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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368866 (stock #3298f)
Old Friends
$325.00

This item possesses all the attributes that make a vintage piece of flatware desirable, namely, it is an unusual form in a sought after pattern by a premier maker, and in superb condition.

It is an early example of the "English King" pattern, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885.," and "M.," with this letter identifier dating its manufacture to no later than 1891.

A sugar sifter, it measures 5 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.7 T. oz.

The bowl measures 2 1/2" by 1 1/4...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1369077 (stock #3301f)
Old Friends
$295.00
An exceptionally large, all silver, item, this piece measures 12 1/4" long and weighs 4.2 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" hallmark, along with "Sterling" and the model number "B698" are imprinted on one edge, and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." on another edge, it is commonly identified as a page turner or letter opener, but catalogues of its circa 1900 period, label it a paper cutter.

The design is as impressive as the piece itself. It repeats...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369214 (stock #3303f)
Old Friends
$145.00
A very generously sized item at 12 1/8" long and 4.6 T. oz. weight, this fish serving slice was made by Whiting, whose "winged lion" logo, and the words "Sterling" and "Pat. Appd. For" appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Bead," was introduced in 1880, and in addition to a namesake beaded border, it features a fully articulated, high relief, shell at the handle end. This element shows particularly well at the scale of this piece.

The 7 1/2" long by 2 1/2" at the widest, b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1369278 (stock #3304f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Price for the pair.
Substantially sized at 4 7/8" long each, and weighty at 1.2 T. oz. the pair, these matching picks were made by Frank Smith and retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as identified on the reverses along with the words "Sterling" and "Patented."

The pattern is "Newport Shell," dating from 1910. In addition to the shell end which lends the pattern its name, the design incorporates a beaded border on the front, and a lined border on the back, of the handle.

This form, nut picks, also...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369399 (stock #3305f)
Old Friends
$50.00
Measuring 13 1/2" overall, this carving set item has a silver handle and guard, both stamped "Sterling," while the guard is also imprinted with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, and the handle is stamped "Pat. 1891."

It also has a steel rod that makes up nearly two-thirds of the total length of the piece. This is six-sided and pointed. It appears to be a skewer although it is often identified as a sharpener or hone. Typically, however, these latter were rounded and had knurled surfaces.

T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1369453 (stock #3306f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Relatively large, this inkwell stands 4 1/8" high and has a base diameter of 2 3/4". The body is brilliant period cut glass with a 1/2" wide silver band around the bottom, and with a silver collar and spherical cap.

It is model number "S623," as stamped below the hinge, along with "Sterling." Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" hallmark appears on the underside of cap, as well as "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1890." All these marks repeat on the lower rim, save the date symbol there is for 188...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369513 (stock #3307f)
Old Friends
$235.00
A large item at 9 1/8" long overall, and weighing over 2.5 T. oz., this spoon has a generously sized, plum shaped, bowl that measures 3 3/4" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and 1/2" deep.

It reflects a form that saw various expressions in the mid 1860s. The common characteristics of this style are a faceted, which this is, or tubular stem, surmounted by any number of ends, for example, knob, ball, sphere, cube, or as in this instance, "dome."

The top on this is more precisely a hemisphere, wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1950 item #1369568 (stock #3308f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Clearly inspired by the work of Georg Jensen, this 6 1/2" long bottle opener is stamped only "Sterling Handle," with no maker's identification

It has an end that mimics Jensen's "Pyramid" and design elements around the band that abuts the stainless steel opener that are reminiscent of his "Bittersweet" and "Cactus."

Cubic and angular in construction, the handle is robust and tapers inward somewhat.

Without a monogram or inscription, the piece remains in excellent condition. The silv...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1369727 (stock #3310f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Model number "B 1464 M," as stamped on the inside edge, made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem" along with the word "Sterling" appears alongside the code number, this napkin ring stands 1 7/8" high and 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just over 1.0 t. oz.

It has a plain, concave body that is ringed on the top and bottom margins by a series of five, cast, high relief, winged cherub or putti faces.

Childlike in appearance, their mien is consistent with this being a birth or baptism p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1369800 (stock #3312f)
Old Friends
$145.00
A large item, this piece measures 10 13/16" long and weighs just over 3.3 T. oz.

It is a solid silver ice cream slice or knife in Frank Smith's "Newport Shell" pattern, which features a shell end handle with beaded border on the front, and double lined edges and the shell crest on the backside.

The commanding blade is essentially rectangular, measuring 6 1/2" at the longest and 1 7/8" at the widest. With largely flat margins, there is one scalloped area on the upper edge, and a rolling ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1369881 (stock #3314f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A 6" long, .9 T. oz., item, this sugar spoon is stamped "C C S" on the reverse, for the maker, Charles C. Shaver, who worked in Utica, New York, during the second half of the 19th century.

Made of coin silver, this dates c. 1865.

The pattern is described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appears on both sides of the handle and features anthemion leaves, along with other period detailing.

The bowl is a shell form in the manner o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370093 (stock #3317f)
Old Friends
$36.00
At 7 1/2" long, and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this item is larger than today's dessert or oval soup, and smaller than a tablespoon. It would have been an individual place piece in its mid 19th century period.

It has a broad, down turned, "Reverse Tipt," handle end, a narrow shank with beveled edges, and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl.

The bowl has a pointed tip and a raised shell design on the backside heel.

It is stamped "R[ichard]. Smith" and "Newark," along with a "lion, D, bust...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1370180 (stock #3319f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Unusual by virtue of its "Fiddle Tipt" design variant, with softened, beveled edges and long, narrow, shoulders off the bowl, which itself has a singular, nearly vee shaped, raised line drop on the backside, and lastly its exceptional 1.5 T. oz. weight, resulting in a thick piece, this 7" long oval soup or dessert place spoon is stamped "Fellows" and with a "lion, bust, C" pseudo hallmark.

The mark could be for either of two brothers, Abraham or James, both born in the eighteenth century, an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370355 (stock #3322dd)
Old Friends
$75.00
A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design in the interior, which is engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is in excellent condition an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1370356 (stock #3323f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Got...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1370357 (stock #3324f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Prominent among early 19th century Richmond, Virginia, silversmiths, William Mitchell, Jr., began his working career about 1815, and ended it when he sold his established business in 1847 to his brother Samuel and John Tyler, who in turned formed the well-known firm of Tyler and Mitchell (Cutten, "Silversmiths of Virginia").

This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., tablespoon is an early example of his work and is imprinted on the backside "W. Mitchell Jr." in a banner.

It is a "Reverse ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370440 (stock #3326f)
Old Friends
$90.00
An 8 3/8" long item, this lettuce fork is heavy, weighing 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part emblem, the word "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94.," is the pierced version of this pattern.

The more common examples of "Renaissan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370554 (stock #3328f)
Old Friends
$180.00
Price for the set of six.
A matched set, these six, 5 3/4" long teaspoons have special attributes.

First, they are exceptionally fine, extra weight, 5.9 T. oz. the group, examples of Wood & Hughes' Moorish or similar, Renaissance Revival, "Venetian" pattern.

Second, they are anniversary presentation pieces, with mirror inscriptions front and back sides of the handles. The reverses read "HCA" in an elegant, feathered script "HCA" over "Nov. 3d, 1852." The obverses are identical save for a different year, "1877."...

 
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