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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386072 (stock #3610dd)
Old Friends
$95.00
Featuring a pharaoh or sphinx-like figure flanked by ibis birds at the handle tip, and papyrus leaves midway down, Whiting's "Egyptian" was issued in 1875 during a time when this theme was experiencing a revival.

It is a fuller expression of the motif than the company's "Lotus" pattern of about the same period--and nearly a mirror image of Gorham's line by the same name and time--in that it incorporates more detailed and literal imagery.

The bowl on this 6 7/8" long, approximately 1.1 T. o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386050 (stock #3609f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A particularly fine rendering of "Hizen," one of Gorham's most exotic patterns, these 4 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., tongs are in immaculate estate condition, evidencing neither wear nor damage.

A multi-motif line issued in 1880, the style draws upon Aesthetic sensibilities. The primary element of the design is a fish, possibly koi, set against a raised background suggestive of marine elements, including waves and seaweed.

The three tine, cupped, grips have textured surfaces and rich, intact, g...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1385991 (stock #3608f)
Old Friends
$30.00
An effective implement "holding a registered dram resting level on the table," (The Pharmaceutical Era volume 27 - google) this spoon was marketed to druggists and apparently was a well-received, utilitarian, item.

Solid silver, it measures 4 1/2" overall, weighs .9 T. oz., and has an elongated bowl with a narrowed and splayed mouth, which is finished in a soft satin gold wash.

It is fully identified for the manufacturer, J.B. & S.M. Knowles of Providence, Rhode Island, and identifi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385948 (stock #3607f)
Old Friends
$80.00
This lengthy, 7 3/4", and heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who was the manufacturer most associated with a style of ball, dome, sphere, and various other similar shapes popularized in the 1860s.

This "Ball End" form is an especially appealing piece, with a shaped blade with notched shoulders and an engraved surface with roulette bordering.

The ball itself is inscribed with a rubbed Old English monogram that appears to read "MEBH."

In very g...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385863 (stock #3605f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Patented in 1878, and so stamped on the reverse of this 8 3/4" long, just over 2.1 T. oz., berry spoon, this "Cupid" design was developed by Morgan Morgans Jr., New York City, who with Samuel Montgomery, bought Albert Coles' business in 1877 and continued to use the later's three part pseudo hallmark, which also appears on this along with the word "Sterling," until he sold the firm to George Shiebler in 1883.

As later examples produced by Shiebler carried his "winged S" mark, this is a docume...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1385814 (stock #3604f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Identified as "Owosso" in engraving set sideways on the lower portion of the handle, this teaspoon features an intricate, high relief portraiture of the Shiawassee American Indian leader who is remembered as a signatory of the Treaty of Saginaw (Michigan) in 1819 and the Treaty of Detroit in 1807.

He is also known as "Wosso" or "Wasso," although the name "Owosso" carries on in the Michigan city which takes its name from him.

Measuring 6" long and heavy at 1.0 T. oz., it was made by Rogers,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385765 (stock #3603f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz., tabl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1385639 (stock #3600f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This 7 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., coin silver, preserve or jelly spoon has a double provenance in that it is stamped with a Gothic "W&H" for Philadelphia's Watts & Harper manufacturer, and with the name "C.F. Greenwood," for the Norfolk, Virginia, jeweler.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths gives narrow dates for the W&H partnership, 1859-61/62, while Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia indicates Greenwood began his business about 1850.

These dates are conv...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385468 (stock #3598f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Larger than most such pieces, this fish slice measures 12 1/8" long and weighs a substantial 3.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Lady Washington," which is one of Gorham's early lines, dating from 1876, the year of the American Centennial, which may have occasioned the development of the design given the name is associated with the first family of the new nation.

It features the profile of a courtly looking female figure set against a background of classical imagery, including swags, garlands, corn...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1385347 (stock #3596f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Price for the pair.
Relatively diminutive, this matching pair of master salts each stand 1 1/8" high, have top diameters of 1 7/8", rest on pedestal bases that are 1" across, and weigh 1.1 T. oz. combined.

They were made by Whiting, whose "lion" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "7" are stamped on the undersides.

The cauldron shaped body, tiered base, and beaded detailing suggest an 1870-80 date.

