American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1329634 (stock #2690f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Octagonal in shape, this mug is slightly diminutive. It stands 3" to the rim, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed bottom that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It was made by New York City's William Gale, who operated in various partnerships over a long history...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329524 (stock #2689f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price per piece, three available.
Dating from the 1860s and made by New York's John Polhamus, whose "J*P" mark appears on the backside, this 6 7/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., fork is also stamped "Tiffany & Co.," which retailed a good deal of Polhamus' silver before it instituted its own production in 1868. As Tiffany required, this is sterling (and so marked) when the predominant standard was still coin silver.

A place piece, it is a length that is commonly identified as for tea or dessert...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329461 (stock #2687f)
Old Friends
$395.00
Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and freedom of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1329388 (stock #2685f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Variously identified as a platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the defining characteristic is the scale of the item.

Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.

It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1329292 (stock #2684f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price per piece.
These two, 5 3/4" long, approximately .7 T. oz. each, spoons were made by Toronto's P.W. Ellis & Co., with each stamped "Sterling" on the handle and back of the bowl, and with the firm's "E inside a maple leaf" emblem in adjoining places.

They bear several similarities including the date "1891" set in the center of the handle, with each number surrounded by twig or branch framing...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1328954 (stock #2679f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This piece is marked "B.G" for Baldwin Gardiner, who was a retailer with working dates c. 1814-25 in Philadelphia, then was listed in New York City directories 1827-47, according to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths."

It is a lengthy 8 3/4" table or serving spoon, and is immensely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328822 (stock #2677f)
Old Friends
$195.00
A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.

Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328770 (stock #2676f)
Old Friends
$35.00
No doubt responding to the late 19th century emergence of European enamel work as high fashion art, American silver manufacturers began to adorn examples their products with enamel detailing.

New York's Dominick & Haff seemed to favor its "Renaissance" pattern for this purpose, as this 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon illustrates.

The design is intricate enough to accommodate enamel highlights as well as provide the necessary grid for the material to adhere to...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1328201 (stock #2668f)
Old Friends
$48.00
An engraved pattern dating from 1916, Towle's "Merrimack" reflects the Colonial Revival qua Adams-esque design sensibilities of the period, and embodies as well Arts & Crafts character in its hammered surfaces.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., cucumber or tomato server. It has a pierced blade that is roughly square at 2 1/2" wide and 2 5/8" back to front.

It is without a monogram or removal and in outstanding condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1328038 (stock #2666f)
Old Friends
$95.00
An early, original, example of International's Art Nouveau, lily motif, "Frontenac," this chocolate muddler measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1327873 (stock #2664f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Measuring 1 5/8" in diameter, standing 1" high, and weighing just over .7 T. oz., this plain band napkin ring is stamped "Sterling" and with the model number "11" on the inside. It is without a maker's identifier.

It has a matte finish surface with knurled margins and a bright cut leaf and scroll design.

There is a "TGM" script monogram in the reserve area of the engraved design, while the inside of the band is inscribed "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25 '99."

It is in excellent condition, f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1327749 (stock #2663f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Price per piece, three available.
At 9" long and weighing a substantial 2.1 T. oz., this large table or serving spoon has Scottish origins.

It is clearly stamped with a castle for Edinburgh, a thistle for sterling, a date letter W for 1828, and a bust duty mark. The maker's initials are "JH," for John Hay whose dates correspond with this.

The handle features a "Kings" pattern on the front, and a plain backside with a thumb drop on the heel of the bowl.

There is a script "G" monogram.

It is in exceptionally fine ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1327474 (stock #2659f)
Old Friends
$225.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz., this serving piece is variously identified as a pea, vegetable, or ice spoon. The determinative characteristic of this form is a generously-sized, reticulated bowl, and indeed that is the case with this example in Gorham's "Imperial Chrysanthemum." The piercing in this instance is a leaf design.

The late 19th century pattern is expressive, portraying an abundance of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves arrayed on both front ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1327395 (stock #2658f)
Old Friends
$325.00
A full-size soup ladle, this piece measures 13" long and weighs a massive 7.7 T. oz. The generously-proportioned bowl reinforces the overall sense of scale, at 4" in diameter and 1" at the deepest.

The pattern is Towle's courtly "Georgian." It resembles a Corinthian style column surmounted by a basket of roses and draped with a garland of roses. A third rose detail is set midway up the handle. The reverse adds shell and acanthus leaf components in addition to the roses, all of which rou...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1327313 (stock #2657f)
Old Friends
$29.00
Price per piece, three available
Stylistically related to Durgin's well-received "Fairfax," "Colfax" was introduced some twelve years later and also established itself as a highly regarded pattern.

The backsides of the two designs mirror each other, while the front of "Colfax" adds an egg and dart margin and delicate central embellishment.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, weighty, 1.2 T. oz., individual salad fork. An early piece, it is stamped with the Durgin "D" on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

It is...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1326437 (stock #2647f)
Old Friends
$115.00
A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl, an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
Old Friends
$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.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David a...

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.

The bowl is decorative, in keeping with the overall de...

 
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