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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1419340 (stock #4161f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price per piece, two available.
A late Victorian piece made in London, England this knife measures an exceptional 10 5/8" long, 3.7 T. oz. total weight.

Scaled for banquets or grand affairs, it has a filled sterling silver "Pistol Grip" handle engraved with an "upraised hand holding a sword" crest, and an original, blunt-end steel blade.

The blade is impressed "Thomas" under a "crown" over "Bond Street," while the handle is stamped with the firm's hallmark. The well regarded reference, Jackson's Hallmarks, notes t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1419171 (stock #4159f)
Old Friends
$130.00
Price for the set of eight.
A popular motif from the 1880s, engraved versions of "Lily," actually "Lily of the Valley" with Aesthetic detailing, were produced by multiple manufacturers.

This matched set of eight, 5 15/16" long, 4.0 T. oz. the group, oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks were made by Frank Whiting whose "W in a circle" and "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverses.

The handles are an "Antique" pattern with rounded ends and tipt backsides.

The fronts have satin matte finishes, which sets...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1419094 (stock #4158f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Price per piece, four available.
In his benchmark work Gorham Silver 1831-1981, Charles Carpenter dates "Tipt" to 1840, which is consistent with the appearance of this widely produced pattern in coin silver.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .6 T. oz. teaspoon, however, is marked "Sterling," which dates it well beyond 1840. Gorham in actuality produced this design for an extensive period, as this piece evidences.

Other marks include the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "T" which is a weight designation for "trade."...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1419051 (stock #4157f)
Old Friends
$8.00
Price per piece. 7 remaining.
These 3 7/8" long, .3 T. oz. (9 grams) each, demitasse or coffee spoons are matching items in a series that represent the twelve months with corresponding flowers.

The flowers are bright cut engraved on satin finish handle fronts. All pieces are in mint condition.

They are marked "JWR" and "sterling" on the reverses.

Twenty-four individual spoons are available, representing eleven different flowers, ten different months (with some months in multiple).

Each spoon is stamped on the bac...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1418969 (stock #4156f)
Old Friends
Auction
Dating from the mid 19th century, this 7" long, 1.0 T. oz., spoon is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" for the Baltimore silversmith whose name bespeaks that city. It is also marked "10.15" for one of the peculiar-to-Baltimore silver assay standards, essentially equivalent to coin and used 1830-61.

A place piece, it would translate to today's oval soup or dessert spoon.

It has a plain, rounded end, handle with a subtle "Tipt" backside and exposed drop on the bowl reverse. There are high, angular and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1418853 (stock #4155f)
Old Friends
$145.00
This Wood & Hughes version of "Louis XV," issued in 1880, predates the more common Whiting one by more than a decade.

It is also more elaborate than the latter pattern, having in addition to the defining scroll work, added acanthus leaf, shell, and knurled detail, arrayed in an asymmetrical, rococo manner.

This example is a 10 1/4" long, all silver, flat handle ice cream knife or slice.

The 6 1/2" long, broad at 1 1/2" wide, blade is the defining feature of the piece. It has a partially...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1418546 (stock #4151f)
Old Friends
$240.00
Price for the set of six.
These six, matching, 5 3/4" long, approximately 4.6 T. oz. the group, ice cream spoons are stamped with the "eagle head, AC, bust" mark of Albert Coles, "Patent 1878," and "Sterling."

The pattern is "Cupid," which while designed by Morgan Morgans, Jr. who took control of the Coles operation in 1877, is most associated with George Shiebler who bought out Morgans in 1883.

It is a multi-motif design, with a winged cupid set in various poses against an arabesque, Renaissance Revival, motif bac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1418429 (stock #4149f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Price for the pair.
At 4 1/4" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz combined, this matched are identified as coffee spoons in old catalogues, as opposed to generally smaller demitasse spoons.

Original production examples of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs," these are indeed old.

An extravagant design, the design incorporates high relief, seemingly liquid, portraiture as is typical of the Art Nouveau mode.

The sinuous floral elements entwine with one another throughout the length of the handle, carrying clear onto th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1418363 (stock #4148f)
Old Friends
$34.00
Price for the pair.
Stamped for the mid 19th century partnership of Lewis Voute and Jeremiah Groff, clock and watchmakers and silver retailers, Philadelphia, each of these two, matched, coin silver spoons measures 5 3/4" long, while the pair together weigh 1.0 T. oz.

