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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1401954 (stock #3884f)
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$65.00
Measuring 8 1/8" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver item has a generously sized, 2 1/2" diameter, shell-shaped, pierced, bowl and "Reverse Tipt" handle.

Generally identified as a large sugar sifter, there is some argument to be made that pieces this scale from this period were actually early ice spoons.

In either case, it is a fine representation of what it is.

It is stamped "R. Fisher, Jr." and "331 Broad Way, N.Y." on the reverse, for Richard Fisher, working 1846-50, also ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1401897 (stock #3883f)
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An exceptional piece from an exceptional source, this mug stands apart from other similar forms in several aspects.

Made by "Tiffany & Co.," as marked on the underside, along with "Sterling Silver" and model number "7246," introduced in 1882, it is relatively large, standing 3 5/8" high to the rim, with a 2 3/4" top diameter, and very heavy at 6.4 T. oz.

Second, rather than having straight or tapered sides as is the manner of most mugs, this is cup or goblet like, with a bulbous body that ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1401832 (stock #3882f)
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A product of the Arts & Crafts workshop established in the first decade of the 20th century by Chicago's prominent department store Marshall Field, this hand made item is a 5 3/4" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle.

This particular design which featured a hand hammered surface and various handle shapes, formed the "Colonial" line.

This piece incorporates a hemispherical bowl with a spout on each side. The handle has a pointed end, lined border, and applied backside.

It...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1401798 (stock #3881f)
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$175.00
Introduced in 1871, Gorham's "Japanese" flatware draws from Aesthetic sensibilities and reflects a then prevalent fascination with Asian design and culture.

It is a multi-motif line, incorporating a wide array of imagery from piece to piece, as well as a variety of handle shapes.

This example is a 7 5/8" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., cheese knife. The form is quite similar to a master butter knife, save for a small notched projection along the upper edge.

The handle portraiture incorp...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1401679 (stock #3879f)
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$38.00
Dating from the first quarter of the 19th century, this lengthy, 8 7/8", 1.5 T. oz., table serving spoon is marked "B. Swan," for Benjamin Moody Swan, who worked as a silversmith in Augusta, Maine beginning circa 1815.

Fiddle shaped, with a down turned, rounded end, and high, pointed and chamfered shoulders off the bowl, the piece demonstrates quality crafting.

It has a somewhat primitive, feathered script "RA" monogram engraved on the handle front, and remains in very fine condition. Apar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1401632 (stock #3878f)
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$72.00
Dating from 1908, Wallace's "Nile" pattern reflects the early 20th century shift away from the elaborate designs of immediately preceding decades to a cleaner, more straightforward look.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., all silver (later examples of this form often had stainless blades), tomato server.

It has a broad, 3" at the widest, splayed serving end with scalloped edges, a cupped heel, and reticulated surface.

The handle is engraved "McN" in script letterin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1401576 (stock #3877f)
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$68.00
Of a size, 7 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., that is larger than a typical nut scoop and smaller than a berry or cracker, the intended function of this piece is uncertain.

With a large, 2 7/8" by 2" at the widest, shovel like, serving end, it is nonetheless a versatile item.

Marked with the emblem of the Philadelphia firm of "Hamilton & Diesinger," successors to Davis & Galt, plus "Sterling," it dates 1895-99.

It is an attractive rococo design that features scrolls, gadrooning, and a central wil...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1401547 (stock #3876f)
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$225.00
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 characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 6" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/8" 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 silve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1401497 (stock #3875f)
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$350.00
Price for the set. Individual items including forks also available.
Comprised of a core grouping of ten different month spoons with two additions to complete the year, this assemblage consists of a full set of twelve Gorham "Zodiac" teaspoons.

Each piece measures 5 7/8" and is heavy, with the group weighing 14.6 T. oz., well over 1.0 T. oz. each on average.

The ten from the one group are all monogrammed on the reverses "EMT" in script, while the remaining two (August and December) are without monograms.

