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All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1372178 (stock #3367f)
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$34.00
This piece illustrates the once common practice of engraving standard line pieces with local historical features, and thus creating souvenir items.

In this case, the primary piece is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon in Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is a highly textured, Art Nouveau floral design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372531 (stock #3374f)
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$34.00
Price per piece, two available.
One of Tiffany's favored suppliers before it began to produce its own silver, was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the manufacturer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320267 (stock #2567f)
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$32.00
A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance has an Old English "W" monogram.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1355240 (stock #3037f)
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Measuring 4 3/8" long and relatively heavy at over .8 T. oz., this baby fork was made by Gorham, which name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Chantilly."

This example likely dates from the second quarter of the 20th century. The handle is curved and engraved in a script "ETR" monogram.

It is in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having a bright finish. The four tines remain even, straight, and pointed.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361634 (stock #3172f)
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A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364857 (stock #3231f)
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$32.00
A mid 19th century (1854) design by Syracuse, New York's Joseph Seymour, "Wreath" is a self-defining pattern. It feature a leafy garland surmounted by a flower on the far end of handle, with a double scroll set midway on the handle.

It also incorporates a raised rib that breaks and separates into two parts that carry onto the surface of the tine area. This adds dimension and interest to this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., youth fork...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331292 (stock #2714f)
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$30.00
A 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., item, this teaspoon is engraved "March 18, 1898" on the handle reverse and with a delicate, fancy, feathered script "WMC" monogram on the front.

The pattern is Watson's "Cherub," which takes its name from the winged (upward tilting) figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embodies a rococo sensibility.

The piece is in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1356790 (stock #3067f)
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$28.00
A 5 1/2" long, just under .5 T. oz., piece made by Towle, the pattern on the handle is "Rustic," introduced in 1895.

The bowl is the story with this item. It is an artistically engraved representation of, at the time, the campus buildings of the "St. Johnsbury [Vermont] Academy."

The quality and precision of this work would be hard to overstate. Every facet of the two structures is rendered in intricate, fine line, detail...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363513 (stock #3198f)
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$28.00
This coin silver youth fork measures 6" long and weighs over .8 T. oz.

Its mid 19th century pattern is a variant of "Tuscan," attributed to New York's Michael Gibney, or a similar design called "Cottage" produced by Joseph Seymour, John Polhamus, William Gale, and possibly other makers.

This example is only identified by the retailer's name, "J.W. Helmer," location unknown, stamped on the backside.

It has a particularly charming script engraving set sideways on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368544 (stock #3291f)
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$28.00
Price for the pair.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

Commonly identified as a demitasse at 4 1/4" long, catalogues of the period reference this size as a coffee...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373003 (stock #3387f)
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This 4 1/8" long, .3 T. oz., master salt spoon reflects sophisticated design sensibilities.

Dating circa 1870, just post the coin silver period, it is marked only "Sterling," with no maker's identification, although much about it suggests Philadelphia as a place of origin.

The flat handle has a cut, fan or anthemion like shape, broad end. This is extensively bright cut with stippling and wriggle work borders. The backside shows only wriggle work, but has an artful "S&A" period monogram...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351401 (stock #2969f)
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$24.00
Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script.

Essentially a rarity because of its age and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363316 (stock #3195f)
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$24.00
Price per piece, three available.
In her benchmark work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan identifies "E. Borhek," the mark on this 5 11/16" long, .5 T. oz., as Edward, 1806-87. She notes that 1835-37, he was known as "Borhex."

In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.

This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368543 (stock #3290f)
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$24.00
Price per piece, three available.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., egg spoon.

It has an ovoid bowl with a gold wash interior, and is monogrammed with an Old English "E" on the handle.

It is in superb es...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372764 (stock #3380f)
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$24.00
Largely rococo in style, Frank Smith's 1890 "Earle" is an asymmetrical pattern that features a dense array of acanthus leaf, scroll, and floral elements.

The handle backside is plain save for the marks, which are the Frank Smith "lion" emblem and "925/1000 fine."

This example is a 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.0 T. oz., youth fork.

Although having a reserve area, this was never monogrammed and is in very good condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is warm...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359437 (stock #3112f)
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$18.00
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Classified as Egyptian Revival in style in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

The r...

 
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