American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1229033 (stock #1898f)
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Something of a uncommon pattern, and a more intricate design than the name would imply, Durgin's 1886 "Scroll" has a repousse surface that features leaves, florals, and the namesake scrolls.

This example is a generously sized, 5" long, .9 T. oz. pair of sugar tongs. There is a fancy script "MAT" monogram on the arch. The gold washed talon grips are very finely rendered with detailed articulation on the inside as well as the outside surfaces.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1237757 (stock #1962f)
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As with so much of the design product of George Shiebler, "Victoria" falls into a style of its own.

It has a border of what appears to be a repeating buds with tendril-like elements. This extends onto the shoulders of the bowl of this large, 8" long, heavy, 2.3 T. oz., gravy ladle. The motif bears a similarity to Georg Jensen's "Blossom," although "Victoria" predates that pattern by about twenty years.

There is a script "JEH" monogram on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1285732 (stock #2371f)
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These two, matching, butter pats are 3" square and weigh a substantial 2.5 T. oz. the pair. Made by Gorham, they are stamped with the company name and "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," the model number "58," and date from about 1935.

They have 1/4" high, gadroon edges with a slight lip. The interiors are engraved "E.I.T" in block lettering.

They are in mint estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1288452 (stock #2395f)
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An unusual form, this cake fork measures 6 7/8" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz. The defining feature of the piece is the elongated, 3 1/2" overall, serving end which is comprised of three yoked tines with three dimensional scalloped shoulders. The entire surface front and back is finished in a satin matte gold wash.

Dating from 1889, the pattern is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1302391 (stock #2503f)
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Arguably the first name in American Arts & Crafts silver, Arthur Stone maintained a studio for the better part of four decades. Upon his retirement in 1937, he sold his shop to Henry Heywood who continued the business intact.

This 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle dates from this transition time. It is marked with the "Stone with hammer" emblem, the "h in a shield" emblem for Heywood, "Sterling," and a benchmark "B," likely for Charles Brown whose tenure ran to 1937...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1238925 (stock #1975f)
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This 6" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., three tine pickle fork is a place piece and not a serving item. It is an early, and apparently not readily found, form in Towle's "Old Colonial" line.

This example is in immaculate condition and is without a monogram or removal. It retains an original gold wash, which apart from some rubbing wear on the backside where the heel rests, is fully intact.

Marks are the Towle emblem, "Sterling," "925/1000," and an imprinted "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1224493 (stock #1858f)
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A large example, this master butter knife measures 8" long and weighs approximately 1.6 T. oz. The pattern is "Florentine," introduced in 1870 by John Wendt. A Renaissance Revival design, Florentine consists of a dense mosaic of leaves and scrolls with a shield reserve, which in this case is absent a monogram or removal. The blade is set on the vertical to the handle, meaning the handle would lie flat on a surface, with the blade fully upright.

It is in very fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1223618 (stock #1853f)
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Dating from 1872, John Wendt's "Bird" stands alongside Tiffany's "Audubon" and two designs both named "Japanese," one made respectively by Whiting and the other by Wood & Hughes. They all incorporate bird images that embrace the aesthetic sensibilities of the period. Wendt's imagery is particularly detailed and intricately rendered.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., table or serving spoon in exceptionally fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1287738 (stock #2389dd)
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Long and slender at 9", and weighing nearly 1.2 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299421 (stock #2479f)
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Gorham's "California" is a design that is surrounded by mystery. It is an identified pattern, but examples are very rarely found and what exists suggests it was limited to serving pieces.

Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.

It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880. The rounded, swooping handle has a scalloped upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253453 (stock #2108f)
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Fully marked for London, 1844, and sterling, this large, 9", heavy 2.6 T. oz., table serving spoon is stamped "SH" over "DC" for the partnership of Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater.

It is a handsome and refined item, artfully formed and finished. It has a reverse tipt handle with an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The plain front has cleanly beveled edges and high, sharply defined shoulders off the generously proportioned, 3 1/4" by 1 3/4", bowl.

It is in superb condition and wi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1192545 (stock #1602f)
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An early Wood & Hughes piece, dating circa 1855, this coin silver master butter knife is substantially sized at 7 3/4" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz. It is a singular design, having a twisted stem and a notched, shield shaped handle. It is similar in overall form to Gorham's little known "Imperial" pattern of the same period, and of which Wood & Hughes had an almost identical match. The upper edge of the blade has two notches that repeat the design of the handle. Otherwise having a plain surfa...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1243675 (stock #2014f)
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Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons characteristically have narrow, deep bowls, and often relatively long handles.

This example is in Gorham's "Versailles." It measures 5 3/4" long and is heavy at nearly 1.0 T. oz. The bowl is 2" long by 1" at the widest and 1/2" at the deepest. It has a satin matte finish on the interior and retains a portion of an original gold wash.

It is old...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1235299 (stock #1942f)
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Although Fessenden produced several Art Nouveau style floral designs early in the 20th century and named them after the respective flower portrayed, this perhaps chrysanthemum pattern in that series was an exception to that practice and was named "McKinley."

Measuring 7" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this example is a preserve or jelly spoon. The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on the front and back sides of the handle. It is high relief and highly detailed. The bowl is u...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1307204 (stock #2545f)
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Jenkins & Jenkins was the 1908 successor firm to Jacobi & Jenkins, and was itself absorbed by Schofield about 1915.

This novel desk item, a stamp or letter moistener, carries the company name, the words "Sterling 925/1000 Fine," and "Baltimore."

It measures 4" overall and weighs a relatively hefty .9 T. oz., which includes a negligible amount for the sponge tip.

It has a stick-like, flat handle with a rounded end. Both sides have a dense repousse pattern typical of Baltimore silver....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1235909 (stock #1946f)
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this fork may have been a youth piece as it is engraved "Margaret Hobbs" in script on the reverse.

The pattern is Wallace's early 20th century "Irian." It is through and through an Art Nouveau design that features a full sized, high relief, nude woman with two winged cherubs hoovering about her. The lower portion of the handle portrays a number of florals including an iris and poppy, both popular themes within the Nouveau design mode. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1174106 (stock #1458f)
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Model number "435" made by Gorham, a similar companion piece numbered "437" appears in the company catalog of 1892 (see image 2). Measuring 4 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., this form is sometimes identified as a tea caddy spoon, but the catalog illustration establishes it as a bon bon spoon. Such pieces were higher order in the Gorham stable and extra effort was invested in their design and production. They are also generally heavier than comparable pieces in full line patterns...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
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"Prince Albert" is a design that is attributed to Michael Gibney, but which shows up in the marketplace under various nameplates (Gibney rarely marked his own work). Indeed this exceptionally long, 8 1/8", and heavy, 2.3 T. oz., fork is stamped "Ball, Tompkins & Black."

A firm of high standing, successors to Marquand & Co. in 1839 before becoming "Ball, Black & Co." in 1851, it may have enjoyed a particularly close business connection with Gibney. The entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of ...

 
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