American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342740 (stock #2858f)
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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1342665 (stock #2857f)
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Item number "1196," as imprinted on the inside lip, along with the word "Sterling" and the mace emblem for Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr, this match safe, aka vesta, measures 2 1/4" by 1 1/2" by 3/8" and weighs .9 T. oz.

The company was known for its outstanding Art Nouveau designs in both silver and jewelry, and this follows in that mode. The motif incorporates flanking violet blossoms embossed on front and back sides of the lid, with trailing, wispy leaves framing central reserve a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342616 (stock #2856f)
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Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.

The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains well-defined, down to the pollen flecks on the lily flower petals, and the stippled detailin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1342549 (stock #2855f)
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A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left anywhe...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1342517 (stock #2854f)
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A well-known name in early 19th century New York City silver, Maltby Pelletreau is also associated with Charleston, South Carolina through a variety of partnerships.

This spoon bears his "M.P" punch, along with an "anchor, star, bust" pseudo hallmark that McGrew assigns to Pelletreau post 1831.

This correlates with the likely 1832 date of this singular spoon that features a bust of George Washington. It likely was intended as a commemorative of the 100th anniversary of Washington's birt...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342446 (stock #2853f)
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A large item measuring 9 3/16" long and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a generously proportioned, nearly round, 3 1/4" by 3" by 5/8" deep, bowl.

It has an intricately chased handle that features leaves on a stem. This work is diamond cut, showing sharply chiseled surfaces.

The remainder of the handle is filled with a repeating pattern of overlaying flower blossoms.

This naturalistic motif is decidedly Aesthetic in manner, which style is greatly expanded in the dramatic e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342443 (stock #2852f)
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This nut pick measures 5" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz. Made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell" c. 1860, it is imprinted with an "F. & H" on the reverse.

The terminus is rounded, with a "Tipt" backside, and a tapered, slightly upturned, pointed end typical of the form.

It has a satin finish that is plain on the backside and finely engraved in an intricate, stylized design on the front. There is a reserve area which has an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in mint estate condi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342332 (stock #2851f)
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Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork measures a lengthy 9 1/8" and weighs .9 T. oz. The pattern is "Imperial Queen."

An earlier example, it is stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and with an Old English "O."

It is in excellent condition. The shell and leaf elements that constitute the design are free of polishing wear, remaining crisp and well-defined. The wispy tines are well-formed and without bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is bright, warm, and smooth...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342331 (stock #2850f)
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This 7 3/8" long, slightly over 1.0 T. oz., youth knife is an early example of "Bead."

It is stamped "Gorham & Co.," "Patent 1861" and "Coin" on the backside of the blade, and is engraved "Bertha" in Old English lettering on the front of the handle.

Solid silver, it has a flat handle and blunt end blade. The pattern is raised and appears on both sides of the handle.

It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear and with a blade that is free of nicks or burrs. There are ligh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342233 (stock #2849f)
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One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this pie or pastry server is demurely proportioned. Measuring 8 5/8" long overall, and weighing 1.9 T. oz., it has a slender, relatively lengthy, blade.

The design is entirely derived from bright cut engraving and is Aesthetic in manner. There are any number of naturalistic floral and leaf motifs intermixed with stylized elements that bespeak the mode.

The blade is particularly elaborate, and is finished i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342140 (stock #2848f)
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An extravagant design, Gorham's "Paris" portrays an array of emblematic imagery.

These include figures such as a standing woman with an arc of stars around her head and a banner reading "Genovepha Parisis," and a pair of cherubs flanking the top front of the handle.

City landmarks are represented by a rendering of the full fa├žade of "Notre Dame," while other, more generic, symbols include a wooden ship powered by sail and oars, birds with raised wings, acanthus, ivy, and laurel leaves, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1342049 (stock #2847f)
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Rather than the characteristic round or oval shape of most napkin rings, this piece is essentially rectangular. It has a flat bottom and top joined by arched sidewalls.

It is a large item, measuring 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" on the base and 1 3/4 by 1 5/8" on the top. It stands 1 3/16" tall and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz.

The bottom and sides are reticulated in a leafy design and have engraved surfaces that complement this motif.

The top is also engraved in a flower and diamond cut pattern ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1341985 (stock #2846f)
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Standing 3 3/16" tall, this item has a top diameter of 2 7/8", a base that is 2 3/8", and weighs just over 4.3 T. oz.

Marked "Sterling" and "Trees," and imprinted with a tree symbol, it is one of the most recognizable names in mint julep cups, Benjamin Trees of Lexington, Kentucky.

The exterior has a brilliant finish, while the interior is a brushed satin. The top and bottom have multi-lined, applied borders.

It is without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same, and in excell...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341920 (stock #2845f)
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Variously identified as an orange, grapefruit, or generically, citrus, spoon, this piece measures 6 1/16" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

Made by Tiffany, the pattern is "Vine," which is a multi-motif line featuring a variety of fruits and flowers. The specific design in this instance is "Gourd."

There is a flowing script "AC" monogram on the backside.

This is somewhat unusual in that the entire piece is finished in an overall deep, satin gold wash, which is intact. Indeed, th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341851 (stock #2844f)
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sardine fork is stamped with the Whiting Manufacturing Company "lion" emblem, "Sterling," an Old English "O," and "Pat. 1896."

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341809 (stock #2843f)
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Markedly emblematic of the Egyptian Revival movement of the 1860s, Gorham's "Lotus" remains one of the most compelling silver flatware designs of the period.

It was issued in two versions, one with solid spaces between the three fronds at the terminus of the handle, and one open between them. This 8 7/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon is an example of the former.

The line characteristically runs to a large scale, and that is the case with this. While the dimensions of a typical berry s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1341747 (stock #2842f)
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A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1341687 (stock #2841f)
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Of a superior quality to most examples of this form, this double shot glass, i.e. jigger, stands 3 3/8" tall and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz. It has a larger measure 1 13/16" in diameter that is stamped "2 oz.," and a smaller one that is 1 5/8" across and stamped "1 oz."

It is model number "W 16" as identified on one rim. Made by Watson, the company's "crown, W, lion" hallmark, along with the words "Sterling Silver," adjoin the "W 16."

It is cleanly made, following after the Arts and Cra...

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