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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1377467 (stock #3462f)
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$225.00
Measuring precisely 12" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this meat skewer is nearly 250 years old.

It is fully hallmarked for Newcastle, England, 1774-75, sterling silver, and makers William Stalker & John Mitchison.

Typical of the form, it has a tapered shank that goes from 3/8" wide to a pointed tip. This has beveled edges, with feathering on the upper portions front and back. This is also the place where the marks are located on one side and a "WWS" monogram on the other...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1377275 (stock #3459f)
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$95.00
More than two centuries old, this unusual British item is likely a butter scraper or curler, or in American terminology a butter (or perhaps soft cheese) spreader.

Marked for London 1799-1800 and makers George Smith and Thomas Hayter, whom Jackson's Hallmarks describes as "good, general makers," it has a sterling silver blade and shank, and a turned, natural material, handle that is stained a lime green...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376636 (stock #3449f)
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$115.00
Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376475 (stock #3446f)
Old Friends
$415.00
An expressive and innovative design introduced early, 1872, in the history of Tiffany as a silver manufacturer, "Vine" appeared in many motifs.

This example is a 9" long, 3.3 T. oz., berry spoon in "Grapevine."

William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware notes that this was made with a variety of bowl forms, and the shell or fluted design on this is observationally one of the less common ones. It is finished with a bright gold wash front and backsides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376368 (stock #3445f)
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$95.00
A 7 5/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., piece, this example of Whiting's "Arabesque" pattern, is imprinted with the company's "lion" logo and the number "19" on the backside heel of the bowl, and "Sterling" and "Pat. 1875" on the handle reverse.

The griffin set against a Moorish style background composition is emblematic of the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a flange rim and central vee running from the handle to the midpoint of the base...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1376273 (stock #3443f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Not "made up" or "hand crafted," this 6 1/4" long, relatively weighty at .7 T. oz., butter pick is a completely original piece, rather than adapted from another item as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is "Passaic," introduced by Unger Brothers in 1900.

Known for its innovative Art Nouveau designs, executed in both flatware and jewelry, the style of this goes in another direction, to the rococo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376205 (stock #3442f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Cincinnati, Ohio's Duhme & Co. offered numerous patterns that were teasingly close to those produced by other manufacturers, enough so that it raises the question whether these designs were copies or produced by third party firms for retailing by Duhme.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an example of this practice. The rarely found pattern is a very close match to Whiting's "Berry," introduced in 1880...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1376108 (stock #3440f)
Old Friends
$65.00
An early example of Whiting's "Lily," this pair of 4 15/16" long, heavy at just under 1.0 T. oz., tongs are marked with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. App. For."

"Lily" is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau pattern that essentially set the standard for this floral interpretation after its introduction in 1902...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1375680 (stock #3433f)
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$48.00
This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.4 T. oz., spoon is marked only "Sterling," but the pattern is Whiting's 1880 "Antique Tip," which is itself similar to Knowles' "Antique."

It has a pointed tipt end with scroll detailing and a raised fleur-de-lis drop.

The length of a tablespoon, the oversized, wide and deep with a pointed end, bowl suggests this was designed to function as a versatile server...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1375594 (stock #3432f)
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$85.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374946 (stock #3422f)
Old Friends
$34.00
A weighty item at 1.0 T. oz., this 5 7/8" long teaspoon is a superb example of Wallace's figural "Irian" pattern.

It portrays a full-sized, semi-draped, female image with three putti surrounding her head. One of these is cupid like and is pointing a bow and arrow at her.

Additional detailing includes orchid blossoms, leaves and other flowers, front and back sides, all presented in an Art Nouveau manner, which is consistent with the 1902 date of this line.

The handle reverse is engra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374347 (stock #3411f)
Old Friends
$62.00
An early, harder to find and more sought after than later production items, this 5" long, approximately .7 T. oz., Art Nouveau period "Francis I" lemon fork is marked with Reed & Barton's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and in very fine, precise lettering set along the edge, "Pat. June 25 07."

Newer pieces are marked "Reed & Barton."

It has three, elongated, tines joined to a pierced heel.

The backside is engraved "GSP" in a delicate script.

It is in mint estate condition. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374249 (stock #3409f)
Old Friends
$285.00
One of the most impressive pieces in any given flatware line, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by their very large, deeply cupped and pierced, bowls.

The piercing is what distinguishes them from their similar, kindred but more common and less dramatic in appearance, cracker scoops.

These features are all present in this 8 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., example made by Gorham in its 1893 "Luxembourg" pattern.

The design is rococo in nature, featuring an asymmetrical array of scroll and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1374147 (stock #3407f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A Boston firm rooted in the Arts & Crafts tradition, Tuttle was known for its old English reproduction items, as well as its novel marking system.

The firm adopted the custom of identifying the year of manufacture of its pieces by imprinting them with the initials, set in a crescent, of the sitting President of the United States, beginning with the term of Calvin Coolidge.

This 5 1/8" long, quite heavy at approximately 1.7 T. oz., and consequently heavy gauge, sauce or cream ladle is sta...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374085 (stock #3406f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing just over 3.2 T. oz., this pair of tongs are large enough in relative terms to be described as immense. They may be an old implement that is sometimes referenced as (fried) chicken tongs.

They are stamped "Lincoln & Foss" for the mid 19th century (1848-57) Boston firm, and quite unusual for the date, "Sterling," rather than the expected coin silver.

The scroll pattern that appears on each leg is one that was probably produced by Farrington & Hunnewell,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373897 (stock #3403dd)
Old Friends
$52.00
Price for the set of six.
Based on the design, especially the pattern on the 3/4" sterling (so marked) handle bands or ferrules, these six, matching nut picks are late 19th century items.

They are large at 5 7/8" and in New England especially, would have doubled, or even primarily served, as lobster picks.

They have smooth, polished, likely bone, off white colored handles and elongated silver-plated blades.

In immaculate condition, they are all but unused. There is no loss of plating on the picks, the bands ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373758 (stock #3401f)
Old Friends
$46.00
While "Olive" was perhaps the most popular pattern produced during the mid 19th century, and made by numerous manufacturers, with many examples consequently yet extant, this particular item is unusual.

It is a 7 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., flat, solid silver, knife.

About the size of a master butter, it has a long, slender blade that comes to a point and is likely an early for its form, individual fish knife, and thus a scarce find for the period.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1373622 (stock #3399f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Retailed by Greenleaf & Crosby, a storied name in Florida jewelry and fine goods, this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon was made by William B. Durgin of Concord, New Hampshire, around the turn of the 20th century.

It is a souvenir piece depicting the city of St. Augustine, specifically the landmark "Old City Gates," as acid etched on the handle backside.

Generally found as a teaspoon, this is the less common citrus spoon variant, with a long, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange margin and point...

 
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