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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354172 (stock #3016F)
Old Friends
$45.00
A weighty 1.2 T. oz., this spoon measures 6 3/4" long, which is the length of a dessert or oval soup.

Two aspects of it, however, suggest it was a youth spoon.

One is obvious, specifically the engraving in the bowl, which reads, "JEFF Dec. 10. 90," which is likely a birth date.

The second feature is the dual sided gold wash on the bowl. This is an unusual embellishment for a place piece...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353963 (stock #3012f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price for the pair.
Dating from the mid 19th century, this matching pair of spoons are early production items from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

A simple but well-executed "Tipt" pattern, they show the modest beginnings of a manufacturer which later produced some of the most elaborate designs of its time.

Each of these measures 8 3/4" long and has a feathered script "MAP" monogram set sideways on the handle. The pair weigh 2.8 T. oz.

They are in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1352182 (stock #2983f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Price per piece, three available.
Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for premier 20th century, English silversmith Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled : Pre 1900 item #1352180 (stock #2982f)
Old Friends
$54.00
Price per piece, four available.
Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size.

It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on the front and back sides of the handle.

There is a fancy, feathered script "JB" monogram.

The condition is choice estate...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351355 (stock #2968f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Perhaps the most recognizable name among Syracuse, New York, silver manufacturers, the firm of Hotchkiss & Schreuder existed under various names during the second half of the 19th century.

The specific "H&S" mark on this 8 7/8" long, heavy at 1.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is an early mark used 1857-64 according to the "Encylcopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

It is also stamped "W.S. Taylor" for the Utica, New York retailer with dates, 1858-61, convergent with the maker's stamps...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350519 (stock #2956f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the pair.
Full size dinner forks measuring 7 5/8" long each, and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz. the pair, these items are early production examples made by the prominent 19th century, New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

Matching pieces, they are to a coin silver standard and both are stamped with the firm's "W&H" emblem. One also has a small "v" emblem which is likely a journeyman's mark...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350106 (stock #2947f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Price per piece, three available.
Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, tipped end has a thread edge.

The formal name may be "Threaded" as advertised by the manufacturer, Boston's Newell Harding, as indicated by the "N. H. & Co." mark that appears on the backside of this 4 15/16" long, weighty at just over .4 T. oz., nut pick. Other marks include "Coin" and "Pat...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349975 (stock #2944f)
Old Friends
$100.00
Price for the set of 8.
A "Fiddle Tipt" design typical of their early 1850s period, these eight teaspoons might at first seem undistinguished from the substantial inventory of such pieces that still exists.

These 5 7/8" long, 3.9 T. oz. the set, spoons are exceptional, however, in several regards.

One is that they are an original matching set, with each piece monogrammed in a fancy script "M.H." placed sideways on the handle.

Secondly, they are extraordinarily well-crafted. The bowls are elegantly shaped, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348570 (stock #2930f)
Old Friends
$160.00
Price for the set of eight.
Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

The pattern appears on both sides of the handles, an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345364 (stock #2893f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Price for the pair.
Stamped with "D-Eagle-Eust" pseudo hallmarks that John McGrew in his work on marks attributes to Albany, New York, manufacturer "Hall, Hewson & Brower, this matched pair of spoons was retailed "James Mix Jr." of the same city.

Dating from the late 1840s, each one measures 5 3/4" long, has a down-turned, "Reverse Tipt" backside, and a fine "LS" script monogram on the front. The pair weigh just under 1.0 T. oz.

They are in very good condition. Polishing wear is nil and the finishes are b...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342443 (stock #2852f)
Old Friends
$22.00
This nut pick measures 5" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz. Made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell" c. 1860, it is imprinted with an "F. & H" on the reverse.

The terminus is rounded, with a "Tipt" backside, and a tapered, slightly upturned, pointed end typical of the form.

It has a satin finish that is plain on the backside and finely engraved in an intricate, stylized design on the front. There is a reserve area which has an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in mint estate condi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342331 (stock #2850f)
Old Friends
$46.00
This 7 3/8" long, slightly over 1.0 T. oz., youth knife is an early example of "Bead."

It is stamped "Gorham & Co.," "Patent 1861" and "Coin" on the backside of the blade, and is engraved "Bertha" in Old English lettering on the front of the handle.

Solid silver, it has a flat handle and blunt end blade. The pattern is raised and appears on both sides of the handle.

It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear and with a blade that is free of nicks or burrs. There are ligh...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341076 (stock #2836f)
Old Friends
$50.00
This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., tea or dessert knife is unusual in several regards.

One, it is an example of Tiffany retailed coin silver. Early to adopt a sterling standard, coin instances perforce go deep into the history of that storied company.

Second, it an "Olive" pattern, which is one not commonly found among Tiffany's offerings.

Lastly the maker is unknown, with this only marked "Tiffany & Co." on the backside of the blade, and absent a manufacturer's identification that Tiffa...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340604 (stock #2830f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been u...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1337054 (stock #2784f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per pair. Please ask about individual purchase.
These two, coin silver, spoons are matching in all ways save for their sizes. One is an 8 9/16" long, 2.1 T. oz. tablespoon, and the other a 7", 1.0 T. oz. place or dessert spoon.

They are marked "Benedict," for Samuel Ward Benedict, a well-known New York City jeweler and watchmaker, working 1818-60.

In his work on marks, John McGrew attributes the "bust, lion, C" pseudo hallmark that also appears on them to the "Gilbert-Cunningham/Cooper Complex."

They are a "Prince Albert" pattern...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1336237 (stock #2776f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .9 T. oz., this c. 1835 "Tipt" coin silver dessert or place spoon is marked "L. Le Gross."

Identification for this, presumably, retailer is elusive, but other pieces with the same name bear the pseudo hallmark of silversmith Richard Huntington of Utica, so this likely places Le Gross in central New York.

It is a well-formed item, with a broad end, and high, rounded shoulders off the somewhat elongated, pointed tip bowl.

What particularly d...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334744 (stock #2759f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Priced as a Pair.
Each of these two, flat handle, solid silver, tea or dessert knives measures 7 1/4" long, with the pair weighing just under 2.6 T. oz.

Made of coin silver and dating from about 1860, they are marked on the blades with a "bust" and "JS & Co" for Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.

These are a matched pair in all aspects, except for the inscriptions on them. One is engraved "Marion." in Old English lettering, while the other reads "Daniel" in script on one side, and "F.D.G." in a fancy ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334269 (stock #2753f)
Old Friends
$250.00
George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, or possibly nut spoon, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes....

 
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