American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1308011 (stock #2955f)
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An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American interpretations of a motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief. It stands in distinction to D&H's first version of "King(s)" by being more intricate and formal, as well as noticeably heavier.

These features are all embodied in this 4 5/8" long, weighty at 1.0 T. oz., nut spoon or bon bon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307909 (stock #2954f)
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Tiffany's "Olympian" is a legendary pattern among 19th century flatware. Patented in 1878, and so marked on the backside, it quickly became a flagship line for the company, and was never really supplanted by subsequent offerings.

The themes vary from piece to piece, but always portray intricately detailed scenes of mythological figures engaged in various activities.

This example is a 6" long teaspoon. Consistent with the line, it is heavy at 1.3 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307758 (stock #2952f)
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Arguably the standard bearer design of the overlapping Renaissance Revival and Moorish styles popular in the 1870s, Whiting's "Arabesque" features a strident griffin figure set sideways along the handle. This figure is surrounded by design elements typical of generic arabesque decoration.

This salad serving fork and spoon pair are extraordinary examples of the line.

The scale is immense, with the fork measuring 12 1/8" long and the spoon 12". They weigh 3.6 and 4.0 T. oz. respectively...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307701 (stock #2951f)
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Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding, early 19th century, Art Nouveau pattern. As the name implies, the imagery is inset in the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307634 (stock #2950f)
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An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Old French was a well-received pattern that remains popular today. The simplicity of the lined border, slightly bulbous design provided a visual respite to the flourish of Art Nouveau style dominant in the period, as well as the congestion of some immediately preceding-in-time Victorian forms.

This example is a 6 3/4" long fruit knife. It is an original item, factory made and original issue...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1307561 (stock #2549f)
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Standing 1 5/8" tall, with a diameter of 1 11/16", and weighing just under .7 T. oz., this is a generously sized napkin ring.

Inscribed M.H.W., Mar. 18, '05" in an elegant script, the aesthetic style floral and fern engraving on a satin matte surface with knurled banding suggest the piece actually predates the inscription by as much as twenty years.

The central band is offset by two troughs which are in turn bordered by imprinted repeating star designs with rolled edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307436 (stock #2548f)
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A multi-motif line, Gorham's "Piper" features various youthful characters engaged in childhood activities.

This example is a 5 11/16" long, .9 T. oz., youth spoon.

The image is of a boy carrying a bundle of books and what appears to be a large tablet under his arm. The backdrop looks in the manner of a European low country village street scene, which would be consistent with the boy's garb.

The degree of detail in the imagery is remarkable...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1307357 (stock #2547f)
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This sterling silver bowl measures 13" end to end, which is long in relationship to its 7 3/8" width.

The splayed and undulating walls are 2" maximum height at either end and 1 1/4" tall at the highest points on the sides. It weighs 9.2 T. oz., which is moderately light for its size...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1307204 (stock #2545f)
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Jenkins & Jenkins was the 1908 successor firm to Jacobi & Jenkins, and was itself absorbed by Schofield about 1915.

This novel desk item, a stamp or letter moistener, carries the company name, the words "Sterling 925/1000 Fine," and "Baltimore."

It measures 4" overall and weighs a relatively hefty .9 T. oz., which includes a negligible amount for the sponge tip.

It has a stick-like, flat handle with a rounded end. Both sides have a dense repousse pattern typical of Baltimore silver....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306994 (stock #2543f)
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This item is a 5 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., sugar sifter. The pattern is Whiting's "Louis XV."

It has a 2" by 1 1/4" by 5/8" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a pale matte gold wash. The shoulders are embellished with the scroll design of the pattern, and there is a small flange around the entire rim.

The handle is inscribed with a cursive "ES" monogram.

It is in excellent condition. Free of polishing wear, the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The finish is bright. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306899 (stock #2542f)
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A substantial piece measuring 8 11/16" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this pea (vegetable) or ice spoon is a rare form in most flatware lines.

The large, pierced bowl is the defining feature of these items, and that is the case with this. Nearly round at 3" back to front and 2 1/2" in diameter, the bowl is 5/8" deep. The piercing is patterned and functional as well as decorative, to aid in draining.

The pattern, "Old Standish," dates from 1901 and reflects the then growing sentiment tow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306819 (stock #2541f)
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Dating from 1870, "Louis XIV" was an early line pattern in Gorham's stable of designs. Knowles produced a near match in its "Emperor" pattern, and George Sharp also offered a third, unnamed kindred design, all indicating this motif had as much appeal in its time as it still exhibits today.

The handle tip is an anthemion form with a shield reserve which in this case has an embellished, Old English "R" monogram. The area below this has raised, line scrolling set against a stippled background....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
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An early 20th century pattern, "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" stands in contrast to the exuberance of so much 19th century design. A simple, double-lined, multi-scroll motif, it is clean, direct, and understated in manner.

This example is a 9 5/8" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., cake saw. It has a solid, flat handle, and all-silver blade. The blade has a saw-tooth upper edge, which is characteristic of this item.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in exceptionally fine condition. There i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306088 (stock #2534f)
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A prominent name in 19th century Philadelphia silversmithing, Peter L. Krider's work reflects the highest standards of the trade.

Unremarkable in terms of function, this 6 3/16" long, just under 1.0 T. oz. sugar spoon, still stands forward for its quality of design and manufacture.

It is a "King" or "Kings" pattern that compares well with other companies' interpretations of this English-inspired motif.

This has an oversized, 2 1/4" by 1 1/2", shell bowl with a frosted matte gold fini...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1305994 (stock #2533f)
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This tea cup and saucer represents the epitome of elegance, given that it is artfully crafted in pure sterling silver.

Made by Gorham in 1871 (as indicated by the date letter "D" that appears on the underside of each piece), it exhibits the burgeoning manufacturing and design skills of the company that by then had arguably already established itself as America's premier silver house.

These are large items. The saucer has a diameter of 5 7/8" and stands just over 1" high. It weighs not ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305903 (stock #2532f)
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In his benchmark work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood traces the name evolution of the pattern most commonly known as "Saratoga."

The company's third line, it was originally issued as "King's" or "King" in 1870, sometimes referred to as "Old King" to distinguish it from the later "English King." It was briefly reissued in 1908, then called "Cook," and finally again reintroduced in 1956 under the name "Saratoga" by which it is known today.

This example is from the earliest period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1305791 (stock #2531f)
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A prominent name in New York retailing, Howard & Co. was also a producing jeweler. It was well established with the carriage trade and its mark conveyed an unqualified sense of quality.

In her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" Dorothy Rainwater notes that by the turn of the twentieth century, the firm had established branches in Newport and London, obviously seeking to be accessible to a select clientele.

This 6" long, 7/8" wide, nearly 1.2 T. oz., solid silver bookmark da...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305444 (stock #2528f)
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An immensely well-received line featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., likely fish serving fork, however, are quite rare.

The detail of the Art Nouveau design shows to advantage at ...

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