American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Books and Publications : Antiques : Pre 1900 item #1323734 (stock #2625jk)
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An apparently very rare and historically valuable volume, examples of this trade catalogue are held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty special collections, as well as in several other significant settings.

Considerable online information is available about this volume, and given no book expertise is here represented, evaluation of this has to rest in outside sources. This comes through a family channel, not commercial or otherwise...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1323731 (stock #2624f)
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$625.00
A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as especially associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebonized wood handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1323622 (stock #2623f)
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On the surface, a typical piece of its period, this 6 3/16" long sugar spoon, marked "R. Fisher Jr. 331 Broadway. N.Y.," 1846-50, is actually a superior example.

First, its weight is substantial at just over 1.0 T. oz. Second, it is in exceptionally fine estate condition, essentially without wear, and having a bright, even, finish.

The "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern stands alongside many other iterations of this popular design, and the shell bowl is a common form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323511 (stock #2622f)
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$60.00
Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork is extra long at 9 5/16". It weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight variation on both sides of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1323418 (stock #2621f)
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$165.00
Portraying a young Dionysus, this motif carries through the entire Hotchkiss & Schreuder, Syracuse, NY, line of "Medallion" flatware.

Teaspoons are commonly found in this pattern, and other pieces somewhat readily so, but this large, 5 7/8" long, weighty 1t 1.6 T. oz., pair of tongs rarely surface.

The arms are mirror images of each other, with the portraiture of a young man set in profile, showing tumbling hair encircled by a garland of ivy...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1323287 (stock #2620f)
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$125.00
Measuring 6 3/8" long and substantial weight at over 1.8 T. oz., this pair of tongs is marked with a crowned harp, Hibernia, and "GN" in an oval. These letters are ascribed to George Nangle of Dublin, whose dates are either side of 1800.

Staunch and clean, these were made to a standard and no doubt intended to serve dutifully while presenting with a quiet nobility.

The elongated cup grips have high shoulders that, which, along with the length of the arms, have beveled edges...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323195 (stock #2619f)
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Unusually long at 9 3/16" and heavy at nearly 2.4 T. oz., what otherwise presents as a tablespoon is actually serving size.

It is stamped "Lincoln & Reed" for the Boston silversmith and jeweler, 1838-48.

It has an upturned "Tipt" handle that is plain on the front and has a script "R" monogram on the reverse.

There is a clean drop on the bowl and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323130 (stock #2618f)
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$45.00
A multi-motif figural design, "Fontainebleau" was one of several exceptional patterns that Gorham produced in the late 19th century.

This piece is a 6 1/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It has an elongated, plum-shaped bowl with hatched edge shoulders. The interior has a matte finish.

The handle portrays a maiden in courtly garb, carrying a kettle in one hand and a pitcher and saucer in the other.

It is without a monogram or removal and in very good condition. It ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1322947 (stock #2617f)
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An extravagant design, Gorham's "Paris" portrays an array of emblematic imagery that varies from piece to piece.

This 5 3/4" long, relatively weighty at just over .7 T. oz., fully original, two-tine butter fork features a flanking pair of winged cherubs holding a torch filled with flowers. There are a pair of, also flanking, birds at their feet set amid an array of additional figural and floral elements.

All of the preceding is artfully proportioned and of a sculptural quality, essential...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1322874 (stock #2616f)
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$185.00
This wine goblet is the equivalent in size to a small chalice. It stands 6 1/2" tall and rests on a stemmed base that measures 3 3/16" in diameter. It weighs 5.3 T. oz.

The bowl is large, extending 2 7/8" from base to rim, is the same dimension across, and holds a full 8 oz. of liquid.

The body of the bowl is engraved in an anthemion motif lending it a classical look. There is a reserve area that is absent a monogram or removal.

It is in excellent condition. It sits evenly and ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1322779 (stock #2615f)
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A late Art Nouveau design dating to 1909, Alvin's "Morning Glory" offers a sensitive, perhaps even tender, interpretation of this delicate flower.

Fully expressed on both the front and backsides of the handle, but with different portraiture, the design incorporates multiple blossoms set forth in intricate, precise, detail.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .5 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has a pierced interior, cut in leaf and apostrophe shapes.

The piece ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1322696 (stock #2614f)
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A stunningly clean example of the "Sheaf of Wheat" motif, this teaspoon measures a lengthy 6" and weighs just over .7 T. oz.

The wheat bundle and sickle remain very sharply defined, retaining all their original detail. There is a feathered script "M" monogram below this. The bowl is flawless, with a clean tip free of any wear, and a lined drop on the backside. Lastly, the finish is lustrous.

It is stamped "B.C. Frobisher." for the well-documented Boston silversmith.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1322649 (stock #2613f)
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$90.00
This item embraces a form especially popular in the 1860s. It is a combination olive spoon and fork, joined by a long, narrow and twisted, handle.

Measuring 9 7/8" overall and weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., it has a central disk which in this case is inscribed with an Old English "M.E.F." monogram.

The fork end has three tines and hooked shoulders, while the pierced spoon bowl is scallop shell shaped. At 2 1/2" by 1 1/2", the bowl is uncommonly large for this form.

The conditio...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322554 (stock #2612f)
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$65.00
Matching berry spoon also available.
A pattern originated by John Polhamus, "Diamond" eventually became part of George Shiebler's stable of offerings.

This example is a 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon marked with Shiebler's "winged S," and the words "Sterling," and "Patent." It has a plum-shaped bowl, with a ribbed heel and midline leading to a slightly pointed tip. Finished in a bright gold wash on the front and a matte gold surface on the backside, the bowl interior is engraved in an aesthetic manner featuring fern fron...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1322436 (stock #2611f)
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This 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., tomato server is novel in at least two aspects.

The first of these is the pattern, "La Provence," by Fessenden. It is a turn of the twentieth century design that at heart is in keeping with late Victorian sensibilities. Built upon a leaf and floral motif, it also cleverly incorporates a nearly disguised, satyr-like face at the end of the handle.

The second novelty lies in the 2 1/2" diameter, scalloped edge server. Having a reticulated center and finished...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1322336 (stock #2610f)
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This example of Victorian period 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.," the date "1892," "New York," and "Sterling." To be sure, they do have darkened sur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322247 (stock #2609f)
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$65.00
Dating from 1886, which is relatively early in Durgin's line-up, and a pattern not readily found, "Fleur-de-lis" manifests an understated elegance.

The large, applied, fleur-de-lis motif is set in high relief as if it were carved. It is also embellished with added detailing, such as beaded banding around the lower section and scrolling, leafy highlights.

This example is a 7" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

The bowl is particular to Durgin. It has a swirled ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1322097 (stock #2607f)
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An accompaniment piece for Kirk's popular "Repousse" flatware line, this butter pat dish measures 3 1/4" in diameter and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz.

It is marked "S. Kirk & Son" on the underside, which dates it mid 20th century (1932-61) according to Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." It is also stamped "Sterling" and "17."

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless condition. Apart from light surface scratches consistent with age on the interio...

 
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