American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1321188 (stock #2582f)
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$95.00
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This matching pair of platter or stuffing spoons each measures 11 7/8" long, while one weighs 3.0 T. oz. and the other 3.2 T. oz.

They have complete hallmarks, "lion, leopard, I, and bust," for London, 1804. The maker imprint is "SC over EW over IB," for Samuel Godbehere, Edward Wigan & James Boult, identified in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as "good, general makers." The maker's mark on one of the pieces is double struck, so some blurred.

They have "Old English," i.e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321097 (stock #2581f)
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With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7" long. 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 broaden to a rounded, upturned end, which hosts the concave shell form. These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320904 (stock #2979f)
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$45.00
A fully authentic example, that is, not made up or custom made, this butter pick measures 6 1/8" long and is relatively heavy at just over .6 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1895 "Empire." Apropos of the name, the main feature is a crown, combined with cornucopia, a torch, a garland, and floral elements, all offered in a French manner.

A slender piece, it has the twist end tip characteristic of this form. The backside of the handle is engraved "Austin" in script...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1320779 (stock #2975f)
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$235.00
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Stamped with the early "Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen" three part emblem, along with the word "Sterling," the pattern on these ten, matching, three tine, ice cream forks dates from 1903.

Each fork is 5 5/8" long and has the same three part script monogram. The group together weigh 6.7 T. oz.

An expressive interpretation of the narcissus flower, the design fully reflects Art Nouveau sensibilities...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320644 (stock #2974f)
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$30.00
A.F. Towle was the precursor company to Lunt, which absorbed the dies the former firm's patterns as well as generating its lines own throughout the 20th century.

This 6 3/8" long, .4 T. oz., horseradish spoon, "Chatelaine" aka "Enid," is in an early A.F. Towle design dating from 1894.

The motif incorporates acanthus leaves with a shell end. The paddle form bowl has rounded margins, and is deeply cupped at the widened end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1320599 (stock #2973f)
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$125.00
This 6 1/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., sauce ladle exhibits all the fine qualities associated with Arthur Stone hand crafted silver.

Expressive of the Arts & Crafts sensibility, it is a clean and straightforward piece. It borrows its name, "Hanoverian," and design inspiration from an early English style, and consistent with that, features a midrib along the front side of the softly tipt end handle.

The entire piece evidences subtlety and an notably high degree of refinement...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320303 (stock #2568f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320267 (stock #2567f)
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$32.00
A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1319938 (stock #2563f)
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One of the heirs of the legendary Arthur Stone, under whom he apprenticed, sources indicate George C. Erickson established himself in an independent shop in 1932 that was formerly owned by another prominent Gardner, Massachusetts silversmith, Arthur Carlson.

While the Erickson name continues to the present time under the direction of grandson Peter Erickson, the "Erickson Sterling" mark on this 6 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel, is one that was used by George himself in the ear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1319359 (stock #2559f)
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$38.00
The first decades of the 20th century saw a great flowering of flatware designs.

Alas many of these quite impressive patterns have become lost in the abundance of what came after, which may apply to International's "Duchesse" dating from 1907.

It is lavishly styled, vaguely derivative from a "Kings" motif but more embellished. The handle has a shell end surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing and is trimmed with a decorated beveled edge. This whole ensemble of design is repeated on the b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1319275 (stock #2558f)
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$265.00
The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1875, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.

It is model number "39" according t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1319006 (stock #2555f)
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$65.00
The designer of this 7 1/8" long, heavy, just over 2.0 T. oz., Antoine Heller, originated many of Gorham's most celebrated patterns, including this "Mythologique," along with "Versailles," "Cluny," "Fontainebleau," and others. Indeed, in earlier employment with Tiffany, he produced that company's fabled "Olympian" pattern.

His skills and his capacities were Herculean, and that shows in this piece. It portrays one of twenty-four different mythological subjects Heller generated for this line...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1318852 (stock #2554f)
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$26.00
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This 5 3/8" long, weighty, .9 T. oz., seafood or oyster cocktail fork dates circa 1900 as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son Co. 925/1000" mark on the reverse of the handle.

The pattern is the company's flagship "Repousse" design, with a plain back engraved "GEHH" in script.

It is in immaculate estate condition. The high relief design is free of polishing wear, remaining sharply defined. The tines are flawless, without any nicks, burrs, or bends. The finish has a warm patina.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1318530 (stock #2551f)
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$38.00
Whiting produced two variants of a "Lily of the Valley" pattern. One was a full line design, and the other was limited to certain serving forms and smaller pieces.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., butter fork or pick is an example of the limited production series.

It has a twisted shank, with a cast rather than die struck cluster of blossoms on the end of the handle. These hang to the side on openwork stems.

The fork end has two splayed tines that have a satin finish and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1318280 (stock #2549f)
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$115.00
Validating the adage about the Victorian table having "an implement for every purpose," this piece is for the singular function of serving waffles, or pancakes aka flapjacks or hotcakes.

It was made by Durgin in its 1893 "Bead" pattern. Solid silver, it measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just over 2.0 T. oz.

The defining feature of the piece lies in its flat, square, 2 3/4" on a side, with clipped corners, serving end. It is completely utilitarian, with nothing quizzical about it as seems...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317979 (stock #2546f)
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$160.00
A well regarded and important name in American silver manufacture for half of the 19th century, William Gale worked by himself and in several partnerships over time. This 7" long, almost 1.4 T. oz., sugar sifter is marked "W. Gale & Son 925 Sterling," which is a pairing that dated 1862-66.

The style is very much of the period. It has a twisted stem with a notched and engraved handle end. This is inscribed with a script "GDS" monogram surmounted by a shield with an emblem inside it that lo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1317782 (stock #2544f)
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$65.00
An early, fully original, piece of Whiting's stand-out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this 6" long, .9 T. oz., butter fork or pick is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. App. For," and the number "1."

It is in mint estate condition, and without a monogram or removal. Every detail of the intricate pattern remains crisp and sharply defined. The two splayed tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends. The overall finish is bright and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1317607 (stock #2542f)
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$100.00
Price for the set of three.
A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This group is a matching three piece place setting. It includes a dinner size knife that measures 9 7/8" long, a fork, commonly identified as regular size, that measures 7 1/4", and a 5 7/8" teaspoon.

This is a heavy line and that is the case with these pieces. The ...

 
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