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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357834 (stock #3088f)
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A specialized line produced by Gorham for the Florida firm of "Greenleaf and Crosby," and dating c. 1900, "Palm Beach" was designed in its entirety to represent a palm tree.

The solid handle is contoured in the shape of a tree trunk, with the same textured surface as the actual thing. The top of the tree, with a spreading array of fronds, is imprinted on the backside of the bowl in a raised design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357781 (stock #3087f)
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Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing .8 T. oz., this four tine, sterling silver youth fork was made by Blackinton, whose three part emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The motif portrays "Little Miss Muffet" from the Mother Goose child's nursery rhyme. The figure is etched on the surface of the pointed end handle. She is holding a pie from which several blackbirds are peering out, while there are two other birds flying about her...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1357777 (stock #3086f)
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Each of these straws measures 8" long while the group weighs 4.0 T. oz.

They have heart, or spade, shaped stirring ends that are engraved in a leaf and scroll design and stamped "Sterling" on the backsides. The sipping ends have ball or sphere like attachments.

They are in excellent condition, free of bends, breaks, or splits, and have bright finishes. One has a pinprick dimple and that seems to be the only sign of use among the whole set.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1357692 (stock #3085f)
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A generously proportioned piece, this open salt has a top diameter of 2 7/16", stands 1 5/8" tall, and weighs a robust 2.7 T. oz.

Exceptionally quality, it has three, cast and applied, pad feet, with raised anthemions where they join the body. The splayed rim has a repeating leaf and bead design, while the interior is finished in a bright gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357686 (stock #3084f)
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While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered as a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

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

The matte surface handle has a rounded end and eleven applied daisies...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357627 (stock #3083f)
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This full set of twelve identical spoons all measure 5 3/4" long and are relatively heavy, with the group weighing 11.0 T. oz., and have the same, Old English "M.F.P." monograms on the reverses.

They are unusual form with narrow, 1 7/8" long by 15/16" at the widest, deep at 3/8", bowls with oval tips and gold finishes both front and back sides.

They are clearly distinct from typical citrus or orange spoons but are likely to be used for eating fruit.

The pattern is Gorham's "St...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1357528 (stock #3081f)
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Dating from 1904 according to the emblem imprinted on the underside, this gravy boat embodies the epitome of design and refinement for which the period was renowned.

It was produced by Gorham, whose capacities as a manufacturer were unexcelled. The firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "340" appear on the underside, along with the above referenced date symbol.

The piece is exceptionally large, measuring 8 1/4" from spout to handle tip and 3 3/4" in diameter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1357480 (stock #3080f)
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Something over 100 years old, these oyster or seafood cocktail forks are stamped "S. Kirk & Son Co." and "925/1000" which was a mark used 1896-1914 (Rainwater, "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers").

Each piece measures 5 3/8" long and has a script monogram that appears to be "GEHA" on an otherwise plain backside. They are relatively heavy, weighing 6.7 T. oz. the group.

All the pieces are in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having fine finishes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357375 (stock #3079f)
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As utilitarian as they are whimsical, individual asparagus tongs were high style place pieces introduced in the 19th, and carried over to the 20th, centuries.

This is an original, factory produced, 4 1/4" long, nearly .6 T. oz., example made by Whiting in the "Pompadour" pattern, which is essentially an embellished "Queens" design introduced in 1898.

The design appears on each of the two, upward sloping, arms joined by an arch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357327 (stock #3078f)
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Replete with imagery, "Florentine" is one of the most intricate designs Gorham produced in the early 20th century...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357231 (stock #3076f)
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Lengthy at 6 1/16" long each, and significant weight at 3.4 T. oz. combined, each of these four, matching teaspoons has an Old English "A" monogram on the handle reverse.

They are all stamped "F.A. Durgin St. Louis" and "Sterling."

The pattern is "Medallion," dating circa 1864 according to Soeffing in his benchmark work on this motif produced by many makers in the period. Soeffing also indicates F.A. Durgin's line was made to a coin standard, but these pieces are evidence it was produce...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1357189 (stock #3075f)
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A large piece measuring 1 3/4" in diameter, 1 1/4" high, and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is stamped "Stieff," "Sterling," and with a date symbol for "1922" on the inside edge.

The pattern is "Rose," introduced in 1892, and which is a hallmark repousse design for this company and for Baltimore silver in general.

This is the open shield variant of the line, which in this instance is engraved "Suzanne" in script.

The high relief chased work encompasses the entire band and is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357069 (stock #3073f)
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An original item, this regular or place knife measures 8 7/8" long. It has a hollow handle marked "Sterling" on the collar, and a a 5" by 13/16" blunt end silverplate blade that is stamped with the Wallace "RW deer head S" emblem.

The pattern is "Violet," probably the most popular of several Art Nouveau florals the company produced in the early 20th century.

It has never been monogrammed and is in superb estate condition. The handle is without dents, nicks, or splits, and retains sharp...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1950 item #1356747 (stock #3066f)
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Biographical information for Danish silversmith Paul Bang is difficult to unearth, although one online source lists his working dates 1935-80.

He evidently designed a considerable amount of quality jewelry, and less so, flat and holloware, based on the ratio of what internet searches yield.

Although not identified as a worker for Georg Jensen, his name frequently seems to surface in conjunction with that renowned maker. His work is decidedly Danish Modern, in a Jensenesque manner.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356678 (stock #3065f)
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A 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., olive spoon, this circa 1880 piece has a tubular handle and a plum-shaped bowl that has quartrefoil piercings. The bowl also has flange shoulders with line engraving, and retains traces of an original gold wash.

The handle terminus is block form and engraved in an Aesthetic design. It also includes a portion of a monogram, beginning with a script "S," indicating this element was once larger.

This area is fully finished and has worn edges indicating any modific...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356567 (stock #3063f)
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An earlier piece in the production history of "English King," this 9 7/8" long, 3.8 T. oz., salad serving spoon is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885.," and "m."

The pattern is high style and shows to its fullest at the scale of this item.

This piece has an original form bowl with scalloped, flange, shoulders, a textured base, and a rich gold wash front and back sides. Later examples have plain, rounded bowls.

It has never been monogrammed and is in outstanding condition....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356522 (stock #3062f)
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Larger than a teaspoon at 6 3/8" long, and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this piece is the size of a youth spoon. Apparently, it was originally presented to "Agnes" whose name is engraved sideways in script on the handle.

It is an English, Victorian era item, fully hallmarked for George Adams of London, with a date letter for 1852. Chawner was of the Firm Chawner & Co., which reference work "Jackson's Hallmarks" describes as "the most important [English] mid 19th century firm of spoon ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1356352 (stock #3060f)
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An early example, this 6 7/8" long, weighty at over 1.6 T. oz., round bowl gumbo soup spoon is marked with the Alvin emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent," all in precise, fine lettering as would be expected on an original piece. It also has a slightly upturned handle end, another indicator of its age.

The pattern is "Old Orange Blossom." Issued in 1905, it quickly became a standard bearer among Art Nouveau designs and remains so today.

The high relief portraiture is intricate, richly textu...

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