American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1317265 (stock #2540f)
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Stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" trade mark, "Sterling," model number "40," and a date symbol for 1888, this diminutive letter opener measures 3 7/8" long and weighs 8 grams (less than .3 T. oz.).

The bulk of the piece is a flat, tapered, blade with a satin matte finish. The handle is tubular with scrolling detail on either side where it joins the blade. This extends along the edges of the backside of the blade, having a naturalistic look like the roots of a tree...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1315018 (stock #2518f)
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The style of this napkin ring suggests it dates from the late Victorian period, at about the turn of the twentieth century.

It is oval in shape, measuring 2" long by 1 13/16" wide, and weighty at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It has a paneled body that is bordered by high relief, applied scroll and acanthus leaf design edges.

The main panel on the wide side is engraved "Helene" in a delicate script...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1309167 (stock #2565f)
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A large item measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and standing 1 1/2" high, this napkin ring is also quite weighty at nearly 1.9 T. oz.

It was made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" emblem is stamped on the inside lower rim, along with the word "Sterling."

It is entirely plain, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

In choice estate condition, it remains perfectly round and is free of bends, nicks, or blemishes. The finish is bright, with a rich patina.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283041 (stock #2350f)
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A requisite item for a Victorian lady, this bonnet or hat brush was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the handle. Other marks include "Sterling," the model number "C159," and the date emblem for "1898."

It measures 6 1/2" by 3 1/2". The natural bristles themselves are 2 3/4" long.

The design is an opulent floral and scroll motif, featuring both roses and asters or daisies.

It is in very fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1279269 (stock #2323f)
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Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style "JA" monogram." The style of this suggests a date circa 1900...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1278851 (stock #2319f)
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Each of these two, matching, napkin rings forms a three dimensional rectangle. They measure 2 5/16" x 3/4" x 13/16", and weigh just under 1.5 T. oz. the pair.

The clean design and hand hammered surfaces clearly place them in the Arts and Crafts mode.

One of them has a "K.F.B." monogram and the other a "W.P.B." monogram, both in the same block lettering.

These may be individually crafted studio pieces, as opposed to manufactured items. They are unidentified as to maker...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
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Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
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Whisk brooms were perhaps more of a household staple in the past than they are today. A small brush made of broom corn, a stiff, straw-like, sorghum grass, they are rather pedestrian items save for examples such as this which has been fitted with a sterling silver handle.

A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1248233 (stock #2053f)
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Oval with a flat bottom, this napkin ring measures 2 3/16" long, stands 1 3/8" at the highest, is 3/4" wide, and weighs just under .7 T. oz.

Made by the Webster Company, it is stamped with the firm "WC and arrow" emblem as well as "Sterling" on the interior.

The applied edges are raised and have lined detailing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1227455 (stock #1887f)
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Made by Gorham early in the 20th century, this pair of tongs imitates a wishbone. The piece measures 3 1/2" long, has a 1 1/4" spread between the arms, and weighs approximately .6 T. oz.

It is model number "H171," and so marked on one grip, along with the word "Sterling," and the Gorham lion, anchor, G. The finger grip on the arch is engraved with an Old English "A" monogram.

The condition is flawless. There are no bends, nicks, or damage and the finish is appealing. The spring remai...

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