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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1349763 (stock #2942f)
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This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First is the 8 3/8" long size. Substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, it was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349666 (stock #2941f)
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$195.00
Price for the pair.
Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this companion youth spoon and fork set is "Diana and her nymphs," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line.

The fork measures 6 1/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at 1.8 T. oz. Also weighty at 1.7 oz. the spoon measures 6 1/8" long, which is slightly larger than a teaspoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1349485 (stock #2939f)
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$75.00
An unusual item perhaps intended for sugar, candy, or even a dresser item, this round bowl measures 4 1/2" in diameter and stands 2 1/4" high to the rim.

The faceted base is molded glass while the top is silver attached to an applied rim. The lid is divided in half and is fitted with a hinge and knob allowing it to open fully.

The fixed side of the top is engraved with an Old English "S" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1349411 (stock #2938f)
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$110.00
A form popular in the 19th century lapping over into the early 20th, this tea strainer is designed to hang from the spout of a teapot.

It is comprised of an open ball or basket that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep.

This is fitted with a wire bail handle which in turn is attached to a 2 1/2" long, pronged wire that locks into a spout, held in place by tension.

It is solid silver, weighing .9 T. oz., and marked "Sterling" on the rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1349341 (stock #2937f)
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$55.00
Measuring 6" long, this teaspoon is set apart by its weight, which is an exceptional 1.3 T. oz.

It also has a matte finish, thick-walled and gold washed bowl, front and backsides, which additionally distinguishes this example of Watson's "Orange" pattern from a standard production piece.

One of the company's fruit series, it exhibits the high relief, Art Nouveau influenced, finely detailed design elements of this line...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1349274 (stock #2936f)
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$85.00
The Unger Brothers firm of Newark, New Jersey was known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs, produced in both flatware and jewelry in the last decade of the 19th and first decade of the 20th centuries.

The pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., olive spoon is "Douvaine," seemingly the company's most popular line.

It features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or wizard like figure set midway on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1348997 (stock #2934f)
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$220.00
Price for the set of 12
All identical, each of these twelve spoons measures 4 3/8" long while the set weighs just under 7.0 T. oz., relatively heavy for items this size.

Short handled, individual, chocolate spoons, they are rarely found items, and all the more so in this quantity. The pattern is "Old Newbury" made by Towle.

Each one has an Art Nouveau, script "MAH" monogram. The style of engraving is consistent with the 1900 date of issue of this beaded pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1348771 (stock #2932f)
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$45.00
Most Victorian era button hooks are silver combined with steel, while this example is all sterling.

This form came in a larger size for shoes, and a smaller size for gloves. This is the latter at 3 1/16" long.

This is a patterned piece, namely "Heraldic," a medieval style design featuring a shield and helmet, made by Whiting and dating from 1880...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1348670 (stock #2931f)
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$45.00
At 4 1/2" long, and a relatively heavy .9 T...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348570 (stock #2930f)
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$160.00
Price for the set of eight.
Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

The pattern appears on both sides of the handles, an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1348507 (stock #2929f)
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$285.00
Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and very weighty at 4.8 T. oz., this child's plate is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the backside, along with "Sterling" and the model number "5240."

It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme.

These include (see image two for detail):

Jack the Giant Killer

The Merry Hunter

The Wolf and the Lamb

Tom the Piper's Son ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348348 (stock #2928f)
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$65.00
Measuring 7 5/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.7 T. oz., this fish knife is stamped "Sterling" and "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

An individual place piece in a "Kings" pattern, it has a flat handle and a solid silver blade.

The handle front has a delicate script monogram that appears to be "EKP" while the backside is engraved "'90."

It is in flawless estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, free of polishing wear. The blade is without bends, nicks or burrs, and has barely...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1348273 (stock #2927f)
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$65.00
A remarkably well-crafted item, this spoon measures 6" long and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz.

It is a commemorative item produced by Philadelphia's J.E. Caldwell. The entire handle portrays a full-sized, three dimensional, image of William Penn, the founder of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.

The tea and smaller size versions of this early twentieth century design are readily available, but this citrus spoon variant is a rarity. Additionally, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1347851 (stock #2924f)
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$95.00
A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a scall...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347610 (stock #2922f)
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$1,975.00
Price for the pair.
Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among "exotic" designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied, often mixed metal, elements. This fish serving slice and fork set are acid etched.

The motifs of the etched line were myriad, more than can be catalogued, but they included floral and fauna themes, and even insects.

The portraiture on these is "morning glory" on th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1347511 (stock #2921dd)
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$85.00
A fanciful item, this rattle measures 2 5/8" long. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for Birmingham, 1919-20, Sterling, and C&N for maker Crisford & Norris.

It is comprised of a mother of pearl handle fitted to a hollow body that portrays a jester's torso and head. The head is fitted with a three-pointed cap, the two side ones of which have bell tips. A pair of larger, open, clam shell, bell-like forms dangle from the shoulders, suspended by wrapped wire and clasps. Although the "be...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1347411 (stock #2920f)
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$265.00
One of Samuel Kirk's earliest designs, and in production throughout the history of the firm, "Mayflower" features an engraved motif set on an otherwise plain handle.

This example is nearly as old as the pattern itself, dating between 1846-61, as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son" imprinted on the backside. It is a 7 1/8" long, relatively heavy at 2.1 T. oz., hotcake lifter.

The standard mark, "10.15," also appearing on the handle reverse, is roughly the equivalent of coin silver and one p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346841 (stock #2913f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 3/8" long, and weighing just under .6 T. oz., this item has a scalloped edge, satin matte, gold washed front and back side, bowl with a reticulated center. It is a bon bon aka nut spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless co...

 
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