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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355646 (stock #3048f)
Old Friends
$35.00
A late 19th century pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

It is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves and flowers, all under a rococo mantle and set in moderately high relief.

There were two versions, one with a solid background and one pierced. This 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork is the latter.

It was never monogrammed or inscribed, and is in very fine condition. It has a warm finish, retains excelle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366600 (stock #3256f)
Old Friends
$115.00
A late 19th century rococo pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

Made in two versions, solid background and pierced, it is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves with flowers, all set in moderately high relief.

Elegant without any embellishment, this pierced, 8 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., jelly knife is made all the more so by the addition of an overall vermeil, i.e. gold gilt, surface, and rich, multi-colored enamel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1365064 (stock #3234f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A generously proportioned piece, this sterling spoon measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 1.9 T. oz.

Its origins are Irish, with hallmarks indicating it was made in Dublin in 1821 by Joshua Buckton, as indicated by the "I pellet B" imprint. James Brady also dates from the same time, but his mark is absent the pellet.

It is an "Old English" pattern, with a down-turned, reverse tip handle and a thumb drop on the bowl backside.

There is a feathered script "AMcC" monogram engraved on the fro...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353131 (stock #3000f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin tongs are early production items from Cincinnati's premier silver and jewelry house, "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

They are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements. They may be pickle tongs, for use with a tall caster.

The lower portions of the arms are blocky where they join with the substantially-scaled talon grips.

This area is joined to ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376205 (stock #3442f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Cincinnati, Ohio's Duhme & Co. offered numerous patterns that were teasingly close to those produced by other manufacturers, enough so that it raises the question whether these designs were copies or produced by third party firms for retailing by Duhme.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an example of this practice. The rarely found pattern is a very close match to Whiting's "Berry," introduced in 1880.

The handle is more slender than Whiting's and also ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364531 (stock #3223f)
Old Friends
$285.00
An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long, possibly meat, serving fork is large and very heavy at 4.4 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The serving end includes four broad tines, one of the outer ones of which is h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364532 (stock #3224f)
Old Friends
$295.00
An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long serving spoon is large and very heavy at 4.3 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 3/4" deep. It is a styliz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360045 (stock #3123dd)
Old Friends
$120.00
Large at 8 9/16" long, and weighty at over 3.1 T. oz., this pea spoon has a generously scaled, round, 3" diameter, 7/8" deep, bowl. This has intricate scroll and bell flower piercing and a gold finish on both sides.

Made by Durgin, the pattern is "Bead," which was introduced in 1893.

The design incorporates a beaded border on the handle, which has a tipt end on the slightly upturned front and a plain end on the back.

There is an Old English "H" monogram.

An estate piece, this is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346000 (stock #2904f)
Old Friends
$95.00
The largest of the round bowl soup spoons, gumbos are substantially sized items.

Consistent with that, this example measures 6 7/8" long and is quite heavy, at 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Dauphin" by Durgin, issued in 1897.

Apropos of the name, the design is French in manner. It features a variety of high relief flowers and leaves, with a ribbon border. The backside heel of the roughly 2" diameter bowl features an expanded leaf portraiture, interpreted in a free-flowing, Art Nouveau...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1367500 (stock #3269f)
Old Friends
$100.00
The biggest serving spoon that Durgin made in its 1910 "Fairfax" line, this piece measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The wide bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, defines this as a large berry, aka casserole or vegetable, spoon.

An early production item, this is marked with the Durgin "D" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd," and the name of the retailer, "Banks & Bryan," of Wilmington, Delaware.

There is a multi-line script "ESB" monogram on the handle front.

It is in very good e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351401 (stock #2969f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script.

Essentially a rarity because of its age and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377681 (stock #3464f)
Old Friends
$210.00
An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name, all of which show particularly well at the scale of this 9 1/8" long, weighty at 2.5 T. oz., (salad) serving spoon.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

The b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290306 (stock #2408f)
Old Friends
$48.00
An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the bac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372147 (stock #3360f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense design that reflects quite a different, and more complex, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.

This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork.

The overall condition is excellent and there is no monogram or removal. The tines retain a portion of an original gold wash and are pointed and free of bends or burrs. The pattern detail remains well-d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361016 (stock #3156f)
Old Friends
$225.00
All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form.

The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, with in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of de...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329461 (stock #2687f)
Old Friends
$385.00
Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and freedom of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold ov...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1357140 (stock #3074f)
Old Friends
$36.00
Featuring a finely rendered portraiture of a Native American in a squatting position, this souvenir item is unusual in that it is a citrus spoon rather than the typical teaspoon.

Made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the backside, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For," it measures 6" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

The piece is well-crafted, with a sculptural quality to the detailed, high relief, imagery that includes a box turtle at the join between the handle and bowl and the word "...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1336487 (stock #2780f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Priced as a pair.
One of Durgin's earliest line patterns, this design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow. Although documentation for it is scant, "Spray" is an accepted name.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are only occasionally identified as by Durgin. This youth set provide that association, as both pieces are stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Sterling."

The knife measures 7 1/2" long, while the fork is 6". Both pieces combined weigh just...

 
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