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All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1391632 (stock #3705dd)
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$295.00
Produced in an array of items including table ware, desk pieces, and jewelry, George Shiebler's exotic design that features heads of classical figures superimposed upon a hammered ground is identified with equal frequency as "Etruscan" or "Homeric."

In some instances, the heads are gold, and that is the case with this 2 3/8" diameter, approximately .6 T. oz., open cuff bracelet.

Indeed the marks identify this aspect of the piece, as they include Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, model number "...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1375809 (stock #3436f)
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$135.00
As is so much the mark of George Shiebler's work, this late 19th century, 5 1/2" long, button hook reflects imaginative and innovative design characteristics.

The handle, about half the overall length, is sterling silver, so marked, along with Shiebler's "winged S" emblem and the model number "5264," while the lower portion with the actual "hook" that defines the piece, is plated steel.

The silver portion is comprised of a central rod wrapped by two strands of heavy wire that encircle th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1373677 (stock #3400f)
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Stamped with the word "Sterling," model number "145," and the name "Shreve Cump & Low Co.," for Boston's premier jeweler, this pitcher stands 4 1/2" to the rim, 5 5/8" to the highest point on the top of the handle, sits on a square base that is 2 5/8" on a side, and weighs a relatively heavy 5.8 T. oz.

It is also engraved "B" over "R + E" over "1916," in block lettering as was typically used on Arts & Crafts items. Indeed it appears to be hand fashioned, and there were numbers of skilled si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1343188 (stock #2864f)
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$135.00
Price for the set of six.
These matching oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks all measure 5 3/8" long, and weigh a bit over 3.5 T. oz. the lot.

They were made by Alvin, whose company emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent" appear on the backsides, in very fine, precise, raised lettering as it should be on original pieces..

The pattern is "Majestic," which is a multi-motif floral Art Nouveau line that in this instance portrays irises. It was introduced in 1900.

There is a single, large blossom set midw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394046 (stock #3747f)
Old Friends
$250.00
Price for the set of six.
Variously referred to as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this flat handle, solid silver blade, form was employed during the middle of the 19th century, supplanted in the later 19th century by hollow handle knives such are still in use today.

This grouping, dating circa 1865, each measures 7 3/4" long, with the six combined weighing a relatively heavy 9.6 T. oz.

Stamped "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." for the prominent Boston firm, and "925" for sterling, these have a form of "Bead" pattern se...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396394 (stock #3785f)
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$55.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 5 7/8" long, and weighing 3.1 T. oz. the group, these six teaspoons all match and all have the same script "D" monogram engraved sideways on the handle fronts.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" design they are very early examples of the work of William B. Durgin, whose name appears on the backside of each one. He founded his company in 1853 and these date about that time.

Simple and unadorned, they stand in marked contrast to the later, evolved work of this firm which produced some most ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1397619 (stock #3805)
Old Friends
$360.00
Price for the set of six.
Full size dinner forks measuring 7 5/8" long each, and weighing a hefty 12.1 T. oz. the group, these six matched pieces are marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" on the handle reverses, and "Copyrighted" on the handle edges.

The pattern, "Medici" aka "Old Medici," dates from 1880. It is a complex design that features imagery and figures representational of the Italian Renaissance. In this instance the primary subject is a young man in festooned garb with a sword hanging...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1385131 (stock #3590f)
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$120.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 6" long and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the group, this set of six teaspoons was made by the International Silver Company.

The pattern is "Empress," dating from 1931 and is very much in the Art Deco style popular in the period.

Exhibiting crisp lines and fine finishes, they have never been monogrammed and are in superb estate condition.

They are without damage or evident wear, and have bright, hand polished finishes.

Marks are "International," the Wilcox & Evertsen" division...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388038 (stock #3638f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Price for the set of six.
Recognized as the creative impulse who, with his son Edward, transformed Tiffany & Co. from a retailer to the major silver manufacturer that it became, New York City's John C. Moore was an established silversmith long before his association with Tiffany began.

