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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1408473 (stock #3985f)
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This fork and spoon are both marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1900," and have decorated shoulders on the bowls, such as appear only on earlier production pieces in this line.

A matched pair, they form a salad serving set.

The spoon measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just over 2.5 T. oz., while the fork is the same length and weighs just over 2.7 T. oz.

Both pieces are finished in bright gold washes on the serving ends, front and back sides, and the fork is...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1408379 (stock #3983f)
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One of two 9" long, just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoons that are identical in every way, save one is marked for Horace Hinsdale, and one for the partnership of Taylor & Hinsdale, this has a "Shell" end handle and a second shell on the reverse heel of the bowl, as well as a large, feathered script "LC" monogram set sideways on the handle front.

Dating from the first third of the 19th century, the piece stamped "Hinsdale" also has a "bust, lion, G" pseudo-hallmark, while the "T&H" one...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1408166 (stock #3980f)
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Issued in 1898, Towle's "Georgian" quickly established itself as a signature design for the company.

The handle front portrays an Ionic column that is draped with a garland of roses and capped with a basket of flowers, while the backside features a shell bordered by rosettes.

This early example is a 5 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz. almond scoop.

This is similar to, but to be distinguished from, the bon bon scoop, which is fractionally shorter and has angular corners on the front edge of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1407521 (stock #3974f)
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Dating from 1875, Wood & Hughes' "Cellini" is expressive of the Renaissance Revival style that was characteristic of the period.

This set of eight matching ice cream spoons all measure 5 9/16" long and weigh 4.7 T. oz. the group.

They have ovoid bowls with flanged rims and matte finish interiors. Both sides of the bowls have faint gold washes, with the backsides retaining more of this detail than the fronts.

Never monogrammed, the condition of all eight pieces is superb. There is n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1407230 (stock #3970f)
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Dating circa 1880, this 8 3/4" long, 2.2 T. oz., berry or serving spoon reflects the Aesthetic taste of its period.

Made by Towle at a time when the firm was producing some especially finely crafted items, it is of singular design and execution.

The handle has a twisted stem with a solid, four-sided, satin finish, diamond or obelisk terminal.

This has an Old English "J" monogram on one facet.

The bowl design is peculiar to Towle; it is a 3" by 2 1/8" by 5/8" deep oblong, with a centr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1407175 (stock #3969f)
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Introduced in 1871, "Palm" was an early design among Gorham's line patterns.

It features a raised palm frond on a pointed end handle, and in the instance of this pair of 5 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., sugar tongs, has bright cut and wriggle work embellishment.

The grips are talon form, while the arch is engraved with a "EPG" monogram in Old English lettering.

In choice estate condition, these show no wear or damage, and have a warm, even, finish.

Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1407006 (stock #3967f)
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Dating from the 1860s, this 8 1/8" long, approximately 2.2 T. oz., hotcake or buckwheat cake server was retailed by Boston's "Crosby & Morse" whose name and "925" in an oval (for sterling) appear on the backside.

The rounded end handle has a tipt backside and is diamond cut on the front.

It also has an exceptionally handsome, engraved, period "CP" monogram.

The round, flat, blade has scalloped edges, a pointed tip, and is also inscribed in a leaf, flower and scroll design.

The revers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1406784 (stock #3964f)
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Price per piece, three available.
This teaspoon is one of three matching items that all measure 6" long and weigh just above 1.0 T. oz.

Marked for sterling, Dublin, and 1860, the maker's stamp is "J.S," which could be for John Smith or one of several unidentified Irish silversmiths of the period.

The handle is "Fiddle" shaped with a "Tipt" backside and exposed drop on the bowl.

The front is engraved with a dramatic looking, two headed eagle with raised wings.

In very clean condition, this is free of polishing wear an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1406720 (stock #3963f)
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Introduced in 1895, Wallace's "Atalanta" line pattern demonstrates the elegance that can be embodied in simple design.

It features a rounded end handle with something of a feathered fan motif separated from the plain central area by a beaded margin.

The backside of this 11" long, just under 2.7 T. oz., fish slice repeats the design on the front, save it is engraved with an Old English style "P" monogram and the date "1898" in cursive.

