Antique Silver Shell Servers – Beach Dining with Style


Antique Silver Shell Servers – Beach Dining with Style

Before there was money, there was silver and before that, there were shells. Antique silver shell servers add so much more than bringing the beach to 

your table. Antique silver shell servers are a reminder of our history as a species, our love of nature and the incredible forms it manifests.

Long ago, our oldest ancestors began trading and the means of exchange were cowrie shells. Men and women adorned themselves with shells in an attempt
to make themselves more attractive. Christians, Hindus and Buddhists have all attributed shells with religious significance. We’ve come a long way
since then, but shells still play a part in many of our lives. Antique silver shell servers add elegance and fun to our dining experience. They come
in forms that reflect the limitless imagination of Nature and humanity. They come in every shape and size and almost regardless of your means, you can
find an antique silver shell server to suit your pocket.


Napoleonic Salt & antique silver shell server

Napoleonic Salt & antique silver shell server

This marvellous French silver open salt and it’s accompanying antique silver shell shaped salt shovel are a miracle of fine workmanship and the
durability of beautiful workmanship and design. 200 years old, it will bring joy and pleasure to every meal that you share with your family and


Antique TIffany Sterling Silver Tea Caddy
Antique TIffany Sterling Silver Tea Caddy

The name Tiffany conjures up elegance, style, quality and class. Don’t feel out of your depth: Use a caddy spoon like this and voila! you turned a
simple cuppa into a beautiful event. Tiny spoon for scooping up tea with a beautiful fluted silver fan shell forming




Tiffany Sterling Silver Asparagus Server

Tiffany Sterling Silver Asparagus Server

Another example of Tiffany’s quiet elegance is this asparagus server. Patented the year Victorian died, it was made later during the 20th century,
proving that good taste and fine dining are not a thing of the past. Beautiful central shell and feathery design to impress your guests even if your
souffle flopped.
Some of the most imaginative silverware created during the late Victorian era was created by the Gorham Manufacturing Co. Of it’s justifiably admired
creations, the top of the line are the silver shell shaped servers.


Gorham Antique Sterling Silver Server

Gorham Antique Sterling Silver Server

Here is a Gorham antique silver shell server spoon that really brings the beach to your table. Arts and Crafts or Aesthetic look, it combines sterling
silver with gold wash and a combination of garden foliage and marine life that only the wildly imaginative Victorians would dare to combine. While
leaves and tendrils wind around the sea-shell-shaped bowl and stem, a crab creeps along the arching handle. Absolutely marvellous! Dig in to your
fish soup or crab stew with this encouraging utensil.







Gorham Narragansett Silver Server

Gorham Narragansett Silver Server

The crem de la crem, no pun intended, is this Gorham Narragansett Ideal olive server also made in the 1880′s. Fish, a variety of sea shells and even
the carbuncles that cling to old marine stones and coral are represented on this superb antique sterling silver shell server. It simply doesn’t get
better than this.
Today, we shared a number of antique sterling silver shell servers. Marine life and especially sea shells are represented in a wide variety of dining
accessories which we love and will discuss on another occasion. Meanwhile:
Soup up your daily dining; Add pezazz to your dinner and bring home the beach.

She sells silver sea shells on the sea shore.

8 dangers of Buying Antique Jewelry at Auction by Brenda ginsberg ( Reblogged)


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Buying antique jewelry at auction sounds like a lot of fun. It is, but the process is also fraught with pitfalls and traps and I will tell you about some of them today.

Today, auctioneers, especially the big famous auctioneers have set themselves as gods apart. Prices realised at their sales are astronomical – well over what I consider retail. This remains a mystery to me for the following reasons.

1. Most auction houses provide a single, postage-stamp sized ‘photo. It is taken by a professional photographer, trained to make the item look great. They do not show multiple angles; they do not show flaws; they do not show faults. What you see, is not what you will get.

2. While the professional staff at some of the well-known auction houses are incredibly arrogant about their level of knowledge, even they are apt to make mistakes. I have bought items…

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The Great Recession: JPMorgan Chase to pay $2bn in Madoff probe


Madoff masterminded a massive and long-running so-called Ponzi investment fraud which came to light in 2008

People pass a sign for JPMorgan Chase at its headquarters in Manhattan on October 2, 2012 ( Spencer Platt (Getty/AFP) )

JPMorgan Chase, the US bank used by Bernard Madoff who masterminded the biggest fraud on record, has agreed to pay about $2 billion to US authorities to avoid litigation, press reports said Monday.

Madoff masterminded a massive and long-running so-called Ponzi investment fraud which came to light in 2008 as the financial crisis gathered speed.

At the time of its collapse in 2008, Madoff Securities claimed it had about $65 billion in client assets, whereas in fact it had only about $300 million.

The fraud ruined many investors and stoked public anger over the causes and consequences of the crisis.

Reports in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, citing people close to the matter, said JPMorgan Chase would announce the settlement this week.

The Wall Street Journal said: “The bulk of the fines are expected to be routed to victims of Mr. Madoff.”

JPMorgan Chase, the biggest US bank by assets, was the main bank used by Madoff for more than 20 years.

The sources quoted by the two papers said the bank had agreed to pay up to close criminal and civil investigations by federal authorities which suspected that the bank had ignored signs that Madoff was operating a fraudulent scheme.

The New York Times said that the expected announcement would take to $20 billion the total amount paid by the bank in the last 12 months to settle various government investigations.

The paper noted that the bank had declined to comment on its report but had insisted that all of its staff had acted in good faith.

The various authorities involved also declined to comment.

The New York Times also reported that in a highly unusual move demonstrating the extreme gravity of the case, the settlement would include a deferred prosecution agreement suspending criminal action provided that the bank acknowledged the facts against it and changed its behaviour.

The expected settlement indicated a new conciliatory stance by the bank, the report said, adding: “Within the bank, there is growing impatience among executives who worry that the scrutiny distracts from its record profits.”

However, the bank was the target of recent bribery investigations by US authorities over its practise of hiring in China the children of people among the country’s ruling elite, the newspaper noted.

In 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison.

His Ponzi or pyramid scheme was based on using money from incoming investors to pay high returns to longer standing investors. When the financial markets collapsed and investors withdrew their funds, the Madoff illusion was exposed.

The liquidator of the Madoff business, Irving Picard, had begun action against the bank with a claim of up to $20 billion in damages, but a federal judge and then an appeal court rejected this action, arguing that only investors who had been deceived could launch them.

However, that procedural issue is now before the Supreme Court.