American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1302489 (stock #2504f)
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Canadian pseudo hallmarks frequently mirror their English counterparts even more closely than American ones do, and that is the case with this 5 5/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., silver tea, or actually coffee, spoon.

It is stamped with a crown, a bust, a lion passant, and the letters "IM" and "NB." The letters stand for J. Munro and New Brunswick (Canada) respectively, while the symbols look very much like hallmarks for Sheffield, England.

Munro's dates are from the 1810s to the 1860s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1302391 (stock #2503f)
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Arguably the first name in American Arts & Crafts silver, Arthur Stone maintained a studio for the better part of four decades. Upon his retirement in 1937, he sold his shop to Henry Heywood who continued the business intact.

This 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle dates from this transition time. It is marked with the "Stone with hammer" emblem, the "h in a shield" emblem for Heywood, "Sterling," and a benchmark "B," likely for Charles Brown whose tenure ran to 1937...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1302217 (stock #2502f)
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Measuring 8 3/4" and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this tablespoon is fully and clearly marked for sterling, Richard Ferris, Exeter, England, and with a date letter for 1797.

It is very much a period piece, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end. The front is extensively engraved in star burst and leaf motifs as well as with wriggle work. There is a fancy script "H" monogram on the front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302085 (stock #2501f)
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As appealing a pattern as it is scarce, Durgin's "Bouquet" portrays a variety of floral themes.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon features poppy blossoms, buds, and leaves. The design is low relief, highly detailed, and set against a stipple ground.

While of unknown issue date, the irregular border with detailing suggestive of bamboo or twigs suggests an Aesthetic influence, which in turn would place it late in the 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301991 (stock #2500f)
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In his comprehensive volume on Tiffany silver flatware, William Hood writes extensively about the "Vine" pattern and its many motifs.

Along with numerous illustrations, he includes an inventory of the various pieces organized by their portraiture. He mentions the berry shovel, but does not offer an image (although he does illustrate it in another line), suggesting it is a rare form in this pattern. Much more common is the berry spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301660 (stock #2497f)
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European in scale, this French dinner fork is massive compared to typical American counterparts. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a very hefty 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva head, meaning it has a slightly higher silver content at 95% than sterling, which is 92.5%. There is a bigorne guarantee on the surface opposite the Minerva. The maker's mark is an "L" on either side of a cross that has a star at the top and bottom, all this in a lozenge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1301410 (stock #2495f)
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Gorham's "Cromwell" was issued some years after that company's immensely well-received "Chantilly," and while some more elaborated than that design, the two express a similar, reserved sensibility about them.

"Cromwell" has scrolled edges with acanthus leaf detailing and a fan terminus. This motif is expanded on the backside heel of the bowl.

This piece is a 5 5/8" long ice cream spoon. Consistent with the line, it is substantial weight at .9 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301161 (stock #2492f)
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A line pattern commonly found in demitasse and master salt spoons, the availability of other pieces of Gorham's 1880 "Delhi" is somewhat limited.

This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301056 (stock #2491f)
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In regard to condition, a finer example of this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., exceptionally heavy at 1.3 T. oz., citrus spoon in Durgin's 1893 "Chrysanthemum" is not to be found.

A benchmark pattern of the period, all the intricate and abundant details of the chrysanthemum motif show to perfect detail on both sides of the handle and in the interior of the flanged edge and pointed tip bowl. The bowl has a bright gold wash front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal of same.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300758 (stock #2489f)
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An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American expressions of a pattern motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1300497 (stock #2487f)
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Sources indicate Allan Adler established his own workshop in 1939, which continued in operation until his death in 2003. The son-in-law of renowned Arts & Crafts silversmith Porter Blanchard, and a person with whom he apprenticed, he continued to fashion silver in the A&C manner throughout his working years.

This example is a small, 5 3/16" long, and weighty, 1.0 T. oz., fork in the 1944 "Swedish Modern" pattern. It is an unusual size and may have been a specialized piece.

Marked "Alla...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300387 (stock #2486f)
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An elegant pattern as it stands, this 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar sifter (that could also function as a tea strainer) in Whiting's 1885 "No. 1" appears even more refined with its overall, deep, bronze-hued, gold wash.

The handle is open, featuring trellis like borders that are interspersed with trailing posies or similar flower. The mid portion of the handle is demarcated by a single blossom set against a shell, while the area below this has an Aesthetic style scrolling desi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300057 (stock #2484f)
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Dating from 1840-53, the partnership of "Tifft & Whiting" went through several iterations before finally becoming simply "Whiting Manufacturing Company," one of the premier names in American silver manufacturing history.

This piece is stamped with the T&W three part pseudo-hallmark which includes a rooster, the letter T and W, and an arm and hammer. It is a 6 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., pickle knife.

Generally sold in sets, often boxed, with a companion fork, the form resembles a ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1299962 (stock #2483f)
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A turn of the twentieth century design, Gorham's "Florentine" is a highly embellished pattern that features a bearded figure at the end of the handle.

This example is a 3 5/8" long, .4 T. oz., master salt spoon.

It is an original, early production, item and not a later recast, and in mint condition.

The ovoid bowl has a matte finish and the handle is engraved "HG" in fine script lettering.

Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat 190x."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1299672 (stock #2481f)
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Kirk's oldest pattern, "King" remained in production throughout the life of the company.

These examples are stamped "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.

They are cream soup spoons, measuring 6 1/8" long. There are 14 of these, all matching, with the same script "ELS" monogram on the backside. They all weigh between 1.2 and 1.3 T. oz., with one exception which is extra weight at 1.5 T. oz.

They ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299421 (stock #2479f)
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Gorham's "California" is a design that is surrounded by mystery. It is an identified pattern, but examples are very rarely found and what exists suggests it was limited to serving pieces.

Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.

It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880. The rounded, swooping handle has a scalloped upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1299235 (stock #2478f)
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This pieces measures 8" long and is hefty at just under 2.4 T. oz. It is a ladle with the handle nearly on the horizontal, essentially like a spoon.

It is stamped "A. E. Warner" for the renowned early 19th century Baltimore silversmith. The standard mark, "11," is one of several peculiar to that city, and represents a silver grade of 917, above coin, but not quite sterling. The "11" was used 1816-30.

The pattern is a simplified "King" or "Kings," featuring a shell end with scroll and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299055 (stock #2476f)
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"Princeton" was the last line pattern that Wood & Hughes produced. It dates from 1893, two years after a disastrous fire from which the company never fully recovered, and which ultimately caused it to go out of business in 1899. Given its short run, "Princeton" pieces are not readily found.

This example is a 7 15/16" long, 1.9 T. oz., serving fork.

The pattern is rococo in manner, incorporating a variety of design elements asymmetrically arrayed.

This has four wide tines, the outer...

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