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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)
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$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 : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1377360 (stock #3460f)
Old Friends
$36.00
An 8 3/4" long berry or other serving spoon, this piece has a large, 3 1/2" by 3", 3/4" deep, pointed tip bowl that in this instance is finished in a deep bronze-colored gold wash.

Stamped "Rogers & Hamilton," the 1895 pattern is "Aldine," and was also produced by Tufts as "Rococo," and marketed by Montgomery Ward under the name "Myrtle."

Apropos of the Tufts nomenclature, it is rococo in style featuring an array of scrolls and leaves asymmetrically arrayed on the handle. The bowl incor...

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)
Old Friends
$36.00
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 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 : Books and Publications : Antiques : Pre 1900 item #1323734 (stock #2625jk)
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Please ask.
An apparently very rare and historically valuable volume, examples of this trade catalogue are held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty special collections, as well as in several other significant settings.

Considerable online information is available about this volume, and given no book expertise is here represented, evaluation of this has to rest in outside sources. This comes through a family channel, not commercial or otherwise.

It is fully authentic, with a plate on t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349975 (stock #2944f)
Old Friends
$100.00
Price for the set of 8.
A "Fiddle Tipt" design typical of their early 1850s period, these eight teaspoons might at first seem undistinguished from the substantial inventory of such pieces that still exists.

These 5 7/8" long, 3.9 T. oz. the set, spoons are exceptional, however, in several regards.

One is that they are an original matching set, with each piece monogrammed in a fancy script "M.H." placed sideways on the handle.

Secondly, they are extraordinarily well-crafted. The bowls are elegantly shaped, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1357480 (stock #3080f)
Old Friends
$185.00
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 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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1373677 (stock #3400f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Stamped with the word "Sterling," model number "145," and the name "Shreve Cump & Low Co.," for Boston's premier jeweler, this pitcher stands 4 1/2" to the rim, 5 5/8" to the highest point on the top of the handle, sits on a square base that is 2 5/8" on a side, and weighs a relatively heavy 5.8 T. oz.

It is also engraved "B" over "R + E" over "1916," in block lettering as was typically used on Arts & Crafts items. Indeed it appears to be hand fashioned, and there were numbers of skilled si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1343188 (stock #2864f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
These matching oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks all measure 5 3/8" long, and weigh a bit over 3.5 T. oz. the lot.

They were made by Alvin, whose company emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent" appear on the backsides, in very fine, precise, raised lettering as it should be on original pieces..

The pattern is "Majestic," which is a multi-motif floral Art Nouveau line that in this instance portrays irises. It was introduced in 1900.

There is a single, large blossom set midw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332576 (stock #2729f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the set of six.
Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no v...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1364823 (stock #3230f)
Old Friends
$140.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six, matching, 5 7/16" long, 4.5 T. oz. the group, teaspoons has a script "P" monogram on the front.

Five of them are stamped with the "bearded man" 950 (higher than sterling) French standard emblem used 1819-38, along with a round guarantee mark, and the lozenge for maker Pierre-Phillipe Rousseau 1808-20.

The sixth piece is similar to the others, save it has a different maker's mark, which includes the letters "U, C and D," and is slightly lighter weight.

They are a "F...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368486 (stock #3289f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Large at 6" long, and substantial weight at 5.7 t. oz. the lot, these six, matching, teaspoons date from the mid 19th century.

Each one is stamped "John B. Scott" for the New York City retailer, who is documented working circa 1820, with no ending date available.

The pattern is a "Beaded Olive" that appears to be a near match for manufacturer John Westervelt's pattern of the same name. less so akin to William Gale's "Mayflower" or John Polhamus' "Ionic."

The backside is a "Tuscan" pa...

 
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