American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1324007 (stock #2628f)
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Measuring 7 1/2" long, this English toddy ladle is a small example of the form.

Dating from early in the 19th century, it has a sterling bowl that is 1 3/4" in diameter and 3/4" deep. There is a silver fitting off this which is joined to a twisted baleen handle with a silver tipped end.

The bottom center of the bowl is stamped "D.R," possibly for David Reid of Newcastle.

It is in excellent condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, free of dents, nicks, or burrs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1323920 (stock #2627f)
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A large item, measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing a substantial 3.3 T. oz., this berry spoon was made by Wallace. It carries the Wallace deer head emblem on the backside, along with the words "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902."

The pattern is "Eton" which is a strong Art Nouveau floral design. It features a high relief iris blossom on the center of the handle, just below a reserve area, and smaller blossoms on the top end and join with the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323848 (stock #2626f)
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Commonly referred to as butter pats, but identified in catalogues as butter dishes, these items are intended for individual place settings.

Often found as singles, this is a less commonly found set of six matching pieces made by Gorham in 1890, as indicated by the date symbols stamped on the undersides.

They are model number "2580," again as identified on the bottoms. Other marks include the word "Sterling," Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" hallmark, and the aforementioned date emblem...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1323731 (stock #2624f)
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A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as especially associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebonized wood handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323511 (stock #2622f)
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Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork is extra long at 9 5/16". It weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight variation on both sides of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1323287 (stock #2620f)
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Measuring 6 3/8" long and substantial weight at over 1.8 T. oz., this pair of tongs is marked with a crowned harp, Hibernia, and "GN" in an oval. These letters are ascribed to George Nangle of Dublin, whose dates are either side of 1800.

Staunch and clean, these were made to a standard and no doubt intended to serve dutifully while presenting with a quiet nobility.

The elongated cup grips have high shoulders that, which, along with the length of the arms, have beveled edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323130 (stock #2618f)
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A multi-motif figural design, "Fontainebleau" was one of several exceptional patterns that Gorham produced in the late 19th century.

This piece is a 6 1/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It has an elongated, plum-shaped bowl with hatched edge shoulders. The interior has a matte finish.

The handle portrays a maiden in courtly garb, carrying a kettle in one hand and a pitcher and saucer in the other.

It is without a monogram or removal and in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1322874 (stock #2616f)
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This wine goblet is the equivalent in size to a small chalice. It stands 6 1/2" tall and rests on a stemmed base that measures 3 3/16" in diameter. It weighs 5.3 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1322779 (stock #2615f)
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A late Art Nouveau design dating to 1909, Alvin's "Morning Glory" offers a sensitive, perhaps even tender, interpretation of this delicate flower.

Fully expressed on both the front and backsides of the handle, but with different portraiture, the design incorporates multiple blossoms set forth in intricate, precise, detail.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .5 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has a pierced interior, cut in leaf and apostrophe shapes.

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322554 (stock #2612f)
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Matching berry spoon also available.
A pattern originated by John Polhamus, "Diamond" eventually became part of George Shiebler's stable of offerings.

This example is a 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon marked with Shiebler's "winged S," and the words "Sterling," and "Patent." It has a plum-shaped bowl, with a ribbed heel and midline leading to a slightly pointed tip. Finished in a bright gold wash on the front and a matte gold surface on the backside, the bowl interior is engraved in an aesthetic manner featuring fern fron...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1322436 (stock #2611f)
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This 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., tomato server is novel in at least two aspects.

The first of these is the pattern, "La Provence," by Fessenden. It is a turn of the twentieth century design that at heart is in keeping with late Victorian sensibilities. Built upon a leaf and floral motif, it also cleverly incorporates a nearly disguised, satyr-like face at the end of the handle.

The second novelty lies in the 2 1/2" diameter, scalloped edge server. Having a reticulated center and finished...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1322336 (stock #2610f)
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This example of Victorian period grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co.," the date "1892," "New York," and "Sterling." To be sure, they do have darkened sur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322247 (stock #2609f)
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Dating from 1886, which is relatively early in Durgin's line-up, and a pattern not readily found, "Fleur-de-lis" manifests an understated elegance.

The large, applied, fleur-de-lis motif is set in high relief as if it were carved. It is also embellished with added detailing, such as beaded banding around the lower section and scrolling, leafy highlights.

This example is a 7" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

The bowl is particular to Durgin. It has a swirled ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1321993 (stock #2606f)
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Entirely hand crafted, this sterling silver bon bon or nut scoop measures 5 3/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz.

It has a pear-shaped bowl that is 2 1/2" at the widest and 2 3/8" top to bottom.

This is joined to a pointed antique style handle that is marked on the backside "N.G. Wood & Son" (Boston), "Sterling," and "10-17." The "17" may indicate the year this was made.

The entire surface is hand hammered, consistent with its Arts & Crafts origin.

It is in choice condit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321932 (stock #2605f)
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A particularly decorative item, this 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., cucumber server embodies intricate detailing, much of which clearly has been hand-finished. It was made by Palmer & Peckham of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, c. 1900.

The handle is cast and mounted on a wire frame. The lower part of the stem is leafy, while the upper end incorporates additional leaf, scroll, and floral elements, along with a central heart form. This is all appointed with turquoise blue, deep blue, and e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321713 (stock #2603f)
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Both large, at 4 7/8" long, and heavy, at nearly 1.3, T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are a very fine example of Towle's "Old Colonial."

This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.

Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.

Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1321623 (stock #2602f)
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An early example of Gorham's "Buttercup," this 5" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sardine fork is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. 1900."

The 2" wide, seven tine, serving end has decorated shoulders which is a detail found only on older pieces, and a reticulated heel.

It is without a monogram and in immaculate condition. Pattern detail remains sharp and well-defined, and the finish is even and bright. The tines are straight, even, and w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321523 (stock #2601f)
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One of numerous "Twist" designs produced by a variety of manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, this 5 3/8" long, approximately .5 T. oz., ice cream spoon has a spiral turned lower half handle joined to a block, or square as it is commonly identified, upper half.

It is identified by the number "18" imprinted on the backside, along with the Whiting emblem and the word "Sterling."

The oval bowl is shallow and has rippled shoulders and a gently pointed tip.

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