American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1265054 (stock #2236f)
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Perhaps the largest of any serving spoon in the "Du Barry" line, this item measures 9 3/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 5.3 T. oz.

It was retailed by New York City's "Theodore B. Starr," as stamped on the backside of the bowl. Other marks are the Durgin "D," and the word "Sterling."

An elaborate design, "Du Barry" features high relief leafy sprays complimented by small branches of what appear to be laurel leaves...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264838 (stock #2234f)
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An enduringly popular pattern, Gorham's "St. Cloud" exhibits the full measure of design and execution sophistication that showed itself in American silver manufacturing in the second half of the 19th century.

It incorporates a variety of acanthus leaf and foliate elements, a stylized shell, and even tight swirls hinting at an Aesthetic influence.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .9 T. oz., sardine fork...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
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Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1264530 (stock #2231yb)
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Marked "TS" for London silversmith Thomas Bradbury & Sons, a lion for sterling, a leopard head for London, and "a" for 1896, this is a large, hinged lid, tea caddy.

It measures 6 1/4" long by 4 3/4" wide, stands 4 5/8" to the top of the finial, and weighs a substantial 14.2 T. oz.

It is Neo-Georgian in style, having gadroon borders on the top and bottom of the body, paneled walls, and two elaborate lion's heads with free-swinging rings on either end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264383 (stock #2229f)
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A highly decorative, late 19th century, design, Whiting's "Radiant" presents in an opulent, courtly manner. The handle has a fanned end, which would seem to be the source of the pattern name. Other elements include ribbing, acanthus leaves, and little florettes which might be forget-me-nots.

This example is an 8 1/2" long, very heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., berry or serving spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1264276 (stock #2228f)
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Essentially a "Bead" pattern, Watson's "Plymouth" dates from 1905 and reflects the sensibilities of the budding Colonial Revival movement of the period. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., solid silver, tea infuser. It has a flowing script "MAM" monogram engraved on the handle front.

The ovoid bowl is well-constructed and intricately pierced...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1264021 (stock #2226f)
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Measuring 6" long and weighing a relatively robust .6 T. oz., this olive spoon is an early production piece bearing the three part Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen mark that was supplanted by the simpler Lunt Sterling" in 1935.

The pattern is "Chippendale," dating from 1910. It has a reticulated handle with a design that is fully consonant with the name. The bowl is pierced and has a flanged rim and pointed tip. "

It is in exceptionally fine condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264018 (stock #2225f)
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This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure. While originated by New York's Henry Hebbard, it became a full line Whiting pattern, and is generally identified with that company.

This 5 7/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., sugar spoon is a Whiting piece, marked with the company's lion, emblem, as well as "Sterling," "Patent 1862," and "1." It has a shell shaped bowl and an Old English "H" monogram.

It is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1263670 (stock #2223f)
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"Windsor Castle" is one of Tuttle's (Boston, Massachusetts) first patterns, introduced in 1929...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1263287 (stock #2219f)
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Model number "1815" as stamped on the underside, and having a date symbol for 1890, this 5" tall vase was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appears along with the other marks. If was originally offered as part of a desk set, according to a Gorham catalog of the period (see image 3).

The main body is 3" in diameter and sits on a rimmed base that is 2" across. The splayed, trumpet-shaped, neck is divided into two sections each bordered by beading. The lo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262938 (stock #2215f)
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Originally produced in 1903, Frank Smith's "Lion" has been reissued in recent years. There are enough differences between the two periods, though, that they are essentially distinct patterns.

The short of it is that the earlier production evidences far more detail and clarity of design than latter pieces.

These distinctions are evident on this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. Quick distinctions can be seen in the backside, torso area of the lion. On older items this area ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262829 (stock #2214f)
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A fully original, old piece, this asparagus server is solid silver and not a combination of stainless with sterling as newer examples are.

The pattern is is Reed & Barton's "La Splendide" dating from 1902. The high relief design reflects the freedom of form characteristic of Art Nouveau, which was the dominant style mode of the period.

Typical of R&B items in this era, this is robust, measuring 10" long overall and weighing 4.1 T. oz.

It has a flat blade serving end that is approxim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1262754 (stock #2213f)
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Standing 2 5/16" high, with a top diameter of 3", having a pedestal base 2" across, and weighing 2.6 T. oz., this piece was made by Turner & Simpson of Birmingham, England. It is stamped "T&S," an anchor city emblem, a lion for sterling silver, and a date letter which is rubbed beyond clear definition, but the company has a registry mark for 1912 and this is in that date area.

The base is tiered and the bowl edge has an applied rim. The body is plain save for two cast and applied lion's he...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1262646 (stock #2212f)
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Gorham utilized a variety of figural imagery on its 1870 "Japanese" line of flatware. All drew upon Asian or pseudo-Asian design motifs and incorporated numerous details to suggest that association.

This 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., berry spoon portrays a bird and dragonfly as primary figures, and is one of the several main themes employed by Gorham. Other elements in the composition include bamboo and even pseudo language characters. The background is stippled and some areas of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1262586 (stock #2211f)
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Dating from the 1860s, "Ivy," aka "Egyptian Ivy," was one of Gorham's earliest full line patterns and has proven enduringly popular.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., pickle or pastry fork. The one form mirrored the other in this period, with pickle forks being the older.

It has three tines, the lower one of which is wider than the other two, and with a hooked tip. The bowl is slightly cupped and has scalloped shoulders.

The backside of the handle is plain, sa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262473 (stock #2209f)
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Exceptionally large for this form, this fully original, solid silver, tomato server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is substantial enough to lend itself to a variety of serving functions beyond its original purpose.

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end. The rounded blade has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3", has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.

The piece is withou...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261704 (stock #2206f)
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Davis & Galt was a Philadelphia partnership that references suggest began in 1888 and was relatively short-lived, with the company itself continuing into the second decade of the 20th century.

A manufacturer of numerous unnamed patterns, this example is a well-designed "Kings" motif.

It is a 5 3/4" long, not quite .9 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle. The handle is slender, thereby presenting as lengthy. The bowl is a charming and novel hemispherical, 1 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, scallop she...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
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Whiskbrooms were perhaps more of a household staple in the past than they are today. A small brush made of broom corn, a stiff, straw-like, sorghum grass, they are rather pedestrian items save for examples such as this which has been fitted with a sterling silver handle.

A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise.

It was made...

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