American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1225321 (stock #1864f)
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A fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece as many instances of this form are, and solid silver, this cheese scoop measures an over-sized 7 1/4" long and weighs a hefty 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Stratford" by International, dating from 1902. It is a floral design, in this case carnation, offered in an Art Nouveau style. The pattern elements are expressed on the front and back sides of the handle end, the join with the bowl, and the reverse heel of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1224493 (stock #1858f)
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A large example, this master butter knife measures 8" long and weighs approximately 1.6 T. oz. The pattern is "Florentine," introduced in 1870 by John Wendt. A Renaissance Revival design, Florentine consists of a dense mosaic of leaves and scrolls with a shield reserve, which in this case is absent a monogram or removal. The blade is set on the vertical to the handle, meaning the handle would lie flat on a surface, with the blade fully upright.

It is in very fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1224196 (stock #1856f)
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Dominick & Haff produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years. This item is the earlier iteration, dating from 1888, and commonly referred to as "Old Style." The design is rococo, incorporating scrolling, acanthus leaves, florets, and a cluster leaves and small berries.

It is a 7 7/8" long jelly knife or server. D&H tended toward weighty pieces, and that is decidedly the case with this which tops out at nearly 2.4 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1223618 (stock #1853f)
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Dating from 1872, John Wendt's "Bird" stands alongside Tiffany's "Audubon" and two designs both named "Japanese," one made respectively by Whiting and the other by Wood & Hughes. They all incorporate bird images that embrace the aesthetic sensibilities of the period. Wendt's imagery is particularly detailed and intricately rendered.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., table or serving spoon in exceptionally fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1223460 (stock #1852f)
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This 5 5/8" long, weighty, 1.1 T. oz., sterling silver souvenir spoon portrays a number of images connected with the Civil War "Battle of Lookout Mountain."

The center of the handle features a number of soldiers climbing a hillside slope. The end of the handle shows a bust of "Joseph Hooker," the general in command of the operation. The lower portion of the handle reads, "Lookout Mt., Battle Above the Clouds, Nov...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1222830 (stock #1847sh)
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Continental flatware tends to be larger scaled than American and that is the case with this 10 3/8" long dinner knife made by France's Cristofle. The comparable American piece would be identified as a banquet knife.

It is a 19th century item in an unknown pattern. There is a handsome, period "LKB" monogram.

The blunt end, carbon steel blade is original and marked "Christofle a Paris." The ferrule on the silverplate handle is stamped "Cristofle."

The condition is good...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1222445 (stock #1844f)
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Whiting produced two versions of a sugar spoon in their popular "Lily of the Valley" line. Both had shell bowls, with one, as in this instance, was more stylized and decorative, while the other was more straightforward.

The piece measures 6" long and weighs just over .7 T. oz. There is a delicate, feathered script monogram engraved on the plain backside.

This is in pristine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1221548 (stock #1839f)
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One of several patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880 with a twisted handle, this example has a round twist lower section joined to a four sided diamond shaped end. It is referred to as "Square Twist" by some sources, while that name is reserved by other sources for another design.

The piece is an ice cream slice. By nature, these are large items, but this exceeds even what would be expected of the form. It measures 12 7/8" long and weighs a massive 6.0 T. oz.

While evidently plain, t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1221544 (stock #1838f)
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Unusually proportioned, this elongated coin silver master butter knife measures a full 8" long overall and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz. The flat, blunt end blade comprises 3" of this length, while the slender handle with a rounded, tipt end, comprises 5". There is a stylish, well-formed, script "LB" engraved on the front of the gently arched handle.

The maker's stamp is "Jeffrey R. Brackett," along with the word "Boston." Brackett is well documented, identified as working as a silvers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1221090 (stock #1834f)
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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Got...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1220111 (stock #1828f)
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This 5" long, .7 T. oz. bouillon spoon is an early example of "Frontenac," marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International helmet over shield, "Pat'd," and "Sterling."

It is in very fine condition. The detail remains very well-defined. The stamens show clearly as do the pollen flecks on the petals. Other design elements remain equally sharp. The upturned handle has a flowing script, Art Nouveau style "VSM" monogram.

The bowl remains round and free of dings, dents, or ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1219779 (stock #1825f)
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The Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International silver was responsible for some of the most successful Art Nouveau patterns of the parent company. The best known was "Frontenac." Turn of the 20th century "Cleone" may be the most innovative and dramatic. Examples of it are rare.

It is representational, employing Art Nouveau floral elements and a single figure. The design elements are opulently portrayed, and tumble into the bowl. It features a bearded male image set amid an array of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1219014 (stock #1819f)
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Perhaps unique in the realm of strawberry forks, this 6 1/2", relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., piece by Hamilton & Diesinger has a significantly and visibly longer handle than what this form usually has.

The pattern is without an identified name. A dense floral, damask like design, featuring a dogwood or wild rose blossom against a scroll background, it is similar to Wood & Hughes "Louvre," Knowles "Rose" and "Aeolian," and Durgin "Scroll" among others, and likely dates from the same l...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1218901 (stock #1818f)
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One of at least three, kindred, hollow handled patterns that Gorham produced in a limited number of serving pieces, this design is unnamed. A similar square or diamond design goes by the name "Hindoo."

This 9 1/2" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., pie server is a show piece. It is all sterling silver, with as mentioned, a flattened oval shaped, hollow handle. This is joined to a narrow, solid shank, while the large blade is thick and has sculpted shoulders that have a double banded reinforcing ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1218470 (stock #1815f)
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Made in two versions, one pierced and one not, this example of Dominick & Haff's figural "Renaissance," is the former and less common of the two. This variant seems to have been retailed only by Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Co., as this and other examples are so identified. Other marks include the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94."

The form is a 7 11/16" long jelly trowel. Consistent with the line, it is heavy, weighing approximately 2.0 T. oz. It has a tapered, flat blade with slig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217904 (stock #1809f)
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Seldom found, John Wendt's "Moresque" is the nameplate pattern for the "Persian Revival," or "Moorish," style that was popular in the United States in the 1870's. Some other contemporaneous examples of this motif include Tiffany's and Whiting's "Persian," and Gorham's "Hindostanee."

"Moresque" examples present with slight variations from piece to piece. These variations include the utilization of a plain disc on the handle, set on the front or backside, or on both sides, as is the case wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217821 (stock #1807f)
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Marked with a lion, the English symbol for sterling silver, an Old English date letter "f" for 1841, and the city symbol for London, and the queen's head duty mark, this mustard spoon measures 4 13/16" long and weighs a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. The maker's stamp is poorly struck but is clear enough to ascribe to William Eaton.

The pattern is "Prince Albert," an English design that found its way into the realm of American silver, with New York's Michael Gibney one name identified with it. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217183 (stock #1801f)
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Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this teaspoon is fully marked for sterling silver, Dublin, Ireland, and 1846. The maker's mark is "P.W," designating Phillip Weekes.

It has a down turned, reverse tipt end, and a rattail drop on the reverse of the bowl. The front is monogrammed "EH" in a feathered script.

The condition is very good. The monogram shows slight softening from polishing. The overall finish is finely patinated. The bowl is well-shaped and free of tip wear, an...

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