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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1331163 (stock #2712f)
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By the time this 7" long, relatively weighty at 1.8 T. oz., gravy ladle was manufactured c. 1865, by Albert Coles, the firm was long-established and had honed its capacities as a quality producer.

The refinement of the firm's output shows fully in this relatively simple, but exquisitely finished, item.

The handle is flat, with a graceful curve and essentially chiseled shape on its terminus and borders...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1329523 (stock #2688f)
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Very much a pattern reflecting mid 19th century design sensibilities, the imagery on this 7 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., master butter knife is reminiscent of contemporaneous "Jenny Lind" and various "Leaf" interpretations.

The "crown, S, eagle" pseudo hallmark stamped on the blade was one of three used by Utica, New York's Charles C. Shaver. A major producer, Shaver "also maintained a large retail operation" according to silver authority Dorothy Rainwater...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1326437 (stock #2647f)
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$115.00
A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1325553 (stock #2639f)
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$30.00
Lincoln & Foss, c. 1850, is one of several Boston partnerships that Charles Foss entered into.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon or large sugar spoon.

The style is characteristic of the period, with an "Oval Thread" pattern handle and a shell bowl. The backside carries a script "JAL" monogram.

In very good condition, it is essentially absent wear and has a warm, bright, patina. The bowl is free of dents, dings, cracks, or burrs...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1323622 (stock #2623f)
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$45.00
On the surface, a typical piece of its period, this 6 3/16" long sugar spoon, marked "R. Fisher Jr. 331 Broadway. N.Y.," 1846-50, is actually a superior example.

First, its weight is substantial at just over 1.0 T. oz. Second, it is in exceptionally fine estate condition, essentially without wear, and having a bright, even, finish.

The "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern stands alongside many other iterations of this popular design, and the shell bowl is a common form...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1323418 (stock #2621f)
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$165.00
Portraying a young Dionysus, this motif carries through the entire Hotchkiss & Schreuder, Syracuse, NY, line of "Medallion" flatware.

Teaspoons are commonly found in this pattern, and other pieces somewhat readily so, but this large, 5 7/8" long, weighty 1t 1.6 T. oz., pair of tongs rarely surface.

The arms are mirror images of each other, with the portraiture of a young man set in profile, showing tumbling hair encircled by a garland of ivy...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1322649 (stock #2613f)
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$90.00
This item embraces a form especially popular in the 1860s. It is a combination olive spoon and fork, joined by a long, narrow and twisted, handle.

Measuring 9 7/8" overall and weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., it has a central disk which in this case is inscribed with an Old English "M.E.F." monogram.

The fork end has three tines and hooked shoulders, while the pierced spoon bowl is scallop shell shaped. At 2 1/2" by 1 1/2", the bowl is uncommonly large for this form...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
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$195.00
Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, 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 something of a pie crust border....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1309762 (stock #2567f)
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$52.00
Companion sugar spoon also available.
Lengthy at 7 7/8" overall, and weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife is a substantially scaled example of the form.

It is stamped "S.H. Johnson" for the early 1860s New York firm which had a short life before becoming the generally better known Kidney, Cann, & Johnson. There is also a three part, "bust, SHJ in a lozenge, lion" pseudo hallmark which is a second identifier of the company.

The flat, oval, handle is bright cut with wriggle work detailing. T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1308408 (stock #2959f)
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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 "bust" that surmounts the lengthy, square handle. There is some variation from piece to piece, and in this case, the image is of a female looking slightly sideways.

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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1308096 (stock #2956f)
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This piece is reflective of a style of that especially popular in the 1860s.

It is a large and sturdy cheese scoop, measuring 9 3/8" long, and weighing nearly 2.1 T. oz. The central portion of the shank is twisted, while the end is a broad and flat, notched disk. The surface is extensively engraved and has an area that is engine turned. This surrounds a central reserve that is engraved with an Old English "W.F." monogram.

The backside is plain, save for the name of the retailer, Bosto...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1306451 (stock #2538f)
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$85.00
Unusually large at 8 3/8" long, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife traces to Robert and William Wilson of Philadelphia, whose mark appears on the backside of the blade.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the design sensibilities of the period.

The blade and handle are joined at a right angle by a stout extension of the blade that attaches to a twisted stem. The shaped, flat handle is extensively and finely engraved and finished with a fancy, feathered scr...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1306156 (stock #2535f)
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$45.00
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, John Adriance, 1795-1873, lived his entire life there working as a silversmith, beginning with an apprenticeship in 1809. He joined in a partnership with Peter Hayes in 1816 and that lasted until 1826.

This pair of 5 1/2" long, just under .9 T. oz., sugar tongs are a product of that partnership, marked "Hayes & Adriance."

They have a broad arch, 7/8" at the widest, that is inscribed "CC" in a period, feathered script. The grips are cup form and have expo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1304203 (stock #2516f)
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$35.00
A partnership dating c. 1838 to 1854, Boynton & Woodford was a jewelry firm and importer located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Their mark appears on the backside of this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., coin silver cream ladle with a tipped end handle, the style of which places it early in the above date range.

Distinctions among plain coin silver pieces such as this are all about subtlety. For example, the handle on this is relatively long, which would have been utilitarian for sitting in a deep bo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1302780 (stock #2507f)
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$325.00
This pattern is identified in the Gorham archives (housed at Brown University and cataloged by scholar Sam Hough) as "Old English." It is commonly referred to, however, as "Seal Top" after the round, flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank, which in turn follows after a traditional "old English" form.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with the same ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1301796 (stock #2498f)
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Made by Gorham and sold in San Francisco, this 7 5/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter dates pre-1868, which is the year Gorham instituted sterling as its standard.

The pattern, "Grecian," was patented in 1861, and this is so stamped, and continued in production beyond the 1868 date. This is also marked "Coin," thereby dating it quite closely, 1861-68. Lastly it is imprinted "Geo. Shreve & Co."

"Grecian" is a fan-shaped design representing a stylizing anthemion sur...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1300608 (stock #2488f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Wood & Hughes thoroughly embraced the classical revival "Medallion" motif that was popular in silver design throughout the 1860s. The company produced numerous variations of it, three of which D. Albert Soeffing identifies in his work, "Silver Medallion Flatware."

The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., coin silver, preserve spoon likely one of the earliest expressions of the style.

It features a cast, oval disk portra...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1295348 (stock #2452f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing just short of .7 T. oz., this sugar spoon likely dates from the 1860s.

It traces to the Boston area, being stamped "Harry Raynes" for the Lowell, Massachusetts retailer. It is also marked "Coin," but is absent a manufacturer's mark. Undoubtedly, though, it was produced in New England.

The handle has a plain, rounded end, a tipt backside, and is engraved in a delicate, stylized flower or grass motif that suggests early Aesthetic influences.

The bo...

 
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