American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320267 (stock #2567f)
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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance has an Old English "W" monogram.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1320081 (stock #2565f)
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A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945. His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art.

This example of his work is a 1 3/4" diameter, 1" high, weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., napkin ring...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1320016 (stock #2564f)
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A popular desk item produced over a long span of years, this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., is an older example.

It is marked "Desg Pat," "S. Kirk & Son Inc.," and "Sterling," which suggests a date 1925-32.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat handle that has the "Repousse" design on both sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in excellent condition. The pattern remains crisp and well-defined. The tapered blade is smooth and free of bends, burrs, or nicks.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1319938 (stock #2563f)
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One of the heirs of the legendary Arthur Stone, under whom he apprenticed, sources indicate George C. Erickson established himself in an independent shop in 1932 that was formerly owned by another prominent Gardner, Massachusetts silversmith, Arthur Carlson.

While the Erickson name continues to the present time under the direction of grandson Peter Erickson, the "Erickson Sterling" mark on this 6 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1319359 (stock #2559f)
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The first decades of the 20th century saw a great flowering of flatware designs.

Alas many of these quite impressive patterns have become lost in the abundance of what came after, which may apply to International's "Duchesse" dating from 1907.

It is lavishly styled, vaguely derivative from a "Kings" motif but more embellished. The handle has a shell end surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing and is trimmed with a decorated beveled edge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1319275 (stock #2558f)
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The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1875, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1319115 (stock #2556f)
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Marked "S" and with the model number "530," this 1 3/4" diameter, 15/16" high, relatively solid weight at nearly 1.0 T. oz., sterling napkin ring may have been made by New York's Wood & Hughes who is thought to have used this marking convention.

Dating about 1875 or so, it shows sophisticated decoration.

The heavy rimmed edges are bordered by knurled bands that are nearly 1/8" wide.

There is a fancy, feathered script "LEB" in a central reserve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1319006 (stock #2555f)
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The designer of this 7 1/8" long, heavy, just over 2.0 T. oz., Antoine Heller, originated many of Gorham's most celebrated patterns, including this "Mythologique," along with "Versailles," "Cluny," "Fontainebleau," and others. Indeed, in earlier employment with Tiffany, he produced that company's fabled "Olympian" pattern.

His skills and his capacities were Herculean, and that shows in this piece. It portrays one of twenty-four different mythological subjects Heller generated for this line...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1318852 (stock #2554f)
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This 5 3/8" long, weighty, .9 T. oz., seafood or oyster cocktail fork dates circa 1900 as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son Co. 925/1000" mark on the reverse of the handle.

The pattern is the company's flagship "Repousse" design, with a plain back engraved "GEHH" in script.

It is in immaculate estate condition. The high relief design is free of polishing wear, remaining sharply defined. The tines are flawless, without any nicks, burrs, or bends. The finish has a warm patina.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1318530 (stock #2551f)
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Whiting produced two variants of a "Lily of the Valley" pattern. One was a full line design, and the other was limited to certain serving forms and smaller pieces.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., butter fork or pick is an example of the limited production series...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1318355 (stock #2550f)
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A highly-regarded name in the early 20th century Arts & Crafts movement, Karl F. Leinonen was long associated with the Boston Handicraft Shop before establishing his own workshop in 1932.

This 1 7/8" high, 4 1/8" maximum diameter, weighty, 4.7 T. oz., flat bottomed, open bowl dates from about then and exhibits all the essential elements of the A&C sensibility.

It has a clean, carefully finished, essential look, with tapered sides that curve inward slightly at the rim. The hand hammering...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1318280 (stock #2549f)
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Validating the adage about the Victorian table having "an implement for every purpose," this piece is for the singular function of serving waffles, or pancakes aka flapjacks or hotcakes.

It was made by Durgin in its 1893 "Bead" pattern. Solid silver, it measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just over 2.0 T. oz.

The defining feature of the piece lies in its flat, square, 2 3/4" on a side, with clipped corners, serving end. It is completely utilitarian, with nothing quizzical about it as seems...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317979 (stock #2546f)
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A well regarded and important name in American silver manufacture for half of the 19th century, William Gale worked by himself and in several partnerships over time. This 7" long, almost 1.4 T. oz., sugar sifter is marked "W. Gale & Son 925 Sterling," which is a pairing that dated 1862-66.

The style is very much of the period. It has a twisted stem with a notched and engraved handle end. This is inscribed with a script "GDS" monogram surmounted by a shield with an emblem inside it that lo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1317607 (stock #2542f)
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A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This group is a matching three piece place setting. It includes a dinner size knife that measures 9 7/8" long, a fork, commonly identified as regular size, that measures 7 1/4", and a 5 7/8" teaspoon.

This is a heavy line and that is the case with these pieces. The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317415 (stock #2541f)
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Syracuse was a major center of silver manufacturing in the second half of the nineteenth century and this piece is an example of the quality of that city's output.

It is an 8 1/4" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon made by Joseph Seymour.

The pattern is "Duchess," which dates from 1877. It reflects the Moresque and renaissance revival sensibilities of its period, having a dense, tapestry-like design set against a finely lined background that lends it a parchment look. There is...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1317182 (stock #2539f)
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A pattern produced by three San Francisco makers, Reichel, Vanderslice, and Koehler & Ritter, under the name "Gothic," this is a design strongly associated with this west coast city. Indeed, a fourth maker, Schulz & Fischer offered a nearly identical pattern under the name "Eureka."

This example is a generously sized, 8 3/4" long, 2.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an elongated bowl that measures 3 1/2" by 2 1/4" at the widest, by 1/2" deep. This has a flanged rim with delicate wriggle work...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1317033 (stock #2537f)
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Medium sized, this cheese scoop measures 6 7/8" long and weighs just under 1.5 T. oz. The pattern is International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac," which is an Art Nouveau lily design dating from 1903.

This is an early, fully original, i.e. not custom or made up from another piece, example. The handle has an upturned end while the scoop itself has attractively scalloped shoulders. Marks are the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International "helmet over shield," along with "Pat." and "Sterling...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1316907 (stock #2536f)
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There is a lengthy entry about Littleton Holland, 1770-1847, in the Baltimore Museum of Art's volume "Maryland Silver." The biographical material states that, curiously, "Nothing is known of Holland's parents, place of birth, or training."

Yet the entry further adds, "A considerable amount of fine silver by him survives, and his name appears consistently in extant Assay Office returns," so he went from relative obscurity to a noted craftsman working in a significant early American setting. ...

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