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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1351751 (stock #2973f)
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Hallmarked for the London firm of C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd, 1893-94, described in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as a "maker of . . . usually very fine copies of earlier pieces," this solid sterling silver trophy is indeed Georgian in inspiration, with scrolled arms and a banded body.

Standing on a footed base that is 3" in diameter, it measures 4 3/4" high to the rim and 5 1/8" to the top of the handles, is 4" across rim to rim, has a maximum span of 7 1/4" handle to handle, and weighs a heavy 14.8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1351683 (stock #2972f)
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A lofty item, this sugar caster, aka muffineer, stands 8" tall on a footed base that is 2 1/2" in diameter. Its substantial 6.8 T. oz. weight is commensurate with its size.

English "Georgian" in style, it has a bulbous body with a tall, fitted sleeve, tiered lid surmounted by an urn shaped finial.

The lid has a series of swirled, patterned piercings offset by fine engraved bands...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1351611 (stock #2971f)
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A late 18th century item, these sterling sugar nips are stamped on each finger holder with a lion and "RM" for Robert Makepeace II whose mark was entered into the London registry in 1795 (Grimwade).

Noted as a good maker in "Jackson's Hallmarks," his capacities show in this item measuring 5" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz.

They are solid silver, with cast, scroll form arms and clam shell grips.

The round crosspiece is inscribed "D" over "L*I" in block lettering...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351500 (stock #2970f)
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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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351401 (stock #2969f)
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Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351355 (stock #2968f)
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Perhaps the most recognizable name among Syracuse, New York, silver manufacturers, the firm of Hotchkiss & Schreuder existed under various names during the second half of the 19th century.

The specific "H&S" mark on this 8 7/8" long, heavy at 1.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is an early mark used 1857-64 according to the "Encylcopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

It is also stamped "W.S. Taylor" for the Utica, New York retailer with dates, 1858-61, convergent with the maker's stamps...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1351183 (stock #2966f)
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Marked on the underside "Sterling," "Handmade," and with a rubbed maker's mark for William B. Meyers of Newark, New Jersey, working dates 1932-58, this tapered and slightly splayed, handleless cup or small beaker stands 2" tall, has a top span of 2 1/2", a bottom diameter of 1 5/8", and weighs a substantial 3.1 T. oz.

This item was also offered with an accompanying dish or saucer, with matching figures applied on the rim...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351085 (stock #2965f)
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Measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this item has a large, ovoid bowl that measures 3 3/8" by 2 9/16". It has a flange rim with notched shoulders, pointed tip, and, while similar to a berry, the relatively shallow depth suggests it was likely was a much less common pudding serving spoon...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350997 (stock #2963f)
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This set of three spoons evoke the children's tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

Save for related inscriptions that read respectively, "Mama," "Papa," and "Ina," which nearly mirror the above referenced story characters, they are a matched set of Gorham's 1885 engraved "Nightingale" pattern.

The backsides of the "Mama" and "Papa" spoons are inscribed "1866 - 1891" in fancy lettering, while "Ina's" spoon reads "Nov...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350922 (stock #2962f)
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Each of these two identical place forks measures 7 1/16" long. They are heavy, with the pair weighing 3.4 T. oz. combined.

Dating from the late 19th century, they are high quality items stamped "Hennegan, Bates Co." for the prominent Baltimore firm, and "Sterling."

The pattern is an engraved "Lily," which is more accurately "lily of the valley," and is one of several variations of the same theme made by numerous manufacturers. This work, largely bright cut, is set against an enhancing ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1350795 (stock #2960f)
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Having a broad "Tipt" end, a narrow shank, and a shell bowl with a double scalloped rim, this piece traces to mid 19th century Boston.

A preserve or jelly spoon, it measures 7" long and at 1.1 T. oz. is slightly weightier than most instances of this sort.

A clean item, it is entirely unadorned save for a script "1859" engraved on the backside, which is also stamped with the name of the retailer, "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard."

An assuming piece, it nonetheless possesses simple appeal and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350717 (stock #2959f)
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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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1350659 (stock #2958f)
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Dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is thoroughly a period piece as well as emblematic of work from Philadelphia where it was made.

It is an 8 7/8" long, 3.0 T. oz., fish serving fork. It is distinct from later and more common examples of this form by virtue of its multitude of tines, namely eight. Indeed, it resembles a sardine fork, only in much larger scale.

It is stamped "Coin" and "J.E. Caldwell," who made have been the manufacturer but likely was simply the reta...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350519 (stock #2956f)
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Full size dinner forks measuring 7 5/8" long each, and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz. the pair, these items are early production examples made by the prominent 19th century, New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

Matching pieces, they are to a coin silver standard and both are stamped with the firm's "W&H" emblem. One also has a small "v" emblem which is likely a journeyman's mark.

The pattern is a "French, aka Fiddle, Thread." Each one has a fancy, feathered script "SA" monogram set sidew...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1350468 (stock #2955f)
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George A. Hoyt's working years spanned approximately three decades in the first half of the 19th century, which garnered him prominent standing as a silversmith in Albany, New York, where he was located.

He entered into several partnerships, the earliest of which, 1819-32, was with Peter Griffen. That pairing produced this 9" long, weighty at 1.9 T. oz., serving spoon marked "Griffen & Hoyt."

It has a "Reverse Tipt" end with, an exposed drop on the bowl backside, and a handsome, feather...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1350431 (stock #2954f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, this tea caddy spoon measures 4 1/2" long and is relatively heavy at .6 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Pointed Antique" with an engraved shield surrounded by a swag and ribbon.

Marked "Sterling," there is no manufacturer's identifier, although similar examples are marked for "Galt & Brother" of Washington, D.C.

The work is Arts & Crafts in manner, particularly evident in the hand hammered bowl with notched shoulders, and an exposed drop on the backsid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1350374 (stock #2953f)
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This small, 1" by 3/4" by 1/4" high, 10 gram, or just over .3 T. oz, English vinaigrette possesses all the features that collectors seek in such pieces.

First, it is in choice condition and fully marked for well-known maker Samuel Pemberton, Birmingham, 1810-11. It is free of dents or cracks, the outside and inside hinges are secure, and it retains its original gold wash on all the interior surfaces.

Secondly, it is attractively engraved on the exterior in a checkerboard pattern on the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1350318 (stock #2952f)
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The Stieff Company produced a series of flat and holloware based on items in the Colonial Williamsburg collection, of which this set of eight coffee spoons are representative.

Each one measures 4 1/2" long, while the set weighs 3.1 T. oz.

They are a "Queen Anne" variant, with hour glass shaped handles with midrib fronts and thumb back drops on the bowls.

They are imprinted with the "CW" emblem, with the words "Williamsburg Restoration" included within the oval that is part of the mar...

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