All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1034463 (stock #1067)
The elaborate hollow handles of this lovely set speak for their Victorian origins, balanced by traditional sterling blades. These were likely part of a set, but large for a fruit / dessert set at 8.5 inches (knife) and 7.4 inches (fork). Hallmarked for London 1849 (knife) and 1852 (fork), the maker could have been either George W. Adams or George Angell (identical marks). Other than very slight roughness on the blade of the knife which needs to be mentioned for clarity, the overall condition ...
All Items : : Pre 1900 item #1034510 (stock #2415)
These 6.4 inch tongs (0.78 inches across the arch) bear the mark tentatively ascribed by McGrew to Hall, Hewson & Brower of Albany NY (ca. 1846-52). The graceful fiddle form is decorated with a crisp basket of flowers motif and terminates in textured talon claws. The finish is excellent and the weight is 46 grams. There is no monogram.
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1034525 (stock #2526)
These are older D & H Pointed Antique / Broad Antique knives – introduced in 1895 – with stainless French Modern replacement blades marked “Brilliant.” They are 9-1/8 in. long and bear a lovely Arts & Crafts monogram. They are marked only “sterling handle” which is very common for knives, but I got them with several other pieces of Dominick & Haff of the same vintage with the same monogram, so I'm comfortable with the identification. Two handles rattle sometimes, but are quite fi...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1034956 (stock #227)
Nice example of Gorham's multi-motif pattern introduced in 1890. The French style implied by the pattern's name has Rococo elements that go well with the heart-shaped bowl which has a repousse “rat tail” extending nearly to its tip. There is a very, very faint remnant of a monogram D, but it's so shallow and worn (not removed) as to be almost indiscernible. Marked simply with the Gorham logo and the word “sterling.” The condition is excellent. Length is 7.25 inches and the weight 42 ...
All Items : : Pre 1900 item #1034961 (stock #2510)
The organic qualities of this lovely sterling pattern brought out by Whiting Mfg. Co. in 1885 never fail to please. The design of the fork's handle is crisp as the lily blossoms emerge in a wonderful bas-relief from the leaf that holds them as it comes to a soft point. A light but even gold remains on the tines. The length is 6.5 inches and the weight is 30 grams. It is marked with Whiting's logo, “Sterling,” and the retailer, H. Zimmer. There is no monogram.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1034969 (stock #2515A)
Beautiful stuffing or basting spoon in the “Louis XIV” pattern first patented in 1847 by John Chandler Moore. It was variously produced by John Polhemus (Polhamus) and Henry Hebbard, all of whom sold through Tiffany prior to Tiffany's own silver production. This must have been an early example because it's not marked “sterling” as most other pieces made for Tiffany were; rather, it is coin. There is a monogram WCA. The double-struck pattern is crisp, and scratches are only very superf...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1035319 (stock #2526)
The 6 spoons (8.1 inches) are in one of the most traditional patterns of theWestern world, originating in Germany in the late 18th century: the “Fiddle Thread” or “Fadenmuster”. They are 800 fine, or 80% pure, silver. Peter Bruckmann & Sons was located in Heilbronn, Germany, from 1805 until 1973 and enjoyed prestige as one of Germany's finest makers. It's hard to know where these fit into Bruckmann's production history, but from the bowl shape and their strong tips, I'd guess around...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1910 item #1035322 (stock #2277)
This fork is an example of a prolific maker of reproduction pieces that were marketed around 1900 – coinciding with the rise of the Arts & Crafts movement – as hand-made items based on antique forms. The mark on the underside – (925)(000) – is a uniform mark on all pieces I've ever seen. Some are plain, and some are decorated with a wreath, ribbons, and a shield like this fork. All pieces appear to be heavy and a tad awkward in their execution. The question is, why? It may well be...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1837 VR item #1035602 (stock #1457)
The Old English form of the 6 sterling spoons is dressed with a lovely and traditional diamond hand-cut and engraved design by highly respected London silversmith Thomas Dealtry who was entered into the goldsmiths' registry in 1765. They are hallmarked for 1802 with the mark Dealtry registered in 1799. The spoons are 5 inches long, and their condition is very, very good. There are no dents or pits, and no bends to the handles, which have an appropriate (and attractive) Gothic 'P' monogram. B...
