American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1315406 (stock #2521f)
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While this 4 3/4" long, heavy at 1.4 T. oz., bon bon is akin to parallel items produced by such large manufacturers as Gorham and Whiting, this comes from an unexpected source, namely Roger Williams Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island.

A successor to Howard Sterling Silver Co. c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315250 (stock #2520f)
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Attributed to Whiting, this "Ivy" pattern actually originated with New York's Henry Hebbard. Given this 5 3/4" long, T. oz., piece is marked only "Sterling," it is likely an earlier piece and thus the latter's work and not the former.

An unusual form, it is probably a variant of a horseradish spoon. About the size of a mustard ladle, it has a considerably larger, and oval rather than round, bowl, the end of which has a distinguishing sawtooth edge...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1315105 (stock #2519f)
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This style of this piece places it in the 1870s, and since it is marked "Coin," it would necessarily be early in that decade as by late in that ten year span virtually all American makers had shifted to a sterling standard.

It is a 6 7/8" long, just short of 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

Extensively engraved, it reflects all the sensibilities of Aesthetic (Eastlake) design. The main motif is naturalistic, illustrating a swan gliding among cattails on the margin of a lake or pond...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1315018 (stock #2518f)
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The style of this napkin ring suggests it dates from the late Victorian period, at about the turn of the twentieth century.

It is oval in shape, measuring 2" long by 1 13/16" wide, and weighty at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It has a paneled body that is bordered by high relief, applied scroll and acanthus leaf design edges.

The main panel on the wide side is engraved "Helene" in a delicate script...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1314922 (stock #2517f)
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Identified as a dessert or oval soup spoon, this place piece measures 6 5/8" long and is heavy weight at nearly 1.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Pompadour" by Whiting. It is an embellished "Queen" design offered in, appropriate to the name, a French manner.

This estate piece is a superb, old, example without a monogram and in flawless condition. There is no visible polishing wear and the bowl is perfectly-shaped, free of dents, nicks, burrs, or tip wear. The finish is bright and even...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1314714 (stock #2515f)
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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 3/8" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., it has a central disk which in this case is inscribed with a delicate script "J.S.B." monogram.

The fork end is trident tined while the pierced spoon bowl is scallop shell shaped. At 2 3/8" by 1 1/2", the bowl is uncommonly large for this form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1314608 (stock #2514f)
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A turn of the twentieth century pattern, Durgin's "New Standish" reflects the simplicity of design of the emerging colonial revival movement of the time.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, just under 1.4 T. oz., cucumber server.

Similar to, but smaller than, a tomato server, it has flat, 2 1/4" diameter, decoratively pierced blade...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1314539 (stock #2513f)
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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.4 T. oz., this fish aka salad fork has Gorham's early "lion, anchor, G" mark as well as "Sterling" and "Pat. 1895."

It is in exceptionally fine estate condition, with clear pattern detail and a bright finish. The tines remain even, straight and pointed, and are free of burrs or nicks.

There is a lightly engraved, script "L.H.K." monogram on the backside of the handle.

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1314307 (stock #2511f)
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One of two highly collectible, and competing, Baltimore souvenir spoons that feature a turtle and shell theme on the handles, this example was made by Dominick & Haff and retailed by the Baltimore firm of Hennegan, Bates & Co. (The second spoon was made by George Shiebler and retailed by James Armiger, also of Baltimore).

This piece is small at 4 3/8" long and weighing just over .3 T. oz.

In mint condition, it must have been preserved only as a keepsake and not a utilitarian item.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1313948 (stock #2508f)
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Identified in Gorham catalogs of the period as a bon bon, aka candy, dish, this item is substantially sized. It measures 9 5/16" long, 8 7/8" wide, and 2 1/2" tall at the highest point of the rim. It weighs 8.3 T. oz. This is noticeably larger than most examples of this form, which tend to be about 7 1/2" long.

Marks on the underside are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," the model number "A1965," and the date symbol for 1898.

