American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1324633 (stock #2634f)
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A 5 3/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., item, this sugar spoon was made by Whiting.

The double-sided pattern is "Empire" aka "New Empire" dating from 1892. It employs various shell motifs, including the overall form of the bowl, and a pair of flanking, scrolled rosettes at the tip of the handle.

The bowl is squared, rather than rounded or oval, and has a partially rubbed gold wash on the front and backsides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate condition. Pattern deta...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1324328 (stock #2631f)
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A clean design dating from early in the 20th century, "New Margaret" draws from the Colonial Revival sensibilities of the period.

This example is a 6 15/16" long, relatively heavy .9 T. oz., olive spoon.

It is slender and elegant, with an especially attractive, eggplant shaped, pieced bowl.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint condition. There is no visible wear or damage, and the finish is bright and even.

Marks are "Sterling" and the "helmet over shield" emblem of th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1324191 (stock #2630f)
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Dating from 1872, Gorham's "Corinthian" embodies the Classical Revival sensibilities of the period. Architectural in style, it incorporates an anthemion leaf on the handle surmounted by leafy tracery.

The 3/4" deep, nearly round, 2" diameter, bowl with a central vee, flanged shoulders, and slightly tipped lip, on this 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle is engraved in a Palmetto leaf motif that is evocative of Egyptian Revival style. The bowl interior also retains most of its original, bright...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1324007 (stock #2628f)
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Measuring 7 1/2" long, this English toddy ladle is a small example of the form.

Dating from early in the 19th century, it has a sterling bowl that is 1 3/4" in diameter and 3/4" deep. There is a silver fitting off this which is joined to a twisted baleen handle with a silver tipped end.

The bottom center of the bowl is stamped "D.R," possibly for David Reid of Newcastle.

It is in excellent condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The fittings betwee...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1323920 (stock #2627f)
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A large item, measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing a substantial 3.3 T. oz., this berry spoon was made by Wallace. It carries the Wallace deer head emblem on the backside, along with the words "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902."

The pattern is "Eton" which is a strong Art Nouveau floral design. It features a high relief iris blossom on the center of the handle, just below a reserve area, and smaller blossoms on the top end and join with the bowl.

The bowl itself embodies the flowing lines of Ar...

All Items : Books and Publications : Antiques : Pre 1900 item #1323734 (stock #2625jk)
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An apparently very rare and historically valuable volume, examples of this trade catalogue are held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty special collections, as well as in several other significant settings.

Considerable online information is available about this volume, and given no book expertise is here represented, evaluation of this has to rest in outside sources. This comes through a family channel, not commercial or otherwise.

It is fully authentic, with a plate on t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1323731 (stock #2624f)
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A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as especially associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebonized wood handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1323622 (stock #2623f)
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On the surface, a typical piece of its period, this 6 3/16" long sugar spoon, marked "R. Fisher Jr. 331 Broadway. N.Y.," 1846-50, is actually a superior example.

First, its weight is substantial at just over 1.0 T. oz. Second, it is in exceptionally fine estate condition, essentially without wear, and having a bright, even, finish.

The "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern stands alongside many other iterations of this popular design, and the shell bowl is a common form. The shap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323511 (stock #2622f)
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Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork is extra long at 9 5/16". It weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight variation on both sides of the handle.

The lower portion of the handle is plain an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1323287 (stock #2620f)
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Measuring 6 3/8" long and substantial weight at over 1.8 T. oz., this pair of tongs is marked with a crowned harp, Hibernia, and "GN" in an oval. These letters are ascribed to George Nangle of Dublin, whose dates are either side of 1800.

Staunch and clean, these were made to a standard and no doubt intended to serve dutifully while presenting with a quiet nobility.

The elongated cup grips have high shoulders that, which, along with the length of the arms, have beveled edges. The arch i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323130 (stock #2618f)
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A multi-motif figural design, "Fontainebleau" was one of several exceptional patterns that Gorham produced in the late 19th century.

This piece is a 6 1/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It has an elongated, plum-shaped bowl with hatched edge shoulders. The interior has a matte finish.

The handle portrays a maiden in courtly garb, carrying a kettle in one hand and a pitcher and saucer in the other.

It is without a monogram or removal and in very good condition. It ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1322779 (stock #2615f)
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A late Art Nouveau design dating to 1909, Alvin's "Morning Glory" offers a sensitive, perhaps even tender, interpretation of this delicate flower.

Fully expressed on both the front and backsides of the handle, but with different portraiture, the design incorporates multiple blossoms set forth in intricate, precise, detail.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .5 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has a pierced interior, cut in leaf and apostrophe shapes.

The piece ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322554 (stock #2612f)
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Matching berry spoon also available.
A pattern originated by John Polhamus, "Diamond" eventually became part of George Shiebler's stable of offerings.

This example is a 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon marked with Shiebler's "winged S," and the words "Sterling," and "Patent." It has a plum-shaped bowl, with a ribbed heel and midline leading to a slightly pointed tip. Finished in a bright gold wash on the front and a matte gold surface on the backside, the bowl interior is engraved in an aesthetic manner featuring fern fron...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1322336 (stock #2610f)
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This example of Victorian period grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co.," the date "1892," "New York," and "Sterling." To be sure, they do have darkened sur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322247 (stock #2609f)
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Dating from 1886, which is relatively early in Durgin's line-up, and a pattern not readily found, "Fleur-de-lis" manifests an understated elegance.

The large, applied, fleur-de-lis motif is set in high relief as if it were carved. It is also embellished with added detailing, such as beaded banding around the lower section and scrolling, leafy highlights.

This example is a 7" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

The bowl is particular to Durgin. It has a swirled ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321713 (stock #2603f)
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Both large, at 4 7/8" long, and heavy, at nearly 1.3, T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are a very fine example of Towle's "Old Colonial."

This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.

Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.

Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321415 (stock #2585f)
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A custom made or special order item, this 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced, or more precisely, adapted, by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co." It apparently dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two modifications, both of which reflect h...

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