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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1357869 (stock #3089f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six spoons measures 5 7/8" long and is engraved with the same "AI" monogram. The group weigh just under 2.4 T. oz.

They are stamped "E.E. & S.C. Bailey," for brothers Ebenezer and Samuel, who established a partnership in Claremont, New Hampshire, circa 1825.

They are particularly well-crafted and elegantly formed. Slender in shaped, they have elongated "Tipt" handles with upturned ends. The bowls are also rather narrow and long, and have pointed tips and exposed drops on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1357777 (stock #3086f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Price for the set of twelve.
Each of these straws measures 8" long while the group weighs 4.0 T. oz.

They have heart, or spade, shaped stirring ends that are engraved in a leaf and scroll design and stamped "Sterling" on the backsides. The sipping ends have ball or sphere like attachments.

They are in excellent condition, free of bends, breaks, or splits, and have bright finishes. One has a pinprick dimple and that seems to be the only sign of use among the whole set.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1357692 (stock #3085f)
Old Friends
$100.00
A generously proportioned piece, this open salt has a top diameter of 2 7/16", stands 1 5/8" tall, and weighs a robust 2.7 T. oz.

Exceptionally quality, it has three, cast and applied, pad feet, with raised anthemions where they join the body. The splayed rim has a repeating leaf and bead design, while the interior is finished in a bright gold wash.

It is stamped on the underside "Eng'Sterling," which was a term in limited use circa 1870, and below this "925-1000" flanked by an Old Engli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357686 (stock #3084f)
Old Friends
$245.00
While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered as a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an impressively scaled at 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flange shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

The matte surface handle has a rounded end and eleven applied daisies. These are joined by a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357627 (stock #3083f)
Old Friends
$395.00
Price for the set of twelve.
This full set of twelve identical spoons all measure 5 3/4" long and are relatively heavy, with the group weighing 11.0 T. oz., and have the same, Old English "M.F.P." monograms on the reverses.

They are unusual form with narrow, 1 7/8" long by 15/16" at the widest, deep at 3/8", bowls with oval tips and gold finishes both front and back sides.

They are clearly distinct from typical citrus or orange spoons but are likely to be used for eating fruit.

The pattern is Gorham's "St. Cloud...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1357480 (stock #3080f)
Old Friends
$215.00
Price for the set of eight.
Something over 100 years old, these oyster or seafood cocktail forks are stamped "S. Kirk & Son Co." and "925/1000" which was a mark used 1896-1914 (Rainwater, "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers").

Each piece measures 5 3/8" long and has a script monogram that appears to be "GEHA" on an otherwise plain backside. They are relatively heavy, weighing 6.7 T. oz. the group.

All the pieces are in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having fine finishes. The tines r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357327 (stock #3078f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Replete with imagery, "Florentine" is one of the most intricate designs Gorham produced in the early 20th century.

It features the figure of a bearded man at the handle terminus, a pedestal urn laden with fruit midway up the handle, and an array of other fruit and acanthus leaf elements overall.

This example is a 9" long, very heavy at 4.3 T. oz., berry spoon.

The bowl is large, 3 5/8" long by 2 7/8" at the widest, has decorated flange shoulders, and retains traces of an original gol...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1357189 (stock #3075f)
Old Friends
$120.00
A large piece measuring 1 3/4" in diameter, 1 1/4" high, and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is stamped "Stieff," "Sterling," and with a date symbol for "1922" on the inside edge.

The pattern is "Rose," introduced in 1892, and which is a hallmark repousse design for this company and for Baltimore silver in general.

This is the open shield variant of the line, which in this instance is engraved "Suzanne" in script.

The high relief chased work encompasses the entire band and is ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1357140 (stock #3074f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Featuring a finely rendered portraiture of a Native American in a squatting position, this souvenir item is unusual in that it is a citrus spoon rather than the typical teaspoon.

Made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the backside, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For," it measures 6" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

The piece is well-crafted, with a sculptural quality to the detailed, high relief, imagery that includes a box turtle at the join between the handle and bowl and the word "...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1356997 (stock #3072f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Gorham's "Grecian" was an early line pattern in the history of that company, patented in 1861, as indicated by the stamp on the reverse of this 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon.

