American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246529 (stock #2040f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Cited in a city directory for 1839 by Louise Belden, "Winchester & Johnson," which name is imprinted on this 8 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., table or place spoon, was a jeweler located in Hartford, Connecticut.

It has a plain, down turned handle end, plain drop, and rounded shoulders off the bowl. The front is inscribed "HP" in script.

It is in very fine condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, and free of dents, burrs, or tip wear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246294 (stock #2038f)
Old Friends
$60.00
At 4 7/8" long and weighing just under 2.2 T. oz., this pair of claw grip sugar tongs are the larger, and less commonly found, version of at least two sizes Gorham produced in "Strabourg."

An early example, they are marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Pat'd 97."

They are without a monogram or removal and in mint condition. Pattern detail remains crisp and sharply defined. The arch is perfectly shaped and free of cracks or bends. The finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1246203 (stock #2037f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Broadly falling within the Arts & Crafts mode and period, New York's Currier & Roby were known as well for their capacity in reproduction silver.

This pair of matched, 3" long, .6 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons reflects both those characteristics.

The pattern is "Onslow," which is an early English design. This is paired with a matte finish, gold washed, shell form bowl. The are crafted in a way that imbues them with an aged, hand worked looked...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246073 (stock #2036f)
Old Friends
$36.00
Tiffany produced a line of at least twelve "Floral" designs in the late 19th century that were offered in a wide array of pieces.

These two examples are demitasse spoons. The flowers are, left to right in the images, "Dandelion" and "Daisy."

They are respectively 4 1/4" and 3 7/8" long, and weigh just over .6 T. oz. combined. The handles are cast, which provides for more detail and relief than could be achieved using the usual drop strike method...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245767 (stock #2033mt)
Old Friends
$50.00
Number "8" in Shiebler's "Flora" series, this teaspoon measures 5 3/4" long and is substantial weight at not quite 1.0 T. oz. The flower portraiture is "Lily of the Valley."

It is a choice example without a monogram or removal on the plain backside. Pattern details remains clearly defined and sharp, showing only the slightest bit of polishing softening on the highest points of the blossoms. The bowl is without any tip wear and is free of dents or burrs. The finish is brilliant...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1245490 (stock #2031f)
Old Friends
$55.00
More characteristically thought of as citrus or grapefruit spoons, catalogs of a century or more ago commonly identified this form as an orange spoon.

These two examples were produced by Watson and may be one each, orange and grapefruit spoon. They vary in size, the larger measuring 6" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., while the smaller one is 5 5/8" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. The variance may be an indicator of use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245393 (stock #2030f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Relatively large for such items, this mustard ladle measures 5" long and weighs nearly .6 T. oz. The pattern is "Rosette," one of Gorham's earliest line designs. It was patented in 1868, and so marked, which was the year that Gorham went to the sterling standard...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1245176 (stock #2027f)
Old Friends
$85.00
In the lushly expressive manner of Durgin's "New Art," "Iris" differs from that design largely in the aspect that the one flower carries through the line, whereas "New Art" is multi-motif. It dates from the turn of the 20th century, at the height of the Art Nouveau.

This example is a 6 7/8" long gumbo spoon. This is the largest form of round bowl soup spoons, the bowl of which in this instance measures about 2" in diameter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245082 (stock #2026f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 97," this pair of sugar tongs are an early example of Gorham's "Strasbourg."

They are a large version, measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz.

They are also in mint condition, have elaborate grips, and are without a monogram or removal. The design detail is free of any signs of wear, the arch remains well-shaped, and the finish has a natural, brilliant finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1244856 (stock #2025f)
Old Friends
$300.00
The first design produced in-house and Tiffany's namesake pattern, "Tiffany" was patented in 1869...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244713 (stock #2024f)
Old Friends
$26.00
An early, original example of Whiting's "Lily," this bouillon spoon is marked with the company logo, the words "Sterling, "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and an Old English "O." It is also stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

It measures 4 7/8" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz. There is a delicate, feathery script "FCC" monogram engraved on the front.

The condition is mint. There is no evident wear, with all the detail of this intricate pattern remaining cle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244635 (stock #2023f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this early 20th century sugar spoon is decidedly Art Nouveau in style. It features a full bloom lily at the terminus of the handle, and an iris midway up. Leaves and tendrils complete the design on the front and extend to the backside. It is without a monogram or removal.

The bowl is a modified shell form with a scalloped end and slightly flanged edges.

It is stamped "Sterling" but the maker's mark is rubbed, leaving the formal pattern name in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1244345 (stock #2020f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A compelling design that features a realistic portrayal of thorny rose vines with buds, blossoms and leaves, Knowles' "Rose" also includes a beetle in the image. This has established the pattern as a perennial favorite among collectors intent and casual.

This example is an uncommon piece. It is a 7 1/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., sugar sifter. Apart from being small for such an item, it appears to be a pea spoon. It has a 2 1/2" by 2" oval bowl with a scalloped rim. The interior is pierced and h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243805 (stock #2015f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A bit longer than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" and heavy at approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is a youth spoon. Having an oversize bowl, this form is also sometimes identified as a pap spoon.

The pattern is Gorham's Art Nouveau "Poppy." It is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Patent 1902."

It is in choice condition and without a monogram or monogram removal. The design detail remains crisp and well-defined. The bowl is perfectly shaped, and free of dents or burrs. There are faint...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1243675 (stock #2014f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons are for that reason difficult to identify. Sometimes identification is by inference or default, i.e. they characteristically have narrow and deep bowls that would not serve another purpose, so the reasoning becomes "what else could it be."

They characteristically have narrow and deep bowls and sometimes a long handle, and two of those features apply...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1243576 (stock #2013mt)
Old Friends
On Hold
"Lady's" is one of Gorham's most imaginative designs and all the more so for its early, 1865, date. The main element of the pattern is a cast, woman's hand. She has elongated, slender fingers and her wrist is encased in a decorative sleeve cuff. Additionally, she is wearing what appears to be a wedding band on her ring finger. The handle is tubular.

There are two versions of this design. One locates the hand on the backside of the serving end and has a circular disc at the terminus of t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243410 (stock #2011f)
Old Friends
$35.00
The early 20th century witnessed a burst of interest in zodiac signs among silver manufacturers. Gorham is the firm that seemed to have capitalized most fully in this trend, but other producers offered entries as well.

Watson was among them and this 5 7/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz. teaspoon is an example of that company's output.

The sign is "Gemini," as identified in the upper right hand edge of the front. The twins are portrayed as a pair of cherubs, one standing and one sitting in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242887 (stock #2007mt)
Old Friends
$100.00
A fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece, this large, 8 1/4" long, heavy, approximately 2.0 T. oz., cheese scoop was made by Towle as identified on the reverse. Other marks include "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "L.L. Mason."

Dating from 1884, Arlington is a dense, multi-motif, repousse style, floral design with a plain backside, which in this instance is free of a monogram or removal. It is highly detailed and intricately wrought. It shows particularly ...

 
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