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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391164 (stock #3698f)
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$34.00
Price for the pair.
With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant manufacturer, producing a wide array of silver flat and hollow ware.

While modest and unpresuming in terms of function, size, and design, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, .5 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons nonetheless reflect the full quality of craft for which the firm was known.

They have broad, upturned, "Tipt" ends, beveled edge handles...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391100 (stock #3697f)
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$68.00
A captivating and not commonly found design, Durgin's "Bouquet" is one of that company's first full line patterns, issued in 1875.

Multi-motif, it features a variety of dense, low relief, floral images, all portrayed on irregularly shaped handles with a raised border on the backsides that resembles bamboo. This detail suggests an Aesthetic influence, and is some similar to Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge," introduced five years after "Bouquet."

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or ...

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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391010 (stock #3695f)
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$295.00
Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390769 (stock #3690f)
Old Friends
$78.00
Price for the two pieces.
Without a formal name, but commonly referred to as "Peony" for the large, single, arched, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its twist stem.

The line is number "26," by Whiting, and this number, along with the company "lion" logo and "Sterling," appears on the backsides of this youth set, comprised of a 6 3/8" long fork and 5 7/8" long spoon, with a combined weight of 2.1 T. oz.

Each piece is engraved "Ellen Burdett" in script on...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1390717 (stock #3689f)
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$75.00
Larger than most examples of this piece, measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing an exceptionally heavy 1.7 T. oz., this circa 1895 spoon was made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverse.

A souvenir item, the handle portrays a standing miner wearing boots and a hat, holding a chunk of ore in his left hand and with his right hand leaning on a crow bar or such.

The figure is standing on a base that reads, "Struck it at last."

The caricature is sculp...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390669 (stock #3688dd)
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$225.00
Price for the set of six.
First appearing in Gorham's 1884 catalogue, offered as a set of twelve, "Number 3" oyster or seafood cocktail fork was illustrated in later catalogues (through the 1890s) shown with other exotic designs of the period (see image 2).

The primary feature of the pattern is an apparent bat face situated at the end of the handle. This suggests some resemblance to a boar or devil as well.

Other design details include wings, and possibly toes, wrapping around both sides of the handle.

All surfa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1390594 (stock #3687f)
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$52.00
Measuring 3 3/4" long and weighing a robust 1.1 T. oz., this baby or infant spoon was made by Tiffany & Co. and is so marked, along with "Sterling," "m," and model number "1338."

While not a line pattern, it has the plain, clean style of an Arts & Crafts piece, akin to Tiffany's "Gramercy" or "Hamilton," and, as do those pieces, likely dates from the second or third decade of the 20th century.

The handle wraps around to form an open loop.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent condition....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390411 (stock #3684f)
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$185.00
Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this 7 3/8" long, very heavy at just under 3.8 T. oz., gravy ladle is "Paris, the son of Priam," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line (William P. Hood Jr., Tiffany Silver Flatware).

It has a plain, oval, 2 3/8" by 2" by 3/8" deep, bowl, with a large classical face on the backside heel.

There is a block "K.L"...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1390099 (stock #3680f)
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$575.00

This item is a three piece, base, liner, and lid, coin silver, butter dish.

The bottom measures 6 1/4" across, stands 1 1/2" high on a rimmed base, and weighs 5.9 T. oz. The fitted liner is 5 1/2" across and weighs 3.1 T. oz. Lastly the lid is also 5 1/2" wide, 2 3/4" high to the top, and weighs 6.3 T. oz.

Relatively plain, the top has a cast cow finial attached by a threaded extension and thumb screw on the underside.

A favored design element of its period, this cow is particularly ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390011 (stock #3678f)
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Embodying a rococo pattern, and likely dating from the late 19th century, this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., bread or toast fork incorporates leaves, scrolls, acanthus leaves, and floral elements.

It is hollow with three tines and is all silver, marked "Sterling," model number "1223," and with a maker's emblem, which is a triangle with a rubbed interior.

There is a feathered script "L" monogram engraved on one side of the handle.

In excellent condition, it is free of dents or splits and has a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389900 (stock #3676f)
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$70.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing a heavy 1.3 T. oz., this teaspoon is an early example of Dominick & Haff's figural, 1900 date of issue, "Labors of Cupid" pattern, the image on this being a cherub sitting at a table with a cup in hand.

It is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever, retaining all the precise detail of the original design, and visible for example in such as the grain of the table, the weave in the basket holding fruit, or the spindles in the chair back appearing on th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389772 (stock #3674f)
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$115.00
Lengthy at 5", and weighty at 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are heavily ornamented in a way that is reminiscent of the dominant architectural style popular in the period of the piece.

The pattern, "Paris" by Gorham, was issued in 1900, at the crest of the Gilded Age, and reflects the same Beaux Arts design sensibilities that generated, for instance, many of Newport's grandest mansions and innumerable monumental public buildings throughout the country that yet stand as iconic reminders of the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389255 (stock #3666f)
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$115.00
A large item, measuring 10 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this solid silver ice cream slice was made by Frank Whiting in the "Palm" pattern.

Introduced in 1887, and embodying an Aesthetic sensibility, "Palm" is a floral and leaf design with a large fan or spray element at the terminus that evokes a palm leaf. The design is raised, lending it a chiseled or sculpted quality.

The blade on this is a statement in its own right. It has a sweeping lower edge running to a defined point,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389186 (stock #3665f)
Old Friends
$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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389184 (stock #3664f)
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$32.00
Weighing a substantial 1.6 T. oz., and measuring 7" long, this piece is variously identified as a place, dessert, or oval soup spoon.

It is in a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern and marked "J[ared].L. Moore" for the New York City jeweler and watchmaker working during the second quarter of the 19th century.

The name "Settle" is engraved in script on the handle front, set sideways.

It is in very fine condition, free of polishing wear or other signs of use, and having a bright, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1389183 (stock #3663f)
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$160.00
One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," (more commonly spelled "Talbott") of Indianapolis.

This is large, measuring 3" by 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" high, and robust weight at just over 2.4 T. oz.

These dimensions are all consistent with those offered...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389182 (stock #3662f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Made by and marked for San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and a fluted or pie crust border. T...

 
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