American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1376273 (stock #3443f)
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$52.00
Not "made up" or "hand crafted," this 6 1/4" long, relatively weighty at .7 T. oz., butter pick is a completely original piece, rather than adapted from another item as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is "Passaic," introduced by Unger Brothers in 1900.

Known for its innovative Art Nouveau designs, executed in both flatware and jewelry, the style of this goes in another direction, to the rococo. It employs a variety of scrolls, leaves, and delicate flower blossoms presented i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1376333 (stock #3444f)
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$135.00
This sterling silver bowl is model number "2385" made by Gorham in 1881, all documented in the marks on the underside of the flat bottom.

It measures 2" tall to the rim, 2 3/4" at the highest point of the arms, has a body that is 3 1/2" wide, 5 1/4" handle tip to handle tip, 2 3/8" across on the bottom, a top opening of 2 3/4", and weighs 4.6 T. oz.

Likely a sugar bowl, it stands on its own.

Elegantly understated in design, the body is cauldron shaped with a sawtooth edge rim, and has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376368 (stock #3445f)
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$95.00
A 7 5/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., piece, this example of Whiting's "Arabesque" pattern, is imprinted with the company's "lion" logo and the number "19" on the backside heel of the bowl, and "Sterling" and "Pat. 1875" on the handle reverse.

The griffin set against a Moorish style background composition is emblematic of the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a flange rim and central vee running from the handle to the midpoint of the base. It is finished with a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376475 (stock #3446f)
Old Friends
$415.00
An expressive and innovative design introduced early, 1872, in the history of Tiffany as a silver manufacturer, "Vine" appeared in many motifs.

This example is a 9" long, 3.3 T. oz., berry spoon in "Grapevine."

William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware notes that this was made with a variety of bowl forms, and the shell or fluted design on this is observationally one of the less common ones. It is finished with a bright gold wash front and backsides.

An early production item, t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1376551 (stock #3447f)
Old Friends
$80.00
While the actual pattern name "Wave Edge" applies to a line of silver produced by Tiffany & Co., the border on this 6" by 3 1/8", 1.7 T. oz., dresser, pin, or other tray can appropriately be described using the same descriptor.

It has a 1/2" high sidewall with a scalloped edge and a series of raised scrolls that appear to mimic breaking waves.

The center bottom of the piece has an oval dome that is engraved "HCE" in lined script. Ridges radiate out from this, suggesting a sunburst.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376636 (stock #3449f)
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$115.00
Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

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

Lastly, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1376766 (stock #3451f)
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$75.00
This 4" round, 5/8" high, just under 2.0 T. oz. shallow dish resting on four ball feet presents as rather mysterious in purpose, save that it is identified in Gorham's 1890 catalogue (see image 2).

Stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G", emblem, "Sterling," and model number "456" on the underside, it is actually part of a desk ensemble, namely the underplate, or as labeled, a tray, for a multi-lobed ink bottle.

Original purpose aside, it is attractive in its own right, featuri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1377467 (stock #3462f)
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$225.00
Measuring precisely 12" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this meat skewer is nearly 250 years old.

It is fully hallmarked for Newcastle, England, 1774-75, sterling silver, and makers William Stalker & John Mitchison.

Typical of the form, it has a tapered shank that goes from 3/8" wide to a pointed tip. This has beveled edges, with feathering on the upper portions front and back. This is also the place where the marks are located on one side and a "WWS" monogram on the other.

The 1 1/8"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377548 (stock #3463f)
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$32.00
A 5 5/8" long, .7 T. oz., item, this spoon was made by A.F. Towle (later Lunt), as indicated by the "TS" emblem imprinted on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

Based on the 1899 "Wentworth" pattern, it includes an image of a plump, completely baby-like, winged cherub draped in a garland of roses, all set in very high relief that rises off the handle sculptural-like.

The figure is surrounded by beading, below which are more fully developed rose blossoms.

The handle backside is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377681 (stock #3464f)
Old Friends
$210.00
An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name, all of which show particularly well at the scale of this 9 1/8" long, weighty at 2.5 T. oz., (salad) serving spoon.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

The b...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377837 (stock #3467f)
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Amy Miller Dehan's Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 offers separate entries on four related operations employing "Michie" in their names, with the mark on this 8 1/4" long, heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon associated with "Michie Brothers," and "used by the firm between 1885 and 1888."

Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.

Made...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1377990 (stock #3470f)
Old Friends
$185.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1378054 (stock #3471f)
Old Friends
$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 : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1378136 (stock #3473f)
Old Friends
$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 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 1900 item #1378280 (stock #3477f)
Old Friends
$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 : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1378370 (stock #3479f)
Old Friends
$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 : Smalls : Pre 1960 item #1378417 (stock #3480jl)
Old Friends
$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 ...

 
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