American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1302489 (stock #2504f)
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$22.00
Canadian pseudo hallmarks frequently mirror their English counterparts even more closely than American ones do, and that is the case with this 5 5/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., silver tea, or actually coffee, spoon.

It is stamped with a crown, a bust, a lion passant, and the letters "IM" and "NB." The letters stand for J. Munro and New Brunswick (Canada) respectively, while the symbols look very much like hallmarks for Sheffield, England.

Munro's dates are from the 1810s to the 1860s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301885 (stock #2499f)
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$22.00
Stamped "I. Speer" and "Chicago," this coin silver teaspoon measures 5 7/8" long and weighs .45 T. oz.

Speer is documented as a jeweler and watchmaker about 1840-70. The style of this locates it at the beginning of his working years.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a rubbed "LH" script monogram on the front.

It is in very good condition. There are overall surface scratches, but no other signs of wear such as bends or burrs...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299547 (stock #2480f)
Old Friends
$38.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf or shell motif that had contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This piece is a 6 3/4" long, rather heavy at just over 1.3 T. oz., tea or dessert fork. It is an early item, marked "Patent 1855," "Coin," and with the name of the retailer, Pittsburgh's "J. Stevenson."

There is a handsome, feathered script "AG" monogram set sideways on the handle.

It is in exceptionally fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297427 (stock #2463f)
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If sentiment can be attributed worth, then this 7 3/16" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., youth knife may have an intrinsic value above its peers.

It is engraved "Bennie From Papa 1870" on the backside of the handle. Bennie and Papa are now lost to history, but the affection of one for the other remains with the piece and is a reflection of how artifacts can take on a near spiritual component and thereby transcend the usual metrics of price.

The pattern is "Grecian" by Gorham...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295529 (stock #2453f)
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$45.00
Measuring 7" long and weighty at nearly 1.5 T. oz., this fork is marked "J.P." for New York's John Polhamus, "Patent 1855," and with the retailer's name, Pittsburgh's "J.B. McFadden & Son." It may be a tea, dessert, or lunch fork.

The pattern is referred to as "Shell," and sometimes "Leaf." The motif was popular in the period, and produced by several manufacturers. This is strongly akin to Gorham's "Josephine," patented in the same year...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295190 (stock #2451f)
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$22.00
A period piece made in Boston c. 1860, this solid, coin silver nut pick measures 5" long and is relatively heavy at just over .4 T. oz.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a finely engraved front with detailing that resembles engine turning.

There is an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition, free of any wear or damage. The engraving remains crisp, the upturned, pointed end is without nicks or burrs, and the finish has a warm patina...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294793 (stock #2448f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Dating somewhere between the early 1850s and mid 1860s, this 7" long, weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., fork is stamped "Gorham & Co." and "Coin." It likely was a tea or dessert fork, although it could have been a lunch place piece.

The markings are not readily found, and while a standard motif for the period, the "French Thread" pattern was not one that Gorham seemed to produce in significant quantity, so this is a doubly unusual piece.

It is engraved "A.L...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1293332 (stock #2435f)
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$28.00
A fully formed, "Reverse Tipt," design that mimics a tea or tablespoon, this just over .2 T. oz., "miniature," piece is only 3 5/8" long.

Uncertain to purpose, it may be for salt, coffee, or for a child's use.

Dating from the 1830s, it is stamped "Mead Adriance & Co." for the early Saint Louis firm. The front is engraved "MEW" in a fancy, feathered script.

It is in very good condition. The handle remains well-formed and the engraving is crisp. The bowl is free of tip wear, althoug...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291642 (stock #2420f)
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$22.00
A generously sized master salt spoon, this piece measures 3 7/8" long and weighs just under .5 T. oz.

It is stamped "H H & Co" for Henry Hebbard. Other marks include "Patent 185x," "I," and the retailer's name, "H. Salisbury & Co" for the New York City jeweler.

It is a "Shell" aka "Leaf" pattern, similar to contemporaneous designs produced by such other manufacturers as Albert Coles, Polhmanus, William Gale, and Gorham, which company called its design "Josephine." The leaf motif appear...

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. Previous to this, Bailey used a similar "lion...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285499 (stock #2369f)
Old Friends
$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. They have down turned, reverse tipt ends, and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284711 (stock #2362f)
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$19.00
Stamped "W.G&S" for New York City's William Gale and Son, this silver nut pick dates sometime from the 1850s.

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.

It is in outstanding c...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1284436 (stock #2360f)
Old Friends
$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. oz., with the gr...

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. There are no mars or da...

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. There is slight ove...

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. 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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$38.00
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.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt," design, this is akin to much production of the period. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1271057 (stock #2276f)
Old Friends
$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...

 
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