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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1385316 (stock #3595f)
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$575.00
Larger than most examples of this form, this piece measures a full 12" from arm to arm, has a bowl 9" in diameter, stands 5" to the rim and 6" at the highest point of the arms, and rests on a pedestal base that is 4 5/8" across at the bottom. Commensurately heavy for its size, it weighs a substantial 21.4 T. oz.

A coin silver tazza or compote, it is essentially plain and clean-lined, save for the remarkably innovative and forward looking, cast and applied, solid, arms.

They feature two sty...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1385280 (stock #3594f)
Old Friends
$56.00
The first decade of the 20th century witnessed a great flowering of design successes for Reed & Barton, largely influenced by Art Nouveau sensibilities and perhaps culminating with the company's figural "Love Disarmed."

"La Splendide," the pattern on this 6 1/4" long, weighty at 1.9 T. oz., sugar sifter was among the product of this period.

The relatively plain handle is surmounted by a cascade of high relief, fluid scrolls that almost seem to erupt from the handle end.

The expressivene...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385252 (stock #3593f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A late 19th century pattern, Towle's "Pomona" is a multi-motif design that features a variety of fruits.

It is artfully crafted, presenting its imagery in a series of layers, lending the pattern an overall sculpted or chiseled look.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, nearly .9 T. oz., sugar spoon portraying grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, a pear, and peaches. The backside of the handle is plain, save for a leafy detail that appears on all pieces in the line.

The bowl has a scalloped ed...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1385211 (stock #3592f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching, coin silver teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long, while the pair weigh just over 1.0 T. oz. combined.

Having "Reverse Tipt" ends on down turned handles, thumb drops on the backsides of the bowls, and inscribed "CJP" set sideways on the handle fronts, they are stamped "Hedges" for David Hedges, 1779-1856, of East Hampton, New York.

Their style places them in the early 1800s.

The Hedges family is deeply ingrained in the history of eastern Long Island, when it was la...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1385163 (stock #3591dd)
Old Friends
$95.00
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 1940 item #1385131 (stock #3590f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 6" long and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the group, this set of six teaspoons was made by the International Silver Company.

The pattern is "Empress," dating from 1931 and is very much in the Art Deco style popular in the period.

Exhibiting crisp lines and fine finishes, they have never been monogrammed and are in superb estate condition.

They are without damage or evident wear, and have bright, hand polished finishes.

Marks are "International," the Wilcox & Evertsen" division...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1385084 (stock #3589f)
Old Friends
$265.00
An original julep cup, this piece stands 3 1/2" high, weighs 3.9 T. oz., and has a tapered body that goes from a 2 1/2" wide bottom to a 3" diameter top.

Coin silver, it is stamped on the underside "Duhme & Co.," for the prominent Cincinnati firm, and likely dates from the 1860s.

Plain walled, it has applied rims top and bottom, and is engraved "C.W.K." in a stylized lettering that seems to be an Old English variant.

It remains round, sits evenly, is without dents or bends, and has a pl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1385035 (stock #3588f)
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Another era's answer to the question, "What gift do you give someone who has everthing," this is a men's vanity piece.

It is a 3 5/16" high, just over 1.5 T. oz., all silver tube for holding stick shaving soap (see image 2 for an image of a Gorham catalog page from 1906 illustrating this).

Its simple mechanical engineering is remarkably effective.

Round and measuring 1 1/8" in diameter, the tube is fitted with a circular disk to which a pronged star is riveted. This is moveable, with th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384963 (stock #3587dd)
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An unusual and highly specialized place piece, American melon forks seem to have taken their inspiration from a form that evolved in mid 19th century France. Few makers produced them, and even then in not many patterns, so they are truly rare items.

This 8 1/4" long, weighty at approximately 2.0 T. oz., solid silver, example was made by John Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, in about 1870.

The pattern, "Ivy," is one of his full line designs, and as the name implies, features an array of iv...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384935 (stock #3586f)
Old Friends
$425.00
Lengthy at 12" overall, and weighty at 4.6 T. oz., this fish slice has a 6 1/4" long by 2 5/8" at the widest, blade, with a pointed, upswept tip, and raised and scalloped upper edge.

The pattern is "Medallion" by John Wendt and is stamped "Patent 1862," "Sterling," and "Ball Black & Co," for the New York City retailer with whom Wendt is strongly associated.

One of the most impressive of the myriad "Medallion" figures offered by American manufacturers in the 1860s, the line featured a vari...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384855 (stock #3584f)
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This mid 19th century, coin silver berry or serving spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia manufacturer and retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his Manufacturers' Ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1384800 (stock #3583dd)
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Each of these two, matched, nut or candy dishes, or possibly large master salts, measures 3 1/8" long, 2 3/16" wide, and stands 1 5/8" high on a 2 1/8" by 1 5/8" pedestal base. The pair combined weigh 3.3 T. oz.

Likely dating from the early 20th century, they were made by Dominick and Haff, whose three part emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "450" are imprinted on the undersides.

They have lobed bases and bodies, flange rims, and are finished in a bright gold wash on the interio...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384684 (stock #3581f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A very early example of Gorham's multi-motif "Versailles," this piece is stamped on the heel backside with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted '88."

It is a 6" long, 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon with an oval, flange edge, generously proportioned, plain bowl.

The figure is a cherub holding a lyre.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition, retaining clear pattern detail and having a soft, even finish. The bowl is free of dents or bends, but does show lig...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384610 (stock #3580f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A long item for its form at 6 1/2", and heavier feeling than its .9 T. oz. actual weight, this coin silver cream or sauce ladle traces to the second quarter of the 19th century. It is marked "Boynton & Woodford for the Boston retail partnership with dates 1837-54.

The "Tipt" end pattern places it toward the earlier end of those years. A graceful piece, the handle is arced with an upturned terminus. The plain, well-formed, bowl is ovoid at 1 7/8" by 1 1/2" by 7 1/16" deep. "

There is a scrip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384517 (stock #3578f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this item has a large, shovel-like, ribbed and pierced with flange shoulders, serving end.

A nut scoop or bon bon, it was made by Watson whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin.

Modeled after a statue designed by Frederick William MacMonnies originally given to the Boston Public Library in 1894 by its architect, Charles Fo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384472 (stock #3577f)
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This 7 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., item is proportioned like a ladle, with a long handle, yet the handle is also set at near right angle to the 2" diameter, 5/8" deep, shell form bowl, more in the manner of a spoon.

An early Gorham pattern, "Josephine," patented in 1855, and made in coin silver (later production was in sterling), and so stamped on the reverse along with the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Bros & Kennard," it would seem to have had a specialized purpose.

The design inc...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1384408 (stock #3576f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This large, 9 1/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., table or serving spoon was produced by Edwin Stebbins & George C. Howe, working 1827-31 in New York City. Well regarded silversmiths, each man subsequently operated independently.

The rounded end, arched handle, features a representation of a "Basket of Flowers." This motif, along with "Sheaf of Wheat," were popular design embellishments in a period when coin silver was largely plain.

It also has a "Shell Back" drop on the heel and is engrave...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1384354 (stock #3575bb)
Old Friends
$585.00
An unusual design, but very much reflective of its 1872 date, this bowl measures 7" at the widest, has a top opening that is 5" across, sits on a 4" footed base, stands 2" tall, has a bulbous middle section, and weighs a substantial 10.8 T. oz. (please see both sets of images).

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, appears on the underside, along with model number "170," "Sterling," and date letter "L."

The bottom rim has a repeating leaf and flower design that conforms to...

 
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