American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1385163 (stock #3591dd)
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$85.00
Imprinted with the "D" emblem that Durgin used on its holloware and the word "Gorham," along with "Sterling" and the model number "34A," this piece was made subsequent to 1905, the year that Gorham bought out Durgin, which continued as a separate operation under Gorham's mantle until 1931.

It is a 4" long, 2 1/2" wide, 1/2" high to the rim, 3 1/8" at the tallest, nearly 1.4 T. oz., nut or candy dish formed in the shape of a swan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1385131 (stock #3590f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 6" long and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the group, this set of six teaspoons was made by the International Silver Company.

The pattern is "Empress," dating from 1931 and is very much in the Art Deco style popular in the period.

Exhibiting crisp lines and fine finishes, they have never been monogrammed and are in superb estate condition.

They are without damage or evident wear, and have bright, hand polished finishes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384935 (stock #3586f)
Old Friends
$425.00
Lengthy at 12" overall, and weighty at 4.6 T. oz., this fish slice has a 6 1/4" long by 2 5/8" at the widest, blade, with a pointed, upswept tip, and raised and scalloped upper edge.

The pattern is "Medallion" by John Wendt and is stamped "Patent 1862," "Sterling," and "Ball Black & Co," for the New York City retailer with whom Wendt is strongly associated...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384855 (stock #3584f)
Old Friends
$46.00
This mid 19th century, coin silver berry or serving spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia manufacturer and retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384684 (stock #3581f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A very early example of Gorham's multi-motif "Versailles," this piece is stamped on the heel backside with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted '88."

It is a 6" long, 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon with an oval, flange edge, generously proportioned, plain bowl.

The figure is a cherub holding a lyre.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition, retaining clear pattern detail and having a soft, even finish...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384610 (stock #3580f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A long item for its form at 6 1/2", and heavier feeling than its .9 T. oz. actual weight, this coin silver cream or sauce ladle traces to the second quarter of the 19th century. It is marked "Boynton & Woodford for the Boston retail partnership with dates 1837-54.

The "Tipt" end pattern places it toward the earlier end of those years. A graceful piece, the handle is arced with an upturned terminus. The plain, well-formed, bowl is ovoid at 1 7/8" by 1 1/2" by 7 1/16" deep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384517 (stock #3578f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this item has a large, shovel-like, ribbed and pierced with flange shoulders, serving end.

A nut scoop or bon bon, it was made by Watson whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1384408 (stock #3576f)
Old Friends
$75.00
This large, 9 1/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., table or serving spoon was produced by Edwin Stebbins & George C. Howe, working 1827-31 in New York City. Well regarded silversmiths, each man subsequently operated independently.

The rounded end, arched handle, features a representation of a "Basket of Flowers." This motif, along with "Sheaf of Wheat," were popular design embellishments in a period when coin silver was largely plain...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1384354 (stock #3575bb)
Old Friends
$585.00
An unusual design, but very much reflective of its 1872 date, this bowl measures 7" at the widest, has a top opening that is 5" across, sits on a 4" footed base, stands 2" tall, has a bulbous middle section, and weighs a substantial 10.8 T. oz. (please see both sets of images)...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1383927 (stock #3566f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A relatively long piece at 8 7/8", and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this spoon is fully hallmarked for Dublin, Ireland, sterling, 1804 and "JP" for maker John Power.

It is an "Old English" pattern, meaning it has a downturned handle with a reverse tipt back and an exposed drop on the bowl heel.

There is a feathered script "EC" monogram on the front.

It is in very good condition. The overall form is without wear, although the monogram shows slight softening from polishing. The bowl remains well...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1383861 (stock #3565f)
Old Friends
$130.00
One of William B. Durgin's earliest patterns, dating circa 1865, and not formally named but commonly called "Spray, this design features a bouquet of woodland flowers and grasses tied by a bow.

This motif appears in the top center of the handle, and is repeated on the lower front at the join with the blade and on the backside heel.

This example is a 9" long, 2.1 T. oz., pie or pastry server. The pointed blade measures 4 1/2" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, and has a cupped heel and flange edge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1383816 (stock #3564f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A relatively large item, this piece measures 4 1/2" wide and stands 3" tall.

It is a dresser jar made c. 1900 by Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr & Co., whose "mace" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "7200-4" are stamped on the edge of the silver lid, which by itself weighs nearly 2.1 T. oz.

The bulbous glass base is panel cut with a star pattern on the underside.

The lid is relatively plain, with a rimmed and scalloped edge and a line script "EP" monogram in the center.

In e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383314 (stock #3558f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A full figure nude in the manner of "Bacchante," a design that offended the sensibilities of turn of the 20th century Bostonians, Watson's companion "Phoebe" (1895) likewise expresses the freedoms of style and subject found in the Art Nouveau mode.

The figure is surrounded by considerable imagery including wheat, a grape cluster, a shell, and clouds, this last details perhaps derivative of her mythological identity as a Titan associated with light.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., pi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1383064 (stock #3553f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Made in a limited number of pieces, rather than a full line of flatware, this "Iris" theme pattern is strongly Art Nouveau in style and likely dates either side of 1900.

This example is a long handle, 8 7/8", .7 T. oz., two tine, olive or pickle fork.

In addition to the novel design, it has an unusual double twist handle. Overall it is an elegantly slender and graceful piece, well-crafted and finely finished.

It is in flawless condition, showing no polishing wear, having a fine fine, an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1382940 (stock #3551f)
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Auction
Definitely a product of the Gilded Age, this 6 5/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., glove stretcher bespeaks a refined lifestyle.

This example is model number "5" by Gorham, and so identified by marks on the inside of the handle, which also include the word "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1889."

One other imprint by the pin that holds the two pieces together reads "Pat. 75," which no doubt is a reference to the spring mechanism that controls the pivoting arms.

The design on the hollow but all silve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1382870 (stock #3550f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Introduced in 1945, Frank Smith's clean and stylized "Woodlily" (trillium), pattern is a mid century modern design that evokes earlier Danish modern sensibilities.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.2 T. oz., all silver gravy ladle.

It has a large bowl that measures 2" in diameter and 1/2" deep.

The backside of the piece is plain, save for the Frank Smith "lion and S" emblem and the word "Sterling."

In excellent condition and never monogrammed, the only signs of use are sligh...

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.

There is a flowing script "SS" monogram ...

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. Below this is an array of seashore creatures, including a fish, ...

 
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