American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359437 (stock #3112f)
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Classified as Egyptian Revival in style in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

The r...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363316 (stock #3195f)
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In her benchmark work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan identifies "E. Borhek," the mark on this 5 11/16" long, .5 T. oz., as Edward, 1806-87. She notes that 1835-37, he was known as "Borhex."

In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.

This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1378197 (stock #3474f)
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$22.00
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One of the stand out companies producing Art Nouveau designs either side of the turn of the 20th century, Newark, New Jersey silver manufacturer and jewelry maker William B. Kerr's work remains sought after today.

This 3 3/4" diameter by 1 1/4" high, .6 T. oz., individual nut or candy dish exemplifies the firm's design capabilities.

It features raised pond lily leaves alternating between indistinct, i.e. ethereal, floral elements, all arrayed on an undulating rim. The stylized stems form a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351401 (stock #2969f)
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Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script.

Essentially a rarity because of its age and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368543 (stock #3290f)
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Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., egg spoon.

It has an ovoid bowl with a gold wash interior, and is monogrammed with an Old English "E" on the handle.

It is in superb es...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372764 (stock #3380f)
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Largely rococo in style, Frank Smith's 1890 "Earle" is an asymmetrical pattern that features a dense array of acanthus leaf, scroll, and floral elements.

The handle backside is plain save for the marks, which are the Frank Smith "lion" emblem and "925/1000 fine."

This example is a 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.0 T. oz., youth fork.

Although having a reserve area, this was never monogrammed and is in very good condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is warm...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1356790 (stock #3067f)
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A 5 1/2" long, just under .5 T. oz., piece made by Towle, the pattern on the handle is "Rustic," introduced in 1895.

The bowl is the story with this item. It is an artistically engraved representation of, at the time, the campus buildings of the "St. Johnsbury [Vermont] Academy."

The quality and precision of this work would be hard to overstate. Every facet of the two structures is rendered in intricate, fine line, detail. This is all set against a deep, bronze-colored, gold wash (fro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368544 (stock #3291f)
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$28.00
Price for the pair.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

Commonly identified as a demitasse at 4 1/4" long, catalogues of the period reference this size as a coffee. This matched pair weigh approximately .8 T. oz. combined, have gold washed bowls, front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375007 (stock #3423f)
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The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon was one manufactured by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

The pattern is a "Scroll and Leaf" design, here accompanied by a stylized shell form bowl that may be singular to this form.

The handle reverse is engraved in script with the name "Viola."

It is in excellent condition, evidencing no polishing wear and having a fine finish. The bow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331292 (stock #2714f)
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A 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., item, this teaspoon is engraved "March 18, 1898" on the handle reverse and with a delicate, fancy, feathered script "WMC" monogram on the front.

The pattern is Watson's "Cherub," which takes its name from the winged (upward tilting) figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embodies a rococo sensibility.

The piece is in excellent condition. Polishin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1355240 (stock #3037f)
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Measuring 4 3/8" long and relatively heavy at over .8 T. oz., this baby fork was made by Gorham, which name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Chantilly."

This example likely dates from the second quarter of the 20th century. The handle is curved and engraved in a script "ETR" monogram.

It is in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having a bright finish. The four tines remain even, straight, and pointed.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361634 (stock #3172f)
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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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373409 (stock #3395f)
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Operating for a short time in New York City, 1837-40, James Edward Merriman, spent the majority of his working years, 1841-65, in Memphis, Tennessee.

The specific mark on this 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt," coin silver, place spoon, "J.E. Merriman/123 Pearl St.," traces to his New York period. It is accompanied by a "leopard head, bust, star, leopard head" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his volume on manufacturers' marks attributes to an unknown New York City source.

Ther...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1373622 (stock #3399f)
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Retailed by Greenleaf & Crosby, a storied name in Florida jewelry and fine goods, this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon was made by William B. Durgin of Concord, New Hampshire, around the turn of the 20th century.

It is a souvenir piece depicting the city of St. Augustine, specifically the landmark "Old City Gates," as acid etched on the handle backside.

Generally found as a teaspoon, this is the less common citrus spoon variant, with a long, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange margin and point...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377548 (stock #3463f)
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A 5 5/8" long, .7 T. oz., item, this spoon was made by A.F. Towle (later Lunt), as indicated by the "TS" emblem imprinted on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

Based on the 1899 "Wentworth" pattern, it includes an image of a plump, completely baby-like, winged cherub draped in a garland of roses, all set in very high relief that rises off the handle sculptural-like.

The figure is surrounded by beading, below which are more fully developed rose blossoms.

The handle backside is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332248 (stock #2724f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Watson's "Orleans" is an acid etched design with a decidedly French sensibility to it.

It incorporates a central shield-like reserve on the upper front side and a corresponding open area on the backside. These areas are surrounded by tracery that is interspersed with numerous fleurs-de-lis, which are representative of the city which presumably inspired the pattern.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has a generous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1346313 (stock #2908f)
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An English design that originated in the mid 18th century, "Onslow" has provided the inspiration for numerous American patterns of similar design.

This piece is a 5" long, just scant of 1.0 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

Marked only "Sterling," the maker is unknown, but the character of the work is Arts & Crafts, evocative of "Onslow" patterns produced by Arthur Stone and Tuttle, and suggesting an early 20th century date.

The rolled, broadly lined, handle tip that defines "Onslow" is p...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367270 (stock #3267f)
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This 7 7/8" long, not quite 1.1 T. oz., coin silver spoon has a double provenance.

It is stamped "E.S. & D.R. Burr" and "coin," for the jewelers located in the small, central Wisconsin town of Berlin. An entry in a 1919 "Jewelers' Circular," notes the death of Daniel Riley Burr at age 85, still resident in Berlin.

There is also a right-facing, bust that McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as an unknown Chicago maker. He cites only Chicago retailers associated with this, so...

 
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