American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329524 (stock #2689f)
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$42.00
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Dating from the 1860s and made by New York's John Polhamus, whose "J*P" mark appears on the backside, this 6 7/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., fork is also stamped "Tiffany & Co.," which retailed a good deal of Polhamus' silver before it instituted its own production in 1868. As Tiffany required, this is sterling (and so marked) when the predominant standard was still coin silver.

A place piece, it is a length that is commonly identified as for tea or dessert...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329461 (stock #2687f)
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$445.00
Arguably the floral line by which all other Art Nouveau flower designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, freedom of expression, and sense of abundance that characterizes this style mode that was popular from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1329388 (stock #2685f)
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$125.00
Variously identified as a platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the defining characteristic is the scale of the item.

Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.

It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329042 (stock #2680f)
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A known jeweler and possibly silversmith, Henry Sempken was located in Washington, D.C., with dates either side of the Civil War.

This fish serving fork and slice carry his mark and the word "Sterling." The style, the sophistication, and the silver standard of this pair all suggest a time as late as the 1880s.

It is a spectacular pair in terms of pattern, decoration, quality of manufacture, scale, and condition.

The slice measures 10 7/8" long and weighs a hefty 4.2 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1328895 (stock #2678f)
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$75.00
A 3 7/8" long, and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this tea caddy spoon has an almost round, 1 5/8" diameter, bowl.

The pattern is Georg Jensen's "Bernadotte," first issued in 1939. The mark on this, which includes "Sterling" and "Denmark," has been in use since 1945.

It is in superb condition and without a monogram or removal. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is brilliant, showing only faint surface scratches. The bowl is free of any dents, nicks, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328822 (stock #2677f)
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$195.00
A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.

Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328770 (stock #2676f)
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$35.00
No doubt responding to the late 19th century emergence of European enamel work as high fashion art, American silver manufacturers began to adorn examples their products with enamel detailing.

New York's Dominick & Haff seemed to favor its "Renaissance" pattern for this purpose, as this 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon illustrates.

The design is intricate enough to accommodate enamel highlights as well as provide the necessary grid for the material to adhere to...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1328719 (stock #2675f)
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$85.00
An early 20th century design, Tiffany's "Clinton" pattern exhibits Arts & Crafts sensibilities, as evidenced in this 6 3/4" long, rather weighty at 1.6 T. oz., sauce ladle.

The handle is lengthy, slender, angular, and unadorned save for the domed terminus with a tipt backside. There is a thumb drop where the handle joins the 1 7/8" by 1 3/4" by 1/2 deep, oval bowl.

It has a two-dimensional, cursive, particular to Tiffany, "MKC" monogram on the front of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1328294 (stock #2669f)
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$55.00
One of several, fanciful, Art Nouveau designs produced by Unger Brothers that feature ethereal figures, "Cupid's Nosegay" is captivatingly charming.

The nosegay (essentially a bouquet) is comprised of a gathering of floral elements and three clustered and one single cherub faces. The blossoms portrayed include irises and narcissus.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon engraved "Lucile 1903" on the backside of the bowl.

It is in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1328201 (stock #2668f)
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$48.00
An engraved pattern dating from 1916, Towle's "Merrimack" reflects the Colonial Revival qua Adams-esque design sensibilities of the period, and embodies as well Arts & Crafts character in its hammered surfaces.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., cucumber or tomato server. It has a pierced blade that is roughly square at 2 1/2" wide and 2 5/8" back to front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328115 (stock #2667f)
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$165.00
The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin.

Modeled after a statue designed by Frederick William MacMonnies originally given to the Boston Public Library in 1894 by its architect, Charles Follen McKim, the libertine subject was offensive to the prudish sensibilities of some of Boston's citizenry of the time. The gift was then withdrawn and subsequently presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Boston's public attitudes having become less r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1328038 (stock #2666f)
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$95.00
An early, original, example of International's Art Nouveau, lily motif, "Frontenac," this chocolate muddler measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz.

It has an upturned handle end, a 1 1/2" round bowl that retains a residue of its original gold wash, and is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller helmet over shield emblem of International, "Pat.," and "Sterling."

Without a monogram or removal, it is in superb condition. Pattern detail, with its stippled margins, remains sharp ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1327749 (stock #2663f)
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$70.00
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At 9" long and weighing a substantial 2.1 T. oz., this large table or serving spoon has Scottish origins.

It is clearly stamped with a castle for Edinburgh, a thistle for sterling, a date letter W for 1828, and a bust duty mark. The maker's initials are "JH," for John Hay whose dates correspond with this.

The handle features a "Kings" pattern on the front, and a plain backside with a thumb drop on the heel of the bowl.

There is a script "G" monogram.

It is in exceptionally fine ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1327650 (stock #2661f)
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$28.00
Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing .5 T. oz., this teaspoon is a specialized item that was produced by Wallace, with a likely date early 20th century.

It is a highly refined piece, with an overall satin finish. The handle is bright cut in a lily blossom, stem, and leaf pattern.

The bowl has a deep, bronze-colored, gold wash that is acid etched through to the silver. The margins of the etching resemble a broken egg shell, exposing the words "Easter Morn" in the center. The lettering is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1327474 (stock #2659f)
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$225.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz., this serving piece is variously identified as a pea, vegetable, or ice spoon. The determinative characteristic of this form is a generously-sized, reticulated bowl, and indeed that is the case with this example in Gorham's "Imperial Chrysanthemum." The piercing in this instance is a leaf design.

The late 19th century pattern is expressive, portraying an abundance of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves arrayed on both front ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1327395 (stock #2658f)
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$325.00
A full-size soup ladle, this piece measures 13" long and weighs a massive 7.7 T. oz. The generously-proportioned bowl reinforces the overall sense of scale, at 4" in diameter and 1" at the deepest.

The pattern is Towle's courtly "Georgian." It resembles a Corinthian style column surmounted by a basket of roses and draped with a garland of roses. A third rose detail is set midway up the handle. The reverse adds shell and acanthus leaf components in addition to the roses, all of which rou...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1327313 (stock #2657f)
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$29.00
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Stylistically related to Durgin's well-received "Fairfax," "Colfax" was introduced some twelve years later and also established itself as a highly regarded pattern.

The backsides of the two designs mirror each other, while the front of "Colfax" adds an egg and dart margin and delicate central embellishment.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, weighty, 1.2 T. oz., individual salad fork. An early piece, it is stamped with the Durgin "D" on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

It is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1326934 (stock #2653f)
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$65.00
A multi-motif design that incorporates various flowers on different pieces of the line, Alvin's "Majestic" dates from 1900. It is decidedly Art Nouveau in manner, apropos of the period.

This example is a 6 1/16" long, relatively weighty, 1.1 T. oz., almond scoop.

The flower is "buttercup," which is gracefully arrayed on both the front and back sides of the handle. The pattern shows fine die work and finish, and is set in high, sculptural-like, relief.

The bowl is generously proport...

 
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