American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1309167 (stock #2565f)
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A large item measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and standing 1 1/2" high, this napkin ring is also quite weighty at nearly 1.9 T. oz.

It was made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" emblem is stamped on the inside lower rim, along with the word "Sterling."

It is entirely plain, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

In choice estate condition, it remains perfectly round and is free of bends, nicks, or blemishes. The finish is bright, with a rich patina.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1309090 (stock #2564f)
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This collapsible shaving brush made by Gorham is illustrated in the company catalog of 1906 (see image 2).

It measures 6" long when fully assembled, and 3 1/8" when folded up. Solid sterling, the holder and perforated cap weigh .7 T. oz. combined, while the base and brush together weigh another .7 T. oz.

The body is a high relief floral and leaf repousse design. There is a central reserve which is engraved with an embellished script "TB" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1308993 (stock #2563f)
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A pre-Civil War firm listed with working dates 1850-54, the partnership of Knapp & Leslie, was located in Mobile, Alabama.

This dessert or place spoon that carries this company's mark measures 6 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.1 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Thread" aka "French Thread" design and is monogrammed "From E A B" on the front.

It is in superb condition. The engraving is crisp, and as is so for the entire piece, is without any polishing wear. The finish is bright and even...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1308541 (stock #2560f)
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One of numerous patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880 with a twisted handle, this example has a spiral lower section and a larger blocky, squared twist upper end.

It is an 11 1/8" long, weighty at nearly 3.4 T. oz., fish slice or server. It would originally have been paired with a similarly scaled fork, but stands on its own as a utilitarian item.

A straightforward design, its appeal lies in the novelty of the handle and the subtlety of the blade...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1308408 (stock #2959f)
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Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first "golden age" of design.

The defining feature of the line is a cast "bust" that surmounts the lengthy, square handle. There is some variation from piece to piece, and in this case, the image is of a female looking slightly sideways...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1308294 (stock #2958f)
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Price per piece. Three available.
One of the stand out Art Nouveau floral designs produced early in the 20th century, Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs" has proven enduringly popular.

This example is a 5 3/8" long, relatively substantial weight .7 T. oz., seafood or oyster cocktail fork.

The portraiture is iris, with a large, intricately designed, high relief blossom set at the midpoint of the front of the handle, with a second bloom lanquidly draped around the top of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1308096 (stock #2956f)
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This piece is reflective of a style of that especially popular in the 1860s.

It is a large and sturdy cheese scoop, measuring 9 3/8" long, and weighing nearly 2.1 T. oz. The central portion of the shank is twisted, while the end is a broad and flat, notched disk. The surface is extensively engraved and has an area that is engine turned. This surrounds a central reserve that is engraved with an Old English "W.F." monogram...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1307841 (stock #2953f)
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While not a documented pattern and not commonly, Wood & Hughes' "Grape" is one of the most expressive of such designs produced in the third quarter of the 19th century...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307701 (stock #2951f)
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Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding, early 19th century, Art Nouveau pattern. As the name implies, the imagery is inset in the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece. The flower on this 7 1/4" long place or dessert spoon is identified as a "petunia."

Following after...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307634 (stock #2950f)
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Price per piece. Five available.
An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Old French was a well-received pattern that remains popular today. The simplicity of the lined border, slightly bulbous design provided a visual respite to the flourish of Art Nouveau style dominant in the period, as well as the congestion of some immediately preceding-in-time Victorian forms.

This example is a 6 3/4" long fruit knife. It is an original item, factory made and original issue.

It has a sterling silver hollow handle attached to a bl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1307561 (stock #2549f)
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Standing 1 5/8" tall, with a diameter of 1 11/16", and weighing just under .7 T. oz., this is a generously sized napkin ring.

Inscribed M.H.W., Mar. 18, '05" in an elegant script, the aesthetic style floral and fern engraving on a satin matte surface with knurled banding suggest the piece actually predates the inscription by as much as twenty years.

The central band is offset by two troughs which are in turn bordered by imprinted repeating star designs with rolled edges.

Marked on th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1307273 (stock #2546f)
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This 7 1/2" long, heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife features two grape and leaf clusters set against a plain ground.

One online source assigns this "Grape" design to Whiting, but it traces to another source, having originally been patented by Michael Gibney of New York City. An unpublished reference notes that this pattern frequently shows up with the name "Mulford and Wendell" of Albany, New York, and is sometimes assigned to that producer.

Marked "Patent 1855," within a period wh...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307089 (stock #2544f)
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The Baltimore Museum of Art reference volume on Maryland Silver lists William Brown working in Baltimore ca. 1810-52.

This pair of 6 1/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tongs carry his mark, "W. Brown," along with the rather unusual identifier "Balt." stamped on the inside of each arm.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." There is a feathered script "JMD" inscribed on the arch. The grips are scallop shell form.

They are in excellent condition. There are n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306994 (stock #2543f)
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This item is a 5 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., sugar sifter. The pattern is Whiting's "Louis XV."

It has a 2" by 1 1/4" by 5/8" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a pale matte gold wash. The shoulders are embellished with the scroll design of the pattern, and there is a small flange around the entire rim.

The handle is inscribed with a cursive "ES" monogram.

It is in excellent condition. Free of polishing wear, the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The finish is bright. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306899 (stock #2542f)
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A substantial piece measuring 8 11/16" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this pea (vegetable) or ice spoon is a rare form in most flatware lines.

The large, pierced bowl is the defining feature of these items, and that is the case with this. Nearly round at 3" back to front and 2 1/2" in diameter, the bowl is 5/8" deep. The piercing is patterned and functional as well as decorative, to aid in draining.

The pattern, "Old Standish," dates from 1901 and reflects the then growing sentiment tow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306819 (stock #2541f)
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Dating from 1870, "Louis XIV" was an early line pattern in Gorham's stable of designs. Knowles produced a near match in its "Emperor" pattern, and George Sharp also offered a third, unnamed kindred design, all indicating this motif had as much appeal in its time as it still exhibits today.

The handle tip is an anthemion form with a shield reserve which in this case has an embellished, Old English "R" monogram. The area below this has raised, line scrolling set against a stippled background....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1306451 (stock #2538f)
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Unusually large at 8 3/8" long, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife traces to Robert and William Wilson of Philadelphia, whose mark appears on the backside of the blade.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the design sensibilities of the period.

The blade and handle are joined at a right angle by a stout extension of the blade that attaches to a twisted stem. The shaped, flat handle is extensively and finely engraved and finished with a fancy, feathered scr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
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An early 20th century pattern, "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" stands in contrast to the exuberance of so much 19th century design. A simple, double-lined, multi-scroll motif, it is clean, direct, and understated in manner.

This example is a 9 5/8" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., cake saw. It has a solid, flat handle, and all-silver blade. The blade has a saw-tooth upper edge, which is characteristic of this item.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in exceptionally fine condition. There i...

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