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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380455 (stock #3511f)
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An early example of the "English King" pattern, this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M."

It is a 5 3/4" long, weighty at .9 T. oz., all silver, individual butter spreader.

The design is double sided, with a shell embellishment added to the backside of the blunt-end blade.

There is a delicate script "FTL" monogram on the handle front.

It is in excellent estate condition, retaining clear pattern detail that is free of polishing wear. The blade remains fla...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380402 (stock #3510f)
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Solid silver with a flat handle, this fish knife (which could also be used for butter or a spread) measures 7 1/8" long and weighs just over 1.3 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 78" are imprinted on the backside of the blade, the pattern is "Hindostanee."

A Moorish design, it features a dense ground of stylized palmetto leaves and scrolls on a rounded handle front and nearly plain backside.

There is a shield-shaped reserve area that in this i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380327 (stock #3509f)
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One of the major names in 19th century San Francisco silver manufacturing, Koehler & Ritter produced several full line patterns, holloware, and even some monumental individual items (see Silver in the Golden State).

This pair of 7 3/8" long, 2.8 T. oz. combined, coin silver forks are examples of the firm's "Alameda" aka "Ivy" design.

Similar in style to Gorham's Greek Revival "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 period, it is more embellished than that pattern, with added ivy sprays whi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380260 (stock #3508f)
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A truly exotic pattern, Tiffany's "Lap Over Edge" is really a family of designs with almost endless variations.

It was offered as a plain line, with acid etched motifs, and finally in mixed metals.

This example, a long handle, 8 3/8", nearly 1.1 T. oz., olive spoon, features a bird aloft an array of grasses that rise up along the length of the slender handle.

The degree of detail and imagination expressed in these designs is remarkable, illustrated in this instance by the fact that the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380220 (stock #3507f)
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A novel design generated by George Shiebler and often, as is the case with this example, marked with an "H.S. & Co." retailer's stamp, this spoon features the high relief portraiture of a nutmeg and leaves on the handle, along with a bowl that is a full representation of the whole seed.

The backside of the handle is smooth, while the bowl is textured both sides and finished in a gold wash on the interior.

Described variously as a demitasse, salt, or other spoon, given what it portrays it ...

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 1900 item #1380098 (stock #3505f)
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This 5 3/4" long, weighty feel at .9 T. oz., teaspoon is an early example of Durgin's "Dauphin" pattern, as indicated by the "Faber 1899" engraved on the reverse in fancy, period lettering.

It remains in excellent condition. The high relief rose pattern retains clear, precise, detail front and backsides, and on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The bowl remains well-shaped and free of tip wear. There is one faint pinprick dimple in the base. The finish is bright and warm.

Marks are the Durg...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1380016 (stock #3504f)
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A fully authentic item, that is, not made up or adapted from another piece, this butter pick measures 6 3/8" long and weighs approximately .6 T. oz.

It is an early example of Durgin's 1910 "Fairfax," marked with the company "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

It has a fancy script "F" monogram on the handle front, and a pierced and twisted single tine end that is finished in a gold wash.

A lesser common piece in the "Fairfax" line, this is in immaculate condition, showing no signs of w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1379981 (stock #3503f)
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Boston's Tuttle Silver Company followed the custom of marking its silver with the initials of the sitting US President inside a crescent. Thus the "JFK" that appears on this indicates it was made during the tenure of John F. Kennedy (1961-63).

Other marks include the company name, the word "Sterling," and the model number "310,"

Solid silver, it is a combined single and double shot jigger that stands 3 3/16" high and weighs a robust 2.0 T. oz.

Having smooth, tapered sides, one end is 1...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1379936 (stock #3502f)
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A form dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is likely an early ice cream or pudding spoon.

Weighing over 2.5 T. oz., it measures 9 1/2" long overall, and has an oversized bowl that is 4" by 2 3/4" by 1/2" deep.

It was made by Boston's Newell Harding company, whose name along with the New England term "Pure Coin" appears on the handle reverse.

The pattern is a "Grape" that is associated with this company.

The bowl exhibits extraordinary refinement in its intricately e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1379906 (stock #3501f)
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Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey, produced a series of exceptional Art Nouveau designs that possess dreamlike or mystical qualities, among which is "Dawn," shown on this 5 7/8" long, nearly 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon.

In their entirety, the series incorporates female figures, fairies, cherubs, and flowers. This example features the profile of a young woman set against a poppy blossom, with a second blossom gracing her hair.

It is a compelling pattern that has only gained in allure since it w...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1379459 (stock #3499f)
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A solid name among New York City silversmiths of the second quarter of the 19th century, William I. Tenney produced quality hollow and flatware.

This example of his work is "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," 6 1/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel.

High walled and flat-bottomed, the shovel form used by numerous manufacturers, was an alternative to a bowl, and appeared in pieces as small as a master salt spoon up to berry size.

This has an engraved "eagle head" crest in lieu ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1379390 (stock #3498f)
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Born about 1787 according to Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths and working by the second decade of the 19th century, Samuel Hildeburn became a recognized name among that city's silversmiths.

This example, an 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz. table or serving spoon, is stamped "Hildeburn" over "Phila" and with an "eagle."

It is a plain end pattern with a slightly tipt backside dating early in his working years.

It is monogrammed "TCR" in feathered script lettering set sideways o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1379343 (stock #3497f)
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This flat handle master butter knife measures 7 1/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.3 T. oz. The pattern is "Olive," which was a popular mid 19th century design, and it appears on both sides of the handle.

The blade reverse is stamped, "Wm. B. Durgin," and "Pure Coin," which is a New England regional term. Both these marks and the pattern indicate this an an early item from the history of that firm founded in 1853.

The piece is solid silver, with the flat handle on a plane with the scallo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1379278 (stock #3496f)
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This 7 1/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., circa 1875, cream ladle documents the evolution of American silver craft into a high art form as the 19th century progressed.

The motif is a lotus blossom, fully developed in the 1 5/8" diameter, 1" deep, bowl, complimented by a triplet of lotus leaves surmounting the handle.

That simple descriptive, however, scarcely encompasses the delicacy and subtlety with which the piece is imbued.

The blossom, for example, has fully articulated petals with sawtooth ed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1379221 (stock #3495f)
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An engaging item with a style that does not readily fall into a single design motif, this cream pitcher or sauce boat has a repousse body that incorporates a variety of repousse leaf, scroll, and lattice work elements which are in part Aesthetic and in part conventional.

Made by Gorham, the underside is stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," model number "540," and a date symbol for "1892."

It measures 5 1/2" from handle end to tip of spout, is bulbous at 2 3/4" wid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1379164 (stock #3494f)
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This 5 5/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., orange or grapefruit spoon could scarcely be more decorative.

It has a cast, reticulated, rococo style, arched handle that shares a design sensibility with Dominick & Haff's "Trianon."

The entire piece is finished in deep colored gold, while the handle has enamel highlights in various shades of blue, white, and purple.

The embossed bowl is relatively deep, and has an embossed base and softly pointed tip.

The bowl interior is engraved "Pasade...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1379095 (stock #3493f)
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Identified as a paper cutter in catalogues of its period, this item is typically referred to as a page turner or letter open today.

This large, 11 3/4" long, approximately 3.0 T. oz., solid silver example was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "B177," and a date symbol for 1898 are stamped on the edge of the handle.

Cast and open, the handle is rococo in design, featuring an asymmetrical array of scrolls, blossoms, and leaves.

The blade is 7...

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