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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1359718 (stock #3117f)
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Asymmetrical, this picture frame measure 4 5/8" at the widest and 3" at the tallest. The silver only portion, without the glass or backing, weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz.

The piece is cast open work, rococo in style, and fully marked for sterling, Robert Comyns, London, 1895-96.

The design is intricate and incorporates a variety of figures and leaf and floral elements surrounding two roughly heart shaped, 1 1/2" by 1 1/4", areas for pictures...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1359624 (stock #3116f)
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An early example of this strikingly direct 1927 pattern, this 7 3/4" long cheese knife is marked "Sterling," "Denmark," and "GI" for Georg Jensen.

Sources vary about the date for the use of this last mark, but 1932 seems to be the latest possible year.

The design is architectural in manner, comprised of a sharply angular handle with what appear to be a series of chiseled "parallel" lines with beveled surfaces...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359584 (stock #3115f)
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This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4"...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359572 (stock #3114f)
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Measuring 8 5/16" long and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this coin silver tablespoon is stamped "Merriman," for James Merriman, c. 1847-60, and "Memphis."

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" design, with a broad end characteristic of the lower Ohio River Valley and extending down the Mississippi.

A pre Civil War item, this is in fair to good condition. The bowl has a rough bottom, but apart from that, it is free of tip wear or dents. There is on one small burr on the side of the handle near the end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359471 (stock #3113f)
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One of Towle's most enduringly popular patterns, "Georgian" remained in production for decades subsequent to its introduction in the late 19th century.

This 7 5/8" long, heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of the line marked "925/1000," with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898," and the name of the retailer, "Bruce & Chapin," of Worcester, Massachusetts...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359437 (stock #3112f)
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Classified as Egyptian Revival in style in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359383 (stock #3111f)
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Marked only "Sterling," this circa 1865 "Kings" pattern is readily identified. Among other features, it incorporates a rosette in the design, which was a detail particular to Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, later Krider & Biddle.

This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1359382 (stock #3110f)
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A matched pair, this sugar and creamer were a 25th anniversary gift, as indicated by the "ABF to MFCC 1859-1884" inscribed on the sidewall of each piece.

Made by Tiffany, they are hollowware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1359311 (stock #3108f)
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This pair of sugar tongs measure 5 1/16" long and are exceptionally weighty at approximately 1.7 T. oz.

They are marked on the inside of each arm "GS" for George Smith III, working in London the last quarter of the 18th century.

They are finely made and in choice condition.

Each arm is bright cut in a diamond pattern with wriggle work trim. This extends around the margins of the round cup grips and the broad, concave arch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359139 (stock #3106f)
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This substantial-sized, 9 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., piece bespeaks its 19th century Philadelphia origins.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade. There are two round bottom vees with cur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1359034 (stock #3103f)
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A large and heavy item at 9 3/16" long and 3.5 T. oz., this piece dates from early in the 20th century.

The pattern is "Du Barry" by Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the heel of the reverse, along with the word "Sterling" and the name of the retailer, Pittsburgh's prominent jeweler, "Hardy & Hayes Co."

Appropriate to its name, "Du Barry" is thematically French in style, featuring laurel leaf wreaths and sprays on the handle and in the bowl, and a scroll terminus on the handle. This i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1358965 (stock #3102f)
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A charming item with a poignant provenance, this sterling item is model number "B885" made by Gorham, as identified by the marks on the underside.

It measures 4" at the widest, is 2 1/2" across on the base, and stands 2 1/2" high to the top of the knob on the lid. The total silver content is 4.0 T. oz.

The interior is finished in a bright gold wash, and the piece retains its original (lambswool?) puff in mint condition.

The reason for its fine condition is bittersweet, as it was lit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1358574 (stock #3101f)
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A 6 1/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., piece, this item traces to the mid 1860s.

It is a sugar spoon in one of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Lotus."

An Egyptian Revival design, the handle terminus features a three frond array of lotus leaves. This is the solid background vs. the open version in which this pattern was also made.

The stem of the handle is faceted and leads to a wire-like, pseudo-wrapped area where it joins the bowl.

The bowl is eggplant shape with a central raise...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1358536 (stock #3100f)
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A 7" long, .9 T. oz., item, this preserve spoon dates from the mid 19th century.

It is imprinted on the backside with the horse head chevron of Philadelphia maker James Watts, and the word "Coin."

The design bespeaks its period and area of manufacture. The handle has a twisted shank and slightly upturned, broad end that is engine turned and bright cut engraved.

There is a feathered script "MEP" monogram in the shield-shaped reserve area.

The bowl is shell form, with a notched ed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1358487 (stock #3099f)
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Identified in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as a "very good (best of the Batemans)" silversmith, William Bateman worked during the first half of the 19th century.

Measuring 5 5/8" long each, this pair of spoons bear his "WB" mark and are also fully marked for London, Sterling, and 1831-32.

They are a "Fiddle" pattern with "Tipt" backs and exposed drops on the reverses of the bowls.

Each one is engraved with a crest showing a raised arm holding a dagger.

They are in very fine condition, f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1358429 (stock #3098f)
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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and having a 3/4" wide, raised edge with a rim back, this plate is weighty at 5.2 T. oz.

It is stamped "Lincoln & Reed" for the Boston firm with dates 1838-48, and "Pure Silver Coin," which is a term typically used only in New England.

It is a thoroughly engaging period piece which takes its character from the delicate engraving on the top surface. The portraiture is of a wreath comprised of innumerable flowers that include among others, morning glories, peo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1358377 (stock #3097f)
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A substantial piece measuring 8 5/16" long and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this master butter knife was made during the second quarter of the 19th century by the prominent "Philad[delphi]a" firm of "R.&W. Wilson," as identified on the backside of the blade.

Very much a period piece and emblematic of a regional style, it has twist handle set at a right angle to the blade, both of which are broad, flat, and have shaped margins. These areas are extensively engraved in a leaf and scroll design, with r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1960 item #1358300 (stock #3096f)
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This candle snuffer has a multiple provenance.

It is stamped on the end of the handle, "Perlita," which sources indicate was a Mexico City retailer, "Taxco," for the renowned center of modernist silver manufacturing, "Sterling 925," and with an eagle symbol with a "9" on its chest, which was the number assigned by convention to Hector Aguilar.

Aguilar was a shop manager for the legendary William Spratling before he opened his own operation in 1939, and became prominent in his own righ...

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