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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371324 (stock #3341f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 1/8" long, and weighing nearly .7 T. oz., very heavy for its size, this demitasse (referred to in most older catalogs as coffee) spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with an unclear letter or number, all on the backside heel of the bowl. This mark may be an "L," which would indicate newer (c. 1956) production.

The pattern is the company's fabled "Olympian," which builds upon motifs drawn from classical mythology...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371189 (stock #3339f)
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A mid 19th century pattern, "Oriental" reflects Near East, i.e Moorish, sensibilities rather than Far East ones.

It was produced by New York City's John Polhamus, whose "J.P. Patent 1855" and "Sterling" marks are imprinted on the backsides of these two, matching, 3 3/4" long, just above .8 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons.

The generous size, oval bowls measure 1" by 7/8" by 1/4" deep.

Each piece has an Old English "K" or "R" monogram set sideways on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1371051 (stock #3337f)
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A dramatic piece, this silver fish slice or knife, sometimes referred to as tongs, is double bladed.

The lower section is a typical, albeit large at 12 1/4" long, piece. There is a smaller, 9", matching, top half attached to this. It is held in place by a fixed bar and spring mechanism so it pivots.

The whole ensemble weighs 6.4 T. oz.

There is a pin that secures the pieces together; this can be removed to separate the parts for cleaning...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1370817 (stock #3333f)
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$68.00
Dating to the mid 20th century (1952), this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., fork is fully hallmarked for the year, sterling, and maker, "Worcester Silver Company," London, England.

While a relatively contemporary piece, the scrolled terminal pattern, "Onslow," is an older English design, and the three tine configuration also harkens to an earlier period, all defining this as a reproduction piece.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370649 (stock #3330f)
Old Friends
$108.00
Price for the set of six.
All of these six, matched, knives measure 8 1/2" long and have hollow, filled, sterling silver handles with (original) silverplated, blunt end blades.

They are early production items in Whiting's scroll motif, "Louis XV" pattern. All the pieces are stamped with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1891."

Never monogrammed, they are in excellent estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1370601 (stock #3329f)
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$42.00
Price for the pair.
A well-regarded name among Arts & Crafts producers, with an expertise in reproduction silver, New York's Currier & Roby was both a manufacturer and retailer.

This matched pair of 3" long, .6 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons marked with the company "CR" emblem, "Sterling," and "26 S," are no doubt inhouse production items, consistent with the firm's best work generated during the first quarter of the 20th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370554 (stock #3328f)
Old Friends
$180.00
Price for the set of six.
A matched set, these six, 5 3/4" long teaspoons have special attributes.

First, they are exceptionally fine, extra weight, 5.9 T. oz. the group, examples of Wood & Hughes' Moorish/Renaissance Revival "Venetian" pattern.

Second, they are anniversary presentation pieces, with mirror inscriptions front and back sides of the handles. The reverses read "HCA" in an elegant, feathered script "HCA" over "Nov...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1370497 (stock #3327f)
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$95.00
Weighing over 2.1 T. oz., this 8 11/16" long tablespoon is a heavy item with a narrow, thick handle, and a lengthy, sturdy bowl.

It is an elegantly crafted, sterling silver, piece made by London's George Smith and William Fearn in 1787-88, with sharp, clear hallmarks for the same...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370440 (stock #3326f)
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$90.00
An 8 3/8" long item, this lettuce fork is heavy, weighing 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part emblem, the word "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94.," is the pierced version of this pattern.

The more common examples of "Renaissan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1370356 (stock #3323f)
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$115.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Got...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370355 (stock #3322dd)
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$75.00
A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design in the interior, which is engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is in excellent condition an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370122 (stock #3318f)
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Introduced in 1875, Wood & Hughes' "Viola" incorporates multiple design elements.

These include a dominant Gothic Revival arched structure that comprises the sides and end of the handle, and which in sum resembles a cathedral ceiling. Other components are suggestive of acanthus and palmetto leaves, typical of Greek and Egyptian Revival motifs.

In total it is a well-constructed and balanced design that is thoroughly evocative of its mid-Victorian period.

The bowl on this 6 3/4" long,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1369800 (stock #3312f)
Old Friends
$145.00
A large item, this piece measures 10 13/16" long and weighs just over 3.3 T. oz.

It is a solid silver ice cream slice or knife in Frank Smith's "Newport Shell" pattern, which features a shell end handle with beaded border on the front, and double lined edges and the shell crest on the backside.

The commanding blade is essentially rectangular, measuring 6 1/2" at the longest and 1 7/8" at the widest. With largely flat margins, there is one scalloped area on the upper edge, and a rolling ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369747 (stock #3311f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Stamped "N. Harding & Co.," for the Boston manufacturer and jeweler, as well as "Sterling" and "2," on the blade, this 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Whiting.

The pattern is "Lotus," which is an Egyptian Revival design that is nearly identical to Gorham's pattern of the same name, save Whiting's version shows five fronds while Gorham's has three.

It is solid silver, with a flat handle joined to an upswept blade with a scalloped top edge.

Never mon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369513 (stock #3307f)
Old Friends
$235.00
A large item at 9 1/8" long overall, and weighing over 2.5 T. oz., this spoon has a generously sized, plum shaped, bowl that measures 3 3/4" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and 1/2" deep.

It reflects a form that saw various expressions in the mid 1860s. The common characteristics of this style are a faceted, which this is, or tubular stem, surmounted by any number of ends, for example, knob, ball, sphere, cube, or as in this instance, "dome."

The top on this is more precisely a hemisphere, wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369399 (stock #3305f)
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$50.00
Measuring 13 1/2" overall, this carving set item has a silver handle and guard, both stamped "Sterling," while the guard is also imprinted with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, and the handle is stamped "Pat. 1891."

It also has a steel rod that makes up nearly two-thirds of the total length of the piece. This is six-sided and pointed. It appears to be a skewer although it is often identified as a sharpener or hone. Typically, however, these latter were rounded and had knurled surfaces.

T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1369278 (stock #3304f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Price for the pair.
Substantially sized at 4 7/8" long each, and weighty at 1.2 T. oz. the pair, these matching picks were made by Frank Smith and retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as identified on the reverses along with the words "Sterling" and "Patented."

The pattern is "Newport Shell," dating from 1910. In addition to the shell end which lends the pattern its name, the design incorporates a beaded border on the front, and a lined border on the back, of the handle.

This form, nut picks, also...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1369214 (stock #3303f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A very generously sized item at 12 1/8" long and 4.6 T. oz. weight, this fish serving slice was made by Whiting, whose "winged lion" logo, and the words "Sterling" and "Pat. Appd. For" appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Bead," was introduced in 1880, and in addition to a namesake beaded border, it features a fully articulated, high relief, shell at the handle end. This element shows particularly well at the scale of this piece.

The 7 1/2" long by 2 1/2" at the widest, b...

 
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