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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1279269 (stock #2323f)
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Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style "JA" monogram." The style of this suggests a date circa 1900...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1317122 (stock #2538f)
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A Brooklyn, New York firm founded in 1890, Hasselbring Silver Company was one of three manufacturers that merged in 1955 to form the Crown Silver Company.

This 2 1/2" tall to the lip, 2 5/8" to the top of the handle, 1.8 T. oz., diminutive pitcher carries Hasselbring's "deer head and 1890 in an H" emblem on the brushed finish underside...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311805 (stock #2488f)
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A noted silver manufacturer and jeweler, Joseph Mayer & Brothers established themselves in Seattle about 1895.

The firm's most readily recognized trademark is a crossed pick and shovel which references Joseph's two brothers' exploits in the Klondike gold rush.

This early 20th century item, a 5 13/16" long, .8 T. oz., souvenir spoon bears Joseph's mark, which is a fleur-de-lis within a triangle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317415 (stock #2541f)
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Syracuse was a major center of silver manufacturing in the second half of the nineteenth century and this piece is an example of the quality of that city's output.

It is an 8 1/4" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon made by Joseph Seymour.

The pattern is "Duchess," which dates from 1877. It reflects the Moresque and renaissance revival sensibilities of its period, having a dense, tapestry-like design set against a finely lined background that lends it a parchment look...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1285378 (stock #2368f)
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A rarely found figural pattern much in the manner of "Medallion," "Prairie Flower was produced c. 1865 by Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.

A classical looking figure surrounded by drapery and ivy detailing surmounts the handle tip while the center of the handle portrays a bellflower and additional ivy leaves.

This example is a 6" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon. The bowl is large, 2" by 1 1/2", and is uniquely shaped. It is something of an embossed double scallop form...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1950 item #1310406 (stock #2574f)
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Noted for his "good, modernist designs," largely in hollowware, Juvento Lopez Reyes also had an eye for flatware composition based on the appeal of this fork and spoon pair. Biographical material dates his birth as 1915 and the establishment of his shop to 1915, so he lived and worked in a period when Mexican silver work was coming into its own.

These two companion items are to a very large scale and exceptionally heavy. The fork measures 9" long and weighs almost 4.8 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1241473 (stock #1995f)
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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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1299672 (stock #2481f)
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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 : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1260911 (stock #2196f)
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"Lily" was an engraved pattern with a patent date of 1900 that is commonly attributed to the Schofield Co., although this 5 1/4" long, relatively heavy at just over .8 T. oz., individual butter spreader is explicitly marked for Kirk.

Furthermore, the marks used date to the time of original issue. They are located on the edge of the handle and read, "S. Kirk & Son Co.," "925/1000," and "58M."

The piece is solid silver and has a rather thick handle and blunt end blade. The bright cut des...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278531 (stock #2317f)
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Measuring 6 1/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this fork is an old example of Knowles' 1878 "Crescent" pattern.

It has an unusual four tine configuration, with a hooked upper tine, and much englarged and also hooked, lower tine. It is possibly a pickle or pastry variant, or even an early, and rare, lobster fork. The upper surface of the tine area is artfully engraved and has a matte finish.

The front of the handle has an Old English "S" monogram.

The condition is mint estate. There...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1289866 (stock #2405)
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Measuring 7" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this item is one of those specialty pieces embraced by the Victorian table.

It is an orange knife and reflects the two characteristics of that form, namely a flat blade with a sawtooth upper edge for cutting the fruit skin, and a double pronged tip for lifting the orange sections.

The pattern is Knowles' "Essex." Dating from 1889, it is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses.

The backside of the handle has an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
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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 : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1144649 (stock #1217fb)
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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. The bowl is an unusual shape, with notched edges and raised ribbing on the interior. It is finished in an original bright gold wash front and ba...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1234374 (stock #1935f)
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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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245845 (stock #2034f)
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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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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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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 approximately forty 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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1251312 (stock #2085f)
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Named for the rose which is the central portraiture of the design, "Eglantine," i.e. sweetbrier, is an early, 1870, Gorham pattern and one of the company's most refined.

Cast rather than the typical die struck mode of manufacture, it demonstrates the intricate, high relief detail casting enables.

It is a heavy line, and that is the case with this lengthy, 5 1/8", pair of sugar tongs which weigh a substantial 1.3 T. oz. They have intricately articulated talon grips that are finished in a...

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