American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1290051 (stock #2406f)
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$45.00
Dating from the first decades of the 20th century, this 5 1/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., tea strainer was made by Blackinton. The company emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the underside of the handle.

The openwork handle is essentially "Chippendale" in style with a bit of Art Deco influence.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 2 3/8" in diameter including the rim, and 3/8" deep. There is a small arm extension opposite the handle, to balance it on a teacup...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1287281 (stock #2384dd)
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A most rare item in a sought after pattern, this orange peeler measures 5 7/8" long. It is a completely original, period item, free of any modifications or adaptations.

The pattern is Alvin's "Old Orange Blossom," which is one of the most sought after Art Nouveau floral flatware designs produced of the early 20th century, when this style was at its peak.

The piece has a hollow handle with the pattern appearing on both sides, one of which has an Old English "G" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1284568 (stock #2361dd)
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Essentially a tea ball with a handle, this solid silver infuser was made by Lunt, whose early three part mark, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jan.28.08" appear on backside.

It measures 6 1/2" long and weighs just over .9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Monticello," which if in furniture, would be "Hepplewhite." There is an Old English "B" monogram in the shield area.

The infuser itself is a perfect sphere 1 1/2" in diameter. This pivots in a complete circle on a small hinge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283348 (stock #2353f)
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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 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 : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
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$45.00
Whisk brooms 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 1920 item #1259403 (stock #2176f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1254912 (stock #2124dd)
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$48.00
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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$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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1248786 (stock #2062dd)
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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)
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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 : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1169761 (stock #1430fl)
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$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)
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$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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