 800 Fine Silver mark. 2 3/8" H.
High Art Nouveau bronze letter opener. Beautifully cast, interlacing vines and flowers adorn the elegant opener. An Art Nouveau maiden with cascading hair is upon the top. France circa 1900. 8 3/4" L.
Bold and beautiful Art Nouveau wine or beer jug made by the well-known Orivit workshop in Cologne, Germany circa 1904. The tall pewter jug has a finely detailed eagle upon its front. The beak-form front of its hinged cover opens to offer a pouring lip. The wide base has undulating peacock-feather forms in relief. Photo of an example is pictured in "Orivit, Zinn des Jugendstils aus Koln," an early Orivit catalogue, page 100. 13 1/2" H.
Art Nouveau sterling silver frame has curving sides along with an undulating, curved top. Pendant floral bouquets and vines are in relief upon its borders. Hallmarks: Boots Pure Drug Co.; Birmingham 1909. 6" W., 7 7/8" H.; 3 1/2" W., 5 1/4" H. photo
Stunning Art Nouveau silver beaker is finely engraved with rambling flowers and vines. Two butterflies among the foliates complete the elegant form. Hallmarks include Minerva head for the first French standard of 950 Fine Silver; maker Claude Doutre Rousse, Paris circa 1895. 3 1/8" H., 2 5/8" W.
Lovely sterling silver Art Nouveau photo frame. An Alphonse- Mucha-inspired maiden is in relief upon the undulating form. Rambling flowers and vines, along with a butterfly, adorn the romanticized design. Hallmarks: R.U. & Co., Birmingham 1907. 5 3/4" W., 6 5/8" H., 3 3/4" diameter photo.
Extraordinary Art Nouveau wine or Champagne cooler is a punch bowl as well. The hammered copper cooler has pendant grapes, leaves and vines in high relief. Fluid brass whiplash handles are upon its sides. The stunning form, with an undulating rim, becomes a punch bowl when its original olive green crystal liner is placed within. The complementing cover has an undulating brass florette, along with vines, and rests upon the crystal liner. A bottle can also be placed into the liner along with ice if desired. Made by the Carl Deffner workshop in Esslingen, Germany circa 1900. Deffner produced Jugendstil design of the highest order and his works are represented in the collection of the Brohan Museum in Berlin. 9 1/2" H. to handles, 12 3/4" H. overall, 12 1/8" at handles
Fine set-of-six sterling silver shot glasses. The Arts & Crafts two-handle trophy- cup-form shots are each fully hallmarked: Finnigans Ltd., London 1904. The famous silver workshop retailed their wares in Manchester and London and rivaled Asprey at turn-of-the-century in England. Beautifully presented in original fitted, satin- and velvet-lined case. 1 3/4" H., 2 1/2" W. each
Extraordinary English sterling silver Art Nouveau card case. A distinct Alphonse- Mucha-influence maiden is in high relief upon its front. The profile, with cascading hair and elaborate headband, is reminiscent of Mucha's depictions of Sarah Bernhardt. Floral and scrolling patterns in relief further enhance the lovely case, which accommodates a present-day, business-card size. Hallmarks: Clifford & Norris, Birmingham 1902. 2 3/4" W., 3 7/8" H.
Elaborately detailed, hand-chased scrolling florals cover the lovely snuff box. The hinged top has a vacant oval cartouche with an engraved border. Gilded within. Hallmarks: Colin Hewer Cheshire, Birmingham 1888. 1 1/4" W., 1 7/8" L., 1/2" H.
A fine figural Art Nouveau pewter Champagne cooler. A lovely, romanticized maiden harvests grapes from their vines. She hovers above a detailed relief scene of mountains, castles and the Rhine Valley, which is depicted around the circumference of the vessel. Naturalistic relief grape leaves and stems form opposing handles. A truly extraordinary example of Art Nouveau made in Germany circa 1900. 11 3/4" H., 7 1/2" W. at top, 9" W. at base
Vienna Secession basket designed by architect Hans Ofner (1880-1939) and made in the Argentor workshop in Austria circa 1905. Crystal liner rests within rounded frame displaying gitterwerk elements upon its circumference as well as its open handle. Ofner studied with Josef Hoffmann at the Kunstgewerbescule. He went on to create Vienna Secession interiors along with fine metalwork, furniture and jewelry. An Ofner gitterwerk vase by Argentor is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 7 1/2" H., 5 1/2" W.
Tudric pewter butter dish designed by the famous Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. circa 1902-05. The open tri-handle form, with its stylized honesty leaves in relief, has its original Powell glass liner. Impressed marks beneath with model number 0162 Tudric. An example pictured in "Archibald Knox," by Stephen A. Martin, page 208. 5 5/8" W., 1 1/2" H.
