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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355100 (stock #3032f)
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Stamped "* F & H *" for "Farrington & Hunnewell," one of Boston's most prolific 19th century manufacturers, this coin silver master butter, or possibly pickle, knife measures 7" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz.

It is also imprinted with a retailer's mark that is only partially legible, but begins with "A." and ends with "P."

It has a down-turned, "Pointed Antique" handle, and a scalloped upper edge blade.

Both the handle and blade are extensively engraved with motifs that include ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1355033 (stock #3031f)
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Early production pieces in the history of Tiffany, this pair of matched master salts are stamped with the model number "3402," introduced about 1873, on the undersides.

Other marks include the order number, "4016," "Tiffany & Co.," "M," and "Sterling Silver."

Each of these stands 7/8" high on a footed base 1 3/8" across, and has a maximum body diameter of 1 3/4". The pair combined weigh 1.4 T. oz.

They have satin matte finish bodies with applied rim tops and bright rose gold-surface...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354993 (stock #3030f)
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A not so readily found serving piece in Gorham's "Chantilly," this lengthy, 9 3/8", 1.3 T. oz., lettuce spoon is an early example, marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Pat. 1895," "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "S.G. Beers," Taunton, Massachusetts.

The three-lobbed, shallow, 3" long, bowl has narrow shoulders and is finished in an intact bright gold wash front and back sides.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice estate condition. It is free of any polishing wear, h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354922 (stock #3029f)
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Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this sugar spoon is an example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern.

It is marked on the handle reverse with the Whiting lion logo, an Old English "O," "Sterling," and on the heel of the bowl "PAT. 1902" and "R'G 1902," all in fine lettering as an old piece would show.

The nearly round, scalloped edge, scrolled interior, bowl extends 1 3/4" back to front and 1 1/2" across and has a subtle satin finish.

The piece is in outst...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1354849 (stock #3028f)
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A 6 3/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., piece, this sugar spoon has a generously-proportioned shell form bowl.

Dating circa 1863, it is an example of William B. Durgin's "Medallion." Based on classical figures, this motif was popular among manufacturers of the period.

In his ground-breaking work on this line of flatware published nearly thirty years ago, D. Albert Soeffing identifies this maker's "Medallion" as portraying a right-facing male warrior, without portrait variation. This piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354721 (stock #3026f)
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Introduced in 1885, Whiting's "Lily of the Valley" immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again representative of the leaves, and this also serves as an enhancing design element.

In sum, it reflects influences from the innovative design sensibilities of the Aesthetic m...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354613 (stock #3025f)
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A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This item is a 7 3/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.8 T. oz., individual fish knife.

It is an early production piece, as indicated by the "1892" inscription on the handle backside. This is the same year the pattern was introduced.

The handle front has a flowing "MJC" monogram.

It is solid silver, including the flat blade with a scrolled upper edge.

The retailer was P...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354549 (stock #3024f)
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A form that was popular in the mid 19th century, and then revived in the 1880s during the Aesthetic period, this olive spoon and fork configuration generally follows along certain design conventions.

Examples are lengthy, as is this 9 15/16" inch, .8 T. oz., piece, and have the spoon and fork situated on either end of a slender shank.

Within this framework there is great variation.

This item has a twist handle with a central, faceted, three dimensional, stretched diamond, element, on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354496 (stock #3023f)
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An early production example of this 1899 pattern, it is marked on the reverse with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Apl'd. For," all in small, clear lettering exactly as it should be on an old piece.

The pattern, "Love Disarmed" is thoroughly emblematic of Art Nouveau design and also probably the most sought after of the various nude representations in silver of the period.

This 5 15/16" long, 1.2 T. oz., teaspoon exhibits all the fine details that only an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century : Pre 1800 item #1354457 (stock #3022f)
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A large piece measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.7 T. oz., this table or serving spoon dates circa 1795.

It is very much a Federalist period piece, with a down-turned, exposed drop, pointed antique, handle. The handle is bright cut in a design that reflects its cosmopolitan origins in New York City.

There is a block "M*W" monogram, the style of which is also in keeping with its date.

It was made by Hugh Wishart, whose last name is imprinted on the backside and traces to...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354404 (stock #3021f)
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Introduced in 1890, "Greenfield" is a multi-motif, scroll design that appears to draw upon Aesthetic sensibilities.

Produced by A. F. Towle & Sons, the pattern was continued in production by its successor company, Lunt.

This rarely found group of twelve, matching, ice cream, or in today's parlance, sorbet, spoons all measure 5 1/4" long and have lightly inscribed "D" monograms on the fronts. Individually they have a somewhat light feel, but the group together actually weighs a substanti...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1354262 (stock #3018f)
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A 7" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., item, this ladle is fully hallmarked for sterling, London, 1793-94, and makers George Smith and William Fearn.

Appropriate to the period, it is "Old English," style, with a downturned, reverse tipt, handle and a thumb drop on the bowl. The front has a feathered script "R" monogram.

The bowl is unusual in that it is a perfectly shaped hemisphere, 2 1/16" in diameter and 3/4" deep.

It is in very good condition, absent any bends, breaks, or cracks, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354172 (stock #3016F)
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A weighty 1.2 T. oz., this spoon measures 6 3/4" long, which is the length of a dessert or oval soup.

Two aspects of it, however, suggest it was a youth spoon.

One is obvious, specifically the engraving in the bowl, which reads, "JEFF Dec. 10. 90," which is likely a birth date.

The second feature is the dual sided gold wash on the bowl. This is an unusual embellishment for a place piece.

The pattern is Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," in this case elderberry, which is portrayed on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354135 (stock #3015f)
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While hallmarked for Chester, England, with a date letter for 1908-09, this sterling silver tea caddy spoon has dual Scottish associations.

First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.

Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1354080 (stock #3014f)
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The 1860s saw a proliferation of three dimensional designs that included a ball, sphere, knob, and perhaps scarcest of all, cube form end as found on this very large, 11 1/4" long, 3.5 T. oz., (likely vegetable) serving fork.

Made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who is most associated with this style, and particularly so his "Ball End," it is stamped "Patent 1863," "G.S.," and "Sterling," on one of the facets of the six-sided handle.

The cube is substantial, measuring 3/4" square, and si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354010 (stock #3013f)
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Introduced by Whiting just after the turn of the 20th century, "King Edward" has remained a sought after pattern in the century plus since.

This 6" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example, marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. Ap.23" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

It is in immaculate estate condition, retaining every bit of its original sharp detail on the shells and acanthus elements of the design. The finish is bright and the...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353963 (stock #3012f)
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Dating from the mid 19th century, this matching pair of spoons are early production items from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

A simple but well-executed "Tipt" pattern, they show the modest beginnings of a manufacturer which later produced some of the most elaborate designs of its time.

Each of these measures 8 3/4" long and has a feathered script "MAP" monogram set sideways on the handle. The pair weigh 2.8 T. oz.

They are in very good condition. Free of polishing wear, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1353913 (stock #3011f)
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Early production examples of Reed & Barton's 1907 "Francis I," these two, matching, spoons are marked with the company "eagle, R, lion" emblem and "Sterling," in fine lettering.

Each one is also engraved on the reverse "HEA" in stylized Art Nouveau period script, further confirming their dating.

Measuring 4 1/2" long and relatively heavy, weighing marginally above 1.0 T. oz. the pair, they are the size of large demitasse or small after dinner coffee spoons.

They are in immaculate est...

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