American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1287153 (stock #2383dd)
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The larger of two tomato servers that Gorham offered in its "Plymouth" line, this piece measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a substantial 1.8 T. oz.

The essentially round, 3" diameter, blade has scalloped and tiered edges and an intricately pierced surfaced.

An old, estate piece, the handle in inscribed with a fancy Old English "D" monogram.

It is in very fine condition. It shows no visible wear and has a bright finish. The blade is free of bends, nicks, or breaks in the reticulation...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286961 (stock #2382f)
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Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.

This item is a rare form cheese fork in the company's "Yetiv" pattern. This is fully authentic, i.e. not made up from another piece.

It measures 5 1/2" long and weighs .7 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1286759 (stock #2380f)
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This rare food pusher made by Tiffany is a thoroughly charming piece with a theme that is fully consonant with its function as a baby item.

It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.

The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286636 (stock #2379dd)
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Extravagantly large pieces, Saratoga chip servers are as novel as they are impressive.

This example is 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz. The immense bowl is 4" long by 3 1/2" at the widest, and is intricately pierced as is requisite for this form.

The pattern is "Pompadour," which resembles an embellished "Kings" design with a French flair...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286526 (stock #2378f)
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An elaborate "Kings" design, Whiting's "King Edward" is a high relief, robust design.

This example is a pair of the larger size sugar tongs Whiting offered in this line. They measure 5 1/8" long and weighing nearly 1.6 T. oz. They have impressive claw grips and are monogrammed "JMF" on the arch.

The condition is mint. There is no visible wear and there is a gently used, bright finish. The arch is free of bends or cracks.

Marks are the Whiting lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Ap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286280 (stock #2376f)
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing slightly over 1.4 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Bailey & Co." for the Philadelphia manufacturer that eventually became the storied retailer "Bailey, Banks & Biddle."

It also carries the pseudo hallmark "lion, S, shield" identified as a standard mark used by Bailey for sterling, and introduced January 1, 1855. There is s second lion mark on this, which sources identify as possibly a second sterling designator...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286182 (stock #2375f)
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Dating from the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Old Paris" is a figural design incorporating cherubs and other classical elements.

This example is a large, 7 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.7 T. oz., flat handle master butter knife. The blade has a scalloped upper edge, while the handle is inscribed "A.T.A." in script lettering.

It is in good condition. The blade is free of bends or burrs but shows surface scratches consistent with use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286085 (stock #2374f)
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Possibly a banana, and if not, likely a specialized pastry, server, this solid silver piece in Knowles "Apollo" has a uniquely shaped and proportioned blade.

Measuring a lengthy 9 3/4" overall and weighing just over 1.4 T. oz., the tapered blade is a full 6" long. It is 1 3/4" wide at the handle end and graduates down to 5/8" wide at the tip, which has a central point.

The upper edges are scalloped and the lower edges straight, while the surface retains a portion of an original gold was...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1285974 (stock #2373f)
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Measuring 9 7/8" long, this knife in "Williamsburg Shell" has a sterling silver handle and stainless steel blade.

It is completely original and fully marked to this effect on the blade, which also reads "Stieff." The handle is imprinted "Williamsburg Restoration" with the Colonial Williamsburg emblem in an oval.

It is in essentially unused condition. The blade is flawless and has a brilliant finish. The handle is free of dents, splits, or nicks, but there are a few light surface scrat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285855 (stock #2372f)
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Originated by New York's Henry Hebbard, "Ivy" is more identified with Whiting which offered it as a full line pattern.

The design incorporates a banded ivy border and trailing ivy vines and berries on the shank, and a single ivy leaf at the top of the handle. The dominating feature is the face of a satyr-like figure that appears at the top center of the handle.

This example is a 6 7/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., dessert or oval soup spoon. It has an elegant, feathered script "MJP" monogram set ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1285732 (stock #2371f)
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These two, matching, butter pats are 3" square and weigh a substantial 2.5 T. oz. the pair. Made by Gorham, they are stamped with the company name and "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," the model number "58," and date from about 1935.

They have 1/4" high, gadroon edges with a slight lip. The interiors are engraved "E.I.T" in block lettering.

They are in mint estate condition. Free of bends, dents, or nicks, they have brilliant finishes save for the flat bottoms which have brushed s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1285612 (stock #2370f)
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Measuring 8 3/8" long and weighing just over 1.8 T. oz., this pie or pastry server has a triangular blade that is 1 7/8" at the widest and 3 5/8" long. It is marked with the Arthur Stone emblem, "Sterling," and "B" for studio craftsman George Blanchard or Charles Brown.

The blade tip is rounded, as are the shoulders, which are also cupped. The handle has a pointed end, with a tipt reverse. It is chased in an open leafy design characteristic of Arthur Stone's work.

It is in excellent c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285287 (stock #2367f)
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A completely clean example, and without a monogram or removal of same, this dessert Spoon in Wood & Hughes "Viola" measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.2 T. oz.

Dating from 1875, it reflects elements of Gothic and Egyptian Revival design.

As stated, it is in immaculate condition, retaining clear pattern detail, a brilliant finish, and a well-shaped bowl free of tip wear, dents, or nicks.

Marks are "WwH" and "Sterling."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1285033 (stock #2365f)
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This moderately large mug stands 2 5/8" high to the rim, is 2 3/4" in diameter, has a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the farthest edge of the handle, and weighs just under 3.6 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem appears on the underside, along with the word "Sterling" and the model number "5225."

It has plain walls with a 1" tall, embossed leafy design along the lower edge. This is slightly bulbous and and indented creating a rimmed like base.

The surface opposite...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1284568 (stock #2361dd)
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Essentially a tea ball with a handle, this solid silver infuser was made by Lunt, whose early three part mark, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jan.28.08" appear on backside.

It measures 6 1/2" long and weighs just over .9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Monticello," which if in furniture, would be "Hepplewhite." There is an Old English "B" monogram in the shield area.

The infuser itself is a perfect sphere 1 1/2" in diameter. This pivots in a complete circle on a small hinge. There is a tapered arm ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284098 (stock #2359f)
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One of the core companies that came together to form International Silver, 1847 Rogers Brothers is primarily known as a silverplate manufacture. There was some production in sterling silver, however, and this 6 1/8" long pastry or pickle fork is such an example.

The pattern, "Crown," was offered as a full line in plate, but from this example which is marked "Sterling," was clearly available in sterling silver for those who wanted an upgraded version.

It dates from 1885, and the intricat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1283979 (stock #2358f)
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., the spoon has an origianl "Stone with hammer" mark, "Sterling," and the craftsmen letter "B," for studio craftsman George Blanchard or Charles Brown. Although relatively small, it is a substantial item with a solid feel.

It is an "Onslow" aka "Georgian Scroll" pattern, taken from English design. The end, which defines the pattern, is 1" across and has a twisted look.

The bowl is oval, 2" by 1 1/2". The piece could serve as a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283717 (stock #2355f)
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A lengthy 10" and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this ice or pea is a rare example of this early Gorham line pattern, "Ivy" aka "Egyptian Ivy."

Besides its length, two other features distinguish this piece. The first is the broad, pierced and delicately engraved, flanged shoulders. Secondly, the interior of the pointed bowl is pierced in an ivy berry and leaf design that actually resembles a star burst. Like the shoulders, this is set off with fine engraving and a bright gold wash.

It is witho...

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