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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1374915 (stock #3421f)
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$42.00
This style of tea strainer is designed to hang from the spout of a tea pot.

The body is a basket, in this instance 2 1/4" in diameter and 1" deep, with a bail handle that is attached to a double wire prong that is held in the spout by tension. The total weight is nearly .5 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1374799 (stock #3419f)
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$65.00
Measuring 7" long and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this preserve or jelly spoon traces to Boston, circa 1860.

It is stamped ". F&H ." for Farrington & Hunnewell, along with "Pure-Coin," which is a New England regional term designating the silver content.

The arched handle has a fan-shaped end, which along with the main shank, is finely engraved in an intricate leaf and scroll design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1374687 (stock #3417f)
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$395.00
Model number "1907," as imprinted on the underside, along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date letter for "1880," this mug is large and exceptionally attractive. Furthermore, it references significant historicity in its inscription.

It stands 3 5/8" tall, has a diameter of 2 7/8", a maximum span of 4 3/8" to the end of the handle, and weighs just under 6.0 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1374537 (stock #3414f)
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$85.00
A replica of a style that has its origins in the pre-Georgian era (see Old Friends item 2971f), this pair of sugar nips carry hallmarks in two places for London, sterling silver, 1921, and maker HF, likely Harrison Fisher, which was a Sheffield based firm.

They measure 4 5/8" long, are 1 3/4" across at the handles when closed, and open to a span of 3 5/8" at the shell grips. Weight is .9 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374484 (stock #3413f)
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$36.00
Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this spoon has a broad, "Fiddle Tipt," handle, and high, pointed shoulders off the bowl.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" along with the Baltimore standard mark "10.15," which is roughly equivalent to coin, and in this particular combination of marks was used 1846-61.

Well-proportioned and clean looking, this presents in a quietly stately manner...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1374415 (stock #3412f)
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$345.00
Lacking a specific definition, console bowls are generally low and wide items, well-suited to hold fruit or decorative arrangements, and that is the case with this item.

It measures 7" across, stands 2" tall, has a tapering body that rests on a 2 3/4" wide base, and weighs a robust 11.8 T. oz.

Made by Tiffany & Company, it is so marked on the underside, along with "Sterling Silver," "925/1000," and an "m" for John C. Moore II, director from 1907-47...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374347 (stock #3411f)
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$62.00
An early, harder to find and more sought after than later production items, this 5" long, approximately .7 T. oz., Art Nouveau period "Francis I" lemon fork is marked with Reed & Barton's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and in very fine, precise lettering set along the edge, "Pat. June 25 07."

Newer pieces are marked "Reed & Barton."

It has three, elongated, tines joined to a pierced heel.

The backside is engraved "GSP" in a delicate script.

It is in mint estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374249 (stock #3409f)
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$285.00
One of the most impressive pieces in any given flatware line, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by their very large, deeply cupped and pierced, bowls.

The piercing is what distinguishes them from their similar, kindred but more common and less dramatic in appearance, cracker scoops.

These features are all present in this 8 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., example made by Gorham in its 1893 "Luxembourg" pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1374147 (stock #3407f)
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$65.00
A Boston firm rooted in the Arts & Crafts tradition, Tuttle was known for its old English reproduction items, as well as its novel marking system.

The firm adopted the custom of identifying the year of manufacture of its pieces by imprinting them with the initials, set in a crescent, of the sitting President of the United States, beginning with the term of Calvin Coolidge.

This 5 1/8" long, quite heavy at approximately 1.7 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374085 (stock #3406f)
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$265.00
Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing just over 3.2 T...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1373930 (stock #3404f)
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$70.00
Dating from the 1850s, and measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing approximately 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver berry or other serving spoon is stamped "P.L.K." for the Philadelphia silversmith Peter L. Krider.

Relatively plain in design, it nonetheless bespeaks its origins.

The "Reverse Tipt" handle is extensively engraved on the front in a design that is evocative of Philadelphia work of the period. It incorporates leafy elements, wriggle work, bright cutting, and fine line hatching that mim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373897 (stock #3403dd)
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$52.00
Price for the set of six.
Based on the design, especially the pattern on the 3/4" sterling (so marked) handle bands or ferrules, these six, matching nut picks are late 19th century items.

They are large at 5 7/8" and in New England especially, would have doubled, or even primarily served, as lobster picks.

They have smooth, polished, likely bone, off white colored handles and elongated silver-plated blades.

In immaculate condition, they are all but unused. There is no loss of plating on the picks, the bands ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373758 (stock #3401f)
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$46.00
While "Olive" was perhaps the most popular pattern produced during the mid 19th century, and made by numerous manufacturers, with many examples consequently yet extant, this particular item is unusual.

It is a 7 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., flat, solid silver, knife.

About the size of a master butter, it has a long, slender blade that comes to a point and is likely an early for its form, individual fish knife, and thus a scarce find for the period.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1373677 (stock #3400f)
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$185.00
Stamped with the word "Sterling," model number "145," and the name "Shreve Cump & Low Co.," for Boston's premier jeweler, this pitcher stands 4 1/2" to the rim, 5 5/8" to the highest point on the top of the handle, sits on a square base that is 2 5/8" on a side, and weighs a relatively heavy 5.8 T. oz.

It is also engraved "B" over "R + E" over "1916," in block lettering as was typically used on Arts & Crafts items. Indeed it appears to be hand fashioned, and there were numbers of skilled si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1373622 (stock #3399f)
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$32.00
Retailed by Greenleaf & Crosby, a storied name in Florida jewelry and fine goods, this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon was made by William B. Durgin of Concord, New Hampshire, around the turn of the 20th century.

It is a souvenir piece depicting the city of St. Augustine, specifically the landmark "Old City Gates," as acid etched on the handle backside.

Generally found as a teaspoon, this is the less common citrus spoon variant, with a long, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange margin and point...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1373557 (stock #3398f)
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$90.00
This 6 5/8" long by 3 5/8" wide, by 3/4" high to the rim, and 1" to the tallest point, relatively weighty 3.2 T. oz., dish falls within two design categories.

The first is "Danish Modern," taking its inspiration from the style popularized early in the 20th century by Georg Jensen. It also embodies the clean, sleek, look of the "Mid Century Modern" mode, which actually dovetails with the Danish aesthetic.

It was made by the Webster Company, whose "CW with an arrow" emblem is stamped on t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373472 (stock #3396f)
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$225.00
A substantial piece, this pie or pastry server measures 8 3/4" long and weighs 3.1 T. oz. It has a solid silver, beveled edge, 4" by 2 7/8" at the widest, blade with rounded and notched shoulders.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373409 (stock #3395f)
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$32.00
Operating for a short time in New York City, 1837-40, James Edward Merriman, spent the majority of his working years, 1841-65, in Memphis, Tennessee.

The specific mark on this 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt," coin silver, place spoon, "J.E. Merriman/123 Pearl St.," traces to his New York period. It is accompanied by a "leopard head, bust, star, leopard head" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his volume on manufacturers' marks attributes to an unknown New York City source.

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