American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1268443 (stock #2263f)
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A fully original item, i.e. not made up or adapted from another piece, this horseradish spoon measures 6 1/8" long and weighs .8 T. oz. It has the paddle-like bowl that characterizes this form, which in this instance has an upraised, pointed tip, scalloped shoulders, and a very soft, satiny, pale gold wash finish.

The pattern is Whiting's "Imperial Queen," which is an elegant interpretation of a traditional "English Queens" motif...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1268106 (stock #2261f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1267995 (stock #2260f)
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$125.00
Made by George Smith & William Fern according to the maker's stamp on the backside, this stuffing, aka platter, spoon measures 10 1/2" long and weighs 3.0 T. oz. Other marks include those for sterling, London, 1787, and a duty mark.

It has a lion standing on a crown or castle turret and may reference someone who was a member of the British peerage. The backside has a "WJ" script monogram set alongside the hallmarks...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1267779 (stock #2259f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1267601 (stock #2258f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1267011 (stock #2253f)
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$120.00
This solid sterling silver item measures 8" long and has a flat, round serving end. It is a robust piece, having a thick shank and weighs an exceptionally heavy 3.4 T. oz.

Functionally it may be a hot cake lifter or an unpierced tomato server. In either case, it is an impressive piece.

The pattern is "Newport Shell," which is a beaded edge design with a shell terminus. This is an old example, not one of the later production pieces produced by Towle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266740 (stock #2251f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1266595 (stock #2250f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1266431 (stock #2249f)
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$48.00
The olive berry, leaf, and blossom design on this two-tine, 6 7/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., item leaves no question as to its purpose.

Made by Paye & Baker whose P&B mark within hearts (along with the word "Sterling") appears on the backside, it follows after myriad other appealing Art Nouveau designs produced by that company in the early 1900s.

A slender piece, the trident tines are relatively broad and have matte gold finishes.

It is in mint condition. There is no wear or ot...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1266373 (stock #2248f)
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$195.00
An early example marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900," this item is a long handle salad serving spoon. It measures 10 1/8" overall and weighs a substantial 3.7 T. oz.

It has the decorated flanged shoulders characteristic of older pieces, as well as an up-turned handle end, and a flowing script, Art Nouveau style, "ACB" monogram on the backside.

In superb condition. All features of the buttercup blossoms and leafy elements remain crisp and sharply...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266235 (stock #2247f)
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$36.00
A pattern that originated with New York's John Polhamus, "Diamond" was eventually absorbed into George Shiebler's stable of flatware patterns. Although patented in 1874, it carries forward many of the Gothic Revival design sensibilities of the 1860s, and successfully so.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., sugar spoon with a shell form bowl. It has an "MW" monogram inscribed on front of the handle.

It is in exceptionally fine condition, free of polishing wear and with a b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
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$85.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265968 (stock #2245f)
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$35.00
Syracuse's Joseph Seymour's pattern flatware is well-documented and the inventory does not include the "Thistle" design on this 5 1/2" long, just touching 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. It is thereby an unexpected rarity, and doubly so because of its impressively artful portraiture.

The design, die work, and finish are all to the highest standard. There is a central thistle blossom midway on the handle, and a pair at the tip, all surrounded by leaves. A pair of leaves also graces the backside of t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1265495 (stock #2240f)
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$55.00
Measuring just over 6" long, and extra weight at 1.2 T. oz., this youth fork is marked with the Whiting lion logo and "Sterling" on the back of the handle, and stamped "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902" in fine lettering on the heel of the tine area.

It is an exceptionally fine, early, example of Whiting's stand out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern.

There is a flowing scipt "MKW" monogram.

It retains superb pattern detail and has a lustrous finish. The tines are pointed, even, straight, and free...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265277 (stock #2238f)
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$95.00
European in scale, meaning large and heavy, this Victorian dinner fork measures 8" long and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

It is Irish in origin, fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in very good condition. There is light wear overall,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1265054 (stock #2236f)
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$265.00
Perhaps the largest of any serving spoon in the "Du Barry" line, this item measures 9 3/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 5.3 T. oz.

It was retailed by New York City's "Theodore B. Starr," as stamped on the backside of the bowl. Other marks are the Durgin "D," and the word "Sterling."

An elaborate design, "Du Barry" features high relief leafy sprays complimented by small branches of what appear to be laurel leaves. The design is carried into the bowl, which is finished in a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264383 (stock #2229f)
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$125.00
A highly decorative, late 19th century, design, Whiting's "Radiant" presents in an opulent, courtly manner. The handle has a fanned end, which would seem to be the source of the pattern name. Other elements include ribbing, acanthus leaves, and little florettes which might be forget-me-nots.

This example is an 8 1/2" long, very heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. It has a generously sized, 3" diameter, 1" deep, eggplant shaped, bowl that has decorated shoulders and a matte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1264276 (stock #2228f)
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$65.00
Essentially a "Bead" pattern, Watson's "Plymouth" dates from 1905 and reflects the sensibilities of the budding Colonial Revival movement of the period. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., solid silver, tea infuser. It has a flowing script "MAM" monogram engraved on the handle front.

The ovoid bowl is well-constructed and intricately pierced. It has a scroll snap clasp, and the t...

 
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