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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388760 (stock #3652f)
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At 8 1/4" long, and relatively weighty at 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece in its circa 1865 period, but is today's tablespoon size.

Made by Albert Coles of New York City, it bears his three part "eagle, AC, bust" mark on the reverse, along with "A. Coles," which added identifier is not frequently found.

There is a feathered script "W" monogram on the handle front.

It is in choice condition, retaining excellent pattern detail, and having a well-shaped bowl tha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1388803 (stock #3653f)
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Price for the pair.
These two identical teaspoons each measure a lengthy 6", are slender, have an exposed drop on the heel of the bowl, and show a midrib running down from the subtle tipt end on the backside of the handle.

They also have deeply beveled and highly angular shoulders coming off the pointed bowls.

The pair weight approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, and each one has the same feathered script, period "HM" monogram engraved on the front.

Each one is imprinted with a right facing "eagle" pseudo ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1388928 (stock #3657f)
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The name Wilson is deeply entwined with the history of Philadelphia silver dating from the first half of the 19th century, and that story began with Robert Wilson Senior (1766-1824) and continued through two more generations.

This item is double stamped "R.W" for the progenitor, Robert, who Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths notes, was "probably born in Scotland, [and] was listed as a silversmith in New York City directories 1803-10, then settled in Philadelphia in 1812."

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389032 (stock #3659f)
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Measuring 7 3/4" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this fork has rounded shoulders and three wide and lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed.

The form is uncommon and hence of uncertain function. It may be a spinach or toast/bread fork, or for another purpose yet. The proportions assure it is definitely original and not adapted from another piece as, for example, most potato forks are derived from dinner forks.

The maker was George Sharp, Philadelphia, as indicated by his "lion, S, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1389181 (stock #3661f)
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This mug stands 3" to the top edge, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed foot that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It has double marks, one of which is "WG&S" for William Gale & Son, and a second which is three part, one of which includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscured.

The form is octagonal, with a beaded edge top and beaded rim base. The sidewalls have a raised flower, leaf, and scro...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389182 (stock #3662f)
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Made by and marked for San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and a fluted or pie crust border. T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1389183 (stock #3663f)
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One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," (more commonly spelled "Talbott") of Indianapolis.

This is large, measuring 3" by 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" high, and robust weight at just over 2.4 T. oz.

These dimensions are all consistent with those offered...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389184 (stock #3664f)
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Weighing a substantial 1.6 T. oz., and measuring 7" long, this piece is variously identified as a place, dessert, or oval soup spoon.

It is in a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern and marked "J[ared].L. Moore" for the New York City jeweler and watchmaker working during the second quarter of the 19th century.

The name "Settle" is engraved in script on the handle front, set sideways.

It is in very fine condition, free of polishing wear or other signs of use, and having a bright, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389186 (stock #3665f)
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Price for the set of six.
Measuring 5 7/8" long each and weighing 3.2 T. oz. the lot, each of these six spoons has a broad, tipt end handle with a twisted stem. The bowls are generously proportioned at 2 1/8" by 1 1/4" and have pointed tips.

They are marked "Rhoads" for Henry Zahm Rhoads, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania jeweler and watchmaker. Information in an online biography suggests these date within a narrow time frame, between 1861 when Rhoads returned from an apprenticeship in Virginia at the outbreak of the Civil Wa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389255 (stock #3666f)
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A large item, measuring 10 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this solid silver ice cream slice was made by Frank Whiting in the "Palm" pattern.

Introduced in 1887, and embodying an Aesthetic sensibility, "Palm" is a floral and leaf design with a large fan or spray element at the terminus that evokes a palm leaf. The design is raised, lending it a chiseled or sculpted quality.

The blade on this is a statement in its own right. It has a sweeping lower edge running to a defined point,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389335 (stock #3667f)
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This Whiting pattern introduced in 1890 is known by several names including singular and plural variations of "Rose & Scroll" as well as "LaFrance" and "LaFrancais."

This example is a 3 3/8" long, .4 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.

The bowl is scoop or shovel form and quite decorative. It has an embossed surface, cupped heel with scalloped shoulders, and is finished in a gold wash on the interior.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition. The pattern on the handle remains clear and well...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389620 (stock #3671f)
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A form popular in the third quarter of the 19th century, this 2.9 T. oz. serving spoon is large overall, measuring 10 1/8" long, and and is characterized by a very generously proportioned 4" by 2 5/8" bowl.

This is scalloped on three sides and had a smooth lower edge, indicating it was meant to be used on the horizontal. It may have been intended for vegetables, or rice in the Southern tradition.

Whatever its purpose, it is immeasurably handsome and in uncompromised condition.

Its prim...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389675 (stock #3672f)
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The Whiting Manufacturing Company came into existence in 1866 (Dorothy Rainwater Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers), evolving from antecedent companies.

Largely producing in a period when sterling had become the norm, examples in coin, such as this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., three tine pickle or pastry fork, are uncommon. Clearly it traces to the earliest years of the company when it was a modest operation compared to the major firm that it became, and for that reaso...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389772 (stock #3674f)
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Lengthy at 5", and weighty at 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are heavily ornamented in a way that is reminiscent of the dominant architectural style popular in the period of the piece.

The pattern, "Paris" by Gorham, was issued in 1900, at the crest of the Gilded Age, and reflects the same Beaux Arts design sensibilities that generated, for instance, many of Newport's grandest mansions and innumerable monumental public buildings throughout the country that yet stand as iconic reminders of the...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389828 (stock #3675f)
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Price per piece, five available.
This teaspoon measures 5 7/8" long and weighs just over .7 T. oz.

It has a "Tipt" end handle and is engraved "W E K" in feathered script lettering set sideways on the handle. There is a line drop on the backside heel of the pointed end bowl.

Dating circa 1840, it is stamped "G W & H" for the New York City partnership of William Gale, Jacob Wood & Jasper Hughes, along with a right facing eagle and bust pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on marks identifies as associated with Gale.


All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389900 (stock #3676f)
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Measuring 6" long and weighing a heavy 1.3 T. oz., this teaspoon is an early example of Dominick & Haff's figural, 1900 date of issue, "Labors of Cupid" pattern, the image on this being a cherub sitting at a table with a cup in hand.

It is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever, retaining all the precise detail of the original design, and visible for example in such as the grain of the table, the weave in the basket holding fruit, or the spindles in the chair back appearing on th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390011 (stock #3678f)
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Embodying a rococo pattern, and likely dating from the late 19th century, this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., bread or toast fork incorporates leaves, scrolls, acanthus leaves, and floral elements.

It is hollow with three tines and is all silver, marked "Sterling," model number "1223," and with a maker's emblem, which is a triangle with a rubbed interior.

There is a feathered script "L" monogram engraved on one side of the handle.

In excellent condition, it is free of dents or splits and has a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1390063 (stock #3679f)
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While a popular form with many many variations available, this example of a shell dish stands apart on the basis of both its quality of design and craft as well as its generous size.

Solid silver and nearly circular at 7" diameter, it weighs a substantial 5.9 T. oz., and stands 1 1/8" high, resting on three ball feet.

It has a 3/8" wide scalloped rim with a broad heel grip area that is finished with an applied, raised, leaf and shell detail. This last component echoes English Georgian

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