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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367943 (stock #3280f)
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$215.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six, matching, forks measures 6 3/8" long, with the group weighing approximately 7.0 T. oz., or just over 1.0 T. oz. per item.

They are older examples of Gorham's late 19th century, "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" logo, and the word "Sterling.

They have four tines, with undecorated, scalloped shoulders, and are without monograms or removals...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1367877 (stock #3278f)
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An elegant turn of the 20th century design, Durgin's "New Queens" incorporates double shell and scroll elements that reflect its derivation from traditional English design.

The decorative success of the pattern is enhanced by the finely lined and richly textured, gold washed (front and back sides), bowl that is employed in this 4 7/8" long, relatively heavy .8 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.

This is an especially fine example without a monogram or monogram removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367825 (stock #3277f)
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$215.00
An early Whiting piece rendered in a style that was popular in the 1860s, this ladle measures 7 1/2" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It has a solid silver, tubular handle that has a knob-like tip inscribed with an Old English "R" or "K" monogram.

Silversmiths of the period generated any number of variations of such ends, including balls, domes, cubes, spheres, and this, which is perhaps a less common form than many of the others...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1367786 (stock #3276f)
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This piece embodies all the qualities that make an item desirable, namely a strong pattern, unusual form, age, and excellent condition.

It is a pair of (tea) sandwich or petit four (dessert) tongs, in some instances even identified as for sardines.

They measure 5 1/2" long overall, weigh 1.7 T. oz., and have two grips, one oval and flat, and the second one leaf shaped with reticulation.

The pattern is "Intaglio" by Reed & Barton...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367746 (stock #3275f)
Old Friends
$60.00
In his benchmark work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood traces the name evolution of the pattern most commonly known as "Saratoga."

The company's third line, it was originally issued as "King's" or "King" in 1870, sometimes referred to as "Old King" to distinguish it from the later "English King." It was briefly reissued in 1908, then called "Cook," and finally again reintroduced in 1956 under the name "Saratoga" by which it is known today.

Marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367649 (stock #3271f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Price for the set of ten.
With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7". The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell." Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends where the raised shells are situated are broad and rounded.

These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1367500 (stock #3269f)
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$100.00
The biggest serving spoon that Durgin made in its 1910 "Fairfax" line, this piece measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The wide bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, defines this as a large berry, aka casserole or vegetable, spoon.

An early production item, this is marked with the Durgin "D" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd," and the name of the retailer, "Banks & Bryan," of Wilmington, Delaware.

There is a multi-line script "ESB" monogram on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367117 (stock #3265f)
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A full size, 7 3/4" long, heavy, nearly 2.4 T. oz., dinner fork, this item is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," indicating it is an original, early production, example.

The pattern, "Versailles," remains perhaps the most enduringly appealing of the many grand, full line, designs Gorham generated in the late 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367002 (stock #3263f)
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The mid 19th century witnessed a flourishing of nut servers and picks, of which this 5 7/8" long, not quite .3 T. oz., nut pick is an example.

It was brought to market by New York City's William Gale & Son, 1862-66, whose name, along with the word "Sterling" and the number "2" imprinted on the reverse.

Essentially flat, save for a slight (intentional) bend at the tip, it has a twisted central shank, and a shaped handle end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1366945 (stock #3261f)
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$65.00
At 6" long, and weighing just under .9 T. oz., this olive spoon has a deeply cupped, plum-shaped, pierced bowl with scalloped flange shoulders.

An original, early, production item made by Alvin in the Art Nouveau "Bridal Rose" pattern, the company emblem, along with the words "Patent," and "Sterling" appear on the backside in fine lettering.

The handle is upturned at the end, while the surface displays a high relief, intricately rendered, portraiture of rose buds, blossoms, leaves, and t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1366870 (stock #3260f)
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$175.00
Identified as selling only "to the trade," meaning marketing exclusively through third party retailers, this item carries the maker's symbol for George A. Henckel & Co., "Sterling," and fittingly, it is also stamped for the New York City high end, luxury jeweler, "Marcus & Co."

Working in the early decades of the 20th century (and later absorbed into Currier & Roby), Henckel produced quality work, often in an Arts and Crafts style, as evidenced by this 7 1/8" long, weighty at 3.1 T. oz., pai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366796 (stock #3259f)
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Attributed by Tere Hagen in her comprehensive but now aging, "Silver Flatware" to Reed & Barton and given the name "Spray," this pattern is actually an early Durgin one.

Examples show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are sometimes marked with the firm's "D" emblem and sometimes left unmarked.

This large, 9 3/4" long, and weighty at 3.2 T. oz., ice cream server is imprinted "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For."

The pattern incorporates a raised spray of meadow flowers, grasses, and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366600 (stock #3256f)
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$115.00
A late 19th century rococo pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

Made in two versions, solid background and pierced, it is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves with flowers, all set in moderately high relief.

Elegant without any embellishment, this pierced, 8 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., jelly knife is made all the more so by the addition of an overall vermeil, i.e. gold gilt, surface, and rich, multi-colored enamel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366491 (stock #3254f)
Old Friends
$36.00
Issued in 1897, just before the turn of the 20th century brought forward a burst of innovative Art Nouveau patterns, Alvin's "Wellington" incorporates traditional design elements such as a shell, egg and dart motif, and scrolls, all offered in an English manner as befits the pattern name.

The backside of the handle on this 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz., (baby) food pusher has a more simplified design than the front and coincidentally resembles Gorham's "Norfolk" of the same period.

It is a full...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1366417 (stock #3252f)
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$220.00
Named for an ancient Greek water nymph, i.e. naiad, International's "Cleone" is one of the most expressive patterns that company produced .

Dating from 1900, it is figural and naturalistic both. The end of the handle portrays what appears to be a bearded lion, whose cheeks are pond lilies. Elements of the beard fuse into tendrils, accented by an additional blossom and leaves, that trail along the upper margins of the handle of this 8 7/8" long, heavy, 3.2 plus T. oz., large cold meat fork. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1366291 (stock #3250f)
Old Friends
$80.00
The design on this piece is variously identified as "Acadia" or "Blok," or sometimes combined, with or without a hyphen.

The pattern was introduced in 1934 (one source offers 1931), although the mark on this 4 1/8" long, substantial weight, .8 T. oz. tea caddy spoon, "Georg Jensen in an oval of dots" over "Sterling" and "Denmark," was used from 1945 onward, so it dates between then and the 1970s when production was discontinued.

Deceptively simple in design, the pattern features a slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366101 (stock #3248f)
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Decidedly c. 1870 Philadelphia in style, this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.2 T. oz., sugar sifter was retailed by that City's "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," whose name and "(925)" for sterling appear on the handle reverse.

The handle is twisted on the lower portion, with a broad, rounded end having a slightly tipt backside. The front is engine turned and bright cut engraved, and includes a shield reserve that is engraved "MN" in Old English lettering.

The pierced bowl has a scalloped edge, with en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1365976 (stock #3246f)
Old Friends
$100.00
The less common, i.e. bigger, size sugar tongs that Whiting made in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this pair measure 5 1/8" long and weigh a robust 1.6 T. oz.

They are early production items, marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902."

In superb condition, each arm retains excellent, precise detail to the lily design, which is set in high relief. The talon grips are finely articulated and without bends or cracks. The overall finish is bright and even.

 
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