American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322247 (stock #2609f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Dating from 1886, which is relatively early in Durgin's line-up, and a pattern not readily found, "Fleur-de-lis" manifests an understated elegance.

The large, applied, fleur-de-lis motif is set in high relief as if it were carved. It is also embellished with added detailing, such as beaded banding around the lower section and scrolling, leafy highlights.

This example is a 7" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

The bowl is particular to Durgin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321713 (stock #2603f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Both large, at 4 7/8" long, and heavy, at nearly 1.3, T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are a very fine example of Towle's "Old Colonial."

This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.

Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.

Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321415 (stock #2585f)
Old Friends
$95.00
A custom made or special order item, this 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced, or more precisely, adapted, by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321097 (stock #2581f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Price for the set of ten.
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 #2579f)
Old Friends
$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 1920 item #1320599 (stock #2573f)
Old Friends
$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 #1320267 (stock #2567f)
Old Friends
$32.00
A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance has an Old English "W" monogram.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1319359 (stock #2559f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1319275 (stock #2558f)
Old Friends
$245.00
The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1318530 (stock #2551f)
Old Friends
$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 #1317979 (stock #2546f)
Old Friends
$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 #1317607 (stock #2542f)
Old Friends
$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 ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317415 (stock #2541f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Syracuse was a major center of silver manufacturing in the second half of the nineteenth century and this piece is an example of the quality of that city's output.

It is an 8 1/4" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon made by Joseph Seymour.

The pattern is "Duchess," which dates from 1877. It reflects the Moresque and renaissance revival sensibilities of its period, having a dense, tapestry-like design set against a finely lined background that lends it a parchment look. There is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1317033 (stock #2537f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Medium sized, this cheese scoop measures 6 7/8" long and weighs just under 1.5 T. oz. The pattern is International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac," which is an Art Nouveau lily design dating from 1903.

This is an early, fully original, i.e. not custom or made up from another piece, example. The handle has an upturned end while the scoop itself has attractively scalloped shoulders. Marks are the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International "helmet over shield," along with "Pat." and "Sterling...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316723 (stock #2534f)
Old Friends
$44.00
The pattern "Fleury" is comprised of delicate, but fully elaborated, wild rose blossoms, leaves, and stems, entwined with acanthus leaf and scroll detailing, all interpreted in a French manner as would be expected from the pattern name.

It dates from the late Art Nouveau period, as indicated by the "Pat. 1907" imprinted on the back of the handle. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G," emblem, and "Sterling."

Pieces in this line tend to be large scaled, and that is the case with...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316518 (stock #2532f)
Old Friends
$155.00
International's "Avalon" is a turn of the 20th century design. It incorporates high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell motifs which combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name.

This item is an uncommonly found toast or bread fork (which is similar to a spinach fork in some patterns).

It measures 7 3/8" long overall and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The defining characteristic of the piece is the slender, lengthy, three tine serving end. This has a decorative he...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316127 (stock #2530f)
Old Friends
$225.00
An early, original, piece of Whiting's stand-out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.3 T. oz., salad serving spoon is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and with the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts "Daniel Low & Co."

It is distinguished by an elongated bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 1/16" at the widest, which in this instance retains very slight traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1316042 (stock #2529f)
Old Friends
$90.00
A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945.

His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art. That is the case with this 7" long, weighty, 2.3 T. oz., silver gravy ladle.

Inspired by American colonial period design, about which Gebelein was a scholar, it has a clean, straightf...

 
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