American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329767 (stock #2693f)
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$185.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of its rose and scroll motif pattern, Towle's "Canterbury," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

This is without a monogram or r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329709 (stock #2691f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Price for the set of nine.
Issued in 1901 at the beginning of the Edwardian Period in English history, Frank Smith's "Federal Cotillion" is also known as "Edward VII." It is a relatively high style "Kings" pattern that with only minor differences is identical to Whiting's "King Edward," also introduced in 1901, suggesting that American silver manufacturers were pivoting off the end of the Victorian era in their design offerings.

This group is a matched set of eight oyster or seafood cocktail forks. Each one measures...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1329634 (stock #2690f)
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$145.00
Octagonal in shape, this mug is slightly diminutive. It stands 3" to the rim, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed bottom that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It was made by New York City's William Gale, who operated in various partnerships over a long history. This has double marks for one of the associations, "William Gale & Son." One of the stamps includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329524 (stock #2689f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price per piece, three available.
Dating from the 1860s and made by New York's John Polhamus, whose "J*P" mark appears on the backside, this 6 7/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., fork is also stamped "Tiffany & Co.," which retailed a good deal of Polhamus' silver before it instituted its own production in 1868. As Tiffany required, this is sterling (and so marked) when the predominant standard was still coin silver.

A place piece, it is a length that is commonly identified as for tea or dessert. The pattern is "French Thread," aka "Fid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329461 (stock #2687f)
Old Friends
$445.00
Arguably the floral line by which all other Art Nouveau flower designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, freedom of expression, and sense of abundance that characterizes this style mode that was popular from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329459 (stock #2686f)
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$45.00
Price per piece, two available.
Last of a storied family of Massachusetts silversmiths that included several Josephs and Williams, the Moulton history traces to the 17th century. Born in 1814 and living until 1903, the Joseph Moulton who made this nearly 9" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., tablespoon, brought the family name into a fourth century.

Sold to Towle and Jones in 1860, Moulton's business formed the bedrock of the firm that eventually became Towle Silversmiths.

That Joseph was a capable craftsman is unequivoc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1329388 (stock #2685f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Variously identified as a platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the defining characteristic is the scale of the item.

Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.

It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate. The date letter is simply blurred while the maker's mark, which appears to be a script "LM" in a scalloped punch, is insufficient...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1329292 (stock #2684f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price per piece.
These two, 5 3/4" long, approximately .7 T. oz. each, spoons were made by Toronto's P.W. Ellis & Co., with each stamped "Sterling" on the handle and back of the bowl, and with the firm's "E inside a maple leaf" emblem in adjoining places.

They bear several similarities including the date "1891" set in the center of the handle, with each number surrounded by twig or branch framing. The bowls are identical as well, with acid etched to a pale gold, matte surfaces, leaving bright, irregular, si...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1328954 (stock #2679f)
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$85.00
This piece is marked "B.G" for Baldwin Gardiner, who was a retailer with working dates c. 1814-25 in Philadelphia, then was listed in New York City directories 1827-47, according to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths."

It is a lengthy 8 3/4" table or serving spoon, and is immensely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz.

Baldwin's "B.G" is frequently accompanied by a pseudo hallmark, which is the case with this, which is stamped with a "bust, lion, D," which McGrew in his work on manufactu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328822 (stock #2677f)
Old Friends
$195.00
A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.

Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with minor var...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328770 (stock #2676f)
Old Friends
$35.00
No doubt responding to the late 19th century emergence of European enamel work as high fashion art, American silver manufacturers began to adorn examples their products with enamel detailing.

New York's Dominick & Haff seemed to favor its "Renaissance" pattern for this purpose, as this 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon illustrates.

The design is intricate enough to accommodate enamel highlights as well as provide the necessary grid for the material to adhere to. (Enamel and silver ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1328719 (stock #2675f)
Old Friends
$85.00
An early 20th century design, Tiffany's "Clinton" pattern exhibits Arts & Crafts sensibilities, as evidenced in this 6 3/4" long, rather weighty at 1.6 T. oz., sauce ladle.

The handle is lengthy, slender, angular, and unadorned save for the domed terminus with a tipt backside. There is a thumb drop where the handle joins the 1 7/8" by 1 3/4" by 1/2 deep, oval bowl.

It has a two-dimensional, cursive, particular to Tiffany, "MKC" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is in excellent...

All Items : Silver : Mexican : Pre 1960 item #1328505 (stock #2672f)
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$65.00
Measuring 2 3/8" by 1 3/8" and weighing a robust 1.8 T. oz., this belt buckle is marked with an eagle stamped with a number "3," locating it to Taxco, Mexico. Other marks include "925" for sterling, and a symbol with the maker's letters "M G" followed by either a "1" or an "I" set inside it.

The item itself looks to date mid 20th century. It is cubist or blocky in form, comprised of a series of assembled, solid, rectangular bars with plain, polished surfaces. It is slightly curved, to fit...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1328344 (stock #2670f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Price for the set of ten.
Dating from early in the 19th century, the "Old English Tipt End" with a midrib design of these ten matching tea or coffee spoons actually harken back to the 18th century.

Each one is stamped "E. Whiton," for Ezra, 1797-1858, working in Boston by 1821.

Measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing 4.0 T. oz. the lot, they all have the same, block letter, again 18th century in style, "A." over "M. B." monograms on the backsides, as well as line drops on the bowls.

The are in immaculate condition...

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)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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 ...

 
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