American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359471 (stock #3113f)
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$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 1920 item #1328201 (stock #2668f)
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$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
$115.00
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)
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$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."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368415 (stock #3287f)
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$48.00
A lengthy, 9", approximately 1.0 T. oz., example of the form, this delicate and slender fork was intended for use with soft lettuces.

The pattern is Towle's late 19th century, "Old English." It incorporates small rose blossoms interspersed with a leafy scroll border.

Consistent with the characteristic design of such pieces, it has three long tines, the outer two of which are splayed. These are pointed and have scalloped edges.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in choice estate c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363707 (stock #3204f)
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$210.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of the rose and scroll motif of the pattern, Towle's "Old English," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

This is without a monog...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1348670 (stock #2931f)
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$45.00
At 4 1/2" long, and a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this food scraper is slightly larger than a baby food pusher, which it resembles.

Whereas the pusher is bent, this has a flat, 2" wide, pierced, blade with a straight front edge and scalloped sides and shoulders.

A rarely found item, this form seems to have been favored by Towle who produced this in the company's 1900 "Old Newbury," and offered it in other patterns as well.

It was retailed by "A.M. Jewett" whose name appears on the re...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338540 (stock #2802f)
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$46.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this long handle olive or pickle fork is a clean example of Towle's "Old Newbury" pattern issued in 1900.

The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.

Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed.

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370355 (stock #3322dd)
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$75.00
A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design in the interior, which is engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is in excellent condition an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353080 (stock #2999f)
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Patented in 1887, "Pomona" was produced in a period of increasing urbanization, but the imagery is in substance an ode to rural life.

It features a variety of fruit, including hanging peaches, along with pears and grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, on the handle.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sardine fork.

The backside of the handle has a small leafy detail on the end. The portraiture of the leaf varies from piece to piece. Otherwise the reverse is plain ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1356790 (stock #3067f)
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$28.00
A 5 1/2" long, just under .5 T. oz., piece made by Towle, the pattern on the handle is "Rustic," introduced in 1895.

The bowl is the story with this item. It is an artistically engraved representation of, at the time, the campus buildings of the "St. Johnsbury [Vermont] Academy."

The quality and precision of this work would be hard to overstate. Every facet of the two structures is rendered in intricate, fine line, detail. This is all set against a deep, bronze-colored, gold wash (fro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1367444 (stock #3268f)
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This 2 1/4" tall, 3" diameter, round bowl sits on a tiered pedestal base that is 2" across. The piece weighs nearly 2.8 T. oz.

It is hallmarked for Turner & Simpson, of Birmingham, England, with city and sterling symbols that, while rubbed, are legible. The date letter is obscured, although the outline shape is for "Cycle XIII," which ran 1950-74.

It is Georgian in style, with a plain body that has an applied rim and the previously mentioned footed base.

There are also two cast lio...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1374147 (stock #3407f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A Boston firm rooted in the Arts & Crafts tradition, Tuttle was known for its old English reproduction items, as well as its novel marking system.

The firm adopted the custom of identifying the year of manufacture of its pieces by imprinting them with the initials, set in a crescent, of the sitting President of the United States, beginning with the term of Calvin Coolidge.

This 5 1/8" long, quite heavy at approximately 1.7 T. oz., and consequently heavy gauge, sauce or cream ladle is sta...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1370356 (stock #3323f)
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$115.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Got...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1368667 (stock #3294f)
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$95.00
Slender and delicate, this piece measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.2 T. oz.

Marked only "Coin," without a maker's or retailer's identification, the rounded handle with notched tip essentially matches Gorham's early, 1865, "Italian" pattern, and the quality of manufacture suggests such a significant maker.

This is bordered by fine wriggle work engraving and has an elegant period "EC" feathered script monogram set in the center of the plain area of the surface.

The lower por...

All Items : : Pre 1800 item #1305545 (stock #2529f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Important New York City silversmiths in their own rights, Thomas Underhill and John Vernon operated as a short-lived partnership in a common shop in New York City in the very earliest days of the American Republic, 1787-88.

This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.9 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon is marked with the "T.U" and "I.V" indicative of that partnership.

It has a rounded, "Reverse Tipt," down-turned, end and a pronounced drop on the bowl. The shank is narrow, thick, and smoothly joined with th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1376273 (stock #3443f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Not "made up" or "hand crafted," this 6 1/4" long, relatively weighty at .7 T. oz., butter pick is a completely original piece, rather than adapted from another item as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is "Passaic," introduced by Unger Brothers in 1900.

Known for its innovative Art Nouveau designs, executed in both flatware and jewelry, the style of this goes in another direction, to the rococo. It employs a variety of scrolls, leaves, and delicate flower blossoms presented i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1349274 (stock #2936f)
Old Friends
$85.00
The Unger Brothers firm of Newark, New Jersey was known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs, produced in both flatware and jewelry in the last decade of the 19th and first decade of the 20th centuries.

The pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., olive spoon is "Douvaine," perhaps the company's most popular line.

It features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array o...

 
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