American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282934 (stock #2349f)
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$55.00
Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this preserve spoon was made by Wallace whose "RW&S with deer head" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Violet," one of several Art Nouveau floral designs Wallace produced early in the 20th century. It is an expressive, true to life portraiture, with the design carrying into the matte finish, gold washed bowl.

There is a script "MKW" monogram.

It is in impeccable condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282460 (stock #2346f)
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$45.00
An unidentified pattern, this pair of 4 7/8" long tongs are stamped with the Manchester "double eagle and M" emblem and the word "Sterling" on the inside of one grip. They are robust, weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., which is particularly unusual from this company which often produced lightweight products.

The likely Georgian inspired pattern builds upon high relief acanthus leaf element set on double convex surfaces on each arm...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1282287 (stock #2345f)
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$335.00
Rarely found, Gale's "Gothic" is treasured by collectors of mid 19th century pattern flatware.

The name and the design elements are completely convergent and architectural in manner. The handle margins are columnar with central arches extending out from these. This structure in turn supports a quatrefoil, window-like element. The pointed tip of the handle has a leafy edge, and the lower portion an acanthus leaf drop...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282110 (stock #2344f)
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$90.00
Iris was a popular subject in Art Nouveau design around the turn of the 20th century, with numerous silver manufacturers producing interpretations of this theme. Wallace's iris offering is named "Eton" and it stands tall within the cohort of such patterns.

This example is a 7" long, exceptionally heavy at 3.0 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle front features an opulent array of high relief iris blossoms that appear to be in motion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1281969 (stock #2343f)
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$135.00
Dating from c. 1930 and echoing (or perhaps seeking to compete with) the Danish Modern look of Georg Jensen, this 5 3/4" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., ladle was made by Chicago's J.O. Randahl, whose name appears on the backside. Other marks are "Hand Wrought," "Sterling," and the number "189."

The handle has an irregularly shaped margin on the terminus. This frames a three dimensional, decorative floral (perhaps fuchsia) element...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1281673 (stock #2341f)
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$265.00
A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit and leaves.

This possibly vegetable, fish, or large salad serving fork is an early example with decorated shoulders as found only on old examples...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281487 (stock #2340f)
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An example of Tiffany's multi-motif "Vine" pattern, this teaspoon measures 6 1/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.1 T. oz. The specific portraiture is "Gourd."

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. Polishing wear is essentially nil, with all aspects of the design remaining clear and sharply defined. The bowl is well-shaped, free of tip wear, and absent dents, nicks, or burrs. The finish is brilliant, and hand polished only...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281056 (stock #2337f)
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$245.00
"Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance a feathered script "R.S.G." monogram.

The piece is a 9" long ice spoon. It is an extra heavy version weighing 4.4 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280899 (stock #2336f)
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This late 19th century, 6 3/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., non-standard pattern, sugar or preserve spoon was made by Whiting whose lion emblem, the word "Sterling," the number "18," and letter "A" is imprinted on the backside. It is also stamped with the name of Worcester, Massachusetts jeweler "Clark & Sawyer Co." (1866-1904).

It is a remarkable composite of design and technique. Overall it is in the Aesthetic mode, with a hammered, reverse tipt handle. This has applied grapes on th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280511 (stock #2333f)
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Singular in both design and form, this 10 1/8" long, 2.5 T. oz., ice cream server was made by New York's John Wendt.

The pattern, "Moresque," dates from 1873 and represents the epitome of the broad band of Islamic and Renaissance Revival designs from that period that include Whiting's "Arabesque," Tiffany's "Persian," and Gorham's "Raphael" and "Byzantine," among others.

Curiously, "Moresque" has four variants, and possibly more permutations. The handle is sometimes upturned and sometim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1280276 (stock #2331f)
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$285.00
Measuring a lengthy 12" overall and weighing a robust 6.4 T. oz., this item is a full-sized soup ladle.

It is an early piece of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the words "Sterling" and "Patent 1900," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." It also has decorated, flanged shoulders; later examples have plain shoulders.

There is a delicate script monogram that appears to be "MFC" on the handle front.

It is in superb cond...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280148 (stock #2330f)
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$265.00
This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure.

Originated by New York's Henry Hebbard (and later a line pattern with Whiting), this example was retailed Tiffany & Co., as identified on the back side. It is also stamped "H.H. Patent [1]862."

Consistent with Tiffany's requirement, this is to a sterling (as marked) standard rather than the then more prevalent coin.

Again consistent with Tiffany's requirements, it is a finely c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1279639 (stock #2327f)
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$75.00
This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.1 T. oz.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source. Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling.

Export is also largely imitative of English silver, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1279052 (stock #2321f)
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$275.00
Each of these six, matching salad forks measures 6 3/8" long while the group weighs 7.1 T. oz. They all have delicate, Art Nouveau style, "HBM" script monograms.

Early items, they have slightly upturned ends and are marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller "helmet over shield emblem" of International Silver, along with "Pat.," and "Sterling."

They retain all the fine detailing that characterizes original pieces of this pattern. This includes precisely rendered stamen and pollen flecks on t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1278945 (stock #2320f)
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$46.00
A multi-motif floral design, Reed & Barton's "La Parisienne" represents the epitome of Art Nouveau design.

This 5 7/8" long, relatively weighty at nearly .8 T. oz., pickle fork portrays a pond lily accompanied with stylized, sinuous leaves encircling both sides of the handle.

The tines on this are finished in a bright gold wash. This piece is to be distinguished from a cocktail fork, which is shorter and has stubbier tines.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278531 (stock #2317f)
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$40.00
Measuring 6 1/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this fork is an old example of Knowles' 1878 "Crescent" pattern.

It has an unusual four tine configuration, with a hooked upper tine, and much englarged and also hooked, lower tine. It is possibly a pickle or pastry variant, or even an early, and rare, lobster fork. The upper surface of the tine area is artfully engraved and has a matte finish.

The front of the handle has an Old English "S" monogram.

The condition is mint estate. There...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278090 (stock #2313dd)
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$235.00
Measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a substantial 4.7 T. oz., this piece is most likely an oyster ladle rather than the larger yet full size soup.

In today's environment the distinction may be inconsequential. Indeed, some of the massive serving pieces of the 19th century may be overly large for contemporary tables, making this size more utilitarian.

The pattern is Gorham's late 19th century "Maryland." It is an elaborate design that incorporates acanthus leaves, rose blossoms and scro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1277729 (stock #2310f)
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$85.00
"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" long, heavy, 3.4 T. oz., serving fork.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in very fine estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and is f...

 
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