American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1304203 (stock #2516f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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 : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1301796 (stock #2498f)
Old Friends
$165.00
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)
Old Friends
$110.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1300608 (stock #2488f)
Old Friends
$155.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1295348 (stock #2452f)
Old Friends
$28.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1288229 (stock #2393f)
Old Friends
$185.00
An intermediate size, less than a full length soup and significantly larger than a gravy, this 9 3/8" long, substantial weight at 3.2 T. oz., piece may be a not-so-commonly found oyster or bouillon ladle.

The pattern is "Olive," a popular mid 19th century design, which in this case made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell," whose "lion, F&H, bust" pseudo hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.

It has a particularly appealing 2 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, scallop shell bowl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1285378 (stock #2368f)
Old Friends
$45.00
A rarely found figural pattern much in the manner of "Medallion," "Prairie Flower was produced c. 1865 by Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.

A classical looking figure surrounded by drapery and ivy detailing surmounts the handle tip while the center of the handle portrays a bellflower and additional ivy leaves.

This example is a 6" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon. The bowl is large, 2" by 1 1/2", and is uniquely shaped...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
Old Friends
$275.00
This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1260981 (stock #2197f)
Old Friends
$150.00
This 11 5/8" long, weighty at 4.0 T. oz., coin silver fish slice dates c. 1840. It is marked "Chandless" for William Chandless, who is recorded as working on Spring Street in New York City as early as 1838.

The handle is a "French Thread" pattern with an up-turned end, and has an impressive period "CP" monogram on the front. The blade has a raised, scalloped upper edge and a pierced and engraved surface.

The engraving is especially artful, incorporating ivy and acanthus leaf detailing ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1260603 (stock #2190f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, and later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz. Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The interesting and somewhat singularly styled bowl is melon form with central...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258905 (stock #2170f)
Old Friends
$100.00
Erroneously attributed by Tere Hagen in her reference work on flatware identification to Reed & Barton, this floral pattern is an early line pattern that was produced by William Durgin. Hagen calls it "Spray" but there is no documentation to that effect. The design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and only occasionally with the Durgin name or mark. This is stamped "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258470 (stock #2163f)
Old Friends
Harwood Sold
Dating from the mid 19th century, these two coin silver spoons have New England origins. One is marked "W.J. Goodsell" with an eagle and star pseudo hallmark for the Hartford, Connecticut jeweler, and the other is stamped "Harwood Brothers" for the Boston firm. Both pieces have "Tipt" ends and shell bowls, but each is distinct in how these are presented.

The Harwood is the longer, at 6 11/16", and slightly heavier at .8 T. oz., compared to the Goodsell which measures 6 7/16" and weighs .6 ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258365 (stock #2161f)
Old Friends
$285.00
Sometimes misidentified as a cracker scoop, this berry spoon or shovel form was a popular American form in the mid 19th century.

This 9" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., twist stem, example was produced by New York's Albert Coles. It was one of several designs in this genre that Coles offered.

It is die struck and portrays a raised classical warrior figure surrounded by detailing that has an architectural quality to it.

In his foundational work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258035 (stock #2156f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Stamped with the "star, S, eagle," pseudo hallmark of Joseph Seymour, Syracuse, this is also stamped "M.C. Haight" for the Geneva, New York retailer.

Dating from the mid 19th century, it is a large, 8 9/16" long, nearly 1.5 T. oz., table or serving spoon in very fine condition.

The handle has a broad, tipt, end, high narrow shoulders off the bowl, and beveled edges. It is engraved "H.M. Dorman" in stylishly rendered script lettering. This cross references with the inscription on a L.O....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254825 (stock #2123nr)
Old Friends
$155.00
Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period. One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name. The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it showed off a specialized capacity of the manufacturers.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2 5/8" at th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254379 (stock #2118f)
Old Friends
$95.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel. The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal polishing...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1249399 (stock #2067f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Dating from very early in the history of the company founded in 1853, this 6 5/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., preserve spoon is stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Pure Coin."

Apparently it was a line pattern given that a variety of pieces still show up, but is unnamed. It has a flat handle with a chiseled looking margin and an extensively bright cut and engraving surface. The backside is plain, save for the marks. The bowl is a shell form with scalloped edges.

It is in exceptionally fine con...

 
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