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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1348771 (stock #2932f)
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Most Victorian era button hooks are silver combined with steel, while this example is all sterling.

This form came in a larger size for shoes, and a smaller size for gloves. This is the latter at 3 1/16" long.

This is a patterned piece, namely "Heraldic," a medieval style design featuring a shield and helmet, made by Whiting and dating from 1880...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1348670 (stock #2931f)
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At 4 1/2" long, and a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this food scraper is slightly larger than a baby food pusher, which it resembles.

Whereas the pusher is bent, this has a flat, 2" wide, pierced, blade with a straight front edge and scalloped sides and shoulders.

A rarely found item, this form seems to have been favored by Towle who produced this in the company's 1900 "Old Newbury," and offered it in other patterns as well.

It was retailed by "A.M...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348570 (stock #2930f)
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Price for the set of eight.
Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1348507 (stock #2929f)
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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and very weighty at 4.8 T. oz., this child's plate is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the backside, along with "Sterling" and the model number "5240."

It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348348 (stock #2928f)
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Measuring 7 5/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.7 T. oz., this fish knife is stamped "Sterling" and "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

An individual place piece in a "Kings" pattern, it has a flat handle and a solid silver blade.

The handle front has a delicate script monogram that appears to be "EKP" while the backside is engraved "'90."

It is in flawless estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, free of polishing wear...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1348273 (stock #2927f)
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A remarkably well-crafted item, this spoon measures 6" long and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz.

It is a commemorative item produced by Philadelphia's J.E. Caldwell. The entire handle portrays a full-sized, three dimensional, image of William Penn, the founder of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.

The tea and smaller size versions of this early twentieth century design are readily available, but this citrus spoon variant is a rarity...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348002 (stock #2925f)
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A heavy item at 1.6 T. oz., this 7 1/4" long, flat handle, solid silver, master butter knife has a blunt end blade.

It was made by Bailey & Co. of Philadelphia between 1858 and 1867, as indicated by the "lion, S, shield" with additional "lion" mark imprinted on the backside of the blade, alongside the company name.

It is a double die struck, i.e. appearing on both sides of the handle, "Bead" pattern with a feathered script "BMQ" monogram on the front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1347851 (stock #2924f)
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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 example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347689 (stock #2923f)
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At 4 3/8" long, and weighing .9 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347610 (stock #2922f)
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Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among "exotic" designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied, often mixed metal, elements. This fish serving slice and fork set are acid etched.

The motifs of the etched line were myriad, more than can be catalogued, but they included floral and fauna themes, and even insects.

The portraiture on these is "morning glory" on th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1347511 (stock #2921dd)
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A fanciful item, this rattle measures 2 5/8" long. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for Birmingham, 1919-20, Sterling, and C&N for maker Crisford & Norris.

It is comprised of a mother of pearl handle fitted to a hollow body that portrays a jester's torso and head. The head is fitted with a three-pointed cap, the two side ones of which have bell tips. A pair of larger, open, clam shell, bell-like forms dangle from the shoulders, suspended by wrapped wire and clasps. Although the "be...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1347411 (stock #2920f)
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One of Samuel Kirk's earliest designs, and in production throughout the history of the firm, "Mayflower" features an engraved motif set on an otherwise plain handle.

This example is nearly as old as the pattern itself, dating between 1846-61, as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son" imprinted on the backside. It is a 7 1/8" long, relatively heavy at 2.1 T. oz., hotcake lifter.

The standard mark, "10.15," also appearing on the handle reverse, is roughly the equivalent of coin silver and one p...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1347354 (stock #2919f)
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Measuring 10 1/8" long overall, and weighing a substantial 3.1 T. oz., this generously scaled ice cream server has a blade that is 5" by 3 1/8" at the widest.

It is stamped "Kitts & Werne," for the prominent Louisville, Kentucky, silver, jewelry, and watch retailer with dates 1864-78.

It has a tipt end handle and scalloped edge blade, all of which are engraved in a period design that includes palmettes and leaf and vegetative elements, along with bright cut detailing. The backside is pl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1347295 (stock #2918f)
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One of the earliest patterns produced by Durgin of Concord, New Hampshire, "Bow" is a clean ribbon or knot pattern with the defining element of the design set at the end of the handle, front and backsides.

Made in both coin and sterling silver, this 6 7/8" long, good weight at 1.2 T. oz., large sugar or preserve spoon, is marked "Coin," "Pat. Apd. For," indicating it was early in the production history, and with the name of the retailer, Boston's "Gray & Libby" which operated the third quart...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1347244 (stock #2917f)
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A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.

This example of the line is a 6 1/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., three tine, likely pastry but possibly pickle, fork.

Naturalistic in its portraiture, the leaves that comprise the design are precisely arrayed within the overall design, and surround an open area with lined margins.

The leaves are offset with several clusters of what appear to be berry triplets or simply decorati...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1347075 (stock #2915f)
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A 6 15/16" long, just over .7 T. oz., item, this master butter, or possibly pickle, knife dates from the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Coin" and with a somewhat rubbed "J. Bowman." Documentation on this mark is scant, but points to a Philadelphia watchmaker, as specifically identified by Catherine Hollan in her recent benchmark work, "Philadelphia Silversmiths."

The style is typical of place and period, with a twisted stem, and scalloped edge, broad handle end.

The handle is set at...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1346957 (stock #2914mc)
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Exemplative of the fine die cutting, strike, and finish work of Durgin, this souvenir spoon is among the company's finest.

The theme is "Mary Baker Eddy," founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist.

Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighty at just over 1.4 T. oz., it features a high relief bust of a somewhat older Eddy with a facsimile of her signature set sideways below this.

The backside of the handle reads, "not matter but mind satisfieth," in a script that is presumably replicative of h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346841 (stock #2913f)
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Measuring 4 3/8" long, and weighing just under .6 T. oz., this item has a scalloped edge, satin matte, gold washed front and back side, bowl with a reticulated center. It is a bon bon aka nut spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless co...

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