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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1387676 (stock #3633f)
Old Friends
$160.00
Measuring 7 7/8" long, with a round bowl 2 1/2" in diameter and 3/8" deep, and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this piece is French in origin

It is fully stamped with Paris hallmarks for first standard, i.e. .950 pure (vs. .925 for sterling), including the "bearded man" head used 1819-38, a female head large guaranty mark, and a bigorne.

The maker's mark is diamond shape with a tower like image in the center, three letters in the left, right, and bottom corners, the right hand one of which is "G" whi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1352135 (stock #2980f)
Old Friends
$65.00
This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date.

The grips are shell form, and the arch is engraved in a very elegant feathered script, "SAE."

They are in remarkably fine condition, and especially so for an item the better part of...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388897 (stock #3656f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Price per piece, two available.
While Francis W. Cooper was well-regarded producer working in New York City in the third quarter of the 19th century, and especially known for his ecclesiastical silver, little biographical information seems to be available about him.

This example of his work is a full-size, 7 5/8" long, heavy at 1.9 T. oz., coin silver dinner fork.

The pattern is an "Olive" variant, very close in manner to fellow New York manufacturer John Polhamus' 1857 "Empire."

There is an Old English "G" monogram s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350717 (stock #2959f)
Old Friends
$90.00
One of the numerous partnerships that prominent silversmith William Gale of New York City entered into, "Gale & Willis" spanned the years 1859-62.

This example of his work is a 7 3/8" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a twisted handle and broad, shaped, flat handle that is bright cut engraved with an engine turned background.

There is a shield reserve with an Old English "CPK" or "CPR" monogram inscribed on it.

The bowl is generously sized at 2 3/8" by 2" by 5/8" d...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371771 (stock #3350f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these matching, coin silver, teaspoons measures 5 7/8" long and has a script "AM" monogram set sideways on the handle. The group weigh 5.2 T. oz.

They are a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with slightly upturned handle ends, and oval, pointed, bowls.

Dating circa 1840, they are all 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 id...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321415 (stock #2585f)
Old Friends
$95.00
This 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced or adapted by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co.," and dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two variations, both of which reflect highly sophisticated craftsmanship.

One, the handle is reticulat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356522 (stock #3062f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Larger than a teaspoon at 6 3/8" long, and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this piece is the size of a youth spoon. Apparently, it was originally presented to "Agnes" whose name is engraved sideways in script on the handle.

It is an English, Victorian era item, fully hallmarked for George Adams of London, with a date letter for 1852. Chawner was of the Firm Chawner & Co., which reference work "Jackson's Hallmarks" describes as "the most important [English] mid 19th century firm of spoon ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1381276 (stock #3524f)
Old Friends
$285.00
In her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, author Dorothy Rainwater notes of George C. Shreve & Company, the maker of this large, 3 3/16" high to the rim, 3 3/8" top diameter, 4.9 T. oz., mug, that "Until that 1880s the firm focused on retailing," but that "silversmithing began in 1883."

She also indicates that the "bee in a shield" emblem imprinted on the underside of this, along with the company name, "San Francisco," and "Sterling," was not used after 1894, all of which s...

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 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 #1385948 (stock #3607f)
Old Friends
$80.00
This lengthy, 7 3/4", and heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who was the manufacturer most associated with a style of ball, dome, sphere, and various other similar shapes popularized in the 1860s.

This "Ball End" form is an especially appealing piece, with a shaped blade with notched shoulders and an engraved surface with roulette bordering.

The ball itself is inscribed with a rubbed Old English monogram that appears to read "MEBH."

In very g...

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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389032 (stock #3659f)
Old Friends
$105.00
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 : 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 1930 item #1379056 (stock #3492f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Measuring 7" long and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this cheese scoop, also identified by some sources as a marrow spoon, has a 3 1/4" by 1" wide serving end.

The pattern is number "21" introduced by Georg Jensen about 1920. This example carries that number, the words "Sterling" and "Denmark" and a Jensen mark consonant with the design date.

Also known as "Pea in the Pod," the curved end handle features ball and leaf elements that, in the manner of Danish Modern stylization similar to that of Jense...

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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387869 (stock #3636f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing just over 2.0 T. oz., this piece is a berry scoop or shovel.

Marked "Berry & Co. Baltimore," for that city's firm with working dates 1880-94 according to Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, and "Sterling," the pattern is a finely engraved flower and leaf design on the tipt back handle. This is interpreted in an Aesthetic manner, set against a satin matte finish.

The engraving repeats in an enlarged representation in the scallo...

 
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