It has a flat bottom and reticulated, undula...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1313714 (stock #2505f)
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Likely inspired by the legendary "Narragansett" line produced by Gorham, this 5 5/16" long, .9 T. oz. spoon was made c. 1900 by Paye & Baker, which was another Providence, Rhode Island area silver manufacturer of note.

The theme is nautical and precisely rendered, expressing on the handle a portraiture of a crab in a fishing net, the handle of which forms the spine of the spoon handle itself. This is all encircled with a second mesh of netting with floats.

The bowl is most akin to Gorha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313634 (stock #2504f)
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A pattern that fully embodies its namesake in the well-designed, dense, thorny branch, leaf, blossom, and bud portrayal of a climbing rose plant, Knowles' 1880 "Rose" aka "Bug" is beyond all this ingrained in collectors' minds because of the beetle that is incorporated in the design. This element is both whimsical and naturalistic, and above all, simply imaginatively appealing.

This example is a large 5 7/8" long, heavy at 1.8 T. oz., pair of tongs. The pair is certainly sufficiently scale...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1313486 (stock #2503f)
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An all silver master butter knife, this item measures 7 1/8" long and is weighty at just under 1.8 T. oz.

It was made by New York's Gale & Hughes whose "G&H" mark appears on the blade along with a three part mark that includes, following William Gales' custom, the date "1849."

It has a solid, rectangular, handle that is 3 1/2" long and 1/8" thick. This has a slightly upraised mid rib area, lined edges, and scrolled engraving on either side.

The broad, blunt end blade widens at the u...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313396 (stock #2502f)
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Pricing for the pair as a set.
One of numerous twisted handle patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880, this fork and spoon pair have a spiral lower section and a larger, blocky, square twist upper end.

While a salad set, either piece could be used independently.

They are substantially sized items, with the fork measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., and the spoon 9 1/8" long and 2.2 T. oz.

The serving ends shows an Aesthetic influence, with their irregular, scalloped shoulders and rippled bowls. This latter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1313146 (stock #2500f)
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Uncommon forms, bouillon ladles are typically larger than gravy but noticeably smaller than soups. They also have double spouts in the manner of punch ladles, which they could double for in some instances.

All of this is reflected in this example made by the Sterling Silver Manufacturing Company (later Saart) of Providence, Rhode Island.

It measures 7 1/2" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz. The flanged rim bowl is 3 1/4" wide, 2 1/8" front to back, and 1" deep. It has a frosted matte gold fi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313061 (stock #2499f)
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Taking its name from a generic design term, Durgin's 1886 "Scroll" is a much more complex pattern than the designation might imply.

The scroll effect is derived from high relief leaf forms arrayed on the upper half of the handle.

Flower blossoms, perhaps wild rose or dogwood, are set below this, and lastly there is another section of leafy detailing. All in all, the pattern is something akin to a repousse with an Aesthetic influence.

This example is a 5 11/16" long, weighty at nearl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1312902 (stock #2498f)
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Marked with model number "17401," the design of this 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 1", weighty at 3.9 T. oz., soap box dates to 1910. Other marks include "Tiffany & Co.," "Makers," "Sterling," "925/1000," and "m."

The overall style clearly falls in the Arts & Crafts mode, with clean lines and straightforward detailing. This is reinforced by the somewhat medieval "R.A.C" monogram engraved on the top lid. This is quite reminiscent of lettering used on Shreve's contemporaneous "Fourteenth Century" and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1312670 (stock #2496f)
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An example of Georg Jensen's earliest flatware design, "Continental," this 5 13/16" long, just over .9 T. oz., teaspoon also carries an early mark, used 1910-25.

It is a quality example, showing overall fine hammer marks. Apart from light surface scratches, it shows no signs of use. The bowl remains well-shaped and is free of tip wear, dents, or burrs.

The backside has a block letter "L.H.B" monogram.

Marks are "GI in a circle of dots," "Sterling," and "Denmark."

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