He was in fact the second manufacturer, after Michael Gibney to patent a flatware design, with that on these six, matching, coin silver tea or dessert forks, dating to 1847 as indicated by the "Patent 1847" mark on the reverse. The actu...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368486 (stock #3289f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Large at 6" long, and substantial weight at 5.7 t. oz. the lot, these six, matching, teaspoons date from the mid 19th century.

Each one is stamped "John B. Scott" for the New York City retailer, who is documented working circa 1820, with no ending date available.

The pattern is a "Beaded Olive" that appears to be a near match for manufacturer John Westervelt's pattern of the same name. less so akin to William Gale's "Mayflower" or John Polhamus' "Ionic."

The backside is a "Tuscan" pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373897 (stock #3403dd)
Old Friends
$52.00
Price for the set of six.
Based on the design, especially the pattern on the 3/4" sterling (so marked) handle bands or ferrules, these six, matching nut picks are late 19th century items.

They are large at 5 7/8" and in New England especially, would have doubled, or even primarily served, as lobster picks.

They have smooth, polished, likely bone, off white colored handles and elongated silver-plated blades.

In immaculate condition, they are all but unused. There is no loss of plating on the picks, the bands ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1381347 (stock #3525f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 5 1/2" long, these spoons are 5 o'clock size, slightly smaller than a full size teaspoon.

Slender and delicate, with the six weighing 2.9 T. oz., the pattern is "Martha Washington Star" by Frank Smith, dating 1927.

A "Pointed Antique" design, the handle surfaces are gently rounded and have satin finishes that are bright cut in an abstract star burst or starfish motif.

Each piece is lightly engraved in a flowing script "MG" monogram that is an enhancement to the overall design....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1382604 (stock #3545f)
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$175.00
Measuring 7" in diameter, this relatively heavy at 6.7 T. oz., plate or shallow dish is marked "S. Kirk & Son Co" and "925/1000" on the underside, which was a mark used 1896-1924.

It has a 1 3/4" wide, double border rim that has a hand raised leaf and floral design. Repousse as represented on this reflects a style and technique that was a hallmark of Baltimore silver, and this applies especially so to Kirk.

The interior has a line script monogram. As the base is flat bottomed, the piece co...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374484 (stock #3413f)
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$36.00
Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this spoon has a broad, "Fiddle Tipt," handle, and high, pointed shoulders off the bowl.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" along with the Baltimore standard mark "10.15," which is roughly equivalent to coin, and in this particular combination of marks was used 1846-61.

Well-proportioned and clean looking, this presents in a quietly stately manner.

There is a feathered script "G" monogram on the front of the otherwise plain pie...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384855 (stock #3584f)
Old Friends
$46.00
This mid 19th century, coin silver berry or serving spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia manufacturer and retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his Manufacturers' Ma...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1366740 (stock #3258f)
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$44.00
Dating from the mid 1850s, this 6 7/8" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon has New England origins.

It is stamped "S.N. Story" for the Worcester, Massachusetts silversmith and jeweler. Also marked "Pure Coin," which was a regional term, this was likely made in Boston.

The pattern is "Olive," which was a very popular design in the period.

What sets this apart from other examples is its intermediate size, shell bowl, solid weight, quality manufacture, and good condition.

The ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400470 (stock #3862f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price per piece, four available.
One of four available, varying in weight from 1.2 to 1.4 T. oz., this 6 3/4" long place, aka dessert or oval soup spoon, is marked "Stebbins & Co.," for the mid 19th century firm operated by William Stebbins, successor to his brother Edwin.

It is also stamped "Patent 1848," which is the date of the "Gothic" style pattern, as designed by Abraham Wood of the New York City firm A&W Wood.

The handle is engraved "Williams" in cursive lettering.

In excellent condition, pattern detail remains ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1384408 (stock #3576f)
Old Friends
$75.00
This large, 9 1/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., table or serving spoon was produced by Edwin Stebbins & George C. Howe, working 1827-31 in New York City. Well regarded silversmiths, each man subsequently operated independently.

The rounded end, arched handle, features a representation of a "Basket of Flowers." This motif, along with "Sheaf of Wheat," were popular design embellishments in a period when coin silver was largely plain.

It also has a "Shell Back" drop on the heel and is engrave...

 
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