American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
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$60.00
A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1325616 (stock #2640f)
Old Friends
$44.00
An undocumented pattern, this Art Nouveau, floral, design stands alone among Wallace offerings.

This piece is a 6 1/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It is unusual in that the upper end of the handle is hollow, while the lower portion is tubular. This provides for a thicker than usual grip, and also enables more detailed design elements, which include a blossom, bud, and sinuous leaves set against a textured background...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1325553 (stock #2639f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Lincoln & Foss, c. 1850, is one of several Boston partnerships that Charles Foss entered into.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon or large sugar spoon.

The style is characteristic of the period, with an "Oval Thread" pattern handle and a shell bowl. The backside carries a script "JAL" monogram.

In very good condition, it is essentially absent wear and has a warm, bright, patina. The bowl is free of dents, dings, cracks, or burrs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1324925 (stock #2636f)
Old Friends
$47.00
This napkin ring is a plain band of solid silver that measures 1 5/8" in diameter, stands 1 1/4" tall, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the inside, it is model number "673" which is also imprinted on the interior, along with the word "Sterling."

Dating circa 1880, it is Aesthetic or Eastlake in style, engraved in a pattern that is part foliate and part stylized.

It has a fancy, feathered script, "HMR" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
Old Friends
$165.00
One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," Indianapolis...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1324633 (stock #2634f)
Old Friends
$36.00
A 5 3/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., item, this sugar spoon was made by Whiting.

The double-sided pattern is "Empire" aka "New Empire" dating from 1892. It employs various shell motifs, including the overall form of the bowl, and a pair of flanking, scrolled rosettes at the tip of the handle.

The bowl is squared, rather than rounded or oval, and has a partially rubbed gold wash on the front and backsides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1324191 (stock #2630f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Dating from 1872, Gorham's "Corinthian" embodies the Classical Revival sensibilities of the period. Architectural in style, it incorporates an anthemion leaf on the handle surmounted by leafy tracery.

The 3/4" deep, nearly round, 2" diameter, bowl with a central vee, flanged shoulders, and slightly tipped lip, on this 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle is engraved in a Palmetto leaf motif that is evocative of Egyptian Revival style...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1323731 (stock #2624f)
Old Friends
$595.00
A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as especially associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebonized wood handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323511 (stock #2622f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork is extra long at 9 5/16"...
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323130 (stock #2618f)
Old Friends
$45.00
A multi-motif figural design, "Fontainebleau" was one of several exceptional patterns that Gorham produced in the late 19th century.

This piece is a 6 1/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It has an elongated, plum-shaped bowl with hatched edge shoulders. The interior has a matte finish.

The handle portrays a maiden in courtly garb, carrying a kettle in one hand and a pitcher and saucer in the other.

It is without a monogram or removal and in very good condition. It ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1322779 (stock #2615f)
Old Friends
$45.00
A late Art Nouveau design dating to 1909, Alvin's "Morning Glory" offers a sensitive, perhaps even tender, interpretation of this delicate flower.

Fully expressed on both the front and backsides of the handle, but with different portraiture, the design incorporates multiple blossoms set forth in intricate, precise, detail.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .5 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has a pierced interior, cut in leaf and apostrophe shapes.

The piece ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322554 (stock #2612f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Matching berry spoon also available.
A pattern originated by John Polhamus, "Diamond" eventually became part of George Shiebler's stable of offerings.

This example is a 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon marked with Shiebler's "winged S," and the words "Sterling," and "Patent." It has a plum-shaped bowl, with a ribbed heel and midline leading to a slightly pointed tip. Finished in a bright gold wash on the front and a matte gold surface on the backside, the bowl interior is engraved in an aesthetic manner featuring fern fron...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1322336 (stock #2610f)
Old Friends
$215.00
This example of Victorian period grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co.," the date "1892," "New York," and "Sterling." To be sure, they do have darkened sur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322247 (stock #2609f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Dating from 1886, which is relatively early in Durgin's line-up, and a pattern not readily found, "Fleur-de-lis" manifests an understated elegance.

The large, applied, fleur-de-lis motif is set in high relief as if it were carved. It is also embellished with added detailing, such as beaded banding around the lower section and scrolling, leafy highlights.

This example is a 7" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

The bowl is particular to Durgin. It has a swirled ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321713 (stock #2603f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Both large, at 4 7/8" long, and heavy, at nearly 1.3, T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are a very fine example of Towle's "Old Colonial."

This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.

Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.

Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321415 (stock #2585f)
Old Friends
$95.00
A custom made or special order item, this 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced, or more precisely, 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." It apparently dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two modifications, both of which reflect h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321097 (stock #2581f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Price for the set of ten.
With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7" long. The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell. Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends broaden to a rounded, upturned end, which hosts the concave shell form. These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.

The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three...

 
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