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All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1348273 (stock #2927f)
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$65.00
A remarkably well-crafted item, this spoon measures 6" long and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz.

It is a commemorative item produced by Philadelphia's J.E. Caldwell. The entire handle portrays a full-sized, three dimensional, image of William Penn, the founder of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.

The tea and smaller size versions of this early twentieth century design are readily available, but this citrus spoon variant is a rarity. Additionally, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1348177 (stock #2926f)
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A large item measuring 6 1/4" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this perfume flask holds 4 fluid ounces.

It is stamped on the neck "Sterling" and "N & D. O." for Nicholas and Daniel Onderdonk working in New York City the second half of the nineteenth century, with this dating toward the latter period of that span.

It has a floral and leaf densely chased surface. The only smooth area is the collar of the screw cap.

The cap is held in place by a ring that holds the lid in place when it is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348002 (stock #2925f)
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$38.00
A heavy item at 1.6 T. oz., this 7 1/4" long, flat handle, solid silver, master butter knife has a blunt end blade.

It was made by Bailey & Co. of Philadelphia between 1858 and 1867, as indicated by the "lion, S, shield" with additional "lion" mark imprinted on the backside of the blade, alongside the company name.

It is a double die struck, i.e. appearing on both sides of the handle, "Bead" pattern with a feathered script "BMQ" monogram on the front.

It is in excellent condition, fr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1347851 (stock #2924f)
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$95.00
A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a scall...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347689 (stock #2923f)
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At 4 3/8" long, and weighing .9 T. oz. combined, these two spoons are larger than a demitasse and smaller than a full size teaspoon, and are for after dinner coffee.

Made by Gorham, the pattern is "Marie Antoinette," which at this scale appears quite similar to that company's "Versailles," which is not surprising given the lines were issued two years apart, generated by the same designer, and both reflect French styling.

This matched pair are without monograms or removals, have gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347610 (stock #2922f)
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$2,200.00
Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among "exotic" designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied, often mixed metal, elements. This fish serving slice and fork set are acid etched.

The motifs of the etched line were myriad, more than can be catalogued, but they included floral and fauna themes, and even insects.

The portraiture on these is "morning glory" on th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1347511 (stock #2921dd)
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$85.00
A fanciful item, this rattle measures 2 5/8" long. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for Birmingham, 1919-20, Sterling, and C&N for maker Crisford & Norris.

It is comprised of a mother of pearl handle fitted to a hollow body that portrays a jester's torso and head. The head is fitted with a three-pointed cap, the two side ones of which have bell tips. A pair of larger, open, clam shell, bell-like forms dangle from the shoulders, suspended by wrapped wire and clasps. Although the "be...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1347411 (stock #2920f)
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$265.00
One of Samuel Kirk's earliest designs, and in production throughout the history of the firm, "Mayflower" features an engraved motif set on an otherwise plain handle.

This example is nearly as old as the pattern itself, dating between 1846-61, as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son" imprinted on the backside. It is a 7 1/8" long, relatively heavy at 2.1 T. oz., hotcake lifter.

The standard mark, "10.15," also appearing on the handle reverse, is roughly the equivalent of coin silver and one p...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1347354 (stock #2919f)
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Measuring 10 1/8" long overall, and weighing a substantial 3.1 T. oz., this generously scaled ice cream server has a blade that is 5" by 3 1/8" at the widest.

It is stamped "Kitts & Werne," for the prominent Louisville, Kentucky, silver, jewelry, and watch retailer with dates 1864-78.

It has a tipt end handle and scalloped edge blade, all of which are engraved in a period design that includes palmettes and leaf and vegetative elements, along with bright cut detailing. The backside is pl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1347295 (stock #2918f)
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$46.00
One of the earliest patterns produced by Durgin of Concord, New Hampshire, "Bow" is a clean ribbon or knot pattern with the defining element of the design set at the end of the handle, front and backsides.

Made in both coin and sterling silver, this 6 7/8" long, good weight at 1.2 T. oz., large sugar or preserve spoon, is marked "Coin," "Pat. Apd. For," indicating it was early in the production history, and with the name of the retailer, Boston's "Gray & Libby" which operated the third quart...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1347244 (stock #2917f)
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A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.

This example of the line is a 6 1/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., three tine, likely pastry but possibly pickle, fork.

Naturalistic in its portraiture, the leaves that comprise the design are precisely arrayed within the overall design, and surround an open area with lined margins.

The leaves are offset with several clusters of what appear to be berry triplets or simply decorati...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347146 (stock #2916f)
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With a history spanning the years 1849-71, A. & W. Wood of New York City produced several flatware patterns, of which this 3 5/8" long, .3 T. oz., master salt spoon is one. The company was succeeded by Coles & Reynolds which was eventually absorbed by George Shiebler, so there is a long pedigree for this firm.

The design is "Dew Drop." Frequently made in coin silver, this is stamped "Sterling," along with the name of the retailer, "W.T. Rae & Co." of Newark, New Jersey.

The design is ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347075 (stock #2915f)
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A 6 15/16" long, just over .7 T. oz., item, this master butter, or possibly pickle, knife dates from the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Coin" and with a somewhat rubbed "J. Bowman." Documentation on this mark is scant, but points to a Philadelphia watchmaker, as specifically identified by Catherine Hollan in her recent benchmark work, "Philadelphia Silversmiths."

The style is typical of place and period, with a twisted stem, and scalloped edge, broad handle end.

The handle is set at...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1346957 (stock #2914mc)
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$95.00
Exemplative of the fine die cutting, strike, and finish work of Durgin, this souvenir spoon is among the company's finest.

The theme is "Mary Baker Eddy," founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist.

Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighty at just over 1.4 T. oz., it features a high relief bust of a somewhat older Eddy with a facsimile of her signature set sideways below this.

The backside of the handle reads, "not matter but mind satisfieth," in a script that is presumably replicative of h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346841 (stock #2913f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 3/8" long, and weighing just under .6 T. oz., this item has a scalloped edge, satin matte, gold washed front and back side, bowl with a reticulated center. It is a bon bon aka nut spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1346768 (stock #2912f)
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An old, original, item, i.e. not made up or custom, this horseradish spoon is a long-handled version, measuring 8 5/8" overall and weighing a relatively substantial 1.6 T. oz.

The pattern is International's "Frontenac," which is an Art Nouveau lily design.

Originated by the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International, the firm's "helmet over shield" emblem, along the with words "Sterling" and "Patent," appear on the backside.

The handle is upturned and the floral design appears i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1346672 (stock #2911f)
Old Friends
$775.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these footed drinking vessels measures 5 1/4" high, has a top span of 2 3/4", and a base diameter of 2 7/16". One weighs 3.9 T. oz., and the other 4.1 T. oz.

Made by Gorham circa 1865, they are coin silver and stamped with that company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the undersides.

They are identical except for the round, applied medallion that adorns the wall of each piece. One of these has a female figure and the other a male figure. These are cast, very finely executed, preci...

All Items : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1970 item #1346528 (stock #2910f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price for the pair.
A matched pair, this spoon and fork are stamped in three places on the backsides of the sterling serving ends.

One is "Hecho in Mexico," the second is an "Eagle" with the number "23," and lastly the maker, which is "A E" surrounded by what appears to be an "M" and the word "Sterling."

Salad or chafing dish servers, they date from the mid 1900s, and have rosewood handles. The fork measures 11" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz., while the spoon is 10 7/8" and weighs 2.2 T. oz. A preponderance o...

 
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