American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280018 (stock #2329f)
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Measuring 8 5/16" long, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece although it is essentially the size of today's tablespoon.

It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.

It is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255582 (stock #2134dd)
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Produced circa 1860 by New York City's Albert Coles, this pickle fork and knife set are an idiomatic form for the period.

The knife measures 6 7/8" long while the fork measures 6 1/4". The combined weight is approximately 2.1 T. oz., but a substantial portion of this is the filling in the handles.

The pattern is a "Leaf" variant with other elements that resemble common motifs of the time...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258365 (stock #2161f)
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Sometimes misidentified as a cracker scoop, this berry spoon or shovel form was a popular American form in the mid 19th century.

This 9" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., twist stem, example was produced by New York's Albert Coles. It was one of several designs in this genre that Coles offered.

It is die struck and portrays a raised classical warrior figure surrounded by detailing that has an architectural quality to it.

In his foundational work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1197760 (stock #1645fb)
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This 8 5/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., coin silver berry or serving spoon was produced by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the strong period interest in Classicism. The end of the handle portrays a highly articulated, multidimensional warrior bust set atop a pediment base. This has a flat backside, and although hollow, is substantial. The central part of the shank is tubular and faceted...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1233142 (stock #1924f)
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Patented in 1903, "Nuremberg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.

The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1322779 (stock #2615f)
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A late Art Nouveau design dating to 1909, Alvin's "Morning Glory" offers a sensitive, perhaps even tender, interpretation of this delicate flower.

Fully expressed on both the front and backsides of the handle, but with different portraiture, the design incorporates multiple blossoms set forth in intricate, precise, detail.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .5 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has a pierced interior, cut in leaf and apostrophe shapes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262473 (stock #2209f)
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Exceptionally large for this form, this fully original, solid silver, tomato server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is substantial enough to lend itself to a variety of serving functions beyond its original purpose.

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end. The rounded blade has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3", has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254825 (stock #2123nr)
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Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period. One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name. The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it showed off a specialized capacity of the manufacturers...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1320599 (stock #2973f)
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This 6 1/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., sauce ladle exhibits all the fine qualities associated with Arthur Stone hand crafted silver.

Expressive of the Arts & Crafts sensibility, it is a clean and straightforward piece. It borrows its name, "Hanoverian," and design inspiration from an early English style, and consistent with that, features a midrib along the front side of the softly tipt end handle.

The entire piece evidences subtlety and an notably high degree of refinement. For example, there ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1302391 (stock #2503f)
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Arguably the first name in American Arts & Crafts silver, Arthur Stone maintained a studio for the better part of four decades. Upon his retirement in 1937, he sold his shop to Henry Heywood who continued the business intact.

This 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle dates from this transition time. It is marked with the "Stone with hammer" emblem, the "h in a shield" emblem for Heywood, "Sterling," and a benchmark "B," likely for Charles Brown whose tenure ran to 1937.

The markedly curved...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244635 (stock #2023f)
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Measuring 6" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this early 20th century sugar spoon is decidedly Art Nouveau in style. It features a full bloom lily at the terminus of the handle, and an iris midway up. Leaves and tendrils complete the design on the front and extend to the backside. It is without a monogram or removal.

The bowl is a modified shell form with a scalloped end and slightly flanged edges.

It is stamped "Sterling" but the maker's mark is rubbed, leaving the formal pattern name in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1258649 (stock #2166f)
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Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260909 (stock #2195f)
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Most American silver manufacturers adopted a sterling standard over coin in the 1860s. For a short period of time, New York's Ball, Black & Co. promoted a higher silver content yet, namely 950 rather than 925.

This 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is to this higher standard and so marked, along with the name of the company name.

It is a "Bead" design with an "Oval Thread" on the backside, both of which were standard patterns in the period. The bowl has a pointed tip with a sl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1308408 (stock #2959f)
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Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first "golden age" of design.

The defining feature of the line is a cast "bust" that surmounts the lengthy, square handle. There is some variation from piece to piece, and in this case, the image is of a female looking slightly sideways.

A product of the Classical Revival movement of the period, the figure sits atop a pedestal base, much as she might be presented in a museum or salon, or in...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1223460 (stock #1852f)
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This 5 5/8" long, weighty, 1.1 T. oz., sterling silver souvenir spoon portrays a number of images connected with the Civil War "Battle of Lookout Mountain."

The center of the handle features a number of soldiers climbing a hillside slope. The end of the handle shows a bust of "Joseph Hooker," the general in command of the operation. The lower portion of the handle reads, "Lookout Mt., Battle Above the Clouds, Nov. 24, 1863." The bowl shows a panorama of the mountain "from the Tennessee Ri...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1322696 (stock #2614f)
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A stunningly clean example of the "Sheaf of Wheat" motif, this teaspoon measures a lengthy 6" and weighs just over .7 T. oz.

The wheat bundle and sickle remain very sharply defined, retaining all their original detail. There is a feathered script "M" monogram below this. The bowl is flawless, with a clean tip free of any wear, and a lined drop on the backside. Lastly, the finish is lustrous.

It is stamped "B.C. Frobisher." for the well-documented Boston silversmith.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1321388 (stock #2584f)
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An unusual size at 6 1/2" long, this spoon is marked "B[enjamin]. Lord." It weighs just over .6 T. oz.

Sources indicate that Lord was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1770, was working in Rutland, Vermont, in 1797, and finally in Athens, Georgia, from 1831 until his death.

The style of this is early 19th century and likely dates from his Vermont years, but could trace to his Athens period.

It is very finely made, having a broad end with an extremely narrow shank. It and the hi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1305362 (stock #2527f)
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This 7" long, weighty, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert spoon is stamped "B&S.D" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt of New York City, with partnership dates 1820-35. It also carries a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies as unknown an New York maker.

It is a sophisticated piece, and all the more so for its early date. It is a "Kings" pattern, with a pronounced shell end with leafy borders. The backside heel of the bowl also has a shell imprint. The ...

 
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