American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1267325 (stock #2256f)
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$55.00
This napkin ring stands 1 1/2" high, measures 2" in diameter, and weighs just over .8 T. oz. It is stamped on the sidewall with a second standard French Minerva (.800 silver) and a maker's diamond. This is close to miniscule, but clear enough to read a first letter "A" and a second letter "D" or "L," with a star underlined by a crescent. The interior has a bigorne guarantee impressed opposite the Minerva...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
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$85.00
Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1264276 (stock #2228f)
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$65.00
Essentially a "Bead" pattern, Watson's "Plymouth" dates from 1905 and reflects the sensibilities of the budding Colonial Revival movement of the period. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., solid silver, tea infuser. It has a flowing script "MAM" monogram engraved on the handle front.

The ovoid bowl is well-constructed and intricately pierced...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
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$95.00
Whiskbrooms were perhaps more of a household staple in the past than they are today. A small brush made of broom corn, a stiff, straw-like, sorghum grass, they are rather pedestrian items save for examples such as this which has been fitted with a sterling silver handle.

A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261400 (stock #2202f)
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$55.00
Identified as a "lemonade spoon" in the 1904 Gorham catalog (see image 2), this 6 3/4" long, approximately .4 T. oz., item is essentially a sterling sipping straw with pierced bowl end. It is model number "1445H," as stamped on the backside. Other marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1905.

This is considerably more elaborate and sophisticated than later, production oriented, examples of this form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1259403 (stock #2176f)
Old Friends
$55.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1254912 (stock #2124dd)
Old Friends
$65.00
Made by the Merrill Company, aka Merrill Shops, in the early part of the 20th century, this brandy or cognac warmer is imaginatively designed. Overall it is Arts and Crafts in manner. The bowl is heart-shaped with a beaded border and has the requisite pair of hooks to grip a glass edge. The handle is plain with an angular end.

It measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just over .7 T.oz.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1254514 (stock #2119f)
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This solid silver, two handled, tea strainer has a pierced bowl that measures 2 1/4" in diameter, is 3/4" deep, and has a maximum span of 4 5/8" handle tip to handle tip. It weighs just over .8 T. oz.

Made by The Merrill Co., aka as The Merrill Shops, located in New York City, the firm's emblem, the word "Sterling," and the number "804" are stamped on the backside.

Arts and Crafts in style, it likely dates to the first quarter of the 20th century...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1250877 (stock #2080f)
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$135.00
Dating from the mid 1860s, this pedestal base, coin silver master salt is model number "510" as indicated by the stamp on the underside. It is also marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" symbol...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1248786 (stock #2062dd)
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$55.00
Marked only "Sterling," and likely dating from early in the 20th century, this American salt spoon takes its form from a much earlier type of piece.

Measuring 3 5/8" long and weighing just over .2 T. oz., it has a rounded "antique" handle, and a scoop or shovel bowl with a pierced, "hooded," element. The bowl also has a gold was finish on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, showing very little evidence of use or wear, and having a high luster, hand polished, finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1248782 (stock #2061dd)
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Marked with the Watson wreath emblem used 1905-29, "Sterling," and model number "932," this mustard pot is comprised of a silver holder with a cobalt glass liner.

It stands 3" tall overall, measures 2" in diameter on the body, and 3 1/8" at the widest to the handle end. The silver portion weighs 1.5 T. oz. The liner is original and reflects the deep blue characteristic of authentic cobalt glass.

The body of the holder is open while the hollow handle is a double cee scroll form. The li...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1248235 (stock #2054dd)
Old Friends
$195.00
Produced by Baltimore's Jacobi & Jenkins, whose tower emblem appears on the undersides, along with the company name and the word "Sterling," this pair of c. 1900, matched, open silver master salts have cobalt glass liners.

They are large. Each one measures 3" long, 2 3/8" wide, and stands 1 1/2" tall. The sterling holders alone weigh 3.6 T. oz. The cobalt liners are old, original, and a deep blue. Each piece sits on four paw feet and have rimmed top and bottom edges. The bodies are chase...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1233437 (stock #1927f)
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$125.00
Lebkuecher & Co. of Newark, NJ have narrow dates, 1896-1909, although during its period of operation, the company produced items that remain well-regarded. This piece is a 7 3/8" long, not quite 2.5 T. oz., pair of ice tongs. They are scissor or caliper form, with double hinges and three-tined, cupped grips. The hinged articulation enables them to open as wide as 5".

The style is Arts & Crafts. The basic elements of the arms are square, while the scroll details handle and grips have a ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1202795 (stock #1676f)
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$95.00
Stamped with the date symbol for 1891, the Gorham lion, anchor, G, the word "Sterling," and the number "25," this large open salt stands 1 3/4" high, measures 2 5/8" across, and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz.

The design is Aesthetic in nature, with a repeating cascade of what appear to be breaking waves encircling the convex body. This theme may also relate to Gorham's "Narragansett" and related series of patterns of roughly the same period. The top has a pie crust edge, while the base is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1171752 (stock #1445f)
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$55.00
These two napkin rings are fully matching. Both are sterling silver, model number B3835 made by Gorham and so marked. Each one measures 1 3/4" in diameter and stands 1 1/2" high. The two together weigh 1.8 T. oz., with each one weighing just over .8 T. oz. One is engraved "Lillian" in script and the other "Robert." They are in excellent condition. Both retain a round shape, have fine finishes, and are free of dings or dents.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1169761 (stock #1430fl)
Old Friends
$185.00
Marked with the Whiting lion emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2524," this c. 1885 matching pair of master salts are of a singular style. Each one measures 1" high, has a base diameter of 1 1/2", a top diameter of 3", and weighs approximately 1.1 T. oz, a little over 2.2 T. oz. together. There is a wide, 3/4", rim encircling the relatively deep, gold washed bowls and this has a formed surface that is no doubt inspired by the Aesthetic taste. The imagery is organic, leafy and sinuously...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #953542 (stock #649b)
Old Friends
$185.00
Open salts were a staple on any Victorian table. They were produced in a variety of materials, including glass, ceramic, and as the case with this pair, in silver.

No company generated more examples of this form than Gorham. Indeed, the Tompkins book on this subject documents a full century of Gorham's production.

According to Tompkins, this set, item number 2480, dates to 1890. They possess a commanding look. They are large, 4 1/2" long, 1 3/4" tall, and weighty, 3.9 T. oz. combine...
 
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