American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 1900 item #1340545 (stock #2829f)
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A substantial piece, this gravy ladle measures 6 1/2" long, has a gold washed, oval bowl that is 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" by 3/4" deep. It weighs 1.9 T. oz.

The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1980 item #1340447 (stock #2828f)
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Price for the pair.
These items were part of a line of sterling made by the Stieff Silver Company of Baltimore on behalf of Colonial Williamsburg Restoration which was the sole retailer.

Dating circa 1975, they are reproduction items based on actual period pieces.

One is a 5 1/8" tall, 3.1 T. oz., pepper or salt caster. The other is a 1 3/8" tall, 3" base diameter tapering to a 2 3/8" top diameter, 1.8 T. oz., trencher salt with its original clear glass liner.

Estate items in original condition, these ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340382 (stock #2827f)
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Six inches long, with a bowl that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep, and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is a sugar sifter.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.

The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.

The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340295 (stock #2826f)
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Price for the set of six.
Located in Newburgh, New York, John L. Westervelt was one of the most successful of the 19th century silver manufacturers located in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

The "Ivy" design on these six, 5 7/8" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, matching teaspoons, is one of the firm's signature patterns. Made to both a coin and sterling standard, these are marked "Sterling," dating them to 1870 or later according to silver scholar D. A. Soeffing.

Each one has a feathered script "M.A.S." monogram ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340226 (stock #2825f)
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A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1878, Wood & Hughes' "Venetian" embodies the Moorish or Arabesque design elements that characterized this period.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife. The intricacies of the design are repeated in the extensive engraving on the front of the blade. This is an added enhancement.

There is also an endearing inscription on the handle that reads in feathered script, "M.T. to S. & R.L."

It is in excellent co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1340149 (stock #2824f)
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Two spoons available.
Measuring 5 13/16" long and good heft at just short of 1.0 T. oz., and dating from early in the 20th century, this sterling silver teaspoon is in mint estate condition.

The pattern is Unger Brothers' Art Nouveau "Douvaine."

An expressive design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or wizard like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340074 (stock #2823f)
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Price per piece.
A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them ar...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340024 (stock #2822f)
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A 6 7/16" long, .9 T. oz. piece, this sugar spoon has a broad scallop shell bowl with high shoulders leading to a narrow handle that broadens into an oval, tipped end.

It is marked "H.I. Sawyer," for Henderson Inches Sawyer, who worked in New York City 1835-45, then Hartford, Connecticut, 1845-58.

It also carries a "lion" pseudo hallmark that McGrew identifies in his benchmark work on marks as characteristic of the Hartford area, so this item likely traces to Sawyer's (earlier based on s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339942 (stock #2821f)
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This 7" long, very weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver spoon variously identified as a place, dessert, or oval soup, has a double provenance.

It is marked Bailey & Co. (1848-78) for the firm that became Philadphia's renowned "Bailey, Banks & Biddle." It also carries the pseudo hallmark of manufacturer "Taylor & Lawrie," who sold to "Bailey & Kitchen," forerunner of "Bailey & Co."

Citing D.A. Soeffing, Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes, "In 185...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1339891 (stock #2820f)
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Matching pitcher available.
Given its modest size at 8 1/4" tall, and with a capacity of 16 ounces, this piece could variously be identified as a gentleman's, breakfast, or tete-a-tete coffee pot.

It is English "Georgian" in style, with a bulbous lower body and slender neck, lending it an overall lofty look. It stands on three modified paw feet, and has a lengthy curved spout that is attached at the base and rises to the height of the rim.

The double cee scroll handle is hollow and retains its original insulators....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339799 (stock #2819f)
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Measuring 6" long and heavy weight at 1.2 T. oz., this spoon was retailed by Brooklyn, New York's "Wm. Wise & Son," as stamped on the backside. Other mark's include a "D" emblem, "Sterling 925/1000," and "Patent."

The piece is a citrus or grapefruit spoon in Durgin's late 19th century "Chrysanthemum" pattern, with a script "PCL" monogram on the front.

It is in excellent condition, free of polishing wear, and with a well-shaped bowl that is without dents or nicks. The bowl retains sligh...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1339718 (stock #2818f)
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A favorite theme among American silver manufacturers of the 19th century, especially the 1850-75 period, there are many extant expressions of the "Grape" motif.

Few equal, and none exceeds, the design on this 7" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., coin silver preserve spoon made by Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell. The portraiture is artful, realistic and balanced. While decorative, it is constrained, resulting in a design that would have been appealing even to the most decorous of Victorian se...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339645 (stock #2817f)
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An early example of one of the company's most well-received patterns, "Chrysanthemum," this youth fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880," and "M," this last identifier dating it no later than 1891.

The piece measures 6 1/16" long and, consistent with the line and the firm, is robust weight at 1.5 T. oz.

It is inscribed "F O'D" in script on the front.

It is in very good condition. There is some slight overall polishing softening of detail on the high spots of the des...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1339467 (stock #2815f)
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A large item, measuring 9 5/8" long and weighing a substantial 3.2 T. oz., this fork dates from the 1850s. It is stamped "H.H. & Co." for Henry Hebbard & Company whose working years in this partnership were 1847-58, and also "Patent 1855."

The patent references the "Leaf" pattern on this, which is quite similar to Gorham's "Josephine" of the same period, as well as one produced by William Gale.

An impressive item, likely a fish, or possibly entree, serving fork, the dominant feature is i...

All Items : Women's Vanity : Perfume Bottles : Pre 1930 item #1339401 (stock #2814f)
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A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and having a base diameter of 2 1/4", this perfume bottle is German in origin. It is stamped on the neck with the national "crescent and crown" mark, "800" for the silver content (800 parts out of a 1000), and a "standing unicorn" emblem for the maker, Gebruder Kuhn.

An estate piece dating from the first part of the 20th century, the bottle itself is high quality cut glass fitted with a substantial all silver cap that is 1 1/4" high and 1 7/16" in diameter....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339299 (stock #2813f)
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This three tine, possibly salad or vegetable, serving fork measures 7 5/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.0 T. oz.

It is a very early example of Kirk's touchstone "Repousse" pattern. it is stamped "S. Kirk 1015.," which the Baltimore Museum of Art reference work on Maryland silver indicates was used 1846-61. The silver standard is roughly equivalent to coin, and is one of several measures uniquely employed in Baltimore at various times during the 19th century.

The repousse appears on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339241 (stock #2812f)
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Price for the set of ten.
Measuring 4 7/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy 4.6 T. oz. the set, these ten spoons are for after dinner coffee. They are slightly larger than a demitasse and somewhat smaller than a 5 o'clock.

The pattern is Wallace's "St. Leon, which is a densely articulated floral design dating from 1890. The flowers and leaves are portrayed in intricate detail, but exactly what they are is uncertain. One source suggests columbine.

All matching, they have script "MR" monograms on the backsi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1339186 (stock #2811f)
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Issued in 1902, Alvin's "Raphael" stands forward as one of the most commanding figural designs coming out of the Art Nouveau era.

This 6" long, weighty at nearly 1.2 T. oz., teaspoon dates early in the line history, as evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads "Kathryn 1904" in script.

It is in mint condition, likely never used. Every detail of the intricate design is fully and clearly articulated. The satin gray finish shows not even the lightest scratch. The bowl is p...

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