The blade is sweeping in form, with a double cupped ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1406479 (stock #3960f)
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A lengthy at 8 1/2", and weighty at 2.4 T. oz., piece, this fork dates to the early 20th century.

The pattern is "Stratford," which is an Art Nouveau floral design made by International, whose Simpson, Hall, Miller division "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The floral portraiture is carnation, bundles of which are arrayed on both sides of the handle, abundantly so in the cup and shoulders of the serving end front and modestly so on the heel reverse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1406026 (stock #3953f)
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Five o'clock coffee size at 5 3/8" long and weighing .5 T. oz., this spoon was made by Watson, whose Mechanics Silver division "Pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Pond Lily," which is a high relief, Art Nouveau design executed with the kind of detail, fidelity to form, and artistic expression which set Watson apart.

The bowl shows a die cut representation of "Fort Sumter" in "Charleston, SC," and so identified. The rendering is precise and intri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405983 (stock #3952f)
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An 1880 design, Whiting's "Italian" was issued as a primary pattern, and in several variants which were the same as the basic pattern, but had additional engraving.

This 5 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., sugar sifter is in the basic pattern, which has a pointed end with a convex area on each side of the arched handle. Other detail includes a lacy leaf design that is accented by what appears to be a tied ribbon or bow.

This piece has a relatively deep, round, scallop-shaped, pierced bowl with a gray...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405793 (stock #3948f)
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Issued in the mid 1870s, Wood & Hughes "Viola" is a period pattern, successfully incorporating then prevalent Renaissance Revival design elements, as well as borrowing from the Greek and Gothic Revival fashion of the previous decade.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with an exceptionally attractive bowl with a matte gold finish, bright cut and wriggle work engraved, interior. The backside has a bright gold wash.

In mint estate condition, this shows n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405635 (stock #3945f)
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At 1.0 T. oz., this 6 1/8" long youth fork is heavy for its size.

Made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" mark, along with "925/1000 Fine" appears on the backside, the pattern is "Earle," issued in 1890.

"Earle" is a dense, rococo, design featuring swirling acanthus leaves, scrolls, and floral elements on the handle front, and a plain backside.

There is a reserve area which has never been engraved or monogrammed.

In good condition, the only evidence of use is some rounding of the ot...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405592 (stock #3944f)
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An 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this is likely a berry or large preserve serving spoon.

This has a rounded end, upturned, "Antique" handle that is engraved in an Aesthetic (Eastlake) design that places it circa 1880.

The plum-shaped bowl has a raised central vee in the base,a flanged rim, and is finished in a gold wash front and back sides. The interior is bright cut in a design consistent with the handle and has wriggle work bordering.

The backside is plain save for the word "Sterli...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1405450 (stock #3942f)
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Each of these six spoons measures 4 3/4" long, with the set weighing just under 3.0 T. oz.

All of them have matching bowls and twisted stems, but are surmounted with an individual cast figure of a standing "Apostle," which is the generic term applied to this widely employed motif.

This particular group was made in Holland, with each piece bearing the Dutch "sword" emblem used 1814-1905 (shown lower left in above image), and indicating a minimum .833 silver standard (sterling is .925).


All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1405392 (stock #3941f)
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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths offers dates of 1876-87 for the firm of "McCarty & Hurlbert," the name imprinted on the backside of this 9 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., berry spoon, with antecedent firms tracing back to c. 1845.

It is also marked "Coin," which is late for this standard, as most manufacturers had converted to sterling by the 1870s.

It has an "Old English" handle with a tipt backside and a bright cut fine flower and leaf theme on the front.

The pointed end b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405285 (stock #3938f)
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This lengthy at 7 5/8" and robust at approximately 1.5 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife was made by New York's John Wendt, whose characteristic "Patent 925" (for sterling) and "Bailey & Co.," for the Philadelphia retailer appear on the blade.

The pattern is "Union," and is quite similar to "Gibney," designed by F.H. Gibney, later Whiting, with both it and "Union" issued in 1862.

The handle has a central leaf rosette and leaf tipped, oval end, all elements that are very much of its ...

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