American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1298105 (stock #2468f)
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Some years ago, "The Magazine Antiques" produced an article about Gorham's fabled 1880s "Narragansett" design silver. An opulent line, it featured a variety of sea forms reflecting (and reputedly molded directly from in some instance) sea flora and fauna found in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay and nearby coastland.

That article spawned (pun intended) an intensified interest in this already enchanted, and immensely costly, pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297901 (stock #2467f)
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Dating from 1902, George Shiebler's group of twelve month designs follows closely after his Flora series and his line pattern "Fiorito." All of them incorporate Art Nouveau, floral motifs.

This trio includes the months of "April," "September," and "November," and portrays respectively, a lily, a poppy, and a chrysanthemum.

Each spoon measures 6" long, and is heavy, weighing something over 1.0 T. oz. each, with slight variation piece to piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297772 (stock #2466f)
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An authentic item, not made up from another piece, this cheese knife measures 7 1/4" long and weighs just under a hefty 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Winthrop" by Tiffany. Dating from 1909, the leafy wreath, urn with flowers, and ribbon festoon reflect the Colonial Revival and Adamesque design sensibilities of the period.

The form is rare, and all the more so with a solid silver blade...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297635 (stock #2465f)
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Measuring a lengthy 10 9/16", this pie server has a narrow, blunt end, silverplate blade, and hollow, sterling silver, handle.

It is a very early example of Towle's "Georgian," and in original condition.

Indeed, it appears to have had almost no use. The handle is free of dimples or splits. Pattern detail is exquisitely crisp and the butler's finish is flawless...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297521 (stock #2464f)
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Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers that grow on vines.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.

It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297327 (stock #2462f)
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Measuring 6" long and weighing nearly .5 T. oz., this butter pick is a fully authentic item, not made up from another piece.

The pattern is "Violet" by Wallace. It is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau style, floral design produced early in the 20th century.

This has a delicate, feathered script "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition. There is no polishing wear, with all the fine details of the pattern remaining sharp and well-defined...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1297205 (stock #2460f)
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Gorham produced several hammered round end and antique designs (extending back to at least 1880) which can be difficult to distinguish one from another.

This 5 13/16" long, just under .8 T. oz., individual butter spreader appears to be "Covington Hammered" dating from 1914.

A large part of this attribution comes from the blockish, Arts & Crafts style "MIH" monogram, which would fit this date...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297025 (stock #2458f)
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While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered in a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an large, 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flanged shoulders and a broad, rounded end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1296915 (stock #2457f)
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Patented in 1894, and so stamped on the reverse, Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance" is an expressive design that stands in its own category.

The pattern features the face of a bearded, Florentine looking, figure. This appears on the front center of the handle and is expanded on the reverse heel of the blade. Other detail elements include scrolls and a stylized shell.

This piece is a 6" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has a scalloped bowl that retains some of its original gold ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1296796 (stock #2456f)
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Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is arguably the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., cream, sauce, or mayonnaise ladle.

It is an authentic, original item, and not one of the many recasts of this pattern. The intricate, high relief, design folds over itself in such a liquid-seeming manner that it belies the fact that the medium is metal.

The bowl h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295760 (stock #2455f)
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One of John Polhamus' (NYC) early patterns, "Oriental" was later produced by George Shiebler. This example adds a Tiffany & Co. provenance, as it was retailed by that company, whose name appears on the reverse. Other marks include "J.P. Patent 1855" and "Sterling."

It is a large crumber, aka crumb knife, measuring 10 7/8" long and just touching 3.0 T. oz. The flat blade which characterizes the form, is a 6 1/2" by 2 1/4" oblong with a raised, scalloped edge around three sides. The surfac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295683 (stock #2454f)
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Irish in origin, this 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., tea or dessert fork is fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in good condition. The tines have some tip wear and knife cuts on the backsides. Otherwise there is no evidence o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294917 (stock #2449f)
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These six teaspoons measures 5 7/8" long per piece, while the group weighs 5.2 T. oz. They are matched, with each one monogrammed "EWC" in script on the handle fronts.

They were made by Frank Smith and retailed by Boston's Rand & Crane.

The pattern is a slight variant of Smith's late 19th century "Shell." It has a pointed tip rather than the standard rounded shape above the shell. Rand & Crane was known for offering quality, often hand-crafted, items, and may have been a manufacturer ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
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A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1294185 (stock #2443f)
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This presentation set is an example of an otherwise commonplace item elevated to special standing.

The items are a 7 1/2" long fruit knife paired with a matching 6 1/4" long fork. Two features set them apart. First, both pieces have mother of pearl handles. Such pieces are routinely found with silverplate blades and tines, but these are solid sterling. The second distinguishing feature is that the pair are set in a handsome, leather bound, 10 1/2" x 3 1/4", fitted presentation box.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293890 (stock #2440f)
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A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1293575 (stock #2437f)
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Gorham's model number "A323" two handled loving cup appears in the company's 1900 catalog (see image 3).

This item is stamped with that number, the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "1 1/2 Pint," and a date symbol for 1901, all on the brushed finish underside.

It is a substantial item, standing 4 3/4" high to the rim, measuring 5" across the top, and 7 1/2" from handle tip to handle tip. It weighs 16.0 T. oz.

The handles are shaped into oak branches, and joined to the bod...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1293455 (stock #2436f)
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Measuring 6" in diameter, standing 1/2" high, and weighing a solid 3.6 T. oz., this plate or dish sits on a 3 7/16" wide rimmed base.

It is stamped with model number "256" on the underside, along with "S. Kirk & Son Co.," used 1896-1924, and "925/1000."

It is an elegant, highly finished item. The has a rolled and lined edge, and fine engraving on the upper surface. The center is concave and has a brushed underside.

It is in mint condition. The base is even, and the overall piece i...

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