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All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1353177 (stock #3001f)
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Popularized largely in the last quarter of the 19th century and continued in production until contemporary times, anointing, aka coronation, spoons remain popular collectors' items.

This example is 4 3/8" long, not quite .5 T. oz., and marked for sterling (lion), Birmingham, England (anchor), and 1902 (letter b). It is without a maker's identification, but the design may be telling.

Another pointer may lie in the inscription on the backside of the engraved bowl. It reads in script, "P....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353131 (stock #3000f)
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$265.00
Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin tongs are early production items from Cincinnati's premier silver and jewelry house, "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

They are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements. They may be pickle tongs, for use with a tall caster.

The lower portions of the arms are blocky where they join with the substantially-scaled talon grips.

This area is joined to ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353080 (stock #2999f)
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$90.00
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Patented in 1887, "Pomona" was produced in a period of increasing urbanization, but the imagery is in substance an ode to rural life.

It features a variety of fruit, including hanging peaches, along with pears and grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, on the handle.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sardine fork.

The backside of the handle has a small leafy detail on the end. The portraiture of the leaf varies from piece to piece. Otherwise the reverse is plain ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352879 (stock #2996f)
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$95.00

A 6 3/4" long, relatively weighty at 1.4 T. oz. item, this small to medium sized serving spoon was produced by George Shiebler in the late 19th century.

The pattern name is "Sandringham" and the design is consistent with this appelation, in that it is English courtly.

The handle, which has beaded margins, is capped with what appears to be a near exact representation of the three feather herldic badge of the Prince of Wales.

References list the issue date of this pattern as 1895, b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1352805 (stock #2995f)
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$135.00
Standing 5" tall and 3 1/4" wide at the base, this syrup pitcher or jug is model number "1794 D," as stamped on the silver collar. Other marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1906."

The body is glass, cut in a flower, perhaps aster or daisy, leaf, and scroll design.

This is all capped with a solid sterling collar with a rolled rim and fitted lid.

The lid has a dome top, a thumb lift attached to a hinge, and is engraved "JMD" in script. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1352740 (stock #2994f)
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$215.00
An extraordinary design statement, this 5 5/8" diameter, over 2.4 T. oz., sterling plate was produced by a company, Unger Brothers, that was a pace setter for such work in both silver and jewelry in the late 19th through early 20th centuries.

Essentially decorative rather than utilitarian, it was likely meant to be gazed upon, like a plaque, or at best put into light service.

The entire piece is a representation of an iris blossom. The design is no less than ebullient, with the petals o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1352676 (stock #2993f)
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$125.00
Made in London in 1802-03 during the reign of George III, this pair of tongs measure 5 5/8" long and weigh just over 1.0 T. oz.

They are fully marked on the arms for London, 1802-03, sterling, and the family partnership of Peter (son of Hester), Ann (sister-in-law of Peter), and William (nephew of Peter) Bateman, represented as "PB/AB/WB."

It has cup grips, shaped arms, and a slightly concave arch that is engraved with a feathered script "CH" monogram.

All outward facing surfaces are...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352618 (stock #2992f)
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Lunch size in their 1870s period, but a single standard place piece today, these two, matched forks measure 7 1/4" long and weigh 2.4 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern, "Princess," was originated by New York City's John Polhmanus and carried on by George Shiebler, whose "winged S" mark is imprinted on the backsides of these.

Other marks include "Sterling," "Pat.74," and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's carriage trade, "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

A Moorish design, "Princess" is elaborate ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1352552 (stock #2991f)
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$265.00
A large item measuring a full 12" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the early years of silver manufacturing on the US West Coast.

Made by San Francisco's Vanderslice & Co., and so marked, along with "Pat. Sep. 1874," the pattern name is "Comstock," which references the monumental ore find in Nevada that fueled a surge in silver manufacturing in the United States.

The design is Renaissance Revival in orientation and reflects as well the Victorian sensibiliti...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1352472 (stock #2990f)
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$55.00
Standing 1 9/16" tall, having a maximum diameter of 2 5/16", and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this master salt derives its design from the Aesthtetic mode.

It is cauldron shaped, with a flat bottom, two handles, and a scalloped rim. The body has a hammered surface and beaded detailing on the handles.

The underside is marked "Sterling," with the model number "304," and the Dominick & Haff three-part emblem that includes "925" and the date "1884."

It is in excellent condition, free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1352396 (stock #2989f)
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$95.00
Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing approximately .8 T. oz., this spoon is one of several baby items Arthur Stone produced in animal forms.

This particular piece features a "squirrel" that is hand chased on the open work of the handle.

Practice was that associates in Stone's studio would make the basic piece, while Stone himself would do the chasing.

In addition to the Stone "hammer" emblem, and the word "Sterling," this is imprinted with an "E" for George Erickson, working 1915-32. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352395 (stock #2988f)
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$42.00
Marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 97," this pair of sugar tongs are an early example of Gorham's "Strasbourg."

They are a large version, measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz.

They are also in mint condition, have elaborate grips, and are without a monogram or removal. The design detail is free of any signs of wear, the arch remains well-shaped, and the finish has a natural, brilliant finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1352236 (stock #2985f)
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$65.00
One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Six Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. Indeed, it virtually defines the concept of "liquid silver."

This example is a 6" long, heavy for its size at .8 T. oz., pickle fork.

It is a fully authentic, old example dating from at or near the pattern issue date of 1901, given the "Pat. Appld. For" inscribed on the backside ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1352235 (stock #2984f)
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$285.00
A popular and enduring pattern, Kirk's "Repousse" was produced in an array of holloware matching its flatware line.

This piece is a 7" long, 3 1/2" at the widest, 4" to the highest point at the top of the handle, 8.1 T. oz., gravy or sauce boat.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Co," "925/1000," and "7" on the underside. Rainwater indicates this particular mark was used on holloware 1903-07.

Judging from examples of "Repousse" gravy boats showing on the internet, Kirk produced numerous varia...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1352182 (stock #2983f)
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$46.00
Price per piece, three available.
Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for premier 20th century, English silversmith Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled : Pre 1900 item #1352180 (stock #2982f)
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$54.00
Price per piece, four available.
Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size.

It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on the front and back sides of the handle.

There is a fancy, feathered script "JB" monogram.

The condition is choice estate. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352166 (stock #2981f)
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$45.00
Dating from 1885, Wood & Hughes "Victoria" pattern is essentially a broad "Antique" with a stylized end that seems to take inspiration from the Aesthetic mode popular in the period.

Produced in a plain version, it also had a number of engraved variants, of which this, number "80," is one.

The engraving is particularly engaging, and features three flower blossoms, sunflower or similar, with leafy detail, all set against a satin matte ground.

This example is a full size dinner fork, 7 ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1352135 (stock #2980f)
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$65.00
This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date.

The grips are shell form, and the arch is engraved in a very elegant feathered script, "SAE."

They are in remarkably fine condition, and especially so for an item the better part of...

 
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