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.
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.
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.
Sterling silver English snuff box with a repousse design upon the oval form's top as well as sides. The box has chased accents and crimped-edge detail. Gilded within. Hallmarks: Deakin & Francis, Birmingham 1899. 3/4" H., 1 1/4" W., 3" L.
Lovely Victorian sterling silver box with floral and scroll repousse decoration upon the top as well as sides. The elegant box is further enhanced with chasing and crimp-edge detail. Hallmarks: George Nathan & Ridley Hayes, Chester 1895. 3/4" H., 1 3/4" W., 3 7/8" L.
Rare sterling silver cocktail jigger presented to Herbert Hoover. Dedicated: Herbert Hoover from Elise Cobb Wilson, Issoudun, April 16-1919. Hoover, our 31st president, held office during Prohibition 1929-33. Prior to his position in office, he was part of the delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919. Issoudun was a U.S. flight training facility in France at that time. Elsie Cobb Wilson, an influential, highly regarded interior designer with a studio in Washington, DC, was in Hoover's circle. Made by Towle silversmiths in Massachusetts. 2" H.
Interlacing Art Nouveau tendrils and flowers adorn the brass jug, or pitcher. A flaring pouring lip and rivet-applied curving handle complete the bold form. Made in the Thomas Sankey & Sons workshop in England circa 1905. 6" W., 11" H.
Sterling silver tray has a golf club perched upon its top. Bottom of the tray is glass. Hallmarks for Birmingham 1905. 1 1/8" H., 2 7/8" W.
Charming narrative bronze. A young boy in a waistcoat and cap lights a lantern. He carries a jug and flask. Patina has golden highlights. Figure stands upon a variegated marble base. Germany circa 1900. 4 1/2" H.
Lovely gilded bronze quatrefoil-form jewel box. Bead-edge top has a detailed pattern. Applied florals in relief, along with a silvered and gilded figure group, further enhance the cover. Sides have acanthus designs. Velvet lined. France circa 1900. 1 1/2" H., 2 3/4" W., 4 1/4" L.
Magnificent bottle stand by the WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop. Three nude sea sirens clasp hands as they encircle the stand among choppy rising waves. A tripod support of lily pads and flowers upholds the stand with pendant grapes festooning above. Workshop marks beneath. Germany circa 1907. 4 1/4" H., 5 1/8" W.
Interlacing, high Art Nouveau rambling vines adorn the wine bottle stand. A central maiden with cascading hair in the manner of Alphonse Mucha is upon two sides of the stunning design. Made by the well-known WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) in Germany circa 1900. Impressed marks beneath. 3 1/4" H., 4 1/8" W.
Lovely romanticized Art Nouveau box from the famous WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop of Germany, circa 1907. Flowing florals rise above a series of six fish as they swim through wave-like, Art Nouveau tendrils. The cover features a wave-like flowing orchid with fish emerging from its form. Gilded within. 1 3/4" H., 3" W.,4 1/2" L.
Lovely Jugendstil bottle stand with three sections of florals in relief. Reticulated elements rise above each section. The elegant stand was made in Germany circa 1900. 3 1/8" H., 3 7/8" W.
Pair of fine figural Art Nouveau candelabra. Polished pewter maidens representing Day and Night. One figure with eyes gazing forward while the companion gazes downward. Naturalistic lily pad bases support the whispy figures each grasping vine-like stems; candle cups rest at their top. Made by Argentor in Austria circa 1905. Firm's marks upon bases. 13" H, 6 3/4 W".
Fine Bruckmann silver four piece coffee and tea service designed by Josef M. Lock. Each vertically lobed piece with tiered dome top mounted with ebonized wooden handles is hand-hammered; cream & sugar with gilded interiors. Made in 1919 in the renowned Bruckmann & Sohne workshop in Heilbronn, Germany. 800 Fine Silver as well as firm's marks and retailer beneath. Another example of this service is in the permanent collection of the Brohan Museum in Berlin. Pictured page 77 in the museum's book "Metallkunst." Peter Bruckmann, director of the silver workshop was the first president of the Deutscher Werkbund founded in 1907. Dimensions: 7 3/4" H. Coffeepot; 6 3/4" H. Teapot; 4 1/4" H., Creamer; 4 3/4" H. Sugar
Nineteenth-century, hinged wine bottle holder. The lovely, classic design opens to allow placement of the bottle and when closed, handles meet to allow pouring. The silvered holder has hallmarks of the William Hutton & Sons workshop of Sheffield circa 1890. Accommodates Pinot Noir-, Chardonnay-, Syrah- type bottles. 10 1/4" H.
