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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363706 (stock #3203dd)
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$105.00
Price for the pair as a set.
This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz.

Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363704 (stock #3202f)
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$155.00
Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363513 (stock #3198f)
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$28.00
This coin silver youth fork measures 6" long and weighs over .8 T. oz.

Its mid 19th century pattern is a variant of "Tuscan," attributed to New York's Michael Gibney, or a similar design called "Cottage" produced by Joseph Seymour, John Polhamus, William Gale, and possibly other makers.

This example is only identified by the retailer's name, "J.W. Helmer," location unknown, stamped on the backside.

It has a particularly charming script engraving set sideways on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1363488 (stock #3198f)
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$65.00
A firm recognized for its myriad naturalistic designs, Watson produced a number of outstanding Art Nouveau florals in the early part of the 20th century.

"Lily" is one of the most impressive of these, and is the pattern on this 4 1/2" long, .7 T. oz. bon bon or nut scoop.

This is a particularly delicate piece, even at this small scale retaining all the fine detail of the leaves, blossoms and stippled background of the intricate pattern.

The scoop is a statement in itself...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363439 (stock #3197f)
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$90.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design in the same genre as 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 a flange rim and central rib that Whiting used across several pattern lines.

There is a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an inscription...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363316 (stock #3195f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Price per piece, three available.
In her benchmark work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan identifies "E. Borhek," the mark on this 5 11/16" long, .5 T. oz., as Edward, 1806-87. She notes that 1835-37, he was known as "Borhex."

In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1800 item #1363210 (stock #3194f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Deciphering old French silver marks is an art unto itself and not an amateur's task to undertake.

That said, a third party assessment follows below on the seven symbols, three letters, and engraving that appear on the backside of this 8 3/16" long, heavy at 2.5 T. oz., large place or serving spoon.

What is apparent on the surface of it is that it dates from the 18th century, prior to the French Revolution, and is to a .950 silver standard...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363014 (stock #3191f)
Old Friends
$48.00
A beaded design with a scroll tip, International's "Cambridge" was introduced in 1899.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. Slender overall and with three elongated tines joined by a crossbar, it was designed to be a delicate implement...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1362956 (stock #3190f)
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$395.00
First introduced to British hallmarking in 1697, the "Britannia" standard demarcates a silver content of 95.8%, significantly higher than sterling's 92.5%.

It remained required for less than a century, but continued in limited use subsequent to the reversion to sterling in 1720, enjoying a revival in the late Victorian era.

This muffineer, aka sugar shaker or caster, traces to that period, having an Old English "a" date letter for 1896-97. Other marks are the Britannia figure, and an "e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1362855 (stock #3188f)
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$70.00
A large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing a substantial 1.8 T. oz., this spoon dates c. 1835.

It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.

The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.

It is also marked "10....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1362810 (stock #3187f)
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$48.00
An appealing multi-motif floral design, this 5 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., "Majestic" pattern bon bon is further enhanced by its decorative, relatively large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8", three-lobed, bowl.

A turn of the 20th century design, it was made by Alvin, whose company emblem and the word "Sterling" is imprinted on the handle backside in fine lettering.

The flowers on this item include an iris set midway on the handle, and roses at the terminus. These are accompanied by intertwined leaves, accent...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1362553 (stock #3183f)
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$45.00
The maker of this 6 3/16" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., spoon was perhaps best known for his partnership with Francis W. Cooper, himself a renowned producer of mid 19th century ecclesiastical silver.

Stamped "R. Fisher Jr." for Richard, it also carries his working address, "331 Broadway, N.Y.," and is a scarce example of his individual work.

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with a relatively short and deep shell bowl, with a broad end and a strong taper to the heel. The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1362490 (stock #3182f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing .8 T. oz., this two-tine piece is a medium sized cold meat, aka cold cut, fork.

The pattern is "Acorn," which is one of Georg Jensen's defining designs.

Emblematic of the Danish Modern mode, it features a stylized acorn set at the tip of the columnar handle.

This is an exquisite example, showing no wear whatsoever, with even, pointed tines, and a brilliant finish.

Marks are "Georg Jensen" set within a circle of dots, used since 1945, "Sterling,"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362437 (stock #3181f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Retailed by Tiffany, this lengthy, 7 7/8", and weighty at 1.6 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife dates prior to 1868.

A "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," design, it was made by New York City's Henry Hebbard, who with his contemporary and sometime partner John Polhamus, was one of Tiffany's major suppliers in the 1850s and 60s.

Hebbard's "star, H, anchor" pseudo hallmark appears on the reverse, along with "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling."

It is engraved "EAS" in a delicate sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362159 (stock #3180f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat 1885," this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork once belonged to "Gladys," whose name is engraved in script on the backside.

The pattern is "St. Cloud," one of the outstandingly successful designs produced by Antoine Heller in his long and consequential career with Gorham.

It is in very good condition. The dense leaf and shell motif remains well-defined, showing minimal polishing wear. The tines remain straigh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1362095 (stock #3179f)
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$46.00
At 6 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., this piece is marked for London, 1775-76, sterling, and maker "John Lambe."

It has an "Old English" handle, i.e. down turned, round end, with a tipt back, and a long drop on the bowl.

Well-made and without a monogram or inscription, it is in very good condition. The marks are clear, the bowl is free of dents or tip wear, and the finish is soft and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1362094 (stock #3178f)
Old Friends
$95.00
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 designs, and this essentially falls within that category.

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 visibl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362024 (stock #3177f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Antique Tip" has a notched, pointed end, handle with a diamond-shaped drop flanked by two scrolls. In their entirety, the design elements resemble a fleur-de-lis.

This example is 9" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., (probably berry) serving spoon. The plum-shaped bowl is elongated, relatively narrow, and has a lip edge. It is finished in a satin matte gold wash front and back sides.

The otherwise plain handle has an embellished leaf script "P" monogram.

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