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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384610 (stock #3580f)
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$38.00
A long item for its form at 6 1/2", and heavier feeling than its .9 T. oz. actual weight, this coin silver cream or sauce ladle traces to the second quarter of the 19th century. It is marked "Boynton & Woodford for the Boston retail partnership with dates 1837-54.

The "Tipt" end pattern places it toward the earlier end of those years. A graceful piece, the handle is arced with an upturned terminus. The plain, well-formed, bowl is ovoid at 1 7/8" by 1 1/2" by 7 1/16" deep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384517 (stock #3578f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this item has a large, shovel-like, ribbed and pierced with flange shoulders, serving end.

A nut scoop or bon bon, it was made by Watson whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384472 (stock #3577f)
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This 7 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., item is proportioned like a ladle, with a long handle, yet the handle is also set at near right angle to the 2" diameter, 5/8" deep, shell form bowl, more in the manner of a spoon.

An early Gorham pattern, "Josephine," patented in 1855, and made in coin silver (later production was in sterling), and so stamped on the reverse along with the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Bros & Kennard," it would seem to have had a specialized purpose...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1384408 (stock #3576f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This large, 9 1/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., table or serving spoon was produced by Edwin Stebbins & George C. Howe, working 1827-31 in New York City. Well regarded silversmiths, each man subsequently operated independently.

The rounded end, arched handle, features a representation of a "Basket of Flowers." This motif, along with "Sheaf of Wheat," were popular design embellishments in a period when coin silver was largely plain...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1384354 (stock #3575bb)
Old Friends
$585.00
An unusual design, but very much reflective of its 1872 date, this bowl measures 7" at the widest, has a top opening that is 5" across, sits on a 4" footed base, stands 2" tall, has a bulbous middle section, and weighs a substantial 10.8 T. oz. (please see both sets of images)...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1384257 (stock #3573f)
Old Friends
$58.00
This item was made by the Watson Company, whose "crown, W, lion" emblem is imprinted on the edge of the piece, along with the words "Sterling Silver" and model number "W16."

It is a double shot jigger comprised of two similarly shaped cups joined by a center bar. It stands 3 1/2" tall and weighs nearly 2.4 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1384205 (stock #3572f)
Old Friends
$95.00
These two, matched, spoons measure 5 7/8" and weigh a substantial 1.8 T. oz. each.

They are fully marked for Leningrad, 1853, maker Fredrik Fresen (F.F.) and assayer Alexander Mitin (A.M). They are to an 84 silver standard which equates to an .875 purity, or just below coin, for silver content.

Cleanly made, they have slight tipt ends on the backsides, and vee shaped drops on the heel reverses. The handles have chamfered edges, and the bowls pointed ends...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1384027 (stock #3568f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Singular in form, the original purpose of this 8 1/8" long, nearly 1.4 T. oz., solid silver spoon is uncertain, but all aspects of it suggests it was meant to be used as a stirrer, perhaps for lemonade, tea, or bar drinks such as martinis.

Stamped "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," for the premier Philadelphia firm, and "Sterling," it is cleverly designed.

The 2" by 1 1/8" ovoid bowl is joined to a twisted stem which forms the lower part of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1383927 (stock #3566f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A relatively long piece at 8 7/8", and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this spoon is fully hallmarked for Dublin, Ireland, sterling, 1804 and "JP" for maker John Power.

It is an "Old English" pattern, meaning it has a downturned handle with a reverse tipt back and an exposed drop on the bowl heel.

There is a feathered script "EC" monogram on the front...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1383861 (stock #3565f)
Old Friends
$130.00
One of William B. Durgin's earliest patterns, dating circa 1865, and not formally named but commonly called "Spray, this design features a bouquet of woodland flowers and grasses tied by a bow.

This motif appears in the top center of the handle, and is repeated on the lower front at the join with the blade and on the backside heel.

This example is a 9" long, 2.1 T. oz., pie or pastry server. The pointed blade measures 4 1/2" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, and has a cupped heel and flange edge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1383816 (stock #3564f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A relatively large item, this piece measures 4 1/2" wide and stands 3" tall.

It is a dresser jar made c. 1900 by Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr & Co., whose "mace" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "7200-4" are stamped on the edge of the silver lid, which by itself weighs nearly 2.1 T. oz.

The bulbous glass base is panel cut with a star pattern on the underside.

The lid is relatively plain, with a rimmed and scalloped edge and a line script "EP" monogram in the center.

In e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383763 (stock #3563f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A full size teaspoon measuring 6" long and weighing a substantial 1.0 T. oz., this piece was made by Dominick & Haff and retailed by Baltimore's Hennegen, Bates & Co., as indicated on the reverse along with the word "Sterling."

A highly collectible item, it is one of those items by which the whole notion of souvenir spoons is defined.

Celebrating Baltimore and its location on the Cheasapeake Bay, it features a die struck representation of the "North Point" monument in the bowl, as well as ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1383715 (stock #3562f)
Old Friends
$95.00
The William B. Durgin Company, which produced such renowned patterns as "New Art," "Dauphin," and others, offered a line of tea caddy spoons all of which utilized a single bowl form shaped like a sawtooth edge, tea leaf, companioned with various handle designs.

This 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., example is a naturalistic form, portraying a twisting vine that turns back on itself to form a looped handle. The surface is textured, lending it a fully authentic look.

This form was made in at least tw...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383454 (stock #3561f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Long lived, Nathaniel Munroe was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1777 and died in Baltimore in 1861, where he began working in 1815, and may have worked in Selma, Alabama, 1842-50 (source Maryland Silver, Baltimore Museum of Art).

This example of his production is a single, 6" long, not quite .5 T. oz., teaspoon, marked "N. Munroe," "10.15" for the Baltimore standard roughly equivalent to coin silver, and a "star," which may be a journeyman's mark.

It has a plain end with a slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383379 (stock #3559f)
Old Friends
$45.00
This 5 3/4" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is an example of a line pattern appropriated as a souvenir piece.

The pattern is Whiting's 1880 "Berry," a multi-motif design that in this instance features blueberries. It is marked with the Whiting "lion" logo, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

The bowl is acid etched in a design that features a large tree, no doubt Connecticut's famed "Charter Oak," and the word "Hartford," for the capital city of th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383314 (stock #3558f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A full figure nude in the manner of "Bacchante," a design that offended the sensibilities of turn of the 20th century Bostonians, Watson's companion "Phoebe" (1895) likewise expresses the freedoms of style and subject found in the Art Nouveau mode.

The figure is surrounded by considerable imagery including wheat, a grape cluster, a shell, and clouds, this last details perhaps derivative of her mythological identity as a Titan associated with light.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., pi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1383147 (stock #3554f)
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A large, 10 1/2" wide by 2" tall, and weighty at 15.1 T. oz., this item is aptly described as a centerpiece or console bowl, as it is of a caliber to serve as a prominent display item.

It is sterling silver, model "4805A" made by Gorham in 1907, all of which information is indicated by the marks on the underside.

It is decidedly Art Nouveau in style, featuring raised wild rose blossoms and trailing stems arrayed on an undulating rim. The quality of the design and execution are such that th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1383064 (stock #3553f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Made in a limited number of pieces, rather than a full line of flatware, this "Iris" theme pattern is strongly Art Nouveau in style and likely dates either side of 1900.

This example is a long handle, 8 7/8", .7 T. oz., two tine, olive or pickle fork.

In addition to the novel design, it has an unusual double twist handle. Overall it is an elegantly slender and graceful piece, well-crafted and finely finished.

It is in flawless condition, showing no polishing wear, having a fine fine, an...

 
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