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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1354080 (stock #3014f)
Old Friends
$485.00
The 1860s saw a proliferation of three dimensional designs that included a ball, sphere, knob, and perhaps scarcest of all, cube form end as found on this very large, 11 1/4" long, 3.5 T. oz., (likely vegetable) serving fork.

Made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who is most associated with this style, and particularly so his "Ball End," it is stamped "Patent 1863," "G.S.," and "Sterling," on one of the facets of the six-sided handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353833 (stock #3009f)
Old Friends
$105.00
Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353527 (stock #3005f)
Old Friends
$34.00
Made and retailed in Albany, New York, circa 1850, this coin silver sugar spoon measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

It has a broad, slightly down turned, "Reverse Tipt" handle and a shell bowl.

There is a fancy script "D W" set sideways on the handle.

It is in superb condition, showing no polishing wear, bends, nicks, or burrs, and having a clean, bright finish...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353131 (stock #3000f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin tongs are early production items from Cincinnati's premier silver and jewelry house, "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

They are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements. They may be pickle tongs, for use with a tall caster.

The lower portions of the arms are blocky where they join with the substantially-scaled talon grips...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1352552 (stock #2991f)
Old Friends
$265.00
A large item measuring a full 12" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the early years of silver manufacturing on the US West Coast.

Made by San Francisco's Vanderslice & Co., and so marked, along with "Pat. Sep. 1874," the pattern name is "Comstock," which references the monumental ore find in Nevada that fueled a surge in silver manufacturing in the United States...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1352135 (stock #2980f)
Old Friends
$65.00
This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1352066 (stock #2977f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A 6 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this spoon is stamped "dot F.&H dot" for one of Boston's premier silver manufacturing firms of the mid 19th century.

It is also imprinted "Pure Coin," which was a silver standard term used in New England in the period...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351401 (stock #2969f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351085 (stock #2965f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this item has a large, ovoid bowl that measures 3 3/8" by 2 9/16". It has a flange rim with notched shoulders, pointed tip, and, while similar to a berry, the relatively shallow depth suggests it was likely was a much less common pudding serving spoon.

An early, coin silver, example of Gorham's "Grecian," this piece is marked "Patent 1861," with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Shreve, Stanwood & Co.," which was a predecessor f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1350795 (stock #2960f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Having a broad "Tipt" end, a narrow shank, and a shell bowl with a double scalloped rim, this piece traces to mid 19th century Boston.

A preserve or jelly spoon, it measures 7" long and at 1.1 T. oz. is slightly weightier than most instances of this sort.

A clean item, it is entirely unadorned save for a script "1859" engraved on the backside, which is also stamped with the name of the retailer, "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard."

An assuming piece, it nonetheless possesses simple appeal and ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1350659 (stock #2958f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is thoroughly a period piece as well as emblematic of work from Philadelphia where it was made.

It is an 8 7/8" long, 3.0 T. oz., fish serving fork. It is distinct from later and more common examples of this form by virtue of its multitude of tines, namely eight. Indeed, it resembles a sardine fork, only in much larger scale.

It is stamped "Coin" and "J.E. Caldwell," who made have been the manufacturer but likely was simply the reta...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1349763 (stock #2942f)
Old Friends
$135.00
This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First is the 8 3/8" long size. Substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, it was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the word "Coin"...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1347411 (stock #2920f)
Old Friends
$265.00
One of Samuel Kirk's earliest designs, and in production throughout the history of the firm, "Mayflower" features an engraved motif set on an otherwise plain handle.

This example is nearly as old as the pattern itself, dating between 1846-61, as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son" imprinted on the backside. It is a 7 1/8" long, relatively heavy at 2.1 T. oz., hotcake lifter.

The standard mark, "10.15," also appearing on the handle reverse, is roughly the equivalent of coin silver and one p...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1341747 (stock #2842f)
Old Friends
$150.00
A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340938 (stock #2834f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A combination of a die struck pattern and a "Medallion" design, this master butter knife measures 7 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz.

Made by John Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, c. 1863, the handle is in his drooping leaf or wreath with acanthus leaf detailing design.

The blade is set at a twisted right angle to the handle and is engraved and engine turned on both sides. In addition, the front features an engraved warrior head.

Westervelt offered a primary line with this...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340690 (stock #2831f)
Old Friends
$295.00
The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

This is an exceptionally fine example in...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340024 (stock #2822f)
Old Friends
$34.00
A 6 7/16" long, .9 T. oz. piece, this sugar spoon has a broad scallop shell bowl with high shoulders leading to a narrow handle that broadens into an oval, tipped end.

It is marked "H.I. Sawyer," for Henderson Inches Sawyer, who worked in New York City 1835-45, then Hartford, Connecticut, 1845-58.

It also carries a "lion" pseudo hallmark that McGrew identifies in his benchmark work on marks as characteristic of the Hartford area, so this item likely traces to Sawyer's (earlier based on s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1337824 (stock #2791f)
Old Friends
$215.00
Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first golden age of design.

The defining feature of the line is a cast, in most instances female, "bust" that surmounts the slender, square handle.

A product of the Classical Revival movement of the period, the figure sits atop a pedestal base, much as she might be presented in a museum or salon, or in a wall niche in an athenaeum.

This piece is a 5 7/8" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., coin ...

 
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