American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1352676 (stock #2993f)
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$125.00
Made in London in 1802-03 during the reign of George III, this pair of tongs measure 5 5/8" long and weigh just over 1.0 T. oz.

They are fully marked on the arms for London, 1802-03, sterling, and the family partnership of Peter (son of Hester), Ann (sister-in-law of Peter), and William (nephew of Peter) Bateman, represented as "PB/AB/WB."

It has cup grips, shaped arms, and a slightly concave arch that is engraved with a feathered script "CH" monogram.

All outward facing surfaces are...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359383 (stock #3111f)
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$70.00
Marked only "Sterling," this circa 1865 "Kings" pattern is readily identified. Among other features, it incorporates a rosette in the design, which was a detail particular to Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, later Krider & Biddle.

This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider.

The interior of the bowl has a matte gold finis...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360937 (stock #3155f)
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A New York City silversmith who worked from the 1830s until his bankruptcy in 1868, Philo B. Gilbert's dies passed on to John C. Cook and George Shiebler, so his work shows up with a variety of marks.

This 8" long, 1.8 T. oz., coin silver ladle bear only his "lion and leopard head" pseudo hallmark, "Patent 1867," and Gilbert's initials "PBG."

The pattern is a "Medallion" and one with which Gilbert is strongly identified. The classical portraiture is a clean representation of a young war...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350176 (stock #2949f)
Old Friends
$58.00
Price per piece, three available.
A handsome interpretation of an English "Kings" pattern, this upturned end table serving spoon measures 8 7/16" long and weighs a heavy 2.3 T. oz.

Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, it was made by Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, whose name and three part, "lion, K, crown," hallmark appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling."

It is without a monogram or removal and in immaculate condition. There are no signs of wear. The generously sized bowl, 3" by 1 1/2" at...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372531 (stock #3374f)
Old Friends
$34.00
Price per piece, two available.
One of Tiffany's favored suppliers before it began to produce its own silver, was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the manufacturer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard.

"Ionic" is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1372310 (stock #3370f)
Old Friends
$385.00
Price for the pair.
Large items, each measuring 10 1/2" long, the fork of this silver pair weighs approximately 2.5 T. oz., and the spoon 2.9 T. oz.

They are stamped "Porter Blanchard," who was a prominent, 20th century name in California Arts and Crafts silver, and "Sterling," on the backsides of "Pointed (1800)" pattern handles.

Alternatively identified as a large salad set, or buffet or platter items, they present as slender, elongated pieces, with a narrow bowl on the spoon, and two lengthy, splayed tin...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1329292 (stock #2684f)
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$65.00
Price per piece.
These two, 5 3/4" long, approximately .7 T. oz. each, spoons were made by Toronto's P.W. Ellis & Co., with each stamped "Sterling" on the handle and back of the bowl, and with the firm's "E inside a maple leaf" emblem in adjoining places.

They bear several similarities including the date "1891" set in the center of the handle, with each number surrounded by twig or branch framing. The bowls are identical as well, with acid etched to a pale gold, matte surfaces, leaving bright, irregular, si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333915 (stock #2747f)
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$185.00
An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
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$165.00
A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330069 (stock #2697f)
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$42.00
Multiple sources list silversmith and merchant Pardon L. Taylor, as born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1824, and working in Brooklyn, New York, where he died in 1860.

No reference, however, documents the "P.L. Taylor & Jones" mark on this large, 8 7/8" long, significant weight, 1.6 T. oz., "Tipt End" table or serving spoon, suggesting it was, like the man himself, a short-lived enterprise, and thus rare.

The piece is a superb example of what it is. Carefully honed and crafted, it manifes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331743 (stock #2720f)
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$125.00
A specialized form, "ideal" olive spoons have open bowls with double pronged tips, which is precisely the style of this long, 8 1/8", 1.0 T. oz., example in Towle's "Old Colonial."

It is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece.

Marked in a way consistent with this line, namely "925/1000," the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," this also has a second patent date, "Oct. 27, 1903." This probably relates to the specialized bowl. Lastly, it is stamped with ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346080 (stock #2905f)
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$235.00
Dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is an intricately detailed and finely rendered, Renaissance Revival, design.

This 10 1/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., item is a rare form, likely pudding, serving spoon.

It has a symmetrical, 4 3/4" long by 2 1/4" at the widest, oval blade or bowl with a slightly scooped interior. This has a deep, bronze colored, gold finish front and backsides, and delicate, stylized leaf and blossom engraving at the tip. There is a feathered script, possibly "JDQ," m...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371250 (stock #3340f)
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As charming as they are unusual, this knife and spoon set were made circa 1885.

The pair is comprised of a 7 3/8" long knife and a 6 3/8" spoon. Both are very heavy, with the knife weighing 1.8 T. oz., and the spoon 1.5 T. oz.

Made by Whiting, the handles have the same shape and proportion as that company's "Berry" pattern, save the design on these is acid etched (rather than die struck) and portrays characters from children's rhymes. On a par with Tiffany's "Jack and Jill" youth items...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1372178 (stock #3367f)
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$34.00
This piece illustrates the once common practice of engraving standard line pieces with local historical features, and thus creating souvenir items.

In this case, the primary piece is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon in Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is a highly textured, Art Nouveau floral design.

The bowl is bright cut engraved in a representation of the American Civil War, "Soliders and Sailors Monument" in "Cleveland, O.," as inscribed around the actual port...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374347 (stock #3411f)
Old Friends
$62.00
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376810 (stock #3452f)
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Retailed by J.K. Laudermilch of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and so marked, along with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion," "Sterling," and "Patent 1892," this large cheese scoop measures 7 7/8" long and weighs a robust 2.1 T. oz.

The pattern is "Trajan," which is a bold, high relief, repousse-like, leaf and floral design. The handle backside has a reserve area that is engraved with a script "R" monogram.

This is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece, and it is all s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1362553 (stock #3183f)
Old Friends
$45.00
The maker of this 6 3/16" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., spoon was perhaps best known for his partnership with Francis W. Cooper, himself a renowned producer of mid 19th century ecclesiastical silver.

Stamped "R. Fisher Jr." for Richard, it also carries his working address, "331 Broadway, N.Y.," and is a scarce example of his individual work.

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with a relatively short and deep shell bowl, with a broad end and a strong taper to the heel. The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1364968 (stock #3233f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Large at 11 3/4" long, and weighty at 4.3 T. oz., this down turned, "Reverse Tipt," spoon has beveled edges and a thumb drop on the heel backside.

An English Georgian piece, it is fully marked for London, sterling, 1812-13, and maker Richard Turner (RT).

Variously identified as a platter, basting, or stuffing spoon, it is intended for heavy duty.

This has a leaf script "M" monogram on the front of the otherwise plain handle.

It is in excellent condition, the only signs of use bei...

 
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