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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1400093 (stock #3855f)
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$26.00
A 7" long, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert piece, this spoon traces to the early decades of the 19th century.

It is marked "B&SD" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt. Multiple sources date this New York City partnership to 1820-35.

It also has a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his work on such marks attributes to an unknown NYC maker.

The pattern is a "Kings" design on an hourglass shaped handle with a plain reverse save for the marks. The bowl has a shell back...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400040 (stock #3854f)
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$52.00
Dating from the mid 19th century, this unusual length at 9 1/2", rice or other serving spoon is marked "S. Kirk & Son," and "10.15," which is a silver standard designation equivalent to coin and particular to Baltimore, in which city Kirk worked.

It has a fiddle shaped handle with a subtle "tipt" backside, high, pointed and chamfered shoulders, and a line drop on the bowl backside.

The handle front is engraved with a fancy, feathered script, "JSE" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399991 (stock #3853f)
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$90.00
One of a set of 12 coffee spoons illustrated in Gorham's 1888 catalog, this 5" long, approximately .5 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399990 (stock #3852f)
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One of a set of 12 coffee spoons illustrated in Gorham's 1888 catalog, this 5" long, .5 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399989 (stock #3851f)
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One of a set of 12 coffee spoons illustrated in Gorham's 1888 catalog, this 5 1/8" long, .6 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399988 (stock #3850f)
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$90.00
One of a set of 12 coffee spoons illustrated in Gorham's 1888 catalog, this 4 7/8" long, .5 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399987 (stock #3849f)
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$60.00
One of a set of 12 coffee spoons illustrated in Gorham's 1888 catalog, this 4 7/8" long, .4 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1399971 (stock #3848f)
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$125.00
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To a European scale, meaning large compared to a typical American counterpart, this French fork measures 8 1/16" long and weighs a massive 2.8 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva, indicating .950 purity silver vs. sterling at .925, and "P, spade, Q" in a caret for well documented maker Pierre Queille, 1834-46, and a bigorne assay mark...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1399924 (stock #3847f)
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$48.00
Issued in 1900, Alvin's "Majestic" was a multi-motif line of Art Nouveau flatware that featured a variety of floral themes.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, substantial weight at approximately 1.3 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

The flower is narcissus or daffodil and is represented by a number of blossoms on the handle front and leaves and buds on the backside.

The 1 7/8" wide by 1 1/2" back to front by 1/2" deep bowl has three lobes and a scalloped edge...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399896 (stock #3846f)
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$46.00
"Jenny Lind" was a pattern first introduced by New York City's Albert Coles in 1850, although numerous contemporaneous manufacturers took up the design, leaving extant pieces that bear a variety of makers' marks.

This example, a 7 1/4", weighty at 1.5 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1399836 (stock #3845f)
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$55.00
One of Kirk's earliest patterns, "Wadefield," essentially a "Pointed Antique" design, was introduced in 1850 and continued in production for nearly a century and one half.

The mark on this 4 1/4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., tea caddy spoon with a scallop shell bowl, "S. KIRK & SON STERLING," was used by the company during the middle third of the 20th century, indicating this is sixty plus years old...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1399747 (stock #3844f)
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$65.00
Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Henry II" pattern was an homage in design to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

The central feature is a lion's face set midway on the handle. This is surrounded by an array of acanthus leaf (one of which forms the tongue of the lion), fruit, scrolls, and scaling as would be found on a suit of armor.

This piece is an all original, 5 3/4" long, .8 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399708 (stock #3843f)
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$225.00
This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1399596 (stock #3841f)
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$115.00
Designed to hang from a teapot, this 2" diameter, 1 1/4" high, .7 T. oz. all silver, basket style tea (leaf) strainer has a wire prong that fits in the pot spout, and which is also attached to a pivoting wire bail.

It is marked "Sterling" on the wire, and "Sterling," model number "24," and "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham on the basket.

Markedly Aesthetic in style, the pierced basket is folded or crimped and is irregularly impressed with a fern or seaweed like organic design. This is reminisce...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399541 (stock #3840f)
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$48.00
Dating circa 1865, this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "*F. & H.*" on the blade for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell, and "Pure Coin," which is a New England term, on the underside of the handle.

It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.

The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period.

The scalloped ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399481 (stock #3839f)
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$46.00
Solid silver, this piece measures 5 3/8" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

A bon bon aka confection spoon, it has a round, 2 3/8" diameter, slightly cupped, scalloped edge, serving end.

The pattern is Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," issued in 1885. This has a pointed end handle, while some pieces in the line have squared off ends.

A high relief design, this has sculptural qualities with detailing that suggests an Aesthetic influence as well as anticipates Art Nouveau.

Never monogrammed and i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1399427 (stock #3838f)
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Having a slender handle with pointed end, faint midrib on the reverse, and elongated drop on the backside of the bowl, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs approximately .4 T. oz. (12 grams).

It is marked GH in an oval, attributed to George Hendel (1776-1842), born in Philadelphia and working in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

This is an example of a "birdback" spoon, so identified for the, in this instance, "dove on a branch" image impressed on the heel of the bowl.

There are a wide v...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399368 (stock #3837f)
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$265.00
An impressive serving piece that measures 8 3/8" long and weighs nearly 2.7 T. oz., this item has a double provenance that traces to the late 19th century.

First, the pattern is "Luxembourg" made by Gorham and introduced in 1893. This particular example is a pea spoon with a large, round, 3" diameter, reticulated, shallow bowl with a gold finish on both sides.

Secondly, the handle front is engraved "Whist Club" and the backside reads "1897." While this could reference numerous organization...

 
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