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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1344566 (stock #2883f)
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Frequently found as a presentation or commemorative item, this flat blade form of a trowel pie server lends itself to an inscription.

This 11 1/4" long example has an engraved margin, but is otherwise plain and without any erasures.

The large, 6" long by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade is sterling silver, as is the shank which is fitted with a turned, appearing to be rosewood or mahogany, handle. The piece weighs 4.8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1344111 (stock #2877f)
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$65.00
An Art Nouveau design issued in 1902, "Narcissus" is one of several floral patterns that Blackinton produced in the early 20th century.

This example is an 8 1/8", .9 T. oz., olive spoon. It is long-handle, versus standard size, which is less than 6".

The flowers are delicately scaled and arrayed around the end of the handle, with trailing leaves and buds set along the length of the shank...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1980 item #1343898 (stock #2874f)
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$145.00
Measuring 5 1/2" wide by 2 5/8" high, and weighing a substantial 5.3 T. oz., this item was made by The Stieff Company of Baltimore.

Made for Colonial Williamsburg as part of an exclusive line, it is described in a 1976 catalog as "A design of classic simplicity copied from a bowl made by Philip Syng (1676-1739)."

It sits on a tiered base that is 3" across, and has an applied upper rim.

There is a line "MSB" script monogram on the side...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1343188 (stock #2864f)
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$135.00
Price for the set of six.
These matching oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks all measure 5 3/8" long, and weigh a bit over 3.5 T. oz. the lot.

They were made by Alvin, whose company emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent" appear on the backsides, in very fine, precise, raised lettering as it should be on original pieces..

The pattern is "Majestic," which is a multi-motif floral Art Nouveau line that in this instance portrays irises. It was introduced in 1900...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1343028 (stock #2862f)
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$185.00
Of a form that is decidedly exceptional, and to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.

Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342740 (stock #2858f)
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$95.00
Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1342549 (stock #2855f)
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$150.00
A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1341747 (stock #2842f)
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$120.00
A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340690 (stock #2831f)
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$275.00
The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340604 (stock #2830f)
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$90.00
Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been u...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340074 (stock #2823f)
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$55.00
Price per piece.
A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335434 (stock #2768f)
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$85.00
A 6 1/8" long, slightly under 1.0 T. oz., piece, this item dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334334 (stock #2754f)
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$275.00
A Providence, Rhode Island guild level retailer founded in the mid 19th century with principals related by marriage to the Gorham family, Tilden-Thurber Company was throughout its history a source of high quality silver offerings.

Such is represented in this 7" diameter, 1 1/8" high, very heavy at 11.4 T. oz., open bowl. It is stamped on the underside "Tilden-Thurber," "Sterling," and "943," and likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It has a flat bottom, with an eight lobed wall,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334269 (stock #2753f)
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George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes. Yet within the detail,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1334125 (stock #2750f)
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$145.00
One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334073 (stock #2749f)
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$225.00
An early example, this gravy ladle is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333915 (stock #2747f)
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$185.00
An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331585 (stock #2718f)
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$135.00
A "noble" pattern both in theme and presentation, and not so readily found, Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without peer in the realm of silver patterns. The design is singular. The only near match is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak equivalent is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving ...

 
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