American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331585 (stock #2718f)
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$135.00
A "noble" pattern both in theme and presentation, and not so readily found, Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without peer in the realm of silver patterns. The design is singular. The only near match is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak equivalent is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333915 (stock #2747f)
Old Friends
$185.00
An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334073 (stock #2749f)
Old Friends
$225.00
An early example, this gravy ladle is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1334125 (stock #2750f)
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$145.00
One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334269 (stock #2753f)
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George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes. Yet within the detail,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334334 (stock #2754f)
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$295.00
A Providence, Rhode Island guild level retailer founded in the mid 19th century with principals related by marriage to the Gorham family, Tilden-Thurber Company was throughout its history a source of high quality silver offerings.

Such is represented in this 7" diameter, 1 1/8" high, very heavy at 11.4 T. oz., open bowl. It is stamped on the underside "Tilden-Thurber," "Sterling," and "943," and likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It has a flat bottom, with an eight lobed wall,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335434 (stock #2768f)
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$85.00
A 6 1/8" long, slightly under 1.0 T. oz., piece, this item dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337461 (stock #2787f)
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$90.00
A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340074 (stock #2823f)
Old Friends
$55.00
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A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them ar...

All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 1900 item #1340545 (stock #2829f)
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$90.00
A substantial piece, this gravy ladle measures 6 1/2" long, has a gold washed, oval bowl that is 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" by 3/4" deep. It weighs 1.9 T. oz.

The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340604 (stock #2830f)
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$90.00
Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been u...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340690 (stock #2831f)
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$295.00
The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

This is an exceptionally fine example in...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1341747 (stock #2842f)
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$135.00
A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341851 (stock #2844f)
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$56.00
Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sardine fork is stamped with the Whiting Manufacturing Company "lion" emblem, "Sterling," an Old English "O," and "Pat. 1896."

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342332 (stock #2851f)
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$52.00
Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork measures a lengthy 9 1/8" and weighs .9 T. oz. The pattern is "Imperial Queen."

An earlier example, it is stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and with an Old English "O."

It is in excellent condition. The shell and leaf elements that constitute the design are free of polishing wear, remaining crisp and well-defined. The wispy tines are well-formed and without bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is bright, warm, and smooth...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1342549 (stock #2855f)
Old Friends
$150.00
A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left anywhe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342616 (stock #2856f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.

The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains well-defined, down to the pollen flecks on the lily flower petals, and the stippled detailin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342740 (stock #2858f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular p...

 
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