American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1324067 (stock #2629f)
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$55.00
Price per piece, three available.
John and James Cox were prominent names among New York City silversmiths during the first half of the 19th century, with partnership dates 1817-53.

This 8 5/8" long, exceptionally heavy at 2.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is a highest order example of manufactured silver of the period, and illustrates the reasons why the Cox name is associated with quality.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." Unadorned save for an elegant, script letter "M...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1323622 (stock #2623f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323195 (stock #2619f)
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Unusually long at 9 3/16" and heavy at nearly 2.4 T. oz., what otherwise presents as a tablespoon is actually serving size.

It is stamped "Lincoln & Reed" for the Boston silversmith and jeweler, 1838-48.

It has an upturned "Tipt" handle that is plain on the front and has a script "R" monogram on the reverse.

There is a clean drop on the bowl and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl.

It is in exceptionally fine condition. There is no damage or evidence of wear...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1322696 (stock #2614f)
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A stunningly clean example of the "Sheaf of Wheat" motif, this teaspoon measures a lengthy 6" and weighs just over .7 T. oz.

The wheat bundle and sickle remain very sharply defined, retaining all their original detail. There is a feathered script "M" monogram below this. The bowl is flawless, with a clean tip free of any wear, and a lined drop on the backside. Lastly, the finish is lustrous.

It is stamped "B.C. Frobisher." for the well-documented Boston silversmith.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1322649 (stock #2613f)
Old Friends
$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 : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1321388 (stock #2584f)
Old Friends
$34.00
An unusual size at 6 1/2" long, this spoon is marked "B[enjamin]. Lord." It weighs just over .6 T. oz.

Sources indicate that Lord was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1770, was working in Rutland, Vermont, in 1797, and finally in Athens, Georgia, from 1831 until his death.

The style of this is early 19th century and likely dates from his Vermont years, but could trace to his Athens period.

It is very finely made, having a broad end with an extremely narrow shank...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1320453 (stock #2970f)
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$745.00
A moderately large piece, this open bowl stands 5 1/2" tall, has a top diameter of 6", and sits on a pedestal base that is 4 3/8" across. It weighs 12.7 T. oz.

It is made to an "11 oz." standard, and so marked, which is peculiar to Baltimore and equates to a .917 silver content, midway between sterling at .925 and coin at .900.

Marked "S...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1317182 (stock #2539f)
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$85.00
A pattern produced by three San Francisco makers, Reichel, Vanderslice, and Koehler & Ritter, under the name "Gothic," this is a design strongly associated with this west coast city...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1316907 (stock #2536f)
Old Friends
$85.00
There is a lengthy entry about Littleton Holland, 1770-1847, in the Baltimore Museum of Art's volume "Maryland Silver." The biographical material states that, curiously, "Nothing is known of Holland's parents, place of birth, or training."

Yet the entry further adds, "A considerable amount of fine silver by him survives, and his name appears consistently in extant Assay Office returns," so he went from relative obscurity to a noted craftsman working in a significant early American setting. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$365.00
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 "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)
Old Friends
$110.00
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307089 (stock #2544f)
Old Friends
$110.00
The Baltimore Museum of Art reference volume on Maryland Silver lists William Brown working in Baltimore ca. 1810-52.

This pair of 6 1/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tongs carry his mark, "W. Brown," along with the rather unusual identifier "Balt." stamped on the inside of each arm.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." There is a feathered script "JMD" inscribed on the arch. The grips are scallop shell form.

They are in excellent condition. There are n...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1306451 (stock #2538f)
Old Friends
$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 : : Pre 1800 item #1305545 (stock #2529f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Important New York City silversmiths in their own rights, Thomas Underhill and John Vernon operated as a short-lived partnership in a common shop in New York City in the very earliest days of the American Republic, 1787-88.

This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.9 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon is marked with the "T.U" and "I.V" indicative of that partnership.

It has a rounded, "Reverse Tipt," down-turned, end and a pronounced drop on the bowl. The shank is narrow, thick, and smoothly joined with th...

 
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