American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278318 (stock #2315f)
Old Friends
$60.00
An original, early production of Towle's "Georgian," this dessert or place spoon measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a robust 1.7 T. oz.

It is marked "925/1000" and with the Towle emblem on the heel of the bowl, and "Sterling" and "Pat. 1898." on the backside of the handle. It is also engraved "Florence '99" in script on the reverse.

It is in immaculate condition. To be sure, it would seem a more perfect, old, example of this intricate design is not to be found...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278225 (stock #2314f)
Old Friends
$95.00
"Ivy" is a pattern that is associated with Whiting, but actually originated with New York's Henry Hebbard. This 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., sugar sifter is marked only "Pat. 1866" and "Sterling," so may trace to either maker.

The pattern, "Ivy," incorporates ivy leaf detailing both singly and in a repeating border pattern. The overall sense of the design evokes John Polhamus' "Diamond" from the same period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278090 (stock #2313dd)
Old Friends
$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...

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1277259 (stock #2307f)
Old Friends
$30.00
One from Watson's early 20th century Art Nouveau floral line, this motif is not as readily found as other designs in the series.

This example is a 5 1/2" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon. As is the case for all of Watson's work of this sort, the die and finish work reflect a high level of refinement. The pattern is set in very high relief and precisely rendered, incorporating fine detail...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1276605 (stock #2303f)
Old Friends
$225.00
John Bridge, whose "I.B" mark appears on the backside of this 11 7/8" long, nearly 2.6 T. oz. stuffing or platter spoon, is identified in Jackson's as an important maker. In partnership Philip Rundell, he held the Royal Warrant for a considerable period of time in the 19th century, including 1826 the year this was made. In addition to the date letter and maker's letters, this is stamped with a leopard's head and lion...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276498 (stock #2302f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Watson produced an extensive line of fruit, floral, and even vegetable patterns around the turn of the 20th century that were exceptionally finely rendered and reflected Art Nouveau sensibilities.

An example from that series, this 6 1/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.2 T. oz., spoon has an elongated and pointed bowl and is probably for citrus.

The motif is grape, showing a large cluster of high relief fruit surrounded by leaves and sinuous vines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276004 (stock #2299f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Variously referenced as oyster, seafood, or cocktail fork, the form of this piece is invariably the same, with three small trident tines joined on the end of a slender handle.

This example was made by Dominick & Haff in its fabled "Labors of Cupid." It is an old piece, circa 1900, not a more recent reissued one. It is marked with the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "Wm...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1275633 (stock #2297f)
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$55.00
A multi-motif line, Gorham's "Piper" features various youthful characters engaged in childhood activities.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., youth spoon. It has the large bowl associated with the form, and in this instance, finished in a largely intact gold wash front and back sides.

The image is of a boy carrying a bundle of books and what appears to be a large tablet under his arm. The backdrop looks in the manner of a European low country village street scene, which would b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1275180 (stock #2293f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Stamped with an "H&M" for the maker, New York City's Hebbard & Moore, 1861-65, this tea or dessert fork was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," whose mark also appears on the backside, along with "Sterling."

It is tea or dessert size, measuring 7" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz.

It has a rounded, down turned end, with a tipt backside. The front is engraved in a period design utilizing bright cut and wriggle work.

There is an Old English "T.F.H." monogram set sideways on the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1275070 (stock #2292f)
Old Friends
$50.00
Tiffany produced a baby set comprised of at least a spoon, fork, knife, and food pusher that portrayed scenes from the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence." One source identifies this as the "King and Queen" design.

This is the knife from that set, and is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Stg." (for sterling), and "m," dating it 1907-47. The style suggests the 1920s or 30s.

It measures 5" long and weighs a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. which provides for a thick, sturdy piece. The scene is of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274926 (stock #2291f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer 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 the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274649 (stock #2289f)
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$25.00
One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail.

This was a presentation piece, presumably youth spoon, as it is inscribed in script on the reverse, "June 30th, 1892," and "James Fullerton Kellogg." O...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274185 (stock #2286f)
Old Friends
$22.00
At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1273209 (stock #2282f)
Old Friends
$105.00
"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 7/8" long, heavy, 4.3 T. oz., pie server. The generously proportioned, 4 1/4" long by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade is plain and flat, save for raised and scal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1272304 (stock #2280f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Dating from 1932, Towle's "Old Brocade" incorporates Art Deco design elements embellished with an etched floral surface, the style of which would seem to explain the pattern name.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., tomato server. The solid silver (vs. stainless) broad blade has raised and scalloped shoulders and a slight center groove on the delicately reticulated flat area.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the marks, which include the Towle emblem, "Sterli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1271949 (stock #2279f)
Old Friends
$35.00
At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910. The two designs may have originated from the same impulse, or Reed & Barton may simply have noted the popularity of Fairfax and wanted to provide the market with an alternativ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1271596 (stock #2278f)
Old Friends
$150.00
The name "Fleur-de-Lis," aka "Fleur-de-Lys,"seems misapplied to this pattern by Alvin as it is an expressive iris design rather than the stylized, three petal, lily motif that the name implies. A little probing does offer the French "fleur-de-lys-orris" for iris, so this may be the association.

The early 20th century design embodies all elements of the Art Nouveau mode, incorporating iris blossoms on the end and midpoint of the handle as well as the heel of the bowl of this 8 1/2" long, 2.2...

 
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