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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412842 (stock #4056f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 5 7/8" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1411936 (stock #4043f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Measuring 6 3/8" long and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this pair of tongs is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Sterling."

The pattern is "Virginiana," which is an early 20th century, Art Nouveau design that features poppy blossoms, buds, and leaves.

There is a flowing script "KTC" monogram engraved on the arch.

An original and unusual form, these tongs have large, 1 1/2" long, lined and textured, leaf grips...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411046 (stock #4026f)
Old Friends
$64.00
Issued in 1896, "Marechal Niel" shows the kind of expressive Art Nouveau characteristics that came to full expression in the first decade of the 20th century.

The pattern's high relief, rose motif extends from the handle onto the front side heel of the blade of this solid silver, 7" long, relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz., master butter knife.

Having a delicate, feathered script "HW" monogram set sideways on the handle front, it remains in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1410685 (stock #4019f)
Old Friends
$265.00
One of several bold Art Nouveau patterns that Reed & Barton issued in the first decade of the 20th century, "Intaglio" is a multi-motif floral design that, apropos of the name, is carved into the surface as well as raised up, all contributing to an overall sculptural quality.

In keeping with the company's large scaled contemporaneous companion lines such as "Love Disarmed," "Les Six Fleurs," "Les Cinq Fleurs," and "Francis I," this serving spoon measures 10" long and weighs 5.8 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1410355 (stock #4013f)
Old Friends
$70.00
A 7 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., flat-handle master butter knife, this is an old example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

It exhibits the fine detail of an early production piece, which in this instance extends onto the blade. The handle is up-tipped, which is an additional feature associated with older examples; later pieces had flat handle ends.

There is a line script "H" monogram engraved on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1409051 (stock #3994f)
Old Friends
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Monumentally scaled, this salad serving fork and spoon each measure 9 1/2" long, and weigh 3.5 and 3.4 T. oz. respectively.

Early examples of Reed & Barton's "Francis I," they are marked with the company's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. June 25, 07," in small, fine lettering as expected of old pieces.

Each piece has a flowing script "EMH" engraved on the handle reverse, and a gold washed, front and back sides, serving end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1408628 (stock #3987f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Price per piece, two available.
A 4 3/4" long, .9 T. oz., bon bon spoon, this is an early example of Reed & Barton's "Francis I," marked with an "eagle, R, lion," "Sterling," and "Pat. June 25 07."

It has a solid (vs. pierced) bowl with scalloped shoulders, a ribbed base, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

Never monogrammed, it remains in immaculate estate condition. Pattern detail remains sharply defined, the bowl is free of dents, bends, or nicks, or loss of gold, and the surface is bright and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1408473 (stock #3985f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Price for the pair.
This fork and spoon are both marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1900," and have decorated shoulders on the bowls, such as appear only on earlier production pieces in this line.

A matched pair, they form a salad serving set.

The spoon measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just over 2.5 T. oz., while the fork is the same length and weighs just over 2.7 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1408426 (stock #3984f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Consistent with its name, "Dauphin" is stylistically French in manner. It features a multi-floral and leaf, high relief, design with crossed ribbon margins on the handle.

In the instance of this hard to find, 7 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz., large individual fish fork, the imagery cascades onto the heel and shoulders of the tine end.

This is an early piece, made by Durgin before that company was absorbed into Gorham...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1405206 (stock #3936f)
Old Friends
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Measuring 6 3/8" long, with a large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8" at the widest bowl, and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz., this is a preserve or jelly spoon.

It is an early example of Alvin's Art Nouveau style "Old Orange Blossom" pattern marked with the Alvin emblem, "Patent," and "Sterling," all in fine, precise, lettering as would be expected of an original piece in this line.

There is a script "SRN" monogram lightly engraved on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1404786 (stock #3930f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
A very rare pattern produced by Watson & Newell Co. about 1900, this line of female nudes is identified in two online sites as pattern "No...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1402740 (stock #3899f)
Old Friends
$85.00
An original production piece of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs," this full size dinner fork measures 7 3/4" long and weighs an exceptionally heavy 2.4 T. oz.

An extravagant design, this embodies all the elements of the Art Nouveau sensibility, with its high relief, seemingly liquid, portraiture of sinuous floral elements entwined with one another throughout the length of the handle, carrying clear onto the cup of the heel.

The backside is relatively plain, with trailing leaves framing the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1402365 (stock #3892f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this sugar spoon is an early example of Whiting's 1905 "Violet" pattern, marked with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. App. For," and the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts' well-known "Daniel Low & Co."

The portraiture of the flowers, leaves, and delicate stems is well-rendered, in keeping with the Art Nouveau manner in which style this falls.

The bowl itself is reminiscent of a leaf, with cut edge shoulders and a rounded shap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1399924 (stock #3847f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Issued in 1900, Alvin's "Majestic" was a multi-motif line of Art Nouveau flatware that featured a variety of floral themes.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, substantial weight at approximately 1.3 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

The flower is narcissus or daffodil and is represented by a number of blossoms on the handle front and leaves and buds on the backside.

The 1 7/8" wide by 1 1/2" back to front by 1/2" deep bowl has three lobes and a scalloped edge.

Never monogrammed, it is in fla...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1397846 (stock #3809f)
Old Friends
$46.00
One of Unger Brothers renowned, early 20th century, Art Nouveau designs, "Cupid's Sunbeams" features the faces of two cherubic looking, probably female, figures.

They are surrounded by trailing leaves that flow up the length of the handle of this 5 15/16" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon.

The reverse is engraved "Estelle" in flowing script, while the front has a small, Old English "E" inscribed in an open area below the figures.

In good condition, it shows slight polishing wear, and a bit of u...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395775 (stock #3777f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price per piece, offered individually.
Each of these two forks measures 7" long and, while not identical, are matching.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 high relief "Lily of the Valley" with blunt ends.

One of the two has a script "S" monogram on the handle reverse, weighs just under 1.1 T. oz., and is marked with the Whiting "lion" logo and "Sterling."

The other one is monogrammed "E.A. McKee" in Old English lettering, weighs 1.2 T. oz., and in addition to the lion and standard marks, is stamped for the retailer, "T.C. Tanke,"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1394989 (stock #3765f)
Old Friends
$225.00
A 9 7/8" long, 2.5 T. oz., item, this cake saw is an early production example of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and upper sawtooth edge blade, which is the defining characteristic of this form. The shoulders are embellished with the same leaf and flower components as the design.

There is a flowing script "LMcC" monogram on the handle front.

In excellent estate condit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1393524 (stock #3738f)
Old Friends
$345.00
Price for the set of eight.
An enduringly appealing floral design, Durgin's turn of the 20th century "Iris" follows after the manner of that company's flagship "New Art" line.

Both patterns are ebullient in the way they interpret iris blossoms in this instance, and additional flowers in "New Art."

This set of eight place aka regular forks all measure 7" long, and as is the case with the line, are heavy, with the group weighing 13.1 T. oz. combined, or well over 1.5 T. oz. per fork.

Seven of them are engraved "MR" ...

 
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