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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1348177 (stock #2926f)
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A large item measuring 6 1/4" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this perfume flask holds 4 fluid ounces.

It is stamped on the neck "Sterling" and "N & D. O." for Nicholas and Daniel Onderdonk working in New York City the second half of the nineteenth century, with this dating toward the latter period of that span.

It has a floral and leaf densely chased surface. The only smooth area is the collar of the screw cap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348002 (stock #2925f)
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$38.00
A heavy item at 1.6 T. oz., this 7 1/4" long, flat handle, solid silver, master butter knife has a blunt end blade.

It was made by Bailey & Co. of Philadelphia between 1858 and 1867, as indicated by the "lion, S, shield" with additional "lion" mark imprinted on the backside of the blade, alongside the company name.

It is a double die struck, i.e. appearing on both sides of the handle, "Bead" pattern with a feathered script "BMQ" monogram on the front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1347851 (stock #2924f)
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$95.00
A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347689 (stock #2923f)
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At 4 3/8" long, and weighing .9 T. oz. combined, these two spoons are larger than a demitasse and smaller than a full size teaspoon, and are for after dinner coffee.

Made by Gorham, the pattern is "Marie Antoinette," which at this scale appears quite similar to that company's "Versailles," which is not surprising given the lines were issued two years apart, generated by the same designer, and both reflect French styling...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347610 (stock #2922f)
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$2,200.00
Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among "exotic" designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied, often mixed metal, elements. This fish serving slice and fork set are acid etched.

The motifs of the etched line were myriad, more than can be catalogued, but they included floral and fauna themes, and even insects...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1347511 (stock #2921dd)
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$85.00
A fanciful item, this rattle measures 2 5/8" long. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for Birmingham, 1919-20, Sterling, and C&N for maker Crisford & Norris.

It is comprised of a mother of pearl handle fitted to a hollow body that portrays a jester's torso and head. The head is fitted with a three-pointed cap, the two side ones of which have bell tips. A pair of larger, open, clam shell, bell-like forms dangle from the shoulders, suspended by wrapped wire and clasps...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1347244 (stock #2917f)
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A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.

This example of the line is a 6 1/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., three tine, likely pastry but possibly pickle, fork.

Naturalistic in its portraiture, the leaves that comprise the design are precisely arrayed within the overall design, and surround an open area with lined margins...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347146 (stock #2916f)
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With a history spanning the years 1849-71, A. & W. Wood of New York City produced several flatware patterns, of which this 3 5/8" long, .3 T. oz., master salt spoon is one. The company was succeeded by Coles & Reynolds which was eventually absorbed by George Shiebler, so there is a long pedigree for this firm.

The design is "Dew Drop." Frequently made in coin silver, this is stamped "Sterling," along with the name of the retailer, "W.T. Rae & Co." of Newark, New Jersey...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346841 (stock #2913f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 3/8" long, and weighing just under .6 T. oz., this item has a scalloped edge, satin matte, gold washed front and back side, bowl with a reticulated center. It is a bon bon aka nut spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1346768 (stock #2912f)
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An old, original, item, i.e. not made up or custom, this horseradish spoon is a long-handled version, measuring 8 5/8" overall and weighing a relatively substantial 1.6 T. oz.

The pattern is International's "Frontenac," which is an Art Nouveau lily design.

Originated by the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International, the firm's "helmet over shield" emblem, along the with words "Sterling" and "Patent," appear on the backside.

The handle is upturned and the floral design appears i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1346401 (stock #2909f)
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$68.00
Measuring 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" and weighing approximately .7 T. oz., this belt buckle dates circa 1900.

It was made by William B. Kerr of Newark, New Jersey. The company emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2448" are imprinted on the backside of the 3/8" wide, slightly curved, band that forms the body of the piece.

The backside is fitted with a pivoting crossbar to which two prongs that reach to the front are attached.

The surface of the band is acid etched in a swirling, leafy, Ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1346313 (stock #2908f)
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$34.00
An English design that originated in the mid 18th century, "Onslow" has provided the inspiration for numerous American patterns of similar design.

This piece is a 5" long, just scant of 1.0 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

Marked only "Sterling," the maker is unknown, but the character of the work is Arts & Crafts, evocative of "Onslow" patterns produced by Arthur Stone and Tuttle, and suggesting an early 20th century date.

The rolled, broadly lined, handle tip that defines "Onslow" is p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346237 (stock #2907f)
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$165.00
Price for the set of six.
As did other makers, Whiting produced a number of diverse engraved patterns in the 1880s. These are largely unnamed and not even fully catalogued, although they are commonly executed on an "Antique," upturned handle, pattern, with a "Reverse Tipt" end.

This set of six, matching, 6 7/8" long, weighty at 7.4 T. oz. the set, tea or dessert forks are exceptionally fine examples of this mode, and in immaculate condition.

The design is comprised of stylized bright cut leaves and blossoms offse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346080 (stock #2905f)
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$235.00
Dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is an intricately detailed and finely rendered, Renaissance Revival, design.

This 10 1/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., item is a rare form, likely pudding, serving spoon.

It has a symmetrical, 4 3/4" long by 2 1/4" at the widest, oval blade or bowl with a slightly scooped interior. This has a deep, bronze colored, gold finish front and backsides, and delicate, stylized leaf and blossom engraving at the tip. There is a feathered script, possibly "JDQ," m...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346000 (stock #2904f)
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$95.00
The largest of the round bowl soup spoons, gumbos are substantially sized items.

Consistent with that, this example measures 6 7/8" long and is quite heavy, at 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Dauphin" by Durgin, issued in 1897.

Apropos of the name, the design is French in manner. It features a variety of high relief flowers and leaves, with a ribbon border. The backside heel of the roughly 2" diameter bowl features an expanded leaf portraiture, interpreted in a free-flowing, Art Nouveau...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345936 (stock #2903f)
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$36.00
Several sources identify this pattern as "Unique," made by Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, New York.

Operating under various names from the mid to late 1800s, the "H&S" mark, along with "Sterling," imprinted on the blade of this 7" long, relatively weighty at 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife was used 1864-71 according to an entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

The design is characteristic of the period, incorporating leaf and anthemion elements rather a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345703 (stock #2900mt)
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$46.00
Priice per piece, three available.
A pattern originated by Henry Hebbard, a major name among mid 19th century, New York City, silver manufacturers, "Grecian" eventually became a stable among Whiting's full line offerings.

This example is a 7" long, weighty at 1.2 T.oz., dessert or oval soup, place spoon. It was made by Whiting, whose lion emblem, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat 1862," appear on the backside.

The design incorporates three defining elements, all of which are derivative of the name. The dominant o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1345655 (stock #2899f)
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A renowned firm in its time, essentially the first four decades of the 20th century, Currier & Roby was built on a partnership of two skilled silversmiths, one of whom was also a designer and researcher of early American silver.

This pair of of items is reflective of their high quality work. They are in the fashion of earlier styles, executed in an Arts & Crafts manner.

The main piece is a 5 5/8" diameter handle tip to handle tip, 1.1 T. oz., tea strainer. The actual strainer section m...

 
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