We're in the thick of the holiday season, and if you're looking for particular inspiration to welcome in 2012, we suggest you explore the fine silver antiques from the collection of Nelson and Nelson. Here's to a happy and healthy New Year to you and your family!
Turn your New Year's Eve supper into a exceptionally special occasion with this magnificent museum-quality sterling silver bowl, made circa 1884 by Whiting Manufacturing Co. It is superbly decorated with a fabulous repousse design of sea shells in the Aesthetic style. The assorted shells include a variety of scallops, clam-shells and oysters and have been artfully set against a background of seaweed and organic marine motifs. The hallmarked bowl is in excellent, pristine condition; the silver has a lovely soft and pleasing patina and the truly exceptional workmanship of the repousse work is clean and crisp with wonderful definition on all the decorative elements. For more information on this unique, one of a kind piece that is a "must-have" for any connoisseur of fine quality silver, click here.
Toast 2012 with this beautiful set of twelve sterling silver goblets in a wonderful Victorian design by the premier American silversmiths at Gorham, circa 1917. Each goblet stands on a circular, trumpet-shaped base and has a large, rounded cup. The base and cup have been elaborately chased and repoussed with grape clusters, vines, and leaves in high relief, rendered with various textures. The decoration frames a cartouche engraved with the initials TWR. The dynamic and exuberant decoration on this goblet resembles the Baltimore silver of Kirk & Sons and demonstrates the tremendous skill of the Gorham silversmiths. For more information, click here.
What's a party without a proper martini? This impressive late-19th-century Chinese silver cocktail shaker is chased and engraved with an allover genre scene on a stippled background. The lid is cork lined and the spout has a screw-off cover attached to the spout with a collar and chain. The shaker is hallmarked on the underside of the base with “C.J.”, sterling and a Chinese character mark. For more information on this true statement piece, which would be a focal point in any dining room or library, click here.