All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1110201
“Oval Thread” was very popular during the coin period. At that time, knives were not made to match the pattern but were purchased separately, and this one went with many patterns. The picture shows 6 knives, but only 5 of them are coin – the 6th is plated and is included at no charge as a “completer.” The knives have no structural problems – no bends or burrs or pitting. There is softening of the surface design on one side – I expect that a monogram was removed and that side wa...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1064624 (stock #X2587)
The fish slice / knife / server as it evolved in the 19th Century took the form of its blade from the body of a headless and tailless fish. John Westervelt's interpretation includes an engraved medallion head inscribed in a roundel on the handle, very likely that of Oceanus, whose body was that of a fish. This piece is decorated by neo-classical motifs – acanthus, dart-and-egg, floral sprays – in engraving, bright-cutting, and engine-turning. The twisted handle is thick and adds strength...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1910 item #1111028 (stock #X2327)
Hanau, Germany, was a center for silversmiths from the mid-19th century to the first decades of the 20th century, and whose major works involved copying or recreating antique styles in flatware and holloware. Its special status allowed it to be free of the marking system that was incumbent on all other German cities, and many are not completely known today. This tea strainer is typical of Hanau work – Renaissance elements, such as putti with bows and arrows, torches, birds frolic in an idyll...
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 1970 item #1057032 (stock #B2588)
Animals – hounds, squirrels, rabbits, and foliage – oak leaves, acorns, berries – decorate the plated handles of this youth knife and fork, with pond lilies and fish on the fork's reverse. The stainless knife blade is marked “Mirrorstele,” (a trademark name registered to Reed & Barton since 1926) and “Reed & Barton.” There are shallow scratches commensurate with age, but the pattern is crisp and there is no indication of wear through the plate.
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 1940 item #1068815
Nordic silver of the 20th Century is in a class of its own – attempts to copy it seem to fall short. This spoon embodies the the frequent simplicity of plain and flat surfaces relieved by something organic and sculptural often encountered in modern Danish patterns. The handle's length and width are emphasized by a sharp, straight line down the center, terminating with a curved, bowl of flowers. The shape of the bowl echoes the curves of the flower bowl, which could be sitting atop a column...
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 : 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 : 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 : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1080181
At a hair under 8.5 in., this spoon was probably a place spoon. The handle is delicately engraved to create a field containing bright-cut foliage. The maker was the Norsk Filigransfabrikk (1889-1910) whose mark is on the back, together with 13-1/2 indicating the Loth content, equivalent to 826 fine silver, or 82.6%, as a guarantee. Since the Norwegian marking system was changed in 1891 to eliminate the Loth, this spoon was made between 1889 and 1891. There is no damage to the spoon. It has ...
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 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 : Pre 1900 item #1091933
Simple but elegant and classic, the cannon handle of the knife is topped with a finial that echoes the tip. The handle is engraved with what appear to be a sort of diapering of dart-and-egg motifs along the shaft, with a border of acanthus. The blade is also classic, with engraved foliage relieving the otherwise plain surfact. The knife is marked with V Christesen --for Vilhelm Christesen whom, in 1846, opened a large factory in Copenhagen -- the mark of Simon Groth, the Danish assay ward...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1065692 (stock #X2584)
The pattern is an unnamed one (although sometimes called 'Queen of the Sea' to distinguish it) attributed Philo Gilbert of New York, ca, 1860, but seldom sold with his mark. Rather, a multitude of retailers – including Gorham and Shiebler – have appeared on examples of this pattern; these are marked with New York City jeweler Giles, Wales & Co. This was a full-line pattern having everything from place pieces to large and small servers. The condition is excellent – no tine wear, no scra...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1080422
Introduced in 1888, the D&H Louis XIV pattern incorporates rococo elements found in patterns of the same period by other major makers in the US and Europe, though more restrained in its display of gently curving tendrils and suggestions of shells. The pattern is double-struck. This dessert spoon is in excellent condition, with no dents, nicks, or bends. The finish is excellent. A script monogram of EJM is lightly inscribed on the front of the spoon. The back of the handle is marked with ...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1091936
Durgin's 'Bead' is a full-line pattern introduced in 1893 – a very substantial pattern having a tipt end and outlined with fine beads. This is a fine example, with long tines giving the fork a sense of elegance. Condition is excellent, and there is no monogram. Marked with the Durgin logo, its length is 4-7/8 in., and it weighs 12 grams.
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1064630 (stock #X2510)
The death of George Washington is usually credited with this variation in the austere taste in silver that was popular in America at the end of the 18th Century. With the otherwise rounded corners of the spoons beveled to suggest a coffin, this style is considered by many as a uniquely American invention. Longer, more pointed bowls complete the visual suggestion of length from the straight handles of the 7 spoons. The downturn at the (reverse tipt) ends of the handles is slight, the only reli...
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