American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283348 (stock #2353f)
Old Friends
$40.00
A plain band 1 5/8" in diameter, 1" tall, and weighing .6 T. oz., this napkin ring is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the model number "2164."

It is an engaging piece dating circa 1880, with a bright cut leafy pattern set against a satin matte finish surface. The interior has a bright finish.

There is a script "J.G.F." monogram.

It is in choice condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1281819 (stock #2342f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Measuring 6 1/8" from handle tip to the far lip and weighing approximately .8 T. oz., this probably first quarter of the 20th century tea strainer has a large, round bowl that is 2 1/4" in diameter and 1" deep.

It was made by the Webster Co., whose "arrow through WC" mark and the word "Sterling" are stamped on the underside of the handle.

The handle has a cut work pattern vaguely in a "Chippendale" style...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1267325 (stock #2256f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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 : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$55.00
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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1248786 (stock #2062dd)
Old Friends
$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 1900 item #1202795 (stock #1676f)
Old Friends
$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 : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1169761 (stock #1430fl)
Old Friends
$165.00
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 sinuou...

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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