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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1362553 (stock #3183f)
Old Friends
$45.00
The maker of this 6 3/16" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., spoon was perhaps best known for his partnership with Francis W. Cooper, himself a renowned producer of mid 19th century ecclesiastical silver.

Stamped "R. Fisher Jr." for Richard, it also carries his working address, "331 Broadway, N.Y.," and is a scarce example of his individual work.

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with a relatively short and deep shell bowl, with a broad end and a strong taper to the heel. The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362437 (stock #3181f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Retailed by Tiffany, this lengthy, 7 7/8", and weighty at 1.6 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife dates prior to 1868.

A "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," design, it was made by New York City's Henry Hebbard, who with his contemporary and sometime partner John Polhamus, was one of Tiffany's major suppliers in the 1850s and 60s.

Hebbard's "star, H, anchor" pseudo hallmark appears on the reverse, along with "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling."

It is engraved "EAS" in a delicate sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362159 (stock #3180f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat 1885," this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork once belonged to "Gladys," whose name is engraved in script on the backside.

The pattern is "St. Cloud," one of the outstandingly successful designs produced by Antoine Heller in his long and consequential career with Gorham.

It is in very good condition. The dense leaf and shell motif remains well-defined, showing minimal polishing wear. The tines remain straigh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1362095 (stock #3179f)
Old Friends
$46.00
At 6 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., this piece is marked for London, 1775-76, sterling, and maker "John Lambe."

It has an "Old English" handle, i.e. down turned, round end, with a tipt back, and a long drop on the bowl.

Well-made and without a monogram or inscription, it is in very good condition. The marks are clear, the bowl is free of dents or tip wear, and the finish is soft and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362024 (stock #3177f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Antique Tip" has a notched, pointed end, handle with a diamond-shaped drop flanked by two scrolls. In their entirety, the design elements resemble a fleur-de-lis.

This example is 9" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., (probably berry) serving spoon. The plum-shaped bowl is elongated, relatively narrow, and has a lip edge. It is finished in a satin matte gold wash front and back sides.

The otherwise plain handle has an embellished leaf script "P" monogram.

I...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1361823 (stock #3175f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the set of six.
These six matching lemonade or iced tea sipping straws are 8 1/4" long each, while the group weighs approximately 2.4 T. oz.

They were made by Watson, whose "crown, W, lion" mark (used 1910 forward) and the word "Sterling" are stamped near the upper ball ends.

Much of this sort of thing was produced by notions manufacturers whose quality does not match these made by a major silver firm.

The bowls are heart-shaped, with the lower portion of the tubes where they are attached angled dow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361775 (stock #3174f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Stamped with a "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham, "Sterling," the model number "465," and a date symbol for 1892, this item measures 6 3/8" long and weighs 1.1 T. oz.

Identified in company catalogs of the period (see image 2) as a "bread" fork, it is commonly identified today for toast, all of which is a small distinction.

The piece is hollow, with an elaborate scroll design that is the same on both sides of the handle and three, one straight and two curved, tines.

Without a monogram or r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1361703 (stock #3173f)
Old Friends
$95.00
A substantial piece, this inkwell has a 3" square by 2" tall glass base. This is plain walled with diamond cut beveled edges.

The top is silver mounted, fitted with a 2" collar with a hinged lid that rises to a maximum height of 1 3/4".

The cap is chased in an acanthus leaf and floral design and has a large, script "ER" monogram set in the upper center.

The rim is stamped "Sterling," "Black, Starr & Frost" (used 1874-1908) for the renowned New York City firm, and with the company's ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361634 (stock #3172f)
Old Friends
$32.00
A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind.

The design is singular, but characteristi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361590 (stock #3170f)
Old Friends
$95.00
While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle.

The handle is slender and elongated, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends to the lower of two...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361501 (stock #3168f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Price for the pair.
A course during a Victorian era meal, pickles evolved their own complementary forks and knives, often bought bought as a boxed presentation set.

This matched pair in Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," introduced in 1885. It 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 rep...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1361388 (stock #3164mg)
Old Friends
$445.00
Dating from 1866 as engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.," this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's "standing lion, anchor, G" mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item.

Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is just above 4.5 T. oz.

The bod...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1361387 (stock #3163f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361328 (stock #3162f)
Old Friends
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An original production item, this pair of tongs measure 4" long and weigh approximately .8 oz. Made by Towle in the "Georgian" pattern, they are marked "925/1000," with the company "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898."

For serving bon bons, they have four-tine, stylized talon, cupped grips.

Each leg incorporates the column capped by a basket of flowers motif that constitutes this design, which shows to particular advantage in this form. The arch is plain and witho...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1361186 (stock #3160f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Marked with a lion for sterling, a leopard for London, a date letter "e" for 1780-81, and a script "GS" for George Smith III, this marrow spoon aka scoop measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It is a very fine period example of this particularly English form, produced by a well-recognized maker.

The larger of the two elongated ends shows a thumb drop on the back and is inscribed with a crest of a long-necked bird with a snake in its beak.

It is in outstanding condition. It is f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361071 (stock #3158dd)
Old Friends
$115.00
A large piece measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this item is an unusual, perhaps croquette, server.

It has a flat, 3 1/2" long by 2 3/8" wide, blade with four, curved and rounded tines, scalloped margins, and an intricately pierced surface.

The pattern is "Wellington," a late 19th century design issued in 1897 by Alvin. It features a double shell and scroll terminus with an egg and dart margin on the handle front and a relatively plain scroll backside.

There is a lightl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361019 (stock #3157f)
Old Friends
$100.00
Price for the set of four.
Early pieces marked on the reverses with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," these four spoons measure 4 1/4" long each and are relatively weighty at 2.0 T. oz. the group.

Typically identified as a demitasse spoon, catalogs of the period commonly call this size a coffee spoon. True demitasse spoons can be considerably smaller.

The pattern is "Cluny" which bespeaks the French origins of its renowned designer, Antoine Heller. The pattern features dense, high...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361016 (stock #3156f)
Old Friends
$225.00
All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form.

The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, with in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of de...

 
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