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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364532 (stock #3224f)
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$295.00
An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long serving spoon is large and very heavy at 4.3 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 3/4" deep. It is a styliz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364531 (stock #3223f)
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$285.00
An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long, possibly meat, serving fork is large and very heavy at 4.4 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The serving end includes four broad tines, one of the outer ones of which is h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364471 (stock #3222f)
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Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "W. Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887.

This example of the firm's work is a large, 9 5/8" long, substantial weight at 2.8 T. oz., berry shovel, sometimes identified as a cracker scoop.

Both the rounded handle and scalloped-edge, bowl with flange shoulders, are extensively engraved in impressive, bright cut work.

The interpretation...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364392 (stock #3221f)
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A prominent Syracuse, NY, firm, Hotchkiss and Schreuder operated under various names from the mid to late 1800s. The "H&S" mark imprinted on the reverse of this 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., coin silver pickle or early pastry fork was used 1864-71 according to an entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

The retailer's name, "H. W. Preston," Orleans County (likely Albion), New York, is also stamped alongside the maker's mark.

The pattern name is "Unique."

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364348 (stock #3220f)
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Introduced in 1896, Whiting's "Dresden" is a highly detailed pattern that features delicate, small and raised, flowers, leaves, and trailing stems, all surmounted by a shell, and bordered by scroll work.

This example is a 7 1/4" long, good weight at 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle. Whiting used two different style bowls on their gravies, one round, and the other this, which is essentially oval at 2 5/8" wide by 2" back to front, and deep, at 3/4". The interior and flange shoulders have textured su...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364311 (stock #3219f)
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Each of these ten, matching, spoons measures 4 1/2" long, with the set weighing 3.8 T. oz. They are somewhat larger than a demitasse and smaller than a 5 o'clock spoon, and were for after dinner coffee.

Unmarked expect for the word "Sterling," the maker is unknown, and they are not a standard pattern, so no direct attribution can be made.

An unusual design, they have twisted shanks joined to rounded end, slightly upturned, handles.

The handles have a satin finish and are finely brig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1364270 (stock #3218f)
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$225.00
Price for the pair as a set.
Identified by the model number "2670" imprinted on the underside, along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1892," each of these shakers stands 4 1/8" tall, with the pair weighing 4.1 T. oz. combined.

They sit on rimmed bases 1 3/4" in diameter, and have bulbous lower bodies with tapered sides.

The caps are bell-shaped with ball finials, and have sleeve fittings.

The bases have chased bands on the lower and upper margins that match Gorham's 1885...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1364180 (stock #3217f)
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$55.00
An original, early production item, this 5 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., olive spoon is imprinted with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion," hallmark, "Sterling," and "Pat. May 22, 1900," all in fine, precise, lettering exactly as it should be on an old piece.

It is also stamped with the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's carriage trade "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

The pattern is "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is an expressive Art Nouveau floral design. The flower portraiture varies from piece to piece, and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1364111 (stock #3216f)
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$45.00
Price for the pair.
Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, this matched pair of teaspoons are stamped "I or J Lee" in script lettering, which mark Belden in "Marks of American Silversmiths," citing two sources, identifies as "possibly that of a Middletown, Conn., silversmith working ca. 1790-1800."

The style of this suggests the earlier end of that date range.

They have rounded ends, with very slight beveling on the backsides. The fronts are engraved in a fancy script monogra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364110 (stock #3215f)
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This item is an old, 1888 version, of Gorham "Versailles" marked with a "lion, anchor, G," and the words "Sterling" and "Copyrighted."

It is also engraved "Norris. 1891" in script on the reverse, so its age is validated in multiple ways.

The piece is a 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.5 T. oz., large berry spoon.

It is a very fine example, retaining excellent pattern detail that shows minimal polishing wear. The central female figure remains fully articulated as do all the other details of thi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364109 (stock #3214f)
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$105.00
A late 19th century, not commonly found, design made by the Chicago firm "Wendell Manufacturing Company," "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce or small gravy ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flange shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border.

There...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1364049 (stock #3213f)
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$625.00
This piece of holloware was made to match Tiffany's 1872 "Persian" pattern, and incorporates the same Moorish motif that is found in the flatware line.

This appears on the banding on the upper inner rim and edge of the pedestal base of this 8" top diameter, 4" across the bottom, 5 1/4" tall, 14.9 T. oz., footed bowl, aka tazza or compotier.

The entire piece is characterized by elegant, clean lines, and bright, mirror-like surfaces.

The bowl itself is 2 1/4" deep and has a domed base w...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1363975 (stock #3212f)
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These two, matched spoons measure 4 7/8" long each, and are heavy, weighing approximately 1.7 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is an embellished "Prince Albert," executed to an exceptionally high standard, bespeaking the best of the silversmith's art.

They have Russian markings, which include an "84" for an .875 silver purity, and a woman's head facing right over a Greek letter symbol for St. Petersburg. This appears to be a "second Kokoshnik import mark" used 1908-1926.

Each piece also...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1363954 (stock #3211f)
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$125.00
Price for the pair.
To a European scale, each of these two, matching, forks measures 8" long. They are very heavy at 5.2 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is a "Tipt," with beveled edges along the margins of the handles. The ends are slightly upturned, and the tines are long and tapered.

Each piece is fully marked with a "lion" for sterling, a "leopard's face" for London, a date letter "e" for 1834-35, a duty mark, and "WJ" for maker William Johnson.

Unadorned save for feathered script "H" monograms, their...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1363913 (stock #3210f)
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Tracing to the mid 19th century, this companion bowl and plate are demonstrative of the quality for which Tiffany had already become known, even this early.

The markings tell much of the story of the history of the company. They are "Tiffany & Co., Gold & Silversmiths, 550 Broadway," this last mark commonly referred to as the "Union Square location."

This cluster of identifiers is flanked by an Old English "M" on either side, the model number "262" and order number "1334" in the center....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1363880 (stock #3209f)
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$44.00
Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership while both of them were working for Maynard & Taylor, and whose silver portion of that business they bought out to establish their own firm in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver contracted typhoid fever and sold out to Brown, whose interest he bought back in 1863 after recovering from his illness. All this history indicates the "Brown & Sh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1363847 (stock #3208f)
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$190.00
Standing 2 5/8" high, having a diameter of 2 1/4", a maximum span of 3 3/8" to the end of the handle, and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this child's cup was made by William B. Durgin in the late 19th century.

It is a charming period piece inscribed "Marion" over "1880."

This is engraved with two scenes, one of which is particularly appropriate to the name. One portrays a girl with a bonnet on the ground beside her; she is petting a lamb, evocative of the children's rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363809 (stock #3207f)
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$70.00
A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is a dense pattern that shows Moorish influences.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, .8 T. oz., sugar, or perhaps small preserve, spoon with two characteristics that set it apart.

One is the flange rim, elaborately shaped bowl with intricate engraving set against a satin matte, gold wash (front and back sides) ground.

The second feature is that it was retailed by the New Orleans firm of "E. Lilienthal," as stamped o...

 
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