American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188064 (stock #1562fw)
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$675.00
Priced as a set.
Marked with both Philadelphia's George Sharp's "double lion and S" and "Patent" marks as well as "Tiffany & Co.," this salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing. Curiously, they are not stamped "Sterling," which standard Tiffany typically required in the 1860's from which they date, so they are possibly coin silver rather than sterling...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1323731 (stock #2624f)
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$625.00
A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as especially associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebonized wood handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1197760 (stock #1645fb)
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This 8 5/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., coin silver berry or serving spoon was produced by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the strong period interest in Classicism. The end of the handle portrays a highly articulated, multidimensional warrior bust set atop a pediment base. This has a flat backside, and although hollow, is substantial. The central part of the shank is tubular and faceted...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1330680 (stock #2705f)
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Dating from the late Art Nouveau period when tastes yet inclined to the grand, and while the art of the silversmith was still in high peak, this large, flat bottom, (fruit) bowl is model "A6738" produced by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the underside, along with the aforementioned number, "Sterling," and the date symbol for "1907."

It is grand scale in both size and intricacy of detail. Measuring 12" in diameter, it stands 2" at the highest, and weighs 18.6 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1241473 (stock #1995f)
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$525.00
A popular and enduring pattern, Kirk's "Repousse" was produced in an array of holloware matching its flatware line.

This piece is a 7" long, 3 1/2" at the widest, 4" to the highest point at the top of the handle, 8.1 T. oz., gravy or sauce boat.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Co," "925/1000," and "7" on the underside. Rainwater indicates this particular mark was used on holloware 1903-07...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1183768 (stock #1531f)
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$495.00
Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a wide and deep bowl (there is an otherwise identical spoon with a narrower bowl) resulting in a particularly generous capacity...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1242214 (stock #2001f)
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$495.00
Solid silver, fully original and completely hand made, this punch ladle bears the unicorn mark of Geoffrey Blake who is a contemporary master smith producing for Old Newbury Crafters silver.

Sources list Blake as starting his association with ONC in 1971. In-depth, illustrated, online articles about him, the company, and the production of hand worked silver are available on the sites "smpub.com" and "paulreverehouse.org." A google search will turn up other links...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1204475 (stock #1697f)
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$485.00
This c. 1870 interpretation of "Lily of the Valley" offered by Wood & Hughes is a three dimensional pattern assembled from various cast elements.

This popular mid 19th century form of construction in silver has been described by one source as "jewelry-esque." It represents crafting of the highest form, employing exceptional skill of the sort the 19th century excelled in.

This example is an 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., almond scoop...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1193886 (stock #1612mg)
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$465.00
Dating from 1866 according to the date engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.", this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's standing lion, anchor, G mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item. Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is 4.5+ T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329461 (stock #2687f)
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$445.00
Arguably the floral line by which all other Art Nouveau flower designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, freedom of expression, and sense of abundance that characterizes this style mode that was popular from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315753 (stock #2525f)
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$435.00
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. 1791."

It 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 to be a scarce form in this line. It has a scalloped edge bowl, with slight ribbing on the sidewalls. It retains a portion of its original gold wash.

The image on the front ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1208625 (stock #1735f)
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$395.00
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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that had contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts. This matched fish serving fork and spoon is an exceptionally fine example in the line and reflects the best of the burgeoning capacities of mid 19th century American silver manufacturing.

The fork measures 8 3/4" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while the slice measures 11 5/8" and weighs 3.3 T. oz. Both pieces are engraved "Ellen" in scr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305444 (stock #2528f)
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$385.00
An immensely well-received line featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., likely fish serving fork, however, are quite rare.

The detail of the Art Nouveau design shows to advantage at ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1330005 (stock #2696f)
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$385.00
Exhibiting the finest design sensibilities of the late Victorian period, and the exquisite artisanship of one of America's premier silver houses, Gorham Manufacturing Company, this tea caddy stands out as a high quality example.

As indicated on the underside, it is model number "280," with a date symbol for 1892, and is imprinted with the word "Sterling," and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" hallmark. The lid is also stamped "Sterling."

It stands 3 13/16" high to the lip of the rim, and 4 5/8...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330349 (stock #2701f)
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$385.00
A numbered design, specifically "610," rather than a standard line pattern, this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection (see image three for 1892 catalogue image and identification) spoon, was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

It has regal iconography.

The tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle, just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1219779 (stock #1825f)
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$375.00
The Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International silver was responsible for some of the most successful Art Nouveau patterns of the parent company. The best known was "Frontenac." Turn of the 20th century "Cleone" may be the most innovative and dramatic. Examples of it are rare.

It is representational, employing Art Nouveau floral elements and a single figure. The design elements are opulently portrayed, and tumble into the bowl. It features a bearded male image set amid an array of ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1308408 (stock #2959f)
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Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first "golden age" of design.

The defining feature of the line is a cast "bust" that surmounts the lengthy, square handle. There is some variation from piece to piece, and in this case, the image is of a female looking slightly sideways.

A product of the Classical Revival movement of the period, the figure sits atop a pedestal base, much as she might be presented in a museum or salon, or in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330926 (stock #2709f)
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$365.00
Stamped "J*P" for mid 19th century New York City manufacturer John Polhamus, "Sterling," and with the retailer's name "Howard & Co.," this serving fork is a first order example of its genre.

It also illustrates the Victorian appreciation for refinement and penchant toward extravagant scale, especially as this sentiment showed itself in biggest center of commerce and arguably the most cosmopolitan American city of the age.

It measures 10 7/8" overall, with a five tine serving end that is ...

 
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