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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374347 (stock #3411f)
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An early, harder to find and more sought after than later production items, this 5" long, approximately .7 T. oz., Art Nouveau period "Francis I" lemon fork is marked with Reed & Barton's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and in very fine, precise lettering set along the edge, "Pat. June 25 07."

Newer pieces are marked "Reed & Barton."

It has three, elongated, tines joined to a pierced heel.

The backside is engraved "GSP" in a delicate script.

It is in mint estate condition. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1374415 (stock #3412f)
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Lacking a specific definition, console bowls are generally low and wide items, well-suited to hold fruit or decorative arrangements, and that is the case with this item.

It measures 7" across, stands 2" tall, has a tapering body that rests on a 2 3/4" wide base, and weighs a robust 11.8 T. oz.

Made by Tiffany & Company, it is so marked on the underside, along with "Sterling Silver," "925/1000," and an "m" for John C. Moore II, director from 1907-47.

It carries the model number "18941...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374484 (stock #3413f)
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Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this spoon has a broad, "Fiddle Tipt," handle, and high, pointed shoulders off the bowl.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" along with the Baltimore standard mark "10.15," which is roughly equivalent to coin, and in this particular combination of marks was used 1846-61.

Well-proportioned and clean looking, this presents in a quietly stately manner.

There is a feathered script "G" monogram on the front of the otherwise plain pie...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1374537 (stock #3414f)
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A replica of a style that has its origins in the pre-Georgian era (see Old Friends item 2971f), this pair of sugar nips carry hallmarks in two places for London, sterling silver, 1921, and maker HF, likely Harrison Fisher, which was a Sheffield based firm.

They measure 4 5/8" long, are 1 3/4" across at the handles when closed, and open to a span of 3 5/8" at the shell grips. Weight is .9 T. oz.

Each arm is cast solid silver with a round finger grip attached to arms that are a series of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374598 (stock #3415f)
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Impressive in every way, this immaculate condition, circa 1880, spoon and fork combination are stamped "Sterling" and "F.A. Durgin St. Louis," and are original production items to this Midwestern manufacturer

With both pieces measuring a lengthy 9 3/8", and the fork weighing 3.3 T. oz. and the spoon 3.1 T. oz., they could be used together as a set or as individual serving pieces.

The handles are essentially "Old English," with a rounded, tipt back, end. The fronts are engraved in a feath...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1374687 (stock #3417f)
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Model number "1907," as imprinted on the underside, along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date letter for "1880," this mug is large and exceptionally attractive. Furthermore, it references significant historicity in its inscription.

It stands 3 5/8" tall, has a diameter of 2 7/8", a maximum span of 4 3/8" to the end of the handle, and weighs just under 6.0 T. oz.

The body is plain walled and has a satin finish on the upper section, while the lower portion has a ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374737 (stock #3418f)
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Described in Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, as the "best known" of the family of silversmiths that included his father, brother, and son, Andrew Ellicott Warner was also "the most prolific Baltimore silversmith next to Kirk."

This example of his work is a 5 7/8" long, .7 T. oz., teaspoon.

Stamped with his name and the Baltimore "11 oz." standard designation, which equates to midway between coin and sterling, it dates from the mid 19th century.


All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1374799 (stock #3419f)
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Measuring 7" long and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this preserve or jelly spoon traces to Boston, circa 1860.

It is stamped ". F&H ." for Farrington & Hunnewell, along with "Pure-Coin," which is a New England regional term designating the silver content.

The arched handle has a fan-shaped end, which along with the main shank, is finely engraved in an intricate leaf and scroll design. Boston design of the period is often associated with restraint, if not severity, and the embellishment...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1374915 (stock #3421f)
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This style of tea strainer is designed to hang from the spout of a tea pot.

The body is a basket, in this instance 2 1/4" in diameter and 1" deep, with a bail handle that is attached to a double wire prong that is held in the spout by tension. The total weight is nearly .5 T. oz.

This circa 1900 example made by Blackinton is model number "64" as stamped on the underside, along with the company sword emblem, and the word "Sterling."

The basket has a scalloped edge that is imprinted wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374946 (stock #3422f)
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A weighty item at 1.0 T. oz., this 5 7/8" long teaspoon is a superb example of Wallace's figural "Irian" pattern.

It portrays a full-sized, semi-draped, female image with three putti surrounding her head. One of these is cupid like and is pointing a bow and arrow at her.

Additional detailing includes orchid blossoms, leaves and other flowers, front and back sides, all presented in an Art Nouveau manner, which is consistent with the 1902 date of this line.

The handle reverse is engra...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375007 (stock #3423f)
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The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon was one manufactured by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

The pattern is a "Scroll and Leaf" design, here accompanied by a stylized shell form bowl that may be singular to this form.

The handle reverse is engraved in script with the name "Viola."

It is in excellent condition, evidencing no polishing wear and having a fine finish. The bow...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1375063 (stock #3424f)
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An impressive piece as it presents, this 7 7/8" long, weighty at nearly 3.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter is also a teaser.

It is a double sided "Kings" pattern stamped "F.M" along with a number of pseudo hallmarks.

The letters stand for Frederick Marquand, who stands forth as one of the storied names in the history of 19th century American silver.

His earliest years, 1820-26, were spent in Savannah, Georgia, before he moved to New York City, where he established several partnersh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1375134 (stock #3425f)
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A lengthy 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this spoon is fully marked London, sterling, 1791-92, and "TW" for maker Thomas Wallis.

It is an Old English pattern with a down turned, reverse tipt, handle, and a thumb drop on the bowl backside.

Plain in its original state, this was extensively chased in an intricate pattern at a subsequent, later 19th century, time in the piece's history. This sort of adaptation reflects the Victorian penchant for elaborate design in lieu of the plainne...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1375210 (stock #3426f)
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It is an old aphorism that the Victorian table had an implement for every eating need or possibility. This pair of 4 1/2" long, 3.1 T. oz., escargot tongs is evidence that diversity of implements lasted well into the 20th century.

The pattern on these, "John Alden," was introduced in 1911. This was a year after Durgin began producing "Fairfax" and a year before Towle "Mary Chilton," all popular patterns among similiar others that reflected a newly found simplicity of taste and colonial rev...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1375269 (stock #3427dd)
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George Shiebler's work can be as confounding as it is intriguing. He was nothing if not individualistic in his approach to design, and especially so cutting edge design rooted in the Aesthetic taste.

This item, dating from the late 19th century and stamped with Shiebler's "winged S" hallmark, along with "Sterling," "D," and the name of the retailer, Topliff & Co., St. Paul, Minnesota, is evidence of the above statement.

It is a 4 5/8" long, .5 T. oz., spoon, which has a straight handle, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1375360 (stock #3428f)
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Not a standard line, the design on this 8 7/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon is akin to Durgin's "Bouquet," although that is a die struck pattern and this is acid etched, with hand engraved finishing.

The portraiture is detailed, intricate, and true to life, illustrating a blossom with five pointed petals and sawtooth leaves, all joined to woody stems. The background is finely stippled resulting in a matte gray surface, in contrast to the flowers which are presented with br...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1375398 (stock #3429dd)
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Originally associated with Arthur Stone, Gardner, Massachusetts, arguably the most well-known American silversmith of the early 20th century Arts & Crafts movement, George Erickson established himself as an outstanding craftsman in his own right, with the tradition carried on to his grandson Peter today.

This 12 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., ladle is variously identified as a lemonade, bar, or martini spoon.

An estate piece, this is an early example of Erickson's work, tracing directly to him. ...

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