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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1394387 (stock #3752f)
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$75.00
Marked with Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd," this 8 1/4" long, 2.2 T. oz., solid silver, tomato server is an early production example of "Fairfax," introduced in 1910.

It has a broad, flat, blade, with extensive piercing and a cupped heel area.

With a line Old English "R" monogram on the handle, the piece is in outstanding estate condition. It is free of polishing wear, bends, or damage, and has a warm, even, finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394319 (stock #3751f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this sardine fork is delicately scaled and delicately rendered.

The pattern "Palm" by Frank Whiting, embodies an Aesthetic sensibility. It is a floral and leaf design with a large fan or spray element at the terminus that evokes the pattern's namesake palm leaf. The design is raised, lending it a chiseled or sculpted quality.

The backside of the handle is plain, save for the marks, which are Frank Whiting's "W in a circle" emblem, "Sterling," "...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394248 (stock #3750f)
Old Friends
$325.00
Illustrated and identified in Gorham's 1888 catalogue as an "olive spoon and fork," this 12" long, 2.0 T. oz., piece embodies the aesthetic sensibilities of the period, evidenced by its naturalistic form.

The full length of the handle is nubby, slightly twisted, and stem like. The bowl is virtually a leaf, with piercings that resemble veins, and a surface that is engraved with additional leaves.

The applied olive and two leaves attached to the stem appear to grow out of it, and appear full...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394168 (stock #3749f)
Old Friends
$105.00
The 1870s produced an abundant flowering of appealing designs from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes, of which "Zephyr" is one.

This 8 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz., serving spoon is a particularly fine example of the pattern, and fine piece overall.

Moorish or Renaissance Revival in style, with a repeating motif on the mid and lower portions of the handle, the pointed end has fins or wings that suggest an arch and thereby lend the design an architectural quality.

This area is plain and i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394114 (stock #3748f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Featuring a pharaoh or sphinx-like figure flanked by ibis birds at the handle end, and papyrus leaves midway down, Whiting's "Egyptian" issued in 1875 was an expression of the Egyptian Revivalist movement of the period.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, .7 T. oz., sugar spoon with a shell bowl finished in a gold wash.

It is engraved "Jenny" in script set sideways on the handle.

In excellent condition, it retains all the original fine line detail of the pattern. The bowl is free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394046 (stock #3747f)
Old Friends
$250.00
Price for the set of six.
Variously referred to as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this flat handle, solid silver blade, form was employed during the middle of the 19th century, supplanted in the later 19th century by hollow handle knives such are still in use today.

This grouping, dating circa 1865, each measures 7 3/4" long, with the six combined weighing a relatively heavy 9.6 T. oz.

Stamped "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." for the prominent Boston firm, and "925" for sterling, these have a form of "Bead" pattern se...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1394019 (stock #3746f)
Old Friends
$90.00
The story of Gaylord Silvercraft, c. 1920-45, links to famed American Arts & Crafts silversmith William Waldo Dodge, and more particularly his wife and teacher, Margaret Wheeler Robinson.

The workshop was founded at the Wallingford, Connecticut, Gaylord Farm (tuberculosis) Sanatorium and served as part of the occupational therapy and vocational training program available to patients. Considerable information can be pieced together about this operation from online and published sources....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1393993 (stock #3745f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Dating from 1879 as indicated by the date letter "L" stamped on the inside wall, along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," this napkin ring stands 1 3/4" high, is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 1.0 T. oz.

It is model number "1295" and features "Arabesque," i.e. Moorish, pattern banding on either side of a plain, slightly concave, center ring that is inscribed "Hattie."

It is in very fine condition, retaining excellent pattern detail free of polishing wear. The patina i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393909 (stock #3744f)
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$65.00
A pattern developed by New York City's Henry Hebbard, "Mask" eventually became a standard line offered by Whiting.

This 5 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., mustard ladle is an early production piece marked "H.H." for Hebbard, "Patent 1859," "5," and with the name of the retailer, New York's "A. Rumrill & Co."

A period piece with gadroon and leaf detailing similar to "Armor" by Hebbard's sometimes partner John Polhamus, and another kindred pattern by contemporaneous John Wendt, Hebbard's "Ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1393805 (stock #3742f)
Old Friends
$295.00
This example of late Victorian grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co." and "Sterling," which applies to the entire piece.

They measure 6 7/8" long and wei...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1393757 (stock #3741f)
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Marked "Coin" and with the number "4," but without a maker's identifier, this particular 1860s "Medallion" pattern is illustrated in D. Albert Soeffing's benchmark Silver Medallion Flatware within a grouping that he classifies as "naive" or "primitive."

Soeffing shows a sugar sifter, while this is a 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., sardine fork.

The "Medallion" is cast and applied, portraying in this case a right facing female figure surrounded by engraved detailing, and on the sif...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1393613 (stock #3740f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this piece is marked "Allan Adler" and "Sterling" on the reverse.

A renowned California silversmith known for his modernist designs, and coincidentally a son-in-law of Porter Blanchard, Adler's working dates spanned the middle to later 20th century.

This example is in the "Sunset" pattern. Clean and straightforward, it has an angular end handle and shows the hammering marks characteristic of hand crafted silver, on all surfa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1393524 (stock #3738f)
Old Friends
$345.00
Price for the set of eight.
An enduringly appealing floral design, Durgin's turn of the 20th century "Iris" follows after the manner of that company's flagship "New Art" line.

Both patterns are ebullient in the way they interpret iris blossoms in this instance, and additional flowers in "New Art."

This set of eight place aka regular forks all measure 7" long, and as is the case with the line, are heavy, with the group weighing 13.1 T. oz. combined, or well over 1.5 T. oz. per fork.

Seven of them are engraved "MR" ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393482 (stock #3737f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Whiting made at least two forms of sugar spoons in its 1880 "Berry" pattern, perhaps the more common one a shell bowl, and this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., example with a scalloped edge, round bowl.

A multi-motif design, "Berry" portrays a variety of fruit, leaves, and branches, relative to the individual piece, the portraiture on this being blueberry.

In excellent condition, it has never been monogrammed (which would have appeared on the plain backside of the handle). Pattern detail remains w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393358 (stock #3733f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A rare form variant, this 4 3/16" long, nearly .5 T. oz., Tiffany & Co. lemon fork has two pointed outer tines, and a shorter central, raised one described by William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware as a "spur."

The pattern is "Clinton Engraved," which features an Adamesque, flower and swag motif delicately etched on the otherwise plain (with a tipt backside) surface of "Clinton."

Never monogrammed, this is in flawless condition, absent polishing wear, having an even finish, and fre...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393292 (stock #3732f)
Old Friends
$155.00
A substantially-sized piece, measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this is a pudding, large berry, or other serving spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Persian," which dates from 1880, and is a Moorish design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 4" by 2 3/8" at the widest, and has a fluted or piecrust rim. The interior is engraved in a stylized...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1393137 (stock #3729f)
Old Friends
$165.00
As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T. oz., pie server in the "Olive" variant "Tuscan" pattern, which design later became associated with Wh...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1920 item #1393105 (stock #3728f)
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A full size teaspoon measuring 5 9/16" long and weighing approximately .8 T. oz., this early 20th century spoon is marked with the "crossed pick and shovel over Co." mark of Joseph Mayer & Co., Seattle, as well as "Sterling."

It is a souvenir piece, reading "Hawaii" set vertically in raised lettering on the lower portion of the handle.

The upper end portrays Honolulu's famous "Diamond Head" landmark, identified in words written on a diagonal banner alongside the portraiture.

The backsid...

 
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