Some Edwardian silver odds and ends to keep around on the sideboard for your next banquet. Charles Stuart Harris & Sons Ltd. British silversmiths. Starting in 1817, they merged with I. Freeman and Company in 1933.

Flared cylindrical trophy vase on a domed foot with gently waved gadrooned lower body. 1900. Made in London. Silver. Image © Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers. Fair use license. via
Pair of bon bon dishes. 1886. Silver. Chased decoration with gilding. Makers marks: Full hallmarks struck to the surface of each dish. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via
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Bachelor three piece tea set. 1886. Silver. Maker’s marks: Fully hallmarked. Image © 2020 Fair use license. via
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Presentation bowl with applied and chased decoration. 1895. Silver. Maker’s marks: full hallmarks. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via
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Openwork bread basket decorated with a pearl rim. 1900. Silver. Maker’s marks: Hallmarks for Great Britain, London, and Charles Stuart Harris. Image © 2020 Fair use license. via

Tableware fit for a tsarina whenever she comes to visit. Russian. Late 19th century. All grand.

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Serving spoon with a curved shape, decorated with a floral motif in partitioned polychrome enamel. Engraved “HBE.” Before 1896. Made in Moscow. Makers marks: Hallmark 88, Moscow, before 1896. Goldsmith hallmark for André Kuzmichoff and inventory number: 3348. Antip Kuzmichoff, goldsmith (active 1856-1897). Image © Etude Coutau-Begarie and Fair use license. via
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11 teaspoons, decorated in a beaded floral motif in polychrome enamel with partially enameled handles. Before 1896. Made in Moscow, Russia. Makers marks: Hallmark 88, Moscow, before 1896. Vermeil and polychrome enamel. Goldsmith’s hallmark for Antip Kuzmichoff (active 1856-1897). Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via
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Four dessert forks, decorated with a floral motif i partitioned polychrome enamel on a matte gold with partially enameled flat handles. Made before 1896 in Moscow. Vermeil, polychrome enamel and gold. Makers marks: Hallmark “84”, Moscow, before 1896. Goldsmith’s hallmark for Ivan Saltikoff (active 1884-1897). Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie. Fair use license. via

Animal tableware. All in silver or silver plate. Hush and maybe they’ll start to moo and buzz.

Emperor penguin sugar sifter. No date. Silver plate. Maker not known. Image © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. and Canonbury Antiques. Fair use license. via
Pair of English cow creamers and a Continental articulated fish snuff box. Late 19th-eartly 20th c. Silver. Makers not known. Image © Grogan and Company, Boston and Fair use license. via
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Honey dish in the form of a honey bee with wings that lift to reveal the honey held in the glass body. ca. 1920. British. Electroplated. Probably made by Mappin and Webb. Image © waxantiques – 2019. Fair use license. via

Antique champagne coolers to use at your next party. You can never have enough. Silver and from France. Where else. One is much later and in aluminum but I can’t resist putting it in.

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Multiple bottle champagne cooler with swan handles with wing detail on the body of the cooler. Engraved “Champagne Taittinger” on both sides. No exact date. Silver plate, discovered in Paris. Maker not known. Image © 2017 LAURIER BLANC. Fair use license. via
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Magnum champagne cooler old and distinguished golf club in the South of France and was designed to resemble half a golf ball. 1950. French. Silver plate. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via
Champagne or wine cooler for two bottles with an ice container in the middle that was taken from a restaurant. Mid 20th c. French. Maker not known. Image Catawiki © 2020. Fair use license. via
Rabbit motif ice bucket or wine cooler with gold tone paws and eyes. 20th c. Aluminum. Arthur Court, maker. Image © 2020 Showplace Antiques. Fair use license. via

Antique spill vases. Spills were twists of paper that you would use to light your pipe or melt sealing wax back before there were matches. Every home needed two or three. Different materials and designs.

Staffordshire spill vase in the motif of two children sleeping with a bird watching over them with tufts of hand modeled foliage in the various branches. mid 19th c. British. Ceramic. Handpainted with gilt around the base. Image © Rogues’ Hollow Antiques, 2019. Fair use license. via
Pair of spill vases. 1901. Edwardian. English. Sterling silver with weighted bases. Makers marks: matching hallmarks for Birmingham 1901 with the silversmiths marks for John S. Pullinger & W. J .Myatt & Company. Image ©2020 Fair use license. via
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Pair of spill vases. 1900. Jugendstil/Art Nouveau. German. Pewter. Orivit, maker. Makers marks: stamped “ORIVIT” on the base with “2165”. Image © 1996-2020,, Inc. Fair use license. via
Pair of Staffordshire mare and foal spill vases. ca. 1850. Ceramic. Image © 2020 Chairish, Inc. and Apropos Antiques, Henrico Virginia. Fair use license. via

Silver sugar tongs or nips. Edwardian, a time when novelty table and desk décor was all the rage. Fun.

