American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1258649 (stock #216f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258468 (stock #2162dd)
Old Friends
$60.00
A charming item, this 4 1/4" long, just over .3 T. oz. total weight, (baby) food pusher is stamped with the "sword through B" mark of Blackinton, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is rococo in style and incorporates scrolls and florettes along its asymmetrical border. This frames a white enamel ground that itself contains a pair of purple lilies with trailing green leaves. The canted blade has a flat end and scalloped edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258029 (stock #2155f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Dominick & Haff produced its figural "Renaissance" pattern in solid and pierced versions, with solid being the common form. This 5 5/8" long, relatively heavy 1.0 T. oz., grapefruit, aka fruit or orange, spoon is pierced. The open version is invariably marked with the name of Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," and that is the case with this piece.

It has a script "M" monogram on the handle and retains a pale residue of its original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257731 (stock #2153f)
Old Friends
$365.00
Wendt's "Medallion" was one of the most highly regarded of this genre of designs produced by numerous silver manufacturers in the 1860s. The portraiture is of a youthful, helmeted male warrior set in a knob-end oval with a lined backdrop.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, heavy, approximately 2.3 T. oz., cheese scoop. It has a twist stem and broad, swooping scoop. This possesses a robust quality, with a thick shank, and strongly defined detailing.

It is in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257660 (stock #2152f)
Old Friends
$22.00
At 4 3/8" long, this spoon may be classified as either an after-dinner coffee or a demitasse.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which is a heavy line and that is the case with this which weighs a substantial .5 T. oz. The design features a bearded figure on the front of the handle and the heel of the bowl. The bowl in this instance has a gold wash finish.

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257230 (stock #2148f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Towle employed a novel serving end for jelly knives in several late 19th century patterns, one of which was "Canterbury." This 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., piece has an elongated, gold washed, blade with a cupped base, curvilinear sides, and decorated shoulders that repeat the same bead and scroll motif of the handle.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Apart from some worn spots in the gold on the interior of the blade, there are no signs of use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257069 (stock #2146f)
Old Friends
$155.00
William Hood comments extensively on this unusual Tiffany "Vine" (Gourd), 5 13/16" long, .9 T. oz., spoon in his benchmark reference work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware."

He suggests it might be a pap spoon, noting it is a "rare and undocumented piece" that has "an unusually shaped bowl, . . . the sides tapering in width from 13/16 to 5/16 in., and forming a scoop. The narrowness of the scoop suggests it might be used to feed babies...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256927 (stock #2144f)
Old Friends
$85.00
In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Celestial" may be the most explicitly Asian inspired in its portraiture given the pagoda-like detailing around the handle end.

Otherwise the design follows after this group of patterns in featuring a bird image set amid a leafy surround. The degree of detail is precise and finely rendered, with all the elements laid upon a stippled ground.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, relatively heavy at 1.8...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256807 (stock #2143f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Patented in 1894, Gorham's "King George" was that company's most successful "King" iteration.

This piece is a 4 3/4" long, relative heavy at approximately .7 T. oz., egg spoon. It has a fine "OEEA" feathered script monogram on the handle front and is inscribed "1908" on the handle backside.

It is in very fine condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is lustrous. The ovoid bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs.

Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Ster...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256804 (stock #2142f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons characteristically have narrow, deep bowls, and often relatively long handles.

This 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., example is in "Old Colonial" by Towle. It is an early and fully authentic, i.e. original production, piece marked with the company emblem, "925/1000," "Pat. 1894," and the name of the retailer, "W. Arnold."

The bowl is gold washed while th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1256704 (stock #2141f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Marked with Gorham's lion, anchor, G symbol, and the words "Sterling" and "Patent 1900," this 8 1/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of "Buttercup."

It is in exceptionally fine condition, and without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains crisp and well-defined and the finish has a subtle sheen. The tine area has decorated shoulders and apart from some light scratches on the backside tine tips, is without wear, bends, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1256607 (stock #2140f)
Old Friends
$60.00
This silver youth fork measures 6 1/16" long and is weighty, at just over 1.0 T. oz. It is fully hallmarked for London, 1907, made by Martin & Hall & Co., Ltd. (RM over EH in a quatrefoil).

The pattern is elaborate, and double die struck, meaning it appears on both the front and backsides. There is a blossom, perhaps sunflower, on the terminus of the handle, and drooping floral or leafy elements in diminishing sizes set midway on the handle. There is a large central, cabochon-like, rosett...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256009 (stock #2139f)
Old Friends
$110.00
A novel design, this 6 3/16" long, heavy, 1.2 T. oz., youth spoon was made by Tiffany & Co. as identified on the reverse. Other marks include "Sterling" and "T," this letter dating it 1892-1902.

The elements of the piece, however, are older than this range. The handle form is essentially Tiffany's "Antique" with chamfered edges. Portions of this are acid etched in a manner that suggests "Vine," specifically squash or cucumber, two of which are incorporated in the etching.

The dominant...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255873 (stock #2137dd)
Old Friends
On Hold
Not a full line pattern, Gorham's 19th century "83" was made in a limited number of pieces.

This example is a relatively small, 4 7/8" long, not quite .5 T. oz., sardine fork. The design incorporates an embossed scroll and leaf on the front, with a plain backside. The five tine serving end is delicately proportioned, with three slender central tines flanked by two larger outer ones. The surface of the serving end is finely engraved in a motif that echoes the handle pattern.

There is s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255782 (stock #2136f)
Old Friends
On Hold
Engraved patterns were especially popular in the 1880s and while numerous companies produced various lines, probably no firm was more prolific than Gorham which made this exceptionally large serving spoon.

It measures 8 7/8" long and weighs nearly 3.4 T. oz. The bowl is plum-shaped, has notched shoulders with flanges, a pointed tip, and a central vee in the bottom interior. It is 4" long by 2 5/8" wide and about 3/4" deep. The bowl is too large for a berry or even salad serving spoon, so...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255423 (stock #2133dd)
Old Friends
$35.00
A turn of the 20th century pattern, "Old Rose" was produced by Fessenden, of Providence, Rhode Island.

It possesses late Victorian sensibilities, employing cee scrolls, acanthus leaves, and beading detailing to frame the actual rose and floral elements that lend the pattern its name.

There is a script "N" monogram on the handle front. The backside is plain save for the mark "925 Sterling 1000."

This example is a 6" long, relatively light weight at not quite .5 T. oz., cheese knife. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255335 (stock #2131f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Durgin set a standard for chrysanthemum design interpretations in silver with its 1893 pattern by the same name. The portraiture is dense, detailed, and high relief. It also carries onto the serving ends, adding to the sense of richness.

This example is a 6" long sugar spoon, and consistent with the character of the line, has robust heft at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no evident polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255232 (stock #2129f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Towle produced at least two forms of sardine forks in "Old Colonial," one with five tines and one with seven, 5 1/2" and 5" long respectively.

This example is the shorter, seven tine version and weighs .7 T. oz. An old piece, it is marked with the Towle emblem, "925/1000," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are even, straight, and pointed. The finish is lustrous.

 
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