American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1421674 (stock #4187f)
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$65.00
An example of American silver design following after a much older English form, mote, aka skimming, spoons have a pierced bowl on one end, and a pointed or spear tip on the other.

Most discussion about purpose indicates they were originally tea related, used for filtering loose leaves, with the point serving to clear a spout of clogs.

Late Victorian in date, this stylized piece measures 8 1/2" long and weighs not quite .4 T. oz., and could readily double as an olive spoon.

The bowl is 2...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1421620 (stock #4186f)
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$44.00
Marked "F&H" for Boston manufacturer "Farrington & Hunnewell" and "S.M. Hewett" for Putnam, Connecticut jeweler, this 7" long, just over .8 T. oz., piece dates to the mid 19th century.

A slender piece, it is a master butter, or possibly a pickle, knife.

The shoulders of the handle are angular, while the smooth surface is extensively engraved in a diamond cut and wriggle work design that is character of this period Boston silver.

The pattern on this is particularly appealing in that it i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1421488 (stock #4185f)
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A pattern originated by John Polhamus in the second half of the 19th century, and later produced by George Shiebler, "Corinthian" is a Greek Revival design that features an anthemion at the handle end, supported by rosettes and palmettes.

This matched pair of 4 3/4" long, 1.1 T. oz. combined, (soft boiled) egg spoons are early production examples, marked "J.P. Patent [1]868," "Sterling," and "Bailey & Co.," for the Philadelphia retailer.

The handle backsides are engraved "MLC" in leaf scri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1421427 (stock #4184f)
Old Friends
$72.00
Issued in 1882, Gorham's "Fontainebleau" pattern features a variety of figures drawn from the court of French King "Francis I."

The image on this 5 3/4" long, relatively heavy at 1.4 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle, features a woman carrying a basket of fruit in her left hand and a tray of fruit in her right hand.

The handle backside is engraved "M.C.W. in embellished script lettering set sideways.

The approximately round, 1 1/2" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has scalloped shoulders, and a gol...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1421355 (stock #4183f)
Old Friends
$315.00
In choice, indeed like new, condition, this older, large vegetable or fruit bowl is an example of Gorham's "Chantilly" holloware line identified as "Duchess."

It measures 10 1/2" wide, stands 2" tall, and weighs 14.9 T. oz.

It is stamped on the brushed finish underside "Gorham," "lion, anchor, G", "Sterling," model number "745," and with a date symbol for "1949."

Never monogrammed, it is without dents, scratches, or other evidence of use, and has a brilliant, hand polished only, finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1421285 (stock #4182f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This group of six spoons remain with their original 7" x 5 3/4", crimson velvet lined with linen-like cover, gift box that is imprinted in gold script lettering, "Watson Silver."

Watson's "pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of each of the 3 3/4" long spoons (as well as the box lid). The group weigh approximately 1.8 T. oz.

Dating from early in the 20th century, they are Art Nouveau in style and portray six different blossoms, leaves, and stems on the handle fro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1421231 (stock #4181f)
Old Friends
$450.00
Price for the set.
It is unusual to find an intact set of twelve ice spoons along with their original serving knife, aka slice, and even more so to have the set in such pristine condition as this group.

Made by Frank Smith, whose early "S in a circle" mark and "sterling" are imprinted on the backside of all pieces, along with the name of the retailer, "Worcester & Co.," Lowell, Massachusetts.

The server measures 10" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while each of the spoons is 5 3/4" long with the twelve weighing ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1421230 (stock #4180f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Price for the pair.
Dating from the mid 19th century, this pair of matched spoons each measure 7 3/8" long and weigh 1.7 T. oz. combined.

A "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, they would have been place pieces in their period, slightly larger than a contemporary dessert or oval soup, and smaller than a tablespoon.

They are stamped "L[eander]. Amadon" for the silversmith and jeweler who worked in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Never monogrammed, they are in very fine estate condition, showing no polishing wear and having smoot...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1421090 (stock #4179f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price for the set of four.
Lengthy at 6 1/16" each, and weighing 2.4 T. oz. the lot, these four matching spoons date from the mid 19th century.

They have broad, upturned handles with "Tipt" ends, with the name "Maggie" finely engraved in script set sideways on them.

The shoulders off the bowls are high, chamfered, and rounded, while the backside heel drops are smooth.

