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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1369727 (stock #3310f)
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$165.00
Model number "B 1464 M," as stamped on the inside edge, made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem" along with the word "Sterling" appears alongside the code number, this napkin ring stands 1 7/8" high and 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just over 1.0 t. oz.

It has a plain, concave body that is ringed on the top and bottom margins by a series of five, cast, high relief, winged cherub or putti faces.

Childlike in appearance, their mien is consistent with this being a birth or baptism p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1369630 (stock #3309f)
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At 6" long each, this set of eight pieces are the size of youth items, but in this instance are breakfast, tea, or dessert forks. Relatively heavy, the group weigh 8.1 T. oz.

The pattern is Gorham's Art Nouveau "Virginiana," which is an Art Nouveau design that features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

Each of these has four slender tines joined to wavy edge shoulders that further reflect the overall Nouveau style of the pat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1950 item #1369568 (stock #3308f)
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$52.00
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)
Old Friends
$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 : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1369453 (stock #3306f)
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$235.00
Relatively large, this inkwell stands 4 1/8" high and has a base diameter of 2 3/4". The body is brilliant period cut glass with a 1/2" wide silver band around the bottom, and with a silver collar and spherical cap.

It is model number "S623," as stamped below the hinge, along with "Sterling." Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" hallmark appears on the underside of cap, as well as "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1890." All these marks repeat on the lower rim, save the date symbol there is for 188...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369399 (stock #3305f)
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$50.00
Measuring 13 1/2" overall, this carving set item has a silver handle and guard, both stamped "Sterling," while the guard is also imprinted with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, and the handle is stamped "Pat. 1891."

It also has a steel rod that makes up nearly two-thirds of the total length of the piece. This is six-sided and pointed. It appears to be a skewer although it is often identified as a sharpener or hone. Typically, however, these latter were rounded and had knurled surfaces.

T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1369278 (stock #3304f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Price for the pair.
Substantially sized at 4 7/8" long each, and weighty at 1.2 T. oz. the pair, these matching picks were made by Frank Smith and retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as identified on the reverses along with the words "Sterling" and "Patented."

The pattern is "Newport Shell," dating from 1910. In addition to the shell end which lends the pattern its name, the design incorporates a beaded border on the front, and a lined border on the back, of the handle.

This form, nut picks, also...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369214 (stock #3303f)
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$165.00
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 : Pre 1910 item #1369077 (stock #3301f)
Old Friends
$385.00
An exceptionally large, all silver, item, this piece measures 12 1/4" long and weighs 4.2 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" hallmark, along with "Sterling" and the model number "B698" are imprinted on one edge, and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." on another edge, it is commonly identified as a page turner, but catalogues of its circa 1900 period, label it a paper cutter.

The design is as impressive as the piece itself. It repeats on both side of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368918 (stock #3299f)
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$75.00
Measuring 9 3/4" long, this pie server is an early example of Durgin's Art Nouveau "Iris."

It has a hollow handle and a silver plate blade, which component is something of a rarity when found in good condition, as such blades are subject to wear and, soon after the 1900 date of this design, were supplanted by stainless steel composition.

The pattern is akin to Durgin's "New Art," showing high relief iris blossoms, with long, sinuous, leaves trailing up the handle.

The blade is flat a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368866 (stock #3298f)
Old Friends
$325.00

This item possesses all the attributes that make a vintage piece of flatware desirable, namely, it is an unusual form in a sought after pattern by a premier maker, and in superb condition.

It is an early example of the "English King" pattern, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885.," and "M.," with this letter identifier dating its manufacture to no later than 1891.

A sugar sifter, it measures 5 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.7 T. oz.

The bowl measures 2 1/2" by 1 1/4...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1368851 (stock #3297f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Price for the pair.
Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size.

The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

The design is a stu...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1368667 (stock #3294f)
Old Friends
$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 : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1368612 (stock #3293f)
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$235.00
Standing 2 1/4" high on a rimmed base that is 3 1/4" across, and having a top diameter of 5", this round bowl weighs 6.1 T. oz.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" in italics on the underside, which is a mark that Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" dates 1880-90. It is also imprinted with the peculiar-to-Baltimore "11 oz." standard, which designates silver content more than coin and less than sterling.

The entire surface save for a reserve area that is engraved with ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368544 (stock #3291f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price for the pair.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

Commonly identified as a demitasse at 4 1/4" long, catalogues of the period reference this size as a coffee. This matched pair weigh approximately .8 T. oz. combined, have gold washed bowls, front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368543 (stock #3290f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Price per piece, three available.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., egg spoon.

It has an ovoid bowl with a gold wash interior, and is monogrammed with an Old English "E" on the handle.

It is in superb es...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368486 (stock #3289f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Large at 6" long, and substantial weight at 5.7 t. oz. the lot, these six, matching, teaspoons date from the mid 19th century.

Each one is stamped "John B. Scott" for the New York City retailer, who is documented working circa 1820, with no ending date available.

The pattern is a "Beaded Olive" that appears to be a near match for manufacturer John Westervelt's pattern of the same name. less so akin to William Gale's "Mayflower" or John Polhamus' "Ionic."

The backside is a "Tuscan" pa...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368426 (stock #3288f)
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This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver and technically bespeaks an origin in a sophisticated urban center.

In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and brigh...

 
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