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All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1273372 (stock #2283f)
Old Friends
$165.00
E.A. Whitney of Boston is known for its production of historical theme souvenir spoons, many related to the American Civil War, which is the case with this 5 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.1 T. oz., example.

The subject is "Sheridan's Ride," an event that became the basis of a poem, and significant enough that the general's horse was preserved by a taxidermist and remains at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1224064 (stock #1855f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighty at just over .9 T. oz., this souvenir spoon was made by the Mechanics division of Watson. The company's pennant emblem appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling."

The handle portrays a full-sized, standing American indian holding a bow, while the reverse shows his shield. The detail is exceptional, exhibiting precise die work and articulate portraiture...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1269047 (stock #2266f)
Old Friends
$65.00
No more exquisite example of engraving on silver is to be found than this piece made by Gorham.

It is a 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon in the "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1902," and the date symbol for "1902" on the heel of the bowl. It is also engraved "'02" in script on the backside of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1215021 (stock #1786f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Portraying a bust on the handle and a mounted image for the French King and Roman Catholic Saint for whom the City of Saint Louis was named, this spoon was retailed by that city's premier jeweler, "Mermod-Jaccard & King Co." (1905 forward), as marked on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

This is a superbly crafted item. The imagery portrays a youthful king wearing a crown and with his shoulders draped in a clasped cloak...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1245490 (stock #2031f)
Old Friends
$55.00
More characteristically thought of as citrus or grapefruit spoons, catalogs of a century or more ago commonly identified this form as an orange spoon.

These two examples were produced by Watson and may be one each, orange and grapefruit spoon. They vary in size, the larger measuring 6" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., while the smaller one is 5 5/8" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. The variance may be an indicator of use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276498 (stock #2302f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Watson produced an extensive line of fruit, floral, and even vegetable patterns around the turn of the 20th century that were exceptionally finely rendered and reflected Art Nouveau sensibilities.

An example from that series, this 6 1/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.2 T. oz., spoon has an elongated and pointed bowl and is probably for citrus.

The motif is grape, showing a large cluster of high relief fruit surrounded by leaves and sinuous vines...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1277605 (stock #2309f)
Old Friends
$45.00
A souvenir spoon that features the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., piece features the added element of the "Lincoln & Douglas Memorial" in Freeport, Illinois. The engraved representation of this stone marker is flanked by engraved busts of Lincoln and Douglas.

Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling," it exhibits the artful die work and fine finishing that characterized this company's output...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1243936 (stock #2016f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appears on the backside, this spoon measures 5 13/16" long and is weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz.

A "Mississippi" souvenir piece, it is replete with iconography. Images include an eagle with shield, "Jeff Davis/Old Home," the "State Capitol," "Shirley House," and the "Surrender Monument," and corn stalks.

It also has an unusual bowl surface...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1223460 (stock #1852f)
Old Friends
$45.00
This 5 5/8" long, weighty, 1.1 T. oz., sterling silver souvenir spoon portrays a number of images connected with the Civil War "Battle of Lookout Mountain."

The center of the handle features a number of soldiers climbing a hillside slope. The end of the handle shows a bust of "Joseph Hooker," the general in command of the operation. The lower portion of the handle reads, "Lookout Mt., Battle Above the Clouds, Nov...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246905 (stock #2042f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Measuring 5 13/16" long and weighing just under 1.1 T. oz., this teaspoon is marked with an "H" in a diamond, which is a Gorham designation for "heavy." Other marks are the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Mar...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1250429 (stock #2072f)
Old Friends
$38.00
One of a limited, numbered series, Gorham's "H 409" portrays what appears to be a thistle midway on the stem, with a second flower on the terminus.

This line was made to an elevated standard of die work and finish. The portraiture is highly textured, the detail is precise, and the finishing is exemplary.

The piece measures 5 5/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.0 T. oz.

There is no monogram or removal and the condition is outstanding. Apart from light surface scratches in the bowl,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246073 (stock #2036f)
Old Friends
$36.00
Tiffany produced a line of at least twelve "Floral" designs in the late 19th century that were offered in a wide array of pieces.

These two examples are demitasse spoons. The flowers are, left to right in the images, "Dandelion" and "Daisy."

They are respectively 4 1/4" and 3 7/8" long, and weigh just over .6 T. oz. combined. The handles are cast, which provides for more detail and relief than could be achieved using the usual drop strike method. They have ovoid bowls that retain slig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265968 (stock #2245f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Syracuse's Joseph Seymour's pattern flatware is well-documented and the inventory does not include the "Thistle" design on this 5 1/2" long, just touching 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. It is thereby an unexpected rarity, and doubly so because of its impressively artful portraiture.

The design, die work, and finish are all to the highest standard. There is a central thistle blossom midway on the handle, and a pair at the tip, all surrounded by leaves. A pair of leaves also graces the backside of t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243410 (stock #2011f)
Old Friends
$35.00
The early 20th century witnessed a burst of interest in zodiac signs among silver manufacturers. Gorham is the firm that seemed to have capitalized most fully in this trend, but other producers offered entries as well.

Watson was among them and this 5 7/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz. teaspoon is an example of that company's output.

The sign is "Gemini," as identified in the upper right hand edge of the front. The twins are portrayed as a pair of cherubs, one standing and one sitting in...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1274356 (stock #2287f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears of the backside along with the word "Sterling," this early 20th century, 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., "Minnesota" souvenir spoon has an engraved bowl that portrays the "Pillsbury Acadamy" in Owatonna.

This institution operated under several identities, including a military school and a Baptist college, while the campus is now owned and run by "Pillsbury College Prep."

The finely rendered bright cut engraving is set on a pale gold wash gro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1277259 (stock #2307f)
Old Friends
$30.00
One from Watson's early 20th century Art Nouveau floral line, this motif is not as readily found as other designs in the series.

This example is a 5 1/2" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon. As is the case for all of Watson's work of this sort, the die and finish work reflect a high level of refinement. The pattern is set in very high relief and precisely rendered, incorporating fine detail.

The bowl of this piece has a pale, matte gold surface and is engraved with the image of a build...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274649 (stock #2289f)
Old Friends
$25.00
One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail.

This was a presentation piece, presumably youth spoon, as it is inscribed in script on the reverse, "June 30th, 1892," and "James Fullerton Kellogg." O...

 
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