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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361472 (stock #3167f)
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Tongs are easily overlooked accessories in any flatware pattern, but this 5 3/8" long, .9 T. oz., pair are commandingly attractive.

They were made by Wood & Hughes whose "W&H" mark and "Sterling" appear on an inside arm. The pattern is the company's "Zephyr," which is an 1870 Renaissance Revial Moorish design.

The arms are slender, ending in talon tongs that are highly detailed and finished in a gold wash. The upper reaches have scalloped edges and engraved wriggle work tracery that ex...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361424 (stock #3166f)
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A coffee spoon at 4 1/2" long and relatively heavy at .4 T. oz., this otherwise modest piece possesses two characteristics that set it apart.

First, it is an early item from the renowned Baltimore firm "S. Kirk & Son," so stamped, along with the unique to this city "10.15" silver standard assay, roughly equivalent to coin. The particularly combination of marks was used 1846-61.

Secondly the pattern which is a "Reverse Tipt Antique," essentially "Old Maryland," is hand engraved and diamo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361389 (stock #3165f)
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An 8 3/8" long, nearly 1.4 T. oz., tablespoon, this piece is stamped "Sterling" and "Hamrick & Sons" for the 19th century Philadelphia jeweler.

The design bespeaks its regional origins.

The pointed tip handle is slightly convex and has notched margins. The satin matte finish surface is bright cut in a grass and floral design that suggests an Aesthetic influence, and there is wriggle work edging.

The backside is plain except for the marks, and is without a monogram or removal.

It ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1361388 (stock #3164mg)
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Dating from 1866 as engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.," this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's "standing lion, anchor, G" mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item.

Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is just above 4.5 T. oz.

The bod...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1361387 (stock #3163f)
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Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361328 (stock #3162f)
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An original production item, this pair of tongs measure 4" long and weigh approximately .8 oz. Made by Towle in the "Georgian" pattern, they are marked "925/1000," with the company "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898."

For serving bon bons, they have four-tine, stylized talon, cupped grips.

Each leg incorporates the column capped by a basket of flowers motif that constitutes this design, which shows to particular advantage in this form. The arch is plain and witho...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361274 (stock #3161f)
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Marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1871," and with a lower case "m" (Carpenter in his "Tiffany Silver" notes "in the early 1870s a small case m was sometimes used" for Edward C. Moore" rather than the more typical capital M), this pair of master salt spoons are original issue "Japanese" in contrast to the later reissue "Audubon."

They measure 3 5/8" long and weigh .8 T. oz. the pair.

Both pieces have upturned handles with side knobs, and round bowls, and are monogrammed in a del...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1361186 (stock #3160f)
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Marked with a lion for sterling, a leopard for London, a date letter "e" for 1780-81, and a script "GS" for George Smith III, this marrow spoon aka scoop measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It is a very fine period example of this particularly English form, produced by a well-recognized maker.

The larger of the two elongated ends shows a thumb drop on the back and is inscribed with a crest of a long-necked bird with a snake in its beak.

It is in outstanding condition. It is f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1361123 (stock #3159f)
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This 4 1/2" by 4" by 1 1/4" at the highest, 1.9 T. oz., shell item is identified in Gorham's 1888 catalog (see image 3) as an "olive dish." This particular piece carries a date symbol for "1886," along with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling."

It is a fully original, period, example of a silver line that Gorham developed and modeled after sea life found in Rhode Island ocean waters. Indeed, one specialized and now fabled, line was identified by the name "Narraganse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361071 (stock #3158dd)
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A large piece measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this item is an unusual, perhaps croquette, server.

It has a flat, 3 1/2" long by 2 3/8" wide, blade with four, curved and rounded tines, scalloped margins, and an intricately pierced surface.

The pattern is "Wellington," a late 19th century design issued in 1897 by Alvin. It features a double shell and scroll terminus with an egg and dart margin on the handle front and a relatively plain scroll backside.

There is a lightl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361019 (stock #3157f)
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Early pieces marked on the reverses with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," these four spoons measure 4 1/4" long each and are relatively weighty at 2.0 T. oz. the group.

Typically identified as a demitasse spoon, catalogs of the period commonly call this size a coffee spoon. True demitasse spoons can be considerably smaller.

The pattern is "Cluny" which bespeaks the French origins of its renowned designer, Antoine Heller. The pattern features dense, high...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361016 (stock #3156f)
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All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form.

The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, with in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of de...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360937 (stock #3155f)
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A New York City silversmith who worked from the 1830s until his bankruptcy in 1868, Philo B. Gilbert's dies passed on to John C. Cook and George Shiebler, so his work shows up with a variety of marks.

This 8" long, 1.8 T. oz., coin silver ladle bear only his "lion and leopard head" pseudo hallmark, "Patent 1867," and Gilbert's initials "PBG."

The pattern is a "Medallion" and one with which Gilbert is strongly identified. The classical portraiture is a clean representation of a young war...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360936 (stock #3154f)
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Seldom found, John Wendt's "Moresque" is the nameplate pattern for the "Persian Revival," or "Moorish," style that was popular in the United States in the 1870's. Other contemporaneous, well-recognized, examples in this genre include Tiffany's "Persian," and Whiting's "Persian," and Gorham's "Hindostanee."

"Moresque" examples present with slight variations from piece to piece. These variations include the utilization of a plain disc on the handle, set on the front or backside, or on both s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360809 (stock #3152f)
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Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887.

Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., master butter ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1360805 (stock #3151f)
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The handled cup measures 3" high, has a top diameter of 2 5/8", a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the end of the handle, and a 2 3/16" wide underside. It weighs 4.2 T. oz. There is a script "DMC" monogram on the sidewall.

Made by Gorham about 1900, it combines two styles.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau mode popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1360748 (stock #3150f)
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Free standing, this 4" square, 1/2" deep, tea strainer stands on four slender, splayed feet.

The body and a portion of the handle are sterling silver, as identified on the underside. Other marks include the Dominick & Haff three part emblem, and the model number "34."

The end of the handle is an off white material, possibly celluloid, with turned rings and a knob end.

The strainer body is sturdy, weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., has scalloped edges, sloped sides with four raised ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360747 (stock #3149f)
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This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is an intricate, figured design, the main one of which on these is a woman holding a bucket. There is also a satyr set midway on the handle.

The backsides have an "N" monogram offered in a manner that imitates an Eastern character. This f...

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