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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1395982 (stock #3765f)
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A rarity in terms of its age and form, this ladle measures 11" long and weighs approximately 2.5 T. oz.

Delicately scaled and with a distinguishing pouring spout on either side of the shell bowl, it is a true punch, or possibly bouillon, ladle, in contrast to the more common large soup or slightly smaller than that, oyster, of the period...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1395560 (stock #3760f)
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$175.00
While a holder of a number of widely embraced, older, flatware design patents, and a substantial manufacturer, pieces that actually carry any of Michael Gibney's marks are not particularly common.

This large at 10 1/4" long, and weighty at 3.4 T. oz., fish server is one of those examples that is stamped with his three part "oval, circle, diamond" emblem, with (a rubbed) "MG" in the upper portion and the date "1845" within the diamond...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395431 (stock #3758f)
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$28.00
Price per piece, two available.
Sperry Douglas Brower, operating in business with his son Walter, was an Albany manufacturer of repute and substantial size. Examples of his work are readily found, although that is not the case with his circa 1864 "Medallion" pattern, as instances of it rarely surface.

This piece is a 5 7/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon that features a right facing female figure.

The bowl is pointed and has a broad tip. The backside is plain except for "A.L...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395038 (stock #3766f)
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$38.00
Price for the set of three.
Each of these three, matching, spoons is marked "Sterling," "925/1000," and "Duhme & Co.," for the premier 19th century Cincinnati firm founded by Herman Duhme in 1843.

Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz. the set, they are in a broad "Fiddle Tipt" pattern which is a characteristic design for the region, along with high, pointed shoulders off the bowls...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1394599 (stock #3756f)
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$58.00
Born in 1782, Horace Seymour Hinsdale enjoyed a long working career in New York City, spanning nearly all of the first half of the 19th century.

Early associated with the partnership of Taylor and Hinsdale, this example stamped only "Hinsdale" and with a "lion, W, bust" pseudo hallmark that McGrew in Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin Silver attributes to Jacob Wood, dates it to the 1830s or early 1840s.

The piece is an 8 1/2" long, relatively heavy at nearly 2.2 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394046 (stock #3747f)
Old Friends
$250.00
Price for the set of six.
Variously referred to as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this flat handle, solid silver blade, form was employed during the middle of the 19th century, supplanted in the later 19th century by hollow handle knives such are still in use today.

This grouping, dating circa 1865, each measures 7 3/4" long, with the six combined weighing a relatively heavy 9.6 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393909 (stock #3744f)
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$65.00
A pattern developed by New York City's Henry Hebbard, "Mask" eventually became a standard line offered by Whiting.

This 5 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., mustard ladle is an early production piece marked "H.H." for Hebbard, "Patent 1859," "5," and with the name of the retailer, New York's "A...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1393757 (stock #3741f)
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Marked "Coin" and with the number "4," but without a maker's identifier, this particular 1860s "Medallion" pattern is illustrated in D. Albert Soeffing's benchmark Silver Medallion Flatware within a grouping that he classifies as "naive" or "primitive."

Soeffing shows a sugar sifter, while this is a 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., sardine fork...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1393137 (stock #3729f)
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$165.00
As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392780 (stock #3722f)
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Standing 3 9/16" to the rim, 3 3/4" to the highest point at the tip of the handle, with a tapered body that is 3 3/8" wide at the top opening and 2 7/8" across on the base, and weighing 6.0 T. oz., this mug is exceptionally large.

It is marked on the underside "O[badiah]. Rich," "Boston," and "fine," indicating coin silver.

Rich (1809-88) was a Boston silversmith who left a considerable legacy in his work...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392352 (stock #3715f)
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$325.00
This 3" high to the rim, 3 3/4" to the top of the handle, 2 5/8" top diameter, 4.3 T. oz., coin silver mug has identifiers that closely date it.

Stamped "Crosby & Brown" for the retailer that operated 1851-52, it is also imprinted "V.L.&B.," for significant Boston silversmith Vincent Laforme & Brother, active 1850-54...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1392016 (stock #3711f)
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$165.00
Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver.

The pattern is a "Grape" or "Grapevine" on something of an "Olive" background ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391574 (stock #3704f)
Old Friends
$235.00
A Bostonian by birth who apprenticed in Belfast, Maine for four years beginning when he was nineteen, Edward A. Tyler subsequently (1838) established himself and a successful business in New Orleans, Louisiana, which operation became "large and at one time or another employed a number of silversmiths." (Biographical material sourced from Crescent City Silver published by The Historic New Orleans Collection.)

This item, which is stamped "E.A. Tyler," along with "Sterling," and "P...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1391396 (stock #3701f)
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$345.00
A lofty item, this ewer (pitcher) stands 8 3/4" tall to the highest point of the lip, rests on a pedestal base that is 3 3/16" in diameter, and weighs approximately 9.0 T. oz.

It dates from the mid 19th century and carries multiple marks, which include "Bailey & Co. Chestnut St. Phila." in an arc around "136," which was the number for the building the firm occupied 1848-56. Additionally, there is a "lion, S, shield" pseudo hallmark flanked by two more lions.

The shield is thought to indica...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391164 (stock #3698f)
Old Friends
$34.00
Price for the pair.
With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant manufacturer, producing a wide array of silver flat and hollow ware.

While modest and unpresuming in terms of function, size, and design, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, .5 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons nonetheless reflect the full quality of craft for which the firm was known.

They have broad, upturned, "Tipt" ends, beveled edge handles...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1390904 (stock #3693f)
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$24.00
Price for the pair.
This pair of 5 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz. combined, coin silver teaspoons are marked "J & I C & C" for the partnership of brothers John and James Cox who worked during the second quarter of the 19th century, from 1817 on, and was continued by John after James' death in 1852.

The style suggests a date from early in their history. They have slender shanks, down turned, "Reverse Tipt," ends, and exposed drops on the heel reverses.

Each one is engraved in a fancy, feathered script, "TM" monogram se...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390476 (stock #3685f)
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$28.00
Price per piece, two available.
Measuring 8 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this would have been an individual place spoon in its circa 1840 period, but is equivalent size to today's tablespoon.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, it is marked "Perry O. Daniel" and "Standard," which is a regional term for coin silver.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies the maker as Oliver Perry O'Daniel, born in Wilmington, Delaware, and working in Philadelphia 1836-52.

It has high, angled and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1390099 (stock #3680f)
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$575.00

This item is a three piece, base, liner, and lid, coin silver, butter dish.

The bottom measures 6 1/4" across, stands 1 1/2" high on a rimmed base, and weighs 5.9 T. oz. The fitted liner is 5 1/2" across and weighs 3.1 T. oz. Lastly the lid is also 5 1/2" wide, 2 3/4" high to the top, and weighs 6.3 T. oz.

Relatively plain, the top has a cast cow finial attached by a threaded extension and thumb screw on the underside.

A favored design element of its period, this cow is particularly ...

 
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