American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1311910 (stock #2489f)
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The pattern portraiture of Whiting's 1880 "Heraldic" is fully consonant with the name.

Robust, as indicated by the 3.8 T. oz. weight of this 9 7/8" long ice cream slice, the design features a shield set amidst high relief, scrolling, acanthus leaves. This functions as a reserve, which in this instance has a feathered script "FEB" monogram.

There is a medieval helmet above the shield and this constitutes the central and defining element of the pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311805 (stock #2488f)
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A noted silver manufacturer and jeweler, Joseph Mayer & Brothers established themselves in Seattle about 1895.

The firm's most readily recognized trademark is a crossed pick and shovel which references Joseph's two brothers' exploits in the Klondike gold rush.

This early 20th century item, a 5 13/16" long, .8 T. oz., souvenir spoon bears Joseph's mark, which is a fleur-de-lis within a triangle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311614 (stock #2486f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Tiffany's "Renaissance" features a draped female figure placed atop a pedestal festooned with flowers and fruit.

Two cherubic faces flank the female on the upper left and right, while the remainder of the design continues the fruit motif interspersed with a repeating egg and dart border variant.

This piece is a 7 5/8" long, just under 2.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a grey, i.e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1311492 (stock #2485f)
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Measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this serving fork is marked "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the Philadelphia firm, and "925" for sterling.

The style suggests a dating c. 1870, just about the time that the coin standard was being replaced by sterling.

The pattern is a "French Thread with a finely rendered, feathered script "EDM" monogram.

The serving end has four splayed tines, a cupped heel area, and scalloped shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1311400 (stock #2484f)
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A lengthy 12 1/4", and heavy at just over 5.8 T. oz., this platter, stuffing, or basting spoon has English origins.

Touch marks include a "lion" for sterling, "crowned leopard head" for London, "b" for the year, and a "bust" duty mark. The maker's stamp is some rubbed but is either "CS" or "GS," which suggests several options.

It is a "Kings" pattern set on both sides of the down-turned handle. It is without a monogram, crest, or inscription, or removal of same...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311172 (stock #2582f)
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An extravagant design, Gorham's "Paris" portrays an array of emblematic imagery.

These include figures such as a standing woman with an arc of stars around her head and a banner reading "Genovepha Parisis," and a pair of cherubs flanking the top front of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1311082 (stock #2581f)
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These four, identical, spoons each measure 4 3/8" long while the group weighs 1.0 T. oz.

Broadly coffee spoons, they are larger than demitasse and frequently identified as "four o'clocks," and were made by Porter Blanchard, which is a storied name in 20th century California silversmithing. His name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of the handles.

The pattern is an "Old English" with a reverse tipt, downturned end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1310978 (stock #2580f)
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Hester Bateman, whose script "HB" mark appears on this piece, was the widowed matriarch of an extended family of London crafters whose name is imprinted in the history of British silversmithing.

Some would argue that her renown exceeds her skill, but however that sorts out, she is generally acknowledged to be the best of the several artisans to carry the Bateman name.

This example is an appealing 7" long, 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310772 (stock #2578f)
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Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company became its own manufacturer was also the firm's namesake line, i.e...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1310577 (stock #2576f)
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This 4 3/4" long, .6 T. oz., spoon or ladle has an early, raised lettering, mark used by Georg Jensen 1915-27.

The pattern ins "No. 41," which has a curled over handle ending in a series of graduated beads. Given Jensen's penchant for portraying stylized natural forms, this design may represent some floral element. There are two slightly pinched, crossbar areas on the handle, which itself widens toward the bowl.

The bowl is cut leaf shape, with a slight lip around the margin, and a blo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
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An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
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Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1309907 (stock #2569f)
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One of the most imaginative of Tiffany's full line designs, and fully Aesthetic in sensibility, "Lap-Over-Edge" was offered in plain, acid etched, and applied variants. The non-plain pieces incorporated an extensive array of motifs, including insects, animals, and sea life.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has an acid etched surface that portrays two birds and a portion of a third, all sitting on branches. The backside has the rippled border that gives t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1309690 (stock #2566f)
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A fanciful commemorative item, this confection spoon or bon bon was made by Whiting.

The pattern is "Square Twist," which is a combination of a twisted and solid, four-sided handle.

5" long overall, it is joined in this instance to a round, 2 3/4" diameter bowl. The weight is .9 T. oz.

The bowl has a scalloped edge and an acid etched surface that reads "Washington" and "1890" in raised, flowing, Art Nouveau style lettering. Presumably the "Washington" references the state and not t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1309167 (stock #2565f)
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A large item measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and standing 1 1/2" high, this napkin ring is also quite weighty at nearly 1.9 T. oz.

It was made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" emblem is stamped on the inside lower rim, along with the word "Sterling."

It is entirely plain, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

In choice estate condition, it remains perfectly round and is free of bends, nicks, or blemishes. The finish is bright, with a rich patina.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1309090 (stock #2564f)
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This collapsible shaving brush made by Gorham is illustrated in the company catalog of 1906 (see image 2).

It measures 6" long when fully assembled, and 3 1/8" when folded up. Solid sterling, the holder and perforated cap weigh .7 T. oz. combined, while the base and brush together weigh another .7 T. oz.

The body is a high relief floral and leaf repousse design. There is a central reserve which is engraved with an embellished script "TB" monogram.

The natural bristle brush stores i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1308541 (stock #2560f)
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One of numerous patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880 with a twisted handle, this example has a spiral lower section and a larger blocky, squared twist upper end.

It is an 11 1/8" long, weighty at nearly 3.4 T. oz., fish slice or server. It would originally have been paired with a similarly scaled fork, but stands on its own as a utilitarian item.

A straightforward design, its appeal lies in the novelty of the handle and the subtlety of the blade.

The blade has a graceful shape, wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1308294 (stock #2958f)
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One of the stand out Art Nouveau floral designs produced early in the 20th century, Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs" has proven enduringly popular.

This example is a 5 3/8" long, relatively substantial weight .7 T. oz., seafood or oyster cocktail fork.

The portraiture is iris, with a large, intricately designed, high relief blossom set at the midpoint of the front of the handle, with a second bloom lanquidly draped around the top of the handle. The plain areas of the design have a subt...

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