American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1312275 (stock #2492f)
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This small tomato or large cucumber server dates to early in the twentieth century. It was made by Watson whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside of the handle.

The company was known for its skillful Art Nouveau designs, and that capacity is reflected in this 6 1/8" long, rather weighty 1.5 T. oz., piece.

The pattern is "Wild Rose," one of numerous floral interpretations the company offered...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1312124 (stock #2491f)
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"Avalon's" high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell design elements combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name.

It is a turn of the 20th century pattern made by International. The company's Wilcox & Evertsen indian head emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of these twelve, matched bouillon spoons. Each one measures 4 3/4" long and has an approximately 2" diameter bowl, while the group weighs 9 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1312039 (stock #2490f)
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A flagship, and uniquely so, pattern for Shreve & Co. of San Francisco, "Fourteenth Century" derives from the Arts & Crafts movement of the early twentieth century.

While showing noticeable variation from piece to piece, common elements throughout the line are hammered surfaces and shapes reminiscent of medieval forms such as trefoils and quatrefoils.

This example is a 5 1/2" long oyster, seafood, or shrimp cocktail fork...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1311910 (stock #2489f)
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The pattern portraiture of Whiting's 1880 "Heraldic" is fully consonant with the name.

Robust, as indicated by the 3.8 T. oz. weight of this 9 7/8" long ice cream slice, the design features a shield set amidst high relief, scrolling, acanthus leaves. This functions as a reserve, which in this instance has a feathered script "FEB" monogram.

There is a medieval helmet above the shield and this constitutes the central and defining element of the pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311805 (stock #2488f)
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A noted silver manufacturer and jeweler, Joseph Mayer & Brothers established themselves in Seattle about 1895.

The firm's most readily recognized trademark is a crossed pick and shovel which references Joseph's two brothers' exploits in the Klondike gold rush.

This early 20th century item, a 5 13/16" long, .8 T. oz., souvenir spoon bears Joseph's mark, which is a fleur-de-lis within a triangle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1800 item #1311689 (stock #2487f)
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Large, this pair of tongs measure 6 3/8" long and weigh 1.5 T. oz. They are 1" wide at the arch and 3/4" at the widest on each leg.

They are formed plain band legs that taper as they lead to acorn-like grips. The legs have bright cutting and wriggle work that continues around the arch. The arch retains traces of an original feathered script monogram that has mostly been polished smooth.

The maker's mark is an "I.W." with a serrated border...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311614 (stock #2486f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Tiffany's "Renaissance" features a draped female figure placed atop a pedestal festooned with flowers and fruit.

Two cherubic faces flank the female on the upper left and right, while the remainder of the design continues the fruit motif interspersed with a repeating egg and dart border variant.

This piece is a 7 5/8" long, just under 2.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a grey, i.e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1311492 (stock #2485f)
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Measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this serving fork is marked "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the Philadelphia firm, and "925" for sterling.

The style suggests a dating c. 1870, just about the time that the coin standard was being replaced by sterling.

The pattern is a "French Thread with a finely rendered, feathered script "EDM" monogram.

The serving end has four splayed tines, a cupped heel area, and scalloped shoulders. It originally might have been for fish, vegetables, o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1311400 (stock #2484f)
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A lengthy 12 1/4", and heavy at just over 5.8 T. oz., this platter, stuffing, or basting spoon has English origins.

Touch marks include a "lion" for sterling, "crowned leopard head" for London, "b" for the year, and a "bust" duty mark. The maker's stamp is some rubbed but is either "CS" or "GS," which suggests several options.

It is a "Kings" pattern set on both sides of the down-turned handle. It is without a monogram, crest, or inscription, or removal of same.

The bowl is generou...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1311297 (stock #2583f)
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Marked "Wollenweber" and "800" followed by a crown and crescent, these twelve forks were made in Germany, likely just before the turn of the 20th century.

Wollenweber is an important name in German silver. This entry in a Christie's catalog echoes other commentary about the firm, "The firm of Edward Wollenweber, celebrated goldsmith of the 19th Century and Royal Bavarian Court Silversmith and Jeweller, was the favorite of King Ludwig II, and they also made the silver-gilt funerary urn for ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311172 (stock #2582f)
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An extravagant design, Gorham's "Paris" portrays an array of emblematic imagery.

These include figures such as a standing woman with an arc of stars around her head and a banner reading "Genovepha Parisis," and a pair of cherubs flanking the top front of the handle.

City landmarks are represented by a rendering of the full fa├žade of "Notre Dame," while other, more generic, symbols include a wooden ship powered by sail and oars, birds with raised wings, acanthus, ivy, and laurel leaves, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1311082 (stock #2581f)
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These four, identical, spoons each measure 4 3/8" long while the group weighs 1.0 T. oz.

Broadly coffee spoons, they are larger than demitasse and frequently identified as "four o'clocks," and were made by Porter Blanchard, which is a storied name in 20th century California silversmithing. His name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of the handles.

The pattern is an "Old English" with a reverse tipt, downturned end. This suggests they date from early in his career when he ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1310978 (stock #2580f)
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Hester Bateman, whose script "HB" mark appears on this piece, was the widowed matriarch of an extended family of London crafters whose name is imprinted in the history of British silversmithing.

Some would argue that her renown exceeds her skill, but however that sorts out, she is generally acknowledged to be the best of the several artisans to carry the Bateman name.

This example is an appealing 7" long, 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle is an "Onslow" pattern with feathered notching...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310772 (stock #2578f)
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Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company became its own manufacturer was also the firm's namesake line, i.e. "Tiffany." It was later reissued with very slight design modifications under the name "Beekman," and is more generally recognized as that today.

This example is an early production piece, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m."

It is a 6 5/8" long salad fork, and, as became a benchmark with Tiffany silver, is heavy, weighing nearly 1...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310666 (stock #2577f)
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Dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this generously sized, 7 7/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver master butter knife is stamped "R & W. Wilson," for the Philadelphia partnership of Robert and William.

It is a choice example in a "Kings" pattern. The blade is finely engraved in a bright cut and wriggle work grape cluster, leaf and vine design and has a beveled lower edge. The backside is plain save for the mark.

It is in exceptionally fine condition, showing vir...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1310577 (stock #2576f)
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This 4 3/4" long, .6 T. oz., spoon or ladle has an early, raised lettering, mark used by Georg Jensen 1915-27.

The pattern ins "No. 41," which has a curled over handle ending in a series of graduated beads. Given Jensen's penchant for portraying stylized natural forms, this design may represent some floral element. There are two slightly pinched, crossbar areas on the handle, which itself widens toward the bowl.

The bowl is cut leaf shape, with a slight lip around the margin, and a blo...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1950 item #1310406 (stock #2574f)
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Noted for his "good, modernist designs," largely in hollowware, Juvento Lopez Reyes also had an eye for flatware composition based on the appeal of this fork and spoon pair. Biographical material dates his birth as 1915 and the establishment of his shop to 1915, so he lived and worked in a period when Mexican silver work was coming into its own.

These two companion items are to a very large scale and exceptionally heavy. The fork measures 9" long and weighs almost 4.8 T. oz. The spoon is 9...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
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An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front ha...

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