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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 2000 item #1373408 (stock #3394f)
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An essentially modern piece, this 2 1/8" by 1 1/4", weighty at approximately .9 T. oz., sterling silver decanter label on a chain nonetheless employs an intricate, ancient "Celtic" design for its raised border and pediment area.

The plain central area is fully hallmarked for Edinburgh, Scotland, 1997, Sterling, and maker, "Hamilton & Inches," who still produce this item.

Plain backed and curved, this is in original condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1373302 (stock #3392f)
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Although the smaller of two versions of ice tongs that Reed & Barton produced in its legendary Francis I ice tongs, this pair is nonetheless very large, measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz.

They are early production, marked with the company "eage, R, lion" emblem and the word "Sterling" (later issue items bear the full name of the company).

They are also engraved with a handsome, Old English, "B" monogram on one arm, just below the otherwise plain arch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1373234 (stock #3391f)
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$45.00
Theodore Roosevelt's place in history is secured by many deeds, exploits, and his role as the 26th President of the United States, but one of the most enduring and charmingly whimsical associations was that he served as progenitor of the teddy bear.

Given that his years in office coincided with the peak popularity 0f souvenir spoon collecting, it is no happenstance that Roosevelt and the teddy bear found expression in this form.

This example is a 5 3/8" long, just over .6 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373190 (stock #3390f)
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Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this solid silver master butter knife has a rounded handle end and scalloped edge blade.

It is a stylish item, showing elegant bright cut engraved scroll, leaf, and flower designs on both the blade and handle fronts. The margins of the handle have diamond notching and line detailing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373112 (stock #3389f)
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A fully authentic, that is not made up, early example of one of Gorham's most storied patterns that features twenty-four different ancient classical subjects, "Mythologique" was one of remarkable lines produced by the renowned designer Antoine Heller.

Made in two versions, this 6 1/8" long, .9 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1373063 (stock #3388f)
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$165.00
This piece is about as large an example of the form as was made. It measures 9 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz.

It is a replica of an anointing spoon, also identified as a coronation spoon. These largely English items have a history that traces back to the late 19th century, with early ones like this, date mark 1904-05, generally the best crafted examples.

Indeed, this is hallmarked for the London firm of Carrington & Co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372998 (stock #3384f)
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$95.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching seafood or oyster cocktail forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the pair weigh nearly .9 T. oz. combined.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 "Lily of the Valley."

These stand apart on two bases. One, they are the less common, twisted handle, form of this piece. Two, they were retailed by "William Kendrick's Sons," the renowned Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, known as a supplier of julep cups...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372845 (stock #3382f)
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$46.00
Lengthy items, intended to reach deep into a tall jar, horseradish spoons (sometimes identified as honey spoons) have paddle-like bowls, all of which describes this 6 1/4" long, .6 T. oz., example made by Knowles.

The pattern is "Apollo," which is a scroll, bead, and rose design that is very much in keeping with its late Victorian period (1892 issue date).

The cupped server on this is 1 3/4" long by 3/4" at the widest, and has a satin matte finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1372805 (stock #3381f)
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$125.00
Likely dating from the 1880s, this 4 1/2" wide, 2" high to the rim, 4" to the top of the swing handle, 2.4 T. oz., basket, shows Aesthetic design influences.

The rim is scalloped and the tapered sidewalls are undulating. The solid handle is twisted, with a smooth, square, grip at the top.

There is a large scale representation of a wild rose blossom, branch, and leaves acid etched on the otherwise plain body...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372764 (stock #3380f)
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$24.00
Largely rococo in style, Frank Smith's 1890 "Earle" is an asymmetrical pattern that features a dense array of acanthus leaf, scroll, and floral elements...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1372583 (stock #3377f)
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$165.00
Although dating from the Victorian era, this mustard pot presents more as Georgian in style.

Having a bulbous, cauldron shape body, it is relatively large, standing 2 1/2" to the top of the lid, 3" to the highest point on the thumb lift, is 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighs a substantial 4.0 T. oz.

The solid handle is a double cee scroll form, with an acanthus leaf detail.

The interior has a gold finish, which is intact on the lid, but some worn in the body.

The lid is engraved in a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1372533 (stock #3376f)
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$90.00
Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style, "JA" monogram, suggesting a date circa 1900.

It is in very good condition. There are n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372531 (stock #3374f)
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$34.00
Price per piece, two available.
One of Tiffany's favored suppliers before it began to produce its own silver, was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the manufacturer 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. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard.

"Ionic" is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1372310 (stock #3370f)
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$385.00
Price for the pair.
Large items, each measuring 10 1/2" long, the fork of this silver pair weighs approximately 2.5 T. oz., and the spoon 2.9 T. oz.

They are stamped "Porter Blanchard," who was a prominent, 20th century name in California Arts and Crafts silver, and "Sterling," on the backsides of "Pointed (1800)" pattern handles.

Alternatively identified as a large salad set, or buffet or platter items, they present as slender, elongated pieces, with a narrow bowl on the spoon, and two lengthy, splayed tin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372206 (stock #3368f)
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Fully emblematic of the style, Wendt's "Moresque" was produced in 1873 during the Persian Revival period in silver design that generated such landmark patterns as Whiting's "Arabesque," Gorham's "Hindostanee," and Tiffany's "Persian," among many others.

"Moresque" is arguably the most complex of any iteration in this mode, and within its own line had variations.

Some examples have upturned and others downturned, handles. The pattern itself incorporates a plain, circular reserve a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1372176 (stock #3365f)
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$98.00
This fully original, solid silver, server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is in the form of a tomato server, but larger than that item (7 3/4" long in this pattern).

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end.

The blade is essentially round and flat, and has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3". It has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.

The piece is without a monogram o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372159 (stock #3364f)
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$235.00
Price for the set of eight.
Each of these eight, matching forks, measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 11.6 T. oz.

Marked "Sterling," they were retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) and carry forward some of the design sensibilities of earlier coin silver flatware.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned terminals. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372158 (stock #3363f)
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The design on this 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon features a bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow. It is altogether quite charming in a bit naive way, in its representation.

Commonly referred to as "Spray," it is sometime identified as "Bouquet," and while made by Durgin, is occasionally attributed to other makers.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, sometimes carrying the Durgin name or "D" emblem, and...

 
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