American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1344566 (stock #2883f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Frequently found as a presentation or commemorative item, this flat blade form of a trowel pie server lends itself to an inscription.

This 11 1/4" long example has an engraved margin, but is otherwise plain and without any erasures.

The large, 6" long by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade is sterling silver, as is the shank which is fitted with a turned, appearing to be rosewood or mahogany, handle. The piece weighs 4.8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1344231 (stock #2879f)
Old Friends
$725.00
Price for the pair.
A matched pair, this sugar and creamer were a 25th anniversary gift, as indicated by the "ABF to MFCC 1859-1884" inscribed on the sidewall of each piece.

Made by Tiffany, they are holloware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1344111 (stock #2877f)
Old Friends
$65.00
An Art Nouveau design issued in 1902, "Narcissus" is one of several floral patterns that Blackinton produced in the early 20th century.

This example is an 8 1/8", .9 T. oz., olive spoon. It is long-handle, versus standard size, which is less than 6".

The flowers are delicately scaled and arrayed around the end of the handle, with trailing leaves and buds set along the length of the shank...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1980 item #1343898 (stock #2874f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Measuring 5 1/2" wide by 2 5/8" high, and weighing a substantial 5.3 T. oz., this item was made by The Stieff Company of Baltimore.

Made for Colonial Williamsburg as part of an exclusive line, it is described in a 1976 catalog as "A design of classic simplicity copied from a bowl made by Philip Syng (1676-1739)."

It sits on a tiered base that is 3" across, and has an applied upper rim.

There is a line "MSB" script monogram on the side...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1343816 (stock #2873f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price for the pair.
This pair master salt dishes are both charming and finely made. They have silver bases with cut and frosted glass liners.

Each one has three legs and stands 1 1/4" high to the top of base and 1 5/8" tall with the liner in place, and is 1 3/4" wide at the maximum. The combined weight of the metal is .7 T. oz.

German in origin, they are stamped "800" for the grade of the silver. These marks are on the rims, and are flanked by two other imprints...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1343752 (stock #2872f)
Old Friends
$26.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this teaspoon is replete with Masonic imagery, including a portraiture in the bowl of the massive Temple in Chicago.

The imagery includes a sword, a cross and crown, seeing eye, and the emblematic square and compass.

The most dramatic aspect of the piece is a detailed rendering of the towering "Masonic Temple" built in downtown Chicago in 1892. This is finely detailed and has a gold finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1343693 (stock #2870f)
Old Friends
$60.00
A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.

This example of the line is a medium sized, 4 3/4" long, moderately heavy at nearly 1.3 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

Naturalistic in their portraiture, the three leaves that adorn each leg of the tongs are nonetheless precisely arrayed within the overall design, with one on the bottom and two on the top, surrounding an open area with lined margins...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1343642 (stock #2869f)
Old Friends
$245.00
Made in 1896 according to the date stamp imprinted on its underside, this 11 1/4" long by 5 5/8" wide by 1 1/2" at the highest, 8.7 T. oz., open bowl is an early example of the Art Nouveau style.

Made by Gorham, it features both wild and cultivated rose blossoms interspersed with trailing scroll and leaf forms, with these latter elements reminiscent of the company's "Chantilly" pattern dating from the same period...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1800 item #1343376 (stock #2866f)
Old Friends
$46.00
This 8 1/2" long, 1.6 T. oz., table or place spoon is marked "L. Heck" for Lewis or Ludwig. The volume "Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvania" by Vivian Gerstell lists his dates as 1755-1817, first showing up in tax records in 1778.

Gerstell also notes that he "held various positions in the community," indicating he was a person of standing and good reputation, and she illustrates both hollow and flatware made by him.

This piece dates late eighteenth century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1343257 (stock #2865f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Price per piece, two available.
Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.

This 8 11/16" long, 2.0 T. oz., likely berry serving spoon, is an early example in the line, marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co," which saw time-bound use. It is also stamped "Patent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1343188 (stock #2864f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Price for the set of six.
These matching oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks all measure 5 3/8" long, and weigh a bit over 3.5 T. oz. the lot.

They were made by Alvin, whose company emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent" appear on the backsides, in very fine, precise, raised lettering as it should be on original pieces..

The pattern is "Majestic," which is a multi-motif floral Art Nouveau line that in this instance portrays irises. It was introduced in 1900.

There is a single, large blossom set midw...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1343127 (stock #2863f)
Old Friends
$225.00
The Whiting Manufacturing Company, which eventually became one of the premier American silver manufacturers of the 19th century, had its origins in North Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1840 as "Tifft & Whiting," and operated under that name until 1853.

This 3 3/16" tall to the rim, 3 5/8" to the top of the handle, 2 11/16" top diameter, 3.2 T. oz., mug traces to that early firm. It bears the company imprint on the underside, which is a "rooster, T&W, and raised arm holding hammer" emblem, alon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1343028 (stock #2862f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Of a form that is decidedly exceptional, and to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.

Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1342865 (stock #2860f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, this 5 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., spoon shows remarkably refined die and finish work.

Sculptural in manner, it was made by Watson, whose design and execution in silver manufacturing consistently reflects a high standard.

The subject is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Little Bo Peep" and features a complexly detailed, three dimensional, portraiture of the miss herself.

She is adorned with a big bonnet hat, is wearing a corseted bodice that i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342802 (stock #2859f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., cream ladle. It is commonly referred to as a "bucket" ladle referencing the shape of the 1 1/2" top diameter, 1" deep, dipping or serving end, which in this case...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342740 (stock #2858f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1342665 (stock #2857f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Item number "1196," as imprinted on the inside lip, along with the word "Sterling" and the mace emblem for Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr, this match safe, aka vesta, measures 2 1/4" by 1 1/2" by 3/8" and weighs .9 T. oz.

The company was known for its outstanding Art Nouveau designs in both silver and jewelry, and this follows in that mode. The motif incorporates flanking violet blossoms embossed on front and back sides of the lid, with trailing, wispy leaves framing central reserve a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342616 (stock #2856f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.

The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains well-defined, down to the pollen flecks on the lily flower petals, and the stippled detailin...

 
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