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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1412927 (stock #4058f)
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$105.00
Lengthy at 9 5/8" and weighty at 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a large, 4" long by 2 1/2" at the widest by 5/8" deep, bowl with flanged shoulders, a central rib in the base, and a gold washed surface that is bright cut and wriggle work engraved in a blackberry and leaves design.

Dating circa 1880, it is stamped "J.S...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1412872 (stock #4057f)
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$85.00
An early example of a form that was produced for decades, beginning in the 19th century and extending well into the 20th, this solid silver, "Repousse pattern handle with an elongated, arrow head shaped blade," letter opener, dates to the mid 19th century.

It is relatively large compared to more recent pieces, measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz.

It is marked "S...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1412531 (stock #4052f)
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$85.00
A 9" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this berry or other serving spoon has a "Tipt" end, and high, pointed, shoulders off the ovoid, scalloped edge bowl.

It is stamped "Zahm & Jackson," for the partnership that Vivian Gerstell in Silversmiths of Lancaster Pennsylvania 1830-50 indicates was established in 1845, although this piece dates some fifteen years or so later than that...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411640 (stock #4039f)
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$22.00
Measuring 4" long and weighing 7 grams (just over .2 T. oz.), this master salt spoon features a pronounced "Fiddlet Tipt" handle, with high, pointed, shoulders off the shovel form bowl.

It is marked "J.T & E.M.E. Chicago," whom John McGrew in his Manufacturing Marks on American Coin Silver identifies as J.T. and E.M. Edwards, working 1852-64.

There is a finely engraved, script letter, "HPC" set sideways on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1411317 (stock #4032f)
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$75.00
One of Gorham's earliest full line patterns, references date it to 1865 although this 7 3/4" long, 1.4 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife is stamped "Patent 1867," indicating a later date and situating it just before the company's conversion to a sterling standard in 1868.

Other marks on this include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "Geo. H...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1411261 (stock #4030f)
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Measuring a lengthy 9 1/4" and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this serving spoon is stamped on the reverse "Goodwin" and "Hartford." The name could reference either or both of two brothers, Allyn or Horace, who worked independently in the first half of the 19th century, and as partners 1821-25...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411214 (stock #4029f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Price for the pair.
There were several silversmiths or jewelers who worked in New York city in the 1830s to 1850s named "Gelston," as stamped on this pair of teaspoons, with confusion remaining about their respective marks.

Even Louis Belden's scholarly work, Marks on American Silversmiths, reflects this uncertainty, assigning this single surname to one of three possibilities, George S. or Henry Gelston, or Gelston & Co...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411185 (stock #4028f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price for the set of six.
Relatively lengthy at 6", with slender, "Fiddle Tipt" handles in a style that is particular to Baltimore where they were made, this group of four, matching, teaspoons weigh 2.3 T. oz.

Each one is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" along with the standard mark "10.15," which is roughly equivalent to coin silver. This specific combination of marks was used 1846-61.

Each piece has a feathered script "EVE" monogram engraved on the front and an exposed thumb drop on the bowl reverse...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1410850 (stock #4023f)
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$38.00
Marked with a three part "anchor, diamond with the letters ZB, horse head" hallmark, this 6" long, .9 T. oz., "Tipt" ladle is for cream or sauce.

The maker was Zalmon Bostwick, who was born in Vermont and worked as a silversmith in New York City, 1841-56 according to one source, 1841-52 to another.

A clean piece with a particularly bright, hand polished only, finish, it has a finely rendered, feathered script, "CCI" or "CCJ" monogram set sideways on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1410535 (stock #4016f)
Old Friends
$32.00
A prominent name in New York City silver manufacturing for approximately four decades, William Gale, working alone and in several partnerships, produced some of that city's most impressive flat and hollow ware of its time.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.3 T. oz., place or table spoon, is an early example of his work and while showing the quality of craft for which Gale was known, is beguilingly simple compared to his later work...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1410272 (stock #4011f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Introduced in 1861, and initially made to a coin silver standard then continued in production beyond the conversion to sterling in 1868, Gorham's "Grecian" features a solid tubular stem capped with an elaborated anthemion or palmette.

This 6 1/2" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., ladle dates post 1868, as it is marked "Sterling," along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Patent 1861," and the name of the retailer, Rochester, New York's "Sunderlin & Weaver."

For sauce or cream, it has a h...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1410239 (stock #4010f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Price for the set of two.
Generally attributed to Michael Gibney, the patent for this 1862 eponymously named pattern was apparently issued to Francis H. Gibney. In either case, it has long been identified as a Whiting design.

This matched 6 5/16" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife and 6" long, .8 T. oz., spoon are coin silver and may predate the Whiting association (later production was made to a sterling standard).

Each piece is stamped "W. Kendrick" for the Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, with the spoon additionally mar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1410061 (stock #4007f)
Old Friends
$95.00
An early line pattern first issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard, "Cottage" continued in production for many years, through Gorham's transition to sterling in 1868.

This 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz, pie server is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," indicating it dates post 1868.

It has a triangular shaped serving end, with a cupped heel and flanged shoulders and edges. The surface is engraved in an anthemion, leaf and flower, period design.

Never monogramme...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1409742 (stock #4001f)
Old Friends
$975.00
Full set also available.
This kettle is stamped "I.W. Forbes" along with two stars and an anchor, for the prominent New York City silversmith and citizen, John Wolfe Forbes, 1781-1864, son of William Garret Forbes and brother of Garret, both also silversmiths of note. An example of his work is housed in the Yale University Art Gallery and is valued by private collectors as well.

Working in the first decades of the 19th century, his style follows after early Federal period design, as evidenced by this bulbous, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1409309 (stock #3997f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Measuring 9" long and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this pie server has a triangular shaped, 4 3/8" by 2 5/8" at the widest, blade with flanged shoulders.

The pattern is "Queen," which is one of the earliest designs produced by Knowles & Ladd, later J.B. & S.M. Knowles. It was first issued in 1865, and made in both coin and sterling silver; this is older production to a coin standard.

"Queen" is actually a strawberry motif that portrays three hanging fruit and a leaf cluster set on a handle that is...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1837 VR item #1409198 (stock #3996f)
Old Friends
$240.00
Price for the set of six.
Born in 1790 in Middletown, Connecticut where he apprenticed and then established himself as a working silversmith, George Kippen relocated to Bridgeport, Connecticut circa 1815, in which city he entered into several partnerships (as well as with George Hoyt in Albany, New York), dying there in 1847.

These six, 5 5/8" long, 2.9 T. oz. the group, "Sheaf of Wheat" pattern spoons all bear his individual mark, "G. Kippen."

This design is rarely found in such exquisite condition, absent polishi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1409103 (stock #3995f)
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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths dates the partnership of Allen Leonard & George Wilson to 1847-1853 and notes, "The firm specialized in card cases chased and engraved with a variety of famous building facades." Most notably, these facades were of castles, examples of which are pursued by collectors.

This 1 3/4" diameter, 1 1/4" tall, just over .8 T. oz., coin silver napkin ring is marked "L&W" for this pairing.

It is six-sided, with each side mounted with a raised pane...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1408900 (stock #3991f)
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An early design in the production history of Wood & Hughes, the "Leaf," often identified as a "Shell," pattern on this 9 3/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., fork dates to the mid 19th century.

A coin silver fish server, this has four, broad, tines, the outer two of which are splayed, with all surfaces including the pierced heel, densely engraved in a floral, leaf, and scroll motif.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

The handle front h...

 
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