American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307909 (stock #2954f)
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Tiffany's "Olympian" is a legendary pattern among 19th century flatware. Patented in 1878, and so marked on the backside, it quickly became a flagship line for the company, and was never really supplanted by subsequent offerings.

The themes vary from piece to piece, but always portray intricately detailed scenes of mythological figures engaged in various activities.

This example is a 6" long teaspoon. Consistent with the line, it is heavy at 1.3 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1307841 (stock #2953f)
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While not a documented pattern and not commonly, Wood & Hughes' "Grape" is one of the most expressive of such designs produced in the third quarter of the 19th century.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar spoon with a large, shell bowl.

It features intricately rendered grape clusters and leaves, with additional acanthus leaf detailing on the top and sides of the handle. The lower portion of the handle portrays stylized crossed vines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307758 (stock #2952f)
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Arguably the standard bearer design of the overlapping Renaissance Revival and Moorish styles popular in the 1870s, Whiting's "Arabesque" features a strident griffin figure set sideways along the handle. This figure is surrounded by design elements typical of generic arabesque decoration.

This salad serving fork and spoon pair are extraordinary examples of the line.

The scale is immense, with the fork measuring 12 1/8" long and the spoon 12". They weigh 3.6 and 4.0 T. oz. respectively...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307701 (stock #2951f)
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Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding, early 19th century, Art Nouveau pattern. As the name implies, the imagery is inset in the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307634 (stock #2950f)
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An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Old French was a well-received pattern that remains popular today. The simplicity of the lined border, slightly bulbous design provided a visual respite to the flourish of Art Nouveau style dominant in the period, as well as the congestion of some immediately preceding-in-time Victorian forms.

This example is a 6 3/4" long fruit knife. It is an original item, factory made and original issue...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1307561 (stock #2549f)
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Standing 1 5/8" tall, with a diameter of 1 11/16", and weighing just under .7 T. oz., this is a generously sized napkin ring.

Inscribed M.H.W., Mar. 18, '05" in an elegant script, the aesthetic style floral and fern engraving on a satin matte surface with knurled banding suggest the piece actually predates the inscription by as much as twenty years.

The central band is offset by two troughs which are in turn bordered by imprinted repeating star designs with rolled edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307436 (stock #2548f)
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A multi-motif line, Gorham's "Piper" features various youthful characters engaged in childhood activities.

This example is a 5 11/16" long, .9 T. oz., youth spoon.

The image is of a boy carrying a bundle of books and what appears to be a large tablet under his arm. The backdrop looks in the manner of a European low country village street scene, which would be consistent with the boy's garb.

The degree of detail in the imagery is remarkable...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1307357 (stock #2547f)
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This sterling silver bowl measures 13" end to end, which is long in relationship to its 7 3/8" width.

The splayed and undulating walls are 2" maximum height at either end and 1 1/4" tall at the highest points on the sides. It weighs 9.2 T. oz., which is moderately light for its size...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1307273 (stock #2546f)
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This 7 1/2" long, heavy, 1.8 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1307204 (stock #2545f)
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Jenkins & Jenkins was the 1908 successor firm to Jacobi & Jenkins, and was itself absorbed by Schofield about 1915.

This novel desk item, a stamp or letter moistener, carries the company name, the words "Sterling 925/1000 Fine," and "Baltimore."

It measures 4" overall and weighs a relatively hefty .9 T. oz., which includes a negligible amount for the sponge tip.

It has a stick-like, flat handle with a rounded end. Both sides have a dense repousse pattern typical of Baltimore silver....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307089 (stock #2544f)
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The Baltimore Museum of Art reference volume on Maryland Silver lists William Brown working in Baltimore ca. 1810-52.

This pair of 6 1/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tongs carry his mark, "W. Brown," along with the rather unusual identifier "Balt." stamped on the inside of each arm.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." There is a feathered script "JMD" inscribed on the arch. The grips are scallop shell form.

They are in excellent condition. There are n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306994 (stock #2543f)
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This item is a 5 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., sugar sifter. The pattern is Whiting's "Louis XV."

It has a 2" by 1 1/4" by 5/8" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a pale matte gold wash. The shoulders are embellished with the scroll design of the pattern, and there is a small flange around the entire rim.

The handle is inscribed with a cursive "ES" monogram.

It is in excellent condition. Free of polishing wear, the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The finish is bright. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306899 (stock #2542f)
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A substantial piece measuring 8 11/16" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this pea (vegetable) or ice spoon is a rare form in most flatware lines.

The large, pierced bowl is the defining feature of these items, and that is the case with this. Nearly round at 3" back to front and 2 1/2" in diameter, the bowl is 5/8" deep. The piercing is patterned and functional as well as decorative, to aid in draining.

The pattern, "Old Standish," dates from 1901 and reflects the then growing sentiment tow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306819 (stock #2541f)
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Dating from 1870, "Louis XIV" was an early line pattern in Gorham's stable of designs. Knowles produced a near match in its "Emperor" pattern, and George Sharp also offered a third, unnamed kindred design, all indicating this motif had as much appeal in its time as it still exhibits today.

The handle tip is an anthemion form with a shield reserve which in this case has an embellished, Old English "R" monogram. The area below this has raised, line scrolling set against a stippled background....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1306687 (stock #2540f)
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The New York firm of Wood & Hughes had roots that reached deep into the 19th century, beginning with a partnership with William Gale in 1833. That lasted until 1845 when the company went forward under just the two names. In time, it became a major firm, generating some of the most impressive silver produced during the second half of the century.

This coin silver gravy ladle, dating c. 1860, traces to the days when the firm was just beginning to gain its stride.

It is lengthy at 7 3/8" ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1306451 (stock #2538f)
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Unusually large at 8 3/8" long, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife traces to Robert and William Wilson of Philadelphia, whose mark appears on the backside of the blade.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the design sensibilities of the period.

The blade and handle are joined at a right angle by a stout extension of the blade that attaches to a twisted stem. The shaped, flat handle is extensively and finely engraved and finished with a fancy, feathered scr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
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An early 20th century pattern, "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" stands in contrast to the exuberance of so much 19th century design. A simple, double-lined, multi-scroll motif, it is clean, direct, and understated in manner.

This example is a 9 5/8" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., cake saw. It has a solid, flat handle, and all-silver blade. The blade has a saw-tooth upper edge, which is characteristic of this item.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in exceptionally fine condition. There i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1306156 (stock #2535f)
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Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, John Adriance, 1795-1873, lived his entire life there working as a silversmith, beginning with an apprenticeship in 1809. He joined in a partnership with Peter Hayes in 1816 and that lasted until 1826.

This pair of 5 1/2" long, just under .9 T. oz., sugar tongs are a product of that partnership, marked "Hayes & Adriance."

They have a broad arch, 7/8" at the widest, that is inscribed "CC" in a period, feathered script. The grips are cup form and have expo...

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