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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1379221 (stock #3495f)
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$165.00
An engaging item with a style that does not readily fall into a single design motif, this cream pitcher or sauce boat has a repousse body that incorporates a variety of repousse leaf, scroll, and lattice work elements which are in part Aesthetic and in part conventional.

Made by Gorham, the underside is stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," model number "540," and a date symbol for "1892."

It measures 5 1/2" from handle end to tip of spout, is bulbous at 2 3/4" wid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1379095 (stock #3493f)
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$235.00
Identified as a paper cutter in catalogues of its period, this item is typically referred to as a page turner or letter open today.

This large, 11 3/4" long, approximately 3.0 T. oz., solid silver example was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "B177," and a date symbol for 1898 are stamped on the edge of the handle.

Cast and open, the handle is rococo in design, featuring an asymmetrical array of scrolls, blossoms, and leaves.

The blade is 7...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1379056 (stock #3492f)
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$245.00
Measuring 7" long and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this cheese scoop, also identified by some sources as a marrow spoon, has a 3 1/4" by 1" wide serving end.

The pattern is number "21" introduced by Georg Jensen about 1920. This example carries that number, the words "Sterling" and "Denmark" and a Jensen mark consonant with the design date.

Also known as "Pea in the Pod," the curved end handle features ball and leaf elements that, in the manner of Danish Modern stylization similar to that of Jense...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1378998 (stock #3491f)
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$215.00
Rectangular with rounded corners, this circa 1895 soap box measures 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 1 5/8" high and weighs a generous 3.4 T. oz.

It was made by Dominick & Haff whose three part emblem, "Sterling," "Patent," and the number "56" are stamped on the inside lip of the lower half.

The top and bottom pieces have raised decorative, "Rocaille" style, elements that include shells, flowers, leaves, and scrolls. The interior is finished in an intact gold wash.

The lid is engraved with a flowing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1378866 (stock #3489f)
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$42.00
Produced by Watson, this version of "Cherub" is to be distinguished from the company's full line pattern with this name (see Old Friends item 2714f for comparison).

The figure on this 4 1/4" long, unusually heavy at nearly .5 T. oz., spoon appears to be cast rather than die struck, and possesses much more dimension and detail than the line design.

Indeed, the youthful image evinces an angelic, innocent, and ethereal quality, suggesting she or he is not of this world. Other detail on the ha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1378816 (stock #3488f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing not quite .3 T. oz. (8 grams), this master salt spoon has a plain, rounded, down turned and slightly tipt back, handle, with the style dating it the first quarter of the 19th century.

Curiously it is only marked "Norfolk," without a maker's identification.

A review of Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia does not illustrate this specific italicized version of the word "Norfolk," but does show several sources that used similar lettering in their touch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1378759 (stock #3487f)
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$215.00
A 3 1/8" by 2 3/4" oval that stands 3" high to the rim, 4" to the tip of the finial, this tea caddy weighs a substantial 6.0 T. oz.

It is stamped on the bottom "Sterling," "Hand Made," and with a lion passant, but without a maker's identification, although it is clearly American in origin.

Note: the style follows after a tea caddy form made popular by renowned silversmith William G. DeMatteo, Bergenfield, New Jersey, who also used the term "Hand Made," and whose son followed him in the tr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1378679 (stock #3486f)
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$42.00
Price per piece, five available.
Measuring 8 1/2" long, and weighing nearly 1.6 T. oz., this table or serving spoon dating circa 1880 and originating in Baltimore, is stamped with "Sterling" and "J.S. MacDonald."

It is an engraved "Lily" pattern set on an "Old English" handle, and shows the influence of Aesthetic (Eastlake) design sensibilities in its naturalistic and abstract motifs.

The background behind the engraving has a satin finish along with an "FMA" feathered script monogram.

It is in superb estate condition....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1378646 (stock #3485f)
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$90.00
Bowls or dishes are often found missing a lid, with the pieces haplessly separated over time. This is the less common instance of an orphaned lid absent a bottom.

Marked "Stieff," "Sterling," and with a date symbol for 1923, it is an appropriate size for a butter or similar-sized dish, measuring 4 7/8" in outside diameter, has a 3/16" high inside rim that is 4 3/8" across, stands 1 5/8" to the top of the knob finial, and weighs 3.6 T. oz.

