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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1398384 (stock #3818f)
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Measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a substantial 3.8 T. oz., this is a nut serving spoon with a generously proportioned, four lobed, 3" diameter, reticulated and gold washed, bowl that is set on the same plane as the handle.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features an image of a Florentine style, north wind looking, bearded figure located midway on the handle and with an expanded version of this set on the backside heel of the bowl (see image 2).

There is a lightly in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1398439 (stock #3819f)
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A late 19th century "Kings" pattern variant, Dominick & Haff's "Charles II" features a prominent raised shell on the handle front and concave one on the back, as well as a heavily beaded edge, along with honeysuckle detailing characteristic of "Kings."

This item is a 5" long, weighty feel, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle engraved "Helen" in script set sideways on the handle.

In outstanding condition, it was evidently little used as there is no polishing or other wear, and th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1398527 (stock #3820f)
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References indicate that William Braisted Heyer, born 1776, began his working career in New York City at the end of the 18th century and continued until his death in 1828, and for a short while during this time was in partnership with Jesse L. Gale.

Based on its style, with a straight sided, rounded end, slender handle with a slightly tipt backside, this spoon dates circa 1810.

It measures a lengthy 6", and has a weighty feel at approximately .8 T. oz.

Well crafted, it has a gently arch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1398586 (stock #3821f)
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Gorham produced a number of items related in motif to its fabled "Narragansett" line, of which this 4 7/8" long, 1" high, 2.3 T. oz., almond dish, model number "1990," is an instance.

Such pieces utilized marine forms, including shells, crabs, and barnacles joined together to form the end product.

This body of this example is a large shell, with a smaller shell functioning as the foot, while the base is covered in barnacles.

The perception is that Gorham used actual artifacts and life f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1398587 (stock #3822f)
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This 4 5/8" long, 1 1/8" high, 2.8 T. oz., almond dish is a recast example of Gorham's model number "1990" piece. Please refer to preceding item 3221f for an example of the original item.

While this is a relatively well executed instance of a reproduction, clear differences exist with an authentic, first run, piece.

Overall clarity of detail on this is rather lacking, with the surfaces largely smooth rather than conveying the full subtlety of the shells and barnacles.

The interio...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1398631 (stock #3823f)
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This 10 3/4" long, heavy at 4.3 T. oz., French spoon carries a "bearded man with square corners" hallmark for 950 standard silver (higher than sterling which is 925) used 1819-1838, a Paris guaranty symbol with corresponding bigorne, and a maker's mark "LL" with a cross between the letters and stars above and below.

A platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread."

It has an upturned handle with an elegant, feathered script "MB" monogram engraved...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1398710 (stock #3824f)
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Solid silver, this plate measures 6" across and weighs 3.2 T. oz.

For bread and butter, the form functions well as a wine coaster, and an item this size could accommodate a 1.5 liter bottle.

The pattern is "Louis XIV" by Towle, whose "T around a lion" emblem, "Sterling," model number "5435," "Patented Dec. 23. 1919" all appear on the underside.

Never monogrammed, it remains in excellent condition, free of bends, dents, or nicks, and has a fine finish. There is no polishing wear at all t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1398837 (stock #3826f)
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Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this size spoon is variously identified as a place, dessert or oval soup.

This example is in a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern and is stamped "Kirby," for Abner, "Milwaukee," and with a "P, eagle, star" pseudo hallmark.

In his work on marks, William McGrew identifies this combination of symbols with William Pitkin of Hartford, Connecticut, but he also associates the particular eagle on this with Chicago, which is a much more likely source ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1398929 (stock #3827f)
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An early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this piece is marked with the company lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. App. For."

A cream or sauce ladle, it measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy at 1.5 T. oz.

The handle is engraved with a feathered script "P" monogram, while the bowl is finished front and backsides with a pale, satin, gold wash.

It is in superb condition, showing no wear or even evidence of use. All the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399049 (stock #3829f)
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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 7 1/2" by 1 3/4" flat blade that has a beveled lower edge and upswept, pointed, tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. It incorporates a shell design that appears on both sides of the handle terminus and at the join with the blade.

The handle front h...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399131 (stock #3832f)
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Identified in Crescent City Silver published by the "Historic New Orleans Collection," as either replacing or succeeding P. Zimmermann, Charles H. Zimmermann operated immediately following the Civil War, from 1866-70.

The same source indicates tht he was both a manufacturer and retailer. As this 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," coin silver master butter knife is marked "WwH" as well as "C.H. Zimmermann," it would have marketed by him but made by New York's ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399241 (stock #3834f)
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Most American tongs of this size, 8 1/8" long and 2.7 T. oz. in this instance, and configuration, namely with a talon or fork grip combined with a spoon or cup grip, date from the mid 19th century.

Commonly identified as chicken (salad or fried) tongs, they might have have been used for various salads.

This coin silver pair are particularly attractive, combining several design features.

Each of the arms, for instance, has a twisted section, which style was particularly favored in the pe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399337 (stock #3836f)
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Utilizing an "Old English," i.e. rounded end with a reverse tipt back, form, "Lily Engraved" is one of numerous bright cut designs Whiting and other manufacturers produced in the 1880s.

Attractive and artful, these patterns showcased the skills of engravers of the period and were apparently well received in their time, given the variety of examples still available today.

This piece is a lengthy, 10 1/2", 3.1 T. oz., all silver fish slice.

The blade is relatively slender, slightly concav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399368 (stock #3837f)
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An impressive serving piece that measures 8 3/8" long and weighs nearly 2.7 T. oz., this item has a double provenance that traces to the late 19th century.

First, the pattern is "Luxembourg" made by Gorham and introduced in 1893. This particular example is a pea spoon with a large, round, 3" diameter, reticulated, shallow bowl with a gold finish on both sides.

Secondly, the handle front is engraved "Whist Club" and the backside reads "1897." While this could reference numerous organization...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399541 (stock #3840f)
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Dating circa 1865, this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "*F. & H.*" on the blade for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell, and "Pure Coin," which is a New England term, on the underside of the handle.

It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.

The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period.

The scalloped ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1399596 (stock #3841f)
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Designed to hang from a teapot, this 2" diameter, 1 1/4" high, .7 T. oz. all silver, basket style tea (leaf) strainer has a wire prong that fits in the pot spout, and which is also attached to a pivoting wire bail.

It is marked "Sterling" on the wire, and "Sterling," model number "24," and "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham on the basket.

Markedly Aesthetic in style, the pierced basket is folded or crimped and is irregularly impressed with a fern or seaweed like organic design. This is reminisce...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399708 (stock #3843f)
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This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology.

Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.

D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatewarenotes this particular pattern wa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1399747 (stock #3844f)
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Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Henry II" pattern was an homage in design to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

The central feature is a lion's face set midway on the handle. This is surrounded by an array of acanthus leaf (one of which forms the tongue of the lion), fruit, scrolls, and scaling as would be found on a suit of armor.

This piece is an all original, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., olive spoon with a pierced and gold washed bowl with a narrow flange ...

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