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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367270 (stock #3267f)
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$34.00
This 7 7/8" long, not quite 1.1 T. oz., coin silver spoon has a double provenance.

It is stamped "E.S. & D.R. Burr" and "coin," for the jewelers located in the small, central Wisconsin town of Berlin. An entry in a 1919 "Jewelers' Circular," notes the death of Daniel Riley Burr at age 85, still resident in Berlin.

There is also a right-facing, bust that McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as an unknown Chicago maker...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1342865 (stock #2860f)
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$44.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, this 5 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., spoon shows remarkably refined die and finish work.

Sculptural in manner, it was made by Watson, whose design and execution in silver manufacturing consistently reflects a high standard.

The subject is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Little Bo Peep" and features a complexly detailed, three dimensional, portraiture of the miss herself...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334269 (stock #2753f)
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$250.00
George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, or possibly nut spoon, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351500 (stock #2970f)
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$365.00
A form particularly popular with English silver makers, asparagus serving tongs also found expression among American manufacturers in the second half of the 19th century.

This particular pair are stamped "Ford & Tupper," located in New York City, and "Sterling."

Measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 4.4 T. oz., they are typical in style and size with other commensurate pieces, but exhibit exceptional design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1369800 (stock #3312f)
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$145.00
A large item, this piece measures 10 13/16" long and weighs just over 3.3 T. oz.

It is a solid silver ice cream slice or knife in Frank Smith's "Newport Shell" pattern, which features a shell end handle with beaded border on the front, and double lined edges and the shell crest on the backside.

The commanding blade is essentially rectangular, measuring 6 1/2" at the longest and 1 7/8" at the widest...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1369278 (stock #3304f)
Old Friends
$46.00
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Substantially sized at 4 7/8" long each, and weighty at 1.2 T. oz. the pair, these matching picks were made by Frank Smith and retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as identified on the reverses along with the words "Sterling" and "Patented."

The pattern is "Newport Shell," dating from 1910. In addition to the shell end which lends the pattern its name, the design incorporates a beaded border on the front, and a lined border on the back, of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1343693 (stock #2870f)
Old Friends
$60.00
A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.

This example of the line is a medium sized, 4 3/4" long, moderately heavy at nearly 1.3 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

Naturalistic in their portraiture, the three leaves that adorn each leg of the tongs are nonetheless precisely arrayed within the overall design, with one on the bottom and two on the top, surrounding an open area with lined margins...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370895 (stock #3334f)
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Fully stamped with the appropriate Minerva head for first standard silver, i.e. .950 pure, which exceeds sterling which is .925, a bigorne guarantee mark, and the (slightly rubbed) identifier for the maker, Henry-Louis Chenailler, mid 19th century Paris, this item measures 8 1/8" long and weighs 1.8 T. oz.

It is a saupoudreuse, that is a sugar sifter or sprinkler, with a 2 1/2" diameter, ribbed and delicately pierced, shell bowl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1352135 (stock #2980f)
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$65.00
This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350717 (stock #2959f)
Old Friends
$90.00
One of the numerous partnerships that prominent silversmith William Gale of New York City entered into, "Gale & Willis" spanned the years 1859-62.

This example of his work is a 7 3/8" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a twisted handle and broad, shaped, flat handle that is bright cut engraved with an engine turned background.

There is a shield reserve with an Old English "CPK" or "CPR" monogram inscribed on it.

The bowl is generously sized at 2 3/8" by 2" by 5/8" d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1320081 (stock #2565f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945. His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art.

This example of his work is a 1 3/4" diameter, 1" high, weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., napkin ring.

In keeping with Gebelein's Arts & Crafts roots combined with his sensitivities to ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1339401 (stock #2814f)
Old Friends
$125.00
A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and having a base diameter of 2 1/4", this perfume bottle is German in origin. It is stamped on the neck with the national "crescent and crown" mark, "800" for the silver content (800 parts out of a 1000), and a "standing unicorn" emblem for the maker, Gebruder Kuhn.

An estate piece dating from the first part of the 20th century, the bottle itself is high quality cut glass fitted with a substantial all silver cap that is 1 1/4" high and 1 7/16" in diameter....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321415 (stock #2585f)
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$95.00
This 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced or adapted by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co.," and dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two variations, both of which reflect highly sophisticated craftsmanship.

One, the handle is reticulat...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369980 (stock #3315f)
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Originally developed as a pickle fork (to be accompanied by a pickle knife), this three tine form is not much to be distinguished from later pie or pastry forks.

A 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., example, this item is stamped "Geo. Howe.," for a jeweler who worked during the third half of the 19th century, in Lynn, Massachusetts, a city just north of Boston.

It has a "Pointed Antique Tipt" handle that is extensively engraved in a leaf and scroll design. There is a reserve area that wa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356522 (stock #3062f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Larger than a teaspoon at 6 3/8" long, and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this piece is the size of a youth spoon. Apparently, it was originally presented to "Agnes" whose name is engraved sideways in script on the handle.

It is an English, Victorian era item, fully hallmarked for George Adams of London, with a date letter for 1852. Chawner was of the Firm Chawner & Co., which reference work "Jackson's Hallmarks" describes as "the most important [English] mid 19th century firm of spoon ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1316042 (stock #2529f)
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A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945.

His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art. That is the case with this 7" long, weighty, 2.3 T. oz., silver gravy ladle.

Inspired by American colonial period design, about which Gebelein was a scholar, it has a clean, straightf...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1366870 (stock #3260f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Identified as selling only "to the trade," meaning marketing exclusively through third party retailers, this item carries the maker's symbol for George A. Henckel & Co., "Sterling," and fittingly, it is also stamped for the New York City high end, luxury jeweler, "Marcus & Co."

Working in the early decades of the 20th century (and later absorbed into Currier & Roby), Henckel produced quality work, often in an Arts and Crafts style, as evidenced by this 7 1/8" long, weighty at 3.1 T. oz., pai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1323287 (stock #2620f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Measuring 6 3/8" long and substantial weight at over 1.8 T. oz., this pair of tongs is marked with a crowned harp, Hibernia, and "GN" in an oval. These letters are ascribed to George Nangle of Dublin, whose dates are either side of 1800.

Staunch and clean, these were made to a standard and no doubt intended to serve dutifully while presenting with a quiet nobility.

The elongated cup grips have high shoulders that, which, along with the length of the arms, have beveled edges. The arch i...

 
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