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All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1390717 (stock #3689f)
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Larger than most examples of this piece, measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing an exceptionally heavy 1.7 T. oz., this circa 1895 spoon was made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverse.

A souvenir item, the handle portrays a standing miner wearing boots and a hat, holding a chunk of ore in his left hand and with his right hand leaning on a crow bar or such.

The figure is standing on a base that reads, "Struck it at last."

The caricature is sculp...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390669 (stock #3688dd)
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Price for the set of six.
First appearing in Gorham's 1884 catalogue, offered as a set of twelve, "Number 3" oyster or seafood cocktail fork was illustrated in later catalogues (through the 1890s) shown with other exotic designs of the period (see image 2).

The primary feature of the pattern is an apparent bat face situated at the end of the handle. This suggests some resemblance to a boar or devil as well.

Other design details include wings, and possibly toes, wrapping around both sides of the handle.

All surfa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1390594 (stock #3687f)
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Measuring 3 3/4" long and weighing a robust 1.1 T. oz., this baby or infant spoon was made by Tiffany & Co. and is so marked, along with "Sterling," "m," and model number "1338."

While not a line pattern, it has the plain, clean style of an Arts & Crafts piece, akin to Tiffany's "Gramercy" or "Hamilton," and, as do those pieces, likely dates from the second or third decade of the 20th century.

The handle wraps around to form an open loop.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent condition....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1390537 (stock #3686f)
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Nearly three centuries old, this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., sugar sifter with a 1 7/8" round, pierced, bowl, had its origins in Georgian England.

While the marks are some rubbed, the maker's stamp is clear for Richard Gosling, London, and the date letter for 1733. Gosling must have been something of a scurrilous character as Grimwade's London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 notes, he was "tried and convicted [in 1742] for counterfeiting marks," although "This fall grace did not . . . put him out of bus...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390476 (stock #3685f)
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Price per piece, two available.
Measuring 8 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this would have been an individual place spoon in its circa 1840 period, but is equivalent size to today's tablespoon.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, it is marked "Perry O. Daniel" and "Standard," which is a regional term for coin silver.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies the maker as Oliver Perry O'Daniel, born in Wilmington, Delaware, and working in Philadelphia 1836-52.

It has high, angled and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390411 (stock #3684f)
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Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this 7 3/8" long, very heavy at just under 3.8 T. oz., gravy ladle is "Paris, the son of Priam," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line (William P. Hood Jr., Tiffany Silver Flatware).

It has a plain, oval, 2 3/8" by 2" by 3/8" deep, bowl, with a large classical face on the backside heel.

There is a block "K.L"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390343 (stock #3683f)
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One of Tiffany's most imaginative lines of flatware, "Lap Over-Over-Edge," 1880, was an exercise in theme and variation.

The theme is the turned back margin on the reverse of the handle, which is the defining element of the pattern. Subsets of this include plain, acid etched, and applied groupings, and within the latter two, there are further, seemingly countless, flora and fauna themed, iterations.

This piece, a 7 1/8" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., large sugar sifter is etched in what a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1390170 (stock #3681f)
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Price per piece, two available.
One of the largest and heaviest of the multitude of master salts illustrated in George and Carolyn Thompkins The Handbook of Gorham Open Salt Dishes, model number "A6440," as this is marked, along with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling, and a date symbol for 1911, measures 4" long by 3" wide, stands 2" high, and weighs a more than substantial 3.8 T. oz.

It is an elaborately designed piece featuring an array of acanthus leaf and scroll ornamentation which extends to the four feet of the ra...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1390099 (stock #3680f)
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This item is a three piece, base, liner, and lid, coin silver, butter dish.

The bottom measures 6 1/4" across, stands 1 1/2" high on a rimmed base, and weighs 5.9 T. oz. The fitted liner is 5 1/2" across and weighs 3.1 T. oz. Lastly the lid is also 5 1/2" wide, 2 3/4" high to the top, and weighs 6.3 T. oz.

Relatively plain, the top has a cast cow finial attached by a threaded extension and thumb screw on the underside.

