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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245393 (stock #2030f)
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Relatively large for such items, this mustard ladle measures 5" long and weighs nearly .6 T. oz. The pattern is "Rosette," one of Gorham's earliest line designs. It was patented in 1868, and so marked, which was the year that Gorham went to the sterling standard...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1225680 (stock #1868f)
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An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flanged edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1259403 (stock #2176f)
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This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1219014 (stock #1819f)
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Perhaps unique in the realm of strawberry forks, this 6 1/2", relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., piece by Hamilton & Diesinger has a significantly and visibly longer handle than what this form usually has.

The pattern is without an identified name...

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
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An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305160 (stock #2525f)
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing an exceptional 2.5 T. oz., this dinner fork was made by Durgin and retailed by New York's "Theodore B. Starr," as identified on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Marechal Niel, dates from 1896. Independent from its heft, Marechal Niel is appealing because it is an outstanding design. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246905 (stock #2042f)
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Measuring 5 13/16" long and weighing just under 1.1 T. oz., this teaspoon is marked with an "H" in a diamond, which is a Gorham designation for "heavy." Other marks are the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Mar. 20. 1894."

It is a Zodiac spoon for the month of December. The sign is "Capricornus," the sea-goat, more commonly identified as "Capricorn," whose image appears on the handle. Other decorative elements include holly leaves and berries tumbling into the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1135490 (stock #1152f)
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Prince Albert was a European inspired design that found numerous expressions in the United States...
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. The bowl is plum-shaped and has a f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293890 (stock #2440f)
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A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1310978 (stock #2580f)
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Hester Bateman, whose script "HB" mark appears on this piece, was the widowed matriarch of an extended family of London crafters whose name is imprinted in the history of British silversmithing.

Some would argue that her renown exceeds her skill, but however that sorts out, she is generally acknowledged to be the best of the several artisans to carry the Bateman name.

This example is an appealing 7" long, 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle is an "Onslow" pattern with feathered notching...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263189 (stock #2217f)
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This lengthy, 5 7/8", just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon is stamped "H. Judson," along with a sunburst emblem, for the Syracuse, New York silversmith and jeweler Hiram Walker, with dates 1792-1868.

It has a plain, round end, and slight mid rib on the backside of the handle. There is a feathered script "EW" monogram on the front. The drop on the bowl is plain.

It is in very good condition. There is minimal polishing wear and the finish has an appealing patina. The bowl is well-...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1269472 (stock #2269f)
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Standing 3 3/8" tall to the top of the finial, 3 3/8" at the widest to the edge of the handle, and weighing just under 4.0 T. oz. this solid silver piece was made by Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Sterling Company and retailed by Boston's Shreve, Crump, & Low according to the identifiers on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling," "925/1000," "4522," and "Pat '93."

Catalogs of the period identify shorter versions of this form as mustard pots, and taller ones as horseradish. Common...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1305791 (stock #2531f)
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A prominent name in New York retailing, Howard & Co. was also a producing jeweler. It was well established with the carriage trade and its mark conveyed an unqualified sense of quality.

In her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" Dorothy Rainwater notes that by the turn of the twentieth century, the firm had established branches in Newport and London, obviously seeking to be accessible to a select clientele.

This 6" long, 7/8" wide, nearly 1.2 T. oz., solid silver bookmark da...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291921 (stock #2423f)
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Saratoga chip servers are by nature highly specialized items and, relatedly, are not particularly common.

Functionally, they have to be large, and that is the case with this example in the late 19th century pattern "Hope," produced by Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island, later Mount Vernon of New York. It measures 8 1/8" long overall and weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz.

The story of the piece lies in the extravagance of the bowl, which in this case measures 4 1/8" by 3 1/...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1211502 (stock #1756f)
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Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860's.

It is an especially fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backsid...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301056 (stock #2491f)
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In regard to condition, a finer example of this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., exceptionally heavy at 1.3 T. oz., citrus spoon in Durgin's 1893 "Chrysanthemum" is not to be found.

A benchmark pattern of the period, all the intricate and abundant details of the chrysanthemum motif show to perfect detail on both sides of the handle and in the interior of the flanged edge and pointed tip bowl. The bowl has a bright gold wash front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal of same.


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