American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Jewelry : Pins : Pre 1900 item #1263547 (stock #2222f)
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$575
George Shiebler is equally well-known and regarded for his work in silver flat and holloware as well as jewelry. He utilized many common design components in both realms, including "Homeric" patterns, mixed metal, and as the case with this item, applied elements. Much of his work falls within the category of the Aesthetic mode of design, and again that would apply to this.

Dating from the late 19th century, this is a leaf form brooch or pin that is approximately 2 3/4" in diameter...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1263453 (stock #2221f)
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Stamped "Coleman E. Adler" for the New Orleans jeweler, along with "Sterling," this 6" long, heavy, just over 1.1 T. oz., souvenir spoon dates from around the turn of the 20th century.

The imagery all references the "Maison de Begue" eatery and includes portraitures of "Monsieur & Madame Begue," scenes of the breakfast room and the "French Market," along with other details. The bowl has a satin matte, gold washed finish.

It is in absolutely mint condition...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1263450 (stock #2220f)
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$10
Dating from 1884, "Regent" is one of several patterns Tiffany produced in silverplate. The product is consistent with the standard for which the company is known, showing precision of detail, refinement, and a fine finish.

This example is a 4 7/8" long egg spoon with a gold washed, oval bowl. It has an "MLS" script monogram on the handle.

It is in mint estate condition, showing virtually no wear.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co. E.P."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1263287 (stock #2219f)
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$210
Model number "1815" as stamped on the underside, and having a date symbol for 1890, this 5" tall vase was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appears along with the other marks. If was originally offered as part of a desk set, according to a Gorham catalog of the period (see image 3).

The main body is 3" in diameter and sits on a rimmed base that is 2" across. The splayed, trumpet-shaped, neck is divided into two sections each bordered by beading...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263189 (stock #2217f)
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$15
This lengthy, 5 7/8", just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon is stamped "H. Judson," along with a sunburst emblem, for the Syracuse, New York silversmith and jeweler Hiram Walker, with dates 1792-1868.

It has a plain, round end, and slight mid rib on the backside of the handle. There is a feathered script "EW" monogram on the front. The drop on the bowl is plain.

It is in very good condition. There is minimal polishing wear and the finish has an appealing patina...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263080 (stock #2216f)
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$80
A prominent name in American silversmithing during the first half of the 19th century, Baldwin Gardiner worked first in Philadelphia then New York City.

This large bowl, 8 3/4" long, very heavy 2.4 T. oz., table or serving spoon bears Gardiner's familiar "B.G" mark along with a pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on coin silver manufacturers' marks associates with Jacob Wood and relates to William Forbes, both established NYC producers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262938 (stock #2215f)
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$65
Originally produced in 1903, Frank Smith's "Lion" has been reissued in recent years. There are enough differences between the two periods, though, that they are essentially distinct patterns.

The short of it is that the earlier production evidences far more detail and clarity of design than latter pieces.

These distinctions are evident on this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. Quick distinctions can be seen in the backside, torso area of the lion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262829 (stock #2214f)
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$235
A fully original, old piece, this asparagus server is solid silver and not a combination of stainless with sterling as newer examples are.

The pattern is is Reed & Barton's "La Splendide" dating from 1902. The high relief design reflects the freedom of form characteristic of Art Nouveau, which was the dominant style mode of the period.

Typical of R&B items in this era, this is robust, measuring 10" long overall and weighing 4.1 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1262754 (stock #2213f)
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Standing 2 5/16" high, with a top diameter of 3", having a pedestal base 2" across, and weighing 2.6 T. oz., this piece was made by Turner & Simpson of Birmingham, England. It is stamped "T&S," an anchor city emblem, a lion for sterling silver, and a date letter which is rubbed beyond clear definition, but the company has a registry mark for 1912 and this is in that date area.

The base is tiered and the bowl edge has an applied rim. The body is plain save for two cast and applied lion's he...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1262646 (stock #2212f)
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Gorham utilized a variety of figural imagery on its 1870 "Japanese" line of flatware. All drew upon Asian or pseudo-Asian design motifs and incorporated numerous details to suggest that association.

This 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., berry spoon portrays a bird and dragonfly as primary figures, and is one of the several main themes employed by Gorham. Other elements in the composition include bamboo and even pseudo language characters. The background is stippled and some areas of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1262586 (stock #2211f)
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$55
Dating from the 1860s, "Ivy," aka "Egyptian Ivy," was one of Gorham's earliest full line patterns and has proven enduringly popular.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., pickle or pastry fork. The one form mirrored the other in this period, with pickle forks being the older.

It has three tines, the lower one of which is wider than the other two, and with a hooked tip. The bowl is slightly cupped and has scalloped shoulders.

The backside of the handle is plain, sa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1262582 (stock #2210f)
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$235
By definition platter or stuffing spoons are large items, and that is the case with this 12" long, sterling silver, example that is fully marked for Jonathan Hayne, London, 1821.

Beyond its length, this impresses with how substantial it is. It weighs a hefty 5.0 T. oz., which generosity of material shows in the thickness and resultant sense of robustness of all elements of the item.

The down turned, reverse tipt handle has a noticeably beveled margin along the entire perimeter, and a la...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262473 (stock #2209f)
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$110
Exceptionally large for this form, this fully original, solid silver, tomato server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is substantial enough to lend itself to a variety of serving functions beyond its original purpose.

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end. The rounded blade has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3", has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.

The piece is withou...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1261758 (stock #2207f)
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$345
"Medallion" silverware is characterized by its portraiture of classical figures and was popular in the 1860s. Virtually all makers offered one or more interpretations of this motif, the bulk of which were die cut patterns, while some were engraved, and some cast and applied, as is the case with this example.

It is a 10" long, just under 4.4 T. oz., probably oyster, ladle. Oyster ladles were slightly smaller than that soup, which could run to as much as 14" in length in the mid 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261704 (stock #2206f)
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$45
Davis & Galt was a Philadelphia partnership that references suggest began in 1888 and was relatively short-lived, with the company itself continuing into the second decade of the 20th century.

A manufacturer of numerous unnamed patterns, this example is a well-designed "Kings" motif.

It is a 5 3/4" long, not quite .9 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle. The handle is slender, thereby presenting as lengthy. The bowl is a charming and novel hemispherical, 1 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, scallop she...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1261701 (stock #2205f)
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$22
Leander Amadon, the maker of this 7 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., dessert spoon, is documented as born in 1814 and working 1843-78 in Bellows Falls, Vermont as a silversmith and jeweler.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" design without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same. It is a straightforward item, well and simply executed.

It is in very good condition, showing minimal wear. There are light surface scratches, and incipient tip wear on the otherwise well-formed bowl. The finish is nicely pati...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
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$95
Whiskbrooms were perhaps more of a household staple in the past than they are today. A small brush made of broom corn, a stiff, straw-like, sorghum grass, they are rather pedestrian items save for examples such as this which has been fitted with a sterling silver handle.

A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise.

It was made...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1261405 (stock #2203f)
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$35
An 1875 design that is more Gothic Revival in sensibility than the then dominant Renaissance Revival style, Wood & Hughes' "Viola" is nonetheless very much a period pattern.

This offering is a matched pair of master salt spoons. Each one is 3 3/4" long and the two together weigh just over .5 T. oz. Both have an Old English "D" monogram.

They are in excellent condition, with clear pattern detail, and well-shaped bowls free of nicks, dents, or burrs. The finishes are pleasing.

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