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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382817 (stock #3549f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A very early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895," this olive spoon is the long version, measuring 8 1/2" and weighing 1.0 T. oz.

There are subtle aspects to the reticulated bowl that confirm the age of this. Having a shape that mimics an olive spoon, it has notched and chamfered shoulders, and a pointed and upturned end. The soft, satin matte, finish has a pale gold wash on front and back surfaces...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382784 (stock #3548dd)
Old Friends
$26.00
In business from 1879 to 1918, Coddington Brothers & Heilborn of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was a manufacturer of silver novelties.

This 5 1/8" long, light weight, three tine, strawberry fork illustrates the imaginative diversity of the firm's products.

Apropos of the firm's New England location, the handle features a sculptural portrait of a Victorian woman in bathing or beach garb, with her hand resting on a pier post...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382683 (stock #3546f)
Old Friends
$575.00
Price for the pair.
A matched pair, this spoon and fork could readily be used as a salad serving set, or individually as buffet or platter pieces.

Made by George Shiebler, with a likely late 19th century date, they are imaginatively designed--which in reference to Shiebler is often an understatement--and extravagantly scaled. Both items are stamped with a "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "2733."

Each piece measures 10 1/2" long, with the fork weighing 3.2 T. oz. and the spoon nearly 3.4 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1382604 (stock #3545f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Measuring 7" in diameter, this relatively heavy at 6.7 T. oz., plate or shallow dish is marked "S. Kirk & Son Co" and "925/1000" on the underside, which was a mark used 1896-1924.

It has a 1 3/4" wide, double border rim that has a hand raised leaf and floral design. Repousse as represented on this reflects a style and technique that was a hallmark of Baltimore silver, and this applies especially so to Kirk.

The interior has a line script monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382528 (stock #3544dd)
Old Friends
$55.00
A 6 1/2" long, .6 T. oz., piece, this butter pick has a pierced and twisted end.

It is a fully original piece, i.e.not made up or custom, produced by William B. Durgin in its 1897 "Madame Royale" pattern.

The scroll, leaf and berry design borders the handle and flat area of the pick, repeating on the backside of the handle but not the pick.

There is a script "LHB" monogram engraved on the front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382458 (stock #3543dd)
Old Friends
$45.00
An extremely rare item in the original, this 6 3/4", 1.0 T. oz., example of a corn fork is an older, custom made, or adapted, piece of old "Chantilly" marked "lion, anchor, G," along with "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," and "T," which is a weight designation meaning "trade."

The multi-tine, reticulated serving end is quite faithful to the original, although there are subtle differences that distinguish it.

It is in flawless estate condition, and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1382373 (stock #3541f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Heavy at 2.0 T. oz., this 7" long place fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "m."

The pattern, "Hamilton," dates from 1938, the late Art Deco period.

The thick handle is fiddle shaped with a double lined border, and otherwise plain save for a bit of extra shaping around the shoulders.

Never monogrammed, this is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches, there are no signs of use...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382110 (stock #3537f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Julius Hollister, whose name along with the words "Pure Coin" appears on the backside of this 5 3/4" long, .6 T. oz., fork, began working in Hartford, Connecticut in 1841, then relocated to Oswego, New York, with a short time in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

While Hollister was of no particular distinction, this pickle or early pastry fork is an unusual form in that it has four tines, the lowest one of which is widened. Most examples of such mid 19th century pieces have three tines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1381899 (stock #3534f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Classically French in style, as befits its name, "Du Barry" aka "Madame Du Barry," this sculptural design was issued by Durgin in 1901...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381740 (stock #3532f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a rais...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381687 (stock #3531f)
Old Friends
$40.00
This 7 3/8" long, T. oz., 1840s, "Reverse Tipt" 1.0 T. oz., dessert or place spoon tells a story that such items rarely do.

Firstly, the extensive inscriptions offer a lot to the genealogist.

The front of the handle reads "Sarah Aurora Dauchy" while the reverse is inscribed in similar script, "From her grandmother A. Mead."

Probing for the specifics about the lives of these persons is aided by the fact that both the retailer and manufacturer are located in New York's Hudson River Valley...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1381443 (stock #3527f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Large at 7 7/8" long and weighty at 1.4 T. oz., this master butter knife is solid sterling silver.

The pattern is Gorham's "Fleury," which is a floral design very reminiscent of that company's "Buttercup," although the flowers in this instance appear to be wild rose, and in that regard, there is a close parallel with Watson's "Meadow Rose."

All these patterns date from the first decade of the 20th century and show the expressiveness of the Art Nouveau style that was popular in the period. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381439 (stock #3526f)
Old Friends
$335.00
A form particularly popular with English silver makers, asparagus servers also found expression among American manufacturers in the second half of the 19th century.

This particular pair are stamped "Ford & Tupper" and "Sterling," and are in the form of large tongs.

A firm associated with high quality silver, Ford & Tupper operated under this partnership name 1867-74; there is considerable question about whether it was a retailer exclusively or also a manufacturer. In the Encyclopedia ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1381347 (stock #3525f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 5 1/2" long, these spoons are 5 o'clock size, slightly smaller than a full size teaspoon.

Slender and delicate, with the six weighing 2.9 T. oz., the pattern is "Martha Washington Star" by Frank Smith, dating 1927.

A "Pointed Antique" design, the handle surfaces are gently rounded and have satin finishes that are bright cut in an abstract star burst or starfish motif.

Each piece is lightly engraved in a flowing script "MG" monogram that is an enhancement to the overall design....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1381276 (stock #3524f)
Old Friends
$285.00
In her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, author Dorothy Rainwater notes of George C. Shreve & Company, the maker of this large, 3 3/16" high to the rim, 3 3/8" top diameter, 4.9 T. oz., mug, that "Until that 1880s the firm focused on retailing," but that "silversmithing began in 1883."

She also indicates that the "bee in a shield" emblem imprinted on the underside of this, along with the company name, "San Francisco," and "Sterling," was not used after 1894, all of which s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1381191 (stock #3523f)
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Standing 5" tall and 4" maximum diameter, this syrup jug is an especially fine item produced by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "119," and a year symbol that is difficult to discern, are all imprinted on the lower edge of the fitted all silver top.

Dating circa 1900, the body is panel cut with a ground base, high quality, glass.

The fitted top has a wide collar, with a broad spout, hinged lid, and a solid, cast thumb grip.

It is in superb condi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381025 (stock #3522f)
Old Friends
$68.00
This "leaf" design, often identified as "Josephine" because of Gorham's use of that name for its variant, was produced by several mid 19th makers with slight variation among them.

This example, a full size dinner fork measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz., was made by Henry Hebbard, as indicated by the "H.H. & Co. Patent 1855" stamped on the reverse, along with the retailer's name "Robert Rait," both mid 19th century New York City firms.

This is inscribed "M.Walker." set sid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1380987 (stock #3521f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Tracing to the lower Hudson River Valley and dating to the third decade of the 19th century, this coin silver tablespoon measures 8 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.7 T. oz.

It is stamped "A. Hanford," who worked in Peekskill, New York, 1820-30. Documentation about him is scant--for instance, no references offer a first name--and examples of his work are not particularly common.

This has a broad, fiddle shaped with down turned and rounded end, handle. There is a very slight hint of a t...

 
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