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All Items : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1355493 (stock #3045f)
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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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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 : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1286759 (stock #2380f)
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This rare food pusher made by Tiffany is a thoroughly charming piece with a theme that is fully consonant with its function as a baby item.

It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.

The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1319115 (stock #2556f)
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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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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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320267 (stock #2567f)
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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance has an Old English "W" monogram.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon.

The vee shaped bowl with clipped shoulders is used on all the serving spoons throughout the line, and in this instance has a matte finish gold wash on the interior and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
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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 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
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An early 20th century pattern, "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" stands in contrast to the exuberance of so much 19th century design. A simple, double-lined, multi-scroll motif, it is clean, direct, and understated in manner.

This example is a 9 5/8" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., cake saw. It has a solid, flat handle, and all-silver blade. The blade has a saw-tooth upper edge, which is characteristic of this item.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in exceptionally fine condition. There i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372146 (stock #3359f)
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Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period.

One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name.

The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it demonstrated a specialized capacity of a given manufacturer.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1375445 (stock #3430f)
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Dating from just before the American Civil War, this 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.4 T. oz., Southern spoon retailed by Cooper & Gaither, so marked along with "Patent 1859," of Columbia, South Carolina had its origins with a Northern manufacturer.

The pattern is an "Olive" variant developed by Philo Gilbert, and continued by John Cook, both of New York City.

It is a place piece, commonly identified as a dessert of oval soup spoon, although in this instance, the the bowl end is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1345655 (stock #2899f)
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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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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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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 : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
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A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369513 (stock #3307f)
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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 : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1360748 (stock #3150f)
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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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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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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 ...

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