Modern Sterling Silver

Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Large and Modern English Sterling Silver Box
By Adie Brothers
Located in New York, NY
Large and modern English sterling silver box large and modern sterling silver box. Made by Adie Bros. In Birmingham in 1954. Rectangular with spread base. Cover hinged, flat, and rai...
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Vintage 1950s English Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

English Modern Small Square Sterling Silver Box
By Skinner & Co. 1
Located in New York, NY
George V sterling silver box. Made by Skinner & Co. in London in 1925. Square with rounded corners. Cover hinged, tabbed, and gently curved. Box and cover interior cedar lined. Box u...
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Vintage 1920s English Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Smart English Modern Sterling Silver Box
By Charles S. Green & Co.
Located in New York, NY
George V sterling silver box. Made by Charles S. Green & Co., Ltd in Birmingham in 1925. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover hinged, tabbed, and gently curved. Box and cover inter...
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Vintage 1920s English Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Italian Lace Up Chain Bowl or Wine Caddy Barware Vintage
This very special timeless and hallmarked Italian hand forged sterling silver corset and lace up chain bowl has the great influence of fashion. The lace up chain of a corset is quite...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Unique Sterling Silver Chess Set on American Walnut board by Michael Benstead
Hallmarked in London in 1988 by Michael Robert Benstead, this sterling silver chess set is unique and quite beautifully made from sterling silver and silver gilt on an American walnu...
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Vintage 1980s English Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Set of 10 American Sterling Silver Mint Julep Cups by Manchester
By Manchester Silver Co. & S. S.
Located in New York, NY
Set of 10 sterling silver mint julep cups. Made by Manchester in Providence. Each straight and tapering sides, and reeded rim and base. Fully marked. Six cups numbered 3759 and 4 cup...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Bertel Gardberg Silver Creamer and Sugar Bowl with Tongs
By Bertel Gardberg
Located in New York, NY
Bertel Gardberg (1916-2007) has been called the father of Finnish Silversmithing. His works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in many importan...
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Silver Salt and Pepper Set by Wiener Silber Manufactur
By Wiener Silber Manufactur
Located in New York, NY
Silver salt and pepper set by Wiener Silber. Wiener Silber Manufactur uses a special alloy that contains 94% by mass of silver (Sterling silver, by comparison, only contains 92. 5% o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver

940 Silver Salt and Pepper Set by Wiener Silber Manufactur
By Wiener Silber Manufactur
Located in New York, NY
Egg salt and pepper in solid silver by Wiener Silber. Wiener Silber manufacture uses a special alloy that contains 94% by mass of silver (Sterling silver, by comparison, only contain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver

Cartier Super Stylish Sterling Silver Wine Cooler
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Super stylish sterling silver wine cooler. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Oval with straight sides, and molded and arched rim. Front and back have embossed vertical geometric ornam...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

20th Century Modern Sterling Silver Wine Goblet London 2002 Richard Jarvis
By Jarvis
Located in 53-64 Chancery Lane, London
A silver parcel gilt commemorative goblet, London 2002, Richard Jarvis, the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, with chased heraldic decoration, The Lion of England, The Red Dragon...
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Early 2000s British Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Unique Necklet in Silver, 1930s, France
Unique necklet in silver, made in France, 1930s. Apart of the exhibition “Essenzialmente la Mano”/ “Just the Hand”, seen in the catalogue edited by Alfonso Pluchinotta.
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Vintage 1930s French Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver

Sterling Silver Italian Sculptural Ice Bucket Vessel Barware Buccellati Style
By Buccellati
Located in North Miami, FL
This beyond stunning Italian chased and woven sterling silver ice bucket champagne bucket and or vessel is sculptural and a beautiful conversation piece. It is folded and draped ster...
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Vintage 1980s European Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Limited Edition Sterling Silver Dolphin Pod Designed by M. King & Roger Squire
Hallmarked in London in 1998, by Roger Squires, this charming figural sculpture of a Sterling Silver Dolphin Pod, are modelled playfully leaping out of the water. The sculpture is fr...
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1990s English Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tranquility by International Sterling Silver Flatware Service for Six Set 41 Pcs
By International Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
Tranquility by International sterling silver flatware set, 41 pieces set. This set has a modern look with simple lines. This set includes: Six knives, 9 1/8" Six forks, 7 3/8" Six s...
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Vintage 1940s Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany American Modern Sterling Silver Picture Frame
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
American Modern sterling silver picture frame. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, circa 1920. Rectangular window and flat surround. With glass, silk lining, and velvet back and hinge...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Buccellati Grande Imperiale Dinner Set for 12 with 244 Pieces
By Gianmaria Buccellati
Located in New York, NY
Grande Imperiale sterling silver dinner set for twelve. Made by Gianmaria Buccellati in Italy. This set comprises 244 pieces (dimensions in inches): Forks: 12 dinner forks (8 1/2)...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Pampaloni Sterling Silver and Glass Sculptural Ice Champagne Bucket Barware
By Pampaloni
Located in North Miami, FL
This absolutely stunning and sculptural signed Italian Pampaloni sterling silver and glass ice and champagne bucket is vintage. It is like a web of sterling silver abstract form on t...
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Vintage 1970s European Modern Barware

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Sterling Silver

Lovely Rare Antique 1919 Birmingham Sterling Silver Handled Shoe Horn
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely small 1919 Birmingham made sterling silver handled shoe horn A very good looking well made and decorative piece, the handle is fully...
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Vintage 1910s English Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Very Rare circa 1940 Italian Sterling Silver Cigar Tube and Mexican Silver Tray
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Sterling Silver cigar set This lot comprises of an Italian sterling silver cigar tube and a Mexican sterling silver cigar tray. The ...
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Vintage 1940s Mexican Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Fred Hirsch Sterling Silver Tea Set 5-Piece 3-D Ebony 1900s Modernism 0844
By Fred Hirsch
Located in Big Bend, WI
Modernism sterling silver five-piece tea set marked #600 made by M. Fred Hirsch Co. of New Jersey, circa 1920-1945. The tea set features 3-D cast ball and leaf elements on the finial...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Set of 4 Frank W. Smith Sterling Silver Mint Julep Cups
By Frank W. Smith
Located in New York, NY
Four American sterling silver mint julep cups. Each: Straight and tapering sides, and reeded rim and foot. A nice starter set in the traditional form. Fully marked including stamp fo...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

American Modern Sterling Silver Double Diptych Picture Frame
By Web Silver Company, Inc.
Located in New York, NY
American Modern sterling silver double picture frame. Two hinged rectangular windows, each with flat surround. A special twosome show case. With glass, silk lining, and velvet back a...
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Set of 12 Tiffany Sterling Silver Squirrel Place Card Holders
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Set of 12 sterling silver place card holders. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Each: A squirrel with bushy tail and wary glance grips an acorn with tensile forepaws. An impuden...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Modern Soapstone and Sterling Silver Ash Tray Set with Labradorite Cabochons
Made in Sheffield circa 2000, this handsome and stylish, soapstone and sterling silver ashtray, features five Labradorite stones set around the top. The ashtray measures: 7" (29cm) i...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Modern and Heavy Sterling Silver Tea Tray
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver tea tray. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, circa 1908. Rectangular with curved corners and deep well. Molded rim and fluidly shaped ends with cutout lunette ...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Very Large Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Picture Frame
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Very large modern sterling silver picture frame. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular window with flat surround. With glass, silk lining, stained-wood back, and hinged silv...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Set of 6 American Sterling Silver Mint Julep Cups by Alvin
By Alvin Corporation
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 sterling silver mint julep cups. Made by Alvin in Providence. Each: Straight and tapering sides. Reeded rim and foot. A great starter set. Fully marked and numbered S251. To...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Large and Modern Sterling Silver Serving Tray
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Large and modern sterling silver serving tray. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular with chamfered corners and canted sides. Molded rim. Marked “Tiffany & Co. / Sterlin...
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Late 20th Century Portuguese Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

