American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1252230 (stock #2094dd)
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This four-branch epergne, or sweetmeat server, is a grand piece that traces to a time when presentation was a component part of the culinary experience.

It is comprised of a silverplate frame that supports one central and four subsidiary cut glass dishes. Large scale, it stands 11" at the highest edge of the main bowl and is 14" across length and width. The main bowl measures 10 1/2" x 7" x 3" deep. The small bowls are 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 3/4" deep...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188064 (stock #1562fw)
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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 : 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 #1241473 (stock #1995f)
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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 1980 item #1242214 (stock #2001f)
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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 "" and "" A google search will turn up other links...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1183768 (stock #1531f)
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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 1900 item #1204475 (stock #1697f)
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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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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. oz...

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

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1279369 (stock #2324f)
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This ensemble of three cups or beakers possess the kind of understated elegance that quietly but decidedly bespeaks artful sophistication.

Made by a premier manufacturer, they are all stamped with George Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "1938" on the undersides, and likely date from the late 19th century.

Graduated so to nest one inside the other, they are nonetheless similar in size. The largest stands 2 1/4" high, and the smallest 2 1/8" high. The same r...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1208625 (stock #1735f)
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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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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 : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1219779 (stock #1825f)
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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 #1140056 (stock #1189f)
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The design on these two, matched spoons is commonly referred as Lily, Lily of the Valley, and Number 88 (which usually appears on the backside of this 1870 design). They are 7 1/8" long, weighty, and have the same "MHO" period monogram on the reverses. The pattern is intricate and has open work on the top of the handle. It seems to reflect similar design inspiration as Gorham's Egyptian Revival Lotus of the same period. The stylized shell-shaped bowls have a frosted finish on the interior, a...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1302780 (stock #2507f)
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This pattern is identified in the Gorham archives (housed at Brown University and cataloged by scholar Sam Hough) as "Old English." It is commonly referred to, however, as "Seal Top" after the round, flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank, which in turn follows after a traditional "old English" form.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with the same ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
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Measuring 4 3/4" in diameter, standing 2 1/2" high, and weighing a very substantial 9.9 T. oz., this bowl is item number A7815 made by Gorham according to the marks on the underside.

Its purpose is uncertain, being much larger than a standard child's dish, which is one possibility. It could be a christening bowl.

In any case, it was presented to "Harry M. Stevens" on "December 25 - 1909" according to the script inscriptions that appear on the upper wall below the rim.

It sits on a t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
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This mug made by Gorham about 1900 combines two style features.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau style popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the stem and leaf elements that are applied to the body. Second, it also incorporates four applied children's figures that are very much in the manner of Kate Greenaway whose work harkens to the Arts and Crafts Mo...

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