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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402897 (stock #3902f)
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Nomenclature for this 5 7/8" long, relatively heavy .9 T. oz., type of piece in Tiffany's "Chrysanthemum" pattern varies from source to source.

William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware identifies it as a "butter pick-fork," indicating it is "a fork with two sharp-pointed tines, . . . used to impale a piece of butter."

Indeed, this exactly fits this description and the item matches the illustration he offers of a like piece in the company's "Renaissance" pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402860 (stock #3901f)
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$60.00
Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this spoon is marked with George Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd 89," and "11."

The number references that this is one in Shiebler's "Flora" series, "Carnation" in this instance.

In addition to the flower portraiture on the handle, the bowl is acid etched in a scene that is identified as "Niagara Falls." The imagery includes the full span of the falls, complete with a small steamer in the churning waters of the river...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402805 (stock #3900f)
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This piece is one of a series of knives (and forks) that Gorham produced circa 1880 which had sterling silver blades and multi-colored bronze handles.

Information about this line varies some, with the following all taken from Charles Carpenter, Jr.'s definitive Gorham Silver. He indicates the knives were derived from "Japanese prototypes" which "were . . ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1402740 (stock #3899f)
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$85.00
An original production piece of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs," this full size dinner fork measures 7 3/4" long and weighs an exceptionally heavy 2.4 T. oz.

An extravagant design, this embodies all the elements of the Art Nouveau sensibility, with its high relief, seemingly liquid, portraiture of sinuous floral elements entwined with one another throughout the length of the handle, carrying clear onto the cup of the heel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402694 (stock #3898f)
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Smaller than a full-size tea, and larger than a demitasse, these 4 3/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz. combined weight, pieces are (after dinner) coffee spoons...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1402624 (stock #3897f)
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$165.00
Lengthy at 9 3/8", and weighty at 2.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver cheese scoop dates from the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Bailey & Co.," for the prominent Philadelphia firm that operated under this name 1848-78 (Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers) and which eventually became "Bailey, Banks & Biddle."

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern, with the design on both sides of the arched handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1402563 (stock #3896f)
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Having a top diameter of 1 3/4", standing 3/4" high, and weighing .9 T. oz., this round pill box dates late 19th century into the first decade of the 20th century based on the marks.

It is stamped "Black, Starr & Frost," for the prominent New York City firm, along with the company "eagle" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "2."

The slightly domed, sleeve top features an overall raised design that includes a spray of posey like flowers tied with a bow and surrounded with a decorative border...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402531 (stock #3895f)
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$65.00
Price per piece, two available.
Introduced in 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif line, featuring a variety of fruit and flowers, differing from piece to piece.

This example is a 6 3/16" long, 1.1 T. oz., youth (slightly larger than a tea) spoon in a gourd theme.

It is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "M," this letter dating it no later than 1891.

The handle backside is engraved "EBH" in flowing script lettering.

It is in good condition, showing slight softening of detail from polishing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402530 (stock #3894f)
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$175.00
Introduced in 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif line, featuring a variety of fruit and flowers, differing from piece to piece.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, just under 2.2 T. oz., all silver, flat handle, youth knife in a pomegranate theme.

It is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "M," this letter dating it no later than 1891.

The handle backside is engraved "xBH" in flowing script lettering...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402405 (stock #3893f)
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$38.00
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Having four tines, the lower one of which is wider than the others, and hooked, and with a bell shaped cut in the heel, this 6" long, 1.1 T. oz. piece is a pastry fork.

The pattern is Gorham's figural "Versailles," introduced in 1888...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1402365 (stock #3892f)
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$44.00
Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this sugar spoon is an early example of Whiting's 1905 "Violet" pattern, marked with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. App. For," and the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts' well-known "Daniel Low & Co."

The portraiture of the flowers, leaves, and delicate stems is well-rendered, in keeping with the Art Nouveau manner in which style this falls.

The bowl itself is reminiscent of a leaf, with cut edge shoulders and a rounded shap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402339 (stock #3891f)
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$115.00
The Baltimore Museum of Art volume Maryland Silver indicates George Webb (1812-90) was a second generation silversmith, although he trained under Hugh Gelston rather than his father, James Webb.

This source also notes that he "conducted his highly successful jewelry and silver shop under the name Webb & Co. on Baltimore and Light Streets with W.H. Sexton as a partner 1877-86."

As this 9" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon carries this mark, along with the word "Sterling," it can be def...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402277 (stock #3890f)
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$54.00
Price for the pair.
This pair of serving items are early examples of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked with the company "lion, anchor, G," emblem, "Pat 1895," and "Sterling."

The spoon measures 6" long and the fork 5 3/4", with the two combined weighing just over .9 T. oz.

Each piece has a gold washed serving end, which is particularly strong and bright on the spoon, and less so on the fork.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed while both are in exceptionally fine condition, showing no wear or flaws, and hav...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402232 (stock #3889f)
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The pattern of these two, matching 5 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. combined, late 1860s, coin silver teaspoons is "No. 1" produced by the Cincinnati firm of "Duhme & Co.," and so marked.

With twisted stems and shaped handle ends engraved in a bright cut design with wriggle work borders, perhaps no design so bespeaks this significant maker.

Each of these is engraved "K.L." in feathered script lettering set sideways on the handle.

They are in excellent condition, absent polishing wear and having ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402184 (stock #3888f)
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$46.00
Watson's "Cherub" takes it name from the face of a winged figure which appears throughout the line, although in various orientations and sizes.

This example is a 4 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs, retailed in this case by New York City's "A. Frankfield & Co." In addition to carrying this mark, the piece is stamped "Sterling."

The design appears on each arm and is accompanied by stylized and decorative claw form, cupped, grips.

Never monogrammed, this remains in outstanding con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1402136 (stock #3887f)
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$450.00
Measuring 4" by 3/4" by 1/2" and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this all silver perfume bottle was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," model number "264," and date symbol for "1885" are stamped on the bottom.

The entire body has a hammered surface finished in a gold wash, while the two wider surfaces have raised designs drawn from those of Gorham's "Fontainebleau" Beaux Arts flatware line.

One image is of a man garbed in an outfit befitting the French Court of Francis I, and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1402008 (stock #3885f)
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$100.00
An early production item, this 7 5/8" long, extra heavy at 2.2 T. oz., small cold meat fork is marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. App. For," and the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts' renowned "Daniel Low & Co."

The pattern is "Violet," an Art Nouveau design of understated simplicity and elegance.

This is an especially fine example. Never monogrammed, it shows no wear or damage and has a soft, even, finish. The added weight lends the piece a sense of heft and dur...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1401954 (stock #3884f)
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$65.00
Measuring 8 1/8" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver item has a generously sized, 2 1/2" diameter, shell-shaped, pierced, bowl and "Reverse Tipt" handle.

Generally identified as a large sugar sifter, there is some argument to be made that pieces this scale from this period were actually early ice spoons.

In either case, it is a fine representation of what it is.

It is stamped "R. Fisher, Jr." and "331 Broad Way, N.Y." on the reverse, for Richard Fisher, working 1846-50, also ...

 
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