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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 : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1372178 (stock #3367f)
Old Friends
$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 #1385280 (stock #3594f)
Old Friends
$56.00
The first decade of the 20th century witnessed a great flowering of design successes for Reed & Barton, largely influenced by Art Nouveau sensibilities and perhaps culminating with the company's figural "Love Disarmed."

"La Splendide," the pattern on this 6 1/4" long, weighty at 1.9 T. oz., sugar sifter was among the product of this period.

The relatively plain handle is surmounted by a cascade of high relief, fluid scrolls that almost seem to erupt from the handle end.

The expressivene...

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359139 (stock #3106f)
Old Friends
$165.00
This substantial-sized, 9 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., piece bespeaks its 19th century Philadelphia origins.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade. There are two round bottom vees with cur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1351611 (stock #2971f)
Old Friends
$175.00
A late 18th century item, these sterling sugar nips are stamped on each finger holder with a lion and "RM" for Robert Makepeace II whose mark was entered into the London registry in 1795 (Grimwade).

Noted as a good maker in "Jackson's Hallmarks," his capacities show in this item measuring 5" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz.

They are solid silver, with cast, scroll form arms and clam shell grips.

The round crosspiece is inscribed "D" over "L*I" in block lettering.

They are in outstand...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1315406 (stock #2521f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Price per piece. Two available, matching.
While this 4 3/4" long, heavy at 1.4 T. oz., bon bon is akin to parallel items produced by such large manufacturers as Gorham and Whiting, this comes from an unexpected source, namely Roger Williams Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island.

A successor to Howard Sterling Silver Co. c. 1900 according to Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," it merged in 1903 with Mauser and Hayes & MacFarland to form the Mount Vernon Company, so the Roger Williams moniker was sho...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370093 (stock #3317f)
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At 7 1/2" long, and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this item is larger than today's dessert or oval soup, and smaller than a tablespoon. It would have been an individual place piece in its mid 19th century period.

It has a broad, down turned, "Reverse Tipt," handle end, a narrow shank with beveled edges, and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl.

The bowl has a pointed tip and a raised shell design on the backside heel.

It is stamped "R[ichard]. Smith" and "Newark," along with a "lion, D, bust...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388195 (stock #3642f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Catherine Hollan in her volume Philadelphia Silver lists 1825-49 as directory dates for the Philadelphia firm of Robert & William William, noting they were referenced in a letter dated 1821, while the firm "continued to be listed in Bywater's and Boyd's directories until 1851."

A wide variety of silver is still found with the company's various marks, the one on this 7 1/8" long master butter knife being "R&W.W."

It is coin silver, with a solid, blunt end, blade, and a hollow, filled...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388468 (stock #3647f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Measuring 7 1/16" long and substantial weight at just under 1.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver master butter knife has a flat handle on a plane with the blade.

Stamped "R&W. Wilson Philad" on the blade, it was made by brothers Robert and William with dates spanning the second quarter of the 19th century.

The pattern is a "King," and more specifically what Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies as a "Honeysuckle" variant for the stylized floral element set midway on...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1367056 (stock #3264f)
Old Friends
$88.00
With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant silver manufactury.

While "Tipt" end examples of their work, which this is, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.

One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.

The handle has...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1379390 (stock #3498f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Born about 1787 according to Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths and working by the second decade of the 19th century, Samuel Hildeburn became a recognized name among that city's silversmiths.

This example, an 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz. table or serving spoon, is stamped "Hildeburn" over "Phila" and with an "eagle."

It is a plain end pattern with a slightly tipt backside dating early in his working years.

It is monogrammed "TCR" in feathered script lettering set sideways o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1357480 (stock #3080f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Price for the set of eight.
Something over 100 years old, these oyster or seafood cocktail forks are stamped "S. Kirk & Son Co." and "925/1000" which was a mark used 1896-1914 (Rainwater, "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers").

Each piece measures 5 3/8" long and has a script monogram that appears to be "GEHA" on an otherwise plain backside. They are relatively heavy, weighing 6.7 T. oz. the group.

All the pieces are in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having fine finishes. The tines r...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1356943 (stock #3070f)
Old Friends
$565.00
Price for the pair as a set.
This salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing.

Made by George Sharp of Philadelphia, they are stamped with his "lion, S, lion" emblem, as well as "Tiffany & Co.," who would have retailed this pair about the mid 1860s. Presumably they are sterling rather than coin silver, given that Tiffany early on required this.

They are exceptionally large items, with the fork measuring 10 3/4" long and weighin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352879 (stock #2996f)
Old Friends
$95.00

A 6 3/4" long, relatively weighty at 1.4 T. oz. item, this small to medium sized serving spoon was produced by George Shiebler in the late 19th century.

The pattern name is "Sandringham" and the design is consistent with this appelation, in that it is English courtly.

The handle, which has beaded margins, is capped with what appears to be a near exact representation of the three feather herldic badge of the Prince of Wales.

References list the issue date of this pattern as 1895, b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382683 (stock #3546f)
Old Friends
$575.00
Price for the pair.
A matched pair, this spoon and fork could readily be used as a salad serving set, or individually as buffet or platter pieces.

Made by George Shiebler, with a likely late 19th century date, they are imaginatively designed--which in reference to Shiebler is often an understatement--and extravagantly scaled. Both items are stamped with a "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "2733."

Each piece measures 10 1/2" long, with the fork weighing 3.2 T. oz. and the spoon nearly 3.4 T. oz. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297901 (stock #2467f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Price per piece. September not available.
Dating from 1902, George Shiebler's group of twelve month designs follows closely after his Flora series and his line pattern "Fiorito." All of them incorporate Art Nouveau, floral motifs.

This trio includes the months of "April," "September," and "November," and portrays respectively, a lily, a poppy, and a chrysanthemum.

Each spoon measures 6" long, and is heavy, weighing something over 1.0 T. oz. each, with slight variation piece to piece.

The condition of all the spoons is excel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1375809 (stock #3436f)
Old Friends
$135.00
As is so much the mark of George Shiebler's work, this late 19th century, 5 1/2" long, button hook reflects imaginative and innovative design characteristics.

The handle, about half the overall length, is sterling silver, so marked, along with Shiebler's "winged S" emblem and the model number "5264," while the lower portion with the actual "hook" that defines the piece, is plated steel.

The silver portion is comprised of a central rod wrapped by two strands of heavy wire that encircle th...

 
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