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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1378759 (stock #3487f)
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$215.00
A 3 1/8" by 2 3/4" oval that stands 3" high to the rim, 4" to the tip of the finial, this tea caddy weighs a substantial 6.0 T. oz.

It is stamped on the bottom "Sterling," "Hand Made," and with a lion passant, but without a maker's identification, although it is clearly American in origin.

Note: the style follows after a tea caddy form made popular by renowned silversmith William G. DeMatteo, Bergenfield, New Jersey, who also used the term "Hand Made," and whose son followed him in the tr...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1378816 (stock #3488f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing not quite .3 T. oz. (8 grams), this master salt spoon has a plain, rounded, down turned and slightly tipt back, handle, with the style dating it the first quarter of the 19th century.

Curiously it is only marked "Norfolk," without a maker's identification.

A review of Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia does not illustrate this specific italicized version of the word "Norfolk," but does show several sources that used similar lettering in their touch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1378866 (stock #3489f)
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$42.00
Produced by Watson, this version of "Cherub" is to be distinguished from the company's full line pattern with this name (see Old Friends item 2714f for comparison).

The figure on this 4 1/4" long, unusually heavy at nearly .5 T. oz., spoon appears to be cast rather than die struck, and possesses much more dimension and detail than the line design.

Indeed, the youthful image evinces an angelic, innocent, and ethereal quality, suggesting she or he is not of this world. Other detail on the ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1378998 (stock #3491f)
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$215.00
Rectangular with rounded corners, this circa 1895 soap box measures 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 1 5/8" high and weighs a generous 3.4 T. oz.

It was made by Dominick & Haff whose three part emblem, "Sterling," "Patent," and the number "56" are stamped on the inside lip of the lower half.

The top and bottom pieces have raised decorative, "Rocaille" style, elements that include shells, flowers, leaves, and scrolls. The interior is finished in an intact gold wash.

The lid is engraved with a flowing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1379056 (stock #3492f)
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$245.00
Measuring 7" long and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this cheese scoop, also identified by some sources as a marrow spoon, has a 3 1/4" by 1" wide serving end.

The pattern is number "21" introduced by Georg Jensen about 1920. This example carries that number, the words "Sterling" and "Denmark" and a Jensen mark consonant with the design date.

Also known as "Pea in the Pod," the curved end handle features ball and leaf elements that, in the manner of Danish Modern stylization similar to that of Jense...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1379095 (stock #3493f)
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$235.00
Identified as a paper cutter in catalogues of its period, this item is typically referred to as a page turner or letter open today.

This large, 11 3/4" long, approximately 3.0 T. oz., solid silver example was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "B177," and a date symbol for 1898 are stamped on the edge of the handle.

Cast and open, the handle is rococo in design, featuring an asymmetrical array of scrolls, blossoms, and leaves.

The blade is 7...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1379221 (stock #3495f)
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$165.00
An engaging item with a style that does not readily fall into a single design motif, this cream pitcher or sauce boat has a repousse body that incorporates a variety of repousse leaf, scroll, and lattice work elements which are in part Aesthetic and in part conventional.

Made by Gorham, the underside is stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," model number "540," and a date symbol for "1892."

It measures 5 1/2" from handle end to tip of spout, is bulbous at 2 3/4" wid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1379390 (stock #3498f)
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$42.00
Born about 1787 according to Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths and working by the second decade of the 19th century, Samuel Hildeburn became a recognized name among that city's silversmiths.

This example, an 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz. table or serving spoon, is stamped "Hildeburn" over "Phila" and with an "eagle."

It is a plain end pattern with a slightly tipt backside dating early in his working years.

It is monogrammed "TCR" in feathered script lettering set sideways o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1379459 (stock #3499f)
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$40.00
A solid name among New York City silversmiths of the second quarter of the 19th century, William I. Tenney produced quality hollow and flatware.

This example of his work is "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," 6 1/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel.

High walled and flat-bottomed, the shovel form used by numerous manufacturers, was an alternative to a bowl, and appeared in pieces as small as a master salt spoon up to berry size.

This has an engraved "eagle head" crest in lieu ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1379906 (stock #3501f)
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$72.00
Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey, produced a series of exceptional Art Nouveau designs that possess dreamlike or mystical qualities, among which is "Dawn," shown on this 5 7/8" long, nearly 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon.

In their entirety, the series incorporates female figures, fairies, cherubs, and flowers. This example features the profile of a young woman set against a poppy blossom, with a second blossom gracing her hair.

It is a compelling pattern that has only gained in allure since it w...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1379936 (stock #3502f)
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$215.00
A form dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is likely an early ice cream or pudding spoon.

Weighing over 2.5 T. oz., it measures 9 1/2" long overall, and has an oversized bowl that is 4" by 2 3/4" by 1/2" deep.

It was made by Boston's Newell Harding company, whose name along with the New England term "Pure Coin" appears on the handle reverse.

The pattern is a "Grape" that is associated with this company.

The bowl exhibits extraordinary refinement in its intricately e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1379981 (stock #3503f)
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$95.00
Boston's Tuttle Silver Company followed the custom of marking its silver with the initials of the sitting US President inside a crescent. Thus the "JFK" that appears on this indicates it was made during the tenure of John F. Kennedy (1961-63).

Other marks include the company name, the word "Sterling," and the model number "310,"

Solid silver, it is a combined single and double shot jigger that stands 3 3/16" high and weighs a robust 2.0 T. oz.

Having smooth, tapered sides, one end is 1...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1380016 (stock #3504f)
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$46.00
A fully authentic item, that is, not made up or adapted from another piece, this butter pick measures 6 3/8" long and weighs approximately .6 T. oz.

It is an early example of Durgin's 1910 "Fairfax," marked with the company "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

It has a fancy script "F" monogram on the handle front, and a pierced and twisted single tine end that is finished in a gold wash.

A lesser common piece in the "Fairfax" line, this is in immaculate condition, showing no signs of w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380098 (stock #3505f)
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$36.00
This 5 3/4" long, weighty feel at .9 T. oz., teaspoon is an early example of Durgin's "Dauphin" pattern, as indicated by the "Faber 1899" engraved on the reverse in fancy, period lettering.

It remains in excellent condition. The high relief rose pattern retains clear, precise, detail front and backsides, and on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The bowl remains well-shaped and free of tip wear. There is one faint pinprick dimple in the base. The finish is bright and warm.

Marks are the Durg...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1380181 (stock #3506f)
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$85.00
Impressively heavy, indeed massive, this 8 5/8" long table or serving spoon weighs just over 3.1 T. oz.

It is a double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, coin silver, "Kings" design, with the name "M. Higbie" inscribed on the front in cursive lettering, and a shell design on the backside heel of the bowl.

Stamped "T.B & Co." and with a three part, "bust-lion-D" hallmark, it appears to trace to Taylor & Baldwin of Newark, New Jersey, with a late 1830s date...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380327 (stock #3509f)
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$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)
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$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)
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$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 ...

 
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