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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342616 (stock #2856f)
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$65.00
Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.

The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1342549 (stock #2855f)
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$150.00
A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342446 (stock #2853f)
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A large item measuring 9 3/16" long and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a generously proportioned, nearly round, 3 1/4" by 3" by 5/8" deep, bowl.

It has an intricately chased handle that features leaves on a stem. This work is diamond cut, showing sharply chiseled surfaces.

The remainder of the handle is filled with a repeating pattern of overlaying flower blossoms...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342332 (stock #2851f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork measures a lengthy 9 1/8" and weighs .9 T. oz. The pattern is "Imperial Queen."

An earlier example, it is stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and with an Old English "O."

It is in excellent condition. The shell and leaf elements that constitute the design are free of polishing wear, remaining crisp and well-defined. The wispy tines are well-formed and without bends, nicks, or burrs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342233 (stock #2849f)
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One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this pie or pastry server is demurely proportioned. Measuring 8 5/8" long overall, and weighing 1.9 T. oz., it has a slender, relatively lengthy, blade.

The design is entirely derived from bright cut engraving and is Aesthetic in manner. There are any number of naturalistic floral and leaf motifs intermixed with stylized elements that bespeak the mode...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342140 (stock #2848f)
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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 : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1342049 (stock #2847f)
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Rather than the characteristic round or oval shape of most napkin rings, this piece is essentially rectangular. It has a flat bottom and top joined by arched sidewalls.

It is a large item, measuring 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" on the base and 1 3/4 by 1 5/8" on the top. It stands 1 3/16" tall and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz.

The bottom and sides are reticulated in a leafy design and have engraved surfaces that complement this motif...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1341985 (stock #2846f)
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Standing 3 3/16" tall, this item has a top diameter of 2 7/8", a base that is 2 3/8", and weighs just over 4.3 T. oz.

Marked "Sterling" and "Trees," and imprinted with a tree symbol, it is one of the most recognizable names in mint julep cups, Benjamin Trees of Lexington, Kentucky.

The exterior has a brilliant finish, while the interior is a brushed satin. The top and bottom have multi-lined, applied borders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341920 (stock #2845f)
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Variously identified as an orange, grapefruit, or generically, citrus, spoon, this piece measures 6 1/16" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

Made by Tiffany, the pattern is "Vine," which is a multi-motif line featuring a variety of fruits and flowers. The specific design in this instance is "Gourd."

There is a flowing script "AC" monogram on the backside.

This is somewhat unusual in that the entire piece is finished in an overall deep, satin gold wash, which is intact...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341851 (stock #2844f)
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$56.00
Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sardine fork is stamped with the Whiting Manufacturing Company "lion" emblem, "Sterling," an Old English "O," and "Pat. 1896."

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341809 (stock #2843f)
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$185.00
per piece, two available.
Markedly emblematic of the Egyptian Revival movement of the 1860s, Gorham's "Lotus" remains one of the most compelling silver flatware designs of the period.

It was issued in two versions, one with solid spaces between the three fronds at the terminus of the handle, and one open between them. This 8 7/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon is an example of the former.

The line characteristically runs to a large scale, and that is the case with this. While the dimensions of a typical berry s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1341687 (stock #2841f)
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Of a superior quality to most examples of this form, this double shot glass, i.e. jigger, stands 3 3/8" tall and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz. It has a larger measure 1 13/16" in diameter that is stamped "2 oz.," and a smaller one that is 1 5/8" across and stamped "1 oz."

It is model number "W 16" as identified on one rim. Made by Watson, the company's "crown, W, lion" hallmark, along with the words "Sterling Silver," adjoin the "W 16."

It is cleanly made, following after the Arts and Cra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341618 (stock #2840f)
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Each of these six pieces measures 5 1/8" long, while the group weighs 4.0 T. oz. They are ice cream or sorbet spoons in Wallace's "Lucerne."

These are delicate items, with three-lobe, shallow bowls, the heels and edges of which are decorated with the same elaborate design as the handles.

They are without monograms, although close inspection suggests there have been monogram removals.

Polishing wear is nil, with clear pattern detail remaining. The bowls are well-shaped and free of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1341539 (stock #2839f)
Old Friends
$42.00
One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

The execution on this is masterful. Aesthetic in design, the engraving shows the diamond like surfaces characteristic of bright cut work. The background is satin finish on both the reverse tipt handle, and the scallop flange edge bowl. This provides an offsetting surface that highlights the engraving to advantage.

There is a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341492 (stock #2838f)
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Issued in 1895, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates a variety of images that bespeak the pattern name.

The dominant feature is a crown that surmounts the tip of the handle. Below this is a wreath that frames a reserve area. A pair of cornucopias and a torch round out the major imagery. Various ribbon, bow, floral, and leaf elements adorn the interstices around the dominant features.

The ovoid bowl has decorated flange shoulders, coffered sides and a bottom with a raised design. It retains...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341446 (stock #2837f)
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$75.00
A naturalistic design that incorporates a variety of grasses along with clover leaves and blossoms, Gorham's "Meadow" dates from 1897. It is Art Nouveau in manner.

This example is long handle, 8 1/2", 1.0 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has decorated, notched shoulders, while the piercing mirrors the grasses and clover of the overall pattern. There are remaining traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless estate condition. Design d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1980 item #1340447 (stock #2828f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for the pair.
These items were part of a line of sterling made by the Stieff Silver Company of Baltimore on behalf of Colonial Williamsburg Restoration which was the sole retailer.

Dating circa 1975, they are reproduction items based on actual period pieces.

One is a 5 1/8" tall, 3.1 T. oz., pepper or salt caster. The other is a 1 3/8" tall, 3" base diameter tapering to a 2 3/8" top diameter, 1.8 T. oz., trencher salt with its original clear glass liner.

Estate items in original condition, these ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340382 (stock #2827f)
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$45.00
Six inches long, with a bowl that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep, and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is a sugar sifter.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.

The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.

The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended...

 
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