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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1387382 (stock #3628f)
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$395.00
This coin silver item is an original beaker or julep cup (in contrast to a mug with the handle removed), that stands 3 1/4" high, has a top opening of 3", tapers to a a base diameter of 2 1/2", and weighs 3.2 T. oz.

It has a rim bottom and top and is otherwise plain except for two inscriptions.

One of these, "Castlelow 1854," relates to the maker's marks on the underside, which reads, "E. & D. Kinsey," "Prem. B. Co A.S.," "1854."

The word "premium" references that this was a prize or...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1387416 (stock #3629f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Stamped with the pattern number "17070," which was put into production in 1911, this piece is also marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," order number "1393," "Sterling," "925-1000," and "m" (used 1907-47).

Solid silver, it is a 2" high, 2 1/2" top diameter, 1.9 T. oz., master salt dip that sits on a rimmed pedestal base 1 1/2" across.

It is round and smooth walled with a triple lined border around the outside top, and has never been monogrammed or inscribed. The interior retains traces of an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387499 (stock #3630f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A very lengthy 10 7/8" overall, with a triangular blade that measures 5" by 3" at the widest, and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this pie or pastry server dates to the third quarter of the 19th century.

It is marked "Bigelow.Bros & Kennard" for the major Boston firm that operated under several name variations, and "925" in an oval for sterling silver.

The handle is an "Old English" pattern with a "Tipt" backside. The front is engraved in a design that is identified as either "Buckle" or "Garter," th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387550 (stock #3631f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Measuring 4 1/2" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are marked "Sterling" and "J.H. Hart," for the Brooklyn, New York retailer with dates 1857-c. 1910.

This piece is a small silver jewel in that its major feature, namely the bright cut Aesthetic period engraving on each arm, that includes a lily of the valley flower, is exquisitely executed in a technique that shows diamond cutting at its finest. The surfaces virtually glisten, all the more so for being set against a satin ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1387614 (stock #3632f)
Old Friends
$75.00
One of the pairings within the Bateman Family of silversmiths, that of Peter and Ann, brother and sister-in-law, son and daughter-in-law respectively, of Hester, dates from the last decade of the 18th century.

This 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon, has complete and clear marks for these makers, "PB/AB," sterling, 1791, and a duty (bust) stamp.

It is an "Old English" form with a downturned, tipt backside, handle.

Likely evolved from a rattail, there is a long...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1387676 (stock #3633f)
Old Friends
$160.00
Measuring 7 7/8" long, with a round bowl 2 1/2" in diameter and 3/8" deep, and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this piece is French in origin

It is fully stamped with Paris hallmarks for first standard, i.e. .950 pure (vs. .925 for sterling), including the "bearded man" head used 1819-38, a female head large guaranty mark, and a bigorne.

The maker's mark is diamond shape with a tower like image in the center, three letters in the left, right, and bottom corners, the right hand one of which is "G" whi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387807 (stock #3635f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price for the set of ten.
A non-line flatware pattern, meaning it was made in only a limited number of pieces, the design on these ten, 4 1/8" long, 2.9 T. oz. the group, coffee spoons (slightly larger than a true demitasse) features of series of graduated size rosettes on the front a scalloped edge handle.

Aesthetic in manner, and likely dating about 1880, there are two types of blossoms, one six petaled and one multi-petaled.

The relatively generously sized bowls, 1 3/8" long by 13/16" at the widest, have crimped...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387869 (stock #3636f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing just over 2.0 T. oz., this piece is a berry scoop or shovel.

Marked "Berry & Co. Baltimore," for that city's firm with working dates 1880-94 according to Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, and "Sterling," the pattern is a finely engraved flower and leaf design on the tipt back handle. This is interpreted in an Aesthetic manner, set against a satin matte finish.

The engraving repeats in an enlarged representation in the scallo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1387965 (stock #3637f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Tongs of this size, 8" long and weighing nearly 3.4 T. oz., and form may be for fried chicken or salad.

This particular pair has a large shell grip on one arm and four extended, fork-like, tines on the other, both of which are finished in a bright gold wash.

The arms are square and solid, with chiseled edges. They widen and have notched shoulders where they join the arch, and are diamond cut in a design that includes anthemion and other period elements.

The broad arch has scalloped and ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388038 (stock #3638f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Price for the set of six.
Recognized as the creative impulse who, with his son Edward, transformed Tiffany & Co. from a retailer to the major silver manufacturer that it became, New York City's John C. Moore was an established silversmith long before his association with Tiffany began.

He was in fact the second manufacturer, after Michael Gibney to patent a flatware design, with that on these six, matching, coin silver tea or dessert forks, dating to 1847 as indicated by the "Patent 1847" mark on the reverse. The actu...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388146 (stock #3640f)
Old Friends
$62.00
A charming composition, this 6 3/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife incorporates a cherub-like child sitting on a floral garland swing, surrounded by an open, scrolled border that is situated above a raised heart. The handle end is surmounted by a basket of flowers.

A non-line, meaning it was not produced in a full service, flat handle, pattern, it is stamped on the blade "Sterling," and with Alvin's early lion emblem. The quality of design and execution is equal to such other well-regarded offe...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388194 (stock #3641f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887.

Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period (see Old Friends catalogue item 3170), and which in turn is akin to Knowles &...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388195 (stock #3642f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Catherine Hollan in her volume Philadelphia Silver lists 1825-49 as directory dates for the Philadelphia firm of Robert & William William, noting they were referenced in a letter dated 1821, while the firm "continued to be listed in Bywater's and Boyd's directories until 1851."

A wide variety of silver is still found with the company's various marks, the one on this 7 1/8" long master butter knife being "R&W.W."

It is coin silver, with a solid, blunt end, blade, and a hollow, filled...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388244 (stock #3643f)
Old Friends
$135.00
A large item measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this serving fork has four tines, the outer two of which are notched. The serving end has a cupped heel with decorated shoulders and is finished in a gold wash front and backsides.

The pattern is "Empire," which is a late 19th century design that incorporates imagery suggestive of majesty, nobility, and imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown, cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388301 (stock #3644f)
Old Friends
$245.00
Price for the set of six.
A pattern originated by John Polhamus in the second half of the 19th century, and continued by George Shiebler, "Corinthian" is a Greek Revival design that features an anthemion at the handle end, supported by rosettes and palmettes.

These six place or dessert spoons are all matching, were never monogrammed, measure 7" long each, and weigh 8.0 T. oz. the group.

They are in excellent condition, are absent polishing wear and have bowls that remain well-shaped and are free of dents, bends, ni...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1388364 (stock #3645f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Price for the pair.
A matched set, each of these candlesticks is marked on the brushed finished, flat bottom, underside, "Tiffany & Company," "Sterling," "925/1000," "m," pattern number "18929" (introduced in 1916), order number "5839," and the word "weighted."

They weigh 19.9 T. oz. the pair, but that is essentially irrelevant because of the fill in them.

A matched, baluster form, pair, they stand 6 1/2" tall, have bases that are 3 7/8" across, and have solid silver removable bobeches that are 2" in diameter...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388468 (stock #3647f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Measuring 7 1/16" long and substantial weight at just under 1.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver master butter knife has a flat handle on a plane with the blade.

Stamped "R&W. Wilson Philad" on the blade, it was made by brothers Robert and William with dates spanning the second quarter of the 19th century.

The pattern is a "King," and more specifically what Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies as a "Honeysuckle" variant for the stylized floral element set midway on...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388633 (stock #3649f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz. Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

All have a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

The pattern appears on both the front and back of the ...

 
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