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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380327 (stock #3509f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
One of the major names in 19th century San Francisco silver manufacturing, Koehler & Ritter produced several full line patterns, holloware, and even some monumental individual items (see Silver in the Golden State).

This pair of 7 3/8" long, 2.8 T. oz. combined, coin silver forks are examples of the firm's "Alameda" aka "Ivy" design.

Similar in style to Gorham's Greek Revival "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 period, it is more embellished than that pattern, with added ivy sprays whi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1380562 (stock #3512f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A 9 3/4" long, heavy at nearly 3.4 T. oz., item, this spoon in Whiting's "King Edward" is identified by different sources as a large berry or salad serving spoon.

It has a relatively long and narrow, 4" by 2 3/8" by 3/8" deep, bowl, with a raised shell design in the interior as is consistent with the line, while the edge is plain rather than fluted which is more typical in this pattern.

A well-received and elaborate rendition of a design derived from English "Kings," "King Edward" incorpor...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380604 (stock #3513f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Price for the set of twelve.
Comprised of six each matching forks and knives, this set was made in Sheffield, England in 1899. Every piece is fully marked with the city "crown" symbol, date letter "g," "lion" for sterling, and "GH" for "George Howson" aka "Harrison Borthers & Howson."

A fruit set, or perhaps for breakfast or dessert, they are small size, with the forks measuring 5 3/8" long and the knives 6 7/16". The group weighs 10.4 T. oz., and although they are all silver, including the blades on the knives and fork ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1380714 (stock #3514F)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price per piece, four available.
Originally working in Gardner, Massachusetts, Porter George Blanchard became arguably the premier name in the history of 20th century, hand crafted silver production in California, where sources indicate he established himself in 1923, and joined shortly thereafter by his father and brother.

His 1920 "Lotus," which is the pattern on this 6 1/8" long, .7 T. oz., teaspoon, exhibits the clean, simple lines and textured surfaces that define the Arts & Crafts style.

The bowl is particularly a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380766 (stock #3515f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
These two spoons measure 5 7/8" long and weigh just over 2.4 T. oz. combined.

They are early examples of "English King," marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating them no later than 1891.

They have matching "W" monograms engraved in delicate script lettering on the handle fronts, and are in choice estate condition.

Pattern detail remains crisp, showing no polishing wear, and the finishes are bright and even. The bowls are well-shaped, showing no tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1380852 (stock #3516f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price per piece, four available.
A stand out name, if not the standout name, in modern Italian silver, "Buccellatti" immediately invokes an aura of style and refinement.

The clean lines and superb finishes associated with the company are fully evident in this 6 7/8" long, weighty at approximately 1.7 T. oz., salad, fish, or pastry fork.

The pattern is "Milano," dating 1970, which has a lined edge, midrib, and beaded top handle.

This is in immaculate condition. Virtually without wear, the only evident sign of use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1380853 (stock #3517f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price per piece, four available.
A stand out name, if not the standout name, in modern Italian silver, "Buccellatti" immediately invokes an aura of style and refinement.

The clean lines and superb finishes associated with the company are fully evident in this 7 1/8" long, weighty at just over 1.6 T. oz., place or dessert spoon.

The pattern is "Milano," dating 1970, which has a lined edge, midrib, and beaded top handle.

This is in immaculate condition. Virtually without wear, the only evident sign of use is a sli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1380941 (stock #3520f)
Old Friends
$105.00
Price for the pair.
Kettle or cauldron shaped, this set of two matching master salts each measure 2 1/2" in diameter, stand 1 1/4" high, and weigh approximately 3.0 T. oz. combined.

They were made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "304," and name of the retailer, New York's "Theodore B. Starr," are imprinted on the undersides.

The bodies have raised floral and acanthus leaf repousse designs and attached beaded handles. The tops have broadened and scalloped rims whi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1380987 (stock #3521f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Tracing to the lower Hudson River Valley and dating to the third decade of the 19th century, this coin silver tablespoon measures 8 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.7 T. oz.

