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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399896 (stock #3846f)
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$46.00
"Jenny Lind" was a pattern first introduced by New York City's Albert Coles in 1850, although numerous contemporaneous manufacturers took up the design, leaving extant pieces that bear a variety of makers' marks.

This example, a 7 1/4", weighty at 1.5 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399708 (stock #3843f)
Old Friends
$225.00
This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology.

Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.

D...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399541 (stock #3840f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Dating circa 1865, this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "*F. & H.*" on the blade for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell, and "Pure Coin," which is a New England term, on the underside of the handle.

It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.

The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1399427 (stock #3838f)
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Auction
Having a slender handle with pointed end, faint midrib on the reverse, and elongated drop on the backside of the bowl, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs approximately .4 T. oz. (12 grams).

It is marked GH in an oval, attributed to George Hendel (1776-1842), born in Philadelphia and working in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

This is an example of a "birdback" spoon, so identified for the, in this instance, "dove on a branch" image impressed on the heel of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399241 (stock #3834f)
Old Friends
$335.00
Most American tongs of this size, 8 1/8" long and 2.7 T. oz. in this instance, and configuration, namely with a talon or fork grip combined with a spoon or cup grip, date from the mid 19th century.

Commonly identified as chicken (salad or fried) tongs, they might have have been used for various salads.

This coin silver pair are particularly attractive, combining several design features...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1399185 (stock #3833f)
Old Friends
$30.00
This place, aka dessert or oval soup, spoon measures 7" long and weighs approximately 1.0 T. oz.

It is appealing in several respects.

First is its pleasing form, with a broad, down turned, "Reverse Tipt" handle, oval bowl with a pointed end, and clean drop on the bowl back.

The name "H E Benedict" is engraved in handsome, feathered script, lettering set sideways on the handle.

There are abundant maker's marks, which would feed a collector's interest...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399131 (stock #3832f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Identified in Crescent City Silver published by the "Historic New Orleans Collection," as either replacing or succeeding P. Zimmermann, Charles H. Zimmermann operated immediately following the Civil War, from 1866-70.

The same source indicates tht he was both a manufacturer and retailer. As this 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," coin silver master butter knife is marked "WwH" as well as "C.H...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1398837 (stock #3826f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this size spoon is variously identified as a place, dessert or oval soup.

This example is in a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern and is stamped "Kirby," for Abner, "Milwaukee," and with a "P, eagle, star" pseudo hallmark...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1398527 (stock #3820f)
Old Friends
$24.00
References indicate that William Braisted Heyer, born 1776, began his working career in New York City at the end of the 18th century and continued until his death in 1828, and for a short while during this time was in partnership with Jesse L. Gale.

Based on its style, with a straight sided, rounded end, slender handle with a slightly tipt backside, this spoon dates circa 1810...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1397424 (stock #3802f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Price per piece, two available.
A standard design that was first produced in the coin silver era, and continued after the adoption of the sterling standard in the mid 19th century, "Oval Thread" is a "Pointed Antique" with a tipped end and lined border.

This 6 15/16" long, 1.4 T. oz., example is a place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon stamped "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the renowned Philadelphia firm, and "925" in an oval, for sterling. This style of "925" mark was commonly used in Boston, suggesting this piece may originate...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1397341 (stock #3800f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1788, James Nevins Hyde was a silversmith with a presence in both New York City and New Orleans.

This example of his work, a 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt" teaspoon with an exposed drop, bears the mark "Hyde & Nevins," referencing his 1814-19 partnership with his cousin Rufus Nevins.

Sources indicate Hyde also began marketing in New Orleans in 1816 or 1817, with his brother-in-law, Charles Whiting Goodrich, moving there in 1818 to support this enterp...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1397243 (stock #3798f)
Old Friends
$385.00
Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers offers extensive biographical material about silversmiths Edmond Kidney and Samuel Johnson, who formed a partnership in 1868 that lasted until at least 1874.

With working histories for each of them tracing to the early 1850s, they were already established names among New York City silversmiths when they joined efforts.

Their product line was extensive and of excellent quality, of which this 6 1/4" long, 4 3/4" wide, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1396908 (stock #3792f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Slender, with an elongated handle, this coin silver cream ladle measures 6 1/2" overall and weighs .9 T. oz. It has an oval bowl that is 1 7/8" wide, 1 1/2" back to front, and 1/2" deep.

A "Tipt" pattern, it is stamped "Boynton & Woodford," for the Boston jeweler and "comb maker" with dates 1837-54.

There is a large script "S.A.B." monogram on the backside of the handle.

In very fine condition, it is stylistically appealing and remains a quality example of its form and period. Apart fro...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1396782 (stock #3790f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Subsequent to a partnership with Julius Hollister that existed about 1843-46, Oliver D. Seymour operated his own shop in Hartford, Connecticut until at least 1852 (Dorothy Rainwater Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

This 8 11/16" long, 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon carries his name along with an "eagle" and "star" hallmarks that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies with Hartford.

A very clean example, showing no wear, this has a crisp, feathered script "...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396394 (stock #3785f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 5 7/8" long, and weighing 3.1 T. oz. the group, these six teaspoons all match and all have the same script "D" monogram engraved sideways on the handle fronts.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" design they are very early examples of the work of William B. Durgin, whose name appears on the backside of each one. He founded his company in 1853 and these date about that time.

Simple and unadorned, they stand in marked contrast to the later, evolved work of this firm which produced some most ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1396267 (stock #3783f)
Old Friends
$90.00
The mark on this 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is "D. Kinsey," for David, who along with his brother Edward were major silver manufacturers in 19th century Cincinnati, both singly and in partnership.

Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 indicates that David operated alone following Edward's death in 1861, and himself died in 1874, dating this to that time span.

These dates conform with the style which is mid 1860s, with a thick, twisted handle set at a right angle to the blade. Bo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1396087 (stock #3781f)
Old Friends
$250.00
Price for the pair.
Mid 19th century items, each of these two, large, open master salts measures 3 1/2" long, 2 1/2" wide, stands 1 5/8" at the highest, and weighs 106 grams (3.4 T. oz.) in one instance and 108 (3.5 T. oz.) in the other.

"Georgian" in style, they stand on four tiered feet, have applied rim edges, are finished in bright gold washes on the interiors, and are monogrammed "M.A.B." in Old English lettering on the sides.

They have a double New York City provenance in that they are stamped on the ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1395560 (stock #3774f)
Old Friends
$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.

There is an added "B" in a square, along with an "eagle...

 
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