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Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Vintage Pitcher in Silver and Crystal by Baracat
Located in Milano, IT
Gorgeous silver jug of Baracat production, late 1800s. The jug is made of worked and carved silver in the round base and spout, while the central body is made of glass. The spout o...
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Early 1800s Italian Antique Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Crystal, Sterling Silver

Classic Tiffany Mid-Century Modern Abstract Calla Lily Vase
Located in New York, NY
Classic Mid-Century Modern sterling silver vase. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. In form of abstract calla lily with asymmetrical mouth and irregular seam. Raised round foot. Mark...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Menorah
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century-Modern, sterling silver menorah, Israel, Ca. 1960's. Measures 7 inches high x 7 inches wide (at widest point x 2 1/2 inches diameter across base. Weighs 3.500 troy ounces...
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1960s Israeli Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

International Sterling La Paglia Silver Centerpiece Bowl Mid-Century Modern
Located in New York, NY
Sterling silver centerpiece bowl by International Sterling and designed by Alphonse La Paglia in mid-century modern Jensen style from 1952 with exquisite floral and geometric-shaped ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver, Silver

Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Centerpiece Stand Compote Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in New York, NY
Tiffany & Co. sterling silver centerpiece stand or compote in pattern 23665 from early 1950s and in exquisite Mid-Century Modern style with flowing design. It measures 5 1/2'' in hei...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Tjorn Sterling Silverware by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, Germany
Located in New York, NY
A set of sterling silverware in the Tjorn pattern designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. Priced per five-piece place setting. Up to 12 (twelve) place settings are available. Each ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Style Sterling Silver Condiments Set in Original Fitted Box, Asprey
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern style sterling silver condiments set in original box, consisting of a pair of salt and pepper shakers, an open mustard cellar and a matching mustard spoon, London,...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Sterling Silver Decanter Set with Hawkes Glass Bottles
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver decanter set. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Sterling silver frame with central pole on shaped base between two round and open wells. Pole ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver 1949 Ashtray in Mid-Century Modern Style
Located in New York, NY
Tiffany & Co. sterling silver ashtray from 1949 in pattern 23276 from 1949 and in Mid-Century Modern style. It measures , and bears hallmarks as shown. Founded in 1837 by Charles ...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Star by Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service 50 Pieces John Prip
Located in Big Bend, WI
Star by Reed & Barton sterling silver flatware set of 50 pieces. This stunning Space Age Modernism pattern was designed by John Prip and introduced by Reed & Barton in the year 1960....
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Bowl by C. Zurita Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely, elegant and large sterling silver Mexican bowl is hallmarked on the bottom C Zurita 925 Hecho e Mexico. It is from the 1940s. It has a graceful fleur-de-lis pattern on e...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Cartier Midcentury Georgian Sterling Silver Ice Bucket
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Georgian sterling silver ice bucket. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Urn with gadrooned and beaded borders. Capped and scrolled side handles and raised foot. Cover domed ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Midcentury Modern Sterling Silver Rectangular Tray
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver tray. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular with flat shoulder and curved corners. Fully marked including maker’s stamp and postwar patter...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Esprit by Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 8 Service 32 Pieces Modern
Located in Big Bend, WI
Esprit by Gorham sterling silver flatware set of 32 pieces. This set includes: 8 knives, 9" 8 forks, 7 3/8" 8 salad forks, 6 5/8" 8 teaspoons, 6". Storage chest is not included. ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Acrylic Cigar Lighter with Silver Band, Attr. to Astrolite, 1970s
Located in Budapest, HU
Acrylic or Lucite cigar lighter with a mark 800 silver band. Generally good condition, lighter is needs refill etc.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver

Sterling Uber-Modern Midcentury Candelabras
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are proud to offer this pair of three-branch sterling silver midcentury candelabras. They are uber-modern and futuristic. Different heights -10” and 7” and shapes— circular and sq...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

La Paglia International Sterling Silver 7-Piece Tea&Coffee Set MidCentury Modern
Located in New York, NY
La Paglia International sterling silver tea service with dark carved handles and beaded pattern. The set is in Mid-Century Modern and Georg Jensen style and has beautiful floral and ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver and Cobalt Blue Enamel Candlesticks
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern, sterling silver and deep cobalt blue enamel candlesticks, each having a pedestal base, Denmark, Ca. 1950's-60's, Meka - maker. Each candlestick measures 2...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver, Enamel

