American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385252 (stock #3593f)
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$46.00
A late 19th century pattern, Towle's "Pomona" is a multi-motif design that features a variety of fruits.

It is artfully crafted, presenting its imagery in a series of layers, lending the pattern an overall sculpted or chiseled look.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, nearly .9 T. oz., sugar spoon portraying grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, a pear, and peaches. The backside of the handle is plain, save for a leafy detail that appears on all pieces in the line.

The bowl has a scalloped ed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1367444 (stock #3268f)
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$58.00
This 2 1/4" tall, 3" diameter, round bowl sits on a tiered pedestal base that is 2" across. The piece weighs nearly 2.8 T. oz.

It is hallmarked for Turner & Simpson, of Birmingham, England, with city and sterling symbols that, while rubbed, are legible. The date letter is obscured, although the outline shape is for "Cycle XIII," which ran 1950-74.

It is Georgian in style, with a plain body that has an applied rim and the previously mentioned footed base.

There are also two cast lio...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1374147 (stock #3407f)
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$65.00
A Boston firm rooted in the Arts & Crafts tradition, Tuttle was known for its old English reproduction items, as well as its novel marking system.

The firm adopted the custom of identifying the year of manufacture of its pieces by imprinting them with the initials, set in a crescent, of the sitting President of the United States, beginning with the term of Calvin Coolidge.

This 5 1/8" long, quite heavy at approximately 1.7 T. oz., and consequently heavy gauge, sauce or cream ladle is sta...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1370356 (stock #3323f)
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$115.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Got...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1368667 (stock #3294f)
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$95.00
Slender and delicate, this piece measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.2 T. oz.

Marked only "Coin," without a maker's or retailer's identification, the rounded handle with notched tip essentially matches Gorham's early, 1865, "Italian" pattern, and the quality of manufacture suggests such a significant maker.

This is bordered by fine wriggle work engraving and has an elegant period "EC" feathered script monogram set in the center of the plain area of the surface.

The lower por...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1376273 (stock #3443f)
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$52.00
Not "made up" or "hand crafted," this 6 1/4" long, relatively weighty at .7 T. oz., butter pick is a completely original piece, rather than adapted from another item as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is "Passaic," introduced by Unger Brothers in 1900.

Known for its innovative Art Nouveau designs, executed in both flatware and jewelry, the style of this goes in another direction, to the rococo. It employs a variety of scrolls, leaves, and delicate flower blossoms presented i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1349274 (stock #2936f)
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$85.00
The Unger Brothers firm of Newark, New Jersey was known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs, produced in both flatware and jewelry in the last decade of the 19th and first decade of the 20th centuries.

The pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., olive spoon is "Douvaine," perhaps the company's most popular line.

It features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374946 (stock #3422f)
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$34.00
A weighty item at 1.0 T. oz., this 5 7/8" long teaspoon is a superb example of Wallace's figural "Irian" pattern.

It portrays a full-sized, semi-draped, female image with three putti surrounding her head. One of these is cupid like and is pointing a bow and arrow at her.

Additional detailing includes orchid blossoms, leaves and other flowers, front and back sides, all presented in an Art Nouveau manner, which is consistent with the 1902 date of this line.

The handle reverse is engra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330137 (stock #2698f)
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$115.00
A lengthy piece at 9 3/16", and weighing nearly 2.6 T. oz., this spoon has an exceptionally large bowl. Shell form and with a satin gold wash, it is 3 3/4" long by 2 3/4" at the widest, and probably was made as a vegetable or salad server.

The pattern is Wallace's version of "Kings," issued in 1903, and encompasses all the traditional elements of a design derived from English antecedents. The pattern appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, with the front having a convex shel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355267 (stock #3039f)
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$110.00
Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is an 8 1/4" long, and consistent with the line, weighty at nearly 2.8 T. oz., medium sized cold meat fork. The serving end has four straight tines.

The handle is inscribed with a feathered script "M"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1360168 (stock #3127dd)
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$185.00
Dating from 1911, Wallace's "Washington" exhibits the straightforward clarity of design that characterizes its Colonial Revival period, resembling in its directness of line, such other stalwarts of the age as Durgin's "Fairfax" and Towle's "Mary Chilton."

This example is a scarce, all sterling silver, asparagus server.

Measuring 9 3/4" long overall, and weighing 3.6 T. oz., it has a hollow, not filled, handle, and quite unusual for its time, a solid silver, 4" by 3 5/8", blade. Most pie...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338920 (stock #2808f)
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$58.00
Measuring 8 3/16" long and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this lettuce fork bridges two related forms.

It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.

The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384517 (stock #3578f)
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$135.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this item has a large, shovel-like, ribbed and pierced with flange shoulders, serving end.

A nut scoop or bon bon, it was made by Watson whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin.

Modeled after a statue designed by Frederick William MacMonnies originally given to the Boston Public Library in 1894 by its architect, Charles Fo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1378866 (stock #3489f)
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$42.00
Produced by Watson, this version of "Cherub" is to be distinguished from the company's full line pattern with this name (see Old Friends item 2714f for comparison).

The figure on this 4 1/4" long, unusually heavy at nearly .5 T. oz., spoon appears to be cast rather than die struck, and possesses much more dimension and detail than the line design.

Indeed, the youthful image evinces an angelic, innocent, and ethereal quality, suggesting she or he is not of this world. Other detail on the ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1371990 (stock #3353f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Triangular in shape and with rounded corners, this shallow bowl or dish measures 5 1/2" on a side, weighs 4.4 T. oz., and sits on three ball feet.

It is solid silver, made by the Watson Company, whose "crown, W, lion," emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "A65" appear on the underside.

It is fully in the Mid Century Modern style, building upon sleek, plain, and clean design lines that are emblematic of the 1950s and 60s. It could readily serve as a prop in the home of Ward ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335434 (stock #2768f)
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$85.00
A 6 1/8" long, slightly under 1.0 T. oz., piece, this item dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383314 (stock #3558f)
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$65.00
A full figure nude in the manner of "Bacchante," a design that offended the sensibilities of turn of the 20th century Bostonians, Watson's companion "Phoebe" (1895) likewise expresses the freedoms of style and subject found in the Art Nouveau mode.

The figure is surrounded by considerable imagery including wheat, a grape cluster, a shell, and clouds, this last details perhaps derivative of her mythological identity as a Titan associated with light.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., pi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1384257 (stock #3573f)
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$58.00
This item was made by the Watson Company, whose "crown, W, lion" emblem is imprinted on the edge of the piece, along with the words "Sterling Silver" and model number "W16."

It is a double shot jigger comprised of two similarly shaped cups joined by a center bar. It stands 3 1/2" tall and weighs nearly 2.4 T. oz. One cup measures 1 7/8" across and is marked "2 oz." and the other is 1 5/8" in diameter and reads "1 oz."

The "2 oz." one is also engraved "X.H.P" on its side in Arts & Crafts st...

 
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