All pieces are in excellent condition, essentially...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1401423 (stock #3873f)
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$65.00
A late 19th century line, Whiting's "Berry" featured a variety of fruits assigned to different pieces.

This instance is a 7 3/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife, and features blueberries and leaves on a stem.

The blade has a curved lower edge and scalloped upper margin.

The backside of the piece is plain, save for a handsome line script "FAT" monogram and the marks, which are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," and "16."

In outstanding estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1400952 (stock #3872f)
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$115.00
Marked only "Coin," absent a maker's stamp, this 8 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with a twisted shank and engraved and engine turned, notched, handle is reminiscent of a die struck pattern named "Imperial" that was produced by both Gorham and Wood & Hughes about 1860.

It is a handsome item exhibiting sophisticated design and manufacturing processes.

The twist feature was a favored device in the period, as was the fine engine turned surface complimented by precise brig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400895 (stock #3871f)
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$165.00
Price per piece, two available.
An unusual and highly specialized place piece, American melon forks followed after a form that evolved in mid 19th century France. Few American makers produced them, so they are truly hard to find items.

Having the typical-to-the-piece extended blade with three, slightly upturned tines at the end, this example is 8 3/8" long, weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz., and is all silver with a hollow handle.

It is stamped "Ball Black & Co." for the premier New York City establishment of the period, a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400847 (stock #3870f)
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$46.00
Cincinnati's prominent 19th century silver manufacturer and jeweler, Duhme & Co., produced numerous designs that were clearly derivative, or even imitative, of other companies' work, but its early "No. 2" pattern was decidedly of its own devising.

It has sculpted margins decorated in scroll, leaf, flower, beading and lattice detail. The pattern at one and the same time appears Victorian and Elizabethan in nature.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, heavy at approximately 1.4 T. oz., tea or dess...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400725 (stock #3868f)
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$52.00
"Grecian" originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern within Whiting.

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an expanded ivy motif on the backside heel of the bowl.

This example is an 8 3/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., serving or table spoon, with the name "Sanford." engraved in script, set sideways on the handle front.

This is an early piece, unidentified as to ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1400691 (stock #3867dd)
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George Shiebler's exotic design that features heads of classical figures superimposed upon a hammered ground is identified with equal frequency as "Etruscan" or "Homeric."

In some instances, the heads are gold, and that is the case with this oval 2 5/8" by 2 3/8", just over .8 T. oz., cuff bracelet. It has an overlapping area, so is expandable beyond this size.

The gold appears to be a thin overlay rather than a separate cast and applied piece, although the figures are nonetheless set in h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1400666 (stock #3866f)
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$90.00
Price for the pair.
A matched pair, each of these master salts measures 2 1/4" in diameter and stands 1 3/8" high, while the pair weigh 3.2 T. oz. combined.

They are English in origin and fully hallmarked for London, 1897-98, sterling, and WB/JL for William Gibson and John Langman (also operating as the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co.).

Traditional in design, they are round, with heavily repoussed bodies, applied hatched rims, and stand on three lion's paw and shell legs.

Each piece has a reserve area which ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1400616 (stock #3865f)
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$48.00
Weighing 1.6 T. oz. and measuring a lengthy 7 5/8", this master butter knife is a generously sized piece.

Marked only "Coin," the convex, shaped side and pointed end handle with bright cut engraving, is indicative of Philadelphia silver of the c. 1860 period, particular so that of William Faber.

The blade is wide, has an upswept tip, scalloped back, and is engraved in a design akin to that on the handle.

The join with the handle curves up and is especially thick, lending it extra streng...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1400519 (stock #3863f)
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$335.00
Price for the set of twelve.
Each of these twelve, matching, spoons measures 5 3/4" long, with the group weighing 12.4 T. oz.

They are early examples of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

With fully original (meaning not made up), pointed bowls that are slightly larger, i.e. wider, than typical grapefruit or orange spoons in this line, and having a central bottom ridge as well as fluting in the heel, and slightly flanged shoulders, this form...

 
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