American Modern Sterling Silver Round Serving Tray
American Modern sterling silver serving tray, ca 1950. Round with fluid concave sides. Marked “Sterling”. Weight: 22.5 troy ounces.
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker Birmingham 1934 RW Burbridge for Harrods
By Harrods Ltd (Richard Woodman Burbridge)
Located in 53-64 Chancery Lane, London
Early 20th century antique George V sterling silver cocktail shaker Birmingham 1934 Richard Woodman Burbridge for Harrods A splendid sterling silver cocktail shaker made for the fam...
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Vintage 1930s British Modern More Dining and Entertaining

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Sterling Silver

Stylish and Modern Sterling Silver Desk Box by Tiffany & Co.
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Stylish and modern sterling silver desk box. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover flat and hinged with molded rim. Box and cover interior cedar-l...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Birks Modern Sterling Silver Portable Triple Picture Frame
By Henry Birks & Son
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver portable picture frame. Made by Birks in Canada, circa 1930. Three hinged frames. Each frame has rectangular window and flat surround with engine-turned wave o...
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Modern Oval Sterling Silver Picture Frame
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver picture frame. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, circa 1910. Oval window with flat surround. With glass, silk lining, and stained-wood back and hinged support...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Modern Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker Sheffield 2001 R Carr Ltd
By Carrs
Located in 53-64 Chancery Lane, London
A stylish plain formed sterling silver cocktail shaker designed with an elegant tapering body (bowl) and detachable into three snuggly fitting sleeved sections. Weight: 12.82...
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Early 2000s British Modern More Dining and Entertaining

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Sterling Silver

Modern Handwrought Sterling Silver & Malachite Box by New York Maker
By William Seitz
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver and malachite box. Made by William Seitz in New York, circa 1970. Oval with plain spread foot. Thick and tapering finial on oval ground mounted to flush malach...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Malachite, Sterling Silver

Buccellati Italian Classical Sterling Silver Caviar Bowl
By Buccellati
Located in New York, NY
Italian Classical sterling caviar bowl. Curved and tapering sides with swishing, twisting flutes and discreet stippled lunettes near flat rim. Detachable tripod open frame with flute...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Stunning Italian Modern Sterling Overlay Rattan Centerbowl
Stunning Italian modern sterling overlay rattan centerbowl, an exquisite mix of handwoven rattan, Willow and Reed of the 16-inch diameter bowl with thick sterling silver overlay.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Swedish Modern by Allan Adler Sterling Silver Flatware Set Handwrought 31 Pcs
By Allan Adler
Located in Big Bend, WI
Allan Adler (1916) was known as the "Silversmith to the stars". He was a Los Angeles Silversmith and son-in-law of noted silversmith Porter Blanchard. Allan Adler has a rich history ...
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Vintage 1940s American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Modernist Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Cellars Signed by Patricia von Musulin
By Patricia von Musulin
Located in New York, NY
This stunning set of modernist salt and pepper cellars were realized by the esteemed American designer Patricia Von Musulin. Realized in sterling silver, they offer amorphic ovoid bo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Mario Buccellati Modern Classical Sterling Silver Centerpiece Bowl
By Mario Buccellati
Located in New York, NY
Modern Classical sterling silver centerpiece bowl. Made by Mario Buccellati in Milan. Oval. Sides comprise bands with ribbon lobing and dense horizontal striation. Foot spread and sa...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Frame for Portrait or Landscape Picture
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver picture frame. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular window in flat surround. With glass, silk lining, and leather back and hinged support. For po...
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Late 20th Century North American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Jade by Contempra House Towle Sterling Silver Flatware Set 42 Pieces Modernism
By Towle Silversmiths
Located in Big Bend, WI
Jade plain by Contempra House (division of Towle) sterling silver flatware set of 42 pieces. This pattern was designed by noted Modernist midcentury designer, Earl Pardon, in the yea...
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Vintage 1950s American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Modern Classical Sterling Silver Cake Serving Pair in Case
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Modern classical sterling silver cake serving pair. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. This set comprises server and knife. Each handle curved and tapering with fluting and styli...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Bread and Butter Plates Matched, Set of 18
By International Silver
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This set of 18 matched sterling silver 6" diameter bread and butter plates were made by International Silver Company of Meriden, CT and have a classic design featuring a circular for...
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

