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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388633 (stock #3649f)
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$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz. Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

All have a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

The pattern appears on both the front and back of the ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1389181 (stock #3661f)
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$135.00
This mug stands 3" to the top edge, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed foot that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It has double marks, one of which is "WG&S" for William Gale & Son, and a second which is three part, one of which includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscured.

The form is octagonal, with a beaded edge top and beaded rim base. The sidewalls have a raised flower, leaf, and scro...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389186 (stock #3665f)
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$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 5 7/8" long each and weighing 3.2 T. oz. the lot, each of these six spoons has a broad, tipt end handle with a twisted stem. The bowls are generously proportioned at 2 1/8" by 1 1/4" and have pointed tips.

They are marked "Rhoads" for Henry Zahm Rhoads, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania jeweler and watchmaker. Information in an online biography suggests these date within a narrow time frame, between 1861 when Rhoads returned from an apprenticeship in Virginia at the outbreak of the Civil Wa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1397025 (stock #3794f)
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$135.00
Engraved patterns were immensely popular in the late 19th century, probably because the capacity to execute reached a peak in that period, and the technique offered great flexibility in presenting intricate and varied designs.

"Lily," which is actually a "lily of the valley" presented on an "Antique" form handle, was a popular motif offered by numerous manufacturers, none more successfully so than Whiting, the manufacturer of this 8 3/4" long, 2.6 T. oz., berry or large serving spoon.

Intr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399337 (stock #3836f)
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$135.00
Utilizing an "Old English," i.e. rounded end with a reverse tipt back, form, "Lily Engraved" is one of numerous bright cut designs Whiting and other manufacturers produced in the 1880s.

Attractive and artful, these patterns showcased the skills of engravers of the period and were apparently well received in their time, given the variety of examples still available today.

This piece is a lengthy, 10 1/2", 3.1 T. oz., all silver fish slice.

The blade is relatively slender, slightly concav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1403247 (stock #3908f)
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$135.00
This urn shaped, cut glass, perfume bottle stands 5 3/4" to the upper edge of the stopper and sits on a round base that is 2 1/4" in diameter.

The top is silver and stamped with Wallace's "RW&S plus deer head" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "93."

It has a long, glass extension something in the manner of a tang, that reaches clear to the bottom of the tapered jar.

The top incorporates a raised circular disk that is bordered by a double scroll with lyre design, which along with the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1403519 (stock #3912f)
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$135.00
Weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., and measuring 4 3/4" long, this pair of tongs dates from the late 19th century.

Sterling silver, and so marked, they are chased in a "leaf" design, and have an applied copper "stalk with berries," likely red currents, on each arm, and thus are categorized as "mixed metal."

The grips are cast, talon form, and are finished in a gold wash.

Stamped "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer, they are akin to other pieces made in the period by manuf...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1404022 (stock #3921f)
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$135.00
This rendition of "Lily of the Valley" by Gorham is to be distinguished from the die struck pattern of the same circa 1870 date that features this flower and is also known as "No. 88," and certainly it is very far removed from the company's 1950 line called "Lily of the Valley."

An approach to silver flatware construction that was popular in the period, and one which showcases the artfulness of a given manufacturer, such items are assembled from a variety of components.

Made in a limited n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1404584 (stock #3927f)
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$135.00
Measuring 9" long and weighing just over 2.2 T. oz., this may be a pudding, vegetable, berry or other large serving spoon.

The pattern is "Cleopatra" by San Francisco's prominent firm of Schulz & Fischer, although it is marked only "Sterling" without a company identifier.

The design is intricate, in a Moorish or Renaissance Revival direction. An essay in Silver in the Golden State published by the Oakland Museum of Art, notes, "Most [company patterns] were derivative, but some, such...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360527 (stock #3140f)
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$140.00
This item is a dramatically-scaled, solid silver, ice cream knife or slice. It measures 10 5/8" long and weighs 3.1 T. oz.

The pattern is Gorham's "Colonial," the main feature of which is striping that runs up about two-thirds the length of the handle.

This is more subtle than it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo, which in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be consistent wit...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1334125 (stock #2750f)
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$145.00
One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1980 item #1343898 (stock #2874f)
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$145.00
Measuring 5 1/2" wide by 2 5/8" high, and weighing a substantial 5.3 T. oz., this item was made by The Stieff Company of Baltimore.

Made for Colonial Williamsburg as part of an exclusive line, it is described in a 1976 catalog as "A design of classic simplicity copied from a bowl made by Philip Syng (1676-1739)."

It sits on a tiered base that is 3" across, and has an applied upper rim.

There is a line "MSB" script monogram on the side.

In exceptionally fine condition, it sits eve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360139 (stock #3124f)
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$145.00
The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1870, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.

It is model number "39" according t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369214 (stock #3303f)
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$145.00
A very generously sized item at 12 1/8" long and 4.6 T. oz. weight, this fish serving slice was made by Whiting, whose "winged lion" logo, and the words "Sterling" and "Pat. Appd. For" appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Bead," was introduced in 1880, and in addition to a namesake beaded border, it features a fully articulated, high relief, shell at the handle end. This element shows particularly well at the scale of this piece.

The 7 1/2" long by 2 1/2" at the widest, b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1369800 (stock #3312f)
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$145.00
A large item, this piece measures 10 13/16" long and weighs just over 3.3 T. oz.

It is a solid silver ice cream slice or knife in Frank Smith's "Newport Shell" pattern, which features a shell end handle with beaded border on the front, and double lined edges and the shell crest on the backside.

The commanding blade is essentially rectangular, measuring 6 1/2" at the longest and 1 7/8" at the widest. With largely flat margins, there is one scalloped area on the upper edge, and a rolling ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1388364 (stock #3645f)
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Auction
A matched set, each of these candlesticks is marked on the brushed finished, flat bottom, underside, "Tiffany & Company," "Sterling," "925/1000," "m," pattern number "18929" (introduced in 1916), order number "5839," and the word "weighted."

They weigh 19.9 T. oz. the pair, but that is essentially irrelevant because of the fill in them.

A matched, baluster form, pair, they stand 6 1/2" tall, have bases that are 3 7/8" across, and have solid silver removable bobeches that are 2" in diameter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 2000 item #1391011 (stock #3696f)
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Auction
Contemporary maker K.M. Silver is listed in one source with dates 1982-2012, although a company website indicates a founding date of 1977.

Judging from this example, which is a 5" long by 3 1/4" high to the rim, 5 1/4" to the top of the upraised handle, and relatively heavy at 5.2 T. oz., basket, the firm made high quality reproduction pieces.

This would be a fitting size for candies or bon bons.

This is Georgian in manner, with an oval bowl with raised ends sitting on a square base, pe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1400200 (stock #3857f)
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Measuring 8" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this place spoon made by William Scarlett, London, during the last year or so of his life (d. 1729, source Grimwade). His slightly rubbed, but distinct "W over C" in a shield appears on the handle reverse. Other marks include a lion, crowned leopard, date letter "N," and an extraneous and peculiar "p."

This last mark apparently is something of a mystery to collectors of English period silver. A letter from Anthony Brown, that appears in the May/June ...

 
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