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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1332953 (stock #2734f)
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$250.00
Produced by Gorham in 1891 according to the date emblem stamped on the interior, this tobacco box (sometimes identified as snuff) was a promotional item offered with the "Compliments of John Anderson & Co."

A history of this New York City firm can readily be found on the internet. See image two for a facsimile of an 1859 newspaper ad for this company. The print notes a proprietary brand "Solace," and indeed that word appears appears on the lid of this item in stylized, raised, lettering. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332856 (stock #2733f)
Old Friends
$245.00
Arguably the most emblematic pattern in the Egyptian Revival movement of the time, Gorham's 1870 "Isis" also demonstrates in its complex construction the burgeoning capacities of American silver manufacturers from the mid 19th century onward.

"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332803 (stock #2732f)
Old Friends
$58.00
This 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.7 T. oz., spoon is the first in a sequence of sizes in Towle's "Old Colonial" that graduates from this jelly, to preserve, to berry.

It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.

The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332729 (stock #2731f)
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Each of these ten, matching, teaspoons is lengthy at 5 15/16", and relatively heavy, with the group weighing 7.4 T. oz.

They are all engraved "S.E. Peabody" in an elegant script.

The pattern is a pronounced "Fiddle Tipt" with a narrow lower shank, and high, pointed shoulders off the bowl.

This style is characteristic of Ohio River design and one pointer that may locate them to the Kentucky or Cincinnati area.

In that vein, these are marked "McCommon & Evans," which is without doc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332654 (stock #2730f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Deriving from the same early 1870s impulse that generated both Tiffany's and Wood & Hughes' "Japanese" patterns, Wendt's "Bird" features these aerial gymnasts in various poses, individual to each piece.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter aka confection spoon. It has a 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, round, pierced bowl, that characteristic of Wendt, has ribbed walls.

The figure on this is swooping downward, with the remainder of the handle surface decorated ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332576 (stock #2729f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the set of six.
Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no v...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332552 (stock #2728f)
Old Friends
$42.00
A 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this ladle has a bowl that measures 2" in diameter and is 1/2" deep.

It is a cream or sauce ladle in Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the inte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1837 VR item #1332488 (stock #2727f)
Old Friends
$235.00
The website of the "Small Collectors of Antique Silver" states that "Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover."

English in origin, some makers specialized in this form, and that is the case with this example made by John Bettridge of Birmingham in 1820. A web sear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332416 (stock #2726f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Innovative and exceptionally imaginative, and born of the Aesthetic movement, Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge" is so diverse in its motifs as to appear to offer limitless portraiture in its acid etched versions.

This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."

There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332353 (stock #2725f)
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Each of these twelve, circa 1865, spoons measures 5 11/16" long, while the group weighs 6.2 T. oz.

Appearing to be teaspoons, they exhibit a delicacy that suggests they might have been intended for ice cream.

Marked "Bailey & Co." and with that firm's "lion, S, shield" hallmark denoting sterling. There is a second, larger lion guardant imprint, which Catherine Hollan in her recent work "Philadelphia Silversmiths," identifies as George Sharp's, who was a major supplier to Bailey.

The...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332248 (stock #2724f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Watson's "Orleans" is an acid etched design with a decidedly French sensibility to it.

It incorporates a central shield-like reserve on the upper front side and a corresponding open area on the backside. These areas are surrounded by tracery that is interspersed with numerous fleurs-de-lis, which are representative of the city which presumably inspired the pattern.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has a generous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332176 (stock #2723f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Measuring 6 1/8" long and relatively heavy at just over .9 T. oz., this fruit fork is a rarely found form.

It has four lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed while the inner two are straight and joined by a crossbar.

The pattern is Gorham's "Newcastle," which is a beaded design dating from 1895. This example is inscribed with a fancy script "NAM" on the front and on the back "from M.L.T.C. 4.14.1904" so is early production in the line.

It is in flawless condition showing ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1331850 (stock #2722f)
Old Friends
$70.00
A charmingly diminutive item, this circa 1870 pitcher stands 4 1/2" tall to the highest point of the handle, sits on a footed base that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just under 1.9 T. oz.

It is marked with the "K B and crossed tools" symbol of Philadelphia's Krider & Biddle, and also stamped "Sterling" and with the item number "486," all on the underside of the base.

It is ewer-shaped, presenting in a lofty manner and having a relatively broad spout. The scroll shaped handle is soli...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1331818 (stock #2721f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Offered as a pair at a single price.
One of the most recognized names among 19th century Baltimore silver workers, the elder Andrew Ellicott Warner is the "best known of a family of silversmiths," as stated in "Maryland Silver" published by the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Dating from the second quarter of the century, both of these master salt spoons are marked "A.E.W." One is 3 7/8" long and stamped "11" while the other measures 3 3/4" and stamped "10.15." Both these are standard marks particular to Baltimore and roughly equate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331743 (stock #2720f)
Old Friends
$185.00
A specialized form, "ideal" olive spoons have open bowls with double pronged tips, which is precisely the style of this long, 8 1/8", 1.0 T. oz., example in Towle's "Old Colonial."

It is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece.

Marked in a way consistent with this line, namely "925/1000," the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," this also has a second patent date, "Oct. 27, 1903." This probably relates to the specialized bowl. Lastly, it is stamped with ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1331620 (stock #2719f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Judging from the number of examples that are available, pattern number "41" was one of Georg Jensen's most popular designs. It has a curled handle with beaded detail, and a cut leaf shaped bowl.

Offered in a number of sizes, this example measures 5 1/8" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

It is a significant in that it carries Jensen's earliest, entwined J and G, mark placing it far closer to the hand of the master than most instances, many of which were made subsequent to Jensen's dea...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331585 (stock #2718f)
Old Friends
$135.00
A "noble" pattern both in theme and presentation, and not so readily found, Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without peer in the realm of silver patterns. The design is singular. The only near match is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak equivalent is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1331543 (stock #2717f)
Old Friends
$140.00
One of the most successful 19th century patterns produced by Tiffany, and still widely sought after today, "Chrysanthemum" was made in a wide array of hollowware matching the flatware.

This 2 1/4" tall, 1 1/4" base diameter, approximately 1.0 T. oz., shaker is just such an example.

It is stamped on the underside "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling-Silver," and with an "M" flanked by the model number "7287" and the order number "6460."

The sides are grooved, as is the screw fitted cap. The ca...

 
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