Edwardian chased sterling silver snuff box. Top has scrolling, chased foliates around a central leaf-form cartouche. Gilded interior. Hallmarks: Adie & Lovekin, Birmingham 1904. 3/8" H., 1 1/2" W., 2 1/2" L.
Lovely, undulating Art Nouveau brass photo frame. The fluid design has interlacing strapwork as well as curved elements. An unusual example, European circa 1900. 7 1/4" W., 9 1/2" H; 4" W., 6 1/2" H. photo
Very fine, large WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) Art Nouveau wine or Champagne cooler. Each of the tri-form sides depicts in high relief a different castle from the Rhine and Mosel Valleys. The castles are nestled among naturalistic landscapes in deep relief as well. Three pierced handles adorn the top section. Firm's marks beneath. Made in Germany circa 1900. 11 1/2" H., 9 1/4" W. at handles
Lovely oval, hammered brass tray made the the well-known WMF (Wurttembergisch Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. Reticulated rivet-and-strapwork Art Nouveau handles complete the design. 9 1/4" W., 16 1/2" L.
Quite elegant wine or Champagne basket caddy. The silvered holder has beautiful reticulated work as well as bead-edge detail. Made in England circa 1910. 4" W., 9 1/4" L., 7 3/4" H.
Stunning high Art Nouveau wine bottle stand. Reticulated whiplash Art Nouveau florals and vines ramble about the form. Pinched wave edges complete the design, which is supported by a raised bevel foot. Made in Germany circa 1900. 3 1/8": H., 4 3/8" W.
Stunning Secession design. The body of the copper wine or Champagne cooler is hammered. The brass top with its openwork patterns has Secession florette, as well as geometric forms. Energetic flanking brass handles have a central bead element. Made in Germany circa 1905. 9 3/4" H., 11" W.
Lovely double-end silver egg cup decorated with detailed panels depicting open-winged eagles and florettes. Stamped 1st standard Minerva mark for 950 Fine Silver along with maker mark. France circa 1890. 1 5/8" W., 2" H.
Simply beautiful American Arts & Crafts sterling silver tea strainer. The bold design with its hammered handle has rivet-and-strapwork in relief upon the top. The strainer, with workshop marks for the Frank Whiting Co., is influenced by the Shreve & Co. silver 14th Century Crusader pattern. Massachusetts circa 1910. 2 7/8" W., 5 7/8" L.
Lovely old Sheffield plate wine funnel with a gadroon-wave border. The hand-pierced strainer completes the design and detaches for cleaning. Sheffield circa 1830. 3 1/2" W., 5" L.
Tall Art Nouveau wine, or Champagne cooler. The elegant, bold form has open, sweeping handles with Vienna Secession elements. Stylized Jugendstil florals are in relief within a panel about its circumference. The nickel-on-brass cooler was made in Germany circa 1905. 11 1/4" H., 9 1/2" W. to handles
Lovely British cocktail tray with open sweeping Art Nouveau handles. The round form has applique work beneath the extended handles and is supported by three bun feet. Made by John Collyer in Birmingham circa 1905. 14" W.
Lovely Art Nouveau vesta, or match cover, made by the well-known WMF (Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik) workshop in Germany circa 1900. An Art Nouveau maiden with cascading hair, reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha, is upon its front. Illustrated on page 119 in the reprint of the WMF 1906 catalogue published by The Antique Collectors' Club. 1 1/8" W., 1 3/4" L.
Lovely classic English rectangular tray with rounded corners.The rising curved border has fluted banding. Flanking open handles have a foliate relief design along with fluted detail. Made by James Dixon & Son in Sheffield circa 1910. Bears retailer mark for Finnegans of Manchester. 16 1/2" W., 26 3/4" L.
A raised, pierced gallery surrounds the large, oval tray. Chased borders have foliates along with spiral designs upon its surface. Cast, notched handles flank the form, which is supported by bun feet. Made by Walker & Hall in Sheffield circa 1890. 16 1/2" W., 27" L.
The large oval-format tray is extensively chased with cascading garlands, medallion and foliates. The sides have a pierced, raised gallery. A central shield is chased with complementing designs along with urn elements. Decorative cast handles flank the tray which is supported by six bun feet. Made by James Dixon & Sons in Sheffield circa 1890. 18" W., 27" L.
Scarce, hallmarked sterling silver flask funnel. The small funnel, with its fluted stem, was made by Sampson Morden, London 1919. 1 1/8" W., 1 7/8" L.
Scrolling ribbon-like vines and orchids in relief float about the elegant, large Art Nouveau sterling silver frame. The design is enhanced with a textured background and a central scrolling cartouche upon the top. Hallmarks: Walker & Hall, Birmingham 1903. 9 3/8" W., 11 3/8" H.; 5 7/8" W., 7 7/8" H. photo