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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341076 (stock #2836f)
Old Friends
$50.00
This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., tea or dessert knife is unusual in several regards.

One, it is an example of Tiffany retailed coin silver. Early to adopt a sterling standard, coin instances perforce go deep into the history of that storied company.

Second, it an "Olive" pattern, which is one not commonly found among Tiffany's offerings.

Lastly the maker is unknown, with this only marked "Tiffany & Co." on the backside of the blade, and absent a manufacturer's identification that Tiffa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371324 (stock #3341f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Measuring 4 1/8" long, and weighing nearly .7 T. oz., very heavy for its size, this demitasse (referred to in most older catalogs as coffee) spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with an unclear letter or number, all on the backside heel of the bowl. This mark may be an "L," which would indicate newer (c. 1956) production.

The pattern is the company's fabled "Olympian," which builds upon motifs drawn from classical mythology.

The theme on this is "satyrs receiving instructi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349666 (stock #2941f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Price for the pair.
Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this companion youth spoon and fork set is "Diana and her nymphs," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line.

The fork measures 6 1/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at 1.8 T. oz. Also weighty at 1.7 oz. the spoon measures 6 1/8" long, which is slightly larger than a teaspoon.

Both items are engraved "Wentworth" and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1359382 (stock #3110f)
Old Friends
$395.00
Price for the pair.
A matched pair, this sugar and creamer were a 25th anniversary gift, as indicated by the "ABF to MFCC 1859-1884" inscribed on the sidewall of each piece.

Made by Tiffany, they are hollowware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece.

The creamer measures 3...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1364049 (stock #3213f)
Old Friends
$625.00
This piece of holloware was made to match Tiffany's 1872 "Persian" pattern, and incorporates the same Moorish motif that is found in the flatware line.

This appears on the banding on the upper inner rim and edge of the pedestal base of this 8" top diameter, 4" across the bottom, 5 1/4" tall, 14.9 T. oz., footed bowl, aka tazza or compotier.

The entire piece is characterized by elegant, clean lines, and bright, mirror-like surfaces.

The bowl itself is 2 1/4" deep and has a domed base w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310772 (stock #2578f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company became its own manufacturer was also the firm's namesake line, i.e. "Tiffany." It was later reissued with very slight design modifications under the name "Beekman," and is more generally recognized as that today.

This example is an early production piece, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m."

It is a 6 5/8" long salad fork, and, as became a benchmark with Tiffany silver, is heavy, weighing nearly 1...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353252 (stock #3002f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company began manufacturing its own lines, "Tiffany" was also the firm's namesake design. It was later reissued with very slight modification under the name "Beekman," and is commonly recognized as that today.

There is another subtlety to the design that is evident on this example which is a 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.4 T. oz., gravy ladle.

Writing in "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood notes that the antefix (the anthemion design on the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371804 (stock #3351f)
Old Friends
$85.00
The first in-house pattern produced by Tiffany became the company's namesake design, designated "Tiffany," and reflected Greek Revival design sensibilities. "Beekman" was an 1880s or 1890s reissue of the line, with slight changes.

This 7" long, 1.4 T. oz., preserve spoon is an example of the original pattern, retaining side knobs and having a pointed anthemion tip.

It is marked "Tiffany & Company," "Sterling," Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m," dating it no later than 1891.

It h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360223 (stock #3129f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Dating from 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.

It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks. The fi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334334 (stock #2754f)
Old Friends
$295.00
A Providence, Rhode Island guild level retailer founded in the mid 19th century with principals related by marriage to the Gorham family, Tilden-Thurber Company was throughout its history a source of high quality silver offerings.

Such is represented in this 7" diameter, 1 1/8" high, very heavy at 11.4 T. oz., open bowl. It is stamped on the underside "Tilden-Thurber," "Sterling," and "943," and likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It has a flat bottom, with an eight lobed wall,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1341539 (stock #2839f)
Old Friends
$42.00
One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

The execution on this is masterful. Aesthetic in design, the engraving shows the diamond like surfaces characteristic of bright cut work. The background is satin finish on both the reverse tipt handle, and the scallop flange edge bowl. This provides an offsetting surface that highlights the engraving to advantage.

There is a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363706 (stock #3203dd)
Old Friends
$105.00
Price for the pair as a set.
This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz.

Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts.

The...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361328 (stock #3162f)
Old Friends
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An original production item, this pair of tongs measure 4" long and weigh approximately .8 oz. Made by Towle in the "Georgian" pattern, they are marked "925/1000," with the company "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898."

For serving bon bons, they have four-tine, stylized talon, cupped grips.

Each leg incorporates the column capped by a basket of flowers motif that constitutes this design, which shows to particular advantage in this form. The arch is plain and witho...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359471 (stock #3113f)
Old Friends
$100.00
One of Towle's most enduringly popular patterns, "Georgian" remained in production for decades subsequent to its introduction in the late 19th century.

This 7 5/8" long, heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of the line marked "925/1000," with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898," and the name of the retailer, "Bruce & Chapin," of Worcester, Massachusetts.

It has four tines, one of which has a beveled edge; the basket of flowers and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1327395 (stock #2658f)
Old Friends
$325.00
A full-size soup ladle, this piece measures 13" long and weighs a massive 7.7 T. oz. The generously-proportioned bowl reinforces the overall sense of scale, at 4" in diameter and 1" at the deepest.

The pattern is Towle's courtly "Georgian." It resembles a Corinthian style column surmounted by a basket of roses and draped with a garland of roses. A third rose detail is set midway up the handle. The reverse adds shell and acanthus leaf components in addition to the roses, all of which rou...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1328201 (stock #2668f)
Old Friends
$48.00
An engraved pattern dating from 1916, Towle's "Merrimack" reflects the Colonial Revival qua Adams-esque design sensibilities of the period, and embodies as well Arts & Crafts character in its hammered surfaces.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., cucumber or tomato server. It has a pierced blade that is roughly square at 2 1/2" wide and 2 5/8" back to front.

It is without a monogram or removal and in outstanding condition. All aspects of the engraved design remain sharp and free...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355934 (stock #3052f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Towle produced numerous bright cut engraved patterns in the late 19th century, some of which were named and others identified only by number.

These two items, a large, 5 1/4" long, pair of tongs, and a 5 7/8" long cream ladle, each piece weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., are examples of "Number 50."

They were a presentation set, packaged in a purple colored velvet clad box, with a pale blue satin interior. There is a trade sticker on the underside that identifies this as retailed by "Myers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321713 (stock #2603f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Both large, at 4 7/8" long, and heavy, at nearly 1.3, T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are a very fine example of Towle's "Old Colonial."

This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.

Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.

Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

 
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