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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1387247 (stock #3625f)
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$135.00
Measuring 9 1/2" overall, this fish server has a filled coin silver handle joined to a solid coin silver, four tine fork. It weighs 3.8 T. oz., which includes the inner content of the handle.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Thread."

The shank, which is stamped in two places "W.G & S" for William Gale & Son, New York City, 1850-66 various years, is four sided and attaches to an open heel area with pointed shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1387180 (stock #3624f)
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An early example of "Fairfax" made by Durgin, and not the successor Gorham Company, this tomato server measures 8 1/4" long and weighs 2.2 T. oz.

All silver, it has a reticulated, round blade with cupped shoulders and a scalloped edge.

The handle is engraved "R" in Old English lettering.

In choice estate condition, the only signs of use are faint surface scratches consistent with gentle use. The blade is free of bends, burrs, or mars in the piercing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387126 (stock #3623f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Drawing upon Moorish, i.e. Islamic, design sensibilities, Whiting's 1880 "Alhambra" is a non-figural, repetitive pattern akin to the company's "Arabesque" of the same period.

This example is a 9 1/2" long, 2.1 T. oz., ice cream server.

The blade has a curved and upswept lower edge that leads to a pointed tip. The upper edge is raised and has a scalloped flange edge, which repeats on the lower shoulder.

The surface is engraved with a rosette motif with acanthus leaves leading from this...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387094 (stock #3622f)
Old Friends
$75.00
New York City manufacturer Wood & Hughes responded to the pronounced interest in and popularity of "Medallion" pattern silver by producing several different series.

The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.

It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386840 (stock #3618f)
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Slightly larger than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" long, with a generously proportioned bowl, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this piece is a youth spoon.

The pattern is Tiffany's elaborate "Olympian" which portrays a variety of mythological scenes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386770 (stock #3617f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Price for the set of three pieces.
A complete youth grouping, consisting of a 6 3/4" long knife, 5 7/8" long fork, and 6 1/16" long spoon, 2.7 T. oz. combined weight, this set was made by New York City's John Wendt, and retailed by "Ball, Black & Co.," with whom Wendt was closely affiliated.

The pattern is "Medallion" dating from the 1860s, and features Wendt's young male figure on the fork and spoon, and his less commonly found female image on the knife...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386723 (stock #3616f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Price for the set of twelve.
A non-line pattern, these twelve, matching, 4" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, coffee spoons are as singular as they are appealing.

Made by Whiting, the company's "lion" emblem and "Sterling" are stamped on the backside of each piece.

Likely dating from the late 19th century, and toward Art Nouveau in manner, the pattern features a stylized, raised grape cluster and leaf motif on the terminal end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386102 (stock #3611f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Issued in 1880, Wood & Hughes' "Humboldt" pattern incorporates Moorish design elements, as popular in the period, laid out on an angular handle.

Produced at a time when the company was enjoying great prosperity and was especially productive, it exhibits sophisticated design and high quality execution. This is especially evident in the plum-shaped, notched edge, bowl that is intricately engraved and finished with a matte gold surface on the interior and bright gold on the exterior...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386050 (stock #3609f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A particularly fine rendering of "Hizen," one of Gorham's most exotic patterns, these 4 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., tongs are in immaculate estate condition, evidencing neither wear nor damage.

A multi-motif line issued in 1880, the style draws upon Aesthetic sensibilities...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385948 (stock #3607f)
Old Friends
$80.00
This lengthy, 7 3/4", and heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who was the manufacturer most associated with a style of ball, dome, sphere, and various other similar shapes popularized in the 1860s.

This "Ball End" form is an especially appealing piece, with a shaped blade with notched shoulders and an engraved surface with roulette bordering.

The ball itself is inscribed with a rubbed Old English monogram that appears to read "MEBH."

In very g...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385863 (stock #3605f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Patented in 1878, and so stamped on the reverse of this 8 3/4" long, just over 2.1 T. oz., berry spoon, this "Cupid" design was developed by Morgan Morgans Jr., New York City, who with Samuel Montgomery, bought Albert Coles' business in 1877 and continued to use the later's three part pseudo hallmark, which also appears on this along with the word "Sterling," until he sold the firm to George Shiebler in 1883.

As later examples produced by Shiebler carried his "winged S" mark, this is a docume...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385765 (stock #3603f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz., tabl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385468 (stock #3598f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Larger than most such pieces, this fish slice measures 12 1/8" long and weighs a substantial 3.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Lady Washington," which is one of Gorham's early lines, dating from 1876, the year of the American Centennial, which may have occasioned the development of the design given the name is associated with the first family of the new nation.

It features the profile of a courtly looking female figure set against a background of classical imagery, including swags, garlands, corn...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1385280 (stock #3594f)
Old Friends
$56.00
The first decade of the 20th century witnessed a great flowering of design successes for Reed & Barton, largely influenced by Art Nouveau sensibilities and perhaps culminating with the company's figural "Love Disarmed."

"La Splendide," the pattern on this 6 1/4" long, weighty at 1.9 T. oz., sugar sifter was among the product of this period.

The relatively plain handle is surmounted by a cascade of high relief, fluid scrolls that almost seem to erupt from the handle end.

The expressivene...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385252 (stock #3593f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A late 19th century pattern, Towle's "Pomona" is a multi-motif design that features a variety of fruits.

It is artfully crafted, presenting its imagery in a series of layers, lending the pattern an overall sculpted or chiseled look.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, nearly .9 T. oz., sugar spoon portraying grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, a pear, and peaches. The backside of the handle is plain, save for a leafy detail that appears on all pieces in the line.

The bowl has a scalloped ed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1385131 (stock #3590f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 6" long and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the group, this set of six teaspoons was made by the International Silver Company.

The pattern is "Empress," dating from 1931 and is very much in the Art Deco style popular in the period.

Exhibiting crisp lines and fine finishes, they have never been monogrammed and are in superb estate condition.

They are without damage or evident wear, and have bright, hand polished finishes.

Marks are "International," the Wilcox & Evertsen" division...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384963 (stock #3587dd)
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An unusual and highly specialized place piece, American melon forks seem to have taken their inspiration from a form that evolved in mid 19th century France. Few makers produced them, and even then in not many patterns, so they are truly rare items.

This 8 1/4" long, weighty at approximately 2.0 T. oz., solid silver, example was made by John Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, in about 1870.

The pattern, "Ivy," is one of his full line designs, and as the name implies, features an array of iv...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384935 (stock #3586f)
Old Friends
$425.00
Lengthy at 12" overall, and weighty at 4.6 T. oz., this fish slice has a 6 1/4" long by 2 5/8" at the widest, blade, with a pointed, upswept tip, and raised and scalloped upper edge.

The pattern is "Medallion" by John Wendt and is stamped "Patent 1862," "Sterling," and "Ball Black & Co," for the New York City retailer with whom Wendt is strongly associated.

One of the most impressive of the myriad "Medallion" figures offered by American manufacturers in the 1860s, the line featured a vari...

 
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