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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363513 (stock #3198f)
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This coin silver youth fork measures 6" long and weighs over .8 T. oz.

Its mid 19th century pattern is a variant of "Tuscan," attributed to New York's Michael Gibney, or a similar design called "Cottage" produced by Joseph Seymour, John Polhamus, William Gale, and possibly other makers.

This example is only identified by the retailer's name, "J.W. Helmer," location unknown, stamped on the backside.

It has a particularly charming script engraving set sideways on the handle. This read...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1363488 (stock #3198f)
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A firm recognized for its myriad naturalistic designs, Watson produced a number of outstanding Art Nouveau florals in the early part of the 20th century.

"Lily" is one of the most impressive of these, and is the pattern on this 4 1/2" long, .7 T. oz. bon bon or nut scoop.

This is a particularly delicate piece, even at this small scale retaining all the fine detail of the leaves, blossoms and stippled background of the intricate pattern.

The scoop is a statement in itself. It is spla...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363439 (stock #3197f)
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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with a flange rim and central rib that Whiting used across several pattern lines.

There is a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an inscription. On this piece that ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363316 (stock #3195f)
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In her benchmark work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan identifies "E. Borhek," the mark on this 5 11/16" long, .5 T. oz., as Edward, 1806-87. She notes that 1835-37, he was known as "Borhex."

In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.

This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363014 (stock #3191f)
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A beaded design with a scroll tip, International's "Cambridge" was introduced in 1899.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. Slender overall and with three elongated tines joined by a crossbar, it was designed to be a delicate implement.

The heel of the tine area is slightly cupped, and is embellished with an elaboration of the pattern on the shoulders.

Never monogrammed, this is in choice estate condition. There is no evident polishing wear and th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1362956 (stock #3190f)
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First introduced to British hallmarking in 1697, the "Britannia" standard demarcates a silver content of 95.8%, significantly higher than sterling's 92.5%.

It remained required for less than a century, but continued in limited use subsequent to the reversion to sterling in 1720, enjoying a revival in the late Victorian era.

This muffineer, aka sugar shaker or caster, traces to that period, having an Old English "a" date letter for 1896-97. Other marks are the Britannia figure, and an "e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1362855 (stock #3188f)
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A large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing a substantial 1.8 T. oz., this spoon dates c. 1835.

It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.

The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.

It is also marked "10....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1362810 (stock #3187f)
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An appealing multi-motif floral design, this 5 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., "Majestic" pattern bon bon is further enhanced by its decorative, relatively large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8", three-lobed, bowl.

A turn of the 20th century design, it was made by Alvin, whose company emblem and the word "Sterling" is imprinted on the handle backside in fine lettering.

The flowers on this item include an iris set midway on the handle, and roses at the terminus. These are accompanied by intertwined leaves, accent...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1362553 (stock #3183f)
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The maker of this 6 3/16" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., spoon was perhaps best known for his partnership with Francis W. Cooper, himself a renowned producer of mid 19th century ecclesiastical silver.

Stamped "R. Fisher Jr." for Richard, it also carries his working address, "331 Broadway, N.Y.," and is a scarce example of his individual work.

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with a relatively short and deep shell bowl, with a broad end and a strong taper to the heel. The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362437 (stock #3181f)
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Retailed by Tiffany, this lengthy, 7 7/8", and weighty at 1.6 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife dates prior to 1868.

A "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," design, it was made by New York City's Henry Hebbard, who with his contemporary and sometime partner John Polhamus, was one of Tiffany's major suppliers in the 1850s and 60s.

Hebbard's "star, H, anchor" pseudo hallmark appears on the reverse, along with "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling."

It is engraved "EAS" in a delicate sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362159 (stock #3180f)
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Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat 1885," this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork once belonged to "Gladys," whose name is engraved in script on the backside.

The pattern is "St. Cloud," one of the outstandingly successful designs produced by Antoine Heller in his long and consequential career with Gorham.

It is in very good condition. The dense leaf and shell motif remains well-defined, showing minimal polishing wear. The tines remain straigh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1362095 (stock #3179f)
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At 6 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., this piece is marked for London, 1775-76, sterling, and maker "John Lambe."

It has an "Old English" handle, i.e. down turned, round end, with a tipt back, and a long drop on the bowl.

Well-made and without a monogram or inscription, it is in very good condition. The marks are clear, the bowl is free of dents or tip wear, and the finish is soft and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362024 (stock #3177f)
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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Antique Tip" has a notched, pointed end, handle with a diamond-shaped drop flanked by two scrolls. In their entirety, the design elements resemble a fleur-de-lis.

This example is 9" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., (probably berry) serving spoon. The plum-shaped bowl is elongated, relatively narrow, and has a lip edge. It is finished in a satin matte gold wash front and back sides.

The otherwise plain handle has an embellished leaf script "P" monogram.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361634 (stock #3172f)
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A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind.

The design is singular, but characteristi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361590 (stock #3170f)
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While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle.

The handle is slender and elongated, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends to the lower of two...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361501 (stock #3168f)
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A course during a Victorian era meal, pickles evolved their own complementary forks and knives, often bought bought as a boxed presentation set.

This matched pair in Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," introduced in 1885. It immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again rep...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1361388 (stock #3164mg)
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Dating from 1866 as engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.," this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's "standing lion, anchor, G" mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item.

Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is just above 4.5 T. oz.

The bod...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1361387 (stock #3163f)
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Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more o...

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