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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351930 (stock #2975f)
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Some sources list Baltimore's "J.S. MacDonald," working from the 1880s through at least the early 1900s, as a plate maker, but sterling examples stamped with the firm's name also exist.

This 8 3/8" long, just under 1.6 T. oz., berry spoon is a case in point. It is imprinted "Sterling" and "J.S. MacDonald."

The pattern is an engraved "Lily," which is more accurately a "lily of the valley," and is one of several variations of the same theme made by numerous manufacturers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1342665 (stock #2857f)
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$185.00
Item number "1196," as imprinted on the inside lip, along with the word "Sterling" and the mace emblem for Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr, this match safe, aka vesta, measures 2 1/4" by 1 1/2" by 3/8" and weighs .9 T. oz.

The company was known for its outstanding Art Nouveau designs in both silver and jewelry, and this follows in that mode...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1299672 (stock #2481f)
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$210.00
Price per set of six. Two extra pieces available.
Kirk's oldest pattern, "King" remained in production throughout the life of the company.

These examples are stamped "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.

They are cream soup spoons, measuring 6 1/8" long. There are 14 of these, all matching, with the same script "ELS" monogram on the backside. They all weigh between 1.2 and 1.3 T. oz., with one exception which is extra weight at 1.5 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1352235 (stock #2984f)
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$285.00
A popular and enduring pattern, Kirk's "Repousse" was produced in an array of holloware matching its flatware line.

This piece is a 7" long, 3 1/2" at the widest, 4" to the highest point at the top of the handle, 8.1 T. oz., gravy or sauce boat.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Co," "925/1000," and "7" on the underside. Rainwater indicates this particular mark was used on holloware 1903-07...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334822 (stock #2760f)
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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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
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$165.00
Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1334125 (stock #2750f)
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$145.00
One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1144649 (stock #1217fb)
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$60.00
Made by Krider & Biddle c. 1865, and marked with that company's emblem, this 8 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz. berry spoon has a reverse tipt end handle with an engraved front. There is a reserve that has never been monogrammed. The engraving is finely rendered, as would be expected of this firm and as was generally so of mid 19th century Philadelphia silver...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1355860 (stock #3051f)
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$50.00
Price per piece, five available.
Arising during the rococo period, English "picture (fancy) back" silver encompassed many designs.

This example made by the partnership of John Langlands & John Robertson of Newcastle, features a stylized shell with foliate elements.

It measures 5" long, weighs just under .5 T. oz., and has a down turned, reverse tipt, "Old English" handle with an exposed drop.

The front has a feathered script "JML" monogram.

It is in very good condition. Overall there is very little wear and a f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340604 (stock #2830f)
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$90.00
Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been u...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1234374 (stock #1935f)
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$125.00
Stamped "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent mid 19th century firm, this pie server is large scaled. It measures 10" long overall and is exceptionally heavy at 3.8 T. oz. The triangular blade is 4 1/2" long and 3" at the widest.

The handle has a period "Bead" pattern front, and curiously a "Thread" pattern on the reverse. There is a fancy, feathered script "CAC" monogram on the obverse, and what appears to be a "CAP" monogram on the reverse. Such details always raise the question of whe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335773 (stock #2772f)
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$115.00
This server follows after the form of an ice cream server, although some outsized for that at 10 1/2" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz.

Dating circa 1880, it has a slightly upturned, round end handle and a large, 5" by 3 1/16" at the widest, teardrop shaped serving end.

The entire front surface is extensively bright cut with wriggle work and hatched detailing. The theme of this is vegetative, expressed with an Aesthetic sensibility.

The imagery on the handle is largely leaves with two sma...

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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1239033 (stock #1976f)
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$115.00
While his early working years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut, George Eno is identified as a Philadelphia silversmith where he spent most of his life.

This large, 7 3/4" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "Eno & Co." and "Coin," dating it 1854-60, prior to Eno's 1860-70 partnership with George Bechtel.

This area is an exceptionally handsome piece that is in pristine condition.

The 2 7/8" by 2 1/4" by 5/8" deep oval bowl has a scalloped rim. The narrow handle is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
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$85.00
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 over thirty 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. This is also im...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300758 (stock #2489f)
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$155.00
An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American expressions of a motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized shell fo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1144282 (stock #1214fb)
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$115.00
This item is an old, 1888 version, of Gorham Versailles marked lion, anchor, G, Sterling, and Copyrighted. It is also engraved "Norris. 1891" in script on the reverse, so its age is validated in multiple ways. The piece is a 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.5 T. oz., large berry spoon. It is a very fine example, having excellent pattern detail that shows minimal polishing wear. The bowl is shell form and flawless, and retains its original pale champagne gold, matte finish.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1309762 (stock #2567f)
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$52.00
Companion sugar spoon also available.
Lengthy at 7 7/8" overall, and weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife is a substantially scaled example of the form.

It is stamped "S.H. Johnson" for the early 1860s New York firm which had a short life before becoming the generally better known Kidney, Cann, & Johnson. There is also a three part, "bust, SHJ in a lozenge, lion" pseudo hallmark which is a second identifier of the company.

The flat, oval, handle is bright cut with wriggle work detailing. T...

 
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