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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376851 (stock #3253f)
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A Boston firm with a long history, and operating under several names reflecting numerous partnerships, the "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." on this 6 7/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., preserve soon dates it sometime from 1867 onward. It is also stamped "925 in a circle," for sterling silver.

An "Oval Thread" or "Threaded Antique" pattern, it is engraved with a script "EWS" on the handle front.

The bowl is a shell form, with a scalloped rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376810 (stock #3452f)
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Retailed by J.K. Laudermilch of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and so marked, along with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion," "Sterling," and "Patent 1892," this large cheese scoop measures 7 7/8" long and weighs a robust 2.1 T. oz.

The pattern is "Trajan," which is a bold, high relief, repousse-like, leaf and floral design. The handle backside has a reserve area that is engraved with a script "R" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376636 (stock #3449f)
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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376475 (stock #3446f)
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An expressive and innovative design introduced early, 1872, in the history of Tiffany as a silver manufacturer, "Vine" appeared in many motifs.

This example is a 9" long, 3.3 T. oz., berry spoon in "Grapevine."

William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware notes that this was made with a variety of bowl forms, and the shell or fluted design on this is observationally one of the less common ones. It is finished with a bright gold wash front and backsides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376368 (stock #3445f)
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A 7 5/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., piece, this example of Whiting's "Arabesque" pattern, is imprinted with the company's "lion" logo and the number "19" on the backside heel of the bowl, and "Sterling" and "Pat. 1875" on the handle reverse.

The griffin set against a Moorish style background composition is emblematic of the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a flange rim and central vee running from the handle to the midpoint of the base...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1376273 (stock #3443f)
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Not "made up" or "hand crafted," this 6 1/4" long, relatively weighty at .7 T. oz., butter pick is a completely original piece, rather than adapted from another item as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is "Passaic," introduced by Unger Brothers in 1900.

Known for its innovative Art Nouveau designs, executed in both flatware and jewelry, the style of this goes in another direction, to the rococo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376205 (stock #3442f)
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Cincinnati, Ohio's Duhme & Co. offered numerous patterns that were teasingly close to those produced by other manufacturers, enough so that it raises the question whether these designs were copies or produced by third party firms for retailing by Duhme.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an example of this practice. The rarely found pattern is a very close match to Whiting's "Berry," introduced in 1880...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1376108 (stock #3440f)
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An early example of Whiting's "Lily," this pair of 4 15/16" long, heavy at just under 1.0 T. oz., tongs are marked with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. App. For."

"Lily" is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau pattern that essentially set the standard for this floral interpretation after its introduction in 1902...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1375680 (stock #3433f)
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This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.4 T. oz., spoon is marked only "Sterling," but the pattern is Whiting's 1880 "Antique Tip," which is itself similar to Knowles' "Antique."

It has a pointed tipt end with scroll detailing and a raised fleur-de-lis drop.

The length of a tablespoon, the oversized, wide and deep with a pointed end, bowl suggests this was designed to function as a versatile server...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1375594 (stock #3432f)
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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this solid silver cheese knife dates from the second decade of the 20th century.

The pattern is "Chippendale Old" made by Frank Smith. It features a raised acanthus leaf design set on the terminal end of the handle and the backside heel of the blade. The front of the handle is otherwise smooth and tapered, while the reverse has a midrib.

The handle curves downward where it joins the nubbed shoulders of the blade, which has a bev...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1375398 (stock #3429dd)
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Originally associated with Arthur Stone, Gardner, Massachusetts, arguably the most well-known American silversmith of the early 20th century Arts & Crafts movement, George Erickson established himself as an outstanding craftsman in his own right, with the tradition carried on to his grandson Peter today.

This 12 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., ladle is variously identified as a lemonade, bar, or martini spoon.

An estate piece, this is an early example of Erickson's work, tracing directly to him. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374946 (stock #3422f)
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A weighty item at 1.0 T. oz., this 5 7/8" long teaspoon is a superb example of Wallace's figural "Irian" pattern.

It portrays a full-sized, semi-draped, female image with three putti surrounding her head. One of these is cupid like and is pointing a bow and arrow at her.

Additional detailing includes orchid blossoms, leaves and other flowers, front and back sides, all presented in an Art Nouveau manner, which is consistent with the 1902 date of this line.

The handle reverse is engra...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374737 (stock #3418f)
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Described in Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, as the "best known" of the family of silversmiths that included his father, brother, and son, Andrew Ellicott Warner was also "the most prolific Baltimore silversmith next to Kirk."

This example of his work is a 5 7/8" long, .7 T. oz., teaspoon.

Stamped with his name and the Baltimore "11 oz." standard designation, which equates to midway between coin and sterling, it dates from the mid 19th century.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374347 (stock #3411f)
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An early, harder to find and more sought after than later production items, this 5" long, approximately .7 T. oz., Art Nouveau period "Francis I" lemon fork is marked with Reed & Barton's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and in very fine, precise lettering set along the edge, "Pat. June 25 07."

Newer pieces are marked "Reed & Barton."

It has three, elongated, tines joined to a pierced heel.

The backside is engraved "GSP" in a delicate script.

It is in mint estate condition. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374249 (stock #3409f)
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One of the most impressive pieces in any given flatware line, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by their very large, deeply cupped and pierced, bowls.

The piercing is what distinguishes them from their similar, kindred but more common and less dramatic in appearance, cracker scoops.

These features are all present in this 8 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., example made by Gorham in its 1893 "Luxembourg" pattern.

The design is rococo in nature, featuring an asymmetrical array of scroll and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1374147 (stock #3407f)
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A Boston firm rooted in the Arts & Crafts tradition, Tuttle was known for its old English reproduction items, as well as its novel marking system.

The firm adopted the custom of identifying the year of manufacture of its pieces by imprinting them with the initials, set in a crescent, of the sitting President of the United States, beginning with the term of Calvin Coolidge.

This 5 1/8" long, quite heavy at approximately 1.7 T. oz., and consequently heavy gauge, sauce or cream ladle is sta...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374085 (stock #3406f)
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Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing just over 3.2 T. oz., this pair of tongs are large enough in relative terms to be described as immense. They may be an old implement that is sometimes referenced as (fried) chicken tongs.

They are stamped "Lincoln & Foss" for the mid 19th century (1848-57) Boston firm, and quite unusual for the date, "Sterling," rather than the expected coin silver.

The scroll pattern that appears on each leg is one that was probably produced by Farrington & Hunnewell,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373897 (stock #3403dd)
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Price for the set of six.
Based on the design, especially the pattern on the 3/4" sterling (so marked) handle bands or ferrules, these six, matching nut picks are late 19th century items.

They are large at 5 7/8" and in New England especially, would have doubled, or even primarily served, as lobster picks.

They have smooth, polished, likely bone, off white colored handles and elongated silver-plated blades.

In immaculate condition, they are all but unused. There is no loss of plating on the picks, the bands ...

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