American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307634 (stock #2950f)
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An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Old French was a well-received pattern that remains popular today. The simplicity of the lined border, slightly bulbous design provided a visual respite to the flourish of Art Nouveau style dominant in the period, as well as the congestion of some immediately preceding-in-time Victorian forms.

This example is a 6 3/4" long fruit knife. It is an original item, factory made and original issue...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1307561 (stock #2549f)
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Standing 1 5/8" tall, with a diameter of 1 11/16", and weighing just under .7 T. oz., this is a generously sized napkin ring.

Inscribed M.H.W., Mar. 18, '05" in an elegant script, the aesthetic style floral and fern engraving on a satin matte surface with knurled banding suggest the piece actually predates the inscription by as much as twenty years.

The central band is offset by two troughs which are in turn bordered by imprinted repeating star designs with rolled edges...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1307273 (stock #2546f)
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This 7 1/2" long, heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife features two grape and leaf clusters set against a ground that is very similar to "Le Cordon."

"Le Cordon" is a pattern identified with Whiting, although it was not originated by that firm. One online source also assigns this "Grape" design to Whiting, but in fact and again, it traces to another source, having originally been patented by Michael Gibney of New York City...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1307204 (stock #2545f)
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Jenkins & Jenkins was the 1908 successor firm to Jacobi & Jenkins, and was itself absorbed by Schofield about 1915.

This novel desk item, a stamp or letter moistener, carries the company name, the words "Sterling 925/1000 Fine," and "Baltimore."

It measures 4" overall and weighs a relatively hefty .9 T. oz., which includes a negligible amount for the sponge tip.

It has a stick-like, flat handle with a rounded end. Both sides have a dense repousse pattern typical of Baltimore silver...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307089 (stock #2544f)
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The Baltimore Museum of Art reference volume on Maryland Silver lists William Brown working in Baltimore ca. 1810-52.

This pair of 6 1/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tongs carry his mark, "W. Brown," along with the rather unusual identifier "Balt." stamped on the inside of each arm.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." There is a feathered script "JMD" inscribed on the arch. The grips are scallop shell form.

They are in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306994 (stock #2543f)
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This item is a 5 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., sugar sifter. The pattern is Whiting's "Louis XV."

It has a 2" by 1 1/4" by 5/8" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a pale matte gold wash. The shoulders are embellished with the scroll design of the pattern, and there is a small flange around the entire rim.

The handle is inscribed with a cursive "ES" monogram.

It is in excellent condition. Free of polishing wear, the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The finish is bright...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306899 (stock #2542f)
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A substantial piece measuring 8 11/16" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this pea (vegetable) or ice spoon is a rare form in most flatware lines.

The large, pierced bowl is the defining feature of these items, and that is the case with this. Nearly round at 3" back to front and 2 1/2" in diameter, the bowl is 5/8" deep. The piercing is patterned and functional as well as decorative, to aid in draining...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306819 (stock #2541f)
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Dating from 1870, "Louis XIV" was an early line pattern in Gorham's stable of designs. Knowles produced a near match in its "Emperor" pattern, and George Sharp also offered a third, unnamed kindred design, all indicating this motif had as much appeal in its time as it still exhibits today.

The handle tip is an anthemion form with a shield reserve which in this case has an embellished, Old English "R" monogram. The area below this has raised, line scrolling set against a stippled background...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1306451 (stock #2538f)
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Unusually large at 8 3/8" long, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife traces to Robert and William Wilson of Philadelphia, whose mark appears on the backside of the blade.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the design sensibilities of the period.

The blade and handle are joined at a right angle by a stout extension of the blade that attaches to a twisted stem. The shaped, flat handle is extensively and finely engraved and finished with a fancy, feathered scr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
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An early 20th century pattern, "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" stands in contrast to the exuberance of so much 19th century design. A simple, double-lined, multi-scroll motif, it is clean, direct, and understated in manner.

This example is a 9 5/8" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., cake saw. It has a solid, flat handle, and all-silver blade. The blade has a saw-tooth upper edge, which is characteristic of this item.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in exceptionally fine condition. There i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1306156 (stock #2535f)
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Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, John Adriance, 1795-1873, lived his entire life there working as a silversmith, beginning with an apprenticeship in 1809. He joined in a partnership with Peter Hayes in 1816 and that lasted until 1826.

This pair of 5 1/2" long, just under .9 T. oz., sugar tongs are a product of that partnership, marked "Hayes & Adriance."

They have a broad arch, 7/8" at the widest, that is inscribed "CC" in a period, feathered script. The grips are cup form and have expo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306088 (stock #2534f)
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A prominent name in 19th century Philadelphia silversmithing, Peter L. Krider's work reflects the highest standards of the trade.

Unremarkable in terms of function, this 6 3/16" long, just under 1.0 T. oz. sugar spoon, still stands forward for its quality of design and manufacture.

It is a "King" or "Kings" pattern that compares well with other companies' interpretations of this English-inspired motif.

This has an oversized, 2 1/4" by 1 1/2", shell bowl with a frosted matte gold fini...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1305994 (stock #2533f)
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This tea cup and saucer represents the epitome of elegance, given that it is artfully crafted in pure sterling silver.

Made by Gorham in 1871 (as indicated by the date letter "D" that appears on the underside of each piece), it exhibits the burgeoning manufacturing and design skills of the company that by then had arguably already established itself as America's premier silver house.

These are large items. The saucer has a diameter of 5 7/8" and stands just over 1" high. It weighs not ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305903 (stock #2532f)
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In his benchmark work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood traces the name evolution of the pattern most commonly known as "Saratoga."

The company's third line, it was originally issued as "King's" or "King" in 1870, sometimes referred to as "Old King" to distinguish it from the later "English King." It was briefly reissued in 1908, then called "Cook," and finally again reintroduced in 1956 under the name "Saratoga" by which it is known today.

This example is from the earliest period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1305791 (stock #2531f)
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A prominent name in New York retailing, Howard & Co. was also a producing jeweler. It was well established with the carriage trade and its mark conveyed an unqualified sense of quality.

In her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" Dorothy Rainwater notes that by the turn of the twentieth century, the firm had established branches in Newport and London, obviously seeking to be accessible to a select clientele.

This 6" long, 7/8" wide, nearly 1.2 T. oz., solid silver bookmark da...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century : Pre 1800 item #1305545 (stock #2529f)
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Important New York City silversmiths in their own rights, Thomas Underhill and John Vernon operated as a short-lived partnership in a common shop in New York City in the very earliest days of the American Republic, 1787-88.

This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.9 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon is marked with the "T.U" and "I.V" indicative of that partnership.

It has a rounded, "Reverse Tipt," down-turned, end and a pronounced drop on the bowl. The shank is narrow, thick, and smoothly joined with th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305444 (stock #2528f)
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An immensely well-received line featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., likely fish serving fork, however, are quite rare.

The detail of the Art Nouveau design shows to advantage at ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1305362 (stock #2527f)
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This 7" long, weighty, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert spoon is stamped "B&S.D" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt of New York City, with partnership dates 1820-35. It also carries a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies as unknown an New York maker.

It is a sophisticated piece, and all the more so for its early date. It is a "Kings" pattern, with a pronounced shell end with leafy borders. The backside heel of the bowl also has a shell imprint. The ...

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