American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291080 (stock #2415f)
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Variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this 7 3/4" long piece has a flat, solid silver handle joined to a blunt end, also solid silver, blade.

It is rather heavy at just under 1.7 T. oz. This weight is reflected in the substantial thickness of the piece, particularly at the join between the handle and blade.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" and appears on both sides of the handle, which is monogrammed "Mc.C." in Old English on the front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290978 (stock #2414f)
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Both a manufacturer and a retailer, Cincinnati's Duhme offered an array of its own and derivative patterns that were akin to other manufacturers, but carried the Duhme mark.

This 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., tea or youth spoon, falls in the derivative category. It is a "Rose" design, but appears to be built upon Whiting's "Lily of the Valley." The overall shape of the handle is identical, as is the folded leaf motif on the lower section of the shank...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1290888 (stock #2413f)
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Fully marked for London, Sterling, 1864, and "G.A." for highly regarded George W. Adams, son-in-law of Mary Chawner and successive owner of Chawner & Co., this ladle measures 7 3/8" long and has a 1 1/2" diameter, 5/8" deep, round bowl.

The rimmed lip bowl, and lower portion and tip of the handle are sterling silver, with the main portion of the shank being baleen. This appears to have a lacquered or polished surface.

There is no monogram or inscription, or removal of same...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1290786 (stock #2412f)
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A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Royal Oak" pattern shows Art Nouveau influences in its realistic portraiture of oak leaves and acorns.

It is a weighty line, which is the case with this 7 1/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., dessert, aka place or oval soup.

There is an Old English "P" monogram.

It is in superb condition. The fine line detail of the design remains exceptionally clear...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1290670 (stock #2411f)
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This coin silver mug stands 3 1/4" high, has a 2 3/4" top and a 2 7/8" bottom diameter, a maximum reach of 4" at the widest to the tip of the handle, and weighs 4.7 T. oz.

The underside is stamped "J" and "C," both in lozenges, joined by a circle. This is the emblem for New York's John Cook...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1290553 (stock #2410f)
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Measuring 5 7/16" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this spoon is a "five o'clock," which is the next size down from a full length teaspoon.

This piece is an early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily." It is marked with the company logo, "Sterling," "Pat'd 1902," "R'd 1902," an Old English "O," and a capital "M," this last letter probably being a weight designation.

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290429 (stock #2409f)
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Towle produced a number of artfully engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series.

It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash.

The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted look...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290306 (stock #2408f)
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An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the bac...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1290157 (stock #2407f)
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The pattern on this 8 3/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., c. 1860, coin silver berry spoon is "Honeysuckle" made by A.& W. Wood of New York City. It is stamped "A.C. Benedict 28 Bowery" for the NYC retailer.

It is a particularly elegant piece. The bowl has a crimped and scalloped edge with a chased and engraved, gold washed, interior.

The handle is of a scale that shows the details of the pattern to advantage. It is engraved "Maggie" in handsome, embellished lettering.

It is in mint...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1290051 (stock #2406f)
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Dating from the first decades of the 20th century, this 5 1/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., tea strainer was made by Blackinton. The company emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the underside of the handle.

The openwork handle is essentially "Chippendale" in style with a bit of Art Deco influence.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 2 3/8" in diameter including the rim, and 3/8" deep. There is a small arm extension opposite the handle, to balance it on a teacup.

It is wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1289866 (stock #2405)
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Measuring 7" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this item is one of those specialty pieces embraced by the Victorian table.

It is an orange knife and reflects the two characteristics of that form, namely a flat blade with a sawtooth upper edge for cutting the fruit skin, and a double pronged tip for lifting the orange sections.

The pattern is Knowles' "Essex." Dating from 1889, it is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses.

The backside of the handle has an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1289736 (stock #2404f)
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Relatively large, this gravy ladle measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.9 T. oz. It has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 3/8" wide 2 1/8" front to back, and 5/8" deep.

The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham. Dating from the 1870s, it is relatively early in the stable of the company's full line flatware designs.

It features an elegant and refined looking central female bust in profile. This is surrounded by swags, drapery, and trailing garlands of ivy vines and leaves. Th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1289632 (stock #2403f)
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Standing 6 1/4" high, with a top diameter of 3 5/8", sitting on a pedestal base 3" across, and weighing nearly 5.4 T. oz., this goblet is number "81" made by whiting according to the stamp on the underside. Other marks include the Whiting lion emblem and the word "Sterling." It is large enough to serve as a chalice, save there is no religious iconography.

Dating c. 1880, it is a superbly constructed item in remarkably fine condition. The plain wall of the body is delicately engraved in a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1289479 (stock #2402dd)
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Successors to Jacobi & Jenkins, the early 20th century Baltimore company Jenkins & Jenkins produced a "Repousse" design much in the manner of those offered by Stieff and Kirk.

This example of their Repousse is a rare form and completely original, i.e. not made up, corn scraper. It is further unusual in that it is solid silver. Most examples of this type of piece have steel scrapers.

It measures 5 7/8" long, weighs 1.4 T. oz., and has a 1 1/2" wide, sawtooth cutter.

The flat portion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1289240 (stock #2400f)
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Tracing to early in the history of tea drinking when tea leaves were not processed for cleanliness, and hence left debris or specks, i.e. "mote," in the finished brew, this spoon form evolved to skim the beverage surface for leaves and other matter and unclog the strainer part of the spout.

By the time this 8 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., late 19th century example was produced, the form was becoming redundant, but the appeal and novelty remained, along with functionality.

This example ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1289161 (stock #2399dd)
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Jelly cake servers aka jelly cake knives are similar to pastry servers, save they have proportionately longer and narrower blades.

This example was produced by Gorham in its "Empress" pattern. Given that the design appears to have a Persian or Far Eastern influence, and was patented in 1880, as stamped on the backside, it raises the speculation whether the name is connected with Queen Victoria's assumption of the title "Empress of India" in 1877.

This piece measures 8 5/8" long and weig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1288970 (stock #2398f)
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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance is without a monogram or removal.

This example is a 6" long, .9 T. oz., weighty feel, sugar spoon.

The vee shaped bowl with clipped shoulders is used on all the serving spoons throughout the line, and in this instance has a matte finish gold wash on the interior...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1288861 (stock #2397f)
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Stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted," which is indicative of the earliest of issue of "Versailles," this ice cream knife or slice measures 10 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 4.1 T. oz. Gorham produced at least three varieties of ice cream servers in Versailles, two flat handle like this, and one hollow handle.

It is an especially fine example that retains sharp pattern detail with minimal softening from polishing. The handle turns slight...

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