American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1293071 (stock #2432f)
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$165.00
Typically referred to as a string holder, this item is identified in the 1898 Gorham catalog (see image 3) as a twine holder.

It is stamped with the number "S3044" on the lower top rim, as well as "Sterling" and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem.

It stands 3 1/2" tall and 3 1/8" in diameter. Many examples of the form have silver tops and bottoms. This is a less common combination of a fitted, sterling top paired with a brilliant period cut glass base...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1292958 (stock #2431f)
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Reed and Barton made a significant mark in the realm of Art Nouveau silver design with several touchstone patterns produced around the turn of the 20th century. One of these was "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is the motif on this early production, 5 7/8" long, five tine, pierced heel, sardine fork. The line is weighty and that is reflected in this, which tips out at 1.3 T. oz.

The portraiture is poppies, and is set forth in an intricate and expressive manner...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1292611 (stock #2429f)
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$60.00
A novel item stamped "Patent No 11774" and with an "O, lion, anchor, queen's head," along with "WV&S," this solid sterling silver item was made in Birmingham, England in 1888 by William Vale & Sons.

A olive or pickle fork, it measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just under .9 T. oz. It is comprised of a central tube which moves within an outer sleeve that has a four tine fork end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1292352 (stock #2427f)
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$48.00
Clean and straightforward in design, this 5 7/8 long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs have plain, beveled edge, tapered arms and cup grips.

They are marked lion for sterling, leopard head for London, "h" for 1823, and "RR" for Robert Rutland.

They are without a monogram or inscription, or a removal of same, and in excellent condition. There are no bends, breaks, cracks, or repairs. The grips are free of dents or burrs. The only signs of use are light surface scratches consistent with age...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1292243 (stock #2426f)
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Known primarily for flatware, this 5" diameter, 2" tall, 3.0 T. oz., footed bowl made by Frank Smith is something of an unexpected offering from this source.

It is a straightforward piece, which is consistent with the Arts & Crafts movement in which this stands. The entire surface, including the 2 5/8" base, is hammered. There is an applied rim on the top edge and a rolled rim on the bottom.

There is no monogram or inscription, nor removal of same.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1292117 (stock #2425f)
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$185.00
Singular in both design and form, this 7 5/8" long, just over 1.4 T. oz., server was made by New York's John Wendt.

The pattern, "Moresque," dates from 1873 and represents the epitome of the broad band of Islamic and Renaissance Revival designs from that period. These include Whiting's "Arabesque," Tiffany's "Persian," and Gorham's "Raphael" and "Byzantine," among others.

Curiously, "Moresque" has four variants, and possibly more permutations...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1292013 (stock #2424f)
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$35.00
International's "Brandon" is a unembellished design that dates from 1913. It appears to derive from the same Colonial Revival impulse that generated such contemporaneous popular designs as Durgin's "Fairfax," Gorham's "Plymouth," and Towle's "Mary Chilton," among others.

This example is a 3 7/8" long, .4 T. oz., child's food pusher.

It is a completely original, factory produced, item, not made up. The flat blade is 1 1/2" wide and has rounded shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291921 (stock #2423f)
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$235.00
Saratoga chip servers are by nature highly specialized items and, relatedly, are not particularly common.

Functionally, they have to be large, and that is the case with this example in the late 19th century pattern "Hope," produced by Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island, later Mount Vernon of New York...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291827 (stock #2422f)
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$70.00
This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291480 (stock #2419f)
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Gorham produced a number of engraved patterns on an "Old English" handle. Some of these were named, and others are only identified by numbers.

This 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.3 T. oz., sugar sifter is "Number 8" in this series and is one of the earlier designs, dating to 1880.

These motifs all incorporated Aesthetic as well as natural elements. This has diamond cut leafy details as well as what appears to be a stalk of grass or wheat, all set against a satin ground.

The bowl is ge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1291353 (stock #2418f)
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Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing a substantial 1.4 T. oz., this cheese scoop is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "m."

The letter is a date mark used 1907-47. The pattern on this, "Faneuil," dates to 1910, early in this range, and exhibits the Arts & Crafts sensibilities of the period. It is essentially a pointed antique with a slight tipt back.

This has a block letter "E over N D" with a central dot monogram that is consistent with the clean style of Arts & Crafts.

The bo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291176 (stock #2416f)
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$75.00
A major manufacturer located in Syracuse, New York, Hotchkiss & Schreuder was a presence in the world of mid 19th century silver.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.6 T. oz. example stamped "H & S" with the letters in circles and the "&" in a diamond is a good example of the quality of the firm's output. This particular mark was used by the company 1857-64.

Those dates would fit the style of this. It has a twisted stem and a flat end with shaped margins and a slightly upturned end. This is engine tu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291080 (stock #2415f)
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$48.00
Variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this 7 3/4" long piece has a flat, solid silver handle joined to a blunt end, also solid silver, blade.

It is rather heavy at just under 1.7 T. oz. This weight is reflected in the substantial thickness of the piece, particularly at the join between the handle and blade.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" and appears on both sides of the handle, which is monogrammed "Mc.C." in Old English on the front.

It has Boston origins, st...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290978 (stock #2414f)
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$32.00
Both a manufacturer and a retailer, Cincinnati's Duhme offered an array of its own and derivative patterns that were akin to other manufacturers, but carried the Duhme mark.

This 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., tea or youth spoon, falls in the derivative category. It is a "Rose" design, but appears to be built upon Whiting's "Lily of the Valley." The overall shape of the handle is identical, as is the folded leaf motif on the lower section of the shank.

The Rose design itself is high r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1290888 (stock #2413f)
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Fully marked for London, Sterling, 1864, and "G.A." for highly regarded George W. Adams, son-in-law of Mary Chawner and successive owner of Chawner & Co., this ladle measures 7 3/8" long and has a 1 1/2" diameter, 5/8" deep, round bowl.

The rimmed lip bowl, and lower portion and tip of the handle are sterling silver, with the main portion of the shank being baleen. This appears to have a lacquered or polished surface.

There is no monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

It is in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1290786 (stock #2412f)
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$38.00
A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Royal Oak" pattern shows Art Nouveau influences in its realistic portraiture of oak leaves and acorns.

It is a weighty line, which is the case with this 7 1/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., dessert, aka place or oval soup.

There is an Old English "P" monogram.

It is in superb condition. The fine line detail of the design remains exceptionally clear. The leaves retain a textured surface, and the acorns are rippled on the lower portion and s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1290553 (stock #2410f)
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$22.00
Measuring 5 7/16" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this spoon is a "five o'clock," which is the next size down from a full length teaspoon.

This piece is an early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily." It is marked with the company logo, "Sterling," "Pat'd 1902," "R'd 1902," an Old English "O," and a capital "M," this last letter probably being a weight designation.

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. All aspects of the fine detailing of the pattern remain cr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290429 (stock #2409f)
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$55.00
Towle produced a number of artfully engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series.

It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash.

The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted look...

 
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