They are stamped on the reverses "J.G. Griswold" (Johnson Gage), "Hartford," and with a right facing "eagle," which John R. McGrew in his comprehen...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1420967 (stock #4178f)
Old Friends
$550.00
Price for the set of twelve.
Flat handled, solid silver, place knives are generally only found in 19th century flatware, being supplanted by hollow handle forms.

This is a difficult to find group of twelve matched pieces in John Wendt's Renaissance Revival "Florentine" pattern issued in 1870.

Measuring 8" long each and weighing 20.3 T. oz. the lot, these are variously identified as tea, breakfast, or dessert knives.

These have solid handles, blunt end blades, and are engraved "MLC" in script in the reserve area of ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1420811 (stock #4177f)
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The Biddle family of Philadelphia had a number of individuals involved in the manufacture and sale of silver in 19th century Philadelphia, one of whom, John W., son of William, was a principal in the partnership of Clark & Biddle, which is the name imprinted on this 7 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

Coin silver, the style is consistent with Philadelphia flatware design of its 1870 period.

It has a twisted stem with an oblong, tipt end handle that is extensi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1420733 (stock #4176f)
Old Friends
$38.00
This 5 5/8" long, .8 T. oz., spoon speaks to the history of women's social and economic empowerment in the United States.

Made by Watson, whose "crown, W, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "W&H Co.," appear on the backside, it commemorates the "Woman's Benefit Association."

Information about this organization, now the "Woman's Life Assurance Society," founded in Port Huron, Michigan in 1891 by Bina M. West when she was merely 24 years old, is readily available on the internet and makes for an ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1420605 (stock #4175f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Price for the set of four.
Each of these iced tea, lemonade, or parfait spoons measures 7 5/8" long, with the group weighing 4.0 T. oz.

The pattern is "Etruscan," which features a Greek Key motif on the handle end.

Marked "Gorham" and "Sterling," these are 1930 or later production of this design first issued in 1913.

Never monogrammed, they are in flawless condition, show no wear or damage, and have bright finishes.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1420529 (stock #4174f)
Old Friends
$62.00
Made by Towle, whose "lion in a T" emblem, "925/1000," and "Sterling," are imprinted on the reverse, along with the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co.," this solid silver tomato server measures 6 3/4" long and weighs 1.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Merrimac," which is a colonial revival, apparently Hepplewhite inspired, design that is engraved and chased on a hammered surface. The hammering suggests an Arts & Crafts influence, popular in the 1916 issue date period of this.

The bow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1420469 (stock #4173f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Measuring 3 5/8" long and weighing a relatively heavy .8 T. oz., tongs this size and smaller are frequently referred to as "tete a tete" items, scaled for use with smaller tea and coffee sets.

Made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem and "Sterling" are imprinted on one arm, and retailed by Boston's "Shreve, Crump & Low," whose name appears on the other arm, the pattern is "Iris."

One of Durgin's flagship designs from early in the 20th century, "Iris" embodies all the lush expressiveness for which ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1420292 (stock #4171f)
Old Friends
$215.00
Clean and modernist, this early to mid 20th century, all silver vase stands 10 1/2" high, is thick-walled and straight-sided, measures 2 1/4" wide at the slightly splayed top opening, and sits on a tiered base that is 3 3/8" in diameter.

It is model "B749," as indicated on the plate on the underside, which is also imprinted with the Watson Company "crown, W, lion" emblem, "Sterling," "10 1/2," and "Weighted."

Total weight is 12.9 T. oz., nearly all of which is silver given there is only a ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1419886 (stock #4167f)
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Stamped "Duhme & Co.," for the Cincinnati manufacturer and jeweler, the pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .9 T. oz., sugar spoon is "No. 1," introduced in 1869.

It has a twisted stem with a flat, oval, handle, that in this instance is engraved in a (grape?) leaf and tendril design and the name "A. Ayler." set sideways.

An online commentator notes that there are at least six "types" or variations of this design, apparently the most common of which has a pointed handle end. This is one of two "kn...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1419795 (stock #4166f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Large at 9 1/2" long and weighing a substantial 4.5 T. oz., this solid silver cracker scoop or shovel was made by R. Blackinton & Co., whose "sword in a B," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1904" appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Daisy," interpreted in an Art Nouveau manner, with multiple blossoms and trailing details arrayed along the length of the handle front, with complementary elements on the backside.

A large scoop is the defining element of this form, and Blackinton went th...

 
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