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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285287 (stock #2367f)
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A completely clean example, and without a monogram or removal of same, this dessert Spoon in Wood & Hughes "Viola" measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.2 T. oz.

Dating from 1875, it reflects elements of Gothic and Egyptian Revival design.

As stated, it is in immaculate condition, retaining clear pattern detail, a brilliant finish, and a well-shaped bowl free of tip wear, dents, or nicks.

Marks are "WwH" and "Sterling."

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1192545 (stock #1602f)
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An early Wood & Hughes piece, dating circa 1855, this coin silver master butter knife is substantially sized at 7 3/4" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz. It is a singular design, having a twisted stem and a notched, shield shaped handle. It is similar in overall form to Gorham's little known "Imperial" pattern of the same period, and of which Wood & Hughes had an almost identical match. The upper edge of the blade has two notches that repeat the design of the handle...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1279894 (stock #2328f)
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Model number "259," as stamped on the underside, along with "Sterling," and "WwH" for Wood & Hughes, this 5" diameter, 2.4 T. oz. item has a 1" raised and reticulated rim with a rolled edge.

It is perfectly sized to serve as a .75 liter wine or bottle coaster. It has a flat bottom, which is monogrammed "MWC" in a flowing script.

It is in very good condition. The reticulation is free of dents, breaks, or bends. The finish is lustrous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1204475 (stock #1697f)
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This c. 1870 interpretation of "Lily of the Valley" offered by Wood & Hughes is a three dimensional pattern assembled from various cast elements. This popular mid 19th century form of construction in silver has been described by one source as "jewelry-esque." It represents crafting of the highest form, employing exceptional skill of the sort the 19th century excelled in.

This example is an 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., almond scoop...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1307841 (stock #2953f)
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While not a documented pattern and not commonly, Wood & Hughes' "Grape" is one of the most expressive of such designs produced in the third quarter of the 19th century.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar spoon with a large, shell bowl.

It features intricately rendered grape clusters and leaves, with additional acanthus leaf detailing on the top and sides of the handle. The lower portion of the handle portrays stylized crossed vines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256927 (stock #2144f)
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In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Celestial" may be the most explicitly Asian inspired in its portraiture given the pagoda-like detailing around the handle end.

Otherwise the design follows after this group of patterns in featuring a bird image set amid a leafy surround. The degree of detail is precise and finely rendered, with all the elements laid upon a stippled ground...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1300608 (stock #2488f)
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Wood & Hughes thoroughly embraced the classical revival "Medallion" motif that was popular in silver design throughout the 1860s. The company produced numerous variations of it, three of which D. Albert Soeffing identifies in his work, "Silver Medallion Flatware."

The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., coin silver, preserve spoon likely one of the earliest expressions of the style...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207713 (stock #1727f)
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Measuring 5 3/4" long, and weighing just over over .6 T. oz., this sterling silver ladle has a singular dimension and form 1 3/8" diameter by 3/8" deep, flat bottomed bowl with scalloped edges and a coffered wall.

The pattern is "Angelo" made by Wood & Hughes and stamped with that company's "WwH" plus the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1878." It is a Renaissance Revival design that incorporates a number of detail elements and a combination of bright and matte finishes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246529 (stock #2040f)
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Cited in a city directory for 1839 by Louise Belden, "Winchester & Johnson," which name is imprinted on this 8 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., table or place spoon, was a jeweler located in Hartford, Connecticut.

It has a plain, down turned handle end, plain drop, and rounded shoulders off the bowl. The front is inscribed "HP" in script.

It is in very fine condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, and free of dents, burrs, or tip wear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1292611 (stock #2429f)
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A novel item stamped "Patent No 11774" and with an "O, lion, anchor, queen's head," along with "WV&S," this solid sterling silver item was made in Birmingham, England in 1888 by William Vale & Sons...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1310064 (stock #2570f)
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In his work "Silversmiths of Virginia," author George Cutten provides extensive individual biographical material about John Victor and Jehu Williams, Sr. as well as a separate entry about their partnership. He states, referencing the years of their operation, 1814-45, that "during those years they were the outstanding jewelers and silversmiths in that part of the country, and evidently quite early did work for other similar craftsmen."

This 5 3/8" long, just over .5 T. oz., coffee or tea sp...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1301544 (stock #2496f)
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An established silversmith with working dates about 1932-58, Newark's William B. Meyers was particularly known for making silver miniatures.

Apart from this, he was a well-regarded producer of Arts & Crafts items as well as reproduction pieces.

This 2 7/8" tall, 3 1/2" maximum width, 4.8 T. oz. footed bowl falls generally in the later category. The style bespeaks American design from the 1860s. It has a repeating pattern around the 2 5/8" diameter upper rim, and three cast, decorative ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1308541 (stock #2560f)
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One of numerous patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880 with a twisted handle, this example has a spiral lower section and a larger blocky, squared twist upper end.

It is an 11 1/8" long, weighty at nearly 3.4 T. oz., fish slice or server. It would originally have been paired with a similarly scaled fork, but stands on its own as a utilitarian item.

A straightforward design, its appeal lies in the novelty of the handle and the subtlety of the blade.

The blade has a graceful shape, wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1309690 (stock #2566f)
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A fanciful commemorative item, this confection spoon or bon bon was made by Whiting.

The pattern is "Square Twist," which is a combination of a twisted and solid, four-sided handle.

5" long overall, it is joined in this instance to a round, 2 3/4" diameter bowl. The weight is .9 T. oz.

The bowl has a scalloped edge and an acid etched surface that reads "Washington" and "1890" in raised, flowing, Art Nouveau style lettering. Presumably the "Washington" references the state and not t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286636 (stock #2379dd)
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Extravagantly large pieces, Saratoga chip servers are as novel as they are impressive.

This example is 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz. The immense bowl is 4" long by 3 1/2" at the widest, and is intricately pierced as is requisite for this form.

The pattern is "Pompadour," which resembles an embellished "Kings" design with a French flair. This has a delicate "ESP" script monogram on the handle front, while the backside is imprinted with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1202185 (stock #1669f)
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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design deriving from the same sensibilities that generated Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others. This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with flanged rim and central rib that Whiting used across several lines of the period. Persian has a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
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Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked "Krusi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1203126 (stock #1683f)
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A line of serving pieces named for the substance used in the handles, Whiting's 1890 "Ivory" is an amalgamation of a natural material with sterling silver. This example is a 6 5/16" long sugar spoon. It is marked with the Whiting emblem, the word "Sterling," and the number "2888" on the reverse heel of the spoon. There is no monogram or removal. It is in excellent condition. The ivory is free of cracks, splits or other damage. Apart from a slight spot where the gold shows polishing wear, t...
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