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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367649 (stock #3271f)
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$185.00
Price for the set of ten.
With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7". The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell." Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends where the raised shells are situated are broad and rounded.

These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1367500 (stock #3269f)
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$100.00
The biggest serving spoon that Durgin made in its 1910 "Fairfax" line, this piece measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The wide bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, defines this as a large berry, aka casserole or vegetable, spoon.

An early production item, this is marked with the Durgin "D" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd," and the name of the retailer, "Banks & Bryan," of Wilmington, Delaware.

There is a multi-line script "ESB" monogram on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367117 (stock #3265f)
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A full size, 7 3/4" long, heavy, nearly 2.4 T. oz., dinner fork, this item is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," indicating it is an original, early production, example.

The pattern, "Versailles," remains perhaps the most enduringly appealing of the many grand, full line, designs Gorham generated in the late 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367002 (stock #3263f)
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The mid 19th century witnessed a flourishing of nut servers and picks, of which this 5 7/8" long, not quite .3 T. oz., nut pick is an example.

It was brought to market by New York City's William Gale & Son, 1862-66, whose name, along with the word "Sterling" and the number "2" imprinted on the reverse.

Essentially flat, save for a slight (intentional) bend at the tip, it has a twisted central shank, and a shaped handle end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1366945 (stock #3261f)
Old Friends
$65.00
At 6" long, and weighing just under .9 T. oz., this olive spoon has a deeply cupped, plum-shaped, pierced bowl with scalloped flange shoulders.

An original, early, production item made by Alvin in the Art Nouveau "Bridal Rose" pattern, the company emblem, along with the words "Patent," and "Sterling" appear on the backside in fine lettering...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1366870 (stock #3260f)
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$175.00
Identified as selling only "to the trade," meaning marketing exclusively through third party retailers, this item carries the maker's symbol for George A. Henckel & Co., "Sterling," and fittingly, it is also stamped for the New York City high end, luxury jeweler, "Marcus & Co."

Working in the early decades of the 20th century (and later absorbed into Currier & Roby), Henckel produced quality work, often in an Arts and Crafts style, as evidenced by this 7 1/8" long, weighty at 3.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366796 (stock #3259f)
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Attributed by Tere Hagen in her comprehensive but now aging, "Silver Flatware" to Reed & Barton and given the name "Spray," this pattern is actually an early Durgin one.

Examples show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are sometimes marked with the firm's "D" emblem and sometimes left unmarked.

This large, 9 3/4" long, and weighty at 3.2 T. oz., ice cream server is imprinted "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366600 (stock #3256f)
Old Friends
$115.00
A late 19th century rococo pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

Made in two versions, solid background and pierced, it is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves with flowers, all set in moderately high relief.

Elegant without any embellishment, this pierced, 8 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., jelly knife is made all the more so by the addition of an overall vermeil, i.e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366528 (stock #3255f)
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These two coin master butter knives are emblematic of a style that was popular in, and particular to, Philadelphia in the mid 19th century.

While the techniques employed, specifically twisted handles and engine turning along with extensive bright cut engraving, were employed by other makers in other places, the particular overall design of these two examples invariably bespeaks Philadelphia...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366491 (stock #3254f)
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$36.00
Issued in 1897, just before the turn of the 20th century brought forward a burst of innovative Art Nouveau patterns, Alvin's "Wellington" incorporates traditional design elements such as a shell, egg and dart motif, and scrolls, all offered in an English manner as befits the pattern name.

The backside of the handle on this 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz., (baby) food pusher has a more simplified design than the front and coincidentally resembles Gorham's "Norfolk" of the same period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1366417 (stock #3252f)
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$220.00
Named for an ancient Greek water nymph, i.e. naiad, International's "Cleone" is one of the most expressive patterns that company produced .

Dating from 1900, it is figural and naturalistic both. The end of the handle portrays what appears to be a bearded lion, whose cheeks are pond lilies. Elements of the beard fuse into tendrils, accented by an additional blossom and leaves, that trail along the upper margins of the handle of this 8 7/8" long, heavy, 3.2 plus T. oz., large cold meat fork. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1366291 (stock #3250f)
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$80.00
The design on this piece is variously identified as "Acadia" or "Blok," or sometimes combined, with or without a hyphen.

The pattern was introduced in 1934 (one source offers 1931), although the mark on this 4 1/8" long, substantial weight, .8 T. oz. tea caddy spoon, "Georg Jensen in an oval of dots" over "Sterling" and "Denmark," was used from 1945 onward, so it dates between then and the 1970s when production was discontinued.

Deceptively simple in design, the pattern features a slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366101 (stock #3248f)
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Decidedly c. 1870 Philadelphia in style, this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.2 T. oz., sugar sifter was retailed by that City's "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," whose name and "(925)" for sterling appear on the handle reverse.

The handle is twisted on the lower portion, with a broad, rounded end having a slightly tipt backside. The front is engine turned and bright cut engraved, and includes a shield reserve that is engraved "MN" in Old English lettering.

The pierced bowl has a scalloped edge, with en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1365976 (stock #3246f)
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$100.00
The less common, i.e. bigger, size sugar tongs that Whiting made in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this pair measure 5 1/8" long and weigh a robust 1.6 T. oz.

They are early production items, marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902."

In superb condition, each arm retains excellent, precise detail to the lily design, which is set in high relief. The talon grips are finely articulated and without bends or cracks. The overall finish is bright and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1365916 (stock #3245f)
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$36.00
Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz., this knife is engraved "SCB" in a fancy, feathered script, set above "July 1859."

Just slightly smaller than a tea or dessert knife, it is a youth size piece.

An "Oval Thread" design, it is stamped "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm of the period. It is also marked "Sterling," which is early for this date; coin would be expected.

It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and blunt-end blade.

It ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1365817 (stock #3243f)
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$195.00
Named for the German city with a rich artistic tradition, Alvin's 1903 "Nuremberg" incorporates abundant imagery, the central feature of which is a smiling, slightly devilish looking, jester or gargoyle like figure.

Other elements include flower blossoms, acanthus leaves, a shell, and a fruit or berry at the end of a scalloped edge handle.

This example is a large, 11 1/2" long, approximately 4.0 T. oz., fish slice. The blade has a shaped and curved upper side and shoulders, both with a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1365676 (stock #3241f)
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$75.00
The smaller of two master butter knives that Whiting produced in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this nonetheless measures a lengthy 6 7/8" and is weighty at nearly 1.6 T. oz.

It is an old, i.e. early production, piece marked with the Whiting "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "Reg. 1902," and the name of the retailer, "F.W. Reich."

The blade comprises more than half the length of the piece and has a scalloped upper edge, and upswept, pointed tip.

Both the handle and the blade are...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1365629 (stock #3240f)
Old Friends
$185.00
An impressive piece of relatively early Irish silver, this gravy ladle measures 7 1/2" long and weighs approximately 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the George III period, it is fully and clearly hallmarked for Dublin, 1777, sterling, and maker Michael Homer, whose dates are appropriate to this.

It has a "Hanoverian" style handle, with a down turned, reverse tipt handle that is extensively engraved in bright cut and wriggle work on the front.

There is a feathered script "VL" monogram on the f...

 
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