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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1406026 (stock #3953f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Five o'clock coffee size at 5 3/8" long and weighing .5 T. oz., this spoon was made by Watson, whose Mechanics Silver division "Pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Pond Lily," which is a high relief, Art Nouveau design executed with the kind of detail, fidelity to form, and artistic expression which set Watson apart.

The bowl shows a die cut representation of "Fort Sumter" in "Charleston, SC," and so identified...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1405450 (stock #3942f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six spoons measures 4 3/4" long, with the set weighing just under 3.0 T. oz.

All of them have matching bowls and twisted stems, but are surmounted with an individual cast figure of a standing "Apostle," which is the generic term applied to this widely employed motif.

This particular group was made in Holland, with each piece bearing the Dutch "sword" emblem used 1814-1905 (shown lower left in above image), and indicating a minimum .833 silver standard (sterling is .925)...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1403456 (stock #3911f)
Old Friends
$70.00
One of the most collectible souvenir items ever produced, this 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., spoon features patriotic imagery.

The central theme on the handle front is Betsy Ross sitting at a spinning wheel making thread, presumably to be used in the flag she created for the nascent United States.

Other historic elements include thirteen stars surrounded by a banner that reads, "home & country," all cascading above her head...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1401497 (stock #3875f)
Old Friends
$350.00
Price for the set. Individual items including forks also available.
Comprised of a core grouping of ten different month spoons with two additions to complete the year, this assemblage consists of a full set of twelve Gorham "Zodiac" teaspoons.

Each piece measures 5 7/8" and is heavy, with the group weighing 14.6 T. oz., well over 1.0 T. oz. each on average.

The ten from the one group are all monogrammed on the reverses "EMT" in script, while the remaining two (August and December) are without monograms...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1390717 (stock #3689f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Larger than most examples of this piece, measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing an exceptionally heavy 1.7 T. oz., this circa 1895 spoon was made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverse.

A souvenir item, the handle portrays a standing miner wearing boots and a hat, holding a chunk of ore in his left hand and with his right hand leaning on a crow bar or such...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389900 (stock #3676f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing a heavy 1.3 T. oz., this teaspoon is an early example of Dominick & Haff's figural, 1900 date of issue, "Labors of Cupid" pattern, the image on this being a cherub sitting at a table with a cup in hand...
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1378866 (stock #3489f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Produced by Watson, this version of "Cherub," while similar and perhaps a variant, is to be distinguished from the company's full line pattern with this name (see Old Friends item 2714f for comparison).

The figure on this 4 1/4" long, unusually heavy at nearly .5 T. oz., spoon appears to be cast rather than die struck, and possesses much more dimension and detail than the line design...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1372178 (stock #3367f)
Old Friends
$34.00
This piece illustrates the once common practice of engraving standard line pieces with local historical features, and thus creating souvenir items.

In this case, the primary piece is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon in Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is a highly textured, Art Nouveau floral design...

 
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