American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1258839 (stock #2169dd)
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Fully marked for Birmingham, Sterling, 1837, and "J.W" for Joseph Willimore, this ladle measures 6 3/8" long and has a 1 1/2" diameter, 5/8" deep, round bowl.

The rimmed lip bowl, and lower portion and tip of the handle are sterling silver, with the remainder of the handle being baleen.

The majority of examples of this form are much lengthier toddy ladles. This would have been for some other purpose.

There is no monogram or inscription, or removal of same...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1258649 (stock #2166f)
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Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258468 (stock #2162dd)
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A charming item, this 4 1/4" long, just over .3 T. oz. total weight, (baby) food pusher is stamped with the "sword through B" mark of Blackinton, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is rococo in style and incorporates scrolls and florettes along its asymmetrical border. This frames a white enamel ground that itself contains a pair of purple lilies with trailing green leaves. The canted blade has a flat end and scalloped edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1258139 (stock #2158f)
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Measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over .6 T. oz., this bon bon, also referenced as a nut or confection spoon, was made by Gorham.

The pattern is "Imperial Chrysanthemum," which is a highly detailed floral design tending toward the Art Nouveau in style.

This is a particularly fine example. It has a delicate script "P" monogram on the front. There is no evident polishing wear and the bowl remains well-shaped and retains most of its original gold wash finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258029 (stock #2155f)
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Dominick & Haff produced its figural "Renaissance" pattern in solid and pierced versions, with solid being the common form. This 5 5/8" long, relatively heavy 1.0 T. oz., grapefruit, aka fruit or orange, spoon is pierced. The open version is invariably marked with the name of Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," and that is the case with this piece.

It has a script "M" monogram on the handle and retains a pale residue of its original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257731 (stock #2153f)
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Wendt's "Medallion" was one of the most highly regarded of this genre of designs produced by numerous silver manufacturers in the 1860s. The portraiture is of a youthful, helmeted male warrior set in a knob-end oval with a lined backdrop.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, heavy, approximately 2.3 T. oz., cheese scoop. It has a twist stem and broad, swooping scoop. This possesses a robust quality, with a thick shank, and strongly defined detailing.

It is in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257660 (stock #2152f)
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At 4 3/8" long, this spoon may be classified as either an after-dinner coffee or a demitasse.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which is a heavy line and that is the case with this which weighs a substantial .5 T. oz. The design features a bearded figure on the front of the handle and the heel of the bowl. The bowl in this instance has a gold wash finish.

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1257482 (stock #2150f)
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Stamped "Tiffany & Co. Makers," "Sterling Silver," "925-1000," and with a lower case "m," this master salt was put into production in 1902 as indicated by the model number "15251."

This was a period when Tiffany made reproduction items or designs inspired by older, especially English Georgian, holloware, and that is the case with this piece. It is round, cauldron shaped, and stands on three pad feet with acanthus leaf sprays where the legs are attached.

There is a rolled rim upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257230 (stock #2148f)
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Towle employed a novel serving end for jelly knives in several late 19th century patterns, one of which was "Canterbury." This 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., piece has an elongated, gold washed, blade with a cupped base, curvilinear sides, and decorated shoulders that repeat the same bead and scroll motif of the handle.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Apart from some worn spots in the gold on the interior of the blade, there are no signs of use.

Marks are the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1257228 (stock #2147f)
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Measuring 6" in diameter and 1/8" high, this trivet is stamped "Webster Sterling" and with the company arrow through a "CW" on the edge. It is silver overlay engraved in a floral pattern on glass.

These were particularly popular in the first part of the 20th century, and that is the likely period for this.

It is in excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks in the glass. The silver is intact, free of lifting or marring.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257069 (stock #2146f)
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William Hood comments extensively on this unusual Tiffany "Vine" (Gourd), 5 13/16" long, .9 T. oz., spoon in his benchmark reference work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware."

He suggests it might be a pap spoon, noting it is a "rare and undocumented piece" that has "an unusually shaped bowl, . . . the sides tapering in width from 13/16 to 5/16 in., and forming a scoop. The narrowness of the scoop suggests it might be used to feed babies. This specimen is one of only three of this piece type we have ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256927 (stock #2144f)
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In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Celestial" may be the most explicitly Asian inspired in its portraiture given the pagoda-like detailing around the handle end.

Otherwise the design follows after this group of patterns in featuring a bird image set amid a leafy surround. The degree of detail is precise and finely rendered, with all the elements laid upon a stippled ground.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, relatively heavy at 1.8...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256807 (stock #2143f)
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Patented in 1894, Gorham's "King George" was that company's most successful "King" iteration.

This piece is a 4 3/4" long, relative heavy at approximately .7 T. oz., egg spoon. It has a fine "OEEA" feathered script monogram on the handle front and is inscribed "1908" on the handle backside.

It is in very fine condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is lustrous. The ovoid bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs.

Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Ster...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256804 (stock #2142f)
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Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons characteristically have narrow, deep bowls, and often relatively long handles.

This 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., example is in "Old Colonial" by Towle. It is an early and fully authentic, i.e. original production, piece marked with the company emblem, "925/1000," "Pat. 1894," and the name of the retailer, "W. Arnold."

The bowl is gold washed while th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1256704 (stock #2141f)
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Marked with Gorham's lion, anchor, G symbol, and the words "Sterling" and "Patent 1900," this 8 1/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of "Buttercup."

It is in exceptionally fine condition, and without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains crisp and well-defined and the finish has a subtle sheen. The tine area has decorated shoulders and apart from some light scratches on the backside tine tips, is without wear, bends, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1256607 (stock #2140f)
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This silver youth fork measures 6 1/16" long and is weighty, at just over 1.0 T. oz. It is fully hallmarked for London, 1907, made by Martin & Hall & Co., Ltd. (RM over EH in a quatrefoil).

The pattern is elaborate, and double die struck, meaning it appears on both the front and backsides. There is a blossom, perhaps sunflower, on the terminus of the handle, and drooping floral or leafy elements in diminishing sizes set midway on the handle. There is a large central, cabochon-like, rosett...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256009 (stock #2139f)
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A novel design, this 6 3/16" long, heavy, 1.2 T. oz., youth spoon was made by Tiffany & Co. as identified on the reverse. Other marks include "Sterling" and "T," this letter dating it 1892-1902.

The elements of the piece, however, are older than this range. The handle form is essentially Tiffany's "Antique" with chamfered edges. Portions of this are acid etched in a manner that suggests "Vine," specifically squash or cucumber, two of which are incorporated in the etching.

The dominant...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255873 (stock #2137dd)
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Not a full line pattern, Gorham's 19th century "83" was made in a limited number of pieces.

This example is a relatively small, 4 7/8" long, not quite .5 T. oz., sardine fork. The design incorporates an embossed scroll and leaf on the front, with a plain backside. The five tine serving end is delicately proportioned, with three slender central tines flanked by two larger outer ones. The surface of the serving end is finely engraved in a motif that echoes the handle pattern.

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