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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1298105 (stock #2468f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Some years ago, "The Magazine Antiques" produced an article about Gorham's fabled 1880s "Narragansett" design silver. An opulent line, it featured a variety of sea forms reflecting (and reputedly molded directly from in some instance) sea flora and fauna found in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay and nearby coastland.

That article spawned (pun intended) an intensified interest in this already enchanted, and immensely costly, pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1322874 (stock #2616f)
Old Friends
$185.00
This wine goblet is the equivalent in size to a small chalice. It stands 6 1/2" tall and rests on a stemmed base that measures 3 3/16" in diameter. It weighs 5.3 T. oz.

The bowl is large, extending 2 7/8" from base to rim, is the same dimension across, and holds a full 8 oz. of liquid.

The body of the bowl is engraved in an anthemion motif lending it a classical look. There is a reserve area that is absent a monogram or removal.

It is in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329767 (stock #2693f)
Old Friends
$185.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of its rose and scroll motif pattern, Towle's "Canterbury," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331743 (stock #2720f)
Old Friends
$185.00
A specialized form, "ideal" olive spoons have open bowls with double pronged tips, which is precisely the style of this long, 8 1/8", 1.0 T. oz., example in Towle's "Old Colonial."

It is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece.

Marked in a way consistent with this line, namely "925/1000," the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," this also has a second patent date, "Oct. 27, 1903." This probably relates to the specialized bowl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334822 (stock #2760f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Priced as a Pair.
These two items, stamped "4101" on the bottoms, are the hollowware side of Kirk's "Calvert" and "Old Maryland Plain" flatware patterns.

According to the identifications offered in the "Encylopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the style of the "S. Kirk & Son" mark, along with the word "Sterling," was used 1925-32, indicating these have considerable age.

The footed, open salt stands 1 13/16" tall on a base that is 1 3/4" in diameter, and has a top opening that measures 2 5/8" across...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1337601 (stock #2789f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching, open master salts stands 1 5/8" tall, has a top opening of 2", and is 2 1/4" maximum diameter. The pair combined weigh a substantial 4.5 T. oz.

Marked on the undersides "S. Kirk & Son Inc.," "Sterling," "Hand Decorated," and with the model number number "3," they date 1925-32.

The pattern is "Repousse," which is the hallmark design of this firm. They have three paw feet each that are joined to the bodies in a leaf form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335850 (stock #2773f)
Old Friends
$180.00
Priced as a set of six.
These six forks are in a "Tipt" design that traces to the earliest years of silver crafting, when an individual smith would have hand hammered the end of a handle to create this simple, decorative element that defines the pattern.

An enduring motif, it was brought forward into the realm of manufactured silver, as evidenced by these six, matching, 7 1/16" long, 6.5 T. oz. the lot, place forks made by Gorham. This size could have been used for tea, dessert or lunch...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1800 item #1261267 (stock #2201dd)
Old Friends
$175.00
One of the most recognized and highly regarded names in the realm of British silver, Matthew Boulton's work commands great interest. He worked in sterling silver but is especially known for his silverplate production. Abundant in-depth information about the maker and his product is readily accessible on the internet, and which can be referenced to inform this listing further...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
Old Friends
$175.00
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332416 (stock #2726f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Innovative and exceptionally imaginative, and born of the Aesthetic movement, Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge" is so diverse in its motifs as to appear to offer limitless portraiture in its acid etched versions.

This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."

There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1336898 (stock #2782f)
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Dating circa 1865, this server measures 8 1/8" long and weighs 1.9 T. oz. It is a hotcake, aka pancake, lifter, which is a form characterized by a flat, generally round, functional end that is well adapted to its purpose.

This is an especially fine example in mint condition. It is Philadelphia in origin, marked "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," who would have retailed it. It is of a style and quality that suggests George Sharp or Peter Krider as a likely manufacturer.

The handle has a rounded, ti...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #953542 (stock #649b)
Old Friends
$165.00
Priced as a pair.
Open salts were a staple on any Victorian table. They were produced in a variety of materials, including glass, ceramic, and as the case with this pair, in silver.

No company generated more examples of this form than Gorham. Indeed, the Tompkins book on this subject documents a full century of Gorham's production.

According to Tompkins, this set, item number 2480, dates to 1890. They possess a commanding look. They are large, 4 1/2" long, 1 3/4" tall, and weighty, 3.9 T. oz. combine...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1148995 (stock #1255fa)
Old Friends
$165.00
What design elements prompted Gorham to adopt the name "Colonial" for this 1885 design is something of a mystery because it does not follow after any conventional colonial motif.

The main feature of the pattern is striping that runs up about two-thirds of the handle. This is more subtle than it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo. This in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1169761 (stock #1430fl)
Old Friends
$165.00
Price per pair.
Marked with the Whiting lion emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2524," this c. 1885 matching pair of master salts are of a singular style. Each one measures 1" high, has a base diameter of 1 1/2", a top diameter of 3", and weighs approximately 1.1 T. oz, a little over 2.2 T. oz. together.

There is a wide, 3/4", rim encircling the relatively deep, gold washed bowls and this has a formed surface that is no doubt inspired by the Aesthetic taste. The imagery is organic, leafy and sinuou...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
Old Friends
$165.00
One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," Indianapolis. Interestingly, most sources cite Talbott for spelling of this firm, with the exception of Kovel's which cites Hiatt "The Silversmiths of Kentucky" as its source and uses a single "T."

This i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1333323 (stock #2740f)
Old Friends
Other similar inkwells available.
A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and 3 1/2" at the widest, and weighing 1 pound 15 ounces, this inkwell is model number "D31" as indicated by the stamp on the inside rim. Other marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling."

This piece is illustrated in a 1900 company catalog (see enlargement 3) and is shown mounted on a separate silver base. This is free standing.

The silver lid and fitting on the base are decorated with a scrolling leaf form, while the interior of the li...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317979 (stock #2546f)
Old Friends
$160.00
A well regarded and important name in American silver manufacture for half of the 19th century, William Gale worked by himself and in several partnerships over time. This 7" long, almost 1.4 T. oz., sugar sifter is marked "W. Gale & Son 925 Sterling," which is a pairing that dated 1862-66.

The style is very much of the period. It has a twisted stem with a notched and engraved handle end. This is inscribed with a script "GDS" monogram surmounted by a shield with an emblem inside it that lo...

 
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