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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1382940 (stock #3551f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Definitely a product of the Gilded Age, this 6 5/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., glove stretcher bespeaks a refined lifestyle.

This example is model number "5" by Gorham, and so identified by marks on the inside of the handle, which also include the word "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1889."

One other imprint by the pin that holds the two pieces together reads "Pat. 75," which no doubt is a reference to the spring mechanism that controls the pivoting arms.

The design on the hollow but all silve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357627 (stock #3083f)
Old Friends
$365.00
Price for the set of twelve.
This full set of twelve identical spoons all measure 5 3/4" long and are relatively heavy, with the group weighing 11.0 T. oz., and have the same, Old English "M.F.P." monograms on the reverses.

They are unusual form with narrow, 1 7/8" long by 15/16" at the widest, deep at 3/8", bowls with oval tips and gold finishes both front and back sides.

They are clearly distinct from typical citrus or orange spoons but are likely to be used for eating fruit.

The pattern is Gorham's "St. Cloud...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362159 (stock #3180f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat 1885," this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork once belonged to "Gladys," whose name is engraved in script on the backside.

The pattern is "St. Cloud," one of the outstandingly successful designs produced by Antoine Heller in his long and consequential career with Gorham.

It is in very good condition. The dense leaf and shell motif remains well-defined, showing minimal polishing wear. The tines remain straigh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1381191 (stock #3523f)
Old Friends
Auction
Standing 5" tall and 4" maximum diameter, this syrup jug is an especially fine item produced by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "119," and a year symbol that is difficult to discern, are all imprinted on the lower edge of the fitted all silver top.

Dating circa 1900, the body is panel cut with a ground base, high quality, glass.

The fitted top has a wide collar, with a broad spout, hinged lid, and a solid, cast thumb grip.

It is in superb condi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384684 (stock #3581f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A very early example of Gorham's multi-motif "Versailles," this piece is stamped on the heel backside with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted '88."

It is a 6" long, 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon with an oval, flange edge, generously proportioned, plain bowl.

The figure is a cherub holding a lyre.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition, retaining clear pattern detail and having a soft, even finish. The bowl is free of dents or bends, but does show lig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339107 (stock #2810f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Dating from the last decade of the 19th century, Gorham's "Virginia" is essentially a pointed antique design with beaded edging, front and back sides.

This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.

The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.

It is without a monogram or removal and in ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368543 (stock #3290f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Price per piece, three available.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., egg spoon.

It has an ovoid bowl with a gold wash interior, and is monogrammed with an Old English "E" on the handle.

It is in superb es...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368544 (stock #3291f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price for the pair.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

Commonly identified as a demitasse at 4 1/4" long, catalogues of the period reference this size as a coffee. This matched pair weigh approximately .8 T. oz. combined, have gold washed bowls, front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372177 (stock #3366f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Dating to the earliest decades of Gorham's history, these six, matched, coin silver, spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," for a partnership that traces to 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In their time, when large scale was favored, these would have served as standard place pieces.

They have a substantial feel, although they weigh marginally les...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
Old Friends
$225.00
An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361634 (stock #3172f)
Old Friends
$32.00
A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind.

The design is singular, but characteristi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350922 (stock #2962f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two identical place forks measures 7 1/16" long. They are heavy, with the pair weighing 3.4 T. oz. combined.

Dating from the late 19th century, they are high quality items stamped "Hennegan, Bates Co." for the prominent Baltimore firm, and "Sterling."

The pattern is an engraved "Lily," which is more accurately "lily of the valley," and is one of several variations of the same theme made by numerous manufacturers. This work, largely bright cut, is set against an enhancing ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1341747 (stock #2842f)
Old Friends
$135.00
A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381025 (stock #3522f)
Old Friends
$68.00
This "leaf" design, often identified as "Josephine" because of Gorham's use of that name for its variant, was produced by several mid 19th makers with slight variation among them.

This example, a full size dinner fork measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz., was made by Henry Hebbard, as indicated by the "H.H. & Co. Patent 1855" stamped on the reverse, along with the retailer's name "Robert Rait," both mid 19th century New York City firms.

This is inscribed "M.Walker." set sid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381687 (stock #3531f)
Old Friends
$40.00
This 7 3/8" long, T. oz., 1840s, "Reverse Tipt" 1.0 T. oz., dessert or place spoon tells a story that such items rarely do.

Firstly, the extensive inscriptions offer a lot to the genealogist.

The front of the handle reads "Sarah Aurora Dauchy" while the reverse is inscribed in similar script, "From her grandmother A. Mead."

Probing for the specifics about the lives of these persons is aided by the fact that both the retailer and manufacturer are located in New York's Hudson River Valley...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385765 (stock #3603f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz., tabl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351355 (stock #2968f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Perhaps the most recognizable name among Syracuse, New York, silver manufacturers, the firm of Hotchkiss & Schreuder existed under various names during the second half of the 19th century.

The specific "H&S" mark on this 8 7/8" long, heavy at 1.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is an early mark used 1857-64 according to the "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

It is also stamped "W.S. Taylor" for the Utica, New York retailer with dates, 1858-61, convergent with the maker's stamps...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1371911 (stock #3352f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860s.

It is a fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backside.

There i...

 
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