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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)
Old Friends
$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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387126 (stock #3623f)
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$145.00
Drawing upon Moorish, i.e. Islamic, design sensibilities, Whiting's 1880 "Alhambra" is a non-figural pattern akin to the company's "Arabesque" of the same period.

This example is a 9 1/2" long, 2.1 T. oz., ice cream server.

The blade has a curved and upswept lower edge that leads to a pointed tip. The upper edge is raised and has a scalloped flange edge, which repeats on the lower shoulder.

The surface is engraved with a rosette motif with acanthus leaves leading from this.

Never mon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1388364 (stock #3645f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Price for the pair.
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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$145.00
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 : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1394783 (stock #3760f)
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$145.00
Standing 3" high, having a 2 5/8" diameter and a maximum span of 4" to the handle end, and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this likely birth or christening mug embodies the design sensibilities of the late 1800s.

The body has a gray, satin matte finish that is bright cut engraved in a variety of water-related flora, included pond lilies and pads, cattails, and grasses, all of which suggests an Aesthetic design influence. There is additional wriggle work detailing under the rolled top rim and a leaf scri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1342549 (stock #2855f)
Old Friends
$150.00
A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left anywhe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359584 (stock #3115f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Price for the pair.
This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4".

The pattern is Gorham's old "Medici," which is an elaborate design that features Renaissance period figures, including a woman carrying a bundle of fruit in her skirt, as well as satyr and gryphon images

These are particularly early examples, marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363704 (stock #3202f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a gent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392194 (stock #3713f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Price for the pair.
Decidedly period in style, each of these two, matching, master salt dishes features a pair of lofty arms that form an open circular area that contains a cast, three dimensional, ivy leaf. This is in turn supported by an also cast, curved, leaf.

They measure 3 7/8" from arm tip to arm, stand 1 1/2" at the highest, are 2 3/8" across at the top opening of the body, rest on beaded edge, rimmed bases that are 1 1/2" in diameter, and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the pair.

Made by Gorham, they are imprinted ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393292 (stock #3732f)
Old Friends
$155.00
A substantially-sized piece, measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this is a pudding, large berry, or other serving spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Persian," which dates from 1880, and is a Moorish design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 4" by 2 3/8" at the widest, and has a fluted or piecrust rim. The interior is engraved in a stylized...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356086 (stock #3056f)
Old Friends
$160.00
Price for the set of eight.
Each of these eight teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy, with the set weighing 6.8 T. oz.

Issued by Gorham in 1882, the pattern is "Fontainebleau," which is a design that features characters from the French Court of Francis I (see image 2 for all the figures). The specific image on these is a woman garbed in a bustled dress, carrying a kettle in one hand and supporting a large cup or mug in the other.

These are early examples, all marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1387676 (stock #3633f)
Old Friends
$160.00
Measuring 7 7/8" long, with a round bowl 2 1/2" in diameter and 3/8" deep, and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this piece is French in origin

It is fully stamped with Paris hallmarks for first standard, i.e. .950 pure (vs. .925 for sterling), including the "bearded man" head used 1819-38, a female head large guaranty mark, and a bigorne.

The maker's mark is diamond shape with a tower like image in the center, three letters in the left, right, and bottom corners, the right hand one of which is "G" whi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of majesty, nobility, and imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath, and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There is a slightly upraised area at the end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328822 (stock #2677f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.

Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with minor var...

 
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