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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387356 (stock #3627f)
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$115.00
A solid silver, 5 7/8" long, just under 1.1 T. oz. sardine fork, this piece was made by Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey.

The pattern, "Douvaine," is the embodiment of the Art Nouveau style, for which Unger became so well known in both silver flatware and jewelry realms.

It features a dolphin or fish image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure or mask face set midway on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387293 (stock #3626f)
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One of a limited line of special design items that Gorham produced in the late 19th century, each of these twelve, matching, 3 7/8" long, 2.9 T. oz. the lot, spoons is stamped with the number "8."

Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1885."

Commonly referred to as demitasse spoons, catalogues of the period refer to them as coffee spoons...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1387247 (stock #3625f)
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$135.00
Measuring 9 1/2" overall, this fish server has a filled coin silver handle joined to a solid coin silver, four tine fork. It weighs 3.8 T. oz., which includes the inner content of the handle.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Thread."

The shank, which is stamped in two places "W.G & S" for William Gale & Son, New York City, 1850-66 various years, is four sided and attaches to an open heel area with pointed shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1387180 (stock #3624f)
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An early example of "Fairfax" made by Durgin, and not the successor Gorham Company, this tomato server measures 8 1/4" long and weighs 2.2 T. oz.

All silver, it has a reticulated, round blade with cupped shoulders and a scalloped edge.

The handle is engraved "R" in Old English lettering.

In choice estate condition, the only signs of use are faint surface scratches consistent with gentle use. The blade is free of bends, burrs, or mars in the piercing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387126 (stock #3623f)
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$145.00
Drawing upon Moorish, i.e. Islamic, design sensibilities, Whiting's 1880 "Alhambra" is a non-figural, repetitive pattern akin to the company's "Arabesque" of the same period.

This example is a 9 1/2" long, 2.1 T. oz., ice cream server.

The blade has a curved and upswept lower edge that leads to a pointed tip. The upper edge is raised and has a scalloped flange edge, which repeats on the lower shoulder.

The surface is engraved with a rosette motif with acanthus leaves leading from this...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387094 (stock #3622f)
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$75.00
New York City manufacturer Wood & Hughes responded to the pronounced interest in and popularity of "Medallion" pattern silver by producing several different series.

The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.

It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386840 (stock #3618f)
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Slightly larger than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" long, with a generously proportioned bowl, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this piece is a youth spoon.

The pattern is Tiffany's elaborate "Olympian" which portrays a variety of mythological scenes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386770 (stock #3617f)
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$195.00
Price for the set of three pieces.
A complete youth grouping, consisting of a 6 3/4" long knife, 5 7/8" long fork, and 6 1/16" long spoon, 2.7 T. oz. combined weight, this set was made by New York City's John Wendt, and retailed by "Ball, Black & Co.," with whom Wendt was closely affiliated.

The pattern is "Medallion" dating from the 1860s, and features Wendt's young male figure on the fork and spoon, and his less commonly found female image on the knife...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386723 (stock #3616f)
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$150.00
Price for the set of twelve.
A non-line pattern, these twelve, matching, 4" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, coffee spoons are as singular as they are appealing.

Made by Whiting, the company's "lion" emblem and "Sterling" are stamped on the backside of each piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386102 (stock #3611f)
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$65.00
Issued in 1880, Wood & Hughes' "Humboldt" pattern incorporates Moorish design elements, as popular in the period, laid out on an angular handle.

Produced at a time when the company was enjoying great prosperity and was especially productive, it exhibits sophisticated design and high quality execution. This is especially evident in the plum-shaped, notched edge, bowl that is intricately engraved and finished with a matte gold surface on the interior and bright gold on the exterior.

The name...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386050 (stock #3609f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A particularly fine rendering of "Hizen," one of Gorham's most exotic patterns, these 4 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., tongs are in immaculate estate condition, evidencing neither wear nor damage.

A multi-motif line issued in 1880, the style draws upon Aesthetic sensibilities. The primary element of the design is a fish, possibly koi, set against a raised background suggestive of marine elements, including waves and seaweed.

The three tine, cupped, grips have textured surfaces and rich, intact, g...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1385991 (stock #3608f)
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$30.00
An effective implement "holding a registered dram resting level on the table," (The Pharmaceutical Era volume 27 - google) this spoon was marketed to druggists and apparently was a well-received, utilitarian, item.

Solid silver, it measures 4 1/2" overall, weighs .9 T. oz., and has an elongated bowl with a narrowed and splayed mouth, which is finished in a soft satin gold wash.

It is fully identified for the manufacturer, J.B. & S.M. Knowles of Providence, Rhode Island, and identifi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385948 (stock #3607f)
Old Friends
$80.00
This lengthy, 7 3/4", and heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who was the manufacturer most associated with a style of ball, dome, sphere, and various other similar shapes popularized in the 1860s.

This "Ball End" form is an especially appealing piece, with a shaped blade with notched shoulders and an engraved surface with roulette bordering.

The ball itself is inscribed with a rubbed Old English monogram that appears to read "MEBH."

In very g...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385863 (stock #3605f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Patented in 1878, and so stamped on the reverse of this 8 3/4" long, just over 2.1 T. oz., berry spoon, this "Cupid" design was developed by Morgan Morgans Jr., New York City, who with Samuel Montgomery, bought Albert Coles' business in 1877 and continued to use the later's three part pseudo hallmark, which also appears on this along with the word "Sterling," until he sold the firm to George Shiebler in 1883.

As later examples produced by Shiebler carried his "winged S" mark, this is a docume...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1385814 (stock #3604f)
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$65.00
Identified as "Owosso" in engraving set sideways on the lower portion of the handle, this teaspoon features an intricate, high relief portraiture of the Shiawassee American Indian leader who is remembered as a signatory of the Treaty of Saginaw (Michigan) in 1819 and the Treaty of Detroit in 1807.

He is also known as "Wosso" or "Wasso," although the name "Owosso" carries on in the Michigan city which takes its name from him.

Measuring 6" long and heavy at 1.0 T. oz., it was made by Rogers,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385765 (stock #3603f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz., tabl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385468 (stock #3598f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Larger than most such pieces, this fish slice measures 12 1/8" long and weighs a substantial 3.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Lady Washington," which is one of Gorham's early lines, dating from 1876, the year of the American Centennial, which may have occasioned the development of the design given the name is associated with the first family of the new nation.

It features the profile of a courtly looking female figure set against a background of classical imagery, including swags, garlands, corn...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1385347 (stock #3596f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Price for the pair.
Relatively diminutive, this matching pair of master salts each stand 1 1/8" high, have top diameters of 1 7/8", rest on pedestal bases that are 1" across, and weigh 1.1 T. oz. combined.

They were made by Whiting, whose "lion" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "7" are stamped on the undersides.

The cauldron shaped body, tiered base, and beaded detailing suggest an 1870-80 date.

Each one is engraved "F.R." in Old English lettering on the upper edges below the rims.

They are in excel...

 
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