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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372420 (stock #3372f)
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$46.00
A substantially sized piece, measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this spoon traces to the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Huntington & LaBoyteaux" for a partnership that existed 1850-56, between William C. Huntington, who first established himself in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1846, and Issac N. LaBoyteaux (Cincinnati Silver, Amy Dehan)...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1372276 (stock #3369f)
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$42.00
Measuring 3" closed and 5" long fully opened, this circa 1850 knife has two blades, the larger one for cutting and the smaller one that resembles an awl, for piercing the skin of fruit.

Stamped "Coin" on the larger blade, there is no further identification, save that this belonged to "Emily" as engraved in script on the reserve area on one side of the engine turned surfaces of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372177 (stock #3366f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Dating to the earliest decades of Gorham's history, these six, matched, coin silver, spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," for a partnership that traces to 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 their time, when large scale was favored, these would have served as standard place pieces...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372159 (stock #3364f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Price for the set of eight.
Each of these eight, matching forks, measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 11.6 T. oz.

Marked "Sterling," they were retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) and carry forward some of the design sensibilities of earlier coin silver flatware.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned terminals. 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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372149 (stock #3362f)
Old Friends
$46.00
With a history tracing to 1859-60, M(artin) S. Smith became the largest jeweler of its time in Detroit. At least one source lists the firm as a manufacturer as well.

This 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon dates from the earliest years of the firm, and may have been produced by it.

It has a flat handle, with notched edges and an anthemion shaped tip. The surface front is extensively engraved with diamond bright cutting, wriggle work, and cross hatching...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372148 (stock #3361f)
Old Friends
$72.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are extra long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether originally 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 over thirty 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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372146 (stock #3359f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period.

One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name.

The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it demonstrated a specialized capacity of a given manufacturer.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372045 (stock #3357f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Introduced in 1897, Gorham's "Lancaster" is a rose and bead design that gained early popularity.

This 6" long, .8 T. oz., cucumber server is an old example that has never been monogrammed and remains in original condition.

The defining characteristic of this piece is its pierced, circular serving end that has six curved prongs on the lower edge, and a raised shoulders.

The pattern remains well-defined, the finish is bright and even, and the server is without bends, nicks, or burrs...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372036 (stock #3354f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Frederick Marquand is one of the storied names among New York City silversmiths. Furthermore, he established the lineage which eventually evolved into "Ball, Black & Co." and subsequently "Black, Starr & Frost."

He is also associated with Savannah, Georgia where he spent some of his early working years.

This 6 9/16" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., probably youth fork is stamped "Marquand & Co." which dates it 1830-33.

It is a "Kings" pattern with a plain back. The front is inscribed "Rock...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1371911 (stock #3352f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860s.

It is a fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backside.

There i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371771 (stock #3350f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these matching, coin silver, teaspoons measures 5 7/8" long and has a script "AM" monogram set sideways on the handle. The group weigh 5.2 T. oz.

They are a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with slightly upturned handle ends, and oval, pointed, bowls.

Dating circa 1840, they are all stamped "G W & H" for the New York City partnership of William Gale, Jacob Wood & Jasper Hughes, along with a right facing eagle and bust pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on marks id...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1371497 (stock #3345f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Stamped "F.A.B & Co.," this 8" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter was produced by Francis A. Bunnell (also Bunnelle) of Syracuse, New York, in the 1860s.

The pattern is known as "Fox Head" or "Wolf Head," indicative of the three dimensional animal figure situated at the tip of the handle. This is embellished by ivy leaves that appear on both sides of the handle and backside heel of the bowl.

The actual sifter is round, 2 1/2" in diameter, has an essentially flat bo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371357 (stock #3342f)
Old Friends
$78.00
A 7 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve, small berry, or possibly pudding, spoon, this piece has an implied provenance.

It is engraved "Martha" in script on the handle front, and "Akron. O." "Dec. 25. 1891." on the reverse.

Made by Wood & Hughes, the pattern is that company's "Venetian," which is a Moorish or Renaissance Revival design.

The plum-shaped bowl is relative large and elongated at 3" by 1 13/16" wide, by 3/4" at the deepest. It has a central groove in the base, a flange rim, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371250 (stock #3340f)
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As charming as they are unusual, this knife and spoon set were made circa 1885.

The pair is comprised of a 7 3/8" long knife and a 6 3/8" spoon. Both are very heavy, with the knife weighing 1.8 T. oz., and the spoon 1.5 T. oz.

Made by Whiting, the handles have the same shape and proportion as that company's "Berry" pattern, save the design on these is acid etched (rather than die struck) and portrays characters from children's rhymes. On a par with Tiffany's "Jack and Jill" youth items...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371104 (stock #3338f)
Old Friends
$60.00
This 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., knife is an early example of Kirk's signature "Repousse" design, dating 1846-61, as indicated by the "1015." silver standard mark (roughly equivalent to coin) accompanied by "S. Kirk & Son" stamped on the lower edge of the handle.

It has a flat, solid silver, handle with a square end, and a pointed and tapered blade, and may be a (butter or cheese) spreader or for fruit. Whatever its function, it is not a readily found piece.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1370994 (stock #3336f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Striking in scale at 8 3/4" long overall with a large, 3 3/8" by 2" at the widest, shell form bowl, this 2.2 T. oz. berry or other serving spoon dates to the mid 19th century.

The pattern is "Tuscan," which is an "Olive" variant developed by Michael Gibney (later marketed by Whiting) and in this instance retailed by New York's prominent "Ball, Black & Co.," whose name, along with "Sterling," is imprinted on the handle backside.

The name "Benedict" is engraved on the front, while "ABG" ap...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1370357 (stock #3324f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Prominent among early 19th century Richmond, Virginia, silversmiths, William Mitchell, Jr., began his working career about 1815, and ended it when he sold his established business in 1847 to his brother Samuel and John Tyler, who in turned formed the well-known firm of Tyler and Mitchell (Cutten, "Silversmiths of Virginia").

This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., tablespoon is an early example of his work and is imprinted on the backside "W. Mitchell Jr." in a banner.

It is a "Reverse ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1370180 (stock #3319f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Unusual by virtue of its "Fiddle Tipt" design variant, with softened, beveled edges and long, narrow, shoulders off the bowl, which itself has a singular, nearly vee shaped, raised line drop on the backside, and lastly its exceptional 1.5 T. oz. weight, resulting in a thick piece, this 7" long oval soup or dessert place spoon is stamped "Fellows" and with a "lion, bust, C" pseudo hallmark.

The mark could be for either of two brothers, Abraham or James, both born in the eighteenth century, an...

 
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