Wishbone motif sugar tongs with a spring loaded hinge. Monogrammed “HBW.” Vintage. American. Sterling silver. Gorham Silversmiths, maker. Image © 1998-2020 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via
“Dutch doll” sugar tongs. Marked for London 1933. Silver. Maker not known. Image © Jeremy Astfalck/The Old Corkscrew. Fair use license. via
Skeleton sugar tongs. Late Victorian. Silver with ruby and emerald eyes inset on both sides. Maker not known. Image © Toovey’s Auctions and Fair use license. via

A few accoutrements for your dining table in case the Prince Regent stops by for a whiskey or two. From Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, goldsmiths to the king.

Ice pail from the Grand Service made by royal silversmiths Rundell, Bridge, and Rundell for King George IV of England. 1827. Silver. Makers marks: Hallmarked by Phillip Rundell, London. Image source Rau Antiques. Cc0 License 4.0. via,_Bridge,_and_Rundell.jpg
Six light centerpiece. combining winged sphinxes and lion motifs with a cornucopia and the three graces of the Classical style. 1815. British. Gilt bronze and cut glass. Makers marks: Stamped “Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.” © 2020 RICHARD REDDING ANTIQUES LTD. Fair use license. via
Pair of claret jugs, each of the bodies matted and flat-chased with anthemions and tendrils below a frieze of stylised grape-laden vine leaves, with the handles springing from bearded masks and each surmounted by an eagle. The covers with cast grape and matted leaf finials and engraved with the royal arms of King William IV. One by John Bridge for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. in 1833. The other by John Sparkes Tapley for John Tapley and Company and dating to 1835. Both jugs having been retailed by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. William IV silver. 1830s. Silver gilt. British. Makers marks: Undersides engraved with a coat-of-arms, motto, supporters and baron’s coronet, and stamped “RUNDELL BRIDGE ET Co. AURIFICES REGIS LONDINI”. Inscribed “From His Most Gracious Majesty to Thomas Lord Ducie 1834.” Image © Sotheby’s 2020. Fair use license. via

Art Nouveau/Jugendstil silver and pewter made by JP Kayser & Sohn AG which was located in Krefeld, Germany. Opening their first foundry in 1844 they finally went out of business in 1930. In 1900 their work earned a gold medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle.

Art Nouveau vase in white metal. ca. 1900. Designed and signed by Hugo Leven probably for J. P Kayser Sohn. Leven did a lot of their design work. Image © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via
Jewel casket. ca. 1900. Silver plate. Image © 2014 Dorian Frank. Fair use license. via
Inkwell and pen tray, modeled as a bobsleigh with sculptured four men team on board. ca. 1900. Art Nouveau. Silvered pewter. Probably designed by W. Zwick. Marked with the Kayser and Sohn logo. Image © 1998-2020 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via

Pastille burners. Mostly antique. So much more fun than air fresheners but they do the same thing, burning pellets to scent up your house and cover up the cabbage smell coming out from the kitchen.

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Pastille burner with dolphin supports, rosso antico with black decoration. Still has the original lid and interior stand. ca. 1810. British. Ceramic. Wedgwood, maker. Makers marks: Stamped “JOSIAH WEDGWOOD” on the underside, along with an extremely rare mark, probably associated with trials of a new pyrometer or kiln. Image ©, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via
Pastille burner and cover. ca. 1820. Pierced porcelain with enamels and gilding. Derby Porcelain Factory, Derby, maker. Makers marks: “D” under a crown and crossed batons, “11” in red, and an incised cross. Image© Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Fair use license. via
Pastille burner with swan supports. ca. 1820. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Richard Gardner Antiques. Fair use license. via
Trefoil shaped pastille burner, each corner cast as a grotesque mask and supported on a claw foot. Comes with a detachable pierced cover and liner. 20th c. Italian. Silver. Makers marks: Stamped “BREBONZIO” and “800” underneath. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via

How to dress up your table so you can do your best to live up to it. So much more fun than the other way around. Some little silver trinkets made in Paris by French firm Paul Canaux Et Cie, all of these dating to around 1900.

Sugar or jam bowl. ca. 1890-1900. Egyptian Revival. Cobalt blue Baccarat crystal with sterling silver mounts. The cover having a laurel wreath grip. Makers marks: Minerva 1st title and punch of goldsmith of Paul Canaux et Cie. Image © GSLR Antiques and proantic. Fair use license. via
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Bonbon service set, comprising, from left to right, a bonbons or candy spoon, sugar tongs, candied fruit fork, and strawberry spoon. The pieces being etched with a beautiful Rocaille floral scroll and seashell design. ca. 1900. Sterling silver and vermeil with the tines and spoon bowl covered in gold. Hallmark for Minerva 1-1st title – 1838 -1911 – Paris. Maker’s marks: ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Paul CANAUX & Cie. It shows a P and a C followed by cie, with an Anvil underneath. Image © 2020 SILVER ART BY D & R. Fair use license. via
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Cruet set comprised of a silver mustard pot and three silver salt cellars, the silver with designs of roses, palm foliage, and grapes. 1892-1911. Sterling silver with cobalt blue glass liners. Image © Robert Massart 2010 and the Association of small collectors of antique silver – ASCAS. Fair use license. via