American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1275180 (stock #2293f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Stamped with an "H&M" for the maker, New York City's Hebbard & Moore, 1861-65, this tea or dessert fork was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," whose mark also appears on the backside, along with "Sterling."

It is tea or dessert size, measuring 7" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz.

It has a rounded, down turned end, with a tipt backside. The front is engraved in a period design utilizing bright cut and wriggle work...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1275070 (stock #2292f)
Old Friends
$50.00
Tiffany produced a baby set comprised of at least a spoon, fork, knife, and food pusher that portrayed scenes from the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence." One source identifies this as the "King and Queen" design.

This is the knife from that set, and is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Stg." (for sterling), and "m," dating it 1907-47. The style suggests the 1920s or 30s.

It measures 5" long and weighs a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. which provides for a thick, sturdy piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274926 (stock #2291f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274649 (stock #2289f)
Old Friends
$25.00
One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274185 (stock #2286f)
Old Friends
$22.00
At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1273209 (stock #2282f)
Old Friends
$115.00
"Gladstone" dates to the late 19th century and was produced by Frank Whiting and Amston, with both companies coming under one umbrella in the mid 20th century.

It is a robust, highly detailed, rococo design. The leafy scrolling set against a stippled ground shows considerable relief, all of which is abundantly evident on this large, 9 7/8" long, heavy, 4.3 T. oz., pie server...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1272304 (stock #2280f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Dating from 1932, Towle's "Old Brocade" incorporates Art Deco design elements embellished with an etched floral surface, the style of which would seem to explain the pattern name.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., tomato server. The solid silver (vs. stainless) broad blade has raised and scalloped shoulders and a slight center groove on the delicately reticulated flat area...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1271949 (stock #2279f)
Old Friends
$35.00
At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1271596 (stock #2278f)
Old Friends
$150.00
The name "Fleur-de-Lis," aka "Fleur-de-Lys,"seems misapplied to this pattern by Alvin as it is an expressive iris design rather than the stylized, three petal, lily motif that the name implies. A little probing does offer the French "fleur-de-lys-orris" for iris, so this may be the association...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1270827 (stock #2275f)
Old Friends
$50.00
An estate item, this gravy ladle was made by Whiting in the "Louis XV" pattern. It is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1891," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Kennard & Co."

It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The bowl is generously proportioned, with a depth of 1"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1270135 (stock #2272f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Unnamed, this Tiffany design is through and through Art Deco in style. It is much in the manner of "Century," a pattern issued in 1937 in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the firm. With its beaded detail and rounded top, however, it is more expressive yet than "Century."

Clean, heavy, and finely finished, these two examples reflect the modernistic sensibilities of the period.

One is a 6 1/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., presumably sugar, spoon. The other is an unusual form, 6 3/8" long, 1...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269307 (stock #2268f)
Old Friends
$95.00
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 8 1/4" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., tablespoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved "PMS" ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1269047 (stock #2266f)
Old Friends
$65.00
No more exquisite example of engraving on silver is to be found than this piece made by Gorham.

It is a 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon in the "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1902," and the date symbol for "1902" on the heel of the bowl. It is also engraved "'02" in script on the backside of the handle.

The gold washed, satin matte finish, bowl portrays an image of a saltbox style house set on a tree-lined street, and surrounded...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1268106 (stock #2261f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Gorham's "Montclair is a rarely found pattern, and what examples of it there are seem to be smaller teaspoons, commonly called "5 o'clocks," suggesting the line might have been a limited one. This matching set of six spoons are in fact 5 o'clocks. They measure 5 3/8" long each and weigh 3.0 T. oz. the lot.

They date from early in the twentieth century and retain late Art Nouveau design sensibilities. The portraiture is a faithfully rendered rose featuring a single blossom toward the top o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1267779 (stock #2259f)
Old Friends
$28.00
A lengthy 5 7/8", and a weighty 1.1 T. oz., this spoon is fully marked for Sheffield, England, Sterling, 1911, and with the maker's stamp, "JR" for John Round & Son, Ltd. It also has a registry mark imprinted on the backside heel.

It has a border of dense, fine flowers and leaves struck on both sides of the handle. The handle front and interior of the bowl are engraved in a design that matches the pattern. In addition there is a script "G.S.K." inscribed in the oval on the obverse, and "1...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1267601 (stock #2258f)
Old Friends
$325.00
Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid" is an exceptionally fanciful, reticulated, figural pattern. It features a range of imagery incorporating putti-like characters engaged in various enterprises. The imagery varies from piece to piece and is appropriate to the item function.

This example is a 9 3/8", extraordinarily heavy, 4.8 T. oz., salad serving fork. There are three cupid figures, one standing and serving from a bowl, with the other two seated an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266740 (stock #2251f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Tiffany produced various engraved designs overlaid on an "Antique" pattern ground. This iteration, aka "Custom Engraved," essentially stands alone as a distinct pattern.

It is deeply and intricately chased, and as Carpenter notes in his volume "Tiffany Silver," "exceedingly heavy." He also confirms that it is "deeply engraved" and dates it from the 1890s. That dating may explain some of the Aesthetic qualities of the design, namely the fern-like elements that form the margins around the s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1266595 (stock #2250f)
Old Friends
$65.00
This 4 13/16" long, relatively heavy 1.1 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs are stamped with the helmet over shield emblem of the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International Silver, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Frontenac," a long run, popular, early 20th century, Art Nouveau lily design. This is an early production item in immaculate condition. It retains sharp detail showing even the stamens and pollen flecks on the blossoms, and has a stippled background on much of the de...

 
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