American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1405206 (stock #3936f)
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$85.00
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. 1," and listed as multi-motif, but additional information about it or further examples from any source seems to be unavailable.

The Art Nouveau imagery is high relief and sculptural in the rendering, featuring a bare-breasted woman emerging from a pool of water filled with pond lilies...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1402740 (stock #3899f)
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$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...

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1401547 (stock #3876f)
Old Friends
$225.00
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 6" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/8" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl...

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...

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...

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...

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1394561 (stock #3755f)
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Flat bottomed with a 4 1/4" diameter circular center, this just over 4.0 T. oz., this oval piece measures 6 5/8" by 5 1/2".

Both ends of the rim are upswept and decorated with a raised wild rose and leaf (with one water lily) pattern in Art Nouveau style...

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" ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1392269 (stock #3714f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Price per piece, two available.
Issued early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" was an expressive iteration of this popular floral motif.

The design incorporates numerous blossoms and buds along with trailing leaves on both sides of the handle and the heel reverse.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon. It has a lengthy, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange rim and pointed tip, which is finished in a bright gold wash front and back.

The handle has a delicate script "CLM" monogram on the fr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1392081 (stock #3712f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for the set of eight.
A matched set, each of these eight, flat handle, solid silver individual butter knives measures 6" long. They are weighty, at 7.3 T. oz. the group.

These are older examples of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

They are in outstanding estate condition, showing no polishing wear, without bends or nicks on the blades, and having bright, even finishes.

While the fronts have never been monogrammed, and the backsides are p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1391974 (stock #3710f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem including the date 1901 is imprinted on the underside, along with "Sterling" and model number "1734," this large, oval, flat bottom, 12" x 8 1/2" x 1 3/4" tall, 13.0 T. oz., bowl was retailed by Philadelphia's "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," whose name also appears with the other marks.

Fully in the Art Nouveau style, the undulating rim is decorated with four tulip blossoms, one each at the extremities, all joined by trailing leaves and accented with bu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386723 (stock #3616f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Price for the set of twelve.
A non-line pattern, these twelve, matching, 4" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, likely cast handle rather than die struck, coffee spoons are as singular as they are appealing.

Made by Whiting, the company's "lion" emblem and "Sterling" are stamped on the backside of each piece.

Probably dating from the late 19th century, and toward Art Nouveau in manner, the pattern features a stylized, raised grape cluster and leaf motif on the terminal end. The lower section of the handle has an also raised lea...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1385280 (stock #3594f)
Old Friends
$56.00
The first decade of the 20th century witnessed a great flowering of design successes for Reed & Barton, largely influenced by Art Nouveau sensibilities and perhaps culminating with the company's figural "Love Disarmed."

"La Splendide," the pattern on this 6 1/4" long, weighty at 1.9 T. oz., sugar sifter was among the product of this period.

The relatively plain handle is surmounted by a cascade of high relief, fluid scrolls that almost seem to erupt from the handle end.

The expressivene...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1383064 (stock #3553f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Made in a limited number of pieces, rather than a full line of flatware, this "Iris" theme pattern is strongly Art Nouveau in style and likely dates either side of 1900.

This example is a long handle, 8 7/8", .7 T. oz., two tine, olive or pickle fork.

In addition to the novel design, it has an unusual double twist handle. Overall it is an elegantly slender and graceful piece, well-crafted and finely finished.

It is in flawless condition, showing no polishing wear, having a fine fine, an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1378238 (stock #3476f)
Old Friends
$375.00
Gorham produced a great array of items in various forms either side of 1900 in a line which the company designated with an "H" number.

Generally cast, they all bear in common innovative design features, with a preponderance falling within the Art Nouveau style, particularly fine execution and finishing, and often, as in the instance of this massive, 10 1/8" long, 5.1 T. oz., example, commanding presentation.

There were several designs offered in this subset of large spoons, of which this i...

 
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