American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317415 (stock #2541f)
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Syracuse was a major center of silver manufacturing in the second half of the nineteenth century and this piece is an example of the quality of that city's output.

It is an 8 1/4" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon made by Joseph Seymour.

The pattern is "Duchess," which dates from 1877. It reflects the Moresque and renaissance revival sensibilities of its period, having a dense, tapestry-like design set against a finely lined background that lends it a parchment look...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1317265 (stock #2540f)
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Stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" trade mark, "Sterling," model number "40," and a date symbol for 1888, this diminutive letter opener measures 3 7/8" long and weighs 8 grams (less than .3 T. oz.).

The bulk of the piece is a flat, tapered, blade with a satin matte finish. The handle is tubular with scrolling detail on either side where it joins the blade. This extends along the edges of the backside of the blade, having a naturalistic look like the roots of a tree...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1317182 (stock #2539f)
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A pattern produced by three San Francisco makers, Reichel, Vanderslice, and Koehler & Ritter, under the name "Gothic," this is a design strongly associated with this west coast city. Indeed, a fourth maker, Schulz & Fischer offered a nearly identical pattern under the name "Eureka."

This example is a generously sized, 8 3/4" long, 2.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an elongated bowl that measures 3 1/2" by 2 1/4" at the widest, by 1/2" deep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1317122 (stock #2538f)
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A Brooklyn, New York firm founded in 1890, Hasselbring Silver Company was one of three manufacturers that merged in 1955 to form the Crown Silver Company.

This 2 1/2" tall to the lip, 2 5/8" to the top of the handle, 1.8 T. oz., diminutive pitcher carries Hasselbring's "deer head and 1890 in an H" emblem on the brushed finish underside...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1317033 (stock #2537f)
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Medium sized, this cheese scoop measures 6 7/8" long and weighs just under 1.5 T. oz. The pattern is International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac," which is an Art Nouveau lily design dating from 1903.

This is an early, fully original, i.e. not custom or made up from another piece, example. The handle has an upturned end while the scoop itself has attractively scalloped shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1316907 (stock #2536f)
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There is a lengthy entry about Littleton Holland, 1770-1847, in the Baltimore Museum of Art's volume "Maryland Silver." The biographical material states that, curiously, "Nothing is known of Holland's parents, place of birth, or training."

Yet the entry further adds, "A considerable amount of fine silver by him survives, and his name appears consistently in extant Assay Office returns," so he went from relative obscurity to a noted craftsman working in a significant early American setting...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1316800 (stock #2535f)
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In his work "Tiffany Silver Flatware," author William P. Hood illustrates a selection of eight line pattern sugar tongs arranged in sizes from 3 1/4" to 6 1/2"(plate 234). At 5 1/8" long, this pair in "Colonial," is medium to large scale. Typical of Tiffany items, it is weighty at 1.2 T. oz.

An 1895 design, the relatively unadorned leaf with lined border motif stands in contrast to the many more intricate patterns of the late 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316723 (stock #2534f)
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The pattern "Fleury" is comprised of delicate, but fully elaborated, wild rose blossoms, leaves, and stems, entwined with acanthus leaf and scroll detailing, all interpreted in a French manner as would be expected from the pattern name.

It dates from the late Art Nouveau period, as indicated by the "Pat. 1907" imprinted on the back of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1316588 (stock #2533f)
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The origins of Whiting, one of the major 19th century American silver manufacturers, are modest, tracing to the partnership of Tifft & Whiting of North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

The partnership spanned the years 1840-53, and that would be the date range of this mug. It is impressed on the underside with the "rooster, T&W, arm" pseudo hallmark of the firm, along with the phrase, "Pure Silver Coin," which was a term used in New England in the period of this...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316518 (stock #2532f)
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International's "Avalon" is a turn of the 20th century design. It incorporates high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell motifs which combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name. There is also a lion's face cleverly hidden in the detailing of the midpoint of the handle.

This item is an uncommonly found toast or bread fork (which is similar to a spinach fork in some patterns)...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316127 (stock #2530f)
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An early, original, piece of Whiting's stand-out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.3 T. oz., salad serving spoon is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and with the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts "Daniel Low & Co."

It is distinguished by an elongated bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 1/16" at the widest, which in this instance retains very slight traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1316042 (stock #2529f)
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A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945.

His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art. That is the case with this 7" long, weighty, 2.3 T. oz., silver gravy ladle.

Inspired by American colonial period design, about which Gebelein was a scholar, it has a clean, straightf...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1315961 (stock #2527f)
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Perhaps Wallace's most forward entry in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a gravy ladle. This line was generous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1315833 (stock #2526f)
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An original "Fairfax" piece produced by Durgin and not a later Gorham example, this cucumber server measures 6 5/8" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz.

It has a flat blade with a tipped, scalloped end, a pierced surface, and a cupped heel with slightly flanged edges.

It is without a monogram or removal and in very fine estate condition. It is free of polishing wear, has a bright finish, and the blade is without bends, breaks, or cracks.

Marks are Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315753 (stock #2525f)
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An early example of Tiffany's "Japanese," to be distinguished from the later reissue "Audubon," this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "M," and "Pat. 1791."

It is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems to be a scarce form in this line. It has a scalloped edge bowl, with slight ribbing on the sidewalls. It retains a portion of its original gold wash.

The image on the front ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1837 VR item #1315661 (stock #2524f)
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Sources list Aime Mathey working in New York City from the 1820s to 1860s.

The style of this 6 1/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs along with a "Sheaf of Wheat" motif dates it to the earliest years of that span.

The cupped grips are shell form, the shaped arms have beveled margins, and the arch is wide at 7/8" at the broadest.

Each of the legs has a raised, well-articulated, sheaf of wheat image with a sickle laid across it. The arch has a large, feathered script "LB"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315595 (stock #2523f)
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The long version of an olive spoon, this example measures a full 9" and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV."

The bowl is especially attractive. It has a lattice work interior with little florettes. The borders of this are adorned with cee scrolls which are larger expressions of the design that characterizes the overall pattern. These elements repeat as well on the cupped and scalloped shoulders.

There is a flowing script "AET" monogra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1315406 (stock #2521f)
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Price per piece. Two available, matching.
While this 4 3/4" long, heavy at 1.4 T. oz., bon bon is akin to parallel items produced by such large manufacturers as Gorham and Whiting, this comes from an unexpected source, namely Roger Williams Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island.

A successor to Howard Sterling Silver Co. c. 1900 according to Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," it merged in 1903 with Mauser and Hayes & MacFarland to form the Mount Vernon Company, so the Roger Williams moniker was sho...

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