American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305667 (stock #2530f)
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An 1855 pattern often identified with Tiffany, which retailed it under its own stamp, "Oriental" was developed by John Polhamus and later produced by George Shiebler.

This 4 1/4" long, .4 T. oz., example is marked "H.H." for Henry Hebbard, Polhamus' contemporary and one time partner. Other marks include "Patent" and "Sterling."

It is in exceptionally fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no visible polishing wear...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century : Pre 1800 item #1305545 (stock #2529f)
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Important New York City silversmiths in their own rights, Thomas Underhill and John Vernon operated as a short-lived partnership in a common shop in New York City in the very earliest days of the American Republic, 1787-88.

This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.9 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon is marked with the "T.U" and "I.V" indicative of that partnership.

It has a rounded, "Reverse Tipt," down-turned, end and a pronounced drop on the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305444 (stock #2528f)
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An immensely well-received line featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., likely fish serving fork, however, are quite rare...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1305362 (stock #2527f)
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This 7" long, weighty, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert spoon is stamped "B&S.D" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt of New York City, with partnership dates 1820-35. It also carries a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies as unknown an New York maker.

It is a sophisticated piece, and all the more so for its early date. It is a "Kings" pattern, with a pronounced shell end with leafy borders. The backside heel of the bowl also has a shell imprint...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1305272 (stock #2526f)
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Adapted from a napkin ring, this 2" tall, 1 7/8" diameter, weighty at 1.6 T. oz., round holder would be well-suited for toothpicks.

It is Aesthetic in style, featuring two raised, parallel bands of bamboo stems and stalks set against a stippled background.

It is marked on the interior with the company "lion, anchor, G," emblem, "Sterling," the model number "1310" and date letter "M," for 1880...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305160 (stock #2525f)
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing an exceptional 2.5 T. oz., this dinner fork was made by Durgin and retailed by New York's "Theodore B. Starr," as identified on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Marechal Niel, dates from 1896. Independent from its heft, Marechal Niel is appealing because it is an outstanding design. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1305070 (stock #2524f)
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Marked with a duty mark, Hibernia, a harp, and G, for Dublin, 1827, and with "WC" for William Cummins, this sterling silver spoon variously described as a dessert, oval soup, or place piece measures 7" long and weighs a robust 1.7 T. oz.

It is a "Shell & Thread" pattern, with the motif appearing on the front and back sides of the handle, along with a shell on the reverse heel of the bowl.

There is an "animal head with branch" crest that is enough polished to be difficult to discern fully...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304972 (stock #2523f)
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An unusual diminutive size at 6 1/4" long, 4.8 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304828 (stock #2522f)
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Tiffany's 1870s "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers that grow on vines.

This fork and spoon are a matched youth set portraying gourds, with each one inscribed with the same "M.R.W." monogram of the original owner on the backside.

The fork measures 6 3/8" long and the spoon 6 1/4". Consistent with the line, they are heavy, weighing 1.2 and 1.1 T. oz. respectively.

They are in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains clear and ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1304763 (stock #2521f)
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Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" mark and the word "Coin," this master salt dates circa 1858 according to the Tompkins' benchmark book of open salt dishes.

It stands 1 1/2" high, has a maximum diameter of 2 5/8", and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

Round, it sits on three "lion's head with paw feet" legs. These are quite detailed and expressive, with the lion's strong face and abundant mane well portrayed. There is a beaded rim round the top, and an Old English "V.K.D." monogram on t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304558 (stock #2519f)
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A pattern originated by John Polhamus, the "Diamond" eventually became part of George Shiebler's stable of offerings.

This 6 1/4" long, almost .9 T. oz., sugar spoon is stamped with Shiebler's "winged S" identifier on the backside of the bowl. Other marks include the words "Sterling" and "Patent."

While a pattern with an antecedent, Shiebler brings his considerable design skills to this piece in the way he fashioned its singular bowl. Oval-shaped overall, it has a scalloped end, raised...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304334 (stock #2517f)
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Writing nearly three decades ago in his ground breaking work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffing describes John Polhamus as "one of the lesser-known giants of nineteenth-century New York silver." It can be argued that the modifiers "lesser-known" and "New York" could be removed from that sentence. He is today recognized as a major figure in mid 19th century, American, silver manufacturing.

This example of his work was his entry in the realm of "Medallion" patterns is a 5 7/8" l...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1304203 (stock #2516f)
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A partnership dating c. 1838 to 1854, Boynton & Woodford was a jewelry firm and importer located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Their mark appears on the backside of this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., coin silver cream ladle with a tipped end handle, the style of which places it early in the above date range.

Distinctions among plain coin silver pieces such as this are all about subtlety. For example, the handle on this is relatively long, which would have been utilitarian for sitting in a deep bo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304099 (stock #2515f)
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Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1895," this item is an early, fully original, and uncommon, bouillon ladle in "Chantilly."

Measuring 8" long and weighing just over 1.5 T. oz., it is intermediate in size, larger than a gravy, but smaller than oyster, soup, or punch ladles.

The handle is slender and graceful and leads to a 2 1/2" wide by 1 3/4 back to front by 1 1/4" deep, double spouted bowl. The bowl has a flanged and scalloped rim.

It is engra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1303402 (stock #2514f)
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In mint estate condition, this 6 3/8" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., pastry fork in Gorham's "Buttercup" is an early example.

Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

It is without a monogram or removal of same.

Pattern detail remains sharp and clear. The tines are even, straight, pointed, and free of nicks or burrs. The finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1303297 (stock #2513f)
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Identified by the marker "M2" set alongside the Whiting lion emblem and the word "Sterling," the pattern on this matched youth knife and fork is engraved on a rounded "Antique" handle with a reverse tipt end.

The engraving is Aesthetic in manner, which is consistent with the 1884 date of this design. The backsides are plain, save for elegant, feathered script "ARF" monograms.

The 7" long knife is solid silver while the four-tine fork measures 6 1/8". The two together weigh 1.8 T. oz., ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1303209 (stock #2512f)
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The mark "B09" was adopted by the well-regarded Arts & Crafts silversmith George Blanchard when he established his own workshop in Gardiner, Massachusetts, independent of Arthur Stone for whom he worked until that date. He was joined by sons Porter and Richard, with Porter moving to California in 1923, shortly to be followed by his father and brother.

This example is a 6 3/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., horseradish spoon in the "Cornwallis" aka "1800 Square" pattern. With its angular end w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302962 (stock #2509f)
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Not readily found, this 5 1/2" long, just above .8 T. oz., fork is variously identified as terrapin or ramekin. To be sure it could serve either purpose.

It takes its character from the fanciful, scalloped shoulder, cupped heel, bowl with four short tines.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo. This piece embodies some of the style elements of these schools. It has an asymmetrical shape d...

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