American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1294185 (stock #2443f)
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$65.00
This presentation set is an example of an otherwise commonplace item elevated to special standing.

The items are a 7 1/2" long fruit knife paired with a matching 6 1/4" long fork. Two features set them apart. First, both pieces have mother of pearl handles. Such pieces are routinely found with silverplate blades and tines, but these are solid sterling. The second distinguishing feature is that the pair are set in a handsome, leather bound, fitted presentation box...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294084 (stock #2442f)
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A rare long form, each of these four, matching, cocktail forks measures 7" while the group together weigh 2.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Scroll" by Durgin. This is a robust, high relief, design akin in manner to repousse, and with a relatively plain handle reverse.

The actual three tine fork end is diminutive, delicate even, in scale.

These are without a monogram and in flawless condition. There is no polishing wear and the tines are without burrs, nicks, or beds...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293890 (stock #2440f)
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$52.00
A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293245 (stock #2434f)
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$185.00
Measuring a substantial 10" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this large item is generally thought to be an early form ice cream server, although it is sometimes identified as a vegetable or pudding spoon.

It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1292611 (stock #2429f)
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$60.00
A novel item stamped "Patent No 11774" and with an "O, lion, anchor, queen's head," along with "WV&S," this solid sterling silver item was made in Birmingham, England in 1888 by William Vale & Sons.

A olive or pickle fork, it measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just under .9 T. oz. It is comprised of a central tube which moves within an outer sleeve that has a four tine fork end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1292352 (stock #2427f)
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$48.00
Clean and straightforward in design, this 5 7/8 long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs have plain, beveled edge, tapered arms and cup grips.

They are marked lion for sterling, leopard head for London, "h" for 1823, and "RR" for Robert Rutland.

They are without a monogram or inscription, or a removal of same, and in excellent condition. There are no bends, breaks, cracks, or repairs. The grips are free of dents or burrs. The only signs of use are light surface scratches consistent with age...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1292117 (stock #2425f)
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$185.00
Singular in both design and form, this 7 5/8" long, just over 1.4 T. oz., 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. These include Whiting's "Arabesque," Tiffany's "Persian," and Gorham's "Raphael" and "Byzantine," among others.

Curiously, "Moresque" has four variants, and possibly more permutations...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1292013 (stock #2424f)
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$35.00
International's "Brandon" is a unembellished design that dates from 1913. It appears to derive from the same Colonial Revival impulse that generated such contemporaneous popular designs as Durgin's "Fairfax," Gorham's "Plymouth," and Towle's "Mary Chilton," among others...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291921 (stock #2423f)
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$185.00
Saratoga chip servers are by nature highly specialized items and, relatedly, are not particularly common.

Functionally, they have to be large, and that is the case with this example in the late 19th century pattern "Hope," produced by Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island, later Mount Vernon of New York. It measures 8 1/8" long overall and weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz.

The story of the piece lies in the extravagance of the bowl, which in this case measures 4 1/8" by 3 1/...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291827 (stock #2422f)
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$65.00
This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291480 (stock #2419f)
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Gorham produced a number of engraved patterns on an "Old English" handle. Some of these were named, and others are only identified by numbers.

This 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.3 T. oz., sugar sifter is "Number 8" in this series and is one of the earlier designs, dating to 1880.

These motifs all incorporated Aesthetic as well as natural elements. This has diamond cut leafy details as well as what appears to be a stalk of grass or wheat, all set against a satin ground.

The bowl is ge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291176 (stock #2416f)
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$75.00
A major manufacturer located in Syracuse, New York, Hotchkiss & Schreuder was a presence in the world of mid 19th century silver.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.6 T. oz. example stamped "H & S" with the letters in circles and the "&" in a diamond is a good example of the quality of the firm's output. This particular mark was used by the company 1857-64.

Those dates would fit the style of this. It has a twisted stem and a flat end with shaped margins and a slightly upturned end. This is engine tu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291080 (stock #2415f)
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$48.00
Variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this 7 3/4" long piece has a flat, solid silver handle joined to a blunt end, also solid silver, blade.

It is rather heavy at just under 1.7 T. oz. This weight is reflected in the substantial thickness of the piece, particularly at the join between the handle and blade.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" and appears on both sides of the handle, which is monogrammed "Mc.C." in Old English on the front.

It has Boston origins, st...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290978 (stock #2414f)
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$32.00
Both a manufacturer and a retailer, Cincinnati's Duhme offered an array of its own and derivative patterns that were akin to other manufacturers, but carried the Duhme mark.

This 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., tea or youth spoon, falls in the derivative category. It is a "Rose" design, but appears to be built upon Whiting's "Lily of the Valley." The overall shape of the handle is identical, as is the folded leaf motif on the lower section of the shank.

The Rose design itself is high r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1290786 (stock #2412f)
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$38.00
A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Royal Oak" pattern shows Art Nouveau influences in its realistic portraiture of oak leaves and acorns.

It is a weighty line, which is the case with this 7 1/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., dessert, aka place or oval soup.

There is an Old English "P" monogram.

It is in superb condition. The fine line detail of the design remains exceptionally clear. The leaves retain a textured surface, and the acorns are rippled on the lower portion and s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1290553 (stock #2410f)
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$22.00
Measuring 5 7/16" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this spoon is a "five o'clock," which is the next size down from a full length teaspoon.

This piece is an early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily." It is marked with the company logo, "Sterling," "Pat'd 1902," "R'd 1902," an Old English "O," and a capital "M," this last letter probably being a weight designation.

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. All aspects of the fine detailing of the pattern remain cr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290429 (stock #2409f)
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$55.00
Towle produced a number of artfully engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series.

It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash.

The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted look...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290306 (stock #2408f)
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$55.00
An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the bac...

 
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