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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 : 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 : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1319115 (stock #2556f)
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$45.00
Marked "S" and with the model number "520," this 1 3/4" diameter, 15/16" high, relatively solid weight at nearly 1.0 T. oz., sterling napkin ring may have been made by New York's Wood & Hughes who is thought to have used this marking convention.

Dating about 1875 or so, it shows sophisticated decoration. The heavy rimmed edges are bordered by knurled bands that are nearly 1/8" wide.

There is a fancy, feathered script "JWP" in a central reserve. Either side of the reserve has raised, ha...

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 : Pre 1920 item #1345655 (stock #2899f)
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$145.00
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 : 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 #1382054 (stock #3536f)
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$48.00
Issued in 1891, Dominick & Haff's "Cupid" features a winged cherub's face with a collar or series of rays surrounding the lower portion of the figure. While always a cupid, there is variation in the portrait from piece to piece.

Overall the pattern is rococo in style, featuring a series of scrolls and leafy elements arrayed in an asymmetrical manner.

This example is a 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz. bon bon or nut spoon with an open work, scalloped edge, bowl.

Never monogrammed, it is in excell...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1360748 (stock #3150f)
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$125.00
Free standing, this 4" square, 1/2" deep, tea strainer stands on four slender, splayed feet.

The body and a portion of the handle are sterling silver, as identified on the underside. Other marks include the Dominick & Haff three part emblem, and the model number "34."

The end of the handle is an off white material, possibly celluloid, with turned rings and a knob end.

The strainer body is sturdy, weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., has scalloped edges, sloped sides with four raised ve...

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 #1380940 (stock #3519f)
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A design inspired by English antecedents, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century, "New King" is a an exceptionally fine rendition of this motif. It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went full bore with this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized shell form is specific to, and was widely employed ...

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 #1328770 (stock #2676f)
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$35.00
No doubt responding to the late 19th century emergence of European enamel work as high fashion art, American silver manufacturers began to adorn examples their products with enamel detailing.

New York's Dominick & Haff seemed to favor its "Renaissance" pattern for this purpose, as this 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon illustrates.

The design is intricate enough to accommodate enamel highlights as well as provide the necessary grid for the material to adhere to. (Enamel and silver ...

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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