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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188064 (stock #1562fw)
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$675.00
Marked with both Philadelphia's George Sharp's "double lion and S" and "Patent" marks as well as "Tiffany & Co.," this salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing. Curiously, they are not stamped "Sterling," which standard Tiffany typically required in the 1860's from which they date, so they are possibly coin silver rather than sterling...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307758 (stock #2952f)
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Arguably the standard bearer design of the overlapping Renaissance Revival and Moorish styles popular in the 1870s, Whiting's "Arabesque" features a strident griffin figure set sideways along the handle. This figure is surrounded by design elements typical of generic arabesque decoration.

This salad serving fork and spoon pair are extraordinary examples of the line.

The scale is immense, with the fork measuring 12 1/8" long and the spoon 12". They weigh 3.6 and 4.0 T. oz. respectively...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1242214 (stock #2001f)
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$575.00
Solid silver, fully original and completely hand made, this punch ladle bears the unicorn mark of Geoffrey Blake who is a contemporary master smith producing for Old Newbury Crafters silver.

Sources list Blake as starting his association with ONC in 1971. In-depth, illustrated, online articles about him, the company, and the production of hand worked silver are available on the sites "smpub.com" and "paulreverehouse.org." A google search will turn up other links...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1204475 (stock #1697f)
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$545.00
This c. 1870 interpretation of "Lily of the Valley" offered by Wood & Hughes is a three dimensional pattern assembled from various cast elements. This popular mid 19th century form of construction in silver has been described by one source as "jewelry-esque." It represents crafting of the highest form, employing exceptional skill of the sort the 19th century excelled in.

This example is an 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., almond scoop...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1183768 (stock #1531f)
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$545.00
Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a wide and deep bowl (there is an otherwise identical spoon with a narrower bowl) resulting in a particularly generous capacity...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1195566 (stock #1627f)
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$495.00
Whiting produced a series of floral serving pieces in the late 19th that are little documented, but likely intended to compete with Gorham's impressive "H" series.

The portraiture on this is a "Rose" or specifically a "Cabbage Rose."

Whiting's items have cast handles and applied serving ends, and that is the case with this 8 3/4" long, massive weight, nearly 5.4 T. oz., spoon...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1208625 (stock #1735f)
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$495.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that had contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts. This matched fish serving fork and spoon is an exceptionally fine example in the line and reflects the best of the burgeoning capacities of mid 19th century American silver manufacturing.

The fork measures 8 3/4" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while the slice measures 11 5/8" and weighs 3.3 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305444 (stock #2528f)
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$385.00
An immensely well-received line featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., likely fish serving fork, however, are quite rare...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1219779 (stock #1825f)
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$375.00
The Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International silver was responsible for some of the most successful Art Nouveau patterns of the parent company. The best known was "Frontenac." Turn of the 20th century "Cleone" may be the most innovative and dramatic. Examples of it are rare.

It is representational, employing Art Nouveau floral elements and a single figure. The design elements are opulently portrayed, and tumble into the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1140056 (stock #1189f)
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$335.00
The design on these two, matched spoons is commonly referred as Lily, Lily of the Valley, and Number 88 (which usually appears on the backside of this 1870 design). They are 7 1/8" long, weighty, and have the same "MHO" period monogram on the reverses. The pattern is intricate and has open work on the top of the handle. It seems to reflect similar design inspiration as Gorham's Egyptian Revival Lotus of the same period. The stylized shell-shaped bowls have a frosted finish on the interior, a...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297521 (stock #2464f)
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$315.00
Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers that grow on vines.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.

It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks. The f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297025 (stock #2458f)
Old Friends
$315.00
While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered in a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an large, 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flanged shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

It could have been for crackers, salad, berries, or some other unidentified purpose. Whatever the intent, it...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
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$295.00
A known but unnamed pattern by Durgin, this design is French Rococo in manner. It is highly detailed, featuring scrolls, acanthus leaves, florettes, and beading arranged asymmetrically on the handle. The pattern repeats with slight variation on the backside.

This example is a 9 1/4" long, 3.8 T. oz., asparagus server. The shoulders of the serving end follow after the overall design with an added floral swag with bow. The crossbars joining the five tines are leafy scrolls. The serving en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1203126 (stock #1683f)
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$295.00
A line of serving pieces named for the substance used in the handles, Whiting's 1890 "Ivory" is an amalgamation of a natural material with sterling silver. This example is a 6 5/16" long sugar spoon. It is marked with the Whiting emblem, the word "Sterling," and the number "2888" on the reverse heel of the spoon. There is no monogram or removal. It is in excellent condition. The ivory is free of cracks, splits or other damage. Apart from a slight spot where the gold shows polishing wear, t...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1081097 (stock #798f)
Old Friends
$285.00
Also known as No. 88, Gorham's Lily of the Valley is one of that company's earliest line patterns.

It was patented in 1870, as indicated by the stamp on this piece. Other marks include the word Sterling and a lion, anchor, G.

A popular design since its inception, this remains a favorite among collectors.

The design shows to full advantage at the scale of this 8 3/4" long ice cream server. It has a large, arced blade with a central vee. The surface is finished in a gold wash. The bac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286636 (stock #2379dd)
Old Friends
$285.00
Extravagantly large pieces, Saratoga chip servers are as novel as they are impressive.

This example is 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz. The immense bowl is 4" long by 3 1/2" at the widest, and is intricately pierced as is requisite for this form.

The pattern is "Pompadour," which resembles an embellished "Kings" design with a French flair. This has a delicate "ESP" script monogram on the handle front, while the backside is imprinted with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1241720 (stock #1997f)
Old Friends
$280.00
This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is a dense, figural design that is subject to polishing wear. These retain all the intricacy of their original production, showing only minimal evidence of use. The main figure is a woman holding a bucket and all elements of her portraiture ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1129063 (stock #1096f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Whiting's and Gorham's Lotus are nearly twin patterns, although there are subtle differences. The primary distinguishing feature is the number of lotus fronds in the design, Gorham having three and Whiting, as with this piece, having five.

They are both products of the c. 1870 Egyptian Revival movement and are patterns that have never lost appeal.

This example is a 10 1/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., ice cream server.

It is in immaculate condition, showing essentially no wear, and is without ...

 
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