Each one is engraved "F.R." in Old English lettering on the upper edges below the rims.

They are in excel...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1385316 (stock #3595f)
Old Friends
$575.00
Larger than most examples of this form, this piece measures a full 12" from arm to arm, has a bowl 9" in diameter, stands 5" to the rim and 6" at the highest point of the arms, and rests on a pedestal base that is 4 5/8" across at the bottom. Commensurately heavy for its size, it weighs a substantial 21.4 T. oz.

A coin silver tazza or compote, it is essentially plain and clean-lined, save for the remarkably innovative and forward looking, cast and applied, solid, arms.

They feature two sty...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1385280 (stock #3594f)
Old Friends
$56.00
The first decade of the 20th century witnessed a great flowering of design successes for Reed & Barton, largely influenced by Art Nouveau sensibilities and perhaps culminating with the company's figural "Love Disarmed."

"La Splendide," the pattern on this 6 1/4" long, weighty at 1.9 T. oz., sugar sifter was among the product of this period.

The relatively plain handle is surmounted by a cascade of high relief, fluid scrolls that almost seem to erupt from the handle end.

The expressivene...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385252 (stock #3593f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A late 19th century pattern, Towle's "Pomona" is a multi-motif design that features a variety of fruits.

It is artfully crafted, presenting its imagery in a series of layers, lending the pattern an overall sculpted or chiseled look.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, nearly .9 T. oz., sugar spoon portraying grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, a pear, and peaches. The backside of the handle is plain, save for a leafy detail that appears on all pieces in the line.

The bowl has a scalloped ed...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1385211 (stock #3592f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching, coin silver teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long, while the pair weigh just over 1.0 T. oz. combined.

Having "Reverse Tipt" ends on down turned handles, thumb drops on the backsides of the bowls, and inscribed "CJP" set sideways on the handle fronts, they are stamped "Hedges" for David Hedges, 1779-1856, of East Hampton, New York.

Their style places them in the early 1800s.

The Hedges family is deeply ingrained in the history of eastern Long Island, when it was la...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1385163 (stock #3591dd)
Old Friends
$85.00
Imprinted with the "D" emblem that Durgin used on its holloware and the word "Gorham," along with "Sterling" and the model number "34A," this piece was made subsequent to 1905, the year that Gorham bought out Durgin, which continued as a separate operation under Gorham's mantle until 1931.

It is a 4" long, 2 1/2" wide, 1/2" high to the rim, 3 1/8" at the tallest, nearly 1.4 T. oz., nut or candy dish formed in the shape of a swan.

Very well crafted, the textured surface is appropriately fea...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1385131 (stock #3590f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 6" long and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the group, this set of six teaspoons was made by the International Silver Company.

The pattern is "Empress," dating from 1931 and is very much in the Art Deco style popular in the period.

Exhibiting crisp lines and fine finishes, they have never been monogrammed and are in superb estate condition.

They are without damage or evident wear, and have bright, hand polished finishes.

Marks are "International," the Wilcox & Evertsen" division...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1385084 (stock #3589f)
Old Friends
$265.00
An original julep cup, this piece stands 3 1/2" high, weighs 3.9 T. oz., and has a tapered body that goes from a 2 1/2" wide bottom to a 3" diameter top.

Coin silver, it is stamped on the underside "Duhme & Co.," for the prominent Cincinnati firm, and likely dates from the 1860s.

Plain walled, it has applied rims top and bottom, and is engraved "C.W.K." in a stylized lettering that seems to be an Old English variant.

It remains round, sits evenly, is without dents or bends, and has a pl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384935 (stock #3586f)
Old Friends
$425.00
Lengthy at 12" overall, and weighty at 4.6 T. oz., this fish slice has a 6 1/4" long by 2 5/8" at the widest, blade, with a pointed, upswept tip, and raised and scalloped upper edge.

The pattern is "Medallion" by John Wendt and is stamped "Patent 1862," "Sterling," and "Ball Black & Co," for the New York City retailer with whom Wendt is strongly associated.

One of the most impressive of the myriad "Medallion" figures offered by American manufacturers in the 1860s, the line featured a vari...

 
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