American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1328294 (stock #2669f)
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One of several, fanciful, Art Nouveau designs produced by Unger Brothers that feature ethereal figures, "Cupid's Nosegay" is captivatingly charming.

The nosegay (essentially a bouquet) is comprised of a gathering of floral elements and three clustered and one single cherub faces. The blossoms portrayed include irises and narcissus.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon engraved "Lucile 1903" on the backside of the bowl.

It is in excellent condition. Polishi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1328201 (stock #2668f)
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$48.00
An engraved pattern dating from 1916, Towle's "Merrimack" reflects the Colonial Revival qua Adams-esque design sensibilities of the period, and embodies as well Arts & Crafts character in its hammered surfaces.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., cucumber or tomato server. It has a pierced blade that is roughly square at 2 1/2" wide and 2 5/8" back to front.

It is without a monogram or removal and in outstanding condition. All aspects of the engraved design remain sharp and free...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328115 (stock #2667f)
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$135.00
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 Follen McKim, the libertine subject was offensive to the prudish sensibilities of some of Boston's citizenry of the time. The gift was then withdrawn and subsequently presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Boston's public attitudes having become less r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1328038 (stock #2666f)
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$95.00
An early, original, example of International's Art Nouveau, lily motif, "Frontenac," this chocolate muddler measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz.

It has an upturned handle end, a 1 1/2" round bowl that retains a residue of its original gold wash, and is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller helmet over shield emblem of International, "Pat.," and "Sterling."

Without a monogram or removal, it is in superb condition. Pattern detail, with its stippled margins, remains sharp ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1327873 (stock #2664f)
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$45.00
Measuring 1 5/8" in diameter, standing 1" high, and weighing just over .7 T. oz., this plain band napkin ring is stamped "Sterling" and with the model number "11" on the inside. It is without a maker's identifier.

It has a matte finish surface with knurled margins and a bright cut leaf and scroll design.

There is a "TGM" script monogram in the reserve area of the engraved design, while the inside of the band is inscribed "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25 '99."

It is in excellent condition, f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1327749 (stock #2663f)
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$70.00
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At 9" long and weighing a substantial 2.1 T. oz., this large table or serving spoon has Scottish origins.

It is clearly stamped with a castle for Edinburgh, a thistle for sterling, a date letter W for 1828, and a bust duty mark. The maker's initials are "JH," for John Hay whose dates correspond with this.

The handle features a "Kings" pattern on the front, and a plain backside with a thumb drop on the heel of the bowl.

There is a script "G" monogram.

It is in exceptionally fine ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1327474 (stock #2659f)
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$225.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz., this serving piece is variously identified as a pea, vegetable, or ice spoon. The determinative characteristic of this form is a generously-sized, reticulated bowl, and indeed that is the case with this example in Gorham's "Imperial Chrysanthemum." The piercing in this instance is a leaf design.

The late 19th century pattern is expressive, portraying an abundance of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves arrayed on both front ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1327395 (stock #2658f)
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$325.00
A full-size soup ladle, this piece measures 13" long and weighs a massive 7.7 T. oz. The generously-proportioned bowl reinforces the overall sense of scale, at 4" in diameter and 1" at the deepest.

The pattern is Towle's courtly "Georgian." It resembles a Corinthian style column surmounted by a basket of roses and draped with a garland of roses. A third rose detail is set midway up the handle. The reverse adds shell and acanthus leaf components in addition to the roses, all of which rou...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1327313 (stock #2657f)
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$29.00
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Stylistically related to Durgin's well-received "Fairfax," "Colfax" was introduced some twelve years later and also established itself as a highly regarded pattern.

The backsides of the two designs mirror each other, while the front of "Colfax" adds an egg and dart margin and delicate central embellishment.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, weighty, 1.2 T. oz., individual salad fork. An early piece, it is stamped with the Durgin "D" on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

It is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1326934 (stock #2653f)
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$65.00
A multi-motif design that incorporates various flowers on different pieces of the line, Alvin's "Majestic" dates from 1900. It is decidedly Art Nouveau in manner, apropos of the period.

This example is a 6 1/16" long, relatively weighty, 1.1 T. oz., almond scoop.

The flower is "buttercup," which is gracefully arrayed on both the front and back sides of the handle. The pattern shows fine die work and finish, and is set in high, sculptural-like, relief.

The bowl is generously proport...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1326437 (stock #2647f)
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$115.00
A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl, an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
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$60.00
A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1325687 (stock #2641f)
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$38.00
In addition to multiple flatware lines, the Stieff Company produced a number of other silver reproduction pieces under the commission of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and marketed under its auspices. This relationship began in 1939.

This 6 7/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., sucket, or sweetmeat, fork is one such item. It mimics a form that would have been familiar to residents of Williamsburg in it colonial period. The origins of this spoon on one end, fork on the other end, joined by...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1325616 (stock #2640f)
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$44.00
An undocumented pattern, this Art Nouveau, floral, design stands alone among Wallace offerings.

This piece is a 6 1/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It is unusual in that the upper end of the handle is hollow, while the lower portion is tubular. This provides for a thicker than usual grip, and also enables more detailed design elements, which include a blossom, bud, and sinuous leaves set against a textured background.

The bowl is decorative, in keeping with the overall de...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1325553 (stock #2639f)
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$30.00
Lincoln & Foss, c. 1850, is one of several Boston partnerships that Charles Foss entered into.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon or large sugar spoon.

The style is characteristic of the period, with an "Oval Thread" pattern handle and a shell bowl. The backside carries a script "JAL" monogram.

In very good condition, it is essentially absent wear and has a warm, bright, patina. The bowl is free of dents, dings, cracks, or burrs.

Marks are a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1325371 (stock #2638f)
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Patented in "1861," and so marked on this 8 1/4" long, weighty at nearly 2.3 T. oz., table or serving spoon, Gorham's "Grecian" had a lengthy production run.

That is evident on this piece which is marked "Sterling," indicating it was made after 1868 when Gorham adopted this standard over coin silver.

"Grecian" place pieces do not seem to appear as frequently as serving items, and this particular piece is surprisingly scarce.

It is in very fine condition. Polishing wear is minimal, w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1324925 (stock #2636f)
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$47.00
This napkin ring is a plain band of solid silver that measures 1 5/8" in diameter, stands 1 1/4" tall, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the inside, it is model number "673" which is also imprinted on the interior, along with the word "Sterling."

Dating circa 1880, it is Aesthetic or Eastlake in style, engraved in a pattern that is part foliate and part stylized.

It has a fancy, feathered script, "HMR" monogram.

The condi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
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$165.00
One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," Indianapolis. Interestingly, most sources cite Talbott for spelling of this firm, with the exception of Kovel's which cites Hiatt "The Silversmiths of Kentucky" as its source and uses a single "T."

This i...

 
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