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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366041 (stock #3247f)
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Dating from the 1860s, this "Medallion" accounts itself well alongside other expressions of this classically-inspired genre produced by numerous manufacturers of the period.

In his benchmark work, "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffing notes, "This particular medallion shows fine die work," and that is evident on this 4 3/4" long, .4 T. oz., (after dinner) coffee spoon.

The portraiture is of right facing, noble looking, female figure who perhaps represents Juno (Hera)...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1365916 (stock #3245f)
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$36.00
Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz., this knife is engraved "SCB" in a fancy, feathered script, set above "July 1859."

Just slightly smaller than a tea or dessert knife, it is a youth size piece.

An "Oval Thread" design, it is stamped "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm of the period. It is also marked "Sterling," which is early for this date; coin would be expected.

It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and blunt-end blade...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1365859 (stock #3244f)
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This buckwheat cake measures 8" long, weighs 1.8 T. oz., and has a round, flat, serving end that is 2 5/8" in diameter.

Made in Boston, it is stamped "H.B. Standwood & Co.," for a firm that eventually became a part of "Shreve, Crump & Low."

The pattern is a scroll design similar to one produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, also of Boston, in the mid 19th century.

The inscription, a large, fancy "S" over "1877," postdates the actual manufacture of the piece by about twenty years...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1365593 (stock #3239f)
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An unusual form, and as such a charming period piece, this fork measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .6 T. oz.

It has three, relatively wide, tines, the outer two of which are hooked, while the center one has a circular piercing. The shoulders and upper edges are notched.

Its purpose is uncertain, but a beef fork is likely.

The handle is flat, save for a slightly upturned end, and is extensively diamond cut engraved with wriggle work that extends onto the tines...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1365509 (stock #3238f)
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$38.00
Price per piece, five available.
A well known name among mid 19th century, Boston silversmiths, "Lincoln & Foss" offered quality, mainstream, goods.

This 5 1/2" long, relatively heavy at .9 T. oz., egg spoon is such an example.

It is a "Bead" pattern, with the design appearing on both sides of the handle. The reverse has a fancy script "CBD" monogram.

The oval bowl is generously sized at 1 3/4" long and 1" across at the widest. It retains an original, bright gold wash front and back surfaces...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1365228 (stock #3237f)
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$125.00
This 7" long, very heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon, is a fine example of Samuel Kirk's earliest work, in his first line pattern, "Kings."

It bears a Baltimore assay mark of a "Maryland shield and the letter C" that was used 1825-30, along with "S. Kirk" in script.

The assay standard for this time was established by law at 11 parts out of 12, or 91.7% silver (vs...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364857 (stock #3231f)
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$32.00
A mid 19th century (1854) design by Syracuse, New York's Joseph Seymour, "Wreath" is a self-defining pattern. It feature a leafy garland surmounted by a flower on the far end of handle, with a double scroll set midway on the handle.

It also incorporates a raised rib that breaks and separates into two parts that carry onto the surface of the tine area. This adds dimension and interest to this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., youth fork...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1364111 (stock #3216f)
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$45.00
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Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, this matched pair of teaspoons are stamped "I or J Lee" in script lettering, which mark Belden in "Marks of American Silversmiths," citing two sources, identifies as "possibly that of a Middletown, Conn., silversmith working ca...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1363880 (stock #3209f)
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$44.00
Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership while both of them were working for Maynard & Taylor, and whose silver portion of that business they bought out to establish their own firm in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver contracted typhoid fever and sold out to Brown, whose interest he bought back in 1863 after recovering from his illness. All this history indicates the "Brown & Sh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363809 (stock #3207f)
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$70.00
A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is a dense pattern that shows Moorish influences.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, .8 T. oz., sugar, or perhaps small preserve, spoon with two characteristics that set it apart.

One is the flange rim, elaborately shaped bowl with intricate engraving set against a satin matte, gold wash (front and back sides) ground.

The second feature is that it was retailed by the New Orleans firm of "E. Lilienthal," as stamped o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363708 (stock #3205f)
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$48.00
Produced in the second quarter of the 19th century in New York City, this 8 1/2" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver table or serving spoon, is an extremely well-made piece.

It has a "Tipt" end, rounded and heavily beveled shoulders, and a pointed end bowl.

The backside of the handle has an elegantly rendered, feathered script "TD" monogram.

It is stamped "J.L. [Jared] Moore & Co." (1796-53) for the well-documented jeweler and watchmaker. This particular mark, with the "& Co.,"...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363513 (stock #3198f)
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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. This read...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363316 (stock #3195f)
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$24.00
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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.

This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders o...

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 : 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 : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1361388 (stock #3164mg)
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$445.00
Dating from 1866 as engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.," this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's "standing lion, anchor, G" mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item.

Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is just above 4.5 T. oz.

The bod...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1361387 (stock #3163f)
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$115.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360937 (stock #3155f)
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$175.00
A New York City silversmith who worked from the 1830s until his bankruptcy in 1868, Philo B. Gilbert's dies passed on to John C. Cook and George Shiebler, so his work shows up with a variety of marks.

This 8" long, 1.8 T. oz., coin silver ladle bear only his "lion and leopard head" pseudo hallmark, "Patent 1867," and Gilbert's initials "PBG."

The pattern is a "Medallion" and one with which Gilbert is strongly identified. The classical portraiture is a clean representation of a young war...

 
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