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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373758 (stock #3401f)
Old Friends
$46.00
While "Olive" was perhaps the most popular pattern produced during the mid 19th century, and made by numerous manufacturers, with many examples consequently yet extant, this particular item is unusual.

It is a 7 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., flat, solid silver, knife.

About the size of a master butter, it has a long, slender blade that comes to a point and is likely an early for its form, individual fish knife, and thus a scarce find for the period.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359770 (stock #3118f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Syracuse, New York, was a major silver manufacturing center in the mid to late 19th century. Joseph Seymour, the maker of this 8 1/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon, was one of the most prominent names among that city's firms, with a history that began in 1846, terminating in 1905.

An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to mak...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1378679 (stock #3486f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price per piece, five available.
Measuring 8 1/2" long, and weighing nearly 1.6 T. oz., this table or serving spoon dating circa 1880 and originating in Baltimore, is stamped with "Sterling" and "J.S. MacDonald."

It is an engraved "Lily" pattern set on an "Old English" handle, and shows the influence of Aesthetic (Eastlake) design sensibilities in its naturalistic and abstract motifs.

The background behind the engraving has a satin finish along with an "FMA" feathered script monogram.

It is in superb estate condition....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1383816 (stock #3564f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A relatively large item, this piece measures 4 1/2" wide and stands 3" tall.

It is a dresser jar made c. 1900 by Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr & Co., whose "mace" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "7200-4" are stamped on the edge of the silver lid, which by itself weighs nearly 2.1 T. oz.

The bulbous glass base is panel cut with a star pattern on the underside.

The lid is relatively plain, with a rimmed and scalloped edge and a line script "EP" monogram in the center.

In e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1371391 (stock #3343f)
Old Friends
$225.00
A very large item measuring 10 3/4" long overall, with a blade that is 5" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighing 4.1 T. oz., this solid silver pie server traces to the Boston Arts & Crafts movement as it existed during the first half of the twentieth century.

It is stamped "KLF & Son" and "Sterling" for the renowned Finnish born and trained silversmith Karl F. Leinonen, who headed the (Boston) Handicraft Shop from 1901 to at least 1932.

The design of this is in the manner of Georg Jensen,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1382384 (stock #3542f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Price per piece, fourteen available.
Kirk's oldest pattern, "King" remained in production throughout the life of the company.

This example, which is one of fourteen matching pieces all marked with a script "ELS" monogram on the reverse, and stamped "Sterling" and "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.

This and all the companion pieces are in immaculate condition, with clear, sharply-defined pattern detail. The finishes are bright, showing n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1368612 (stock #3293f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Standing 2 1/4" high on a rimmed base that is 3 1/4" across, and having a top diameter of 5", this round bowl weighs 6.1 T. oz.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" in italics on the underside, which is a mark that Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" dates 1880-90. It is also imprinted with the peculiar-to-Baltimore "11 oz." standard, which designates silver content more than coin and less than sterling.

The entire surface save for a reserve area that is engraved with ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1960 item #1377896 (stock #3468f)
Old Friends
$65.00
This jar has a glass base that stands 2 3/8" high to the rim and measures 1 3/4" across on the bottom. The tapered body leads to a 2" diameter lip that is fitted with a silver top stamped "S. Kirk & Son" (used 1932-61), "Sterling," and "17F."

The glass is etched in a grape and vine design indicating this is intended for jam or jelly, although it is of a size that would function as well for mustard.

The just over .6 T. oz. lid is a "Repousse" design with a solid floral finial. It has a ro...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334822 (stock #2760f)
Old Friends
Auction
These two items, stamped "4101" on the bottoms, are the hollowware side of Kirk's "Calvert" and "Old Maryland Plain" flatware patterns.

According to the identifications offered in the "Encylopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the style of the "S. Kirk & Son" mark, along with the word "Sterling," was used 1925-32, indicating these have considerable age.

The footed, open salt stands 1 13/16" tall on a base that is 1 3/4" in diameter, and has a top opening that measures 2 5/8" across....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372845 (stock #3382f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Lengthy items, intended to reach deep into a tall jar, horseradish spoons (sometimes identified as honey spoons) have paddle-like bowls, all of which describes this 6 1/4" long, .6 T. oz., example made by Knowles.

The pattern is "Apollo," which is a scroll, bead, and rose design that is very much in keeping with its late Victorian period (1892 issue date).

The cupped server on this is 1 3/4" long by 3/4" at the widest, and has a satin matte finish.

Never monogrammed, it is in excelle...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1360528 (stock #3141dd)
Old Friends
$125.00
A large item measuring 9 3/4" long and weighing a substantial 3.1 T. oz., this serving spoon is a premier example of 19th century European silver.

It is hallmarked with the "pedestal vase" symbol for the prominent Bremen, Germany, firm of Koch & Bergeld, as well as "800" representing the silver standard, and a "crescent" and "crown" for the national marks. This particular configuration was introduced by the company about 1884 and that is also the approximate date of this piece.

The patt...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1910 item #1356897 (stock #3069f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Dating from around the turn of the 20th century, this item measures 6" across and weighs 3.1 T. oz. Flat bottomed, it has an upraised, 1" wide, bowed and scalloped edge rim that is embossed with a repeating acanthus leaf and gadroon motif.

This is high fashion and complimented by a fancy leaf style lettered "EGD" monogram.

It could be a plate or equally serve as a wine coaster, of a size that could accommodate either a 750 ml or 1.5 liter bottle.

It is stamped on the underside for p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380327 (stock #3509f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
One of the major names in 19th century San Francisco silver manufacturing, Koehler & Ritter produced several full line patterns, holloware, and even some monumental individual items (see Silver in the Golden State).

This pair of 7 3/8" long, 2.8 T. oz. combined, coin silver forks are examples of the firm's "Alameda" aka "Ivy" design.

Similar in style to Gorham's Greek Revival "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 period, it is more embellished than that pattern, with added ivy sprays whi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, 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 something of a pie crust border....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1334125 (stock #2750f)
Old Friends
$145.00
One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1373930 (stock #3404f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Dating from the 1850s, and measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing approximately 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver berry or other serving spoon is stamped "P.L.K." for the Philadelphia silversmith Peter L. Krider.

Relatively plain in design, it nonetheless bespeaks its origins.

The "Reverse Tipt" handle is extensively engraved on the front in a design that is evocative of Philadelphia work of the period. It incorporates leafy elements, wriggle work, bright cutting, and fine line hatching that mim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1355860 (stock #3051f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Price for a set of six.
Arising during the rococo period, English "picture (fancy) back" silver encompassed many designs.

This image is one of six, matching pieces made by the partnership of John Langlands & John Robertson of Newcastle, each one of which features a stylized shell with foliate elements.

They measure 5" long each and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the lot., and have down turned, reverse tipt, "Old English" handles with exposed drops.

The fronts have a feathered script "JML" monogram.

All are in very g...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340604 (stock #2830f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been u...

 
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