American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1303297 (stock #2513f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Identified by the marker "M2" set alongside the Whiting lion emblem and the word "Sterling," the pattern on this matched youth knife and fork is engraved on a rounded "Antique" handle with a reverse tipt end.

The engraving is Aesthetic in manner, which is consistent with the 1884 date of this design. The backsides are plain, save for elegant, feathered script "ARF" monograms.

The 7" long knife is solid silver while the four-tine fork measures 6 1/8". The two together weigh 1.8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1303209 (stock #2512f)
Old Friends
$110.00
The mark "B09" was adopted by the well-regarded Arts & Crafts silversmith George Blanchard when he established his own workshop in Gardiner, Massachusetts, independent of Arthur Stone for whom he worked until that date. He was joined by sons Porter and Richard, with Porter moving to California in 1923, shortly to be followed by his father and brother.

This example is a 6 3/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., horseradish spoon in the "Cornwallis" aka "1800 Square" pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302962 (stock #2509f)
Old Friends
$36.00
Not readily found, this 5 1/2" long, just above .8 T. oz., fork is variously identified as terrapin or ramekin. To be sure it could serve either purpose.

It takes its character from the fanciful, scalloped shoulder, cupped heel, bowl with four short tines.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo. This piece embodies some of the style elements of these schools...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1302780 (stock #2507f)
Old Friends
$325.00
This pattern is identified in the Gorham archives (housed at Brown University and cataloged by scholar Sam Hough) as "Old English." It is commonly referred to, however, as "Seal Top" after the round, flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank, which in turn follows after a traditional "old English" form.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302677 (stock #2506f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Commonly found as single items, strawberry forks are much less so preserved in sets, as is the case with these six matching pieces in Towle's "Canterbury."

Each one is 5 5 1/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 3.2 T. oz.

They are in flawless condition and absent monograms or removals of same. The late 19th century, scroll and bead design is fully articulated and without any polishing wear. The delicate tines are all straight, even, and remain pointed...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1302489 (stock #2504f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Canadian pseudo hallmarks frequently mirror their English counterparts even more closely than American ones do, and that is the case with this 5 5/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., silver tea, or actually coffee, spoon.

It is stamped with a crown, a bust, a lion passant, and the letters "IM" and "NB." The letters stand for J. Munro and New Brunswick (Canada) respectively, while the symbols look very much like hallmarks for Sheffield, England.

Munro's dates are from the 1810s to the 1860s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1302391 (stock #2503f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Arguably the first name in American Arts & Crafts silver, Arthur Stone maintained a studio for the better part of four decades. Upon his retirement in 1937, he sold his shop to Henry Heywood who continued the business intact.

This 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle dates from this transition time. It is marked with the "Stone with hammer" emblem, the "h in a shield" emblem for Heywood, "Sterling," and a benchmark "B," likely for Charles Brown whose tenure ran to 1937...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301885 (stock #2499f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Stamped "I. Speer" and "Chicago," this coin silver teaspoon measures 5 7/8" long and weighs .45 T. oz.

Speer is documented as a jeweler and watchmaker about 1840-70. The style of this locates it at the beginning of his working years.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a rubbed "LH" script monogram on the front.

It is in very good condition. There are overall surface scratches, but no other signs of wear such as bends or burrs...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1301796 (stock #2498f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Made by Gorham and sold in San Francisco, this 7 5/8" long, just under 1.9 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301660 (stock #2497f)
Old Friends
$60.00
European in scale, this French dinner fork is massive compared to typical American counterparts. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a very hefty 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva head, meaning it has a slightly higher silver content at 95% than sterling, which is 92.5%. There is a bigorne guarantee on the surface opposite the Minerva. The maker's mark is an "L" on either side of a cross that has a star at the top and bottom, all this in a lozenge.

The pattern is a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1301544 (stock #2496f)
Old Friends
$135.00
An established silversmith with working dates about 1932-58, Newark's William B. Meyers was particularly known for making silver miniatures.

Apart from this, he was a well-regarded producer of Arts & Crafts items as well as reproduction pieces.

This 2 7/8" tall, 3 1/2" maximum width, 4.8 T. oz. footed bowl falls generally in the later category. The style bespeaks American design from the 1860s. It has a repeating pattern around the 2 5/8" diameter upper rim, and three cast, decorative ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1301410 (stock #2495f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Gorham's "Cromwell" was issued some years after that company's immensely well-received "Chantilly," and while some more elaborated than that design, the two express a similar, reserved sensibility about them.

"Cromwell" has scrolled edges with acanthus leaf detailing and a fan terminus. This motif is expanded on the backside heel of the bowl.

This piece is a 5 5/8" long ice cream spoon. Consistent with the line, it is substantial weight at .9 T. oz.

It has a nearly flat bowl, with ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1301271 (stock #2494f)
Old Friends
$55.00
This open master salt is fully marked on the underside for William Neale & Son, Ltd., Birmingham, sterling silver, and 1933.

A slightly convex barrel shaped form, it stands 1 1/2" to the top edge and has a body diameter of 1 7/8". The silver by itself weighs 1.5 T. oz.

It has its original, fitted, deep colored, cobalt blue glass liner.

It is without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

It is in excellent condition. Solid and relatively thick-walled, the body has one p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1301270 (stock #2493f)
Old Friends
$95.00
This mustard pot is fully marked for William Neale & Son, Ltd., Birmingham, sterling silver, and 1933 on the bottom, and with a lion and matching date letter "J" on the underside of the lid.

A slightly convex barrel shaped form, it stands 2 1/4" to the top of the finial, has a body diameter of 1 7/8", and a maximum span of 2 5/8" to the end of handle. The silver by itself weighs 2.1 T. oz.

It has its original, fitted, deep colored, cobalt blue glass liner.

The lid is tiered and has ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301161 (stock #2492f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A line pattern commonly found in demitasse and master salt spoons, the availability of other pieces of Gorham's 1880 "Delhi" is somewhat limited.

This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches.

The detailing is extensive, with a textured background adding character and depth to the overall imagery.

It is qui...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301056 (stock #2491f)
Old Friends
$65.00
In regard to condition, a finer example of this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., exceptionally heavy at 1.3 T. oz., citrus spoon in Durgin's 1893 "Chrysanthemum" is not to be found.

A benchmark pattern of the period, all the intricate and abundant details of the chrysanthemum motif show to perfect detail on both sides of the handle and in the interior of the flanged edge and pointed tip bowl. The bowl has a bright gold wash front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal of same.

Ther...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300758 (stock #2489f)
Old Friends
$155.00
An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American expressions of a motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized shell fo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1300608 (stock #2488f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Wood & Hughes thoroughly embraced the classical revival "Medallion" motif that was popular in silver design throughout the 1860s. The company produced numerous variations of it, three of which D. Albert Soeffing identifies in his work, "Silver Medallion Flatware."

The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., coin silver, preserve spoon likely one of the earliest expressions of the style.

It features a cast, oval disk portra...

 
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