American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293153 (stock #2433f)
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Abraham & William Wood, New York City, originated the "Dew Drop" pattern that was later produced by Coles & Reynolds and eventually George Shiebler.

This coin silver youth fork and knife combination are early items, unmarked saved for the retailer, "H. Hotchkiss," a Buffalo, New York, jeweler.

The fork measures 6 7/8" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz., while the flat handle, solid silver blade, knife measures 7 1/4" and weighs 1.0 T. oz.

Each piece is inscribed in script "F.H...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1293071 (stock #2432f)
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Typically referred to as a string holder, this item is identified in the 1898 Gorham catalog (see image 3) as a twine holder.

It is stamped with the number "S3044" on the lower top rim, as well as "Sterling" and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem.

It stands 3 1/2" tall and 3 1/8" in diameter. Many examples of the form have silver tops and bottoms. This is a less common combination of a fitted, sterling top paired with a brilliant period cut glass base...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1292958 (stock #2431f)
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Reed and Barton made a significant mark in the realm of Art Nouveau silver design with several touchstone patterns produced around the turn of the 20th century. One of these was "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is the motif on this early production, 5 7/8" long, five tine, pierced heel, sardine fork. The line is weighty and that is reflected in this, which tips out at 1.3 T. oz.

The portraiture is poppies, and is set forth in an intricate and expressive manner...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1292685 (stock #2430f)
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Each of these two, matching, coffee or demitasse spoons measures 4 1/8" long while the pair combined weigh .8 T. oz.

A "King" aka "King's" pattern, they are stamped "Shreve, Crump & Low" for the premier Boston jeweler. The manufacturer is not identified, but they most resemble pattern variants produced by Dominick & Haff and Whiting.

They are a high quality pair in mint condition, and showing no evident wear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1292611 (stock #2429f)
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A novel item stamped "Patent No 11774" and with an "O, lion, anchor, queen's head," along with "WV&S," this solid sterling silver item was made in Birmingham, England in 1888 by William Vale & Sons.

A olive or pickle fork, it measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just under .9 T. oz. It is comprised of a central tube which moves within an outer sleeve that has a four tine fork end...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1292500 (stock #2428f)
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Measuring 9" long, this cheese server is comprised of a solid handle and scoop joined to a hollow handle. It weighs 2.0 T. oz., which includes the fill in the handle, but to be sure, the solid portions of the piece are the substantial portion of the weight.

Made by Albert Coles, the pattern is a "Grape." A common motif for the c. 1860 period of this, this particular version is singular to Coles and quite a detailed and artful expression of this design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1292352 (stock #2427f)
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Clean and straightforward in design, this 5 7/8 long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs have plain, beveled edge, tapered arms and cup grips.

They are marked lion for sterling, leopard head for London, "h" for 1823, and "RR" for Robert Rutland.

They are without a monogram or inscription, or a removal of same, and in excellent condition. There are no bends, breaks, cracks, or repairs. The grips are free of dents or burrs. The only signs of use are light surface scratches consistent with age...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1292243 (stock #2426f)
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Known primarily for flatware, this 5" diameter, 2" tall, 3.0 T. oz., footed bowl made by Frank Smith is something of an unexpected offering from this source.

It is a straightforward piece, which is consistent with the Arts & Crafts movement in which this stands. The entire surface, including the 2 5/8" base, is hammered...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1292117 (stock #2425f)
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Singular in both design and form, this 7 5/8" long, just over 1.4 T. oz., server was made by New York's John Wendt.

The pattern, "Moresque," dates from 1873 and represents the epitome of the broad band of Islamic and Renaissance Revival designs from that period. These include Whiting's "Arabesque," Tiffany's "Persian," and Gorham's "Raphael" and "Byzantine," among others.

Curiously, "Moresque" has four variants, and possibly more permutations. The handle is sometimes upturned and someti...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1292013 (stock #2424f)
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International's "Brandon" is a unembellished design that dates from 1913. It appears to derive from the same Colonial Revival impulse that generated such contemporaneous popular designs as Durgin's "Fairfax," Gorham's "Plymouth," and Towle's "Mary Chilton," among others.

This example is a 3 7/8" long, .4 T. oz., child's food pusher.

It is a completely original, factory produced, item, not made up. The flat blade is 1 1/2" wide and has rounded shoulders.

It is without a monogram or ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291921 (stock #2423f)
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Saratoga chip servers are by nature highly specialized items and, relatedly, are not particularly common.

Functionally, they have to be large, and that is the case with this example in the late 19th century pattern "Hope," produced by Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island, later Mount Vernon of New York. It measures 8 1/8" long overall and weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz.

The story of the piece lies in the extravagance of the bowl, which in this case measures 4 1/8" by 3 1/...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291827 (stock #2422f)
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This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291642 (stock #2420f)
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A generously sized master salt spoon, this piece measures 3 7/8" long and weighs just under .5 T. oz.

It is stamped "H H & Co" for Henry Hebbard. Other marks include "Patent 185x," "I," and the retailer's name, "H. Salisbury & Co" for the New York City jeweler.

It is a "Leaf" pattern, similar to contemporaneous designs produced by such other manufacturers as Albert Coles, Polhmanus, William Gale, and Gorham, which company called its design "Josephine." The leaf motif appears on the fro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291480 (stock #2419f)
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Gorham produced a number of engraved patterns on an "Old English" handle. Some of these were named, and others are only identified by numbers.

This 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.3 T. oz., sugar sifter is "Number 8" in this series and is one of the earlier designs, dating to 1880.

These motifs all incorporated Aesthetic as well as natural elements. This has diamond cut leafy details as well as what appears to be a stalk of grass or wheat, all set against a satin ground.

The bowl is ge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1291353 (stock #2418f)
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Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing a substantial 1.4 T. oz., this cheese scoop is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "m."

The letter is a date mark used 1907-47. The pattern on this, "Faneuil," dates to 1910, early in this range, and exhibits the Arts & Crafts sensibilities of the period. It is essentially a pointed antique with a slight tipt back.

This has a block letter "E over N D" with a central dot monogram that is consistent with the clean style of Arts & Crafts.

The bo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291176 (stock #2416f)
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A major manufacturer located in Syracuse, New York, Hotchkiss & Schreuder was a presence in the world of mid 19th century silver.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.6 T. oz. example stamped "H & S" with the letters in circles and the "&" in a diamond is a good example of the quality of the firm's output. This particular mark was used by the company 1857-64.

Those dates would fit the style of this. It has a twisted stem and a flat end with shaped margins and a slightly upturned end. This is engine tu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291080 (stock #2415f)
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Variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this 7 3/4" long piece has a flat, solid silver handle joined to a blunt end, also solid silver, blade.

It is rather heavy at just under 1.7 T. oz. This weight is reflected in the substantial thickness of the piece, particularly at the join between the handle and blade.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" and appears on both sides of the handle, which is monogrammed "Mc.C." in Old English on the front.

It has Boston origins, st...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290978 (stock #2414f)
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Both a manufacturer and a retailer, Cincinnati's Duhme offered an array of its own and derivative patterns that were akin to other manufacturers, but carried the Duhme mark.

This 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., tea or youth spoon, falls in the derivative category. It is a "Rose" design, but appears to be built upon Whiting's "Lily of the Valley." The overall shape of the handle is identical, as is the folded leaf motif on the lower section of the shank.

The Rose design itself is high r...

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