George W. Shiebler & Co.

The silver wares of George W. Shiebler stand out for their unique motifs, heavy weight, and quality craftsmanship. The Baltimore native established himself in New York and Brooklyn as a leader in the silver business and his biggest fault has been claimed to be that the silver was “too good!". He quickly acquired other silver flatware makers folding their patterns into his own business, as in the Corinthian pattern flatware service that holds marks of John Polhamus (1833 – 1874) and Shiebler.

During his lifetime, Shiebler sold his wares to the finest jewelry and silver retailers in America, including Tiffany & Co., Theo B. Starr, Shreve, Crump & Low, and J.E. Caldwell & Co., from his showroom studio on the third floor of the Union Square Decker building, which still stands as a national landmark. When his short-lived firm, incorporated in 1892 and dissolved a short 18 years later in 1910, was acquired by new owners, a stipulation required the original casting dies to be destroyed because the exceptional weight and quality were deemed unprofitable.

Silver was not Shiebler’s only interest and his 1920 obituary in The Brooklyn Eagle references his autograph album in the headline. A subject of much intrigue, the extensive album with signatures that Shiebler acquired in his fortunate position as a successful silverware manufacturer disappeared at a dinner and then was recovered two years later at The Yale Club in Manhattan.

Shiebler established himself with his many unique flatware patterns and later his jewelry and novelties. Etruscan and Homeric medallion pieces with an oxidized finish are perhaps the most recognizable Shiebler pieces today. However, he also favored fine enamel, Renaissance revival, and Japanesque designs. Many well-heeled homes would have had a paper knife/letter opener prominently displayed on a desk with ink well and pen.

Auction Results George W. Shiebler & Co.

GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Etruscan paper knife | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Etruscan paper knife

estimate: $700–900
result: $4,550
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Art Nouveau mermaid paper knives, set of two | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Art Nouveau mermaid paper knives, set of two

estimate: $600–800
result: $3,750
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Corinthian flatware service | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Corinthian flatware service

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $3,500
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Etruscan and Egyptian paper knives, collection of three | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Etruscan and Egyptian paper knives, collection of three

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,600
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Etruscan, Greek, or classical letter openers, collection of six | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Etruscan, Greek, or classical letter openers, collection of six

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,500
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Corinthian ice cream service and serving pieces | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Corinthian ice cream service and serving pieces

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,500
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., tableware, collection of twenty-nine | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

tableware, collection of twenty-nine

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,250
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Corinthian serving pieces, collection of seventeen | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Corinthian serving pieces, collection of seventeen

estimate: $900–1,200
result: $1,875
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Corinthian serving pieces, collection of twenty-seven | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Corinthian serving pieces, collection of twenty-seven

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,875
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Aesthetic Movement paper knife | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Aesthetic Movement paper knife

estimate: $500–700
result: $1,750
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., letter openers, collection of eleven | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

letter openers, collection of eleven

estimate: $1,000–1,200
result: $1,625
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., holloware items, collection of twenty-one | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

holloware items, collection of twenty-one

estimate: $600–800
result: $1,625
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., holloware, collection of seven | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

holloware, collection of seven

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,375
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Japonesque paper knives, set of two | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Japonesque paper knives, set of two

estimate: $600–800
result: $1,375
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., collection of seven serving pieces | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

collection of seven serving pieces

estimate: $300–500
result: $1,216
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Acanthus desk accessories, collection of ten | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Acanthus desk accessories, collection of ten

estimate: $600–800
result: $1,216
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Medallion spoons, collection of eight | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Medallion spoons, collection of eight

estimate: $400–600
result: $1,188
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., letter openers with snakes, collection of five | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

letter openers with snakes, collection of five

estimate: $700–900
result: $1,125
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., tea accessories, collection of six | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

tea accessories, collection of six

estimate: $500–700
result: $1,105
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., collection of six letter openers | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

collection of six letter openers

estimate: $600–800
result: $1,063
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Art Nouveau paper knives, collection of three | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Art Nouveau paper knives, collection of three

estimate: $200–300
result: $896
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., animal form letter openers, collection of three | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

animal form letter openers, collection of three

estimate: $700–900
result: $896
GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO., Art Nouveau letter openers, collection of five | ragoarts.com

George W. Shiebler & Co.

Art Nouveau letter openers, collection of five

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $875
, enamel works, collection of five | ragoarts.com

enamel works, collection of five

estimate: $500–700
result: $845