American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1355860 (stock #3051f)
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Arising during the rococo period, English "picture (fancy) back" silver encompassed many designs.

This example made by the partnership of John Langlands & John Robertson of Newcastle, features a stylized shell with foliate elements.

It measures 5" long, weighs just under .5 T. oz., and has a down turned, reverse tipt, "Old English" handle with an exposed drop.

The front has a feathered script "JML" monogram.

It is in very good condition. Overall there is very little wear and a f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1355813 (stock #3050f)
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$135.00
An example of the popular "Fairfax" pattern originated by Durgin and continued in production by Gorham, this tea infuser, aka tea ball spoon, measures 5 9/16" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

It is a fully original item marked with Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "PAT'D" on the reverse.

The handle front has an Old English "K" monogram.

The bowl is 2" long, 1 1/4" at the widest, and 3/4" deep. Its shape mirrors the pattern and both the upper and bottom portions are pierced....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355731 (stock #3049f)
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$445.00
Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among exotic designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied elements. This pair of tongs are acid etched, showing a leaf and vine design on one arm and clover blossom and leaves on the other.

The work is intricate, precise, and artfully expressed. The etching wraps around the edges of the handle, which feature lends the pattern i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355646 (stock #3048f)
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$35.00
A late 19th century pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

It is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves and flowers, all under a rococo mantle and set in moderately high relief.

There were two versions, one with a solid background and one pierced. This 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork is the latter.

It was never monogrammed or inscribed, and is in very fine condition. It has a warm finish, retains excelle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355593 (stock #3047f)
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$70.00
At 4" long, .9 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs have large, stylized claw grips.

They were made by Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey, whose entwined "UB" surrounded by "Sterling 925 Fine." This was a firm known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs in both sterling silver flat and holloware, and jewelry.

Perhaps its most popular flatware line, the pattern on this pair is "Douvaine." An expressive figural design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of each arm, and a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1355542 (stock #3046f)
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$45.00
One of a family of silversmiths whose history spanned over two centuries in the towns of Newbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts, William Moulton was born in 1772 and began his career in 1796, according to Flynt & Fales in their "Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver."

Flynt and Fales also note in their entry on him that he has been referred to as the "honest goldsmith" and that he "supplied well-crafted church silver and other vessels."

The style of this example of his work, an 8 5/8"...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1355493 (stock #3045f)
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Standing 4" tall with a top diameter of 2" and a bottom diameter of 1 1/2", and weighing approximately 2.6 T. oz., this beaker (becker) has German origins. Primarily for wine, it holds 4 liquid ounces.

It is stamped on the underside with a "crown, 800, lion" emblem, which designates the silver standard, and the name "G.E. Keyser," which was a Leipzig firm.

Having smooth, tapered sides, this form appears in glass and other metals, such as pewter.

This presents in a particularly refin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1355456 (stock #3044f)
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A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the compan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1355455 (stock #3043f)
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$395.00
A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the compan...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355372 (stock #3042f)
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$44.00
Listed as a watchmaker, jeweler and silver retail, Philip Zoellner's name appears on the reverse of this 8 3/8" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., place or table spoon.

Born in 1832, his working dates start circa 1857, and that corresponds with the style of this item.

Its shaped handle with intricate engraving that includes bright cutting and wriggle work, along with high, angular shoulders off the bowl, are details characteristic of the Ohio River Valley, which is fitting given Zoellner's ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355319 (stock #3041f)
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At 7 9/16" long, and very heavy at 2.0 T. oz., this piece is a dinner fork versus a lunch fork, in accordance with 19th century conventions from the time which it dates. Today's practice is to have a single "regular" size.

The pattern is Gorham's early "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861.

That this is stamped "Sterling," but also with the original "Patent 1861" which is an identifier for this design, it likely ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355269 (stock #3040f)
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$32.00
A charming mid 19th century coin silver piece, this egg spoon reflects the design sensibilities of its period.

It was made by Albert Coles of New York City, whose three-part "eagle, AC, bust" emblem appears on the backside.

It measures 5 1/8" long and weighs just over .5 T. oz., which is relatively heavy for its size.

The center portion of the handle is twisted while the sculpted edge upper end is extensively bright cut and engraved in line pattern, front and back sides.

The name...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355267 (stock #3039f)
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$110.00
Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is an 8 1/4" long, and consistent with the line, weighty at nearly 2.8 T. oz., medium sized cold meat fork. The serving end has four straight tines.

The handle is inscribed with a feathered script "M"...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1355241 (stock #3038f)
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$28.00
A 7 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., place, aka dessert, spoon, this has a "Reverse Tipt" end handle, an exposed drop on the backside, and an ovoid bowl with a pointed tip.

It is marked "S. Brown" for Samuel, working in New York City, 1816-39.

It also has a four part pseudo hallmark, "leopard, bust, star, leopard," that William McGrew in his work on marks attributes to an unknown NYC maker.

There is a large "MLO" feathered script monogram set sideways on the handle.

It is in very good cond...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1355240 (stock #3037f)
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$32.00
Measuring 4 3/8" long and relatively heavy at over .8 T. oz., this baby fork was made by Gorham, which name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Chantilly."

This example likely dates from the second quarter of the 20th century. The handle is curved and engraved in a script "ETR" monogram.

It is in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having a bright finish. The four tines remain even, straight, and pointed.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1355238 (stock #3036f)
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$52.00
Stamped "Tiffany & Co. Makers," "Sterling Silver," "925-1000," and with a lower case "m," this master salt was put into production in 1902 as indicated by the model number "15251."

This was a period when Tiffany made reproduction items or designs inspired by older, especially English Georgian, holloware, and that is the case with this piece. It is round, cauldron shaped, and stands on three pad feet with acanthus leaf sprays where the legs are attached.

There is a rolled rim upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355237 (stock #3035f)
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$48.00
Patented in 1903, "Nuremburg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.

The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city.

This example...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355235 (stock #3034f)
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$60.00
This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and is weighty at 2.1 T. oz.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source.

Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling.

Export is generally derivative of English design, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a...

 
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