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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1306451 (stock #2538f)
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Unusually large at 8 3/8" long, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife traces to Robert and William Wilson of Philadelphia, whose mark appears on the backside of the blade.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the design sensibilities of the period.

The blade and handle are joined at a right angle by a stout extension of the blade that attaches to a twisted stem...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1277729 (stock #2310f)
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"Gladstone" dates to the late 19th century and was produced by Frank Whiting and Amston, with both companies coming under one umbrella in the mid 20th century.

It is a robust, highly detailed, rococo design. The leafy scrolling set against a stippled ground shows considerable relief, all of which is abundantly evident on this large, 9" long, heavy, 3.4 T. oz., serving fork.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in very fine estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286961 (stock #2382f)
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Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.

This item is a rare form cheese fork in the company's "Yetiv" pattern. This is fully authentic, i.e. not made up from another piece.

It measures 5 1/2" long and weighs .7 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1287373 (stock #2386dd)
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A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design imprinted in part of the interior. It is also engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a light portion of its original pale gold finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1305272 (stock #2526f)
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Adapted from a napkin ring, this 2" tall, 1 7/8" diameter, weighty at 1.6 T. oz., round holder would be well-suited for toothpicks.

It is Aesthetic in style, featuring two raised, parallel bands of bamboo stems and stalks set against a stippled background.

It is marked on the interior with the company "lion, anchor, G," emblem, "Sterling," the model number "1310" and date letter "M," for 1880...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1299882 (stock #2482f)
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One of Durgin's treasured souvenir spoons, this patriotic themed item was fittingly produced for and retailed by Philadelphia's "J.E. Caldwell," and so marked, along with the word "Sterling" and "D."

Measuring 6" long and relatively heavy at just touching 1.0 T. oz., this is replete with iconography...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1289479 (stock #2402dd)
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Successors to Jacobi & Jenkins, the early 20th century Baltimore company Jenkins & Jenkins produced a "Repousse" design much in the manner of those offered by Stieff and Kirk.

This example of their Repousse is a rare form and completely original, i.e. not made up, corn scraper. It is further unusual in that it is solid silver. Most examples of this type of piece have steel scrapers.

It measures 5 7/8" long, weighs 1.4 T. oz., and has a 1 1/2" wide, sawtooth cutter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
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Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked "Krusi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1236521 (stock #1951f)
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Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding Art Nouveau example from the early 19th century period. As the name implies, the imagery is carved into the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece.

In the instance of this 7 1/16" long, heavy, 1.9 T. oz., gumbo spoon with a large...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1204033 (stock #1692f)
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Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is perhaps the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

Widely reproduced right to the current day, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, sterling silver master salt spoons are original, old items. They are relatively weighty at just over .8 T. oz. combined.

They are in immaculate condition and without monograms or removals.

Marks are the Reed & Barton double lion emblem, "Pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1202185 (stock #1669f)
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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design deriving from the same sensibilities that generated Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others. This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with flanged rim and central rib that Whiting used across several lines of the period. Persian has a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256927 (stock #2144f)
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In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Celestial" may be the most explicitly Asian inspired in its portraiture given the pagoda-like detailing around the handle end.

Otherwise the design follows after this group of patterns in featuring a bird image set amid a leafy surround. The degree of detail is precise and finely rendered, with all the elements laid upon a stippled ground.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, relatively heavy at 1.8...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
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Measuring 12 1/4" long, this carving knife made by Gorham is unusual on several counts.

First, it is early for this sort of thing. It is stamped with a date letter for 1874. Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "5."

Second, the handle is not a standard pattern. It is a plain, rounded end shape with a satin matte surface. Gorham produced a number of hollow handle serving pieces with similar handles, which were generally bright cut and ba...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245845 (stock #2034f)
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$80.00
Many 19th century social conventions seem at odds with current practices. Such is the manner of notating gifts or presentations. The first person of interest in today's world is the recipient, while the second one is the giver; the order is "to" and "from." The 19th century practice was typically the reverse of this, with the giver the more significant figure.

That custom is evidenced by the inscription on this large, 9 3/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., coin silver serving spoon. The front is engrav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255335 (stock #2131f)
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$80.00
Durgin set a standard for chrysanthemum design interpretations in silver with its 1893 pattern by the same name. The portraiture is dense, detailed, and high relief. It also carries onto the serving ends, adding to the sense of richness.

This example is a 6" long sugar spoon, and consistent with the character of the line, has robust heft at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no evident polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1183237 (stock #1528f)
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$80.00
"New King" is Dominick & Haff's version of an English origin design. It joins Tiffany's "English King" and Gorham's "King George" as the premier iterations of this motif in the American environment. This example is a 6" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., sugar spoon in flawless condition. The shell shaped bowl has a matte finish with a pale gold wash. There is no monogram or removal. Marks are "Sterling," the D&H emblem, and the name of the retailer, "Carter Bros" of Portland, Maine.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1215855 (stock #1794df)
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$75.00
This lot consists of three, coin silver teaspoons dating from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries. Two are are by Philadelphia's Joseph Lownes, 1758-1820.

One of the Lownes is 5 3/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., has a slight tip end on the reverse, an exposed drop, and a feathered script "EM" monogram. The condition is good. There is polishing wear and there are light surface scratches, but it retains a well-shaped bowl.

The second Lownes has a rounded handle, exposed drop, is 5 ...

 
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