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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1367651 (stock #3272dd)
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George Shiebler's approach to design was ever fanciful, and that is the case with this 4 3/4" long, not quite .5 T. oz., letter opener.

The handle features a raised, inter-looping, pattern that resembles knots or chain mail. The handle broadens toward its center and has scalloped edges derivative of the loops.

The blade is shaped like a scimitar, with a pronounced taper toward its tip, and an open embellishment on the upper edge near the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367649 (stock #3271f)
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$185.00
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With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7". The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell." Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends where the raised shells are situated are broad and rounded.

These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1367500 (stock #3269f)
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$100.00
The biggest serving spoon that Durgin made in its 1910 "Fairfax" line, this piece measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The wide bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, defines this as a large berry, aka casserole or vegetable, spoon.

An early production item, this is marked with the Durgin "D" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd," and the name of the retailer, "Banks & Bryan," of Wilmington, Delaware.

There is a multi-line script "ESB" monogram on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1367444 (stock #3268f)
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$90.00
This 2 1/4" tall, 3" diameter, round bowl sits on a tiered pedestal base that is 2" across. The piece weighs nearly 2.8 T. oz.

It is hallmarked for Turner & Simpson, of Birmingham, England, with city and sterling symbols that, while rubbed, are legible. The date letter is obscured, although the outline shape is for "Cycle XIII," which ran 1950-74.

It is Georgian in style, with a plain body that has an applied rim and the previously mentioned footed base...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1367197 (stock #3266f)
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$385.00
A striking union of sterling silver with clear glass, this 6 1/2" high syrup jug is one item of a line of hollowware produced by Durgin.  Other forms in this late 19th to early 20th century series include a cream and sugar pair, a vase, a sugar shaker, and possibly more. 

Common to all these pieces are silver bases, crowns, and the truly defining element, which is a dolphin or sea serpent handle. 

The bodies are high quality, finely cut rock crystal.  At least one source attributes the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367117 (stock #3265f)
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A full size, 7 3/4" long, heavy, nearly 2.4 T. oz., dinner fork, this item is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," indicating it is an original, early production, example.

The pattern, "Versailles," remains perhaps the most enduringly appealing of the many grand, full line, designs Gorham generated in the late 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367002 (stock #3263f)
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The mid 19th century witnessed a flourishing of nut servers and picks, of which this 5 7/8" long, not quite .3 T. oz., nut pick is an example.

It was brought to market by New York City's William Gale & Son, 1862-66, whose name, along with the word "Sterling" and the number "2" imprinted on the reverse.

Essentially flat, save for a slight (intentional) bend at the tip, it has a twisted central shank, and a shaped handle end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1367001 (stock #3262f)
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$475.00
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 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 ebony handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1366945 (stock #3261f)
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$65.00
At 6" long, and weighing just under .9 T. oz., this olive spoon has a deeply cupped, plum-shaped, pierced bowl with scalloped flange shoulders.

An original, early, production item made by Alvin in the Art Nouveau "Bridal Rose" pattern, the company emblem, along with the words "Patent," and "Sterling" appear on the backside in fine lettering...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1366870 (stock #3260f)
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$175.00
Identified as selling only "to the trade," meaning marketing exclusively through third party retailers, this item carries the maker's symbol for George A...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366796 (stock #3259f)
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Attributed by Tere Hagen in her comprehensive but now aging, "Silver Flatware" to Reed & Barton and given the name "Spray," this pattern is actually an early Durgin one.

Examples show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are sometimes marked with the firm's "D" emblem and sometimes left unmarked.

This large, 9 3/4" long, and weighty at 3.2 T. oz., ice cream server is imprinted "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For."

The pattern incorporates a raised spray of meadow flowers, grasses, and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366600 (stock #3256f)
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$115.00
A late 19th century rococo pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

Made in two versions, solid background and pierced, it is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves with flowers, all set in moderately high relief.

Elegant without any embellishment, this pierced, 8 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., jelly knife is made all the more so by the addition of an overall vermeil, i.e. gold gilt, surface, and rich, multi-colored enamel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366528 (stock #3255f)
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These two coin master butter knives are emblematic of a style that was popular in, and particular to, Philadelphia in the mid 19th century.

While the techniques employed, specifically twisted handles and engine turning along with extensive bright cut engraving, were employed by other makers in other places, the particular overall design of these two examples invariably bespeaks Philadelphia.

The left and upper illustrations in the composite image are of a piece made by George Linder and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366491 (stock #3254f)
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$36.00
Issued in 1897, just before the turn of the 20th century brought forward a burst of innovative Art Nouveau patterns, Alvin's "Wellington" incorporates traditional design elements such as a shell, egg and dart motif, and scrolls, all offered in an English manner as befits the pattern name.

The backside of the handle on this 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz., (baby) food pusher has a more simplified design than the front and coincidentally resembles Gorham's "Norfolk" of the same period.

It is a full...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1366417 (stock #3252f)
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$220.00
Named for an ancient Greek water nymph, i.e. naiad, International's "Cleone" is one of the most expressive patterns that company produced .

Dating from 1900, it is figural and naturalistic both. The end of the handle portrays what appears to be a bearded lion, whose cheeks are pond lilies. Elements of the beard fuse into tendrils, accented by an additional blossom and leaves, that trail along the upper margins of the handle of this 8 7/8" long, heavy, 3.2 plus T. oz., large cold meat fork. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1366291 (stock #3250f)
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$80.00
The design on this piece is variously identified as "Acadia" or "Blok," or sometimes combined, with or without a hyphen.

The pattern was introduced in 1934 (one source offers 1931), although the mark on this 4 1/8" long, substantial weight, .8 T. oz. tea caddy spoon, "Georg Jensen in an oval of dots" over "Sterling" and "Denmark," was used from 1945 onward, so it dates between then and the 1970s when production was discontinued.

Deceptively simple in design, the pattern features a slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366101 (stock #3248f)
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Decidedly c. 1870 Philadelphia in style, this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.2 T. oz., sugar sifter was retailed by that City's "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," whose name and "(925)" for sterling appear on the handle reverse.

The handle is twisted on the lower portion, with a broad, rounded end having a slightly tipt backside. The front is engine turned and bright cut engraved, and includes a shield reserve that is engraved "MN" in Old English lettering.

The pierced bowl has a scalloped edge, with en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1365976 (stock #3246f)
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$100.00
The less common, i.e. bigger, size sugar tongs that Whiting made in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this pair measure 5 1/8" long and weigh a robust 1.6 T. oz.

They are early production items, marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902."

In superb condition, each arm retains excellent, precise detail to the lily design, which is set in high relief. The talon grips are finely articulated and without bends or cracks. The overall finish is bright and even.

 
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