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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392352 (stock #3715f)
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This 3" high to the rim, 3 3/4" to the top of the handle, 2 5/8" top diameter, 4.3 T. oz., coin silver mug has identifiers that closely date it.

Stamped "Crosby & Brown" for the retailer that operated 1851-52, it is also imprinted "V.L.&B.," for significant Boston silversmith Vincent Laforme & Brother, active 1850-54.

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts holds a pitcher attributed to him, with extensive notes about the piece and maker available online, including this biographical detail, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1392405 (stock #3716f)
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Measuring 9" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this pudding spoon is akin to a large berry or vegetable server.

The pattern is Whiting's "Arabesque," which is a Moorish design produced during the 19th century's Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s. It features a standing griffin with widespread wings.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a central vee in the base and a lipped edge.

The interior is intricately engraved in a design that repeats the main motif of the pattern, and retains traces of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1392506 (stock #3717f)
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Alfred, Francis and Arthur operating as the Pairpoint Brothers were noteworthy producers of English Arts & Crafts silver in the first part of the 20th century.

This 2 3/4" high, 4 1/2" top diameter, heavy at 7.1 T. oz., bowl is emblematic of their work and the movement.

It sits on a footed base 2 3/8" in diameter, and has an applied rim on the upper lip.

The body is plain and smooth on the outside, but retains a hand hammered surface on the interior.

Apart from the hallmarks which i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1392572 (stock #3718f)
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Price for the pair.
Early and original pieces, each of these two items is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880," and "M.," this letter dating them no later than 1891.

They are a matched salad serving pair, including a 10 3/8" long spoon and 10 1/8" fork. Extremely heavy, the spoon weighs 5.4 T. oz., and the fork 5.0 T. oz.

The pattern is "Chrysanthemum," which is an exuberant design that anticipates the Art Nouveau style. It features a large blossom at the terminus, with an interspersed array of bu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1392703 (stock #3720f)
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The style of this plain band, 1" wide, 1 3/4" diameter, .7 T. oz., napkin ring places it from the late 1800s.

The satin finish exterior is bright cut engraved in a leaf and scroll theme interpreted in an Aesthetic manner. Both edges have a repeating beaded design that looks like knurling.

There is a reserve within the engraving that is inscribed "TGM," while the inner side reads, "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25, '99.," so very likely it was a Christmas present given well over a century ago.


All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1392727 (stock #3721f)
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The Syracuse, New York, silversmith Francis A. Bunnell, also Bunnelle, worked during the third quarter of the 19th century, both solely and in a number of partnerships.

This example of his output, a 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "F A B" for him alone and dates from the 1860s.

It is very much a period piece, with a broad, notched, engraved and engine turned handle joined to the twisted shank. There is a wriggle work border on the reverse, with additional engraved detailing.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392780 (stock #3721)
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Standing 3 9/16" to the rim, 3 3/4" to the highest point at the tip of the handle, with a tapered body that is 3 3/8" wide at the top opening and 2 7/8" across on the base, and weighing 6.0 T. oz., this mug is exceptionally large.

It is marked on the underside "O[badiah]. Rich," "Boston," and "fine," indicating coin silver.

Rich (1809-88) was a Boston silversmith who left a considerable legacy in his work. Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers notes,...

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