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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1314539 (stock #2513f)
Old Friends
$200.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.4 T. oz., each of these fish aka salad forks has Gorham's early "lion, anchor, G" mark as well as "Sterling" and "Pat. 1895."

They are in exceptionally fine estate condition, with clear pattern detail and bright finishes. The tines remain even, straight and pointed, and are without burrs or nicks.

There is a lightly engraved, script "L.H.K." monogram on the backsides of the handles.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313634 (stock #2504f)
Old Friends
$145.00
A pattern that fully embodies its namesake in the well-designed, dense, thorny branch, leaf, blossom, and bud portrayal of a climbing rose plant, Knowles' 1880 "Rose" aka "Bug" is beyond all this ingrained in collectors' minds because of the beetle that is incorporated in the design. This element is both whimsical and naturalistic, and above all, simply imaginatively appealing.

This example is a large 5 7/8" long, heavy at 1.8 T. oz., pair of tongs. The pair is certainly sufficiently scale...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313396 (stock #2502f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Pricing for the pair as a set.
One of numerous twisted handle patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880, this fork and spoon pair have a spiral lower section and a larger, blocky, square twist upper end.

While a salad set, either piece could be used independently.

They are substantially sized items, with the fork measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., and the spoon 9 1/8" long and 2.2 T. oz.

The serving ends shows an Aesthetic influence, with their irregular, scalloped shoulders and rippled bowls. This latter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1313146 (stock #2500f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Uncommon forms, bouillon ladles are typically larger than gravy but noticeably smaller than soups. They also have double spouts in the manner of punch ladles, which they could double for in some instances.

All of this is reflected in this example made by the Sterling Silver Manufacturing Company (later Saart) of Providence, Rhode Island.

It measures 7 1/2" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz. The flanged rim bowl is 3 1/4" wide, 2 1/8" front to back, and 1" deep. It has a frosted matte gold fi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313061 (stock #2499f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Taking its name from a generic design term, Durgin's 1886 "Scroll" is a much more complex pattern than the designation might imply.

The scroll effect is derived from high relief leaf forms arrayed on the upper half of the handle.

Flower blossoms, perhaps wild rose or dogwood, are set below this, and lastly there is another section of leafy detailing. All in all, the pattern is something akin to a repousse with an Aesthetic influence.

This example is a 5 11/16" long, weighty at nearl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1312124 (stock #2491f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price per set of six. Twelve total available.
"Avalon's" high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell design elements combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name.

It is a turn of the 20th century pattern made by International. The company's Wilcox & Evertsen indian head emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of these twelve, matched bouillon spoons. Each one measures 4 3/4" long and has an approximately 2" diameter bowl, while the group weighs 9 T. oz.

They all have the same, script, "L...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311805 (stock #2488f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A noted silver manufacturer and jeweler, Joseph Mayer & Brothers established themselves in Seattle about 1895.

The firm's most readily recognized trademark is a crossed pick and shovel which references Joseph's two brothers' exploits in the Klondike gold rush.

This early 20th century item, a 5 13/16" long, .8 T. oz., souvenir spoon bears Joseph's mark, which is a fleur-de-lis within a triangle.

The firm had a well-earned reputation for high quality products and that is evidenced in t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311172 (stock #2582f)
Old Friends
$195.00
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310772 (stock #2578f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company became its own manufacturer was also the firm's namesake line, i.e. "Tiffany." It was later reissued with very slight design modifications under the name "Beekman," and is more generally recognized as that today.

This example is an early production piece, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m."

It is a 6 5/8" long salad fork, and, as became a benchmark with Tiffany silver, is heavy, weighing nearly 1...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
Old Friends
$225.00
An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1309907 (stock #2569f)
Old Friends
$150.00
One of the most imaginative of Tiffany's full line designs, and fully Aesthetic in sensibility, "Lap-Over-Edge" was offered in plain, acid etched, and applied variants. The non-plain pieces incorporated an extensive array of motifs, including insects, animals, and sea life.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has an acid etched surface that portrays two birds and a portion of a third, all sitting on branches. The backside has the rippled border that gives t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1309762 (stock #2567f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Companion sugar spoon also available.
Lengthy at 7 7/8" overall, and weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife is a substantially scaled example of the form.

It is stamped "S.H. Johnson" for the early 1860s New York firm which had a short life before becoming the generally better known Kidney, Cann, & Johnson. There is also a three part, "bust, SHJ in a lozenge, lion" pseudo hallmark which is a second identifier of the company.

The flat, oval, handle is bright cut with wriggle work detailing. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1309167 (stock #2565f)
Old Friends
$48.00
A large item measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and standing 1 1/2" high, this napkin ring is also quite weighty at nearly 1.9 T. oz.

It was made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" emblem is stamped on the inside lower rim, along with the word "Sterling."

It is entirely plain, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

In choice estate condition, it remains perfectly round and is free of bends, nicks, or blemishes. The finish is bright, with a rich patina.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1309090 (stock #2564f)
Old Friends
$115.00
This collapsible shaving brush made by Gorham is illustrated in the company catalog of 1906 (see image 2).

It measures 6" long when fully assembled, and 3 1/8" when folded up. Solid sterling, the holder and perforated cap weigh .7 T. oz. combined, while the base and brush together weigh another .7 T. oz.

The body is a high relief floral and leaf repousse design. There is a central reserve which is engraved with an embellished script "TB" monogram.

The natural bristle brush stores i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1308408 (stock #2959f)
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Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first "golden age" of design.

The defining feature of the line is a cast "bust" that surmounts the lengthy, square handle. There is some variation from piece to piece, and in this case, the image is of a female looking slightly sideways.

A product of the Classical Revival movement of the period, the figure sits atop a pedestal base, much as she might be presented in a museum or salon, or in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1308294 (stock #2958f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Price per piece. Three available.
One of the stand out Art Nouveau floral designs produced early in the 20th century, Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs" has proven enduringly popular.

This example is a 5 3/8" long, relatively substantial weight .7 T. oz., seafood or oyster cocktail fork.

The portraiture is iris, with a large, intricately designed, high relief blossom set at the midpoint of the front of the handle, with a second bloom lanquidly draped around the top of the handle. The plain areas of the design have a subt...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307701 (stock #2951f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding, early 19th century, Art Nouveau pattern. As the name implies, the imagery is inset in the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece. The flower on this 7 1/4" long place or dessert spoon is identified as a "petunia."

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