American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1274356 (stock #2287f)
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Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears of the backside along with the word "Sterling," this early 20th century, 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., "Minnesota" souvenir spoon has an engraved bowl that portrays the "Pillsbury Acadamy" in Owatonna...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274185 (stock #2286f)
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At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1273834 (stock #2285f)
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Silversmith Porter Blanchard was one of the premier names in the history of the American Arts & Crafts movement in the middle of the 20th century. He had a bi-coastal career, associated first with his father George Blanchard in Gardner, Massachusetts, where Arthur Stone was located, and living in southern California beginning in 1923 where he established himself.

Marked "Sterling," "Porter Blanchard," and "Handmade," this 8 1/2" long, 2.4 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1273589 (stock #2284f)
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Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany, which suggests a relationship between these two parties...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1273372 (stock #2283f)
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E.A. Whitney of Boston is known for its production of historical theme souvenir spoons, many related to the American Civil War, which is the case with this 5 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.1 T. oz., example.

The subject is "Sheridan's Ride," an event that became the basis of a poem, and significant enough that the general's horse was preserved by a taxidermist and remains at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1273209 (stock #2282f)
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"Gladstone" dates to the late 19th century and was produced by Frank Whiting and Amston, with both companies coming under one umbrella in the mid 20th century.

It is a robust, highly detailed, rococo design. The leafy scrolling set against a stippled ground shows considerable relief, all of which is abundantly evident on this large, 9 7/8" long, heavy, 4.3 T. oz., pie server...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1272304 (stock #2280f)
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Dating from 1932, Towle's "Old Brocade" incorporates Art Deco design elements embellished with an etched floral surface, the style of which would seem to explain the pattern name.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., tomato server. The solid silver (vs. stainless) broad blade has raised and scalloped shoulders and a slight center groove on the delicately reticulated flat area...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1271949 (stock #2279f)
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At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1271596 (stock #2278f)
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The name "Fleur-de-Lis," aka "Fleur-de-Lys,"seems misapplied to this pattern by Alvin as it is an expressive iris design rather than the stylized, three petal, lily motif that the name implies. A little probing does offer the French "fleur-de-lys-orris" for iris, so this may be the association...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1910 item #1271301 (stock #2277f)
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Marked with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'D 1902," and an Old English "O," this is an early production sugar spoon in Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily."

It measures 5 7/8" long and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz.

In immaculate estate condition, it is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains sharp and crisp. The bowl retains its original matte finish gold wash, with light fading on the high spots.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1271057 (stock #2276f)
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This 8 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon dates from the 1840s and is marked "J.C. Farnsworth" and "Boston."

While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.

It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1270827 (stock #2275f)
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An estate item, this gravy ladle was made by Whiting in the "Louis XV" pattern. It is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1891," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Kennard & Co."

It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The bowl is generously proportioned, with a depth of 1". It has decorated, flanged shoulders and an intact, satin matte gold finish on the interior.

There is an Old English "B" monogram on the front of the handle.


All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
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This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1270348 (stock #2273f)
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This 2 3/4" diameter, 1 1/8" high, approximately 1.6 T. oz., round master salt was produced in 1879 according to the date incorporated in the Dominick & Haff mark on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "284."

The design is very much reflective of the Aesthetic taste, conveying a Far Eastern sensibility, and utilizing copper applications on the sterling body, commonly referred to as "mixed metal." In this instance, the copper motifs are two different leaf form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1270135 (stock #2272f)
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Unnamed, this Tiffany design is through and through Art Deco in style. It is much in the manner of "Century," a pattern issued in 1937 in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the firm. With its beaded detail and rounded top, however, it is more expressive yet than "Century."

Clean, heavy, and finely finished, these two examples reflect the modernistic sensibilities of the period.

One is a 6 1/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., presumably sugar, spoon. The other is an unusual form, 6 3/8" long, 1...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269891 (stock #2271f)
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Edmond Kidney of New York City was the organizing principal of several partnerships that spanned the years 1853 to the mid 1870s. This 6" long, T. oz., coin silver spoon is marked "K&J" for the last of these associations, Kidney & Johnson, which dates from 1868.

The pattern is a "Medallion," which in this case features a left-facing, classical, female figure. The handle has a twist stem, while the bowl is elongated and has a ribbed interior. This is large for an ice cream spoon, but the f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1269472 (stock #2269f)
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Standing 3 3/8" tall to the top of the finial, 3 3/8" at the widest to the edge of the handle, and weighing just under 4.0 T. oz. this solid silver piece was made by Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Sterling Company and retailed by Boston's Shreve, Crump, & Low according to the identifiers on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling," "925/1000," "4522," and "Pat '93."

Catalogs of the period identify shorter versions of this form as mustard pots, and taller ones as horseradish. Common...

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