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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1370994 (stock #3336f)
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Striking in scale at 8 3/4" long overall with a large, 3 3/8" by 2" at the widest, shell form bowl, this 2.2 T. oz. berry or other serving spoon dates to the mid 19th century.

The pattern is "Tuscan," which is an "Olive" variant developed by Michael Gibney (later marketed by Whiting) and in this instance retailed by New York's prominent "Ball, Black & Co.," whose name, along with "Sterling," is imprinted on the handle backside.

The name "Benedict" is engraved on the front, while "ABG" ap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371804 (stock #3351f)
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The first in-house pattern produced by Tiffany became the company's namesake design, designated "Tiffany," and reflected Greek Revival design sensibilities. "Beekman" was an 1880s or 1890s reissue of the line, with slight changes.

This 7" long, 1.4 T. oz., preserve spoon is an example of the original pattern, retaining side knobs and having a pointed anthemion tip.

It is marked "Tiffany & Company," "Sterling," Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m," dating it no later than 1891.

It h...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372532 (stock #3375f)
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Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.

Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.

There is a handsome, feathered sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1374537 (stock #3414f)
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A replica of a style that has its origins in the pre-Georgian era (see Old Friends item 2971f), this pair of sugar nips carry hallmarks in two places for London, sterling silver, 1921, and maker HF, likely Harrison Fisher, which was a Sheffield based firm.

They measure 4 5/8" long, are 1 3/4" across at the handles when closed, and open to a span of 3 5/8" at the shell grips. Weight is .9 T. oz.

Each arm is cast solid silver with a round finger grip attached to arms that are a series of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1375594 (stock #3432f)
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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this solid silver cheese knife dates from the second decade of the 20th century.

The pattern is "Chippendale Old" made by Frank Smith. It features a raised acanthus leaf design set on the terminal end of the handle and the backside heel of the blade. The front of the handle is otherwise smooth and tapered, while the reverse has a midrib.

The handle curves downward where it joins the nubbed shoulders of the blade, which has a bev...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1378370 (stock #3479f)
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This matched pair of candlesticks are large for this form, standing 4" tall, have a broad base, measuring 4 3/16" in diameter, and tops that are 2" across. The tops have threaded interiors so they could accommodate extensions.

Stamped "International," with the Simpson, Hall, Miller "shield and helmet" emblem, "Sterling," and "121 15 /2," they weigh 18.2 T. oz. combined. As, however, the undersides indicate they are "weighted reinforced," the actual silver content is only a fraction of this, e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1380181 (stock #3506f)
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Impressively heavy, indeed massive, this 8 5/8" long table or serving spoon weighs just over 3.1 T. oz.

It is a double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, coin silver, "Kings" design, with the name "M. Higbie" inscribed on the front in cursive lettering, and a shell design on the backside heel of the bowl.

Stamped "T.B & Co." and with a three part, "bust-lion-D" hallmark, it appears to trace to Taylor & Baldwin of Newark, New Jersey, with a late 1830s date...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1383927 (stock #3566f)
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A relatively long piece at 8 7/8", and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this spoon is fully hallmarked for Dublin, Ireland, sterling, 1804 and "JP" for maker John Power.

It is an "Old English" pattern, meaning it has a downturned handle with a reverse tipt back and an exposed drop on the bowl heel.

There is a feathered script "EC" monogram on the front.

It is in very good condition. The overall form is without wear, although the monogram shows slight softening from polishing. The bowl remains well...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1385163 (stock #3591dd)
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Imprinted with the "D" emblem that Durgin used on its holloware and the word "Gorham," along with "Sterling" and the model number "34A," this piece was made subsequent to 1905, the year that Gorham bought out Durgin, which continued as a separate operation under Gorham's mantle until 1931.

It is a 4" long, 2 1/2" wide, 1/2" high to the rim, 3 1/8" at the tallest, nearly 1.4 T. oz., nut or candy dish formed in the shape of a swan.

Very well crafted, the textured surface is appropriately fea...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385765 (stock #3603f)
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Price per piece, two available.
Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz., tabl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387807 (stock #3635f)
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A non-line flatware pattern, meaning it was made in only a limited number of pieces, the design on these ten, 4 1/8" long, 2.9 T. oz. the group, coffee spoons (slightly larger than a true demitasse) features of series of graduated size rosettes on the front a scalloped edge handle.

Aesthetic in manner, and likely dating about 1880, there are two types of blossoms, one six petaled and one multi-petaled.

The relatively generously sized bowls, 1 3/8" long by 13/16" at the widest, have crimped...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393358 (stock #3733f)
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A rare form variant, this 4 3/16" long, nearly .5 T. oz., Tiffany & Co. lemon fork has two pointed outer tines, and a shorter central, raised one described by William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware as a "spur."

The pattern is "Clinton Engraved," which features an Adamesque, flower and swag motif delicately etched on the otherwise plain (with a tipt backside) surface of "Clinton."

Never monogrammed, this is in flawless condition, absent polishing wear, having an even finish, and fre...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1394443 (stock #3753f)
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Dating from the Edwardian Era, this item is fully hallmarked for Birmingham, England, 1907, and maker William Henry Hyde.

It is a 4 5/8" long tea caddy spoon or scoop made of sterling silver with a mother-of-pearl handle.

The actual scoop has a scalloped edge with rolled shoulders, a flat heel, and is engraved with a fanciful flower and leaf design.

There is an engraved silver sleeve extending from the scoop which is fitted with the polished MOP that finishes the piece.

It is in exce...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395692 (stock #3776f)
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A late 19th century design produced by the Chicago silver firm of Wendell Manufacturing Company, "Ariel" is a highly expressive design.

The central element is a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is strongly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

It is a multi-motif line, meaning the figural representation varies between different pieces.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1398929 (stock #3827f)
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An early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this piece is marked with the company lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. App. For."

A cream or sauce ladle, it measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy at 1.5 T. oz.

The handle is engraved with a feathered script "P" monogram, while the bowl is finished front and backsides with a pale, satin, gold wash.

It is in superb condition, showing no wear or even evidence of use. All the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399131 (stock #3832f)
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Identified in Crescent City Silver published by the "Historic New Orleans Collection," as either replacing or succeeding P. Zimmermann, Charles H. Zimmermann operated immediately following the Civil War, from 1866-70.

The same source indicates tht he was both a manufacturer and retailer. As this 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," coin silver master butter knife is marked "WwH" as well as "C.H. Zimmermann," it would have marketed by him but made by New York's ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1402740 (stock #3899f)
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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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1404505 (stock #3926f)
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This 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of coin silver tongs trace to Baltimore with an approximate 1830 date.

This information can be inferred from the marks, which are singular to Baltimore, and appear in an unusual combination on this particular item.

They include two "10.15" (coin) silver designations, one in italics, and the "head of liberty," used in conjunction with Baltimore assay marks beginning in 1815.

An essay in Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art address...

 
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