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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1372583 (stock #3377f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Although dating from the Victorian era, this mustard pot presents more as Georgian in style.

Having a bulbous, cauldron shape body, it is relatively large, standing 2 1/2" to the top of the lid, 3" to the highest point on the thumb lift, is 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighs a substantial 4.0 T. oz.

The solid handle is a double cee scroll form, with an acanthus leaf detail.

The interior has a gold finish, which is intact on the lid, but some worn in the body.

The lid is engraved in a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1366870 (stock #3260f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Identified as selling only "to the trade," meaning marketing exclusively through third party retailers, this item carries the maker's symbol for George A. Henckel & Co., "Sterling," and fittingly, it is also stamped for the New York City high end, luxury jeweler, "Marcus & Co."

Working in the early decades of the 20th century (and later absorbed into Currier & Roby), Henckel produced quality work, often in an Arts and Crafts style, as evidenced by this 7 1/8" long, weighty at 3.1 T. oz., pai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1323287 (stock #2620f)
Old Friends
$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. The arch i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361590 (stock #3170f)
Old Friends
$95.00
While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle.

The handle is slender and elongated, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends to the lower of two...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1361186 (stock #3160f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Marked with a lion for sterling, a leopard for London, a date letter "e" for 1780-81, and a script "GS" for George Smith III, this marrow spoon aka scoop measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It is a very fine period example of this particularly English form, produced by a well-recognized maker.

The larger of the two elongated ends shows a thumb drop on the back and is inscribed with a crest of a long-necked bird with a snake in its beak.

It is in outstanding condition. It is f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1354262 (stock #3018f)
Old Friends
$70.00
A 7" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., item, this ladle is fully hallmarked for sterling, London, 1793-94, and makers George Smith and William Fearn.

Appropriate to the period, it is "Old English," style, with a downturned, reverse tipt, handle and a thumb drop on the bowl. The front has a feathered script "R" monogram.

The bowl is unusual in that it is a perfectly shaped hemisphere, 2 1/16" in diameter and 3/4" deep.

It is in very good condition, absent any bends, breaks, or cracks, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1366291 (stock #3250f)
Old Friends
$80.00
The design on this piece is variously identified as "Acadia" or "Blok," or sometimes combined, with or without a hyphen.

The pattern was introduced in 1934 (one source offers 1931), although the mark on this 4 1/8" long, substantial weight, .8 T. oz. tea caddy spoon, "Georg Jensen in an oval of dots" over "Sterling" and "Denmark," was used from 1945 onward, so it dates between then and the 1970s when production was discontinued.

Deceptively simple in design, the pattern features a slight...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1343816 (stock #2873f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price for the pair.
This pair master salt dishes are both charming and finely made. They have silver bases with cut and frosted glass liners.

Each one has three legs and stands 1 1/4" high to the top of base and 1 5/8" tall with the liner in place, and is 1 3/4" wide at the maximum. The combined weight of the metal is .7 T. oz.

German in origin, they are stamped "800" for the grade of the silver. These marks are on the rims, and are flanked by two other imprints. These are so small they are indecipherab...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376636 (stock #3449f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

Lastly, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1376333 (stock #3444f)
Old Friends
$135.00
This sterling silver bowl is model number "2385" made by Gorham in 1881, all documented in the marks on the underside of the flat bottom.

It measures 2" tall to the rim, 2 3/4" at the highest point of the arms, has a body that is 3 1/2" wide, 5 1/4" handle tip to handle tip, 2 3/8" across on the bottom, a top opening of 2 3/4", and weighs 4.6 T. oz.

Likely a sugar bowl, it stands on its own.

Elegantly understated in design, the body is cauldron shaped with a sawtooth edge rim, and has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360477 (stock #3138f)
Old Friends
$110.00
An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flange edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1368851 (stock #3297f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Price for the pair.
Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size.

The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

The design is a stu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1377089 (stock #3456f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This item is a remnant from a period when elegance dominated even the ordinary matters of daily life.

This piece is comprised of cast, pierced, pediment affixed to a 5 1/2" by 3/8", 1.6 T. oz., bar, all of which is solid silver. It was originally made to cap a desk calendar or engagement pad.

Produced by Gorham and stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G," hallmark, "Sterling," model number "519," and a date symbol for "1894," the form is illustrated in the company's 1892 catalogue i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1338275 (stock #2798f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Part of a desk set made by Gorham, this 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide, weighty at 5.3 T. oz., tray is identified in the company's 1902 catalogue as a "sealing set tray" (see image 2).

It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.

It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1371696 (stock #3349f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and 1 3/8" across, and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this is a moderate sized napkin ring.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "B2306" are imprinted on the inner wall.

It is engraved "Betty" flanked by "four years old . . . April 3 1904.," which date is consistent with the low tone Art Nouveau style of the piece.

The undulating edges have applied, acanthus leaf pattern rims, while the body has ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360429 (stock #3136f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large.

The form was popular in the late 19th century, and no company was more successful in producing impressive examples than Gorham. This example is model number "588" offered by that firm.

It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.

It is cast rather than die struck, as these forms generally were. Casting allows for the introduction of more intricate detail and great...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1358097 (stock #3094f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Measuring 4 1/2" in diameter and standing 3" high, this circa 1908 dresser jar has a brilliant cut glass base with a solid sterling silver lid that by itself weighs 2.0 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "D1656" appear on the lower edge of the cover.

The cover is domed and acid etched in a design that includes various blossoms, acanthus leaves, and other elements set against a double band. The area around the etching has a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1360805 (stock #3151f)
Old Friends
$325.00

The handled cup measures 3" high, has a top diameter of 2 5/8", a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the end of the handle, and a 2 3/16" wide underside. It weighs 4.2 T. oz. There is a script "DMC" monogram on the sidewall.

Made by Gorham about 1900, it combines two styles.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau mode popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the...

 
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