American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262938 (stock #2215f)
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$65
Originally produced in 1903, Frank Smith's "Lion" has been reissued in recent years. There are enough differences between the two periods, though, that they are essentially distinct patterns.

The short of it is that the earlier production evidences far more detail and clarity of design than latter pieces.

These distinctions are evident on this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. Quick distinctions can be seen in the backside, torso area of the lion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262829 (stock #2214f)
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$235
A fully original, old piece, this asparagus server is solid silver and not a combination of stainless with sterling as newer examples are.

The pattern is is Reed & Barton's "La Splendide" dating from 1902. The high relief design reflects the freedom of form characteristic of Art Nouveau, which was the dominant style mode of the period.

Typical of R&B items in this era, this is robust, measuring 10" long overall and weighing 4.1 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1262646 (stock #2212f)
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Gorham utilized a variety of figural imagery on its 1870 "Japanese" line of flatware. All drew upon Asian or pseudo-Asian design motifs and incorporated numerous details to suggest that association.

This 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., berry spoon portrays a bird and dragonfly as primary figures, and is one of the several main themes employed by Gorham. Other elements in the composition include bamboo and even pseudo language characters...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1262586 (stock #2211f)
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$55
Dating from the 1860s, "Ivy," aka "Egyptian Ivy," was one of Gorham's earliest full line patterns and has proven enduringly popular.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., pickle or pastry fork. The one form mirrored the other in this period, with pickle forks being the older.

It has three tines, the lower one of which is wider than the other two, and with a hooked tip. The bowl is slightly cupped and has scalloped shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1262582 (stock #2210f)
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$235
By definition platter or stuffing spoons are large items, and that is the case with this 12" long, sterling silver, example that is fully marked for Jonathan Hayne, London, 1821.

Beyond its length, this impresses with how substantial it is. It weighs a hefty 5.0 T. oz., which generosity of material shows in the thickness and resultant sense of robustness of all elements of the item...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262473 (stock #2209f)
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$110
Exceptionally large for this form, this fully original, solid silver, tomato server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is substantial enough to lend itself to a variety of serving functions beyond its original purpose.

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end. The rounded blade has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3", has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261704 (stock #2206f)
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$45
Davis & Galt was a Philadelphia partnership that references suggest began in 1888 and was relatively short-lived, with the company itself continuing into the second decade of the 20th century.

A manufacturer of numerous unnamed patterns, this example is a well-designed "Kings" motif.

It is a 5 3/4" long, not quite .9 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle. The handle is slender, thereby presenting as lengthy...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1261405 (stock #2203f)
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$35
An 1875 design that is more Gothic Revival in sensibility than the then dominant Renaissance Revival style, Wood & Hughes' "Viola" is nonetheless very much a period pattern.

This offering is a matched pair of master salt spoons. Each one is 3 3/4" long and the two together weigh just over .5 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261400 (stock #2202f)
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$55
Identified as a "lemonade spoon" in the 1904 Gorham catalog (see image 2), this 6 3/4" long, approximately .4 T. oz., item is essentially a sterling sipping straw with pierced bowl end. It is model number "1445H," as stamped on the backside. Other marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1905.

This is considerably more elaborate and sophisticated than later, production oriented, examples of this form. The bowl incorporates an intricatel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261266 (stock #2200f)
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$35
A late Art Nouveau design dating from 1909, International's "Pansy" offers a delicate portraiture of its namesake flower.

This example is 4 7/8" long, .7 T. oz., cream ladle. It has a three lobed bowl with decorated shoulders and a single pansy blossom in the heel.

It is choice condition and without a monogram or removal. It is free of polishing wear and the bowl is without dents, bends, or burrs.

Marks are the indian head emblem of the Wilcox and Evertsen division of International...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261081 (stock #2198f)
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Seeming not to have parallels with other forms, this server in Knowles' early 20th century "Angelo" measures 7 5/8" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

At 4" by 1 3/8", it has a narrow, elongated working end that constitutes more than half the length of the piece. This has seven splayed tines joined by cross bars toward the tips. The heel is pierced with a decorative cut, while the shoulders are imprinted with cee scrolls. The entire blade surface is finished in a matte gold front and back sides. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1260911 (stock #2196f)
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$28
"Lily" was an engraved pattern with a patent date of 1900 that is commonly attributed to the Schofield Co., although this 5 1/4" long, relatively heavy at just over .8 T. oz., individual butter spreader is explicitly marked for Kirk.

Furthermore, the marks used date to the time of original issue. They are located on the edge of the handle and read, "S. Kirk & Son Co.," "925/1000," and "58M."

The piece is solid silver and has a rather thick handle and blunt end blade. The bright cut des...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260909 (stock #2195f)
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$20
Most American silver manufacturers adopted a sterling standard over coin in the 1860s. For a short period of time, New York's Ball, Black & Co. promoted a higher silver content yet, namely 950 rather than 925.

This 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is to this higher standard and so marked, along with the name of the company name.

It is a "Bead" design with an "Oval Thread" on the backside, both of which were standard patterns in the period. The bowl has a pointed tip with a sl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260674 (stock #2192f)
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Towle produced a number of engraved patterns in the 1880s, some of which are known by the name of the flower they portray, at least two, "Florence" and "Gladys," by women's names, and the remaining by numbers.

This 7 1/4" long, moderately heavy 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon is "No. 38" in this family of designs.

As with other similar pieces, it has a rounded, up-turned end, and satin matte finish. The bright cut work incorporates Aesthetic elements combined with leaf and floral det...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260671 (stock #2191f)
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Towle produced a number of engraved patterns in the 1880s, some of which are known by the name of the flower they portray, at least two, "Florence" and "Gladys," by women's names, and the remaining by numbers.

This 7" long, moderately heavy 1.2 T. oz., dessert spoon is "No. 38" in this family of designs.

As with other similar pieces, it has a rounded, up-turned end, and satin matte finish. The bright cut work incorporates Aesthetic elements combined with leaf and floral detailing. The f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260473 (stock #2189f)
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$34
A pristine example in Shiebler's "Flora" series, this master salt spoon measures 3 3/4" long and weighs a relatively heavy .4 T. oz.

The design is number "6" in the series, with the portraiture appearing to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves. The bowl has a satin matte gold finish front and backsides and a script "C.W.C." on the reverse of the handle.

Marks are the Shiebler "winged S" emblem and the word "Sterling."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1260471 (stock #2188f)
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$46
A moderately large example for the form, this sardine fork measures 5 5/8" long and weighs nearly 1.1 T. oz. The tine design is singular to this manufacturer, Frank Smith. There are six, all of which are wavy and all of which have trident hooks on one side. The serving end measures 2" wide by 2" deep, and has an upraised heel.

The pattern is "Priscilla," which dates from 1924. It is a clean design, with a double lined border and delicate shell and bow at the terminus, and in this instanc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260156 (stock #2184f)
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$195
A late 1860's design, Gorham's "Morning Glory" represents an exercise in the art of the jeweler turned silversmith.

It stands in a category of silver that was constructed, or assembled, as opposed to derived from a die or casting. Various elements such as the two types of leaves, ivy and morning glory, the blossom itself, the tubular stem, and various findings, were all joined together at the behest of individual workers. Even such detail as the decorative wire that wraps the end of the ha...

 
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