American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1322696 (stock #2614f)
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A stunningly clean example of the "Sheaf of Wheat" motif, this teaspoon measures a lengthy 6" and weighs just over .7 T. oz.

The wheat bundle and sickle remain very sharply defined, retaining all their original detail. There is a feathered script "M" monogram below this. The bowl is flawless, with a clean tip free of any wear, and a lined drop on the backside. Lastly, the finish is lustrous.

It is stamped "B.C. Frobisher." for the well-documented Boston silversmith.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1322649 (stock #2613f)
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$90.00
This item embraces a form especially popular in the 1860s. It is a combination olive spoon and fork, joined by a long, narrow and twisted, handle.

Measuring 9 7/8" overall and weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., it has a central disk which in this case is inscribed with an Old English "M.E.F." monogram.

The fork end has three tines and hooked shoulders, while the pierced spoon bowl is scallop shell shaped. At 2 1/2" by 1 1/2", the bowl is uncommonly large for this form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322554 (stock #2612f)
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$65.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1322436 (stock #2611f)
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This 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., tomato server is novel in at least two aspects.

The first of these is the pattern, "La Provence," by Fessenden. It is a turn of the twentieth century design that at heart is in keeping with late Victorian sensibilities. Built upon a leaf and floral motif, it also cleverly incorporates a nearly disguised, satyr-like face at the end of the handle.

The second novelty lies in the 2 1/2" diameter, scalloped edge server...

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322247 (stock #2609f)
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$65.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1321993 (stock #2606f)
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$48.00
Entirely hand crafted, this sterling silver bon bon or nut scoop measures 5 3/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz.

It has a pear-shaped bowl that is 2 1/2" at the widest and 2 3/8" top to bottom.

This is joined to a pointed antique style handle that is marked on the backside "N.G. Wood & Son" (Boston), "Sterling," and "10-17." The "17" may indicate the year this was made.

The entire surface is hand hammered, consistent with its Arts & Crafts origin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321932 (stock #2605f)
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A particularly decorative item, this 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., cucumber server embodies intricate detailing, much of which clearly has been hand-finished. It was made by Palmer & Peckham of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, c. 1900.

The handle is cast and mounted on a wire frame. The lower part of the stem is leafy, while the upper end incorporates additional leaf, scroll, and floral elements, along with a central heart form. This is all appointed with turquoise blue, deep blue, and e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321713 (stock #2603f)
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$70.00
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 1910 item #1321623 (stock #2602f)
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An early example of Gorham's "Buttercup," this 5" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sardine fork is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. 1900."

The 2" wide, seven tine, serving end has decorated shoulders which is a detail found only on older pieces, and a reticulated heel.

It is without a monogram and in immaculate condition. Pattern detail remains sharp and well-defined, and the finish is even and bright. The tines are straight, even, and w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321523 (stock #2601f)
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One of numerous "Twist" designs produced by a variety of manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, this 5 3/8" long, approximately .5 T. oz., ice cream spoon has a spiral turned lower half handle joined to a block, or square as it is commonly identified, upper half.

It is identified by the number "18" imprinted on the backside, along with the Whiting emblem and the word "Sterling."

The oval bowl is shallow and has rippled shoulders and a gently pointed tip.

Without a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321415 (stock #2585f)
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$95.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1321388 (stock #2584f)
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$34.00
An unusual size at 6 1/2" long, this spoon is marked "B[enjamin]. Lord." It weighs just over .6 T. oz.

Sources indicate that Lord was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1770, was working in Rutland, Vermont, in 1797, and finally in Athens, Georgia, from 1831 until his death.

The style of this is early 19th century and likely dates from his Vermont years, but could trace to his Athens period.

It is very finely made, having a broad end with an extremely narrow shank. It and the hi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321261 (stock #2583f)
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Stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Pat. 1875," "Sterling," and the number "1" on the bowl, this gravy ladle measures 7" long and weighs just barely short of 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is "Arabesque," which became a standard bearer design in its period for the Renaissance Revival style, and it remains so today.

Its main feature is a winged griffin set amid the scrolls and rosettes that characterize Arabesque form. There is a central reserve area, which in this case is engraved with an excep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321097 (stock #2581f)
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With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7" long. The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell. Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends broaden to a rounded, upturned end, which hosts the concave shell form. These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.

The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320904 (stock #2979f)
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A fully authentic example, that is, not made up or custom made, this butter pick measures 6 1/8" long and is relatively heavy at just over .6 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1895 "Empire." Apropos of the name, the main feature is a crown, combined with cornucopia, a torch, a garland, and floral elements, all offered in a French manner.

A slender piece, it has the twist end tip characteristic of this form. The backside of the handle is engraved "Austin" in script.

It is in very good ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1320779 (stock #2975f)
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$235.00
Price for the set of ten.
Stamped with the early "Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen" three part emblem, along with the word "Sterling," the pattern on these ten, matching, three tine, ice cream forks dates from 1903.

Each fork is 5 5/8" long and has the same three part script monogram. The group together weigh 6.7 T. oz.

An expressive interpretation of the narcissus flower, the design fully reflects Art Nouveau sensibilities. Fluid, flowing leaves trail up the margin of the handle, which is topped by a large, high relief, ...

 
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