A favored design element of its period, this cow is particularly ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1390063 (stock #3679f)
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While a popular form with many many variations available, this example of a shell dish stands apart on the basis of both its quality of design and craft as well as its generous size.

Solid silver and nearly circular at 7" diameter, it weighs a substantial 5.9 T. oz., and stands 1 1/8" high, resting on three ball feet.

It has a 3/8" wide scalloped rim with a broad heel grip area that is finished with an applied, raised, leaf and shell detail. This last component echoes English Georgian

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390011 (stock #3678f)
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Embodying a rococo pattern, and likely dating from the late 19th century, this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., bread or toast fork incorporates leaves, scrolls, acanthus leaves, and floral elements.

It is hollow with three tines and is all silver, marked "Sterling," model number "1223," and with a maker's emblem, which is a triangle with a rubbed interior.

There is a feathered script "L" monogram engraved on one side of the handle.

In excellent condition, it is free of dents or splits and has a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389900 (stock #3676f)
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Measuring 6" long and weighing a heavy 1.3 T. oz., this teaspoon is an early example of Dominick & Haff's figural, 1900 date of issue, "Labors of Cupid" pattern, the image on this being a cherub sitting at a table with a cup in hand.

It is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever, retaining all the precise detail of the original design, and visible for example in such as the grain of the table, the weave in the basket holding fruit, or the spindles in the chair back appearing on th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389828 (stock #3675f)
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Price per piece, five available.
This teaspoon measures 5 7/8" long and weighs just over .7 T. oz.

It has a "Tipt" end handle and is engraved "W E K" in feathered script lettering set sideways on the handle. There is a line drop on the backside heel of the pointed end bowl.

Dating circa 1840, it is stamped "G W & H" for the New York City partnership of William Gale, Jacob Wood & Jasper Hughes, along with a right facing eagle and bust pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on marks identifies as associated with Gale.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389772 (stock #3674f)
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Lengthy at 5", and weighty at 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are heavily ornamented in a way that is reminiscent of the dominant architectural style popular in the period of the piece.

The pattern, "Paris" by Gorham, was issued in 1900, at the crest of the Gilded Age, and reflects the same Beaux Arts design sensibilities that generated, for instance, many of Newport's grandest mansions and innumerable monumental public buildings throughout the country that yet stand as iconic reminders of the...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389675 (stock #3672f)
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The Whiting Manufacturing Company came into existence in 1866 (Dorothy Rainwater Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers), evolving from antecedent companies.

Largely producing in a period when sterling had become the norm, examples in coin, such as this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., three tine pickle or pastry fork, are uncommon. Clearly it traces to the earliest years of the company when it was a modest operation compared to the major firm that it became, and for that reaso...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389620 (stock #3671f)
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A form popular in the third quarter of the 19th century, this 2.9 T. oz. serving spoon is large overall, measuring 10 1/8" long, and and is characterized by a very generously proportioned 4" by 2 5/8" bowl.

This is scalloped on three sides and had a smooth lower edge, indicating it was meant to be used on the horizontal. It may have been intended for vegetables, or rice in the Southern tradition.

Whatever its purpose, it is immeasurably handsome and in uncompromised condition.

Its prim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389335 (stock #3667f)
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This Whiting pattern introduced in 1890 is known by several names including singular and plural variations of "Rose & Scroll" as well as "LaFrance" and "LaFrancais."

This example is a 3 3/8" long, .4 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.

The bowl is scoop or shovel form and quite decorative. It has an embossed surface, cupped heel with scalloped shoulders, and is finished in a gold wash on the interior.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition. The pattern on the handle remains clear and well...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389255 (stock #3666f)
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A large item, measuring 10 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this solid silver ice cream slice was made by Frank Whiting in the "Palm" pattern.

Introduced in 1887, and embodying an Aesthetic sensibility, "Palm" is a floral and leaf design with a large fan or spray element at the terminus that evokes a palm leaf. The design is raised, lending it a chiseled or sculpted quality.

The blade on this is a statement in its own right. It has a sweeping lower edge running to a defined point,...

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