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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352166 (stock #2981f)
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$45.00
Dating from 1885, Wood & Hughes "Victoria" pattern is essentially a broad "Antique" with a stylized end that seems to take inspiration from the Aesthetic mode popular in the period.

Produced in a plain version, it also had a number of engraved variants, of which this, number "80," is one.

The engraving is particularly engaging, and features three flower blossoms, sunflower or similar, with leafy detail, all set against a satin matte ground...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1352135 (stock #2980f)
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$65.00
This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1352088 (stock #2979f)
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A unique form for a strawberry fork, this item measures 3 1/2" overall and weighs .3 T. oz.

Rarely found, these pieces were made by Durgin and retailed by "Daniel Low & Co." (which company also marketed Durgin's famed "Salem Witch" items) as stamped on the reverse.

It has three tines that are 1 1/2" long each and joined at a shoulder that is 3/4" wide.

In sum, the overall shape looks something akin to a short handled pitch fork...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1352070 (stock #2978f)
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Each of these nine, matching, straws measures 7 3/4" long, has a shell form bowl that is marked "Sterling" on the reverse, and a knob tip on the handle. The group weighs 3.0 T. oz.

Made for sipping lemonade or iced tea, they are without a maker's mark, but American in origin, likely dating from the first half of the 20th century.

They are in flawless condition, without any bends or splits to the handles, or damage to the bowls. The finishes are bright and even.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1352066 (stock #2977f)
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$55.00
A 6 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this spoon is stamped "dot F.&H dot" for one of Boston's premier silver manufacturing firms of the mid 19th century.

It is also imprinted "Pure Coin," which was a silver standard term used in New England in the period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1352010 (stock #2976f)
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$65.00
A 5" long, heavy at just over 1.5 T. oz., item, this spoon is marked "Sterling," "L," and with the model number "60."

The 2 1/8" by 1 5/8", pear shaped bowl is a size typical of a tea caddy spoon, while the 3" long, solid silver, tubular handle is somewhat lengthy for that.

It is fashioned in an Arts & Crafts manner, with a cast, perhaps lotus bud form, finial at the end of the handle, and a block letter "J.J.D" monogram engraved on the heel reverse of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351930 (stock #2975f)
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Some sources list Baltimore's "J.S. MacDonald," working from the 1880s through at least the early 1900s, as a plate maker, but sterling examples stamped with the firm's name also exist.

This 8 3/8" long, just under 1.6 T. oz., berry spoon is a case in point. It is imprinted "Sterling" and "J.S. MacDonald."

The pattern is an engraved "Lily," which is more accurately a "lily of the valley," and is one of several variations of the same theme made by numerous manufacturers...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351875 (stock #2974f)
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A prominent name in the second half of 19th century Hudson River Valley silver manufacturing, John L. Westervelt was located in Newburgh, New York.

Dating from the 1850s, this example of his work is a 6 1/2" long, just under .9 T. oz., sugar spoon, imprinted on the backside with Westervelt's three part "star, lion, D" hallmark. The absence of a retailer's stamp suggests this tracks directly to the maker.

It has a broad, "Tipt" pattern handle and a shell bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1351751 (stock #2973f)
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$475.00
Hallmarked for the London firm of C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd, 1893-94, described in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as a "maker of . . . usually very fine copies of earlier pieces," this solid sterling silver trophy is indeed Georgian in inspiration, with scrolled arms and a banded body.

Standing on a footed base that is 3" in diameter, it measures 4 3/4" high to the rim and 5 1/8" to the top of the handles, is 4" across rim to rim, has a maximum span of 7 1/4" handle to handle, and weighs a heavy 14.8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1351683 (stock #2972f)
Old Friends
$285.00
A lofty item, this sugar caster, aka muffineer, stands 8" tall on a footed base that is 2 1/2" in diameter. Its substantial 6.8 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1351611 (stock #2971f)
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$195.00
A late 18th century item, these sterling sugar nips are stamped on each finger holder with a lion and "RM" for Robert Makepeace II whose mark was entered into the London registry in 1795 (Grimwade).

Noted as a good maker in "Jackson's Hallmarks," his capacities show in this item measuring 5" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz.

They are solid silver, with cast, scroll form arms and clam shell grips.

The round crosspiece is inscribed "D" over "L*I" in block lettering.

They are in outstand...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351500 (stock #2970f)
Old Friends
$365.00
A form particularly popular with English silver makers, asparagus serving tongs also found expression among American manufacturers in the second half of the 19th century.

This particular pair are stamped "Ford & Tupper," located in New York City, and "Sterling."

Measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 4.4 T. oz., they are typical in style and size with other commensurate pieces, but exhibit exceptional design.

There are two substantially scaled arms that are joined by a broad arch, which ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351401 (stock #2969f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script.

Essentially a rarity because of its age and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351355 (stock #2968f)
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$42.00
Perhaps the most recognizable name among Syracuse, New York, silver manufacturers, the firm of Hotchkiss & Schreuder existed under various names during the second half of the 19th century.

The specific "H&S" mark on this 8 7/8" long, heavy at 1.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is an early mark used 1857-64 according to the "Encylcopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

It is also stamped "W.S. Taylor" for the Utica, New York retailer with dates, 1858-61, convergent with the maker's stamps...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1351183 (stock #2966f)
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$125.00
Marked on the underside "Sterling," "Handmade," and with a rubbed maker's mark for William B. Meyers of Newark, New Jersey, working dates 1932-58, this tapered and slightly splayed, handleless cup or small beaker stands 2" tall, has a top span of 2 1/2", a bottom diameter of 1 5/8", and weighs a substantial 3.1 T. oz.

This item was also offered with an accompanying dish or saucer, with matching figures applied on the rim.

The work is novel, engaging, and consistent with the imaginative ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351085 (stock #2965f)
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$125.00
Measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this item has a large, ovoid bowl that measures 3 3/8" by 2 9/16". It has a flange rim with notched shoulders, pointed tip, and, while similar to a berry, the relatively shallow depth suggests it was likely was a much less common pudding serving spoon.

An early, coin silver, example of Gorham's "Grecian," this piece is marked "Patent 1861," with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Shreve, Stanwood & Co.," which was a predecessor f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350997 (stock #2963f)
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This set of three spoons evoke the children's tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

Save for related inscriptions that read respectively, "Mama," "Papa," and "Ina," which nearly mirror the above referenced story characters, they are a matched set of Gorham's 1885 engraved "Nightingale" pattern.

The backsides of the "Mama" and "Papa" spoons are inscribed "1866 - 1891" in fancy lettering, while "Ina's" spoon reads "Nov. 1 '91.," all suggesting these were a 25th wedding anniversary present...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350922 (stock #2962f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two identical place forks measures 7 1/16" long. They are heavy, with the pair weighing 3.4 T. oz. combined.

Dating from the late 19th century, they are high quality items stamped "Hennegan, Bates Co." for the prominent Baltimore firm, and "Sterling."

The pattern is an engraved "Lily," which is more accurately "lily of the valley," and is one of several variations of the same theme made by numerous manufacturers. This work, largely bright cut, is set against an enhancing ...

 
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