American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283863 (stock #2357f)
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$34.00
A mid 19th century silversmith and jeweler, Norman A. Freeman worked individually, and at various times was involved in two partnerships, one with Samuel Wallin and one with Edwin Bennett.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon is a flawless example of his work, marked with his name and address, "289 B.way," along with the number "5." It has a beautiful finish, pointed tip bowl, and very fine, feathered script "CFF" monogram set sideways on the handle.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283862 (stock #2356f)
Old Friends
$24.00
A mid 19th century silversmith and jeweler, Norman A. Freeman worked individually, and at various times was involved in two partnerships, one with Samuel Wallin and one with Edwin Bennett.

This 7 1/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" dessert spoon is a flawless example of his work, marked with his name and address, "289 B.way," along with the number "5." It has a beautiful finish, pointed tip bowl, and very fine, feathered script "CFF" monogram set sideways on the handle.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1283537 (stock #2354f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Solid silver, and with a flat blade and handle, this 6 3/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "Gorham & Co.," dating it 1852-65. Other marks include "Coin" and "Patent 1855."

This last identifier is what typically appears with this pattern, which is "Josephine." The leaf design is of the period, with several other makers producing quite similar patterns in the 1850s and 1860s.

The engraving on the blade individualizes this...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1282686 (stock #2347f)
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Dating c. 1860, this 7 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., cheese knife bespeaks the tastes of its period.

The handle has a twist stem with a broad, flat, pointed antique end with notched sides. This is engraved and engine turned and has a shield reserve with an "F.J.M" monogram.

The blade has five curved prongs at the upper end and like the handle, has an engraved and engine turned surface.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the word "Coin." There is no maker's identifier...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1282287 (stock #2345f)
Old Friends
$335.00
Rarely found, Gale's "Gothic" is treasured by collectors of mid 19th century pattern flatware.

The name and the design elements are completely convergent and architectural in manner. The handle margins are columnar with central arches extending out from these. This structure in turn supports a quatrefoil, window-like element. The pointed tip of the handle has a leafy edge, and the lower portion an acanthus leaf drop...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1280776 (stock #2335f)
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Made by New York's Albert Coles c. 1860, whose three part pseudo hallmark is stamped on the reverse, this coin silver combined olive spoon and fork measures 9 3/4" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

It has a twist stem with a central disk. The spoon on one end is a modified shell form, while the fork has three trident tines. Both the spoon and fork are gold washed and have delicate engraved detailing, as does the central disk set midway along the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280018 (stock #2329f)
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$38.00
Measuring 8 5/16" long, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece although it is essentially the size of today's tablespoon.

It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.

It is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278408 (stock #2316f)
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$250.00
Marked "Sterling," these eight forks retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) are transition pieces between the coin and sterling silver standards. Each one measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs 11.6 T. oz.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned ends. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The are in very good estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1277074 (stock #2306f)
Old Friends
$50.00
This "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern by Durgin and was one of the first line designs of that company.

This example is a 7" long, heavy at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife. It has a solid silver flat handle and blade with a scalloped upper edge and engraved surface. The handle is inscribed in script "L.C.C. to L.A.C."

It is in very fine estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1276868 (stock #2305f)
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$65.00
Taylor & Hinsdale was a New York City partnership with dates 1804-29, with a branch in Newark, New Jersey 1804-10.

This 9" long, just touching 2.0 T. oz., tablespoon bears the firm's "T&H" stamp along with a "bust, lion, G" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his work on American coin silver marks identifies as possibly (William) Forbes. McGrew notes that "most pieces with this mark are Basket of Flowers or Sheaf of Wheat Patterns." This piece is somewhat in that category in that it has a ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1276204 (stock #2300f)
Old Friends
$38.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860. It is an early "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern that was originated by Durgin.

This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.

There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1273589 (stock #2284f)
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$40.00
Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany, which suggests a relationship between these two parties.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1271057 (stock #2276f)
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$25.00
This 8 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon dates from the 1840s and is marked "J.C. Farnsworth" and "Boston."

While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.

It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition. The bowl has a bit of tip wear and some very shallow dimpling in t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
Old Friends
$275.00
This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269891 (stock #2271f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Edmond Kidney of New York City was the organizing principal of several partnerships that spanned the years 1853 to the mid 1870s. This 6" long, T. oz., coin silver spoon is marked "K&J" for the last of these associations, Kidney & Johnson, which dates from 1868.

The pattern is a "Medallion," which in this case features a left-facing, classical, female figure. The handle has a twist stem, while the bowl is elongated and has a ribbed interior. This is large for an ice cream spoon, but the f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269303 (stock #2267f)
Old Friends
$65.00
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 7 1/16" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is en...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1266857 (stock #2252f)
Old Friends
$90.00
This pair of coin silver tongs measure a lengthy 6 1/4" long and weigh nearly 1.7 T. oz.

Stamped "Rockwell" along with a sheaf of wheat pseudo hallmark, this identifier is attributed to Edward Rockwell by both Louise Belden and John McGrew in their respective works on marks. He is to be distinguished from Samuel D. Rockwell with whom Edward was in partnership 1815-47, with some similarity of marks.

This item appears to date from Edward's early working years, 1803-14. It has a broad arc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
Old Friends
$85.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is...

 
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