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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1980 item #1398154 (stock #3814f)
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All original with a deep green velvet back and a green satin front, set in a solid silver, 10 1/8" by 8 1/8" frame that by itself weighs 2.8 T. oz., this piece is marked "Web Sterling" and dates from the 3rd quarter of the 20th century.

It is in very good condition, without any breaks or bends in the silver, although there are light surface scratches. The inset shows some fading around the edges under the frame. The backside brace remains intact, along with a brass hanging ring...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1398107 (stock #3813f)
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The form of this large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing 2.9 T. oz., seems to be specific to its mid 19th period.

It is a serving spoon that is defined by its generously-sized 3 1/2" by 2 1/2" oval bowl that is scallop edged on three sides and smooth edged on the lower side, clearly to facilitate scooping.

Whether for vegetables, berries, pudding, or another purpose is uncertain...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1398062 (stock #3812f)
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Large open salts, each of these two 2 5/8" top diameter, 2 3/16" bottom width, 1 3/16" tall to the rim, 4.5 T. oz. the pair, was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," model number "880," and date letter for 1869 are imprinted on the underside.

The form is a hooped oak barrel such as might readily be found in any barnyard or myriad other period settings.

The barrels are fancifully embellished with two applied rosettes with dangling drops that mimic the hoops...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1397996 (stock #3811f)
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These two, 4" long, very heavy at 2 T. oz. the pair, spoons are fully marked with a castle for Edinburgh, a thistle for Scotland and sterling, a date letter for 1836, a "bust" duty mark, and "AW" for maker Andrew Wilkie.

The pattern is a double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle, "Kings," and each piece has leaf script "M" monogram delicately engraved on the front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1397928 (stock #3810)
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Standing 3 1/2" to the rim, with a body that is 3" across, having a maximum span of 3 1/2" to the end of the handle, and weighing a substantial 6.0 T. oz., this pitcher holds 8 ounces of liquid, and could be used for milk, cream, or syrup.

It is an unusual form in that the spout is on the side. This is clearly an original feature and not a later adaptation, as it is seamlessly integrated and perfectly proportioned with other aspects of the piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1397846 (stock #3809f)
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One of Unger Brothers renowned, early 20th century, Art Nouveau designs, "Cupid's Sunbeams" features the faces of two cherubic looking, probably female, figures.

They are surrounded by trailing leaves that flow up the length of the handle of this 5 15/16" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon.

The reverse is engraved "Estelle" in flowing script, while the front has a small, Old English "E" inscribed in an open area below the figures...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1397795 (stock #3808f)
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The "P*S" stamped on this 7 1/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon indicates the partnership of Polhamus & Strong, New York City, with dates 1859-63, which was one of several of John Polhamus' business pairings.

He was also, singly and in partnership, a primary supplier to Tiffany before it began manufacturing on its own, and indeed this is marked "Tiffany & Co.," along with "Sterling," which standard Tiffany required even in this time frame when coin still predominated...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1397619 (stock #3805)
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Price for the set of six.
Full size dinner forks measuring 7 5/8" long each, and weighing a hefty 12.1 T. oz. the group, these six matched pieces are marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" on the handle reverses, and "Copyrighted" on the handle edges.

The pattern, "Medici" aka "Old Medici," dates from 1880. It is a complex design that features imagery and figures representational of the Italian Renaissance...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1397424 (stock #3802f)
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A standard design that was first produced in the coin silver era, and continued after the adoption of the sterling standard in the mid 19th century, "Oval Thread" is a "Pointed Antique" with a tipped end and lined border.

This 6 15/16" long, 1.4 T. oz., example is a place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon stamped "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the renowned Philadelphia firm, and "925" in an oval, for sterling...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1397322 (stock #3799f)
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Issued in 1963, Lunt's "Rondelay" is inspired by classic French design, but presented with a clean, modern flair.

This example is a 6 3/8" long, quite heavy at 2.3 T. oz, gravy ladle with a 2 1/2" by 2 1/4" bowl that has decorated shoulders and a flanged rim.

Never monogrammed and showing no signs of use, this flawless estate piece has a bright finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1397025 (stock #3794f)
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Engraved patterns were immensely popular in the late 19th century, probably because the capacity to execute reached a peak in that period, and the technique offered great flexibility in presenting intricate and varied designs...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396942 (stock #3793f)
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An early example of a line issued in 1875, this 6" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., sauce ladle is marked "Pat. Appl. For," along with "Sterling" and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem.

The pattern, "Raphael," is Renaissance Revival in style, with a strongly Moorish influence.

Essentially non-figural, it does incorporate a bird with raised wings in the midpoint of the handle, just below the shield-shaped reserve area that is monogrammed "HWS" in Old English lettering.

The deep, oval bowl has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1396834 (stock #3791f)
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Issued in 1910 (some sources indicate 1890) and not readily found, Alvin's "Marie Antoinette," bespeaks its French court inspired name in its design elements, which include garlands, wreaths, ribbons, and laurel leaves.

These two forks are dinner size at 7 1/2" long, and very heavy at 1.9 T. oz. each.

They are identical save that one is engraved "Mary" in script set sideways on the handle front, and the other "Winifred," likely presented to two sisters.

Neither one shows any sign that i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396567 (stock #3788f)
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This Whiting pattern introduced in 1890 is known by several names including singular and plural variations of "Rose & Scroll" as well as "LaFrance" and "LaFrancais."

This example is a 5 1/2" long, just under .9 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle with a delicate leaf script "B" monogram set sideways on the handle front.

The 2" x 1 3/4" x 3/4" deep bowl has a scalloped edge, decorated shoulders, and embossed interior.

It is in flawless estate condition, showing no polishing wear, having a fine ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396453 (stock #3786f)
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An elaborate leaf, bead, and stylized shell design, Wallace's "Sappho" bespeaks the artistry of the ancient poet from whom the pattern takes its name.

This 6 7/8" long, quite heavy at nearly 1.4 T. oz., tea or dessert size fork may have been used as a youth piece, given the engaging inscription, which reads in fine script lettering, "To Carrie" on the front, and "From Mother Dec. 4th 98." on the reverse.

Given this line was first issued in 1895, this is an early piece in the history of the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1396330 (stock #3784f)
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Standing 3 1/2" tall to the highest point at the top of the handle, 2 1/2" across at the widest, resting on a 1 3/4" diameter flat bottom, and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this cream pitcher is marked with the three part Dominick & Haff emblem, including the date 1885.

Other marks are "Sterling," model number "150," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Shreve Crump & Low."

An American expression of English design, this has a scalloped edge with a Chippendale style cut on an urn shaped body. The...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1396176 (stock #3782f)
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Decorative and utilitarian desk items, stamp boxes evoke nostalgic reminders of a measured and purposeful lifestyle that no longer exists. They served the useful purpose of protectively holding stamps when they were issued singly.

This likely late 19th century example was made by George Shiebler, whose "winged S" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "4179" are imprinted on the underside.

Rectangular with two compartments, its measurements are very symmetrical, 2" long by 1" wide b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396017 (stock #3780f)
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A name of note among 19th century Philadelphia silver manufacturers, William Faber, later joined by his sons, produced items of high quality and lasting appeal.

This substantial sized gravy ladle, 7 1/2" long, 2.0 T. oz., with a 2 5/8" wide, 1" deep, oval bowl is a case in point.

It is distinguished by its extensive bright cut engraving that appears on a rounded end "Antique" handle, and additionally in the bowl with double vee shaped grooves and scalloped shoulders.

Portraying a floral...

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