American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1271949 (stock #2279f)
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$35.00
At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1270827 (stock #2275f)
Old Friends
$50.00
An estate item, this gravy ladle was made by Whiting in the "Louis XV" pattern. It is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1891," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Kennard & Co."

It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The bowl is generously proportioned, with a depth of 1". It has decorated, flanged shoulders and an intact, satin matte gold finish on the interior.

There is an Old English "B" monogram on the front of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269307 (stock #2268f)
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$95.00
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 8 1/4" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., tablespoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1269047 (stock #2266f)
Old Friends
$65.00
No more exquisite example of engraving on silver is to be found than this piece made by Gorham.

It is a 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon in the "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1902," and the date symbol for "1902" on the heel of the bowl. It is also engraved "'02" in script on the backside of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266740 (stock #2251f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Tiffany produced various engraved designs overlaid on an "Antique" pattern ground. This iteration, aka "Custom Engraved," essentially stands alone as a distinct pattern.

It is deeply and intricately chased, and as Carpenter notes in his volume "Tiffany Silver," "exceedingly heavy." He also confirms that it is "deeply engraved" and dates it from the 1890s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
Old Friends
$85.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1263670 (stock #2223f)
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$45.00
"Windsor Castle" is one of Tuttle's (Boston, Massachusetts) first patterns, introduced in 1929.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, weighty 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle is coded "HH III" in a crescent, indicating it dates from the third year of Herbert Hoover's presidency, 1931-32, early in the history of the line...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262473 (stock #2209f)
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$105.00
Exceptionally large for this form, this fully original, solid silver, tomato server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is substantial enough to lend itself to a variety of serving functions beyond its original purpose.

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end. The rounded blade has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3", has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261704 (stock #2206f)
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$45.00
Davis & Galt was a Philadelphia partnership that references suggest began in 1888 and was relatively short-lived, with the company itself continuing into the second decade of the 20th century.

A manufacturer of numerous unnamed patterns, this example is a well-designed "Kings" motif...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261081 (stock #2198f)
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Seeming not to have parallels with other forms, this server in Knowles' early 20th century "Angelo" measures 7 5/8" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

At 4" by 1 3/8", it has a narrow, elongated working end that constitutes more than half the length of the piece. This has seven splayed tines joined by cross bars toward the tips. The heel is pierced with a decorative cut, while the shoulders are imprinted with cee scrolls. The entire blade surface is finished in a matte gold front and back sides. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1260911 (stock #2196f)
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$22.00
"Lily" was an engraved pattern with a patent date of 1900 that is commonly attributed to the Schofield Co., although this 5 1/4" long, relatively heavy at just over .8 T. oz., individual butter spreader is explicitly marked for Kirk.

Furthermore, the marks used date to the time of original issue. They are located on the edge of the handle and read, "S. Kirk & Son Co.," "925/1000," and "58M."

The piece is solid silver and has a rather thick handle and blunt end blade. The bright cut des...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260909 (stock #2195f)
Old Friends
$20.00
Most American silver manufacturers adopted a sterling standard over coin in the 1860s. For a short period of time, New York's Ball, Black & Co. promoted a higher silver content yet, namely 950 rather than 925.

This 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is to this higher standard and so marked, along with the name of the company name.

It is a "Bead" design with an "Oval Thread" on the backside, both of which were standard patterns in the period. The bowl has a pointed tip with a sl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1260471 (stock #2188f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A moderately large example for the form, this sardine fork measures 5 5/8" long and weighs nearly 1.1 T. oz. The tine design is singular to this manufacturer, Frank Smith. There are six, all of which are wavy and all of which have trident hooks on one side. The serving end measures 2" wide by 2" deep, and has an upraised heel.

The pattern is "Priscilla," which dates from 1924. It is a clean design, with a double lined border and delicate shell and bow at the terminus, and in this instanc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259998 (stock #2182f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged shoul...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259631 (stock #2178f)
Old Friends
$95.00

This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a full size, 7 3/4" long, extremely heavy, 2.7 T. oz., dinner fork.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1259403 (stock #2176f)
Old Friends
$45.00
This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.

It is more substantial than most of thi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1258978 (stock #2171f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

It is in choice condition. The handle is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258905 (stock #2170f)
Old Friends
$100.00
Erroneously attributed by Tere Hagen in her reference work on flatware identification to Reed & Barton, this floral pattern is an early line pattern that was produced by William Durgin. Hagen calls it "Spray" but there is no documentation to that effect. The design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and only occasionally with the Durgin name or mark. This is stamped "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd...

 
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