American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1275180 (stock #2293f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Stamped with an "H&M" for the maker, New York City's Hebbard & Moore, 1861-65, this tea or dessert fork was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," whose mark also appears on the backside, along with "Sterling."

It is tea or dessert size, measuring 7" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz.

It has a rounded, down turned end, with a tipt backside. The front is engraved in a period design utilizing bright cut and wriggle work...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1275070 (stock #2292f)
Old Friends
$50.00
Tiffany produced a baby set comprised of at least a spoon, fork, knife, and food pusher that portrayed scenes from the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence." One source identifies this as the "King and Queen" design.

This is the knife from that set, and is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Stg." (for sterling), and "m," dating it 1907-47. The style suggests the 1920s or 30s.

It measures 5" long and weighs a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. which provides for a thick, sturdy piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274926 (stock #2291f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1274788 (stock #2290f)
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Stamped with the entwined "T and C" mark adopted by Charles Thomae, this 8 1/4" long, 1.7 T. oz.. letter opener has a clean, chiseled, Arts & Crafts look to it.

This would fit Thomae's dates who worked as a superintendent for the Watson Company until 1920 at which time he started his own firm.

The solid silver blade has a flat, rectangular shank that transitions to a beveled surface that narrows and tapers as it moves to a pointed tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274649 (stock #2289f)
Old Friends
$25.00
One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274185 (stock #2286f)
Old Friends
$22.00
At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1273209 (stock #2282f)
Old Friends
$115.00
"Gladstone" dates to the late 19th century and was produced by Frank Whiting and Amston, with both companies coming under one umbrella in the mid 20th century.

It is a robust, highly detailed, rococo design. The leafy scrolling set against a stippled ground shows considerable relief, all of which is abundantly evident on this large, 9 7/8" long, heavy, 4.3 T. oz., pie server...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1272304 (stock #2280f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Dating from 1932, Towle's "Old Brocade" incorporates Art Deco design elements embellished with an etched floral surface, the style of which would seem to explain the pattern name.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., tomato server. The solid silver (vs. stainless) broad blade has raised and scalloped shoulders and a slight center groove on the delicately reticulated flat area...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1271949 (stock #2279f)
Old Friends
$35.00
At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1271596 (stock #2278f)
Old Friends
$150.00
The name "Fleur-de-Lis," aka "Fleur-de-Lys,"seems misapplied to this pattern by Alvin as it is an expressive iris design rather than the stylized, three petal, lily motif that the name implies. A little probing does offer the French "fleur-de-lys-orris" for iris, so this may be the association.

The early 20th century design embodies all elements of the Art Nouveau mode, incorporating iris blossoms on the end and midpoint of the handle as well as the heel of the bowl of this 8 1/2" long, 2.2...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1270827 (stock #2275f)
Old Friends
$50.00
An estate item, this gravy ladle was made by Whiting in the "Louis XV" pattern. It is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1891," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Kennard & Co."

It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The bowl is generously proportioned, with a depth of 1". It has decorated, flanged shoulders and an intact, satin matte gold finish on the interior.

There is an Old English "B" monogram on the front of the handle.

It...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1270348 (stock #2273f)
Old Friends
$175.00
This 2 3/4" diameter, 1 1/8" high, approximately 1.6 T. oz., round master salt was produced in 1879 according to the date incorporated in the Dominick & Haff mark on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "284."

The design is very much reflective of the Aesthetic taste, conveying a Far Eastern sensibility, and utilizing copper applications on the sterling body, commonly referred to as "mixed metal." In this instance, the copper motifs are two different leaf form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1270135 (stock #2272f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Unnamed, this Tiffany design is through and through Art Deco in style. It is much in the manner of "Century," a pattern issued in 1937 in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the firm. With its beaded detail and rounded top, however, it is more expressive yet than "Century."

Clean, heavy, and finely finished, these two examples reflect the modernistic sensibilities of the period.

One is a 6 1/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., presumably sugar, spoon. The other is an unusual form, 6 3/8" long, 1...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1269472 (stock #2269f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Standing 3 3/8" tall to the top of the finial, 3 3/8" at the widest to the edge of the handle, and weighing just under 4.0 T. oz. this solid silver piece was made by Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Sterling Company and retailed by Boston's Shreve, Crump, & Low according to the identifiers on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling," "925/1000," "4522," and "Pat '93."

Catalogs of the period identify shorter versions of this form as mustard pots, and taller ones as horseradish. Common...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269307 (stock #2268f)
Old Friends
$95.00
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 8 1/4" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., tablespoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved "PMS" ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1269047 (stock #2266f)
Old Friends
$65.00
No more exquisite example of engraving on silver is to be found than this piece made by Gorham.

It is a 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon in the "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1902," and the date symbol for "1902" on the heel of the bowl. It is also engraved "'02" in script on the backside of the handle.

The gold washed, satin matte finish, bowl portrays an image of a saltbox style house set on a tree-lined street, and surrounded...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1268672 (stock #2264f)
Old Friends
$115.00
This jam jar is large, having a glass base that stands 3 1/2" to the rim, 5 3/4" to the top of the swing handle, and is 3" in diameter. Made by Hawkes, it is etched on the underside of the glass base with the company name and fleur-de-lis symbol. This repeats on the rim of the silver rim, which is also impressed with the word "Sterling," model number "1985," and "1/2," which could be a reference to its capacity.

The clear glass base is etched in a floral and swag with ribbons pattern. The...

 
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