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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1346313 (stock #2908f)
Old Friends
$34.00
An English design that originated in the mid 18th century, "Onslow" has provided the inspiration for numerous American patterns of similar design.

This piece is a 5" long, just scant of 1.0 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

Marked only "Sterling," the maker is unknown, but the character of the work is Arts & Crafts, evocative of "Onslow" patterns produced by Arthur Stone and Tuttle, and suggesting an early 20th century date...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337461 (stock #2787f)
Old Friends
$90.00
A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1344718 (stock #2885f)
Old Friends
$115.00
An early example of Durgin's "Dauphin" pattern, this piece measures 5 1/4" long and has a shallow, flange rim, round bowl server that is 2 1/4" in diameter. It is identified as a nut spoon or bon bon.

It was retailed by New York's "Black, Starr & Frost," as indicated by the "B.S. & F." imprinted on the edge of the handle, near to the word "Sterling."

The backside of the handle has a line script "AH" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320904 (stock #2579f)
Old Friends
$45.00
A fully authentic example, that is, not made up or custom made, this butter pick measures 6 1/8" long and is relatively heavy at just over .6 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1895 "Empire." Apropos of the name, the main feature is a crown, combined with cornucopia, a torch, a garland, and floral elements, all offered in a French manner.

A slender piece, it has the twist end tip characteristic of this form. The backside of the handle is engraved "Austin" in script...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1236930 (stock #1955mt)
Old Friends
$75.00
A late 19th century figural design that features classical motifs, "Coligni" joins such storied Gorham patterns as "Versailles" and "Mythologique" in occupying a commanding place in the world of silver flatware manufacturing.

This example is a 7" long individual salad or fish fork. Commensurate with the line, it is very heavy at 1.7 oz.

It is in very good condition. Somewhat polished, there is some softening of detail on the design, but overall the detail remains distinct...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315753 (stock #2525f)
Old Friends
$385.00
An early example of Tiffany's "Japanese," to be distinguished from the later reissue "Audubon," this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "M," and "Pat. 1791."

It is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems to be a scarce form in this line. It has a scalloped edge bowl, with slight ribbing on the sidewalls. It retains a portion of its original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331089 (stock #2711f)
Old Friends
$335.00
One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Cinq Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. The companion pattern is "Les Six Fleurs."

This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316518 (stock #2532f)
Old Friends
$155.00
International's "Avalon" is a turn of the 20th century design. It incorporates high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell motifs which combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name.

This item is an uncommonly found toast or bread fork (which is similar to a spinach fork in some patterns).

It measures 7 3/8" long overall and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The defining characteristic of the piece is the slender, lengthy, three tine serving end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331429 (stock #2716f)
Old Friends
$48.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .8 T. oz. butter pick is a fully authentic, as produced by the manufacturer, and not made up from another item, as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1203297 (stock #1686gc)
Old Friends
$48.00
Price for the pair.
This pair of coffee spoons were made by well known English makers Samuel Godbehere and Edward Wigan. The date mark places them 1794-1796.

This pair of makers are quoted in Jackson's Hallmarks as "Good, general makers of usually small pieces, spoons, cream jugs, etc."

They weigh a combined .7 T. oz. and measure 4 3/4".

These spoons are in very good to exceptional condition. They show some minor rippling to the edge of the bowls but no tip wear, which is usually seen in pieces of this ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347689 (stock #2923f)
Old Friends
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At 4 3/8" long, and weighing .9 T. oz. combined, these two spoons are larger than a demitasse and smaller than a full size teaspoon, and are for after dinner coffee.

Made by Gorham, the pattern is "Marie Antoinette," which at this scale appears quite similar to that company's "Versailles," which is not surprising given the lines were issued two years apart, generated by the same designer, and both reflect French styling.

This matched pair are without monograms or removals, have gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1346672 (stock #2911f)
Old Friends
$775.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these footed drinking vessels measures 5 1/4" high, has a top span of 2 3/4", and a base diameter of 2 7/16". One weighs 3.9 T. oz., and the other 4.1 T. oz.

Made by Gorham circa 1865, they are coin silver and stamped with that company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the undersides.

They are identical except for the round, applied medallion that adorns the wall of each piece. One of these has a female figure and the other a male figure. These are cast, very finely executed, preci...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345364 (stock #2893f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Price for the pair.
Stamped with "D-Eagle-Eust" pseudo hallmarks that John McGrew in his work on marks attributes to Albany, New York, manufacturer "Hall, Hewson & Brower, this matched pair of spoons was retailed "James Mix Jr." of the same city.

Dating from the late 1840s, each one measures 5 3/4" long, has a down-turned, "Reverse Tipt" backside, and a fine "LS" script monogram on the front. The pair weigh just under 1.0 T. oz.

They are in very good condition. Polishing wear is nil and the finishes are b...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345365 (stock #2894f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Price for the pair.
Dating from the mid 1850s, this matched pair of coin silver teaspoons are generously sized at 6 3/16" long, and moderate weight at 1.3 T. oz. the pair.

They have down-turned, "Plain" handles, high, rounded, shoulders off the pointed tip bowls, and fancy, feathered script "RMM" monograms.

They are stamped on the backsides, "John Cox & Co.," for the New York City firm with a forty year history in that city. They are also imprinted "Y," which is likely a journeyman's mark.

They are in ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1335020 (stock #2763f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Priced as a Pair.
Measuring 5 1/4" long, and light at .7 T. oz. the pair, these matched spoons were likely intended more for coffee than tea.

They are a "Pointed Antique" design with engraved fronts, a slightly tipt backside, and exposed drops on the bowls. There are reserve areas that are without monograms or inscriptions.

Marks are a harp for Ireland, Hibernia for sterling silver, and a distinct, script "JO" for John Osborne, working in Dublin 1784-1809.

They are in good condition, noting some wear...

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 #1330602 (stock #2704f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
While many 19th century San Francisco flatware designs appear to be derivative of Eastern manufacturers, and some are all but outright copies, "Templar" aka "Five Star" by Schulz & Fischer is original to that company.

Dating from 1883, it reflects Victorian pedigree combined with some Aesthetic, i.e. Eastlake, sensibilities.

It has a garland of flowers at the top of the handle, with an open space below this that in this instance is monogrammed "CNB" in fine script. The lower two thirds ...

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...

 
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