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All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1390717 (stock #3689f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Larger than most examples of this piece, measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing an exceptionally heavy 1.7 T. oz., this circa 1895 spoon was made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverse.

A souvenir item, the handle portrays a standing miner wearing boots and a hat, holding a chunk of ore in his left hand and with his right hand leaning on a crow bar or such.

The figure is standing on a base that reads, "Struck it at last."

The caricature is sculp...

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)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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 : Pre 1980 item #1398154 (stock #3814f)
Old Friends
$70.00
All original with a deep green velvet back and a green satin front, set in a solid silver, 10 1/8" by 8 1/8" frame that by itself weighs 2.8 T. oz., this piece is marked "Web Sterling" and dates from the 3rd quarter of the 20th century.

It is in very good condition, without any breaks or bends in the silver, although there are light surface scratches. The inset shows some fading around the edges under the frame. The backside brace remains intact, along with a brass hanging ring. The two pins ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1373557 (stock #3398f)
Old Friends
$90.00
This 6 5/8" long by 3 5/8" wide, by 3/4" high to the rim, and 1" to the tallest point, relatively weighty 3.2 T. oz., dish falls within two design categories.

The first is "Danish Modern," taking its inspiration from the style popularized early in the 20th century by Georg Jensen. It also embodies the clean, sleek, look of the "Mid Century Modern" mode, which actually dovetails with the Danish aesthetic.

It was made by the Webster Company, whose "CW with an arrow" emblem is stamped on t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395692 (stock #3776f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A late 19th century design produced by the Chicago silver firm of Wendell Manufacturing Company, "Ariel" is a highly expressive design.

The central element is a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is strongly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

It is a multi-motif line, meaning the figural representation varies between different pieces.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384935 (stock #3586f)
Old Friends
$425.00
Lengthy at 12" overall, and weighty at 4.6 T. oz., this fish slice has a 6 1/4" long by 2 5/8" at the widest, blade, with a pointed, upswept tip, and raised and scalloped upper edge.

The pattern is "Medallion" by John Wendt and is stamped "Patent 1862," "Sterling," and "Ball Black & Co," for the New York City retailer with whom Wendt is strongly associated.

One of the most impressive of the myriad "Medallion" figures offered by American manufacturers in the 1860s, the line featured a vari...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386770 (stock #3617f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Price for the set of three pieces.
A complete youth grouping, consisting of a 6 3/4" long knife, 5 7/8" long fork, and 6 1/16" long spoon, 2.7 T. oz. combined weight, this set was made by New York City's John Wendt, and retailed by "Ball, Black & Co.," with whom Wendt was closely affiliated.

The pattern is "Medallion" dating from the 1860s, and features Wendt's young male figure on the fork and spoon, and his less commonly found female image on the knife.

The high relief portraiture remains crisp and sharply defined on all ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388633 (stock #3649f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz. Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

All have a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

The pattern appears on both the front and back of the ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387807 (stock #3635f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price for the set of ten.
A non-line flatware pattern, meaning it was made in only a limited number of pieces, the design on these ten, 4 1/8" long, 2.9 T. oz. the group, coffee spoons (slightly larger than a true demitasse) features of series of graduated size rosettes on the front a scalloped edge handle.

Aesthetic in manner, and likely dating about 1880, there are two types of blossoms, one six petaled and one multi-petaled.

The relatively generously sized bowls, 1 3/8" long by 13/16" at the widest, have crimped...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1398328 (stock #3817f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Drawing upon Moorish, i.e. Islamic, design sensibilities, Whiting's 1880 "Alhambra" is a non-figural pattern akin to the company's "Arabesque" of the same period.

This example is a 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar spoon with a gold washed, shell shaped bowl.

Never monogrammed, it remains in choice condition. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is bright. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs, with the only sign of use some loss of the gold, most notably on the backside.

It ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1397025 (stock #3794f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Engraved patterns were immensely popular in the late 19th century, probably because the capacity to execute reached a peak in that period, and the technique offered great flexibility in presenting intricate and varied designs.

"Lily," which is actually a "lily of the valley" presented on an "Antique" form handle, was a popular motif offered by numerous manufacturers, none more successfully so than Whiting, the manufacturer of this 8 3/4" long, 2.6 T. oz., berry or large serving spoon.

Intr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1375680 (stock #3433f)
Old Friends
$48.00
This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.4 T. oz., spoon is marked only "Sterling," but the pattern is Whiting's 1880 "Antique Tip," which is itself similar to Knowles' "Antique."

It has a pointed tipt end with scroll detailing and a raised fleur-de-lis drop.

The length of a tablespoon, the oversized, wide and deep with a pointed end, bowl suggests this was designed to function as a versatile server.

While relatively plain, it is adorned with an embellished Old English "L" monogram that stands for...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362024 (stock #3177f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Antique Tip" has a notched, pointed end, handle with a diamond-shaped drop flanked by two scrolls. In their entirety, the design elements resemble a fleur-de-lis.

This example is 9" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., (probably berry) serving spoon. The plum-shaped bowl is elongated, relatively narrow, and has a lip edge. It is finished in a satin matte gold wash front and back sides.

The otherwise plain handle has an embellished leaf script "P" monogram.

I...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376368 (stock #3445f)
Old Friends
$95.00
A 7 5/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., piece, this example of Whiting's "Arabesque" pattern, is imprinted with the company's "lion" logo and the number "19" on the backside heel of the bowl, and "Sterling" and "Pat. 1875" on the handle reverse.

The griffin set against a Moorish style background composition is emblematic of the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a flange rim and central vee running from the handle to the midpoint of the base. It is finished with a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369214 (stock #3303f)
Old Friends
$145.00
A very generously sized item at 12 1/8" long and 4.6 T. oz. weight, this fish serving slice was made by Whiting, whose "winged lion" logo, and the words "Sterling" and "Pat. Appd. For" appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Bead," was introduced in 1880, and in addition to a namesake beaded border, it features a fully articulated, high relief, shell at the handle end. This element shows particularly well at the scale of this piece.

The 7 1/2" long by 2 1/2" at the widest, b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393482 (stock #3737f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Whiting made at least two forms of sugar spoons in its 1880 "Berry" pattern, perhaps the more common one a shell bowl, and this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., example with a scalloped edge, round bowl.

A multi-motif design, "Berry" portrays a variety of fruit, leaves, and branches, relative to the individual piece, the portraiture on this being blueberry.

In excellent condition, it has never been monogrammed (which would have appeared on the plain backside of the handle). Pattern detail remains w...

 
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