A "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, they have broad, upturned, ends, high, pointed, shoulders off the bowls, and exposed drops on the bowl backsides.

They are engraved "MEN" in feathered script lettering set sideways on the handle fronts.

Clean pieces, t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1418291 (stock #4147f)
Old Friends
$145.00
An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

This example is a 6 7/8" long, relatively heavy, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

The 2 1/2" by 1 5/8" by 1/2" dee...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1940 item #1418150 (stock #4145f)
Old Friends
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Marked "Gorham," "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," model number "279," and "cement-loaded," on the undersides, and "Sterling" in the bases where the candles fit, these matched candlesticks stand 10" tall and rest on 4 1/2" diameter, tiered, bases.

They weigh 33.4 T. oz. the pair, although this is essentially irrelevant given they are weighted.

Likely dating from the 1930s, they are an elegant and lofty "Baluster" style, with fixed bobeches.

They are single stem, solid, pieces, meaning they...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417674 (stock #4141f)
Old Friends
$26.00
This 3 7/8" long, scant weight, coffee or demitasse spoon is hallmarked for sterling silver, date of manufacture 1898-99, Birmingham England, and maker John Grinsell & Sons (JG&S).

The firm had showrooms in Birmingham, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, the latter of which may relate to the "Thistle" that sits on the end of the twisted handle on this.

With leaves and a ball formed from silver, the actual blossom is shaped from a piece of purple amethyst colored glass.

The bowl is finished ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417483 (stock #4139f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Price for the set of six.
A matched set of six 5 7/8" long, approximately 2.8 T. oz. the group, each of these oyster or seafood cocktail forks has a delicate feathered script "R" monogram engraved sideways on the handle.

Made by Gorham, they are marked with a "lion, anchor, G" and the word "Sterling" on the backsides.

The pattern is "21," which number appears with the other marks. This is not a standard line design, but it very much resembles "Versailles" in its dense, rococo style, scrolling leaf motif, and likely...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417395 (stock #4138f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing approximately 2.1 T. oz., this gravy ladle is an early production example of Gorham's classic "Chantilly" pattern, as indicated by the "1912" date engraved on the handle backside.

It is also marked "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and with the name of the retailer, "Bancroft Bros. Co.," Columbus, Ohio.

In excellent condition, it has a bright finish and is absent polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or scuffs.

The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417329 (stock #4137f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Measuring 8" long and weighing approximately 2.5 T. oz., this ladle is larger than a gravy and is likely for bouillon. It has a large, plum-shaped, 2 1/2" diameter, 1" deep, bowl with a central vee, flange shoulders, and a matte gold finish on the interior.

The arched handle is an "Old English" pattern with a "Reverse Tipt" end. The front has a satin finish and is extensively engraved in a floral (anemone) and leaf design.

The engraving extends onto the flange of the bowl, and into the hee...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417269 (stock #4136f)
Old Friends
$36.00
A Philadelphia firm, Davis & Galt was a short-lived operation that produced a number of unnamed patterns.

The design on this 6" long, .9 T. oz., sugar spoon marked with the company's "fleur-de-lis" symbol, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jul 17. 1888," was likely the first of its designs, given 1888 was the year the "fleur-de-lis" hallmark was trademarked.

The pattern is comprised of a spray of flower blossoms set on a leafy swirl that resembles a cornucopia.

The design reflects an Aesthetic sens...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1417182 (stock #4135f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Price for the set of six.
Matching items, these six spoons all measure 7 1/8" long, weigh a very heavy 12.9 T. oz. the group, and are hallmarked for London, sterling silver, 1901-02, and maker Robert Stebbings (RS in an oval).

Place pieces, they are dessert or oval soup spoons.

The pattern is a traditional English "Kings" with a concave shell end front and convex shell back on the down-turned handle, a honeysuckle mid handle, and a shell on the heel reverse.

Very well crafted and never monogrammed, they are in e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1417097 (stock #4134f)
Old Friends
$60.00
A weighty piece, this 7 1/4" long. 1.4 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Reed & Barton whose "eagle R lion" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the handle backside.

The pattern is "Intaglio," which is one of several dramatic Art Nouveau patterns that the company issued in the first decade of the 20th century.

It is a multi-motif floral design that, apropos of the name, is carved into the surface as well as raised up, all contributing to an overall sculptural quality.

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