American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302962 (stock #2509f)
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$36.00
Not readily found, this 5 1/2" long, just above .8 T. oz., fork is variously identified as terrapin or ramekin. To be sure it could serve either purpose.

It takes its character from the fanciful, scalloped shoulder, cupped heel, bowl with four short tines.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo. This piece embodies some of the style elements of these schools...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302677 (stock #2506f)
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$115.00
Commonly found as single items, strawberry forks are much less so preserved in sets, as is the case with these six matching pieces in Towle's "Canterbury."

Each one is 5 5 1/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 3.2 T. oz.

They are in flawless condition and absent monograms or removals of same. The late 19th century, scroll and bead design is fully articulated and without any polishing wear. The delicate tines are all straight, even, and remain pointed...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1302489 (stock #2504f)
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$22.00
Canadian pseudo hallmarks frequently mirror their English counterparts even more closely than American ones do, and that is the case with this 5 5/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., silver tea, or actually coffee, spoon.

It is stamped with a crown, a bust, a lion passant, and the letters "IM" and "NB." The letters stand for J. Munro and New Brunswick (Canada) respectively, while the symbols look very much like hallmarks for Sheffield, England.

Munro's dates are from the 1810s to the 1860s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1302391 (stock #2503f)
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$75.00
Arguably the first name in American Arts & Crafts silver, Arthur Stone maintained a studio for the better part of four decades. Upon his retirement in 1937, he sold his shop to Henry Heywood who continued the business intact.

This 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle dates from this transition time. It is marked with the "Stone with hammer" emblem, the "h in a shield" emblem for Heywood, "Sterling," and a benchmark "B," likely for Charles Brown whose tenure ran to 1937...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301660 (stock #2497f)
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$60.00
European in scale, this French dinner fork is massive compared to typical American counterparts. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a very hefty 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva head, meaning it has a slightly higher silver content at 95% than sterling, which is 92.5%. There is a bigorne guarantee on the surface opposite the Minerva. The maker's mark is an "L" on either side of a cross that has a star at the top and bottom, all this in a lozenge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1301410 (stock #2495f)
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$22.00
Gorham's "Cromwell" was issued some years after that company's immensely well-received "Chantilly," and while some more elaborated than that design, the two express a similar, reserved sensibility about them.

"Cromwell" has scrolled edges with acanthus leaf detailing and a fan terminus. This motif is expanded on the backside heel of the bowl.

This piece is a 5 5/8" long ice cream spoon. Consistent with the line, it is substantial weight at .9 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301161 (stock #2492f)
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$55.00
A line pattern commonly found in demitasse and master salt spoons, the availability of other pieces of Gorham's 1880 "Delhi" is somewhat limited.

This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches.

The detailing is extensive, with a textured background adding character and depth to the overall imagery...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301056 (stock #2491f)
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$65.00
In regard to condition, a finer example of this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., exceptionally heavy at 1.3 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300758 (stock #2489f)
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$155.00
An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American expressions of a motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized shell fo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300387 (stock #2486f)
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$65.00
An elegant pattern as it stands, this 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar sifter (that could also function as a tea strainer) in Whiting's 1885 "No. 1" appears even more refined with its overall, deep, bronze-hued, gold wash.

The handle is open, featuring trellis like borders that are interspersed with trailing posies or similar flower. The mid portion of the handle is demarcated by a single blossom set against a shell, while the area below this has an Aesthetic style scrolling desi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300057 (stock #2484f)
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$46.00
Dating from 1840-53, the partnership of "Tifft & Whiting" went through several iterations before finally becoming simply "Whiting Manufacturing Company," one of the premier names in American silver manufacturing history.

This piece is stamped with the T&W three part pseudo-hallmark which includes a rooster, the letter T and W, and an arm and hammer. It is a 6 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., pickle knife.

Generally sold in sets, often boxed, with a companion fork, the form resembles a ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1299962 (stock #2483f)
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$22.00
A turn of the twentieth century design, Gorham's "Florentine" is a highly embellished pattern that features a bearded figure at the end of the handle.

This example is a 3 5/8" long, .4 T. oz., master salt spoon.

It is an original, early production, item and not a later recast, and in mint condition.

The ovoid bowl has a matte finish and the handle is engraved "HG" in fine script lettering.

Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat 190x."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1299672 (stock #2481f)
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$210.00
Kirk's oldest pattern, "King" remained in production throughout the life of the company.

These examples are stamped "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.

They are cream soup spoons, measuring 6 1/8" long. There are 14 of these, all matching, with the same script "ELS" monogram on the backside. They all weigh between 1.2 and 1.3 T. oz., with one exception which is extra weight at 1.5 T. oz.

They ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299421 (stock #2479f)
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$70.00
Gorham's "California" is a design that is surrounded by mystery. It is an identified pattern, but examples are very rarely found and what exists suggests it was limited to serving pieces.

Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.

It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880. The rounded, swooping handle has a scalloped upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1298468 (stock #2471f)
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$38.00
A clean and quietly elegant representation of the violet form, Whiting's pattern of that same name stands forward as one of the most well-regarded Art Nouveau floral patterns of the early 20th century.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, just under a weighty 1.2 T. oz., place fork. It is tea or dessert size, which in today's parlance is sometimes simply referred to as a regular fork.

It is an early example marked "APR. 5 0x," along with the Whiting logo and "Sterling." It is also stamped wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1298378 (stock #2470f)
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$135.00
Each of these six, matching demitasse or coffee spoons (they could also function as egg spoons) measures 4" long and has a delicate script "E.V.P." script monogram. They weigh 2.2 T. oz. the lot.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowls are a fancy version, with flanged shoulders, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297901 (stock #2467f)
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$55.00
Dating from 1902, George Shiebler's group of twelve month designs follows closely after his Flora series and his line pattern "Fiorito." All of them incorporate Art Nouveau, floral motifs.

This trio includes the months of "April," "September," and "November," and portrays respectively, a lily, a poppy, and a chrysanthemum.

Each spoon measures 6" long, and is heavy, weighing something over 1.0 T. oz. each, with slight variation piece to piece.

The condition of all the spoons is excel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297772 (stock #2466f)
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$135.00
An authentic item, not made up from another piece, this cheese knife measures 7 1/4" long and weighs just under a hefty 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Winthrop" by Tiffany. Dating from 1909, the leafy wreath, urn with flowers, and ribbon festoon reflect the Colonial Revival and Adamesque design sensibilities of the period.

The form is rare, and all the more so with a solid silver blade. The three prongs are stout, and are of a style that Tiffany seemed to favor as the form was used on any ...

 
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