The pattern is a high relief, highly detailed, "Rep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1800 item #1378561 (stock #3483f)
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$175.00
With a 2 5/8" top diameter, this small cup or beaker somewhat similar to a tumbler, is wider than it is tall, standing 2 1/8" high. It is also relatively heavy at 3.6 T. oz.

It is an unusual size, but fits the hand very well. The top rim splays outward slightly, while the base curves inward to a perfectly flat base. The entire surface is finished is a gold wash and engraved with a boot and spur crest.

It is marked in the interior for London, 1788-89, sterling silver, and with a maker's mar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1960 item #1378417 (stock #3480jl)
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$250.00
Price for the group of eight.
This assemblage of eight boxes vary in size from a 1 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 1/2" high square at the largest, to a 1 1/8" by 3/4" by 1/2" tall oval and 1" by 5/8" high round one at the smallest.

The square one has a lined base, engine turned top, is marked "925" and "FS" in a circle, and weighs 26 grams (just over .8 T. oz.). The next largest is rectangular with rounded corners, plain-surfaced, marked with the Blackinton emblem, and weighs 16 grams (approximately .5 T. oz.).

The small oval has ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1378370 (stock #3479f)
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$85.00
Price for the pair.
This matched pair of candlesticks are large for this form, standing 4" tall, have a broad base, measuring 4 3/16" in diameter, and tops that are 2" across. The tops have threaded interiors so they could accommodate extensions.

Stamped "International," with the Simpson, Hall, Miller "shield and helmet" emblem, "Sterling," and "121 15 /2," they weigh 18.2 T. oz. combined. As, however, the undersides indicate they are "weighted reinforced," the actual silver content is only a fraction of this, e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1378280 (stock #3477f)
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$100.00
Something between a teacup and a mug, this item stands 2" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the top of the handle, has a top opening of 3" and a rolled rimmed base 2 3/8" in diameter, and weighs approximately 3.7 T. oz.

It was made by Dominick & Haff in 1891, as indicated by the company emblem with date imprinted on the underside, and retailed by Rand & Crane, both firms of New York City. Other marks include "Sterling" and model number "135."

It was presented to "Harriet Neilson Shriver" on "Marc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1378238 (stock #3476f)
Old Friends
$375.00
Gorham produced a great array of items in various forms either side of 1900 in a line which the company designated with an "H" number.

Generally cast, they all bear in common innovative design features, with a preponderance falling within the Art Nouveau style, particularly fine execution and finishing, and often, as in the instance of this massive, 10 1/8" long, 5.1 T. oz., example, commanding presentation.

There were several designs offered in this subset of large spoons, of which this i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1378197 (stock #3474f)
Old Friends
$22.00
One only available.
One of the stand out companies producing Art Nouveau designs either side of the turn of the 20th century, Newark, New Jersey silver manufacturer and jewelry maker William B. Kerr's work remains sought after today.

This 3 3/4" diameter by 1 1/4" high, .6 T. oz., individual nut or candy dish exemplifies the firm's design capabilities.

It features raised pond lily leaves alternating between indistinct, i.e. ethereal, floral elements, all arrayed on an undulating rim. The stylized stems form a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1378136 (stock #3473f)
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$110.00
Measuring a generous 11 3/8" long and weighing a substantial 4.0 T. oz., this fish slice is fully marked for London, 1801-02, sterling silver, and maker Thomas Freeth (TF).

It is something of a utilitarian item with a straightforward design. The handle pattern is essentially "Old English," with a rounded and down turned end, but without a tipt backside. It has a "C.A.G." monogram on the front, with a subtle dip in the surface below this which may be an old monogram removal, or just a slight ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1378054 (stock #3471f)
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$235.00
Featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's 1889 early Art Nouveau "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., serving fork, however, are quite rare.

The design detail shows to advantage at the scale of this. The surface is highl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1377990 (stock #3470f)
Old Friends
$235.00
A generously sized item, this toast rack has a base that measures 6 1/2" by 3", with six arched dividers that rise 3" above this, and an additional central one with a handle that reaches to 4 1/2".

Solid silver, it weighs a hefty 7.75 T. oz. and rests on four, six sided, faceted, ball bottom, feet.

Dating from the end of the Edwardian era, it is fully stamped for "Birmingham," England, "Barker Brothers Silversmiths Ltd.," "Sterling," and the year "1914-15."

Although simple in construc...

 
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