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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1376048 (stock #3439f)
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$90.00
The marks on this 3 1/8" top diameter, 1 1/8" high, bowl standing on a 2" wide rim base and weighing a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz., beg identification, although the quality of work bespeaks a skilled producer.

They are "MKH" and "JAH" in block lettering, "Hand Wrought," and "Sterling."

The piece is compellingly appealing in its simplicity of design, good heft, and the high quality of its workmanship.

In flawless condition, it exhibits precise construction, is perfectly round, and has...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375970 (stock #3438f)
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$52.00
One of several umbrella partnerships that Walter S. Brower, Albany, New York, established, Hall, Hewson & Brower, whose "HH&H in a diamond surmounted by an eagle" appears on the backside of this 7 5/16" long, just under 1.2 T. oz., coin silver, master butter knife, operated 1846-52.

This is also imprinted "J.S. Sanders," for the nearby Schenectady, New York, jeweler who retailed this.

A flat-surfaced piece with a high shouldered, pointed end, handle that angles downward to the broad, 1" ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1375809 (stock #3436f)
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$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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375771 (stock #3435f)
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$65.00
Identified in Catherine Hollan's work Philadelphia Silversmiths as a member of "the extended Butler-Peters-McCarthy families from New London, CT," James Butler established himself in Philadephia and became closely associated with that city's James Watts with whom he was actually in active partnership as Watts & Butler for one year, 1867.

Butler also used an animal head over chevron emblem, as found on this 7 1/8" long, T. oz., preserve spoon, that is similar enough to that used by Wat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1375680 (stock #3433f)
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$48.00
This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.4 T. oz., spoon is marked only "Sterling," but the pattern is Whiting's 1880 "Antique Tip," which is itself similar to Knowles' "Antique."

It has a pointed tipt end with scroll detailing and a raised fleur-de-lis drop.

The length of a tablespoon, the oversized, wide and deep with a pointed end, bowl suggests this was designed to function as a versatile server.

While relatively plain, it is adorned with an embellished Old English "L" monogram that stands for...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1375594 (stock #3432f)
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$85.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this solid silver cheese knife dates from the second decade of the 20th century.

The pattern is "Chippendale Old" made by Frank Smith. It features a raised acanthus leaf design set on the terminal end of the handle and the backside heel of the blade. The front of the handle is otherwise smooth and tapered, while the reverse has a midrib.

The handle curves downward where it joins the nubbed shoulders of the blade, which has a bev...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375007 (stock #3423f)
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$28.00
The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon was one manufactured by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

The pattern is a "Scroll and Leaf" design, here accompanied by a stylized shell form bowl that may be singular to this form.

The handle reverse is engraved in script with the name "Viola."

It is in excellent condition, evidencing no polishing wear and having a fine finish. The bow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374946 (stock #3422f)
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$34.00
A weighty item at 1.0 T. oz., this 5 7/8" long teaspoon is a superb example of Wallace's figural "Irian" pattern.

It portrays a full-sized, semi-draped, female image with three putti surrounding her head. One of these is cupid like and is pointing a bow and arrow at her.

Additional detailing includes orchid blossoms, leaves and other flowers, front and back sides, all presented in an Art Nouveau manner, which is consistent with the 1902 date of this line.

The handle reverse is engra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1374915 (stock #3421f)
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$55.00
This style of tea strainer is designed to hang from the spout of a tea pot.

The body is a basket, in this instance 2 1/4" in diameter and 1" deep, with a bail handle that is attached to a double wire prong that is held in the spout by tension. The total weight is nearly .5 T. oz.

This circa 1900 example made by Blackinton is model number "64" as stamped on the underside, along with the company sword emblem, and the word "Sterling."

The basket has a scalloped edge that is imprinted wi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1374799 (stock #3419f)
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$65.00
Measuring 7" long and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this preserve or jelly spoon traces to Boston, circa 1860.

It is stamped ". F&H ." for Farrington & Hunnewell, along with "Pure-Coin," which is a New England regional term designating the silver content.

The arched handle has a fan-shaped end, which along with the main shank, is finely engraved in an intricate leaf and scroll design. Boston design of the period is often associated with restraint, if not severity, and the embellishment...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1374687 (stock #3417f)
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$395.00
Model number "1907," as imprinted on the underside, along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date letter for "1880," this mug is large and exceptionally attractive. Furthermore, it references significant historicity in its inscription.

It stands 3 5/8" tall, has a diameter of 2 7/8", a maximum span of 4 3/8" to the end of the handle, and weighs just under 6.0 T. oz.

The body is plain walled and has a satin finish on the upper section, while the lower portion has a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1374537 (stock #3414f)
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$85.00
A replica of a style that has its origins in the pre-Georgian era (see Old Friends item 2971f), this pair of sugar nips carry hallmarks in two places for London, sterling silver, 1921, and maker HF, likely Harrison Fisher, which was a Sheffield based firm.

They measure 4 5/8" long, are 1 3/4" across at the handles when closed, and open to a span of 3 5/8" at the shell grips. Weight is .9 T. oz.

Each arm is cast solid silver with a round finger grip attached to arms that are a series of ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374484 (stock #3413f)
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$36.00
Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this spoon has a broad, "Fiddle Tipt," handle, and high, pointed shoulders off the bowl.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" along with the Baltimore standard mark "10.15," which is roughly equivalent to coin, and in this particular combination of marks was used 1846-61.

Well-proportioned and clean looking, this presents in a quietly stately manner.

There is a feathered script "G" monogram on the front of the otherwise plain pie...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1374415 (stock #3412f)
Old Friends
$345.00
Lacking a specific definition, console bowls are generally low and wide items, well-suited to hold fruit or decorative arrangements, and that is the case with this item.

It measures 7" across, stands 2" tall, has a tapering body that rests on a 2 3/4" wide base, and weighs a robust 11.8 T. oz.

Made by Tiffany & Company, it is so marked on the underside, along with "Sterling Silver," "925/1000," and an "m" for John C. Moore II, director from 1907-47.

It carries the model number "18941...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374347 (stock #3411f)
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$62.00
An early, harder to find and more sought after than later production items, this 5" long, approximately .7 T. oz., Art Nouveau period "Francis I" lemon fork is marked with Reed & Barton's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and in very fine, precise lettering set along the edge, "Pat. June 25 07."

Newer pieces are marked "Reed & Barton."

It has three, elongated, tines joined to a pierced heel.

The backside is engraved "GSP" in a delicate script.

It is in mint estate condition. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374249 (stock #3409f)
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$285.00
One of the most impressive pieces in any given flatware line, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by their very large, deeply cupped and pierced, bowls.

The piercing is what distinguishes them from their similar, kindred but more common and less dramatic in appearance, cracker scoops.

These features are all present in this 8 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., example made by Gorham in its 1893 "Luxembourg" pattern.

The design is rococo in nature, featuring an asymmetrical array of scroll and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1374147 (stock #3407f)
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$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 1900 item #1374085 (stock #3406f)
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$265.00
Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing just over 3.2 T. oz., this pair of tongs are large enough in relative terms to be described as immense. They may be an old implement that is sometimes referenced as (fried) chicken tongs.

They are stamped "Lincoln & Foss" for the mid 19th century (1848-57) Boston firm, and quite unusual for the date, "Sterling," rather than the expected coin silver.

The scroll pattern that appears on each leg is one that was probably produced by Farrington & Hunnewell,...

 
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