American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
Old Friends
$95
Whiskbrooms 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 1940 item #1257228 (stock #2147f)
Old Friends
$65
Measuring 6" in diameter and 1/8" high, this trivet is stamped "Webster Sterling" and with the company arrow through a "CW" on the edge. It is silver overlay engraved in a floral pattern on glass.

These were particularly popular in the first part of the 20th century, and that is the likely period for this.

It is in excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks in the glass. The silver is intact, free of lifting or marring.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1253186 (stock #2106f)
Old Friends
$165
Marked with the number "1," the Gorham "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling," this combination bookmark and letter opener is a novel item.

It measures 4 3/4" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz. It has a tubular stem handle with a series of concentric rings. This has an Aesthetic sensibility to it.

There is a crosspiece at the attachment with the blade. This supports an element that suggests a Celtic knot in design, and which serves as the upper portion of the actual page marker...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1248233 (stock #2053f)
Old Friends
$55.00
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. The band itself is engraved in a leaf and floral design, with the name "John" inscribed in script in the reserve area.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1247511 (stock #2047f)
Old Friends
$225.00
According to biographical material, John Owen Bellis was born in England and emigrated to San Francisco about 1893 where he established himself as a prominent silversmith. He worked for that city's Shreve & Co. until 1906, then on his own after that.

He is noted for his hand hammered pieces, much of which was fashioned in the manner of Shreve's "XIVth Century" pattern. This large, 1 15/16" diameter, 1 7/16" tall, heavy, 1.7 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1228312 (stock #1893f)
Old Friends
$60.00
These two, sterling silver chairs appear to be a matched arm and sides, or "his and hers" pair. They were made by "J.K. Martyn" of Hoxsie, RI, according to the marks on the underside. "Martyn" is identified as an "Artificer" as stamped on the underside (along with the word "Sterling"), which would suggest they produced novelty items like this...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1227455 (stock #1887f)
Old Friends
$40.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1171752 (stock #1445f)
Old Friends
$55.00
These two napkin rings are fully matching. Both are sterling silver, model number B3835 made by Gorham and so marked. Each one measures 1 3/4" in diameter and stands 1 1/2" high. The two together weigh 1.8 T. oz., with each one weighing just over .8 T. oz. One is engraved "Lillian" in script and the other "Robert." They are in excellent condition. Both retain a round shape, have fine finishes, and are free of dings or dents.
 
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