American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305160 (stock #2525f)
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing an exceptional 2.5 T. oz., this dinner fork was made by Durgin and retailed by New York's "Theodore B. Starr," as identified on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Marechal Niel, dates from 1896. Independent from its heft, Marechal Niel is appealing because it is an outstanding design. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1305070 (stock #2524f)
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Marked with a duty mark, Hibernia, a harp, and G, for Dublin, 1827, and with "WC" for William Cummins, this sterling silver spoon variously described as a dessert, oval soup, or place piece measures 7" long and weighs a robust 1.7 T. oz.

It is a "Shell & Thread" pattern, with the motif appearing on the front and back sides of the handle, along with a shell on the reverse heel of the bowl.

There is an "animal head with branch" crest that is enough polished to be difficult to discern fully...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304972 (stock #2523f)
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An unusual diminutive size at 6 1/4" long, 4.8 T. oz. the lot, these six forks were likely used for dessert or with afternoon tea.

A "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design, they are Continental in proportion, with an extended shank and slightly bulbous ends. The four tines are relatively lengthy, slender, and pointed.

Each one is inscribed "Maria." and marked "H&M" and "Sterling," along with the retailer's name, "J.H. & J.N...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304828 (stock #2522f)
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Tiffany's 1870s "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers that grow on vines.

This fork and spoon are a matched youth set portraying gourds, with each one inscribed with the same "M.R.W." monogram of the original owner on the backside.

The fork measures 6 3/8" long and the spoon 6 1/4". Consistent with the line, they are heavy, weighing 1.2 and 1.1 T. oz. respectively.

They are in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304558 (stock #2519f)
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A pattern originated by John Polhamus, the "Diamond" eventually became part of George Shiebler's stable of offerings.

This 6 1/4" long, almost .9 T. oz., sugar spoon is stamped with Shiebler's "winged S" identifier on the backside of the bowl. Other marks include the words "Sterling" and "Patent."

While a pattern with an antecedent, Shiebler brings his considerable design skills to this piece in the way he fashioned its singular bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1304441 (stock #2518f)
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A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit and leaves.

This large scale, 8 7/8" long, very heavy 4.5 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1304099 (stock #2515f)
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Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1895," this item is an early, fully original, and uncommon, bouillon ladle in "Chantilly."

Measuring 8" long and weighing just over 1.5 T. oz., it is intermediate in size, larger than a gravy, but smaller than oyster, soup, or punch ladles.

The handle is slender and graceful and leads to a 2 1/2" wide by 1 3/4 back to front by 1 1/4" deep, double spouted bowl. The bowl has a flanged and scalloped rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1303402 (stock #2514f)
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In mint estate condition, this 6 3/8" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., pastry fork in Gorham's "Buttercup" is an early example.

Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

It is without a monogram or removal of same.

Pattern detail remains sharp and clear. The tines are even, straight, pointed, and free of nicks or burrs. The finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1303297 (stock #2513f)
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Identified by the marker "M2" set alongside the Whiting lion emblem and the word "Sterling," the pattern on this matched youth knife and fork is engraved on a rounded "Antique" handle with a reverse tipt end.

The engraving is Aesthetic in manner, which is consistent with the 1884 date of this design. The backsides are plain, save for elegant, feathered script "ARF" monograms.

The 7" long knife is solid silver while the four-tine fork measures 6 1/8"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1303209 (stock #2512f)
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The mark "B09" was adopted by the well-regarded Arts & Crafts silversmith George Blanchard when he established his own workshop in Gardiner, Massachusetts, independent of Arthur Stone for whom he worked until that date. He was joined by sons Porter and Richard, with Porter moving to California in 1923, shortly to be followed by his father and brother.

This example is a 6 3/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., horseradish spoon in the "Cornwallis" aka "1800 Square" pattern. With its angular end w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302962 (stock #2509f)
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Not readily found, this 5 1/2" long, just above .8 T. oz., fork is variously identified as terrapin or ramekin. To be sure it could serve either purpose.

It takes its character from the fanciful, scalloped shoulder, cupped heel, bowl with four short tines.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo. This piece embodies some of the style elements of these schools. It has an asymmetrical shape d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302677 (stock #2506f)
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Commonly found as single items, strawberry forks are much less so preserved in sets, as is the case with these six matching pieces in Towle's "Canterbury."

Each one is 5 5 1/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 3.2 T. oz.

They are in flawless condition and absent monograms or removals of same. The late 19th century, scroll and bead design is fully articulated and without any polishing wear. The delicate tines are all straight, even, and remain pointed. The finish has a brigh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302581 (stock #2505f)
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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Rosette" dates from 1868, the first year that Gorham went fully to a sterling rather than coin silver standard.

Indeed, this is stamped "Sterling," along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Pat. 68."

The pattern takes its name from the six petal flower element set in a circle. This motif was widely employed in the period, commonly showing up on furniture and incorporated in architectural design detail.

The handle terminal features a ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1302489 (stock #2504f)
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Canadian pseudo hallmarks frequently mirror their English counterparts even more closely than American ones do, and that is the case with this 5 5/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., silver tea, or actually coffee, spoon.

It is stamped with a crown, a bust, a lion passant, and the letters "IM" and "NB." The letters stand for J. Munro and New Brunswick (Canada) respectively, while the symbols look very much like hallmarks for Sheffield, England.

Munro's dates are from the 1810s to the 1860s. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1302391 (stock #2503f)
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Arguably the first name in American Arts & Crafts silver, Arthur Stone maintained a studio for the better part of four decades. Upon his retirement in 1937, he sold his shop to Henry Heywood who continued the business intact.

This 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle dates from this transition time. It is marked with the "Stone with hammer" emblem, the "h in a shield" emblem for Heywood, "Sterling," and a benchmark "B," likely for Charles Brown whose tenure ran to 1937.

The markedly curved...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1302217 (stock #2502f)
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Measuring 8 3/4" and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this tablespoon is fully and clearly marked for sterling, Richard Ferris, Exeter, England, and with a date letter for 1797.

It is very much a period piece, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end. The front is extensively engraved in star burst and leaf motifs as well as with wriggle work. There is a fancy script "H" monogram on the front.

There is thumb drop on the reverse of the large, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest by 1/2" deep, bowl, which al...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302085 (stock #2501f)
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As appealing a pattern as it is scarce, Durgin's "Bouquet" portrays a variety of floral themes.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon features poppy blossoms, buds, and leaves. The design is low relief, highly detailed, and set against a stipple ground.

While of unknown issue date, the irregular border with detailing suggestive of bamboo or twigs suggests an Aesthetic influence, which in turn would place it late in the 19th century.

In addition to "Sterling," it is also s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301660 (stock #2497f)
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European in scale, this French dinner fork is massive compared to typical American counterparts. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a very hefty 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva head, meaning it has a slightly higher silver content at 95% than sterling, which is 92.5%. There is a bigorne guarantee on the surface opposite the Minerva. The maker's mark is an "L" on either side of a cross that has a star at the top and bottom, all this in a lozenge.

The pattern is a...

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