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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1326934 (stock #2653f)
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$65.00
A multi-motif design that incorporates various flowers on different pieces of the line, Alvin's "Majestic" dates from 1900. It is decidedly Art Nouveau in manner, apropos of the period.

This example is a 6 1/16" long, relatively weighty, 1.1 T. oz., almond scoop.

The flower is "buttercup," which is gracefully arrayed on both the front and back sides of the handle. The pattern shows fine die work and finish, and is set in high, sculptural-like, relief.

The bowl is generously proport...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1326437 (stock #2647f)
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$115.00
A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl, an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
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$60.00
A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1325616 (stock #2640f)
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$44.00
An undocumented pattern, this Art Nouveau, floral, design stands alone among Wallace offerings.

This piece is a 6 1/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It is unusual in that the upper end of the handle is hollow, while the lower portion is tubular. This provides for a thicker than usual grip, and also enables more detailed design elements, which include a blossom, bud, and sinuous leaves set against a textured background.

The bowl is decorative, in keeping with the overall de...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1325553 (stock #2639f)
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$30.00
Lincoln & Foss, c. 1850, is one of several Boston partnerships that Charles Foss entered into.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon or large sugar spoon.

The style is characteristic of the period, with an "Oval Thread" pattern handle and a shell bowl. The backside carries a script "JAL" monogram.

In very good condition, it is essentially absent wear and has a warm, bright, patina. The bowl is free of dents, dings, cracks, or burrs.

Marks are a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1324925 (stock #2636f)
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$47.00
This napkin ring is a plain band of solid silver that measures 1 5/8" in diameter, stands 1 1/4" tall, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the inside, it is model number "673" which is also imprinted on the interior, along with the word "Sterling."

Dating circa 1880, it is Aesthetic or Eastlake in style, engraved in a pattern that is part foliate and part stylized.

It has a fancy, feathered script, "HMR" monogram.

The condi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
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$165.00
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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$36.00
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 1900 item #1324191 (stock #2630f)
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$55.00
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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$95.00
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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$595.00
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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$45.00
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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$60.00
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)
Old Friends
$125.00
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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$45.00
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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$45.00
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 ...

 
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