American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1317182 (stock #2539f)
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A pattern produced by three San Francisco makers, Reichel, Vanderslice, and Koehler & Ritter, under the name "Gothic," this is a design strongly associated with this west coast city. Indeed, a fourth maker, Schulz & Fischer offered a nearly identical pattern under the name "Eureka."

This example is a generously sized, 8 3/4" long, 2.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an elongated bowl that measures 3 1/2" by 2 1/4" at the widest, by 1/2" deep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1317033 (stock #2537f)
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Medium sized, this cheese scoop measures 6 7/8" long and weighs just under 1.5 T. oz. The pattern is International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac," which is an Art Nouveau lily design dating from 1903.

This is an early, fully original, i.e. not custom or made up from another piece, example. The handle has an upturned end while the scoop itself has attractively scalloped shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1316907 (stock #2536f)
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There is a lengthy entry about Littleton Holland, 1770-1847, in the Baltimore Museum of Art's volume "Maryland Silver." The biographical material states that, curiously, "Nothing is known of Holland's parents, place of birth, or training."

Yet the entry further adds, "A considerable amount of fine silver by him survives, and his name appears consistently in extant Assay Office returns," so he went from relative obscurity to a noted craftsman working in a significant early American setting...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316723 (stock #2534f)
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The pattern "Fleury" is comprised of delicate, but fully elaborated, wild rose blossoms, leaves, and stems, entwined with acanthus leaf and scroll detailing, all interpreted in a French manner as would be expected from the pattern name.

It dates from the late Art Nouveau period, as indicated by the "Pat. 1907" imprinted on the back of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316518 (stock #2532f)
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International's "Avalon" is a turn of the 20th century design. It incorporates high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell motifs which combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name. There is also a lion's face cleverly hidden in the detailing of the midpoint of the handle.

This item is an uncommonly found toast or bread fork (which is similar to a spinach fork in some patterns).

It measures 7 3/8" long overall and weighs 1.3 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316127 (stock #2530f)
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An early, original, piece of Whiting's stand-out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.3 T. oz., salad serving spoon is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and with the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts "Daniel Low & Co."

It is distinguished by an elongated bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 1/16" at the widest, which in this instance retains very slight traces of an original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1316042 (stock #2529f)
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A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945.

His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art. That is the case with this 7" long, weighty, 2.3 T. oz., silver gravy ladle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1315961 (stock #2527f)
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Perhaps Wallace's most forward entry in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a gravy ladle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1315833 (stock #2526f)
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An original "Fairfax" piece produced by Durgin and not a later Gorham example, this cucumber server measures 6 5/8" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz.

It has a flat blade with a tipped, scalloped end, a pierced surface, and a cupped heel with slightly flanged edges.

It is without a monogram or removal and in very fine estate condition. It is free of polishing wear, has a bright finish, and the blade is without bends, breaks, or cracks.

Marks are Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315753 (stock #2525f)
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An early example of Tiffany's "Japanese," to be distinguished from the later reissue "Audubon," this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "M," and "Pat. 1791."

It is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems to be a scarce form in this line. It has a scalloped edge bowl, with slight ribbing on the sidewalls. It retains a portion of its original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1315406 (stock #2521f)
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Price per piece. Two available, matching.
While this 4 3/4" long, heavy at 1.4 T. oz., bon bon is akin to parallel items produced by such large manufacturers as Gorham and Whiting, this comes from an unexpected source, namely Roger Williams Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island.

A successor to Howard Sterling Silver Co. c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315250 (stock #2520f)
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Attributed to Whiting, this "Ivy" pattern actually originated with New York's Henry Hebbard. Given this 5 3/4" long, T. oz., piece is marked only "Sterling," it is likely an earlier piece and thus the latter's work and not the former.

An unusual form, it is probably a variant of a horseradish spoon. About the size of a mustard ladle, it has a considerably larger, and oval rather than round, bowl, the end of which has a distinguishing sawtooth edge.

The pattern features a single ivy lea...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1314539 (stock #2513f)
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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.4 T. oz., this fish aka salad fork has Gorham's early "lion, anchor, G" mark as well as "Sterling" and "Pat. 1895."

It is in exceptionally fine estate condition, with clear pattern detail and a bright finish. The tines remain even, straight and pointed, and are free of burrs or nicks.

There is a lightly engraved, script "L.H.K." monogram on the backside of the handle.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1313714 (stock #2505f)
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Likely inspired by the legendary "Narragansett" line produced by Gorham, this 5 5/16" long, .9 T. oz. spoon was made c. 1900 by Paye & Baker, which was another Providence, Rhode Island area silver manufacturer of note.

The theme is nautical and precisely rendered, expressing on the handle a portraiture of a crab in a fishing net, the handle of which forms the spine of the spoon handle itself. This is all encircled with a second mesh of netting with floats.

The bowl is most akin to Gorha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313634 (stock #2504f)
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A pattern that fully embodies its namesake in the well-designed, dense, thorny branch, leaf, blossom, and bud portrayal of a climbing rose plant, Knowles' 1880 "Rose" aka "Bug" is beyond all this ingrained in collectors' minds because of the beetle that is incorporated in the design. This element is both whimsical and naturalistic, and above all, simply imaginatively appealing.

This example is a large 5 7/8" long, heavy at 1.8 T. oz., pair of tongs. The pair is certainly sufficiently scale...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313396 (stock #2502f)
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Pricing for the pair as a set.
One of numerous twisted handle patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880, this fork and spoon pair have a spiral lower section and a larger, blocky, square twist upper end.

While a salad set, either piece could be used independently.

They are substantially sized items, with the fork measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., and the spoon 9 1/8" long and 2.2 T. oz.

The serving ends shows an Aesthetic influence, with their irregular, scalloped shoulders and rippled bowls. This latter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1313146 (stock #2500f)
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Uncommon forms, bouillon ladles are typically larger than gravy but noticeably smaller than soups. They also have double spouts in the manner of punch ladles, which they could double for in some instances.

All of this is reflected in this example made by the Sterling Silver Manufacturing Company (later Saart) of Providence, Rhode Island.

It measures 7 1/2" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz. The flanged rim bowl is 3 1/4" wide, 2 1/8" front to back, and 1" deep. It has a frosted matte gold fi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313061 (stock #2499f)
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Taking its name from a generic design term, Durgin's 1886 "Scroll" is a much more complex pattern than the designation might imply.

The scroll effect is derived from high relief leaf forms arrayed on the upper half of the handle.

Flower blossoms, perhaps wild rose or dogwood, are set below this, and lastly there is another section of leafy detailing. All in all, the pattern is something akin to a repousse with an Aesthetic influence.

This example is a 5 11/16" long, weighty at nearl...

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