American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297635 (stock #2465f)
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Measuring a lengthy 10 9/16", this pie server has a narrow, blunt end, silverplate blade, and hollow, sterling silver, handle.

It is a very early example of Towle's "Georgian," and in original condition.

Indeed, it appears to have had almost no use. The handle is free of dimples or splits. Pattern detail is exquisitely crisp and the butler's finish is flawless...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297521 (stock #2464f)
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Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers that grow on vines.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.

It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297327 (stock #2462f)
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Measuring 6" long and weighing nearly .5 T. oz., this butter pick is a fully authentic item, not made up from another piece.

The pattern is "Violet" by Wallace. It is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau style, floral design produced early in the 20th century.

This has a delicate, feathered script "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition. There is no polishing wear, with all the fine details of the pattern remaining sharp and well-defined...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1297205 (stock #2460f)
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Gorham produced several hammered round end and antique designs (extending back to at least 1880) which can be difficult to distinguish one from another.

This 5 13/16" long, just under .8 T. oz., individual butter spreader appears to be "Covington Hammered" dating from 1914.

A large part of this attribution comes from the blockish, Arts & Crafts style "MIH" monogram, which would fit this date...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297025 (stock #2458f)
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While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered in a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an large, 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flanged shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

It could have been for crackers, salad, berries, or some other unidentified purpose...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1296915 (stock #2457f)
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Patented in 1894, and so stamped on the reverse, Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance" is an expressive design that stands in its own category.

The pattern features the face of a bearded, Florentine looking, figure. This appears on the front center of the handle and is expanded on the reverse heel of the blade. Other detail elements include scrolls and a stylized shell.

This piece is a 6" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1296796 (stock #2456f)
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Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is arguably the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., cream, sauce, or mayonnaise ladle.

It is an authentic, original item, and not one of the many recasts of this pattern. The intricate, high relief, design folds over itself in such a liquid-seeming manner that it belies the fact that the medium is metal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295760 (stock #2455f)
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One of John Polhamus' (NYC) early patterns, "Oriental" was later produced by George Shiebler. This example adds a Tiffany & Co. provenance, as it was retailed by that company, whose name appears on the reverse. Other marks include "J.P. Patent 1855" and "Sterling."

It is a large crumber, aka crumb knife, measuring 10 7/8" long and just touching 3.0 T. oz. The flat blade which characterizes the form, is a 6 1/2" by 2 1/4" oblong with a raised, scalloped edge around three sides. The surfac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295683 (stock #2454f)
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Irish in origin, this 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., tea or dessert fork is fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in good condition. The tines have some tip wear and knife cuts on the backsides. Otherwise there is no evidence o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294917 (stock #2449f)
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These six teaspoons measures 5 7/8" long per piece, while the group weighs 5.2 T. oz. They are matched, with each one monogrammed "EWC" in script on the handle fronts.

They were made by Frank Smith and retailed by Boston's Rand & Crane.

The pattern is a slight variant of Smith's late 19th century "Shell." It has a pointed tip rather than the standard rounded shape above the shell. Rand & Crane was known for offering quality, often hand-crafted, items, and may have been a manufacturer ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
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A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1294185 (stock #2443f)
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This presentation set is an example of an otherwise commonplace item elevated to special standing.

The items are a 7 1/2" long fruit knife paired with a matching 6 1/4" long fork. Two features set them apart. First, both pieces have mother of pearl handles. Such pieces are routinely found with silverplate blades and tines, but these are solid sterling. The second distinguishing feature is that the pair are set in a handsome, leather bound, 10 1/2" x 3 1/4", fitted presentation box.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293890 (stock #2440f)
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A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1293575 (stock #2437f)
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Gorham's model number "A323" two handled loving cup appears in the company's 1900 catalog (see image 3).

This item is stamped with that number, the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "1 1/2 Pint," and a date symbol for 1901, all on the brushed finish underside.

It is a substantial item, standing 4 3/4" high to the rim, measuring 5" across the top, and 7 1/2" from handle tip to handle tip. It weighs 16.0 T. oz.

The handles are shaped into oak branches, and joined to the bod...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1293455 (stock #2436f)
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Measuring 6" in diameter, standing 1/2" high, and weighing a solid 3.6 T. oz., this plate or dish sits on a 3 7/16" wide rimmed base.

It is stamped with model number "256" on the underside, along with "S. Kirk & Son Co.," used 1896-1924, and "925/1000."

It is an elegant, highly finished item. The has a rolled and lined edge, and fine engraving on the upper surface. The center is concave and has a brushed underside.

It is in mint condition. The base is even, and the overall piece i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293245 (stock #2434f)
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Measuring a substantial 10" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this large item is generally thought to be an early form ice cream server, although it is sometimes identified as a vegetable or pudding spoon.

It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin. The surface has a pale gold wash and is engraved in a period ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1293071 (stock #2432f)
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Typically referred to as a string holder, this item is identified in the 1898 Gorham catalog (see image 3) as a twine holder.

It is stamped with the number "S3044" on the lower top rim, as well as "Sterling" and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem.

It stands 3 1/2" tall and 3 1/8" in diameter. Many examples of the form have silver tops and bottoms. This is a less common combination of a fitted, sterling top paired with a brilliant period cut glass base. The top has a rolled lower rim and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1292611 (stock #2429f)
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A novel item stamped "Patent No 11774" and with an "O, lion, anchor, queen's head," along with "WV&S," this solid sterling silver item was made in Birmingham, England in 1888 by William Vale & Sons.

A olive or pickle fork, it measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just under .9 T. oz. It is comprised of a central tube which moves within an outer sleeve that has a four tine fork end. The inner element is attached to a fitted cross bar that forms a pusher that slides up and down, enabling it to nud...

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