American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1413341 (stock #4067cf)
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This set consists of a tea pot, a creamer, a sugar, and a hot water kettle on stand.

The style follows after late Federal period design, 1820-30, evident in the bulbous, melon shaped bodies standing on tiered feet. The pot has a serpentine spout.

Each item has a floral and oak leaf and acorn band around the shoulder area, applied gadroon rims on the top and bottom edges, a pomegranate finial, and ebony handles on the pots. The spouts are serpentine form with a split tongue opening.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413207 (stock #4064f)
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These six spoons are marked for Sheffield, England, sterling silver, year 1898-99, and "HA" for maker Atkin Brothers - Harry Atkin.

Measuring 5 3/8" long each and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the lot, they are 5 o'clock size, used for afternoon tea.

They have elaborately designed, cast, handles that are reminiscent in style to "apostle" spoons.

The design incorporates a pair of dolphins supporting a heart and flower or fleur-de-lis at the openwork handle tops. The lower ends of the stems portray...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1413174 (stock #4063f)
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Bright cut engraved designs were popular among American silver manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, with this generously-sized, 9 1/4" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., pie server a fine example of the style.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the "Old English" tipt backside handle, the pattern is "Chrysanthemum," issued in 1885. Flowers, grasses, and birds were common themes for this genre.

The imagery is finely rendered, set agai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1412927 (stock #4058f)
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Lengthy at 9 5/8" and weighty at 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a large, 4" long by 2 1/2" at the widest by 5/8" deep, bowl with flanged shoulders, a central rib in the base, and a gold washed surface that is bright cut and wriggle work engraved in a blackberry and leaves design.

Dating circa 1880, it is stamped "J.S. MacDonald" for the late 19th century Baltimore firm, and with the word "Sterling."

The "Old English Reverse Tipt" handle features an engraved "Lily" pattern that shows th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1412872 (stock #4057f)
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An early example of a form that was produced for decades, beginning in the 19th century and extending well into the 20th, this solid silver, "Repousse pattern handle with an elongated, arrow head shaped blade," letter opener, dates to the mid 19th century.

It is relatively large compared to more recent pieces, measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz.

It is marked "S. Kirk & Son" and "1015" for the peculiar to Baltimore silver standard that is essentially equivalent to coin and was use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412842 (stock #4056f)
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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 characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 5 7/8" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is narcissus, with blossoms and leaves that lay upon and fold over one another, rising from the surface of the s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1412680 (stock #4054f)
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Measuring a lengthy 5 3/4" and weighing a robust 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are marked on the inside of each leg, respectively, with Durgin's "D" emblem and "Sterling," and "B.K.&Co.," for Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Company.

The pattern is "Bead," issued in 1893. It features a "Tipt" end with a beaded margin handle, joined in this instance to heavy, detailed, talon grips.

The plain arch is engraved with an Old English "T" monogram.

In superb condition, these are without wear or dam...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412484 (stock #4051f)
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Price for the set of six.
Each of these six iced tea aka parfait spoons measures 7 5/8" long and has an Old English "E" monogram inscribed on the handle front. The group weigh 6.2 T. oz.

Estate items, they are early examples of Gorham's Art Nouveau "Virginiana" pattern, marked with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1904."

A poppy design, the portraiture includes blooms and buds on both ends of the handle, front and back sides, along with long trailing leaves.

They are in outstanding con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1412278 (stock #4048f)
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First issued in 1905 as "American Chippendale" aka "Chippendale," Frank Smith produced a rarely found variant named "Lincoln Engraved" in 1923.

This example of the line is a 5 3/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., narrow bowl, condiment spoon, used for chow chow or piccalilli relishes.

It appears to represent a further refinement of the pattern, having a hammered handle and a hand chased, rather than die struck, design that embodies the Arts & Crafts sensibilities of the period.

There is a sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1412153 (stock #4046f)
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The Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by Dorothy Rainwater indicates that "The Kalo Shop" was founded in 1900 by Clara Barck Welles and "went on to become the largest and most influential producer of handwrought silverware and jewelry in the midwest."