Gorham Sterling Yo Yo Toy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
For the person who has everything a sterling silver Yo-Yo. Works and is a great conversation piece.    
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Vision by International Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service 48 Pieces Modern
Located in Big Bend, WI
International sterling flatware in the pattern Vision designed by Ronald Hayes Pearson patented in 1961. This discontinued pattern features clean, Modernisn inspired lines and is fea...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Bowl No 878 Harald Nielsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen sterling silver bowl no 878 Harald Nielsen Measures Height 14.5 cm (5 45/64 in) diameter 26 cm(10 15/64 in) Weight 1382 gr/48.75 oz Item no.: 433639.
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Delta Bowl in Sterling and Ebony by Donald Colflesh for Gorham, circa 1970
Located in San Diego, CA
Spectacular "circa 1970 Delta Bowl" in sterling and ebony by Donald Colflesh for Gorham, circa 1960s. This rare piece is gorgeous and in very good vintage condition. Signed with impr...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Tray with Stylized Grape and Vine Motifs
Located in New York, NY
This beautiful sterling silver decorative tray was realized in Great Britain, circa 1950. It features a circular centre with rounded scalloped sides that offer stylized grape and vin...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sculptured Beauty by International Sterling Silver Flatware Service Set, 43 Pcs
Located in Big Bend, WI
Mid-Century Modern sculptured beauty by International sterling silver flatware set of 43 pieces. This set includes: Eight knives, 9 1/4". Eight forks, 7 1/4". Eight salad forks, 6 1...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Pair of Tiffany & Co. Sterling Dishes
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are thrilled to offer this pair of midcentury sterling silver dishes by Tiffany & Co. They are quintessential Mid-Century Modern with their sleek lines and uber-modern shape. The ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Very Large American Midcentury Frame for Portrait or Landscape Picture
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver picture frame. Rectangular window in wide flat surround. With glass, silk lining, and laminate back and hinged easel support for portrait (vertical...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Mid Century Modern Sterling Silver Box
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver box. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover flat, hinged, and overhanging. Box interior cedar lined. Fully marke...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Sterling Silver Frame for Portrait or Landscape Picture
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver picture frame. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular in plain flat surround. With glass, silk lining, and laminate back and hinged easel support for p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

"Harvesting Coffee," Remarkable, Unique Sterling Silver Jar, Castillo for Nestlé
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A remarkable piece of sterling silver artistry and commercial history, this pierced silver container was commissioned by the Nestlé company to mark a visit by its Board of Directors ...
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1980s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver

Set of 4 Sterling Stir Sticks / Straws by Riamond
Located in New York, NY
Set of four sterling silver drink stir stick, straws, having a long silver tube with leaf form bowl at the bottom. Marked Riamond Sterling. Priced and offered as a set.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Argo Fregat by Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service 60 Pcs Dinner
Located in Big Bend, WI
Rare Dinner size Argo Fregat by Georg Jensen sterling silver Flatware set, 60 pieces. This set includes: 12 dinner size knives, long handle, 8 7/8" 12 dinner size forks, 7 1/2" 12 ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Overlay Glass Vessel Lidded Vessel Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
The sterling silver design overlay over the clear glass makes this container perfect for serving or many uses. This could be used for serving jam. Would be fabulous in a bathroom set...
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1940s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Glass

Tiffany & Co. Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Box
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver box. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular with straight sides and crisp corners. Cover is hinged and flat with slight overhang. Box inter...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Midcentury Modern Berry Sterling Silver 3-Piece Coffee Set
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Modern sterling silver coffee set. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. This set comprises coffeepot, creamer, and sugar. Coffeepot: Baluster with s-scroll spout, stained-wo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Danish Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Shakers, ABSA
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern pair of sterling silver salt and pepper shakers, Denmark, circa 1950s, ABSA - maker. Each shaker is 3 inches high x 1 1/2 inches wide (at widest point) x 1 1/2 inc...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany & Co. Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Jewelry Box
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver jewelry box. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular with straight sides. Cover flat, hinged and overhanging. Cover top engraved with scatte...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Bird and Berries Midcentury Brooch, Norsland by Coro
By Coro Costume Jewelry
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
Round sterling silver bird and berries brooch, Norsland by Coro, stamped on the back with Viking ship and marked Registered U.S. Patent Office. The brooch is midcentury and dates fro...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Four Mid Century Sterling Silver Double Branch Candlesticks by J. Tostrup Norway
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This set of four double branch sterling candlesticks were made in the period and style of Mid-Century Modern and are signed by J. Tostrup of Norway. Each candlestick has a black enam...
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Mid-20th Century Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Pair of Tiffany & Co. Dishes
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury is all the rage and here’s why...these Tiffany dishes. Their shape and simplistic design is so chic and sophisticated. Image these beauties on your bar coffee table. So el...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Georg Jensen Cactus Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Shakers #629B
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Georg Jensen Cactus sterling silver salt and pepper shakers #629B. Measures 5cm and is in perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver

