American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1281969 (stock #2343f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Dating from c. 1930 and echoing (or perhaps seeking to compete with) the Danish Modern look of Georg Jensen, this 5 3/4" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., ladle was made by Chicago's J.O. Randahl, whose name appears on the backside. Other marks are "Hand Wrought," "Sterling," and the number "189."

The handle has an irregularly shaped margin on the terminus. This frames a three dimensional, decorative floral (perhaps fuchsia) element...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281056 (stock #2337f)
Old Friends
$245.00
"Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance a feathered script "R.S.G." monogram.

The piece is a 9" long ice spoon. It is an extra heavy version weighing 4.4 T. oz., and was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," whose name is stamped on the backside...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1280631 (stock #2334f)
Old Friends
$125.00
This sterling silver souvenir spoon is replete with provenance. It was made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside. The theme is the "Chicago Fire" of 1871, and appropriately enough the retailer was Chicago's "C.D. Peacock" whose name appears alongside the manufacturer's mark and the words "Pat'd. '91."

It is inscribed on the reverse "Jerome Orrell Eddy," "May 12/91," whose birthday was this date...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280018 (stock #2329f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Measuring 8 5/16" long, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece although it is essentially the size of today's tablespoon.

It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.

It is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1279894 (stock #2328f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Model number "259," as stamped on the underside, along with "Sterling," and "WwH" for Wood & Hughes, this 5" diameter, 2.4 T. oz. item has a 1" raised and reticulated rim with a rolled edge.

It is perfectly sized to serve as a .75 liter wine or bottle coaster. It has a flat bottom, which is monogrammed "MWC" in a flowing script.

It is in very good condition. The reticulation is free of dents, breaks, or bends. The finish is lustrous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1279639 (stock #2327f)
Old Friends
$65.00
This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.1 T. oz.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source. Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1279369 (stock #2324f)
Old Friends
$395.00
This ensemble of three cups or beakers possess the kind of understated elegance that quietly but decidedly bespeaks artful sophistication.

Made by a premier manufacturer, they are all stamped with George Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "1938" on the undersides, and likely date from the late 19th century.

Graduated so to nest one inside the other, they are nonetheless similar in size. The largest stands 2 1/4" high, and the smallest 2 1/8" high. The same r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1279269 (stock #2323f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style "JA" monogram." The style of this suggests a date circa 1900.

It is in very good condit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1278945 (stock #2320f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A multi-motif floral design, Reed & Barton's "La Parisienne" represents the epitome of Art Nouveau design.

This 5 7/8" long, relatively weighty at nearly .8 T. oz., pickle fork portrays a pond lily accompanied with stylized, sinuous leaves encircling both sides of the handle.

The tines on this are finished in a bright gold wash. This piece is to be distinguished from a cocktail fork, which is shorter and has stubbier tines.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1278851 (stock #2319f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Each of these two, matching, napkin rings forms a three dimensional rectangle. They measure 2 5/16" x 3/4" x 13/16", and weigh just under 1.5 T. oz. the pair.

The clean design and hand hammered surfaces clearly place them in the Arts and Crafts mode.

One of them has a "K.F.B." monogram and the other a "W.P.B." monogram, both in the same block lettering.

These may be individually crafted studio pieces, as opposed to manufactured items. They are unidentified as to maker. One is stam...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278531 (stock #2317f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Measuring 6 1/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this fork is an old example of Knowles' 1878 "Crescent" pattern.

It has an unusual four tine configuration, with a hooked upper tine, and much englarged and also hooked, lower tine. It is possibly a pickle or pastry variant, or even an early, and rare, lobster fork. The upper surface of the tine area is artfully engraved and has a matte finish.

The front of the handle has an Old English "S" monogram.

The condition is mint estate. There...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278408 (stock #2316f)
Old Friends
$250.00
Marked "Sterling," these eight forks retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) are transition pieces between the coin and sterling silver standards. Each one measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs 11.6 T. oz.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned ends. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The are in very good estate condition. There is slight ove...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278090 (stock #2313dd)
Old Friends
$185.00
Measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a substantial 4.7 T. oz., this piece is most likely an oyster ladle rather than the larger yet full size soup.

In today's environment the distinction may be inconsequential. Indeed, some of the massive serving pieces of the 19th century may be overly large for contemporary tables, making this size more utilitarian.

The pattern is Gorham's late 19th century "Maryland." It is an elaborate design that incorporates acanthus leaves, rose blossoms and scro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1277861 (stock #2311f)
Old Friends
$60.00
This 5" tall item has a glass body that sits on a rimmed silver base that is 2 1/8" in diameter. It also has a fitted silver lid. The base is stamped "Frank M. Whiting and Co. Sterling," while the lid is marked "Sterling" and "67."

The glass is cut in a stylized, clean, leaf and floral pattern. The cut surfaces are frosted and the blossoms look like starbursts. The handle is blown glass.

The lid measures about 1 1/8" from the lowest edge to the top of the upswept, helmeted shaped and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1277729 (stock #2310f)
Old Friends
$85.00
"Gladstone" dates to the late 19th century and was produced by Frank Whiting and Amston, with both companies coming under one umbrella in the mid 20th century.

It is a robust, highly detailed, rococo design. The leafy scrolling set against a stippled ground shows considerable relief, all of which is abundantly evident on this large, 9" long, heavy, 3.4 T. oz., serving fork.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in very fine estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and is f...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1277605 (stock #2309f)
Old Friends
$45.00
A souvenir spoon that features the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., piece features the added element of the "Lincoln & Douglas Memorial" in Freeport, Illinois. The engraved representation of this stone marker is flanked by engraved busts of Lincoln and Douglas.

Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling," it exhibits the artful die work and fine finishing that characterized this company's output.

Th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276498 (stock #2302f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Watson produced an extensive line of fruit, floral, and even vegetable patterns around the turn of the 20th century that were exceptionally finely rendered and reflected Art Nouveau sensibilities.

An example from that series, this 6 1/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.2 T. oz., spoon has an elongated and pointed bowl and is probably for citrus.

The motif is grape, showing a large cluster of high relief fruit surrounded by leaves and sinuous vines. The backside repeats the theme in diminished s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1276204 (stock #2300f)
Old Friends
$38.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860. It is an early "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern that was originated by Durgin.

This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.

There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the handle...

 
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