American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394671 (stock #3758f)
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Patented in 1878, as imprinted on the backside of the blade, along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the word "Sterling," "Hindostanee" is a Moorish design that particularly in its repetitive palmetto motifs, exhibits influences from the Greek and Egyptian Revivalist movements of the period.

This example of the line is a rather rare ice cream server, aka ice cream knife or cleaver.

Measuring 9 3/8" overall, with a solid silver, concave, rectangular blade with a raked front edge a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1394599 (stock #3756f)
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Born in 1782, Horace Seymour Hinsdale enjoyed a long working career in New York City, spanning nearly all of the first half of the 19th century.

Early associated with the partnership of Taylor and Hinsdale, this example stamped only "Hinsdale" and with a "lion, W, bust" pseudo hallmark that McGrew in Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin Silver attributes to Jacob Wood, dates it to the 1830s or early 1840s.

The piece is an 8 1/2" long, relatively heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., table se...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1394561 (stock #3755f)
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Flat bottomed with a 4 1/4" diameter circular center, this just over 4.0 T. oz., this oval piece measures 6 5/8" by 5 1/2".

Both ends of the rim are upswept and decorated with a raised wild rose and leaf (with one water lily) pattern in Art Nouveau style.

There is a line script "LLB" monogram engraved on the interior base and a matching one on one of the two reserve areas of the rim.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "A3966" appear on the under...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394489 (stock #3754f)
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Issued in 1891, Dominick & Haff's "Cupid" features a raised relief, winged cherub's face on the handle, with variation in the portraiture from piece to piece.

Rococo in manner, the pattern also incorporates a series of scrolls and leafy elements that are complementary to the main figure.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, .9 T. oz., four tine sardine fork. The heel area is cupped and has raised scroll detailing on the shoulders.

There is a delicately engraved, fancy script "CLA" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1394387 (stock #3752f)
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Marked with Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd," this 8 1/4" long, 2.2 T. oz., solid silver, tomato server is an early production example of "Fairfax," introduced in 1910.

It has a broad, flat, blade, with extensive piercing and a cupped heel area.

With a line Old English "R" monogram on the handle, the piece is in outstanding estate condition. It is free of polishing wear, bends, or damage, and has a warm, even, finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394248 (stock #3750f)
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Illustrated and identified in Gorham's 1888 catalogue as an "olive spoon and fork," this 12" long, 2.0 T. oz., piece embodies the aesthetic sensibilities of the period, evidenced by its naturalistic form.

The full length of the handle is nubby, slightly twisted, and stem like. The bowl is virtually a leaf, with piercings that resemble veins, and a surface that is engraved with additional leaves.

The applied olive and two leaves attached to the stem appear to grow out of it, and appear full...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394168 (stock #3749f)
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The 1870s produced an abundant flowering of appealing designs from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes, of which "Zephyr" is one.

This 8 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz., serving spoon is a particularly fine example of the pattern, and fine piece overall.

Moorish or Renaissance Revival in style, with a repeating motif on the mid and lower portions of the handle, the pointed end has fins or wings that suggest an arch and thereby lend the design an architectural quality.

This area is plain and i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394114 (stock #3748f)
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Featuring a pharaoh or sphinx-like figure flanked by ibis birds at the handle end, and papyrus leaves midway down, Whiting's "Egyptian" issued in 1875 was an expression of the Egyptian Revivalist movement of the period.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, .7 T. oz., sugar spoon with a shell bowl finished in a gold wash.

It is engraved "Jenny" in script set sideways on the handle.

In excellent condition, it retains all the original fine line detail of the pattern. The bowl is free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1394019 (stock #3746f)
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The story of Gaylord Silvercraft, c. 1920-45, links to famed American Arts & Crafts silversmith William Waldo Dodge, and more particularly his wife and teacher, Margaret Wheeler Robinson.

The workshop was founded at the Wallingford, Connecticut, Gaylord Farm (tuberculosis) Sanatorium and served as part of the occupational therapy and vocational training program available to patients. Considerable information can be pieced together about this operation from online and published sources....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393909 (stock #3744f)
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A pattern developed by New York City's Henry Hebbard, "Mask" eventually became a standard line offered by Whiting.

This 5 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., mustard ladle is an early production piece marked "H.H." for Hebbard, "Patent 1859," "5," and with the name of the retailer, New York's "A. Rumrill & Co."

A period piece with gadroon and leaf detailing similar to "Armor" by Hebbard's sometimes partner John Polhamus, and another kindred pattern by contemporaneous John Wendt, Hebbard's "Ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1393805 (stock #3742f)
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This example of late Victorian grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co." and "Sterling," which applies to the entire piece.

They measure 6 7/8" long and wei...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1393757 (stock #3741f)
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Marked "Coin" and with the number "4," but without a maker's identifier, this particular 1860s "Medallion" pattern is illustrated in D. Albert Soeffing's benchmark Silver Medallion Flatware within a grouping that he classifies as "naive" or "primitive."

Soeffing shows a sugar sifter, while this is a 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., sardine fork.

The "Medallion" is cast and applied, portraying in this case a right facing female figure surrounded by engraved detailing, and on the sif...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1393613 (stock #3740f)
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Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this piece is marked "Allan Adler" and "Sterling" on the reverse.

A renowned California silversmith known for his modernist designs, and coincidentally a son-in-law of Porter Blanchard, Adler's working dates spanned the middle to later 20th century.

This example is in the "Sunset" pattern. Clean and straightforward, it has an angular end handle and shows the hammering marks characteristic of hand crafted silver, on all surfa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1393524 (stock #3738f)
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Price for the set of eight.
An enduringly appealing floral design, Durgin's turn of the 20th century "Iris" follows after the manner of that company's flagship "New Art" line.

Both patterns are ebullient in the way they interpret iris blossoms in this instance, and additional flowers in "New Art."

This set of eight place aka regular forks all measure 7" long, and as is the case with the line, are heavy, with the group weighing 13.1 T. oz. combined, or well over 1.5 T. oz. per fork.

Seven of them are engraved "MR" ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393482 (stock #3737f)
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Whiting made at least two forms of sugar spoons in its 1880 "Berry" pattern, perhaps the more common one a shell bowl, and this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., example with a scalloped edge, round bowl.

A multi-motif design, "Berry" portrays a variety of fruit, leaves, and branches, relative to the individual piece, the portraiture on this being blueberry.

In excellent condition, it has never been monogrammed (which would have appeared on the plain backside of the handle). Pattern detail remains w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393358 (stock #3733f)
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A rare form variant, this 4 3/16" long, nearly .5 T. oz., Tiffany & Co. lemon fork has two pointed outer tines, and a shorter central, raised one described by William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware as a "spur."

The pattern is "Clinton Engraved," which features an Adamesque, flower and swag motif delicately etched on the otherwise plain (with a tipt backside) surface of "Clinton."

Never monogrammed, this is in flawless condition, absent polishing wear, having an even finish, and fre...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393292 (stock #3732f)
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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 #1392992 (stock #3726f)
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A numbered design, "610," this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection spoon (as identified in an 1892 Gorham catalogue), was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

Incorporating regal iconography, the tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in flowing robes.

The bowl is fig-shaped, and imprinted in the ce...

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