American Modern Sterling Silver Box by Kerr
By William B. Kerr & Co.
Located in New York, NY
American Modern sterling silver box. Made by William B. Kerr in Newark, ca 1910. Straight and gently inward tapering sides. Cover hinged and rectangular with slight overhang. Box and...
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Early 20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Uccellati Sterling Silver and Murano Glass Pineapple Jam Jar
By Buccellati
Located in New York, NY
Figural pineapple jar in sterling silver and Murano glass. Made by Buccellati in Italy. Translucent and speckled golden-brown glass with softly textural diaper pattern. Interior soli...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Hallmarked Silver Bowl Vintage
This lovely hallmarked sterling silver scalloped bowl is from the 1980s. It is perfect for serving. The hallmarks on the back are X958F. This is bowl is from the 1980s. For serving t...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Set of 6 Tiffany American Modern Sterling Silver Goblets
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 modern sterling silver goblets. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Each: Conical bowl with knopped tapering stem and flat circular foot. Easy grip with nice balance. Fully m...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Handcrafted Sterling Silver Artichoke Salt Shaker and Pepper Mill by Missiaglia
By Missiaglia 1846
Located in New York, NY
Established in Venice in 1846, Missiaglia is one of the world's premier makers of the finest jewelry objects, as well as a select number of bespoke sterling silver tabletop accessori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Back to the 1960s with Set of 12 LBJ-Era Scearce Kentucky Juleps
By Mark J. Scearce
Located in New York, NY
Back to the 1960s with a set of 12 LBJ-era sterling silver mint julep cups. Made by Mark J. Scearce in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Each: Straight and tapering sides with beaded rims. Full...
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Vision by International Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service 44 Pieces, Modern
By International Silver
Located in Big Bend, WI
A set of vintage International sterling flatware in the pattern Vision designed by Ronald Hayes Pearson patented in 1961. This discontinued pattern features clean, modernism inspired...
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Barry Kieselstein-Cord Belt Buckle, Sterling Silver, Snake, Signed
By Barry Kieselstein-Cord 1
Located in New York, NY
Barry Kieselstein- cord belt buckle, sterling silver, snake, signed. Hallmarked: 234 ©B. Kieselstein-Cord, 1994.
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1990s American Modern Animal Sculptures

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Modernist Hallmarked Pitcher
This substantial and signed sterling silver modernist pitcher is fantastic. It has been professionally polished and looks like a piece of jewelry. It is so modern and transcends time...
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Vintage 1970s Mexican Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany & Co., Sterling Silver Ball/Sphere/Jewelry Box, Modern, Marked
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very pretty sterling silver Tiffany & Co. jewelry ball, box, number 35378 Weighted, 7.
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Vintage Cohr Casserole by Hans Bunde
By Carl M. Cohr, Hans Bunde
Located in Hellerup, Hellerup
Vintage sterling silver casserole with rosewood handle, designed by Hans Bunde for Carl M. Cohr of Aarhus, Denmark in the 1950s. The actual casserole measures 4 7/8" in diameter a...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Centerpieces

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Silver

Iconic Georg Jensen Henning Koppel Pitcher 992
By Henning Koppel, Georg Jensen
Located in Hellerup, Hellerup
A modern sterling silver Georg Jensen pitcher, design #992 by Henning Koppel from 1952, known as the "Pregnant Duck”. An iconic piece that's all about reflections. The amount of nega...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Modern Centerpieces

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Silver

Modern Silver Gilt Surtout De Table Designed by Barber & Osgerby for Mallett
Titled "Cidade" due to its futuristic cityscape design, commissioned by renowned antiques firm Mallett for their contemporary Meta Collection and conceived and created by the design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary English Modern Sterling Silver

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Britannia Standard Silver