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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1365228 (stock #3237f)
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$125.00
This 7" long, very heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon, is a fine example of Samuel Kirk's earliest work, in his first line pattern, "Kings."

It bears a Baltimore assay mark of a "Maryland shield and the letter C" that was used 1825-30, along with "S. Kirk" in script.

The assay standard for this time was established by law at 11 parts out of 12, or 91.7% silver (vs...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1365859 (stock #3244f)
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This buckwheat cake measures 8" long, weighs 1.8 T. oz., and has a round, flat, serving end that is 2 5/8" in diameter.

Made in Boston, it is stamped "H.B. Standwood & Co.," for a firm that eventually became a part of "Shreve, Crump & Low."

The pattern is a scroll design similar to one produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, also of Boston, in the mid 19th century.

The inscription, a large, fancy "S" over "1877," postdates the actual manufacture of the piece by about twenty years...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366796 (stock #3259f)
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Attributed by Tere Hagen in her comprehensive but now aging, "Silver Flatware" to Reed & Barton and given the name "Spray," this pattern is actually an early Durgin one.

Examples show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are sometimes marked with the firm's "D" emblem and sometimes left unmarked.

This large, 9 3/4" long, and weighty at 3.2 T. oz., ice cream server is imprinted "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1357189 (stock #3075f)
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$120.00
A large piece measuring 1 3/4" in diameter, 1 1/4" high, and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is stamped "Stieff," "Sterling," and with a date symbol for "1922" on the inside edge.

The pattern is "Rose," introduced in 1892, and which is a hallmark repousse design for this company and for Baltimore silver in general.

This is the open shield variant of the line, which in this instance is engraved "Suzanne" in script...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360045 (stock #3123dd)
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Large at 8 9/16" long, and weighty at over 3.1 T. oz., this pea spoon has a generously scaled, round, 3" diameter, 7/8" deep, bowl. This has intricate scroll and bell flower piercing and a gold finish on both sides.

Made by Durgin, the pattern is "Bead," which was introduced in 1893.

The design incorporates a beaded border on the handle, which has a tipt end on the slightly upturned front and a plain end on the back.

There is an Old English "H" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
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$115.00
An early 20th century pattern, "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" stands in contrast to the exuberance of so much 19th century design. A simple, double-lined, multi-scroll motif, it is clean, direct, and understated in manner.

This example is a 9 5/8" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., cake saw. It has a solid, flat handle, and all-silver blade. The blade has a saw-tooth upper edge, which is characteristic of this item.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in exceptionally fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1309090 (stock #2564f)
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$115.00
This collapsible shaving brush made by Gorham is illustrated in the company catalog of 1906 (see image 2).

It measures 6" long when fully assembled, and 3 1/8" when folded up. Solid sterling, the holder and perforated cap weigh .7 T. oz. combined, while the base and brush together weigh another .7 T. oz.

The body is a high relief floral and leaf repousse design. There is a central reserve which is engraved with an embellished script "TB" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1326437 (stock #2647f)
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$115.00
A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330137 (stock #2698f)
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A lengthy piece at 9 3/16", and weighing nearly 2.6 T. oz., this spoon has an exceptionally large bowl. Shell form and with a satin gold wash, it is 3 3/4" long by 2 3/4" at the widest, and probably was made as a vegetable or salad server.

The pattern is Wallace's version of "Kings," issued in 1903, and encompasses all the traditional elements of a design derived from English antecedents. The pattern appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, with the front having a convex shel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335773 (stock #2772f)
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This server follows after the form of an ice cream server, although some outsized for that at 10 1/2" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz.

Dating circa 1880, it has a slightly upturned, round end handle and a large, 5" by 3 1/16" at the widest, teardrop shaped serving end.

The entire front surface is extensively bright cut with wriggle work and hatched detailing. The theme of this is vegetative, expressed with an Aesthetic sensibility.

The imagery on the handle is largely leaves with two sma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342802 (stock #2859f)
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Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., cream ladle. It is commonly referred to as a "bucket" ladle referencing the shape of the 1 1/2" top diameter, 1" deep, dipping or serving end, which in this case has a bright gold finish.

The stem is semi-tubular, with a half-round front and flat backside. The ivy and berry portraiture which defines ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359770 (stock #3118f)
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$115.00
Syracuse, New York, was a major silver manufacturing center in the mid to late 19th century. Joseph Seymour, the maker of this 8 1/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon, was one of the most prominent names among that city's firms, with a history that began in 1846, terminating in 1905.

An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to mak...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360227 (stock #3130dd)
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$115.00
Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this sardine fork is an early production example of International's 1903 Art Nouveau style "Frontenac."

It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of old production pieces.

There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.

It is in superb condition, indicating it has had little to no us...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361071 (stock #3158dd)
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A large piece measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this item is an unusual, perhaps croquette, server.

It has a flat, 3 1/2" long by 2 3/8" wide, blade with four, curved and rounded tines, scalloped margins, and an intricately pierced surface.

The pattern is "Wellington," a late 19th century design issued in 1897 by Alvin. It features a double shell and scroll terminus with an egg and dart margin on the handle front and a relatively plain scroll backside.

There is a lightl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1361387 (stock #3163f)
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$115.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361775 (stock #3174f)
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$115.00
Stamped with a "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham, "Sterling," the model number "465," and a date symbol for 1892, this item measures 6 3/8" long and weighs 1.1 T. oz.

Identified in company catalogs of the period (see image 2) as a "bread" fork, it is commonly identified today for toast, all of which is a small distinction.

The piece is hollow, with an elaborate scroll design that is the same on both sides of the handle and three, one straight and two curved, tines.

Without a monogram or r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366600 (stock #3256f)
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$115.00
A late 19th century rococo pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

Made in two versions, solid background and pierced, it is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves with flowers, all set in moderately high relief.

Elegant without any embellishment, this pierced, 8 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., jelly knife is made all the more so by the addition of an overall vermeil, i.e. gold gilt, surface, and rich, multi-colored enamel...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1260603 (stock #2190f)
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$110.00
Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, and later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz. Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The interesting and somewhat singularly styled bowl is melon form with central...

 
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