Rainwater further notes that "Mrs. Welles retired in 1940." Given that this 10 1/8" long, 3.6 T. oz., serving spoon is engraved on the backside, "AS HCM" over "Feb. 14, 1939," it traces to the founder's working years, which le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1412078 (stock #4045f)
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Price for the set of twelve.
Frank's Smith's "Federal Cotillion" aka "Edward VII" is nearly identical in design to Whiting's "King Edward," with both issued in 1901, coincident with the elevation of Edward to the throne of the United Kingdom following the death of Queen Victoria.

The pattern is an American interpretation of an English "Kings" pattern and incorporates shells, acanthus leaves, and an anthemion.

This group is a set of twelve, matched, 4 3/8" long, 5.8 T. oz. the group, coffee (slightly larger than demita...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1412035 (stock #4044f)
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Issued in 1910, Tiffany's "Fanueil" pattern is essentially a pointed antique with a tipt back. It bespeaks the Colonial Revival style that was coming to dominate the period, while the clean form evokes the sensibilities of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

This example is a 6" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon with a script letter "EAB" monogram engraved on the handle front.

The bowl has pointed, flanged, shoulders and a thumb drop on the backside.

Marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1411936 (stock #4043f)
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Measuring 6 3/8" long and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this pair of tongs is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Sterling."

The pattern is "Virginiana," which is an early 20th century, Art Nouveau design that features poppy blossoms, buds, and leaves.

There is a flowing script "KTC" monogram engraved on the arch.

An original and unusual form, these tongs have large, 1 1/2" long, lined and textured, leaf grips. If form suggests function, then these are for olives, given the leaf ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411688 (stock #4040f)
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A prominent Hudson River Valley silver manufacturer from the 1840s to the 1880s, John L. Westervelt of Newburgh produced the "Ivy" pattern that appears on this 7 3/4" long, approximately 2.2 T. oz., sugar sifter.

This is stamped "Sterling," along with Westervelt's "star, lion, D" pseudo hallmark.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle. There is a line script "M" engraved on the handle front.

The bowl is shell-shaped with a ribbed interior and ro...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411640 (stock #4039f)
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Measuring 4" long and weighing 7 grams (just over .2 T. oz.), this master salt spoon features a pronounced "Fiddlet Tipt" handle, with high, pointed, shoulders off the shovel form bowl.

It is marked "J.T & E.M.E. Chicago," whom John McGrew in his Manufacturing Marks on American Coin Silver identifies as J.T. and E.M. Edwards, working 1852-64.

There is a finely engraved, script letter, "HPC" set sideways on the handle.

Essentially without wear, it remains well-shaped, free of bend...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411361 (stock #4033f)
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Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without parallel in the realm of silver patterns.

The only similarly themed line is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak third is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which in Alvin's instance is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves.

This is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by this 7" long, very heavy at 3.3 T. oz., gravy ladle with a 2 1/2" by 2 1/8" by 3/4" deep bowl....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1411317 (stock #4032f)
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One of Gorham's earliest full line patterns, references date it to 1865 although this 7 3/4" long, 1.4 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife is stamped "Patent 1867," indicating a later date and situating it just before the company's conversion to a sterling standard in 1868.

Other marks on this include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "Geo. H. Bechtel."

"Ionic" is a Greek Revival design that incorporates a central rosette with a stylized a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411316 (stock #4031f)
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An 8 1/8" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., piece, this spoon has a "Fiddle" shaped handle with a pronounced "Tipt" end that is typical of mid 19th century Ohio River Valley silver flatware design.

The high, pointed and steeply chamfered shoulders off the bowl are also characteristic of this region's style.

Consistent with this, it is stamped "Sterling," "925/1000," and "Duhme & Co." for the prominent Cincinnati firm. Examples of this pattern were also made in coin silver.

Engraved with a...

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