It is stamped "A. Hanford," who worked in Peekskill, New York, 1820-30. Documentation about him is scant--for instance, no references offer a first name--and examples of his work are not particularly common.

This has a broad, fiddle shaped with down turned and rounded end, handle. There is a very slight hint of a t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381025 (stock #3522f)
Old Friends
$68.00
This "leaf" design, often identified as "Josephine" because of Gorham's use of that name for its variant, was produced by several mid 19th makers with slight variation among them.

This example, a full size dinner fork measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz., was made by Henry Hebbard, as indicated by the "H.H. & Co. Patent 1855" stamped on the reverse, along with the retailer's name "Robert Rait," both mid 19th century New York City firms.

This is inscribed "M.Walker." set sid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1381276 (stock #3524f)
Old Friends
$285.00
In her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, author Dorothy Rainwater notes of George C. Shreve & Company, the maker of this large, 3 3/16" high to the rim, 3 3/8" top diameter, 4.9 T. oz., mug, that "Until that 1880s the firm focused on retailing," but that "silversmithing began in 1883."

She also indicates that the "bee in a shield" emblem imprinted on the underside of this, along with the company name, "San Francisco," and "Sterling," was not used after 1894, all of which s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1381347 (stock #3525f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 5 1/2" long, these spoons are 5 o'clock size, slightly smaller than a full size teaspoon.

Slender and delicate, with the six weighing 2.9 T. oz., the pattern is "Martha Washington Star" by Frank Smith, dating 1927.

A "Pointed Antique" design, the handle surfaces are gently rounded and have satin finishes that are bright cut in an abstract star burst or starfish motif.

Each piece is lightly engraved in a flowing script "MG" monogram that is an enhancement to the overall design....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381439 (stock #3526f)
Old Friends
$335.00
A form particularly popular with English silver makers, asparagus servers also found expression among American manufacturers in the second half of the 19th century.

This particular pair are stamped "Ford & Tupper" and "Sterling," and are in the form of large tongs.

A firm associated with high quality silver, Ford & Tupper operated under this partnership name 1867-74; there is considerable question about whether it was a retailer exclusively or also a manufacturer. In the Encyclopedia ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1381443 (stock #3527f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Large at 7 7/8" long and weighty at 1.4 T. oz., this master butter knife is solid sterling silver.

The pattern is Gorham's "Fleury," which is a floral design very reminiscent of that company's "Buttercup," although the flowers in this instance appear to be wild rose, and in that regard, there is a close parallel with Watson's "Meadow Rose."

All these patterns date from the first decade of the 20th century and show the expressiveness of the Art Nouveau style that was popular in the period. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381687 (stock #3531f)
Old Friends
$40.00
This 7 3/8" long, T. oz., 1840s, "Reverse Tipt" 1.0 T. oz., dessert or place spoon tells a story that such items rarely do.

Firstly, the extensive inscriptions offer a lot to the genealogist.

The front of the handle reads "Sarah Aurora Dauchy" while the reverse is inscribed in similar script, "From her grandmother A. Mead."

Probing for the specifics about the lives of these persons is aided by the fact that both the retailer and manufacturer are located in New York's Hudson River Valley...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381740 (stock #3532f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a rais...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382110 (stock #3537f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Julius Hollister, whose name along with the words "Pure Coin" appears on the backside of this 5 3/4" long, .6 T. oz., fork, began working in Hartford, Connecticut in 1841, then relocated to Oswego, New York, with a short time in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

While Hollister was of no particular distinction, this pickle or early pastry fork is an unusual form in that it has four tines, the lowest one of which is widened. Most examples of such mid 19th century pieces have three tines.

The tines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1382373 (stock #3541f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Heavy at 2.0 T. oz., this 7" long place fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "m."

The pattern, "Hamilton," dates from 1938, the late Art Deco period.

The thick handle is fiddle shaped with a double lined border, and otherwise plain save for a bit of extra shaping around the shoulders.

Never monogrammed, this is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches, there are no signs of use. The tines remain pointed, straight and even, while the finish has a soft...

 
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