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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364348 (stock #3220f)
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$80.00
Introduced in 1896, Whiting's "Dresden" is a highly detailed pattern that features delicate, small and raised, flowers, leaves, and trailing stems, all surmounted by a shell, and bordered by scroll work.

This example is a 7 1/4" long, good weight at 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle. Whiting used two different style bowls on their gravies, one round, and the other this, which is essentially oval at 2 5/8" wide by 2" back to front, and deep, at 3/4"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364311 (stock #3219f)
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Each of these ten, matching, spoons measures 4 1/2" long, with the set weighing 3.8 T. oz. They are somewhat larger than a demitasse and smaller than a 5 o'clock spoon, and were for after dinner coffee.

Unmarked expect for the word "Sterling," the maker is unknown, and they are not a standard pattern, so no direct attribution can be made.

An unusual design, they have twisted shanks joined to rounded end, slightly upturned, handles...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1364270 (stock #3218f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for the pair as a set.
Identified by the model number "2670" imprinted on the underside, along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1892," each of these shakers stands 4 1/8" tall, with the pair weighing 4.1 T. oz. combined.

They sit on rimmed bases 1 3/4" in diameter, and have bulbous lower bodies with tapered sides.

The caps are bell-shaped with ball finials, and have sleeve fittings...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1364180 (stock #3217f)
Old Friends
$55.00
An original, early production item, this 5 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., olive spoon is imprinted with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion," hallmark, "Sterling," and "Pat. May 22, 1900," all in fine, precise, lettering exactly as it should be on an old piece.

It is also stamped with the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's carriage trade "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

The pattern is "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is an expressive Art Nouveau floral design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364110 (stock #3215f)
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This item is an old, 1888 version, of Gorham "Versailles" marked with a "lion, anchor, G," and the words "Sterling" and "Copyrighted."

It is also engraved "Norris. 1891" in script on the reverse, so its age is validated in multiple ways.

The piece is a 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.5 T. oz., large berry spoon.

It is a very fine example, retaining excellent pattern detail that shows minimal polishing wear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364109 (stock #3214f)
Old Friends
$105.00
A late 19th century, not commonly found, design made by the Chicago firm "Wendell Manufacturing Company," "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce or small gravy ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flange shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1364049 (stock #3213f)
Old Friends
$625.00
This piece of holloware was made to match Tiffany's 1872 "Persian" pattern, and incorporates the same Moorish motif that is found in the flatware line.

This appears on the banding on the upper inner rim and edge of the pedestal base of this 8" top diameter, 4" across the bottom, 5 1/4" tall, 14.9 T. oz., footed bowl, aka tazza or compotier.

The entire piece is characterized by elegant, clean lines, and bright, mirror-like surfaces...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1363954 (stock #3211f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Price for the pair.
To a European scale, each of these two, matching, forks measures 8" long. They are very heavy at 5.2 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is a "Tipt," with beveled edges along the margins of the handles. The ends are slightly upturned, and the tines are long and tapered...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1363913 (stock #3210f)
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Tracing to the mid 19th century, this companion bowl and plate are demonstrative of the quality for which Tiffany had already become known, even this early.

The markings tell much of the story of the history of the company. They are "Tiffany & Co., Gold & Silversmiths, 550 Broadway," this last mark commonly referred to as the "Union Square location."

This cluster of identifiers is flanked by an Old English "M" on either side, the model number "262" and order number "1334" in the center....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1363847 (stock #3208f)
Old Friends
$190.00
Standing 2 5/8" high, having a diameter of 2 1/4", a maximum span of 3 3/8" to the end of the handle, and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this child's cup was made by William B. Durgin in the late 19th century.

It is a charming period piece inscribed "Marion" over "1880."

This is engraved with two scenes, one of which is particularly appropriate to the name. One portrays a girl with a bonnet on the ground beside her; she is petting a lamb, evocative of the children's rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363809 (stock #3207f)
Old Friends
$70.00
A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is a dense pattern that shows Moorish influences.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, .8 T. oz., sugar, or perhaps small preserve, spoon with two characteristics that set it apart.

One is the flange rim, elaborately shaped bowl with intricate engraving set against a satin matte, gold wash (front and back sides) ground.

The second feature is that it was retailed by the New Orleans firm of "E. Lilienthal," as stamped o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363707 (stock #3204f)
Old Friends
$210.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of the rose and scroll motif of the pattern, Towle's "Old English," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

This is without a monog...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363706 (stock #3203dd)
Old Friends
$105.00
Price for the pair as a set.
This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz.

Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts.

The...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363704 (stock #3202f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a gent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1363488 (stock #3198f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A firm recognized for its myriad naturalistic designs, Watson produced a number of outstanding Art Nouveau florals in the early part of the 20th century.

"Lily" is one of the most impressive of these, and is the pattern on this 4 1/2" long, .7 T. oz. bon bon or nut scoop.

This is a particularly delicate piece, even at this small scale retaining all the fine detail of the leaves, blossoms and stippled background of the intricate pattern.

The scoop is a statement in itself. It is spla...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363439 (stock #3197f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with a flange rim and central rib that Whiting used across several pattern lines.

There is a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an inscription. On this piece that ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363396 (stock #3196f)
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Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighty at 1.3 T. oz., this master butter knife is solid coin silver. It is flat, with a broad blade that has a slightly scalloped upper edge and bluntly pointed tip.

The pattern, "Oriental," was originated by John Polhamus of New York City, with references dating it 1860 although this is imprinted "Patent 1855" on the blade, pushing that back by five years.

The retailer's stamp is "Owen" without any other modifiers. There are several possibilities for this na...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363014 (stock #3191f)
Old Friends
$48.00
A beaded design with a scroll tip, International's "Cambridge" was introduced in 1899.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. Slender overall and with three elongated tines joined by a crossbar, it was designed to be a delicate implement.

The heel of the tine area is slightly cupped, and is embellished with an elaboration of the pattern on the shoulders.

Never monogrammed, this is in choice estate condition. There is no evident polishing wear and th...

 
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