Celeste by Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware Set for 12 Service, 79 Pieces, Modern
Located in Big Bend, WI
Mid-Century Modern Celeste by Gorham, circa 1956 sterling silver flatware set of 79 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9 3/8". 12 forks, 7 1/2". 12 salad forks, 7 1/8". 12 teaspo...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Unusual Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Candlesticks By Gorham
Located in New York, NY
Unusual pair of Mid-Century Modern, sterling silver candlesticks (having a Danish influence), The Gorham Corp., Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1950s. 5" tall x 2 3/4" diameter at w...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Mid Century Sterling Silver Cocktail Set, Barware, Cocktail Shaker & Glasses
Located in London, London
Made circa 1950, this handsome and large, Mid-Century Modern, Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker & 6 Martini Glasses Set, is very stylish, and carries marks for Budapest in Hungary. The...
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1950s Hungarian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Cartier Sterling Martini Spoon
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are delighted to offer you this sterling silver Cartier martini spoon from the 1960’s. So chic and elegant, it’s a throwback to the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” period. Barware, espec...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Los Castillo Big Size Bottle Opener
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Original vintage silver plated Los Castillo Big Size Bottle Opener by famed Mexican silver artist Emilia Castillo. Unique hinged construction allow the fish to lay flat or stand curv...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Metal

Midcentury Period Sterling Silver and Glass Hors d'oeuvres/Caviar Platter
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern period, sterling silver and glass hors d'oeuvres/caviar platter, the Watson Company, Attleboro, Mass., circa 1950s. Glass dip/caviar holder (which is part of the p...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Midcentury Classical Sterling Silver Bowl
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury classical sterling silver bowl. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Round and curved bowl on 4 fluted scroll supports. Fully marked including pattern no. 23118 and director...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

1978 Anton Michelsen Gilded Silver and Enamel Christmas Fork and Spoon Set
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Danish gilded sterling silver and enamel Christmas fork and spoon set from Anton Michelsen of Copenhagen, Denmark. Vibeke Alfelt (1934-1999) created this "Solstice" design exclusiv...
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1970s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Large Tiffany & Co. Modern Frame for Portrait or Landscape Picture
Located in New York, NY
Large Mid-Century Modern sterling silver picture frame. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular window in flat and narrow surround. With glass, paperboard liner, and laminate ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Stuart Devlin, Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Candlesticks, London, 1974
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in London in 1974 by Stuart Devlin, this wonderful pair of Sterling Silver Candlesticks, have hand forged stems, and hand made cylindrical tapered filigree shades. Each ca...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

1969 Anton Michelsen Gilded Silver and Enamel Christmas Fork and Spoon Set
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Danish gilded sterling silver and enamel Christmas fork and spoon set from Anton Michelsen of Copenhagen, Denmark. Artist Ib Antoni (1929-1973) created this "Greenlander" design ex...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Crystal by International Sterling Silver Flatware Set 12 Service 62 Pieces
Located in Big Bend, WI
Exquisite Crystal by International, circa 1960s, sterling silver flatware set with modern design, 62 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9 1/4" 12 forks, 7 1/2" 12 salad forks, 7"...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

1950s Web Sterling Silver Embellished Trivet Plate + Macassar Ebony & Rosewood
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Made by Web Silver Company-sterling silver embellished rosewood decorative round wood trivet plate vintage circa 1950s Sterling over rosewood Macassar ebony wood....
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Donald Colflesh circa 1970s Contour Bowl
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Elegant vase designed by Donald Colflesh and manufactured by Gorham Silver Co. Part of the circa 1970s line designed in 1958, signed with impressed touchmarks and manufacturer's mark...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A great example of Mid-Century Modernism. These candlesticks have an unusual design, there are two oval pieces interspersed between three disc-shaped pieces. There is a sandwich look...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Tiffany Mid-Century Modern Frame for Portrait or Landscape Picture
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver picture frame. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Rectangular window in plain flat surround. With glass, silk lining, and laminate back and hinged ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Tea Service Designed by Gio Ponti for Reed and Barton
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A sterling tea service with sterling tray designed by Gio Ponti for Reed and Barton, pattern 440 "Diamond" the tray is #1574. The set consists of teapot 8.25 inches tall, coffee pot ...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

1960s Pair of Silver Caviar Bowls by Puig Doria, Spain
By Puig Doria
Located in Girona, ES
Pair of caviar bowls, sterling silver with glass little bowls, square decoration on base. Stamp: Star (Sterling silver in Spain since 1934) Weight: 287 grms (without glass) each Desi...
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1960s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver

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Sterling Silver

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