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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390476 (stock #3685f)
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$28.00
Price per piece, two available.
Measuring 8 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this would have been an individual place spoon in its circa 1840 period, but is equivalent size to today's tablespoon.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, it is marked "Perry O. Daniel" and "Standard," which is a regional term for coin silver.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies the maker as Oliver Perry O'Daniel, born in Wilmington, Delaware, and working in Philadelphia 1836-52...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389620 (stock #3671f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A form popular in the third quarter of the 19th century, this 2.9 T. oz. serving spoon is large overall, measuring 10 1/8" long, and and is characterized by a very generously proportioned 4" by 2 5/8" bowl.

This is scalloped on three sides and had a smooth lower edge, indicating it was meant to be used on the horizontal. It may have been intended for vegetables, or rice in the Southern tradition.

Whatever its purpose, it is immeasurably handsome and in uncompromised condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389182 (stock #3662f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Made by and marked for San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and a fluted or pie crust border...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389032 (stock #3659f)
Old Friends
$105.00
Measuring 7 3/4" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this fork has rounded shoulders and three wide and lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed.

The form is uncommon and hence of uncertain function. It may be a spinach or toast/bread fork, or for another purpose yet. The proportions assure it is definitely original and not adapted from another piece as, for example, most potato forks are derived from dinner forks...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388760 (stock #3652f)
Old Friends
$30.00
At 8 1/4" long, and relatively weighty at 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece in its circa 1865 period, but is today's tablespoon size.

Made by Albert Coles of New York City, it bears his three part "eagle, AC, bust" mark on the reverse, along with "A. Coles," which added identifier is not frequently found.

There is a feathered script "W" monogram on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388468 (stock #3647f)
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$46.00
Measuring 7 1/16" long and substantial weight at just under 1.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver master butter knife has a flat handle on a plane with the blade.

Stamped "R&W. Wilson Philad" on the blade, it was made by brothers Robert and William with dates spanning the second quarter of the 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388195 (stock #3642f)
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$38.00
Catherine Hollan in her volume Philadelphia Silver lists 1825-49 as directory dates for the Philadelphia firm of Robert & William William, noting they were referenced in a letter dated 1821, while the firm "continued to be listed in Bywater's and Boyd's directories until 1851."

A wide variety of silver is still found with the company's various marks, the one on this 7 1/8" long master butter knife being "R&W.W."

It is coin silver, with a solid, blunt end, blade, and a hollow, filled...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388194 (stock #3641f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1387965 (stock #3637f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Tongs of this size, 8" long and weighing nearly 3.4 T. oz., and form may be for fried chicken or salad.

This particular pair has a large shell grip on one arm and four extended, fork-like, tines on the other, both of which are finished in a bright gold wash.

The arms are square and solid, with chiseled edges. They widen and have notched shoulders where they join the arch, and are diamond cut in a design that includes anthemion and other period elements...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1387247 (stock #3625f)
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$135.00
Measuring 9 1/2" overall, this fish server has a filled coin silver handle joined to a solid coin silver, four tine fork...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1386147 (stock #3612f)
Old Friends
$110.00
An early item in the history of Gorham patterned ware, dating circa 1860, these tongs measure a full 10 1/2" long and weigh 1.5 T. oz.

For pickles (or suitable for olives as well), they have thin, twisted arms with small, three-tine, cupped grips that retain traces of an original gold wash, and were designed to reach deep into a caster.

The upper areas just below the crimped (for strength) arch, are broad and notched in a design that echoes Gorham's "Imperial" pattern of this time frame, a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385765 (stock #3603f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz., tabl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1385639 (stock #3600f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This 7 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., coin silver, preserve or jelly spoon has a double provenance in that it is stamped with a Gothic "W&H" for Philadelphia's Watts & Harper manufacturer, and with the name "C.F. Greenwood," for the Norfolk, Virginia, jeweler.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths gives narrow dates for the W&H partnership, 1859-61/62, while Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia indicates Greenwood began his business about 1850.

These dates are conv...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384855 (stock #3584f)
Old Friends
$46.00
This mid 19th century, coin silver berry or serving spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia manufacturer and retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his Manufacturers' Ma...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384610 (stock #3580f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A long item for its form at 6 1/2", and heavier feeling than its .9 T. oz. actual weight, this coin silver cream or sauce ladle traces to the second quarter of the 19th century. It is marked "Boynton & Woodford for the Boston retail partnership with dates 1837-54.

The "Tipt" end pattern places it toward the earlier end of those years. A graceful piece, the handle is arced with an upturned terminus. The plain, well-formed, bowl is ovoid at 1 7/8" by 1 1/2" by 7 1/16" deep. "

There is a scrip...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1384408 (stock #3576f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This large, 9 1/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., table or serving spoon was produced by Edwin Stebbins & George C. Howe, working 1827-31 in New York City. Well regarded silversmiths, each man subsequently operated independently.

The rounded end, arched handle, features a representation of a "Basket of Flowers." This motif, along with "Sheaf of Wheat," were popular design embellishments in a period when coin silver was largely plain.

It also has a "Shell Back" drop on the heel and is engrave...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1383861 (stock #3565f)
Old Friends
$130.00
One of William B. Durgin's earliest patterns, dating circa 1865, and not formally named but commonly called "Spray, this design features a bouquet of woodland flowers and grasses tied by a bow.

This motif appears in the top center of the handle, and is repeated on the lower front at the join with the blade and on the backside heel.

This example is a 9" long, 2.1 T. oz., pie or pastry server. The pointed blade measures 4 1/2" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, and has a cupped heel and flange edge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381740 (stock #3532f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a rais...

 
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