American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286280 (stock #2376f)
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$38.00
Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing slightly over 1.4 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Bailey & Co." for the Philadelphia manufacturer that eventually became the storied retailer "Bailey, Banks & Biddle."

It also carries the pseudo hallmark "lion, S, shield" identified as a standard mark used by Bailey for sterling, and introduced January 1, 1855. There is s second lion mark on this, which sources identify as possibly a second sterling designator...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285499 (stock #2369f)
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$110.00
Rogers is one of the storied names in the history of American silver manufacturing, conveying to several companies incorporating that name and eventually tracing to Meriden Britannia and International Silver as well.

This set of six, matched, oversized at 6 1/8" long, approximately 3.7 T. oz. the group, coin silver teaspoons trace to the earliest years of that lineage.

Marked "Wm. Rogers," they date to the second quarter of the 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284711 (stock #2362f)
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$22.00
Stamped "W.G&S" for New York City's William Gale and Son, this silver nut pick dates sometime from the mid 1850s to the mid 1860s.

It is a "French Thread" pattern, and double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. Measuring 4 13/16" long, it is heavy for its size, weighing just over .5 T. oz.

There is an Old English "D" monogram set sideways on the handle. The tapered pick itself has an intentional, horizontal, ridge line about midway down its length...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1284436 (stock #2360f)
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$225.00
Dating to some of the earliest years of the Gorham establishment, these six spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," a partnership that dated 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.

They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283863 (stock #2357f)
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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)
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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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1282287 (stock #2345f)
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$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 : 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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1276204 (stock #2300f)
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$38.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860...
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269891 (stock #2271f)
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$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)
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$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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265582 (stock #2242f)
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$22.00
Born in 1825 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Boston's South Shore, Asa Fairbanks Trufant is listed working as a merchant in nearby Abington, dying in 1879.

Given the "Fiddle Tipt" pattern on this 7 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., dessert or place spoon, it would have dated from his earliest working years.

It is monogrammed "JT to EJT" in fancy script lettering and is in exceptionally fine condition. It remains well-formed and retains a perfectly shaped bowl that is free of dents, burrs, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265382 (stock #2239f)
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$125.00
Listed as a firm operating in New York City in the 1840s, the partnership of Hayes & Robbins is further documented by the location, "207 B.way" stamped on the backsides of this set of six, matching, coin silver teaspoons.

They are slightly over-sized at 6 1/8" long, and moderately heavy, with the group weighing approximately 6.1 T. oz. The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on both the front and back sides. The bowls are tapered and have pointed tips.

The rev...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263189 (stock #2217f)
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$15.00
This lengthy, 5 7/8", just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon is stamped "H. Judson," along with a sunburst emblem, for the Syracuse, New York silversmith and jeweler Hiram Walker, with dates 1792-1868.

It has a plain, round end, and slight mid rib on the backside of the handle. There is a feathered script "EW" monogram on the front. The drop on the bowl is plain.

It is in very good condition. There is minimal polishing wear and the finish has an appealing patina. The bowl is well-...

 
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