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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359471 (stock #3112f)
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$100.00
One of Towle's most enduringly popular patterns, "Georgian" remained in production for decades subsequent to its introduction in the late 19th century.

This 7 5/8" long, heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of the line marked "925/1000," with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898," and the name of the retailer, "Bruce & Chapin," of Worcester, Massachusetts...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359437 (stock #3112f)
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$18.00
Price per piece, three available.
Classified as Egyptian Revival in style in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359383 (stock #3111f)
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$75.00
Marked only "Sterling," this circa 1865 "Kings" pattern is readily identified. Among other features, it incorporates a rosette in the design, which was a detail particular to Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, later Krider & Biddle.

This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359343 (stock #3109f)
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Originated by Michael Gibney, this pattern that carries his name eventually became a line design within Whiting.

This 8 1/2" long, 2.1 T. oz., table or serving spoon is a very early, pre-Whiting, example, retailed by New York City's "Starr & Marcus," which name is imprinted on the reverse, along with "Sterling" and "Patent 1862."

It is in pristine condition and has never been monogrammed. There is no polishing wear, and the hand-polished finish shows a mirror-like surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1359311 (stock #3108f)
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$90.00
This pair of sugar tongs measure 5 1/16" long and are exceptionally weighty at approximately 1.7 T. oz.

They are marked on the inside of each arm "GS" for George Smith III, working in London the last quarter of the 18th century.

They are finely made and in choice condition.

Each arm is bright cut in a diamond pattern with wriggle work trim. This extends around the margins of the round cup grips and the broad, concave arch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359139 (stock #3106f)
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$165.00
This substantial-sized, 9 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., piece bespeaks its 19th century Philadelphia origins.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359138 (stock #3105f)
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Dating from 1868, "Rosette" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It takes its name from the design element situated in the center of the handle. It also has an anthemion with scrolled supports located at the end of the lined-border handle, suggesting a Greek Revival influence.

Elegant in its simplicity, the pattern shows spectacularly so at the scale of this 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.2 T. oz., soup ladle.

The bowl is large, 3 3/4" across and 1 1/2" deep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1359034 (stock #3103f)
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A large and heavy item at 9 3/16" long and 3.5 T. oz., this piece dates from early in the 20th century.

The pattern is "Du Barry" by Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the heel of the reverse, along with the word "Sterling" and the name of the retailer, Pittsburgh's prominent jeweler, "Hardy & Hayes Co."

Appropriate to its name, "Du Barry" is thematically French in style, featuring laurel leaf wreaths and sprays on the handle and in the bowl, and a scroll terminus on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1358574 (stock #3101f)
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A 6 1/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., piece, this item traces to the mid 1860s.

It is a sugar spoon in one of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Lotus."

An Egyptian Revival design, the handle terminus features a three frond array of lotus leaves. This is the solid background vs. the open version in which this pattern was also made.

The stem of the handle is faceted and leads to a wire-like, pseudo-wrapped area where it joins the bowl.

The bowl is eggplant shape with a central raise...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1358487 (stock #3099f)
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Identified in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as a "very good (best of the Batemans)" silversmith, William Bateman worked during the first half of the 19th century.

Measuring 5 5/8" long each, this pair of spoons bear his "WB" mark and are also fully marked for London, Sterling, and 1831-32.

They are a "Fiddle" pattern with "Tipt" backs and exposed drops on the reverses of the bowls.

Each one is engraved with a crest showing a raised arm holding a dagger.

They are in very fine condition, f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1358203 (stock #3095f)
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Slightly over 6" long and weighing a scant 1.0 T. oz., this teaspoon has a double provenance.

It is hallmarked for Dublin, Sterling, 1824, and "WC" for maker William Cummins, sometimes spelled Comyns, and an expert maker according to one reference source.

It is also imprinted "Smith & Gamble" who was a manufacturer, but in this instance likely the retailer.

It has a "Tipt End" backside as well as a rattail extending onto the reverse heel of the bowl.

The handle front has a crest ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357914 (stock #3090f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Price for the set of ten.
The number "18" coffee spoon was originally made in a set of twelve different motifs, as illustrated in the accompanying facsimile of Gorham's 1892 catalogue.

Originally identified as "A" to "L," this group encompasses ten of those pieces, omitting "D" and "H." The above image shows the ten arrayed corresponding with the catalogue page.

Each piece measures approximately 4 1/4" long, while the set weighs just under 3.4 T. oz.

They all have the same, stylized shell shape bowls with go...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357834 (stock #3088f)
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A specialized line produced by Gorham for the Florida firm of "Greenleaf and Crosby," and dating c. 1900, "Palm Beach" was designed in its entirety to represent a palm tree.

The solid handle is contoured in the shape of a tree trunk, with the same textured surface as the actual thing. The top of the tree, with a spreading array of fronds, is imprinted on the backside of the bowl in a raised design.

The handle, fronds, and interior of the bowl are all finished in a gold wash, which in th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357781 (stock #3087f)
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Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing .8 T. oz., this four tine, sterling silver youth fork was made by Blackinton, whose three part emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The motif portrays "Little Miss Muffet" from the Mother Goose child's nursery rhyme. The figure is etched on the surface of the pointed end handle. She is holding a pie from which several blackbirds are peering out, while there are two other birds flying about her.

The lower portion of the handle reads "...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357686 (stock #3084f)
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$245.00
While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered as a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

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

The matte surface handle has a rounded end and eleven applied daisies. These are joined by a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357627 (stock #3083f)
Old Friends
$425.00
Price for the set of twelve.
This full set of twelve identical spoons all measure 5 3/4" long and are relatively heavy, with the group weighing 11.0 T. oz., and have the same, Old English "M.F.P." monograms on the reverses.

They are unusual form with narrow, 1 7/8" long by 15/16" at the widest, deep at 3/8", bowls with oval tips and gold finishes both front and back sides.

They are clearly distinct from typical citrus or orange spoons but are likely to be used for eating fruit.

The pattern is Gorham's "St. Cloud...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1357480 (stock #3080f)
Old Friends
$215.00
Price for the set of eight.
Something over 100 years old, these oyster or seafood cocktail forks are stamped "S. Kirk & Son Co." and "925/1000" which was a mark used 1896-1914 (Rainwater, "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers").

Each piece measures 5 3/8" long and has a script monogram that appears to be "GEHA" on an otherwise plain backside. They are relatively heavy, weighing 6.7 T. oz. the group.

All the pieces are in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having fine finishes. The tines r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357375 (stock #3079f)
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As utilitarian as they are whimsical, individual asparagus tongs were high style place pieces introduced in the 19th, and carried over to the 20th, centuries.

This is an original, factory produced, 4 1/4" long, nearly .6 T. oz., example made by Whiting in the "Pompadour" pattern, which is essentially an embellished "Queens" design introduced in 1898.

The design appears on each of the two, upward sloping, arms joined by an arch. The pierced grips are rectangle and slightly curved inward,...

 
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