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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1365629 (stock #3240f)
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$185.00
An impressive piece of relatively early Irish silver, this gravy ladle measures 7 1/2" long and weighs approximately 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the George III period, it is fully and clearly hallmarked for Dublin, 1777, sterling, and maker Michael Homer, whose dates are appropriate to this.

It has a "Hanoverian" style handle, with a down turned, reverse tipt handle that is extensively engraved in bright cut and wriggle work on the front.

There is a feathered script "VL" monogram on the f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377837 (stock #3467f)
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Amy Miller Dehan's Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 offers separate entries on four related operations employing "Michie" in their names, with the mark on this 8 1/4" long, heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon associated with "Michie Brothers," and "used by the firm between 1885 and 1888."

Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.

Made...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1376048 (stock #3439f)
Old Friends
$90.00
The marks on this 3 1/8" top diameter, 1 1/8" high, bowl standing on a 2" wide rim base and weighing a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz., beg identification, although the quality of work bespeaks a skilled producer.

They are "MKH" and "JAH" in block lettering, "Hand Wrought," and "Sterling."

The piece is compellingly appealing in its simplicity of design, good heft, and the high quality of its workmanship.

In flawless condition, it exhibits precise construction, is perfectly round, and has...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372149 (stock #3362f)
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$46.00
With a history tracing to 1859-60, M(artin) S. Smith became the largest jeweler of its time in Detroit. At least one source lists the firm as a manufacturer as well.

This 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon dates from the earliest years of the firm, and may have been produced by it.

It has a flat handle, with notched edges and an anthemion shaped tip. The surface front is extensively engraved with diamond bright cutting, wriggle work, and cross hatching. The backside shows much simpler, lar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1377467 (stock #3462f)
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$225.00
Measuring precisely 12" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this meat skewer is nearly 250 years old.

It is fully hallmarked for Newcastle, England, 1774-75, sterling silver, and makers William Stalker & John Mitchison.

Typical of the form, it has a tapered shank that goes from 3/8" wide to a pointed tip. This has beveled edges, with feathering on the upper portions front and back. This is also the place where the marks are located on one side and a "WWS" monogram on the other.

The 1 1/8"...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1379936 (stock #3502f)
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$215.00
A form dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is likely an early ice cream or pudding spoon.

Weighing over 2.5 T. oz., it measures 9 1/2" long overall, and has an oversized bowl that is 4" by 2 3/4" by 1/2" deep.

It was made by Boston's Newell Harding company, whose name along with the New England term "Pure Coin" appears on the handle reverse.

The pattern is a "Grape" that is associated with this company.

The bowl exhibits extraordinary refinement in its intricately e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353833 (stock #3009f)
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$105.00
Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks incl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1378816 (stock #3488f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing not quite .3 T. oz. (8 grams), this master salt spoon has a plain, rounded, down turned and slightly tipt back, handle, with the style dating it the first quarter of the 19th century.

Curiously it is only marked "Norfolk," without a maker's identification.

A review of Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia does not illustrate this specific italicized version of the word "Norfolk," but does show several sources that used similar lettering in their touch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1394387 (stock #3752f)
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$75.00
Marked with Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd," this 8 1/4" long, 2.2 T. oz., solid silver, tomato server is an early production example of "Fairfax," introduced in 1910.

It has a broad, flat, blade, with extensive piercing and a cupped heel area.

With a line Old English "R" monogram on the handle, the piece is in outstanding estate condition. It is free of polishing wear, bends, or damage, and has a warm, even, finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1394989 (stock #3765f)
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$225.00
A 9 7/8" long, 2.5 T. oz., item, this cake saw is an early production example of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and upper sawtooth edge blade, which is the defining characteristic of this form. The shoulders are embellished with the same leaf and flower components as the design.

There is a flowing script "LMcC" monogram on the handle front.

In excellent estate condit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349842 (stock #2943f)
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$46.00
An early production piece, this item made by Gorham is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Buttercup," issued in 1899. Featuring an array of delicate blossoms and leaves, it exhibits the abundance of expression characteristic of Art Nouveau design.

This piece is a 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz., nut spoon or bon bon.

It has a gold finish, pierced bowl with a flange rim and decorated shoulders. This last feature is found only on older...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394943 (stock #3764f)
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$75.00
Measuring 7 3/4" long and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this serving spoon is an old example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Pat. 1895," and "Sterling."

It has a three-lobed bowl with flanged shoulders and a bright gold wash surface in the interior.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice condition, absent any evident wear and with a bright, even, finish. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342616 (stock #2856f)
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$65.00
Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.

The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains well-defined, down to the pollen flecks on the lily flower petals, and the stippled detailin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334073 (stock #2749f)
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$225.00
An early example, this gravy ladle is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392780 (stock #3722f)
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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,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337461 (stock #2787f)
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$90.00
A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1352236 (stock #2985f)
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$65.00
One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Six Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. Indeed, it virtually defines the concept of "liquid silver."

This example is a 6" long, heavy for its size at .8 T. oz., pickle fork.

It is a fully authentic, old example dating from at or near the pattern issue date of 1901, given the "Pat. Appld. For" inscribed on the backside ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331089 (stock #2711f)
Old Friends
$335.00
One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Cinq Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. The companion pattern is "Les Six Fleurs."

This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest. The flowers appear to be orchids and show as an open blossom on the end and midpoint of the handle front, and...

 
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