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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359383 (stock #3111f)
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$70.00
Marked only "Sterling," this circa 1865 "Kings" pattern is readily identified. Among other features, it incorporates a rosette in the design, which was a detail particular to Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, later Krider & Biddle.

This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider.

The interior of the bowl has a matte gold finis...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359139 (stock #3106f)
Old Friends
$165.00
This substantial-sized, 9 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., piece bespeaks its 19th century Philadelphia origins.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade. There are two round bottom vees with cur...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1358429 (stock #3098f)
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$235.00
Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and having a 3/4" wide, raised edge with a rim back, this plate is weighty at 5.2 T. oz.

It is stamped "Lincoln & Reed" for the Boston firm with dates 1838-48, and "Pure Silver Coin," which is a term typically used only in New England.

It is a thoroughly engaging period piece which takes its character from the delicate engraving on the top surface. The portraiture is of a wreath comprised of innumerable flowers that include among others, morning glories, peo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1960 item #1358300 (stock #3096f)
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$95.00

This candle snuffer has a multiple provenance.

It is stamped on the end of the handle, "Perlita," which sources indicate was a Mexico City retailer, "Taxco," for the renowned center of modernist silver manufacturing, "Sterling 925," and with an eagle symbol with a "9" on its chest, which was the number assigned by convention to Hector Aguilar.

Aguilar was a shop manager for the legendary William Spratling before he opened his own operation in 1939, and became prominent in his own righ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1358097 (stock #3094f)
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$110.00
Measuring 4 1/2" in diameter and standing 3" high, this circa 1908 dresser jar has a brilliant cut glass base with a solid sterling silver lid that by itself weighs 2.0 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "D1656" appear on the lower edge of the cover.

The cover is domed and acid etched in a design that includes various blossoms, acanthus leaves, and other elements set against a double band. The area around the etching has a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1358039 (stock #3092f)
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$185.00
Far larger than most tea balls, this spherical piece measures 2" in diameter and weighs nearly 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, it was made by Wood & Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "41" is imprinted on the inside lip of the lower half.

The design is exceptional, deriving from the intricate reticulation on both the top and bottom halves of the ball.

In addition to apostrophe like cuts, there is a 1/2" wide band on each...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1357869 (stock #3089f)
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$75.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six spoons measures 5 7/8" long and is engraved with the same "AI" monogram. The group weigh just under 2.4 T. oz.

They are stamped "E.E. & S.C. Bailey," for brothers Ebenezer and Samuel, who established a partnership in Claremont, New Hampshire, circa 1825.

They are particularly well-crafted and elegantly formed. Slender in shaped, they have elongated "Tipt" handles with upturned ends. The bowls are also rather narrow and long, and have pointed tips and exposed drops on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1357692 (stock #3085f)
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$90.00
A generously proportioned piece, this open salt has a top diameter of 2 7/16", stands 1 5/8" tall, and weighs a robust 2.7 T. oz.

Exceptionally quality, it has three, cast and applied, pad feet, with raised anthemions where they join the body. The splayed rim has a repeating leaf and bead design, while the interior is finished in a bright gold wash.

It is stamped on the underside "Eng'Sterling," which was a term in limited use circa 1870, and below this "925-1000" flanked by an Old Engli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357686 (stock #3084f)
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While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered as a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an impressively scaled at 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flange shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

The matte surface handle has a rounded end and eleven applied daisies. These are joined by a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357627 (stock #3083f)
Old Friends
$365.00
Price for the set of twelve.
This full set of twelve identical spoons all measure 5 3/4" long and are relatively heavy, with the group weighing 11.0 T. oz., and have the same, Old English "M.F.P." monograms on the reverses.

They are unusual form with narrow, 1 7/8" long by 15/16" at the widest, deep at 3/8", bowls with oval tips and gold finishes both front and back sides.

They are clearly distinct from typical citrus or orange spoons but are likely to be used for eating fruit.

The pattern is Gorham's "St. Cloud...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357327 (stock #3078f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Replete with imagery, "Florentine" is one of the most intricate designs Gorham produced in the early 20th century.

It features the figure of a bearded man at the handle terminus, a pedestal urn laden with fruit midway up the handle, and an array of other fruit and acanthus leaf elements overall.

This example is a 9" long, very heavy at 4.3 T. oz., berry spoon.

The bowl is large, 3 5/8" long by 2 7/8" at the widest, has decorated flange shoulders, and retains traces of an original gol...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1357140 (stock #3074f)
Old Friends
$36.00
Featuring a finely rendered portraiture of a Native American in a squatting position, this souvenir item is unusual in that it is a citrus spoon rather than the typical teaspoon.

Made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the backside, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For," it measures 6" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

The piece is well-crafted, with a sculptural quality to the detailed, high relief, imagery that includes a box turtle at the join between the handle and bowl and the word "...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1356943 (stock #3070f)
Old Friends
$565.00
Price for the pair as a set.
This salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing.

Made by George Sharp of Philadelphia, they are stamped with his "lion, S, lion" emblem, as well as "Tiffany & Co.," who would have retailed this pair about the mid 1860s. Presumably they are sterling rather than coin silver, given that Tiffany early on required this.

They are exceptionally large items, with the fork measuring 10 3/4" long and weighin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1950 item #1356747 (stock #3066f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Biographical information for Danish silversmith Paul Bang is difficult to unearth, although one online source lists his working dates 1935-80.

He evidently designed a considerable amount of quality jewelry, and less so, flat and holloware, based on the ratio of what internet searches yield.

Although not identified as a worker for Georg Jensen, his name frequently seems to surface in conjunction with that renowned maker. His work is decidedly Danish Modern, in a Jensenesque manner.

T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356008 (stock #3053f)
Old Friends
$335.00
An early example of Tiffany's "Japanese," to be distinguished from the later reissue "Audubon," this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "M," and "Pat. 1871."

The handle is upraised, has a satin finish front and back, and protruding knobs on the sides, all of which are distinguishing features between "Japanese" and "Audubon."

This piece is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1355860 (stock #3051f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Price for a set of six.
Arising during the rococo period, English "picture (fancy) back" silver encompassed many designs.

This image is one of six, matching pieces made by the partnership of John Langlands & John Robertson of Newcastle, each one of which features a stylized shell with foliate elements.

They measure 5" long each and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the lot., and have down turned, reverse tipt, "Old English" handles with exposed drops.

The fronts have a feathered script "JML" monogram.

All are in very g...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355731 (stock #3049f)
Old Friends
$385.00
Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among exotic designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied elements. This pair of tongs are acid etched, showing a leaf and vine design on one arm and clover blossom and leaves on the other.

The work is intricate, precise, and artfully expressed. The etching wraps around the edges of the handle, which feature lends the pattern i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1355455 (stock #3043f)
Old Friends
$275.00
A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the compan...

 
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