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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331429 (stock #2716f)
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$48.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .8 T. oz. butter pick is a fully authentic, as produced by the manufacturer, and not made up from another item, as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331360 (stock #2715f)
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Named after the Florentine family whose identity was essentially synonymous with the Italian Renaissance, Gorham's 1880 version of "Medici" is a dense figural design.

This example is a 7" long, weighty, 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It is in remarkably fine condition, free of the softening of detail that often affects the low relief structure of this multi-motif pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331292 (stock #2714f)
Old Friends
$30.00
A 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., item, this teaspoon is engraved "March 18, 1898" on the handle reverse and with a delicate, fancy, feathered script "WMC" monogram on the front.

The pattern is Watson's "Cherub," which takes its name from the winged (upward tilting) figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embodies a rococo sensibility.

The piece is in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331234 (stock #2713f)
Old Friends
$95.00
This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., ladle is unusual in that the 2 1/4" round bowl has a flat bottom with nearly straight sidewalls, rather than the typical curved or inverted dome interior.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell" for Philadelphia's carriage trade firm, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is a "Kings," "English Kings," in a form that was standard to Caldwell. It conforms to all the conventions of this British inspired design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331089 (stock #2711f)
Old Friends
$365.00
One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Cinq Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. The companion pattern is "Les Six Fleurs."

This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330998 (stock #2710f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A late 19th century Philadelphia partnership, with principals also connected with another Philadelphia firm, Davis & Galt, Hamilton & Diesinger produced numerous, apparently unnamed, flatware patterns.

The quality of the company's work is always to a high standard, and that is the case with this 8 1/8" long, good weight at 1.8 T. oz., serving fork. With four, slender tines, the outer two of which are splayed, it is probably a beef fork...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330926 (stock #2709f)
Old Friends
$365.00
Stamped "J*P" for mid 19th century New York City manufacturer John Polhamus, "Sterling," and with the retailer's name "Howard & Co.," this serving fork is a first order example of its genre.

It also illustrates the Victorian appreciation for refinement and penchant toward extravagant scale, especially as this sentiment showed itself in biggest center of commerce and arguably the most cosmopolitan American city of the age...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330864 (stock #2708f)
Old Friends
$95.00
The Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island is to be distinguished from Howard & Company of New York, both operating in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330602 (stock #2704f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
While many 19th century San Francisco flatware designs appear to be derivative of Eastern manufacturers, and some are all but outright copies, "Templar" aka "Five Star" by Schulz & Fischer is original to that company.

Dating from 1883, it reflects Victorian pedigree combined with some Aesthetic, i.e. Eastlake, sensibilities.

It has a garland of flowers at the top of the handle, with an open space below this that in this instance is monogrammed "CNB" in fine script...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330436 (stock #2702f)
Old Friends
$34.00
F S Gilbert was one of myriad silver manufacturing firms that operated in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the greater Providence, Rhode Island area, in this instance, North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Much of the work of these smaller companies was not documented, and that is the case with this 6 3/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., beef, aka chipped beef, fork...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330349 (stock #2701f)
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$385.00
A numbered design, specifically "610," rather than a standard line pattern, this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection (see image three for 1892 catalogue image and identification) spoon, was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

It has regal iconography.

The tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle, just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330257 (stock #2700f)
Old Friends
$18.00
Price per piece, three available.
This bouillon spoon measures 5 1/8" long, has a 2" diameter, faceted bowl, an upturned handle end, and weighs approximately .7 T. oz.

It is an early production example of "Old Colonial," marked with the Towle lion emblem, "925/1000," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

It is without a monogram and in flawless estate condition. There is no visible wear, and the finish is bright.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1330200 (stock #2699f)
Old Friends
$34.00
A clean example without a monogram or removal, this 5 3/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon is marked "Georg Jensen" surrounded by a dotted oval, "Sterling," and "Denmark," dating it to 1945 or later.

The pattern, "Acorn," is one of Jensen's most recognizable and popular.

As indicated, this is in excellent estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches, it is absent signs of use. The bowl remains well-shaped and free of dents, nicks, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330137 (stock #2698f)
Old Friends
$115.00
A lengthy piece at 9 3/16", and weighing nearly 2.6 T. oz., this spoon has an exceptionally large bowl. Shell form and with a satin gold wash, it is 3 3/4" long by 2 3/4" at the widest, and probably was made as a vegetable or salad server.

The pattern is Wallace's version of "Kings," issued in 1903, and encompasses all the traditional elements of a design derived from English antecedents. The pattern appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, with the front having a convex shel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329911 (stock #2695f)
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An enigmatic pattern held dear by collectors, Gorham's "Hamburg" was produced circa 1880, the same year that Gorham issued its equally sought after and unique "Hizen" and "Cairo" lines.

It is of singular character with little to nothing about the pattern that explains itself, including the source for the name.

Hand-hammered, with a sharp, chiseled surface, it has a twist handle stem.

While examples of this flawless condition, 5 5/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., cocktail fork seem t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329834 (stock #2694f)
Old Friends
$55.00
"Revere" is a pattern that dates from the same year, 1898, that a number of companies aggregated to form International Silver. This 8 3/4" long, weighty, 2.2 T. oz., cold meat or beef fork is stamped with the Indian head emblem of one of the component companies, "Wilcox & Evertsen."

The pattern is decidedly late Victorian, with abundant scroll detailing with floral embellishments. The design carries onto the cupped heel and shoulders of the four, slender tine, serving end.

There is a d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329767 (stock #2693f)
Old Friends
$185.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of its rose and scroll motif pattern, Towle's "Canterbury," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

This is without a monogram or r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1329764 (stock #2692f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Issued in 1955, "Silver Swirl" reflects the mid century modernist design sensibilities of the period.

This example is a 4 3/8" long, just over .5 T. oz., four tine, baby fork.

It is without a monogram or inscription and in mint estate condition, absent wear or damage.

Marks are "Wallace," a deer head emblem, and "Sterling."

 
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