American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304972 (stock #2523f)
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An unusual diminutive size at 6 1/4" long, 4.8 T. oz. the lot, these six forks were likely used for dessert or with afternoon tea.

A "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design, they are Continental in proportion, with an extended shank and slightly bulbous ends. The four tines are relatively lengthy, slender, and pointed.

Each one is inscribed "Maria." and marked "H&M" and "Sterling," along with the retailer's name, "J.H. & J.N...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1304763 (stock #2521f)
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Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" mark and the word "Coin," this master salt dates circa 1858 according to the Tompkins' benchmark book of open salt dishes.

It stands 1 1/2" high, has a maximum diameter of 2 5/8", and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

Round, it sits on three "lion's head with paw feet" legs. These are quite detailed and expressive, with the lion's strong face and abundant mane well portrayed...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304334 (stock #2517f)
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Writing nearly three decades ago in his ground breaking work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffing describes John Polhamus as "one of the lesser-known giants of nineteenth-century New York silver." It can be argued that the modifiers "lesser-known" and "New York" could be removed from that sentence. He is today recognized as a major figure in mid 19th century, American, silver manufacturing...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1304203 (stock #2516f)
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$38.00
A partnership dating c. 1838 to 1854, Boynton & Woodford was a jewelry firm and importer located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Their mark appears on the backside of this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., coin silver cream ladle with a tipped end handle, the style of which places it early in the above date range.

Distinctions among plain coin silver pieces such as this are all about subtlety...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1302780 (stock #2507f)
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$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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1302489 (stock #2504f)
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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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301885 (stock #2499f)
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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)
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Made by Gorham and sold in San Francisco, this 7 5/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter dates pre-1868, which is the year Gorham instituted sterling as its standard.

The pattern, "Grecian," was patented in 1861, and this is so stamped, and continued in production beyond the 1868 date. This is also marked "Coin," thereby dating it quite closely, 1861-68. Lastly it is imprinted "Geo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1300916 (stock #2490f)
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This pieces measures 7 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.3 T. oz. It is a ladle with the handle nearly on the horizontal, essentially like a spoon.

It is stamped "A. E. Warner" for the renowned early 19th century Baltimore silversmith. The standard mark, "11," is one of several peculiar to that city, and represents a silver grade of 917, above coin, but not quite sterling. The "11" was used 1816-30.

The pattern is a simplified "King" or "Kings," featuring a shell end with scroll and a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1300608 (stock #2488f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299547 (stock #2480f)
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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf or shell motif that had contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This piece is a 6 3/4" long, rather heavy at just over 1.3 T. oz., tea or dessert fork. It is an early item, marked "Patent 1855," "Coin," and with the name of the retailer, Pittsburgh's "J. Stevenson."

There is a handsome, feathered script "AG" monogram set sideways on the handle.

It is in exceptionally fine condition....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297427 (stock #2463f)
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If sentiment can be attributed worth, then this 7 3/16" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., youth knife may have an intrinsic value above its peers.

It is engraved "Bennie From Papa 1870" on the backside of the handle. Bennie and Papa are now lost to history, but the affection of one for the other remains with the piece and is a reflection of how artifacts can take on a near spiritual component and thereby transcend the usual metrics of price.

The pattern is "Grecian" by Gorham. The company "l...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295529 (stock #2453f)
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Measuring 7" long and weighty at nearly 1.5 T. oz., this fork is marked "J.P." for New York's John Polhamus, "Patent 1855," and with the retailer's name, Pittsburgh's "J.B. McFadden & Son." It may be a tea, dessert, or lunch fork.

The pattern is referred to as "Shell," and sometimes "Leaf." The motif was popular in the period, and produced by several manufacturers. This is strongly akin to Gorham's "Josephine," patented in the same year.

There is a fine, feathered script "CMP" monogra...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1295348 (stock #2452f)
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Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing just short of .7 T. oz., this sugar spoon likely dates from the 1860s.

It traces to the Boston area, being stamped "Harry Raynes" for the Lowell, Massachusetts retailer. It is also marked "Coin," but is absent a manufacturer's mark. Undoubtedly, though, it was produced in New England.

The handle has a plain, rounded end, a tipt backside, and is engraved in a delicate, stylized flower or grass motif that suggests early Aesthetic influences.

The bo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295190 (stock #2451f)
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A period piece made in Boston c. 1860, this solid, coin silver nut pick measures 5" long and is relatively heavy at just over .4 T. oz.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a finely engraved front with detailing that resembles engine turning.

There is an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition, free of any wear or damage. The engraving remains crisp, the upturned, pointed end is without nicks or burrs, and the finish has a warm patina.

Marks are "F&H" flanked by car...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294793 (stock #2448f)
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Dating somewhere between the early 1850s and mid 1860s, this 7" long, weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., fork is stamped "Gorham & Co." and "Coin." It likely was a tea or dessert fork, although it could have been a lunch place piece.

The markings are not readily found, and while a standard motif for the period, the "French Thread" pattern was not one that Gorham seemed to produce in significant quantity, so this is a doubly unusual piece.

It is engraved "A.L. Fiske." in very fine script le...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1293794 (stock #2439f)
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The firm of Mitchell & Tyler occupies a prominent place in the history of mid 19th century Richmond, Virginia silver production. A successor firm to that established by William Mitchell c. 1818, sources date its years of operation from 1845 to 1866.

The style of this 5 1/2" long, just over .5 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon locates it early in that period, well before the Civil War.

It is a "Reverse Tipt" pattern with a feathered script "M" on the front of the handle.

In very good cond...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1293332 (stock #2435f)
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A fully formed, "Reverse Tipt," design that mimics a tea or tablespoon, this just over .2 T. oz., "miniature," piece is only 3 5/8" long.

Uncertain to purpose, it may be for salt, coffee, or for a child's use.

Dating from the 1830s, it is stamped "Mead Adriance & Co." for the early Saint Louis firm. The front is engraved "MEW" in a fancy, feathered script.

It is in very good condition. The handle remains well-formed and the engraving is crisp. The bowl is free of tip wear, althoug...

 
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