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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333436 (stock #2741f)
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A near pristine example, this sugar spoon in Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

Retailed by one of New York City's premier 19th century outlets, "Black, Starr & Frost," this is early production of the pattern which was introduced in 1880. In addition to the retailer's stamp, it is marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "1."

The raised design on the handle, set against a checkerboard background, is blueberry, and remains precisely articul...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1333323 (stock #2740f)
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A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and 3 1/2" at the widest, and weighing 1 pound 15 ounces, this inkwell is model number "D31" as indicated by the stamp on the inside rim. Other marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling."

This piece is illustrated in a 1900 company catalog (see enlargement 3) and is shown mounted on a separate silver base. This is free standing.

The silver lid and fitting on the base are decorated with a scrolling leaf form, while the interior of the li...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333279 (stock #2739f)
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Offered as a Pair at a Single Price.
One of Gorham's most heralded patterns, Gorham's "Versailles" is an ebullient figural design.

This matched pair include a 6" long, weighty at approximately 1.2 T. oz., youth fork and a 7 3/8" long, also heavy at just over 1.6 T. oz., flat handle, solid silver, youth (tea size) knife.

The fork features two cherubs resting languidly up against one another, while the knife portrays a single, larger, cherub with a cloth draped over one shoulder.

The backsides of both pieces are inscribed...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333209 (stock #2738f)
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In his benchmark work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffing notes that "Schulz & Fischer often did not mark their [Medallion] flatware" and "That sometimes the pieces are simply marked 'COIN' and may have additionally 'S. F. CAL.'" (Soeffing indicates this pattern was also produced in sterling.)

The above referenced marks appear on this 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz., teaspoon, along with the name of the retailer, "Geo. Finck."

Dating from circa 1870, the design fits comfortably with ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333155 (stock #2737f)
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Daniel Low of Salem, Massachusetts introduced "Witch" souvenir spoons made by Durgin in 1891, and later followed this with a second line made by Gorham.

These items became immensely successful sellers and remain sought after items.

While spoons were the prevalent form, other pieces also joined the line, and just how extensive those forms are is unknown. To be sure, however, this fully original 5 3/4" long, just over .5 T. oz., knife (it could also be used as a small letter opener) is a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1333075 (stock #2736f)
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An early 20th century design that is basically a pointed antique, Whiting's engraved "Colonial" came in two versions, "A" and "B."

This lengthy (designed to reach the bottom of a chocolate pot), 9 1/4", and weighty, 1.5 T. oz., example is "Colonial A."

The engraving features a central, open wreath with a bow on the lower portion. The interior of this has a very fine, script "AJK" monogram.

The remainder of the surface has delicate, fleur-de-lis like detailing, with a diamond cut and w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1332953 (stock #2734f)
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Produced by Gorham in 1891 according to the date emblem stamped on the interior, this tobacco box (sometimes identified as snuff) was a promotional item offered with the "Compliments of John Anderson & Co."

A history of this New York City firm can readily be found on the internet. See image two for a facsimile of an 1859 newspaper ad for this company. The print notes a proprietary brand "Solace," and indeed that word appears appears on the lid of this item in stylized, raised, lettering. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332856 (stock #2733f)
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Arguably the most emblematic pattern in the Egyptian Revival movement of the time, Gorham's 1870 "Isis" also demonstrates in its complex construction the burgeoning capacities of American silver manufacturers from the mid 19th century onward.

"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332803 (stock #2732f)
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This 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.7 T. oz., spoon is the first in a sequence of sizes in Towle's "Old Colonial" that graduates from this jelly, to preserve, to berry.

It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.

The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332729 (stock #2731f)
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Each of these ten, matching, teaspoons is lengthy at 5 15/16", and relatively heavy, with the group weighing 7.4 T. oz.

They are all engraved "S.E. Peabody" in an elegant script.

The pattern is a pronounced "Fiddle Tipt" with a narrow lower shank, and high, pointed shoulders off the bowl.

This style is characteristic of Ohio River design and is consistent their location from Chillicothe, Ohio, sold by "McCommon & Evans," as marked. The cartouche shape of this mark very much akin to ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332654 (stock #2730f)
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Deriving from the same early 1870s impulse that generated both Tiffany's and Wood & Hughes' "Japanese" patterns, Wendt's "Bird" features these aerial gymnasts in various poses, individual to each piece.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter aka confection spoon. It has a 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, round, pierced bowl, that characteristic of Wendt, has ribbed walls.

The figure on this is swooping downward, with the remainder of the handle surface decorated ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332576 (stock #2729f)
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Price for the set of six.
Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no v...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332552 (stock #2728f)
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A 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this ladle has a bowl that measures 2" in diameter and is 1/2" deep.

It is a cream or sauce ladle in Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the inte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1837 VR item #1332488 (stock #2727f)
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The website of the "Small Collectors of Antique Silver" states that "Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover."

English in origin, some makers specialized in this form, and that is the case with this example made by John Bettridge of Birmingham in 1820. A web sear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332416 (stock #2726f)
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Innovative and exceptionally imaginative, and born of the Aesthetic movement, Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge" is so diverse in its motifs as to appear to offer limitless portraiture in its acid etched versions.

This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."

There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332353 (stock #2725f)
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Each of these twelve, circa 1865, spoons measures 5 11/16" long, while the group weighs 6.2 T. oz.

Appearing to be teaspoons, they exhibit a delicacy that suggests they might have been intended for ice cream.

Marked "Bailey & Co." and with that firm's "lion, S, shield" hallmark denoting sterling. There is a second, larger lion guardant imprint, which Catherine Hollan in her recent work "Philadelphia Silversmiths," identifies as George Sharp's, who was a major supplier to Bailey.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332248 (stock #2724f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Watson's "Orleans" is an acid etched design with a decidedly French sensibility to it.

It incorporates a central shield-like reserve on the upper front side and a corresponding open area on the backside. These areas are surrounded by tracery that is interspersed with numerous fleurs-de-lis, which are representative of the city which presumably inspired the pattern.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has a generous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332176 (stock #2723f)
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Measuring 6 1/8" long and relatively heavy at just over .9 T. oz., this fruit fork is a rarely found form.

It has four lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed while the inner two are straight and joined by a crossbar.

The pattern is Gorham's "Newcastle," which is a beaded design dating from 1895. This example is inscribed with a fancy script "NAM" on the front and on the back "from M.L.T.C. 4.14.1904" so is early production in the line.

It is in flawless condition showing ...

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