American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1210329 (stock #1746f)
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This cream, or possibly toddy, ladle is fully marked for James McKay, Edinburgh,1859, and carries the Scottish thistle standard for sterling silver.

It measures 6" long, has a 1 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, round, flat-bottomed bowl, and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Kings" design with an added crowned lion's head crest. The backside is plain save for the marks.

The condition is excellent. There is scant polishing wear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1210246 (stock #1744f)
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Priced as a set of eight.
Each of these eight egg (or could be used for ice cream) spoons is lengthy at 5 5/8", while the group weighs 5.4 T. oz. They all match and carry the same Old English "E.L.F." monogram. Five of them are stamped "Wm. Gale & Son," and three are stamped only "Sterling."

The pattern is a knot (similar to "Le Cordon") and leaf design dating c. 1860...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1210113 (stock #1743f)
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Similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV," this pattern has parallels in designs produced by George Sharp and John Wendt, of which this 7 1/8" long, nearly 1.1 T. oz., master butter knife is one. It is marked "Coin" on the reverse, with no other identifiers.

The pattern and piece both date c. 1870, and include a period bellflower, leaf, and scroll motif. It has a reserve, which in this case is without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1208625 (stock #1735f)
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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that had contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts. This matched fish serving fork and spoon is an exceptionally fine example in the line and reflects the best of the burgeoning capacities of mid 19th century American silver manufacturing.

The fork measures 8 3/4" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while the slice measures 11 5/8" and weighs 3.3 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207968 (stock #1731f)
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Dating from 1885, Gorham's "Old Masters" scarcely has any parallels in the realm of American sterling silver flatware. Each piece in the line, with some duplication, features a different, renowned figure from the realm of the classical arts. The handles are cast and individually designed with all aspects of the shank complimentary of the bust of whatever figure surmounts the end of that handle.

The figure in the instance of this 7 3/4" long, exceptional weight 2.2 T...

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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1205465 (stock #1707f)
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These six coin silver teaspoons are exceptionally fine examples of mid 19th century coin silver. They all match and are marked with the three part pseudo hallmark of Albany, New York's Johnson & Godley (1843-50), and the name of the retailer, "Hood & Tobey," also of Albany and with overlapping dates with J&G.

Each spoon measures a slightly over-sized 6 1/4" long, while the group weighs 3.4 T. oz. They have tipt ends and the same double monograms, "F.S.N." and "E.S." in script lettering...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1205184 (stock #1704f)
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That this 5 1/4" long, relatively heavy at over .4 T. oz., sterling silver strawberry fork is a Gorham numbered item indicates it was specially designed and not part of a line pattern. It has an open work, latticed handle, with an overall clean look. A likely date is around 1900. It is without a monogram or removal and is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever. The three tines are straight, pointed, and relatively thick...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1205015 (stock #1702f)
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Measuring a generous 9 1/2" long, and weighing just over 2.3 T. oz., this serving spoon is marked "JS" which could be James Salter or John Smith, with the remaining hallmarks indicating Dublin, Ireland, and 1802. It has a down turned handle with a reverse tipt end, and an exposed drop on the bowl. The front is monogrammed "AMB" in a feathered script. The condition is very good. The handle is flawless, while the bowl has some pebbling in the base and the slightest bit of tip wear. The marks ...
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. The central portion of the handle is tubular and is fitted wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1204033 (stock #1692f)
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Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is perhaps the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

Widely reproduced right to the current day, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, sterling silver master salt spoons are original, old items. They are relatively weighty at just over .8 T. oz. combined.

They are in immaculate condition and without monograms or removals.

Marks are the Reed & Barton double lion emblem, "Pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1203671 (stock #1689f)
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Of a singular design, this 9 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., c. 1900, olive or pickle fork is marked "Geo. C. Shreve & Co." and "Sterling." This premier San Francisco firm was known for its Arts & Crafts and hammered designs, and this essentially falls within that tent. It has a solid, four sided handle that is joined by a ball at the lower end to the two tine fork. The tines are lengthy at 2", slender, and finished in a gold wash. Apart from a slight bit of waviness in one tine, there is no visible w...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1203481 (stock #1687dd)
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George Franciscus Jr. had a working history that began in Baltimore in 1810 and then Lancaster, Pennsylvannia from 1819 until his death in 1840. Several marks are associated with him include the "G. Franciscus" in an engrailed rectangle that appears on this 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz. teaspoon. According to Gerstell's "Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvania," this mark "is illustrated in the catalogue of the exhibition of southern silver at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1968." This piece has a...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1203297 (stock #1686gc)
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This pair of coffee spoons were made by well known English makers Samuel Godbehere and Edward Wigan. The date mark places them 1794-1796. This pair of makers are quoted in Jackson's Hallmarks as "Good, general makers of usually small pieces, spoons, cream jugs, etc." They weigh a combined .7 T. oz. and measure 4 3/4". These spoons are in very good to exceptional condition. They show some minor rippling to the edge of the bowls but no tip wear, which is usually seen in pieces of this age. Th...
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1202795 (stock #1676f)
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Stamped with the date symbol for 1891, the Gorham lion, anchor, G, the word "Sterling," and the number "25," this large open salt stands 1 3/4" high, measures 2 5/8" across, and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz.

The design is Aesthetic in nature, with a repeating cascade of what appear to be breaking waves encircling the convex body. This theme may also relate to Gorham's "Narragansett" and related series of patterns of roughly the same period. The top has a pie crust edge, while the base is...

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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1199513 (stock #1661f)
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While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece. This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle. The handle is slender and elongated looking, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends up to the lower o...
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