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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366491 (stock #3254f)
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$36.00
Issued in 1897, just before the turn of the 20th century brought forward a burst of innovative Art Nouveau patterns, Alvin's "Wellington" incorporates traditional design elements such as a shell, egg and dart motif, and scrolls, all offered in an English manner as befits the pattern name.

The backside of the handle on this 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz., (baby) food pusher has a more simplified design than the front and coincidentally resembles Gorham's "Norfolk" of the same period.

It is a full...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1352010 (stock #2976f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A 5" long, heavy at just over 1.5 T. oz., item, this spoon is marked "Sterling," "L," and with the model number "60."

The 2 1/8" by 1 5/8", pear shaped bowl is a size typical of a tea caddy spoon, while the 3" long, solid silver, tubular handle is somewhat lengthy for that.

It is fashioned in an Arts & Crafts manner, with a cast, perhaps lotus bud form, finial at the end of the handle, and a block letter "J.J.D" monogram engraved on the heel reverse of the bowl.

It is in very good es...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1350431 (stock #2954f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, this tea caddy spoon measures 4 1/2" long and is relatively heavy at .6 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Pointed Antique" with an engraved shield surrounded by a swag and ribbon.

Marked "Sterling," there is no manufacturer's identifier, although similar examples are marked for "Galt & Brother" of Washington, D.C.

The work is Arts & Crafts in manner, particularly evident in the hand hammered bowl with notched shoulders, and an exposed drop on the backsid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1391396 (stock #3701f)
Old Friends
$345.00
A lofty item, this ewer (pitcher) stands 8 3/4" tall to the highest point of the lip, rests on a pedestal base that is 3 3/16" in diameter, and weighs approximately 9.0 T. oz.

It dates from the mid 19th century and carries multiple marks, which include "Bailey & Co. Chestnut St. Phila." in an arc around "136," which was the number for the building the firm occupied 1848-56. Additionally, there is a "lion, S, shield" pseudo hallmark flanked by two more lions.

The shield is thought to indica...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1370994 (stock #3336f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Striking in scale at 8 3/4" long overall with a large, 3 3/8" by 2" at the widest, shell form bowl, this 2.2 T. oz. berry or other serving spoon dates to the mid 19th century.

The pattern is "Tuscan," which is an "Olive" variant developed by Michael Gibney (later marketed by Whiting) and in this instance retailed by New York's prominent "Ball, Black & Co.," whose name, along with "Sterling," is imprinted on the handle backside.

The name "Benedict" is engraved on the front, while "ABG" ap...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1390099 (stock #3680f)
Old Friends
$575.00

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 1920 item #1377990 (stock #3470f)
Old Friends
$185.00
A generously sized item, this toast rack has a base that measures 6 1/2" by 3", with six arched dividers that rise 3" above this, and an additional central one with a handle that reaches to 4 1/2".

Solid silver, it weighs a hefty 7.75 T. oz. and rests on four, six sided, faceted, ball bottom, feet.

Dating from the end of the Edwardian era, it is fully stamped for "Birmingham," England, "Barker Brothers Silversmiths Ltd.," "Sterling," and the year "1914-15."

Although simple in construc...

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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1350795 (stock #2960f)
Old Friends
$36.00
Having a broad "Tipt" end, a narrow shank, and a shell bowl with a double scalloped rim, this piece traces to mid 19th century Boston.

A preserve or jelly spoon, it measures 7" long and at 1.1 T. oz. is slightly weightier than most instances of this sort.

A clean item, it is entirely unadorned save for a script "1859" engraved on the backside, which is also stamped with the name of the retailer, "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard."

An assuming piece, it nonetheless possesses simple appeal and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381740 (stock #3532f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a rais...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1371627 (stock #3347f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Measuring 5" long overall, this tea caddy spoon has a sterling silver, shell-shaped, bowl that is fully hallmarked for Birmingham, England, 1811, with a maker's stamp that appears to be "J.L" or "J.D".

It is fitted with a natural, likely bone, handle that has a rounded end and polished surface.

The bowl has a small, flat, hood that covers the heel, and a silver sleeve that accommodates the handle.

The piece is in excellent condition, showing no bends, tears, or other damage in the bo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1374915 (stock #3421f)
Old Friends
$42.00
This style of tea strainer is designed to hang from the spout of a tea pot.

The body is a basket, in this instance 2 1/4" in diameter and 1" deep, with a bail handle that is attached to a double wire prong that is held in the spout by tension. The total weight is nearly .5 T. oz.

This circa 1900 example made by Blackinton is model number "64" as stamped on the underside, along with the company sword emblem, and the word "Sterling."

The basket has a scalloped edge that is imprinted wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1344111 (stock #2877f)
Old Friends
$65.00
An Art Nouveau design issued in 1902, "Narcissus" is one of several floral patterns that Blackinton produced in the early 20th century.

This example is an 8 1/8", .9 T. oz., olive spoon. It is long-handle, versus standard size, which is less than 6".

The flowers are delicately scaled and arrayed around the end of the handle, with trailing leaves and buds set along the length of the shank.

The pierced bowl has flange edges, a pointed tip, and retains most of an original pale gold fin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384610 (stock #3580f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A long item for its form at 6 1/2", and heavier feeling than its .9 T. oz. actual weight, this coin silver cream or sauce ladle traces to the second quarter of the 19th century. It is marked "Boynton & Woodford for the Boston retail partnership with dates 1837-54.

The "Tipt" end pattern places it toward the earlier end of those years. A graceful piece, the handle is arced with an upturned terminus. The plain, well-formed, bowl is ovoid at 1 7/8" by 1 1/2" by 7 1/16" deep. "

There is a scrip...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1363880 (stock #3209f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver sold out to Brown in 1858, but whose interest he bought back in 1863. All this history indicates the mark on this piece is rarer than most associated with the Shaver name.

The pattern is one described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1380853 (stock #3517f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price per piece, four available.
A stand out name, if not the standout name, in modern Italian silver, "Buccellatti" immediately invokes an aura of style and refinement.

The clean lines and superb finishes associated with the company are fully evident in this 7 1/8" long, weighty at just over 1.6 T. oz., place or dessert spoon.

The pattern is "Milano," dating 1970, which has a lined edge, midrib, and beaded top handle.

This is in immaculate condition. Virtually without wear, the only evident sign of use is a sli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1380852 (stock #3516f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price per piece, four available.
A stand out name, if not the standout name, in modern Italian silver, "Buccellatti" immediately invokes an aura of style and refinement.

The clean lines and superb finishes associated with the company are fully evident in this 6 7/8" long, weighty at approximately 1.7 T. oz., salad, fish, or pastry fork.

The pattern is "Milano," dating 1970, which has a lined edge, midrib, and beaded top handle.

This is in immaculate condition. Virtually without wear, the only evident sign of use...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1362855 (stock #3188f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing a substantial 1.8 T. oz., this spoon dates c. 1835.

It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.

The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.

It is also marked "10....

 
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