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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1387416 (stock #3629f)
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Stamped with the pattern number "17070," which was put into production in 1911, this piece is also marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," order number "1393," "Sterling," "925-1000," and "m" (used 1907-47).

Solid silver, it is a 2" high, 2 1/2" top diameter, 1.9 T. oz., master salt dip that sits on a rimmed pedestal base 1 1/2" across.

It is round and smooth walled with a triple lined border around the outside top, and has never been monogrammed or inscribed. The interior retains traces of an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1387382 (stock #3628f)
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This coin silver item is an original beaker or julep cup (in contrast to a mug with the handle removed), that stands 3 1/4" high, has a top opening of 3", tapers to a a base diameter of 2 1/2", and weighs 3.2 T. oz.

It has a rim bottom and top and is otherwise plain except for two inscriptions.

One of these, "Castlelow 1854," relates to the maker's marks on the underside, which reads, "E. & D. Kinsey," "Prem. B. Co A.S.," "1854."

The word "premium" references that this was a prize or...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387356 (stock #3627f)
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A solid silver, 5 7/8" long, just under 1.1 T. oz. sardine fork, this piece was made by Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey.

The pattern, "Douvaine," is the embodiment of the Art Nouveau style, for which Unger became so well known in both silver flatware and jewelry realms.

It features a dolphin or fish image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure or mask face set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a cro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387293 (stock #3626f)
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One of a limited line of special design items that Gorham produced in the late 19th century, each of these twelve, matching, 3 7/8" long, 2.9 T. oz. the lot, spoons is stamped with the number "8."

Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1885."

Commonly referred to as demitasse spoons, catalogues of the period refer to them as coffee spoons.

These numbered pieces are of an elevated quality, exhibiting novelty of design and exceptional ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1387247 (stock #3625f)
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Measuring 9 1/2" overall, this fish server has a filled coin silver handle joined to a solid coin silver, four tine fork. It weighs 3.8 T. oz., which includes the inner content of the handle.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Thread."

The shank, which is stamped in two places "W.G & S" for William Gale & Son, New York City, 1850-66 various years, is four sided and attaches to an open heel area with pointed shoulders.

All surfaces of the serving end are extensively and attractively e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1387180 (stock #3624f)
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An early example of "Fairfax" made by Durgin, and not the successor Gorham Company, this tomato server measures 8 1/4" long and weighs 2.2 T. oz.

All silver, it has a reticulated, round blade with cupped shoulders and a scalloped edge.

The handle is engraved "R" in Old English lettering.

In choice estate condition, the only signs of use are faint surface scratches consistent with gentle use. The blade is free of bends, burrs, or mars in the piercing. The finish is bright and richly tone...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387126 (stock #3623f)
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Drawing upon Moorish, i.e. Islamic, design sensibilities, Whiting's 1880 "Alhambra" is a non-figural, repetitive 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. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387094 (stock #3622f)
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New York City manufacturer Wood & Hughes responded to the pronounced interest in and popularity of "Medallion" pattern silver by producing several different series.

The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.

It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386960 (stock #3620f)
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Each measuring 4 9/16" long, with the set weighing 2.4, these six, matching, coffee spoons trace to the mid 19th century.

They are stamped "T[heodore] Evans & Co.," for the New York City and Newark, New Jersey firm with dates 1855-65.

The pattern on these is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" aka "Plain Thread" and they are monogrammed "Hofman." in script lettering set sideways on the handles.

In excellent condition, they retain well-shaped, pointed bowls that are free of tip wear, d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386840 (stock #3618f)
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Slightly larger than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" long, with a generously proportioned bowl, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this piece is a youth spoon.

The pattern is Tiffany's elaborate "Olympian" which portrays a variety of mythological scenes. The image on this is "Diana and her nymphs," as identified by William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware.

In excellent overall condition, retaining clear detail free of polishing wear, this has the added embellishment of a gold washed bowl, front an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386770 (stock #3617f)
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A complete youth grouping, consisting of a 6 3/4" long knife, 5 7/8" long fork, and 6 1/16" long spoon, 2.7 T. oz. combined weight, this set was made by New York City's John Wendt, and retailed by "Ball, Black & Co.," with whom Wendt was closely affiliated.

The pattern is "Medallion" dating from the 1860s, and features Wendt's young male figure on the fork and spoon, and his less commonly found female image on the knife.

The high relief portraiture remains crisp and sharply defined on all ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386723 (stock #3616f)
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A non-line pattern, these twelve, matching, 4" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, 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.

Likely 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 leaf, scroll, and flower motif extending into an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1386290 (stock #3614f)
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An original item marked "Georg Jensen" surrounded by an oval of dots, "Sterling," and "Denmark," this piece measures 3 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

It is a looped handle baby spoon in the "Acorn" pattern, which is one of the defining designs of the Danish Modern style.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it is in excellent condition, free of bends, dents, or burrs, and having a bright, even, finish.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1386147 (stock #3612f)
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An early item in the history of Gorham patterned ware, dating circa 1860, these tongs measure a full 10 1/2" long and weigh 1.5 T. oz.

For pickles (or suitable for olives as well), they have thin, twisted arms with small, three-tine, cupped grips that retain traces of an original gold wash, and were designed to reach deep into a caster.

The upper areas just below the crimped (for strength) arch, are broad and notched in a design that echoes Gorham's "Imperial" pattern of this time frame, a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386102 (stock #3611f)
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Issued in 1880, Wood & Hughes' "Humboldt" pattern incorporates Moorish design elements, as popular in the period, laid out on an angular handle.

Produced at a time when the company was enjoying great prosperity and was especially productive, it exhibits sophisticated design and high quality execution. This is especially evident in the plum-shaped, notched edge, bowl that is intricately engraved and finished with a matte gold surface on the interior and bright gold on the exterior.

The name...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386072 (stock #3610dd)
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Featuring a pharaoh or sphinx-like figure flanked by ibis birds at the handle tip, and papyrus leaves midway down, Whiting's "Egyptian" was issued in 1875 during a time when this theme was experiencing a revival.

It is a fuller expression of the motif than the company's "Lotus" pattern of about the same period--and nearly a mirror image of Gorham's line by the same name and time--in that it incorporates more detailed and literal imagery.

The bowl on this 6 7/8" long, approximately 1.1 T. o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386050 (stock #3609f)
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A particularly fine rendering of "Hizen," one of Gorham's most exotic patterns, these 4 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., tongs are in immaculate estate condition, evidencing neither wear nor damage.

A multi-motif line issued in 1880, the style draws upon Aesthetic sensibilities. The primary element of the design is a fish, possibly koi, set against a raised background suggestive of marine elements, including waves and seaweed.

The three tine, cupped, grips have textured surfaces and rich, intact, g...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1385991 (stock #3608f)
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An effective implement "holding a registered dram resting level on the table," (The Pharmaceutical Era volume 27 - google) this spoon was marketed to druggists and apparently was a well-received, utilitarian, item.

Solid silver, it measures 4 1/2" overall, weighs .9 T. oz., and has an elongated bowl with a narrowed and splayed mouth, which is finished in a soft satin gold wash.

It is fully identified for the manufacturer, J.B. & S.M. Knowles of Providence, Rhode Island, and identifi...

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