All Items : : Pre 1900 item #1036950 (stock #B1981)
The Zephyr pattern, introduced by Wood & Hughes in 1870, was made with a variant – this one – that was without flanges on the handle, revealing a Pointed Antique form. The double-struck pattern (that is, it appears on both the front and back of the implements) is delicate, with a sort of thread enclosing a suggestion of filigree in the midsection of the handle. The condition is very good, with only very, very superficial scratches. There is a monogram of MHB in beautiful script, and on th...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1036953 (stock #X2567)
This charming lemon fork has a handle with gold lemons and green leaves cut out on the handle which terminates in traditionally splayed tines. The condition is excellent, the enamel intact, without scratches or bends. Length is 4.75 inches and the weight is 8 grams.
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1036954 (stock #X2567B)
This lovely little fork is probably a place fork – ramekin? Pickle? Dessert? At 5.4 inches, it seems a bit short for anything else. It could be used as a small serving fork. The pattern dates to 1898 – 3 years before Howard Sterling Co. went into receivership. The handle has a fluted texture from which spring acanthus leaves forming the lacy architecture of the remaining handle. The ovate blade of the fork is simple but graceful. There is no monogram. The surface and form are in excel...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1036956 (stock #X12234)
The Classical elements of Gorham's Pompeii pattern – volutes, acanthus, anthemion – are as crisp as when they were new, with no heel, knife, or stacking scratches. Amazing that these four dinner-size (7.5 inch) forks could have survived over 150 years with no monogram! They were likely made in the year the pattern was introduced (1868) because they are coin (Gorham phased out coin silver in 1868) and they have 'Patent Applied For' which assures an early production. Weight is 212 grams.
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1037186 (stock #B1814)
The Engraved Lily pattern was a somewhat standard bright-cut pattern – that is, it was made by several makers and was very popular ca. 1885. The lily blossoms follow the curvature of the handle, punctuated with diamond cuts. This youth set is marked with Sterling and the name of Harris & Schafer, a respected Washington DC retailer, which is unlikely to have been the maker. The set has been used but not abused. Wear is a very, very slight but even loss of crispness to the pattern, most likel...
All Items : : Pre 1900 item #1037188 (stock #X2364C)
Clematis is a lovely pattern introduced by Gorham in 1885. It was first acid-etched – that is, the pattern is revealed by etching of the surface with an acid bath – and the details were then hand- engraved to provide the multi-textured surface that is characteristic of this pattern... there is the sense of a vine that follows the form of the spoon's upper handle, with the leaves and flowers springing from that vine. The almond-shaped bowl terminates in a point and retains a light but even ...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1037189 (stock #X2234)
This simple and beautiful coin silver serving spoon from a fine old Boston maker is in wonderful condition – an Oval Thread handle balanced by an elegant teardrop bowl, with almost no scratches at all – clearly well cared for in its 150 years – no dings, dents, or bends to be seen or felt. The front of the handle is engraved with the name Abbott in Gothic lettering, and it's 8-5/8 in. long. Weight is 66 grams.
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1038965 (stock #X1084)
“Bead” is one of those early coin patterns that was made by several makers, although the earliest association is with John Polhemus / Polhamus, ca. 1850. This design appears on the underside as well as the top and is marked simply Jones, Ball & Poor, a Boston maker / retailer, as well as a small and faint script monogram, Cheever. The condition is quite good, with light age-related wear – no bends or dents or pits. The length is 5.4 inches, the bowl is 1-15/16 inches and weighs 18 gra...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1038967 (stock #X2387A)
The Chrysanthemum pattern was introduced by Gorham in 1885, together with many other bright-cuts that were emerging at that time. The bright-cut pieces were hand-engraved – no two are exactly alike, and were labor intensive. The bowl of this attractive sauce ladle has chrysanthemums engraved in the acid-etched bowl as well. There are no monograms or removals, scratches or bends or dings. The length is just under 6 inches (hard to measure!) and the weight is 34 grams. The mark is the Gorha...
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