American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1276204 (stock #2300f)
Old Friends
$38.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860. It is an early "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern that was originated by Durgin.

This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.

There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276004 (stock #2299f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Variously referenced as oyster, seafood, or cocktail fork, the form of this piece is invariably the same, with three small trident tines joined on the end of a slender handle.

This example was made by Dominick & Haff in its fabled "Labors of Cupid." It is an old piece, circa 1900, not a more recent reissued one. It is marked with the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "Wm...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1275180 (stock #2293f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Stamped with an "H&M" for the maker, New York City's Hebbard & Moore, 1861-65, this tea or dessert fork was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," whose mark also appears on the backside, along with "Sterling."

It is tea or dessert size, measuring 7" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz.

It has a rounded, down turned end, with a tipt backside. The front is engraved in a period design utilizing bright cut and wriggle work...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274926 (stock #2291f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274649 (stock #2289f)
Old Friends
$25.00
One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail...
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1274356 (stock #2287f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears of the backside along with the word "Sterling," this early 20th century, 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., "Minnesota" souvenir spoon has an engraved bowl that portrays the "Pillsbury Acadamy" in Owatonna...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274185 (stock #2286f)
Old Friends
$22.00
At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1273589 (stock #2284f)
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$38.00
Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt," design, this is akin to much production of the period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1271949 (stock #2279f)
Old Friends
$35.00
At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1271057 (stock #2276f)
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$25.00
This 8 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon dates from the 1840s and is marked "J.C. Farnsworth" and "Boston."

While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.

It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition. The bowl has a bit of tip wear and some very shallow dimpling in t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1270827 (stock #2275f)
Old Friends
$50.00
An estate item, this gravy ladle was made by Whiting in the "Louis XV" pattern. It is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1891," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Kennard & Co."

It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The bowl is generously proportioned, with a depth of 1". It has decorated, flanged shoulders and an intact, satin matte gold finish on the interior.

There is an Old English "B" monogram on the front of the handle.

It...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
Old Friends
$275.00
This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1269472 (stock #2269f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Standing 3 3/8" tall to the top of the finial, 3 3/8" at the widest to the edge of the handle, and weighing just under 4.0 T. oz. this solid silver piece was made by Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Sterling Company and retailed by Boston's Shreve, Crump, & Low according to the identifiers on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling," "925/1000," "4522," and "Pat '93."

Catalogs of the period identify shorter versions of this form as mustard pots, and taller ones as horseradish. Common...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269307 (stock #2268f)
Old Friends
$95.00
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 8 1/4" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., tablespoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved "PMS" ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269303 (stock #2267f)
Old Friends
$65.00
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 7 1/16" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1269047 (stock #2266f)
Old Friends
$65.00
No more exquisite example of engraving on silver is to be found than this piece made by Gorham.

It is a 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon in the "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1902," and the date symbol for "1902" on the heel of the bowl. It is also engraved "'02" in script on the backside of the handle.

The gold washed, satin matte finish, bowl portrays an image of a saltbox style house set on a tree-lined street, and surrounded...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1268672 (stock #2264f)
Old Friends
$55.00
This jam jar is large, having a glass base that stands 3 1/2" to the rim, 5 3/4" to the top of the swing handle, and is 3" in diameter. Made by Hawkes, it is etched on the underside of the glass base with the company name and fleur-de-lis symbol. This repeats on the rim of the silver rim, which is also impressed with the word "Sterling," model number "1985," and "1/2," which could be a reference to its capacity.

The clear glass base is etched in a floral and swag with ribbons pattern. The...

 
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