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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1338036 (stock #2794f)
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$90.00
Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this spoon is stamped with an early Georg Jensen mark, along with the words "Sterling" and "Denmark."

The pattern is identified as both "Nordic" and "Ladby #76."

It has a just off round, approximately 2 1/2" diameter, bowl, slightly upraised handle, and is without a monogram or removal.

It is in excellent condition. There are light surface scratches consistent with gentle use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1337916 (stock #2792f)
Old Friends
$245.00
Grandly scaled at 14 1/2" long, 4.9 T. oz., this solid sterling item is a true punch ladle with a 4 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 1 1/4" deep bowl that has pouring spouts on either side.

It is an old example of Whiting's "Louis XV." The elaborate leaf and scroll design shows to advantage at the size of this. It runs the full length of the front and back sides of the handle, and carries onto the flange shoulders of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1337717 (stock #2790f)
Old Friends
$120.00
A pattern identified in both the singular and plural, the origins of Whiting's "Rose(s) & Scroll(s)" is encased in some mystery. It does not show up in standard references, so its story is vague.

Dating from about 1890, it expresses both Aesthetic and Art Nouveau sensibilities.

Stylized rose blossoms appear to float amid a cloud-like setting framed by the scrolls. The design reflects a wispy and ethereal quality, with the imagery seeming to be disembodied from any real world connection...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337461 (stock #2787f)
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$90.00
A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1337406 (stock #2786f)
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This 8 1/2" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., spoon exhibits innovative design, as is characteristic of its maker, Georg Shiebler.

It is a lemonade, iced tea, or other form of stirring spoon.

It has a melon shaped bowl, 1 7/8" long by 1" at the widest, with a ribbed interior. It has a gold finish, which extends part way up the handle, which itself is comprised of four joined wires that are twisted in the center portion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337337 (stock #2785f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Perhaps Wallace's most expressive entries in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of a partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1336978 (stock #2783f)
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This 6 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz. teaspoon was made by the highly regarded, 20th century English firm, "Crichton Brothers." It is fully marked for London, Sterling, 1928, along with "LAC" for the maker, and the words "Made in England."

In keeping with the company style, it is a reproduction of an earlier form, namely "Trefid."

It has a broad, bulbous handle end, with the defining three part, slightly upturned, tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1336487 (stock #2780f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Priced as a pair.
One of Durgin's earliest line patterns, this design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow. Although documentation for it is scant, "Spray" is an accepted name.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are only occasionally identified as by Durgin. This youth set provide that association, as both pieces are stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Sterling."

The knife measures 7 1/2" long, while the fork is 6"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1336062 (stock #2774f)
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This flat bottom pitcher stands 3" tall, has a tapered body that is 3" across at the bottom 1 5/8" at the top, and weighs just over 3 T. oz.

It is a high style item made by Gorham and dates from 1890 according to marks on the underside, which also include the word "Sterling" and the model number "3436."

The main portion of the body is heavily hand chased with a repeating upward and downward facing leaf pattern, bottom and top respectively...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335850 (stock #2773f)
Old Friends
$180.00
Priced as a set of six.
These six forks are in a "Tipt" design that traces to the earliest years of silver crafting, when an individual smith would have hand hammered the end of a handle to create this simple, decorative element that defines the pattern.

An enduring motif, it was brought forward into the realm of manufactured silver, as evidenced by these six, matching, 7 1/16" long, 6.5 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335773 (stock #2772f)
Old Friends
$115.00
This server follows after the form of an ice cream server, although some outsized for that at 10 1/2" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz.

Dating circa 1880, it has a slightly upturned, round end handle and a large, 5" by 3 1/16" at the widest, teardrop shaped serving end.

The entire front surface is extensively bright cut with wriggle work and hatched detailing. The theme of this is vegetative, expressed with an Aesthetic sensibility.

The imagery on the handle is largely leaves with two sma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335614 (stock #2770f)
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Whiting's and Gorham's Lotus are nearly twin patterns, although there are subtle differences. The primary distinguishing feature is the number of lotus fronds in the design, Gorham having three and Whiting, as with this piece, having five.

They are both products of the c. 1870 Egyptian Revival movement and are patterns that have never lost appeal.

This example is a 6 3/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has an elongated, scallop shell form bowl that retains scant traces of an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335434 (stock #2768f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A 6 1/8" long, slightly under 1.0 T. oz., piece, this item dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1335283 (stock #2766f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Marked with the Schofield Company three part emblem and the word "Sterling," this butter pick measures 4 13/16" long and weighs .4 T. oz.

The pattern is the fancy version of "Baltimore Rose," with a patterned rather than plain back. The design dates from 1905.

It is a fully original item, that is, not made up or customized.

It is without a monogram or removal (which would appear in the reserve area on the back) and in choice condition. The pattern detail remains well defined, showi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1335020 (stock #2763f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Priced as a Pair.
Measuring 5 1/4" long, and light at .7 T. oz. the pair, these matched spoons were likely intended more for coffee than tea.

They are a "Pointed Antique" design with engraved fronts, a slightly tipt backside, and exposed drops on the bowls. There are reserve areas that are without monograms or inscriptions.

Marks are a harp for Ireland, Hibernia for sterling silver, and a distinct, script "JO" for John Osborne, working in Dublin 1784-1809.

They are in good condition, noting some wear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334898 (stock #2761f)
Old Friends
$225.00
One of Gorham's earliest patterns, dating from the 1860s, "Rosette" takes its name from the design element situated in the center of the handle. It also has an anthemion with scrolled supports located at the end of the lined-border handle, placing it clearly in the Greek Revival style.

Elegant in its simplicity, the pattern shows spectacularly so at the scale of this 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.2 T. oz., soup ladle.

The bowl is large, 3 3/4" across and 1 1/2" deep. It has a central vee in ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334401 (stock #2755f)
Old Friends
$80.00
An early Gorham pattern dating from 1870, "Lily" is often referred to as "88" because that number frequently appears on the backside of pieces.

The design actually portrays a lily of the valley, with strong Greek Revival elements. The raised pattern is set on an anthemion-shaped, curved, leaf, and there are rosettes set either side of the flower cluster.

This example is simply marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1870," and the name of the retailer, Cincinnat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334073 (stock #2749f)
Old Friends
$260.00
An early example, this gravy ladle is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.

 
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