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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1387019 (stock #3621f)
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Measuring 7 1/2" long and weighing a substantial 2.4 T. oz., this serving spoon has a deep (1/2"), shell shaped bowl with a second shell on the backside heel.

It is marked "C. Bard & Son" and dates c. 1850.

Katherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silver indicates that Bard may have trained under Thomas Fletcher and that C. Bard & Co. "were awarded a first premium for a tea service in the Franklin Institute Exhibition in 1849," and that the firm's work is represented in the Philadelphia...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1355493 (stock #3045f)
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$95.00
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Standing 4" tall with a top diameter of 2" and a bottom diameter of 1 1/2", and weighing approximately 2.6 T. oz., this beaker (becker) has German origins. Primarily for wine, it holds 4 liquid ounces.

It is stamped on the underside with a "crown, 800, lion" emblem, which designates the silver standard, and the name "C.E. Keyser," which was a Leipzig firm.

Having smooth, tapered sides, this form appears in glass and other metals, such as pewter.

This presents in a particularly refin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1385639 (stock #3600f)
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$110.00
This 7 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., coin silver, preserve or jelly spoon has a double provenance in that it is stamped with a Gothic "W&H" for Philadelphia's Watts & Harper manufacturer, and with the name "C.F. Greenwood," for the Norfolk, Virginia, jeweler.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths gives narrow dates for the W&H partnership, 1859-61/62, while Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia indicates Greenwood began his business about 1850.

These dates are conv...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1369881 (stock #3314f)
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$38.00
A 6" long, .9 T. oz., item, this sugar spoon is stamped "C C S" on the reverse, for the maker, Charles C. Shaver, who worked in Utica, New York, during the second half of the 19th century.

Made of coin silver, this dates c. 1865.

The pattern is described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appears on both sides of the handle and features anthemion leaves, along with other period detailing.

The bowl is a shell form in the manner o...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1330500 (stock #2703f)
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$35.00
Produced by the "Columbian Souvenir Manufacturing Company," as indicated by the "CS" emblem imprinted on backside, this spoon measures 5 11/16" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. Other marks include "Sterling" and "Pat. 1893."

A literally monumental event, this exposition generated a seemingly endless array of souvenir items such as this piece. It features the two significant figures associated with this event, namely the Spanish queen "Isabella," and "Columbus" himself.

A standing I...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
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$165.00
One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," Indianapolis. Interestingly, most sources cite Talbott for spelling of this firm, with the exception of Kovel's which cites Hiatt "The Silversmiths of Kentucky" as its source and uses a single "T."

This i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382784 (stock #3548dd)
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$26.00
In business from 1879 to 1918, Coddington Brothers & Heilborn of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was a manufacturer of silver novelties.

This 5 1/8" long, light weight, three tine, strawberry fork illustrates the imaginative diversity of the firm's products.

Apropos of the firm's New England location, the handle features a sculptural portrait of a Victorian woman in bathing or beach garb, with her hand resting on a pier post. Below this is an array of seashore creatures, including a fish, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1345655 (stock #2899f)
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$115.00
Priced as a set.
A renowned firm in its time, essentially the first four decades of the 20th century, Currier & Roby was built on a partnership of two skilled silversmiths, one of whom was also a designer and researcher of early American silver.

This pair of of items is reflective of their high quality work. They are in the fashion of earlier styles, executed in an Arts & Crafts manner.

The main piece is a 5 5/8" diameter handle tip to handle tip, 1.1 T. oz., tea strainer. The actual strainer section m...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1370601 (stock #3329f)
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$42.00
Price for the pair.
A well-regarded name among Arts & Crafts producers, with an expertise in reproduction silver, New York's Currier & Roby was both a manufacturer and retailer.

This matched pair of 3" long, .6 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons marked with the company "CR" emblem, "Sterling," and "26 S," are no doubt inhouse production items, consistent with the firm's best work generated during the first quarter of the 20th century.

The pattern is "Onslow," which is an older English design that features ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1950 item #1369568 (stock #3308f)
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$46.00
Clearly inspired by the work of Georg Jensen, this 6 1/2" long bottle opener is stamped only "Sterling Handle," with no maker's identification

It has an end that mimics Jensen's "Pyramid" and design elements around the band that abuts the stainless steel opener that are reminiscent of his "Bittersweet" and "Cactus."

Cubic and angular in construction, the handle is robust and tapers inward somewhat.

Without a monogram or inscription, the piece remains in excellent condition. The silv...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1385211 (stock #3592f)
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$48.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching, coin silver teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long, while the pair weigh just over 1.0 T. oz. combined.

Having "Reverse Tipt" ends on down turned handles, thumb drops on the backsides of the bowls, and inscribed "CJP" set sideways on the handle fronts, they are stamped "Hedges" for David Hedges, 1779-1856, of East Hampton, New York.

Their style places them in the early 1800s.

The Hedges family is deeply ingrained in the history of eastern Long Island, when it was la...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383763 (stock #3563f)
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$52.00
A full size teaspoon measuring 6" long and weighing a substantial 1.0 T. oz., this piece was made by Dominick & Haff and retailed by Baltimore's Hennegen, Bates & Co., as indicated on the reverse along with the word "Sterling."

A highly collectible item, it is one of those items by which the whole notion of souvenir spoons is defined.

Celebrating Baltimore and its location on the Cheasapeake Bay, it features a die struck representation of the "North Point" monument in the bowl, as well as ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369513 (stock #3307f)
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$235.00
A large item at 9 1/8" long overall, and weighing over 2.5 T. oz., this spoon has a generously sized, plum shaped, bowl that measures 3 3/4" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and 1/2" deep.

It reflects a form that saw various expressions in the mid 1860s. The common characteristics of this style are a faceted, which this is, or tubular stem, surmounted by any number of ends, for example, knob, ball, sphere, cube, or as in this instance, "dome."

The top on this is more precisely a hemisphere, wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353349 (stock #3003f)
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$42.00
A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., bon bon or nut (almond) scoop.

It has a 2 3/8" wide by 2" deep serving area. This has cupped and scalloped shoulders, a curved front edge, a reticulated surface, and retains slight traces of an original gold wash.

There is a script "CGD" monogram on the handle.

The condition is outstanding. Pattern detail...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373472 (stock #3396f)
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$225.00
A substantial piece, this pie or pastry server measures 8 3/4" long and weighs 3.1 T. oz. It has a solid silver, beveled edge, 4" by 2 7/8" at the widest, blade with rounded and notched shoulders.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370440 (stock #3326f)
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$90.00
An 8 3/8" long item, this lettuce fork is heavy, weighing 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part emblem, the word "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94.," is the pierced version of this pattern.

The more common examples of "Renaissan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1380941 (stock #3520f)
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$105.00
Price for the pair.
Kettle or cauldron shaped, this set of two matching master salts each measure 2 1/2" in diameter, stand 1 1/4" high, and weigh approximately 3.0 T. oz. combined.

They were made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "304," and name of the retailer, New York's "Theodore B. Starr," are imprinted on the undersides.

The bodies have raised floral and acanthus leaf repousse designs and attached beaded handles. The tops have broadened and scalloped rims whi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1378998 (stock #3491f)
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$215.00
Rectangular with rounded corners, this circa 1895 soap box measures 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 1 5/8" high and weighs a generous 3.4 T. oz.

It was made by Dominick & Haff whose three part emblem, "Sterling," "Patent," and the number "56" are stamped on the inside lip of the lower half.

The top and bottom pieces have raised decorative, "Rocaille" style, elements that include shells, flowers, leaves, and scrolls. The interior is finished in an intact gold wash.

The lid is engraved with a flowing...

 
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