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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1338683 (stock #2804f)
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$55.00
Commonly referred to as a "brandy warmer," this form appears in Gorham's 1894 catalogue identified as a "brandy burner" (see image 2).

Whatever name is applied, this example is characteristic of the piece. It measures 3 7/8" long, with a short handle and a 1 5/8" diameter bowl with two tabs to lock over the rim of a brandy snifter. It weighs .6 T. oz.

While brandy warmers are readily available, this piece is uncommon. Figural and decorative whereas many are plain, it is a limited lin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338540 (stock #2802f)
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$46.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this long handle olive or pickle fork is a clean example of Towle's "Old Newbury" pattern issued in 1900.

The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.

Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed.

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337461 (stock #2787f)
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$90.00
A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335434 (stock #2768f)
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$85.00
A 6 1/8" long, slightly under 1.0 T. oz., piece, this item dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1335358 (stock #2767f)
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$185.00
Identified as an "important manufacturer," in the benchmark "Jackson's Hallmarks," Henry Holland, of Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater, was located in London, England, in the mid 19th century.

This example of his work is fully marked with his maker's "H.H," a date letter for 1858-59, London, sterling, and a queen's head.

It is a large mustard pot with a clear glass liner. It stands 2 1/8" tall, has a body that is 2 1/8" wide, a maximum span of 3 1/2" to the end of the handle, and the silver ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334822 (stock #2760f)
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These two items, stamped "4101" on the bottoms, are the hollowware side of Kirk's "Calvert" and "Old Maryland Plain" flatware patterns.

According to the identifications offered in the "Encylopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the style of the "S. Kirk & Son" mark, along with the word "Sterling," was used 1925-32, indicating these have considerable age.

The footed, open salt stands 1 13/16" tall on a base that is 1 3/4" in diameter, and has a top opening that measures 2 5/8" across....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334334 (stock #2754f)
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$295.00
A Providence, Rhode Island guild level retailer founded in the mid 19th century with principals related by marriage to the Gorham family, Tilden-Thurber Company was throughout its history a source of high quality silver offerings.

Such is represented in this 7" diameter, 1 1/8" high, very heavy at 11.4 T. oz., open bowl. It is stamped on the underside "Tilden-Thurber," "Sterling," and "943," and likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It has a flat bottom, with an eight lobed wall,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334269 (stock #2753f)
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George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes. Yet within the detail,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1334125 (stock #2750f)
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$145.00
One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334073 (stock #2749f)
Old Friends
$225.00
An early example, this gravy ladle is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333915 (stock #2747f)
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$185.00
An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332576 (stock #2729f)
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$90.00
Price for the set of six.
Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no v...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332552 (stock #2728f)
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$42.00
A 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this ladle has a bowl that measures 2" in diameter and is 1/2" deep.

It is a cream or sauce ladle in Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the inte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331585 (stock #2718f)
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$135.00
A "noble" pattern both in theme and presentation, and not so readily found, Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without peer in the realm of silver patterns. The design is singular. The only near match is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak equivalent is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331429 (stock #2716f)
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$48.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .8 T. oz. butter pick is a fully authentic, as produced by the manufacturer, and not made up from another item, as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

In this instance there is a script "LNP" monogram set in the shield shaped re...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331234 (stock #2713f)
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$95.00
This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., ladle is unusual in that the 2 1/4" round bowl has a flat bottom with nearly straight sidewalls, rather than the typical curved or inverted dome interior.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell" for Philadelphia's carriage trade firm, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is a "Kings," "English Kings," in a form that was standard to Caldwell. It conforms to all the conventions of this British inspired design. It has a convex shell on the front and a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331089 (stock #2711f)
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$335.00
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 Cinq Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. The companion pattern is "Les Six Fleurs."

This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest. The flowers appear to be orchids and show as an open blossom on the end and midpoint of the handle front, and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330864 (stock #2708f)
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$95.00
The Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island is to be distinguished from Howard & Company of New York, both operating in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon.

Presumably named after Napoleon's empress consort, the design features bold acanthus leav...

 
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