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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400423 (stock #3861f)
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Replete with design elements that are expressive of its name, Gorham's "Old Baronial" incorporates acanthus leaves, clusters of fruit, a shell, and commandingly, a lion's face at the tip of the handle end.

This example of the pattern is a solid silver tomato server that measures 6 3/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.6 T. oz.

The defining feature of the piece is an approximately 2 5/8" by 2 5/8", flat, reticulated server, with in this instance, raised shoulders with high relief acanthus le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1400378 (stock #3860f)
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Each of these two, matching, master salts measures 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the tip of the handles, has a top opening that is 2 5/8" across, a maximum span of 3 5/8" handle end to handle end, and stands on a tiered, pedestal base that is 2" across on the bottom. The pair together weigh a substantial 5.2 T. oz.

Cauldron shaped, each one has a knurled band below the top rim and is fitted with a pair of upswept, solid silver, handles with anthemion leaf detailing.

Both pieces are eng...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1400247 (stock #3858f)
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Finely crafted, each of this matched pair of sterling silver baluster form shakers measures 5" high, with the pair weighing 4.9 T. oz.

"Georgian Revival" in style, they stand on solid, not weighted, footed bases, and have screw, not sleeve, caps with simple flame finials and slightly different sized holes to accommodate the salt and pepper grains.

Made by Manchester Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island, they date from the early decades of the 20th century.

In outstanding condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1400200 (stock #3857f)
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Measuring 8" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this place spoon made by William Scarlett, London, during the last year or so of his life (d. 1729, source Grimwade). His slightly rubbed, but distinct "W over C" in a shield appears on the handle reverse. Other marks include a lion, crowned leopard, date letter "N," and an extraneous and peculiar "p."

This last mark apparently is something of a mystery to collectors of English period silver. A letter from Anthony Brown, that appears in the May/June ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1400093 (stock #3855f)
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A 7" long, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert piece, this spoon traces to the early decades of the 19th century.

It is marked "B&SD" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt. Multiple sources date this New York City partnership to 1820-35.

It also has a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his work on such marks attributes to an unknown NYC maker.

The pattern is a "Kings" design on an hourglass shaped handle with a plain reverse save for the marks. The bowl has a shell back.

It is eng...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1399971 (stock #3848f)
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To a European scale, meaning large compared to a typical American counterpart, this French fork measures 8 1/16" long and weighs a massive 2.8 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva, indicating .950 purity silver vs. sterling at .925, and "P, spade, Q" in a caret for well documented maker Pierre Queille, 1834-46, and a bigorne assay mark.

Having a double lined, fiddle-shaped handle, the pattern incorporates a leaf and flower motif at the front and backside handle ends as well a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1399924 (stock #3847f)
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Issued in 1900, Alvin's "Majestic" was a multi-motif line of Art Nouveau flatware that featured a variety of floral themes.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, substantial weight at approximately 1.3 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

The flower is narcissus or daffodil and is represented by a number of blossoms on the handle front and leaves and buds on the backside.

The 1 7/8" wide by 1 1/2" back to front by 1/2" deep bowl has three lobes and a scalloped edge.

Never monogrammed, it is in fla...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399896 (stock #3846f)
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"Jenny Lind" was a pattern first introduced by New York City's Albert Coles in 1850, although numerous contemporaneous manufacturers took up the design, leaving extant pieces that bear a variety of makers' marks.

This example, a 7 1/4", weighty at 1.5 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon is a rarity though in that it is stamped "11" (one of Baltimore's individualized standard marks, for a .917 silver content, midway between coin and sterling) and "A.E.W" for Baltimore's Andrew Ellic...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1399836 (stock #3845f)
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One of Kirk's earliest patterns, "Wadefield," essentially a "Pointed Antique" design, was introduced in 1850 and continued in production for nearly a century and one half.

The mark on this 4 1/4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., tea caddy spoon with a scallop shell bowl, "S. KIRK & SON STERLING," was used by the company during the middle third of the 20th century, indicating this is sixty plus years old.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it remains in like-new condition, showing no evid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1399747 (stock #3844f)
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Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Henry II" pattern was an homage in design to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

The central feature is a lion's face set midway on the handle. This is surrounded by an array of acanthus leaf (one of which forms the tongue of the lion), fruit, scrolls, and scaling as would be found on a suit of armor.

This piece is an all original, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., olive spoon with a pierced and gold washed bowl with a narrow flange ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399708 (stock #3843f)
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This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology.

Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.

D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatewarenotes this particular pattern wa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1399596 (stock #3841f)
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Designed to hang from a teapot, this 2" diameter, 1 1/4" high, .7 T. oz. all silver, basket style tea (leaf) strainer has a wire prong that fits in the pot spout, and which is also attached to a pivoting wire bail.

It is marked "Sterling" on the wire, and "Sterling," model number "24," and "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham on the basket.

Markedly Aesthetic in style, the pierced basket is folded or crimped and is irregularly impressed with a fern or seaweed like organic design. This is reminisce...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399541 (stock #3840f)
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Dating circa 1865, this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "*F. & H.*" on the blade for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell, and "Pure Coin," which is a New England term, on the underside of the handle.

It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.

The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period.

The scalloped ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399368 (stock #3837f)
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An impressive serving piece that measures 8 3/8" long and weighs nearly 2.7 T. oz., this item has a double provenance that traces to the late 19th century.

First, the pattern is "Luxembourg" made by Gorham and introduced in 1893. This particular example is a pea spoon with a large, round, 3" diameter, reticulated, shallow bowl with a gold finish on both sides.

Secondly, the handle front is engraved "Whist Club" and the backside reads "1897." While this could reference numerous organization...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399337 (stock #3836f)
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Utilizing an "Old English," i.e. rounded end with a reverse tipt back, form, "Lily Engraved" is one of numerous bright cut designs Whiting and other manufacturers produced in the 1880s.

Attractive and artful, these patterns showcased the skills of engravers of the period and were apparently well received in their time, given the variety of examples still available today.

This piece is a lengthy, 10 1/2", 3.1 T. oz., all silver fish slice.

The blade is relatively slender, slightly concav...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399241 (stock #3834f)
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Most American tongs of this size, 8 1/8" long and 2.7 T. oz. in this instance, and configuration, namely with a talon or fork grip combined with a spoon or cup grip, date from the mid 19th century.

Commonly identified as chicken (salad or fried) tongs, they might have have been used for various salads.

This coin silver pair are particularly attractive, combining several design features.

Each of the arms, for instance, has a twisted section, which style was particularly favored in the pe...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399131 (stock #3832f)
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Identified in Crescent City Silver published by the "Historic New Orleans Collection," as either replacing or succeeding P. Zimmermann, Charles H. Zimmermann operated immediately following the Civil War, from 1866-70.

The same source indicates tht he was both a manufacturer and retailer. As this 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," coin silver master butter knife is marked "WwH" as well as "C.H. Zimmermann," it would have marketed by him but made by New York's ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399049 (stock #3829f)
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This ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a 7 1/2" by 1 3/4" flat blade that has a beveled lower edge and upswept, pointed, tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. It incorporates a shell design that appears on both sides of the handle terminus and at the join with the blade.

The handle front h...

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