American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1355860 (stock #3051f)
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$50.00
Price per piece, five available.
Arising during the rococo period, English "picture (fancy) back" silver encompassed many designs.

This example made by the partnership of John Langlands & John Robertson of Newcastle, features a stylized shell with foliate elements.

It measures 5" long, weighs just under .5 T. oz., and has a down turned, reverse tipt, "Old English" handle with an exposed drop.

The front has a feathered script "JML" monogram.

It is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1355813 (stock #3050f)
Old Friends
$135.00
An example of the popular "Fairfax" pattern originated by Durgin and continued in production by Gorham, this tea infuser, aka tea ball spoon, measures 5 9/16" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

It is a fully original item marked with Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "PAT'D" on the reverse.

The handle front has an Old English "K" monogram.

The bowl is 2" long, 1 1/4" at the widest, and 3/4" deep. Its shape mirrors the pattern and both the upper and bottom portions are pierced...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355731 (stock #3049f)
Old Friends
$445.00
Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among exotic designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied elements. This pair of tongs are acid etched, showing a leaf and vine design on one arm and clover blossom and leaves on the other.

The work is intricate, precise, and artfully expressed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355646 (stock #3048f)
Old Friends
$35.00
A late 19th century pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

It is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves and flowers, all under a rococo mantle and set in moderately high relief.

There were two versions, one with a solid background and one pierced. This 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork is the latter.

It was never monogrammed or inscribed, and is in very fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355593 (stock #3047f)
Old Friends
$70.00
At 4" long, .9 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs have large, stylized claw grips.

They were made by Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey, whose entwined "UB" surrounded by "Sterling 925 Fine." This was a firm known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs in both sterling silver flat and holloware, and jewelry...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1355542 (stock #3046f)
Old Friends
$45.00
One of a family of silversmiths whose history spanned over two centuries in the towns of Newbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts, William Moulton was born in 1772 and began his career in 1796, according to Flynt & Fales in their "Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver."

Flynt and Fales also note in their entry on him that he has been referred to as the "honest goldsmith" and that he "supplied well-crafted church silver and other vessels."

The style of this example of his work, an 8 5/8"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355319 (stock #3041f)
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At 7 9/16" long, and very heavy at 2.0 T. oz., this piece is a dinner fork versus a lunch fork, in accordance with 19th century conventions from the time which it dates. Today's practice is to have a single "regular" size.

The pattern is Gorham's early "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355267 (stock #3039f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is an 8 1/4" long, and consistent with the line, weighty at nearly 2.8 T. oz., medium sized cold meat fork. The serving end has four straight tines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1355240 (stock #3037f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Measuring 4 3/8" long and relatively heavy at over .8 T. oz., this baby fork was made by Gorham, which name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Chantilly."

This example likely dates from the second quarter of the 20th century. The handle is curved and engraved in a script "ETR" monogram.

It is in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having a bright finish. The four tines remain even, straight, and pointed.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355237 (stock #3035f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Patented in 1903, "Nuremburg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.

The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355235 (stock #3034f)
Old Friends
$60.00
This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and is weighty at 2.1 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354922 (stock #3029f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this sugar spoon is an example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern.

It is marked on the handle reverse with the Whiting lion logo, an Old English "O," "Sterling," and on the heel of the bowl "PAT. 1902" and "R'G 1902," all in fine lettering as an old piece would show.

The nearly round, scalloped edge, scrolled interior, bowl extends 1 3/4" back to front and 1 1/2" across and has a subtle satin finish.

The piece is in outst...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354721 (stock #3026f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Introduced in 1885, Whiting's "Lily of the Valley" immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again representative of the leaves, and this also serves as an enhancing design element.

In sum, it reflects influences from the innovative design sensibilities of the Aesthetic m...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354613 (stock #3025f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This item is a 7 3/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.8 T. oz., individual fish knife.

It is an early production piece, as indicated by the "1892" inscription on the handle backside. This is the same year the pattern was introduced.

The handle front has a flowing "MJC" monogram.

It is solid silver, including the flat blade with a scrolled upper edge.

The retailer was P...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354549 (stock #3024f)
Old Friends
$175.00
A form that was popular in the mid 19th century, and then revived in the 1880s during the Aesthetic period, this olive spoon and fork configuration generally follows along certain design conventions.

Examples are lengthy, as is this 9 15/16" inch, .8 T. oz., piece, and have the spoon and fork situated on either end of a slender shank.

Within this framework there is great variation.

This item has a twist handle with a central, faceted, three dimensional, stretched diamond, element, on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354496 (stock #3023f)
Old Friends
$95.00
5 O'Clock Spoon Also Available.
An early production example of this 1899 pattern, it is marked on the reverse with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Apl'd. For," all in small, clear lettering exactly as it should be on an old piece.

The pattern, "Love Disarmed" is thoroughly emblematic of Art Nouveau design and also probably the most sought after of the various nude representations in silver of the period.

This 5 15/16" long, 1.2 T. oz., teaspoon exhibits all the fine details that only an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354404 (stock #3021f)
Old Friends
$200.00
Price for the set of twelve.
Introduced in 1890, "Greenfield" is a multi-motif, scroll design that appears to draw upon Aesthetic sensibilities.

Produced by A. F. Towle & Sons, the pattern was continued in production by its successor company, Lunt.

This rarely found group of twelve, matching, ice cream, or in today's parlance, sorbet, spoons all measure 5 1/4" long and have lightly inscribed "D" monograms on the fronts. Individually they have a somewhat light feel, but the group together actually weighs a substanti...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354172 (stock #3016F)
Old Friends
$45.00
A weighty 1.2 T. oz., this spoon measures 6 3/4" long, which is the length of a dessert or oval soup.

Two aspects of it, however, suggest it was a youth spoon.

One is obvious, specifically the engraving in the bowl, which reads, "JEFF Dec. 10. 90," which is likely a birth date.

The second feature is the dual sided gold wash on the bowl. This is an unusual embellishment for a place piece.

The pattern is Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," in this case elderberry, which is portrayed on...

 
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