Other marks include a "lion, anchor, G," and the name of the retailer, Baltimore's "Geo. Webb & Co."

The design incorporates a large, fan-like, anthemion end attached to a tubular handle. The backside of the anthemion is plain with a leafy border, and never monogrammed.

The bowl is melon fo...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1356943 (stock #3070f)
Old Friends
$565.00
Price for the pair as a set.
This salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing.

Made by George Sharp of Philadelphia, they are stamped with his "lion, S, lion" emblem, as well as "Tiffany & Co.," who would have retailed this pair about the mid 1860s. Presumably they are sterling rather than coin silver, given that Tiffany early on required this.

They are exceptionally large items, with the fork measuring 10 3/4" long and weighin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1910 item #1356897 (stock #3069f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Dating from around the turn of the 20th century, this item measures 6" across and weighs 3.1 T. oz. Flat bottomed, it has an upraised, 1" wide, bowed and scalloped edge rim that is embossed with a repeating acanthus leaf and gadroon motif.

This is high fashion and complimented by a fancy leaf style lettered "EGD" monogram.

It could be a plate or equally serve as a wine caddy, of a size that could accommodate either a 750 ml or 1.5 liter bottle.

It is stamped on the underside for pro...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1356790 (stock #3067f)
Old Friends
$28.00
A 5 1/2" long, just under .5 T. oz., piece made by Towle, the pattern on the handle is "Rustic," introduced in 1895.

The bowl is the story with this item. It is an artistically engraved representation of, at the time, the campus buildings of the "St. Johnsbury [Vermont] Academy."

The quality and precision of this work would be hard to overstate. Every facet of the two structures is rendered in intricate, fine line, detail. This is all set against a deep, bronze-colored, gold wash (fro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1950 item #1356747 (stock #3066f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Biographical information for Danish silversmith Paul Bang is difficult to unearth, although one online source lists his working dates 1935-80.

He evidently designed a considerable amount of quality jewelry, and less so, flat and holloware, based on the ratio of what internet searches yield.

Although not identified as a worker for Georg Jensen, his name frequently seems to surface in conjunction with that renowned maker. His work is decidedly Danish Modern, in a Jensenesque manner.

T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356567 (stock #3063f)
Old Friends
$395.00
An earlier piece in the production history of "English King," this 9 7/8" long, 3.8 T. oz., salad serving spoon is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885.," and "m."

The pattern is high style and shows to its fullest at the scale of this item.

This piece has an original form bowl with scalloped, flange, shoulders, a textured base, and a rich gold wash front and back sides. Later examples have plain, rounded bowls.

It has never been monogrammed and is in outstanding condition....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356522 (stock #3062f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Larger than a teaspoon at 6 3/8" long, and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this piece is the size of a youth spoon. Apparently, it was originally presented to "Agnes" whose name is engraved sideways in script on the handle.

It is an English, Victorian era item, fully hallmarked for George Adams of London, with a date letter for 1852. Chawner was of the Firm Chawner & Co., which reference work "Jackson's Hallmarks" describes as "the most important [English] mid 19th century firm of spoon ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1356352 (stock #3060f)
Old Friends
$58.00
Price per piece, two available.
An early example, this 6 7/8" long, weighty at over 1.6 T. oz., round bowl gumbo soup spoon is marked with the Alvin emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent," all in precise, fine lettering as would be expected on an original piece. It also has a slightly upturned handle end, another indicator of its age.

The pattern is "Old Orange Blossom." Issued in 1905, it quickly became a standard bearer among Art Nouveau designs and remains so today.

The high relief portraiture is intricate, richly textu...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356278 (stock #3059f)
Old Friends
$18.00
Price per piece, five available.
In her work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan indicates I[saac] Reed & Son may represent a partnership with "Osmond," 1830-40, or "G. Washington," 1844-53.

The "Reverse Tipt" design on the handle of this 5 1/2" long, not quite .5 T. oz., teaspoon which carries this mark, suggests the earlier years.

The piece presents in a diminutive manner that in its delicacy is appealing. It has a broad handle end, with high, beveled "fins" off the join with the bowl.

The bowl itself ...

 
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