American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341618 (stock #2840f)
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Each of these six pieces measures 5 1/8" long, while the group weighs 4.0 T. oz. They are ice cream or sorbet spoons in Wallace's "Lucerne."

These are delicate items, with three-lobe, shallow bowls, the heels and edges of which are decorated with the same elaborate design as the handles.

They are without monograms, although close inspection suggests there have been monogram removals.

Polishing wear is nil, with clear pattern detail remaining. The bowls are well-shaped and free of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1341539 (stock #2839f)
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$42.00
One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

The execution on this is masterful. Aesthetic in design, the engraving shows the diamond like surfaces characteristic of bright cut work. The background is satin finish on both the reverse tipt handle, and the scallop flange edge bowl. This provides an offsetting surface that highlights the engraving to advantage.

There is a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341492 (stock #2838f)
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Issued in 1895, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates a variety of images that bespeak the pattern name.

The dominant feature is a crown that surmounts the tip of the handle. Below this is a wreath that frames a reserve area. A pair of cornucopias and a torch round out the major imagery. Various ribbon, bow, floral, and leaf elements adorn the interstices around the dominant features.

The ovoid bowl has decorated flange shoulders, coffered sides and a bottom with a raised design. It retains...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341446 (stock #2837f)
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$75.00
A naturalistic design that incorporates a variety of grasses along with clover leaves and blossoms, Gorham's "Meadow" dates from 1897. It is Art Nouveau in manner.

This example is long handle, 8 1/2", 1.0 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has decorated, notched shoulders, while the piercing mirrors the grasses and clover of the overall pattern. There are remaining traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless estate condition. Design d...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341076 (stock #2836f)
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$50.00
This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., tea or dessert knife is unusual in several regards.

One, it is an example of Tiffany retailed coin silver. Early to adopt a sterling standard, coin instances perforce go deep into the history of that storied company.

Second, it an "Olive" pattern, which is one not commonly found among Tiffany's offerings.

Lastly the maker is unknown, with this only marked "Tiffany & Co." on the backside of the blade, and absent a manufacturer's identification that Tiffa...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1980 item #1340995 (stock #2835f)
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$45.00
A classic "French Thread" pattern, "Chinon" is one of one Christofle's standard bearing designs.

This example is an 8" long gravy ladle with a 2 3/4" wide by 1 3/4" back to front by 5/8" deep gravy ladle.

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

The plating is intact, showing one small spot of wear on the backside heel of the bowl, and a bit of scuffing on the handle reverse, both where the piece rests. The inside of the bowl shows some slight flecking, o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340938 (stock #2834f)
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$85.00
A combination of a die struck pattern and a "Medallion" design, this master butter knife measures 7 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz.

Made by John Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, c. 1863, the handle is in his drooping leaf or wreath with acanthus leaf detailing design.

The blade is set at a twisted right angle to the handle and is engraved and engine turned on both sides. In addition, the front features an engraved warrior head.

Westervelt offered a primary line with this...

All Items : Holiday : Christmas : Ornaments : Pre 1980 item #1340861 (stock #2833f)
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Each of these three Christmas ornaments is solid silver and so marked.

They are various years of issue, Gorham "snowflake" from 1974, Reed & Barton "star" from 1973, and a Towle "two turtle doves" from 1972.

They weigh respectively, just under .8 T. oz., just under .6 T. oz., and just over .8 T. oz.

They are in excellent condition, showing no damage, having bright finishes, and retaining their links for hooking.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1340797 (stock #2832f)
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A 5 3/4" long, .9 T. oz. grapefruit or citrus spoon, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate condition. It is free of...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340690 (stock #2831f)
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$295.00
The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

This is an exceptionally fine example in...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340604 (stock #2830f)
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Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been u...

All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 1900 item #1340545 (stock #2829f)
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$90.00
A substantial piece, this gravy ladle measures 6 1/2" long, has a gold washed, oval bowl that is 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" by 3/4" deep. It weighs 1.9 T. oz.

The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1980 item #1340447 (stock #2828f)
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$225.00
Price for the pair.
These items were part of a line of sterling made by the Stieff Silver Company of Baltimore on behalf of Colonial Williamsburg Restoration which was the sole retailer.

Dating circa 1975, they are reproduction items based on actual period pieces.

One is a 5 1/8" tall, 3.1 T. oz., pepper or salt caster. The other is a 1 3/8" tall, 3" base diameter tapering to a 2 3/8" top diameter, 1.8 T. oz., trencher salt with its original clear glass liner.

Estate items in original condition, these ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340382 (stock #2827f)
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$45.00
Six inches long, with a bowl that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep, and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is a sugar sifter.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.

The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.

The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340295 (stock #2826f)
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$110.00
Price for the set of six.
Located in Newburgh, New York, John L. Westervelt was one of the most successful of the 19th century silver manufacturers located in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

The "Ivy" design on these six, 5 7/8" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, matching teaspoons, is one of the firm's signature patterns. Made to both a coin and sterling standard, these are marked "Sterling," dating them to 1870 or later according to silver scholar D. A. Soeffing.

Each one has a feathered script "M.A.S." monogram ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340226 (stock #2825f)
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A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1878, Wood & Hughes' "Venetian" embodies the Moorish or Arabesque design elements that characterized this period.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife. The intricacies of the design are repeated in the extensive engraving on the front of the blade. This is an added enhancement.

There is also an endearing inscription on the handle that reads in feathered script, "M.T. to S. & R.L."

It is in excellent co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1340149 (stock #2824f)
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$40.00
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Measuring 5 13/16" long and good heft at just short of 1.0 T. oz., and dating from early in the 20th century, this sterling silver teaspoon is in mint estate condition.

The pattern is Unger Brothers' Art Nouveau "Douvaine."

An expressive design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or wizard like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340074 (stock #2823f)
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$55.00
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A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them ar...

 
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