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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1392269 (stock #3714f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Price per piece, three available.
Issued early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" was an expressive iteration of this popular floral motif.

The design incorporates numerous blossoms and buds along with trailing leaves on both sides of the handle and the heel reverse.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon. It has a lengthy, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange rim and pointed tip, which is finished in a bright gold wash front and back...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392194 (stock #3713f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Price for the pair.
Decidedly period in style, each of these two, matching, master salt dishes features a pair of lofty arms that form an open circular area that contains a cast, three dimensional, ivy leaf. This is in turn supported by an also cast, curved, leaf.

They measure 3 7/8" from arm tip to arm, stand 1 1/2" at the highest, are 2 3/8" across at the top opening of the body, rest on beaded edge, rimmed bases that are 1 1/2" in diameter, and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the pair...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1392081 (stock #3712f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for the set of eight.
A matched set, each of these eight, flat handle, solid silver individual butter knives measures 6" long. They are weighty, at 7.3 T. oz. the group.

These are older examples of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

They are in outstanding estate condition, showing no polishing wear, without bends or nicks on the blades, and having bright, even finishes...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1392016 (stock #3711f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1391974 (stock #3710f)
Old Friends
$325.00
Made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem including the date 1901 is imprinted on the underside, along with "Sterling" and model number "1734," this large, oval, flat bottom, 12" x 8 1/2" x 1 3/4" tall, 13.0 T. oz., bowl was retailed by Philadelphia's "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," whose name also appears with the other marks...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1391938 (stock #3709f)
Old Friends
$98.00
Standing 2 7/8" tall to the rim, 3 3/16" to the top of the handle, and resting on a 1 1/2" diameter, tiered base, this solid silver cream pitcher or jug weighs a relatively weighty 3.15 T. oz.

It is fully hallmarked for maker Lionel Alfred Crichton, sterling, London, and year 1933 on the upper portion of the body, and reads "Crichton & Co Ltd" over "Made in England" on the underside. There is also what appears to be a faint lion imprinted on the edge of the base...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1391771 (stock #3707f)
Old Friends
$295.00
Price for the set of six.
Full size dinner, measuring 7 3/4" long, these six, matched, forks are remarkably heavy at 15.7 T. oz. the group, or approximately 2.6 T. oz. each.

In the "Angelo" pattern dating from 1910, they were made by the J.B. & S.M. Knowles company of Providence, Rhode Island, and retailed by "A. Frankfield" of New York City, and so marked, along with "Sterling" and "Pat."

Each one is engraved "Zorah" in script, set sideways on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1391698 (stock #3706f)
Old Friends
$120.00
An early 20th century pattern, Tiffany's "St. Dunstan" is a straightforward design that features clean lines with oak leaf embellishments.

Individual pieces are characteristically large scaled and heavy, and those aspects show in this 7 1/4" long, nearly 3.1 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a 1" deep shell bowl with a flaring heel.

Never monogrammed, this is in very fine estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391574 (stock #3704f)
Old Friends
$235.00
A Bostonian by birth who apprenticed in Belfast, Maine for four years beginning when he was nineteen, Edward A. Tyler subsequently (1838) established himself and a successful business in New Orleans, Louisiana, which operation became "large and at one time or another employed a number of silversmiths." (Biographical material sourced from Crescent City Silver published by The Historic New Orleans Collection.)

This item, which is stamped "E.A. Tyler," along with "Sterling," and "P...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391509 (stock #3703f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Price per piece, two available.
Measuring 8 5/16" long and weighing a substantial 2.2 T. oz., this serving, i.e. large table, spoon traces to the end of the 19th century.

The pattern, "La Reine," was made by Reed & Barton and first issued in 1893.

It incorporates a high relief, leaf and scroll motif, which apropos of the name, exhibits a French design influence.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition, with the only signs of use being light surface scratches consistent with age. The bowl remains well-shaped a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1391449 (stock #3702f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Fleury" is a subdued Art Nouveau pattern that features small poppy blossoms set against a leaf and scroll border.

Delicate in portraiture, the design resembles the company's "Buttercup" as well as Watson's "Meadow Rose," both from the same general period.

This example is a large, 8" long, heavy at 2.1 T. oz., solid silver tomato server.

An early piece, this has decorated shoulders on the 3" diameter, reticulated blade. This detail appears...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1391299 (stock #3700dd)
Old Friends
$48.00
Devised in 1900 by the Graf Niemann Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the "Earl Patent Fork" was an adaptation of a standard youth implement.

This example is based on a 5 7/16" long, just over .6 T. oz., fork in Whiting's "Louis XV" pattern. It is fitted with a finger slot (with trim matching the pattern) on the back, intended to direct the way the child would hold the piece.

Clearly novel, and perhaps widely embraced, as a Google search turns up contemporaneous advertisements appearing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391100 (stock #3697f)
Old Friends
$68.00
A captivating and not commonly found design, Durgin's "Bouquet" is one of that company's first full line patterns, issued in 1875.

Multi-motif, it features a variety of dense, low relief, floral images, all portrayed on irregularly shaped handles with a raised border on the backsides that resembles bamboo. This detail suggests an Aesthetic influence, and is some similar to Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge," introduced five years after "Bouquet."

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 2000 item #1391011 (stock #3696f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Contemporary maker K.M. Silver is listed in one source with dates 1982-2012, although a company website indicates a founding date of 1977.

Judging from this example, which is a 5" long by 3 1/4" high to the rim, 5 1/4" to the top of the upraised handle, and relatively heavy at 5.2 T. oz., basket, the firm made high quality reproduction pieces.

This would be a fitting size for candies or bon bons.

This is Georgian in manner, with an oval bowl with raised ends sitting on a square base, pe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391010 (stock #3695f)
Old Friends
$345.00
Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390954 (stock #3694f)
Old Friends
$115.00
This 4 3/4" long, .5 T. oz., hollow handle knife with a solid silver blade is individualistic in both pattern and form.

Marked "Tiffany & Co." and "Sterling" on the blade, it is a non full line pattern identified by the number "830."

It dates about 1880, which time is reinforced by the "M" (for the directorship of Edward Moore) that appears on the blade, placing the date of manufacture between 1873 and 1891. Furthermore, the dense repousse and floral design resembles the company's "Chrysan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390769 (stock #3690f)
Old Friends
$78.00
Price for the two pieces.
Without a formal name, but commonly referred to as "Peony" for the large, single, arched, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its twist stem.

The line is number "26," by Whiting, and this number, along with the company "lion" logo and "Sterling," appears on the backsides of this youth set, comprised of a 6 3/8" long fork and 5 7/8" long spoon, with a combined weight of 2.1 T. oz.

Each piece is engraved "Ellen Burdett" in script on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390669 (stock #3688dd)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for the set of six.
First appearing in Gorham's 1884 catalogue, offered as a set of twelve, "Number 3" oyster or seafood cocktail fork was illustrated in later catalogues (through the 1890s) shown with other exotic designs of the period (see image 2).

The primary feature of the pattern is an apparent bat face situated at the end of the handle. This suggests some resemblance to a boar or devil as well.

Other design details include wings, and possibly toes, wrapping around both sides of the handle.

All surfa...

 
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