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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1409103 (stock #3995f)
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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths dates the partnership of Allen Leonard & George Wilson to 1847-1853 and notes, "The firm specialized in card cases chased and engraved with a variety of famous building facades." Most notably, these facades were of castles, examples of which are pursued by collectors.

This 1 3/4" diameter, 1 1/4" tall, just over .8 T. oz., coin silver napkin ring is marked "L&W" for this pairing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1400378 (stock #3860f)
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$175.00
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Each of these two, matching, master salts measures 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the tip of the handles, has a top opening that is 2 5/8" across, a maximum span of 3 5/8" handle end to handle end, and stands on a tiered, pedestal base that is 2" across on the bottom. The pair together weigh a substantial 5.2 T. oz.

Cauldron shaped, each one has a knurled band below the top rim and is fitted with a pair of upswept, solid silver, handles with anthemion leaf detailing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1400247 (stock #3858f)
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$115.00
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Finely crafted, each of this matched pair of sterling silver baluster form shakers measures 5" high, with the pair weighing 4.9 T. oz.

"Georgian Revival" in style, they stand on solid, not weighted, footed bases, and have screw, not sleeve, caps with simple flame finials and slightly different sized holes to accommodate the salt and pepper grains.

Made by Manchester Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island, they date from the early decades of the 20th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1393805 (stock #3742f)
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This example of late Victorian grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co." and "Sterling," which applies to the entire piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1392703 (stock #3720f)
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$38.00
The style of this plain band, 1" wide, 1 3/4" diameter, .7 T. oz., napkin ring places it from the late 1800s.

The satin finish exterior is bright cut engraved in a leaf and scroll theme interpreted in an Aesthetic manner. Both edges have a repeating beaded design that looks like knurling.

There is a reserve within the engraving that is inscribed "TGM," while the inner side reads, "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25, '99.," so very likely it was a Christmas present given well over a century ago...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390011 (stock #3678f)
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Embodying a rococo pattern, and likely dating from the late 19th century, this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., bread or toast fork incorporates leaves, scrolls, acanthus leaves, and floral elements.

It is hollow with three tines and is all silver, marked "Sterling," model number "1223," and with a maker's emblem, which is a triangle with a rubbed interior.

There is a feathered script "L" monogram engraved on one side of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1389183 (stock #3663f)
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$160.00
One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," (more commonly spelled "Talbott") of Indianapolis.

This is large, measuring 3" by 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" high, and robust weight at just over 2.4 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1387416 (stock #3629f)
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$65.00
Stamped with the pattern number "17070," which was put into production in 1911, this piece is also marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," order number "1393," "Sterling," "925-1000," and "m" (used 1907-47).

Solid silver, it is a 2" high, 2 1/2" top diameter, 1.9 T. oz., master salt dip that sits on a rimmed pedestal base 1 1/2" across.

It is round and smooth walled with a triple lined border around the outside top, and has never been monogrammed or inscribed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1380941 (stock #3520f)
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$105.00
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Kettle or cauldron shaped, this set of two matching master salts each measure 2 1/2" in diameter, stand 1 1/4" high, and weigh approximately 3.0 T. oz. combined.

They were made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "304," and name of the retailer, New York's "Theodore B. Starr," are imprinted on the undersides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1374537 (stock #3414f)
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$85.00
A replica of a style that has its origins in the pre-Georgian era (see Old Friends item 2971f), this pair of sugar nips carry hallmarks in two places for London, sterling silver, 1921, and maker HF, likely Harrison Fisher, which was a Sheffield based firm.

They measure 4 5/8" long, are 1 3/4" across at the handles when closed, and open to a span of 3 5/8" at the shell grips. Weight is .9 T. oz.

Each arm is cast solid silver with a round finger grip attached to arms that are a series of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1371627 (stock #3347f)
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$65.00
Measuring 5" long overall, this tea caddy spoon has a sterling silver, shell-shaped, bowl that is fully hallmarked for Birmingham, England, 1811, with a maker's stamp that appears to be "J.L" or "J.D".

It is fitted with a natural, likely bone, handle that has a rounded end and polished surface.

The bowl has a small, flat, hood that covers the heel, and a silver sleeve that accommodates the handle.

The piece is in excellent condition, showing no bends, tears, or other damage in the bo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1367197 (stock #3266f)
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$295.00
A striking union of sterling silver with clear glass, this 6 1/2" high syrup jug is one item of a line of hollowware produced by Durgin.  Other forms in this late 19th to early 20th century series include a cream and sugar pair, a vase, a sugar shaker, and possibly more. 

Common to all these pieces are silver bases, crowns, and the truly defining element, which is a dolphin or sea serpent handle. 

The bodies are high quality, finely cut rock crystal.  At least one source attributes the...

 
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