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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
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$52.00
A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369513 (stock #3307f)
Old Friends
$235.00
A large item at 9 1/8" long overall, and weighing over 2.5 T. oz., this spoon has a generously sized, plum shaped, bowl that measures 3 3/4" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and 1/2" deep.

It reflects a form that saw various expressions in the mid 1860s. The common characteristics of this style are a faceted, which this is, or tubular stem, surmounted by any number of ends, for example, knob, ball, sphere, cube, or as in this instance, "dome."

The top on this is more precisely a hemisphere, wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1360748 (stock #3150f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Free standing, this 4" square, 1/2" deep, tea strainer stands on four slender, splayed feet.

The body and a portion of the handle are sterling silver, as identified on the underside. Other marks include the Dominick & Haff three part emblem, and the model number "34."

The end of the handle is an off white material, possibly celluloid, with turned rings and a knob end.

The strainer body is sturdy, weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., has scalloped edges, sloped sides with four raised ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1352472 (stock #2990f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Standing 1 9/16" tall, having a maximum diameter of 2 5/16", and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this master salt derives its design from the Aesthtetic mode.

It is cauldron shaped, with a flat bottom, two handles, and a scalloped rim. The body has a hammered surface and beaded detailing on the handles.

The underside is marked "Sterling," with the model number "304," and the Dominick & Haff three-part emblem that includes "925" and the date "1884."

It is in excellent condition, free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353349 (stock #3003f)
Old Friends
$42.00
A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., bon bon or nut (almond) scoop.

It has a 2 3/8" wide by 2" deep serving area. This has cupped and scalloped shoulders, a curved front edge, a reticulated surface, and retains slight traces of an original gold wash.

There is a script "CGD" monogram on the handle.

The condition is outstanding. Pattern detail...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328770 (stock #2676f)
Old Friends
$35.00
No doubt responding to the late 19th century emergence of European enamel work as high fashion art, American silver manufacturers began to adorn examples their products with enamel detailing.

New York's Dominick & Haff seemed to favor its "Renaissance" pattern for this purpose, as this 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon illustrates.

The design is intricate enough to accommodate enamel highlights as well as provide the necessary grid for the material to adhere to. (Enamel and silver ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370440 (stock #3326f)
Old Friends
$90.00
An 8 3/8" long item, this lettuce fork is heavy, weighing 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part emblem, the word "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94.," is the pierced version of this pattern.

The more common examples of "Renaissan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355646 (stock #3048f)
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$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 #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 #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...

 
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