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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371357 (stock #3342f)
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A 7 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve, small berry, or possibly pudding, spoon, this piece has an implied provenance.

It is engraved "Martha" in script on the handle front, and "Akron. O." "Dec. 25. 1891." on the reverse.

Made by Wood & Hughes, the pattern is that company's "Venetian," which is a Moorish or Renaissance Revival design.

The plum-shaped bowl is relative large and elongated at 3" by 1 13/16" wide, by 3/4" at the deepest. It has a central groove in the base, a flange rim, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371324 (stock #3341f)
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Measuring 4 1/8" long, and weighing nearly .7 T. oz., very heavy for its size, this demitasse (referred to in most older catalogs as coffee) spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with an unclear letter or number, all on the backside heel of the bowl. This mark may be an "L," which would indicate newer (c. 1956) production.

The pattern is the company's fabled "Olympian," which builds upon motifs drawn from classical mythology.

The theme on this is "satyrs receiving instructi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371250 (stock #3340f)
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Price for the pair.
As charming as they are unusual, this knife and spoon set were made circa 1885.

The pair is comprised of a 7 3/8" long knife and a 6 3/8" spoon. Both are very heavy, with the knife weighing 1.8 T. oz., and the spoon 1.5 T. oz.

Made by Whiting, the handles have the same shape and proportion as that company's "Berry" pattern, save the design on these is acid etched (rather than die struck) and portrays characters from children's rhymes. On a par with Tiffany's "Jack and Jill" youth items...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371104 (stock #3338f)
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This 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., knife is an early example of Kirk's signature "Repousse" design, dating circa 1875, as suggested by the "1015." silver standard mark (roughly equivalent to coin) accompanied by "S. Kirk & Son" stamped on the lower edge of the handle.

It has a flat, solid silver, handle with a square end, and a pointed and tapered blade, and may be a (butter or cheese) spreader or for fruit. Whatever its function, it is not a readily found piece.

Never monogrammed or inscribe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1371051 (stock #3337f)
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A dramatic piece, this silver fish slice or knife, sometimes referred to as tongs, is double bladed.

The lower section is a typical, albeit large at 12 1/4" long, piece. There is a smaller, 9", matching, top half attached to this. It is held in place by a fixed bar and spring mechanism so it pivots.

The whole ensemble weighs 6.4 T. oz.

There is a pin that secures the pieces together; this can be removed to separate the parts for cleaning.

Each of the parts has lattice work pier...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1370994 (stock #3336f)
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Striking in scale at 8 3/4" long overall with a large, 3 3/8" by 2" at the widest, shell form bowl, this 2.2 T. oz. berry or other serving spoon dates to the mid 19th century.

The pattern is "Tuscan," which is an "Olive" variant developed by Michael Gibney (later marketed by Whiting) and in this instance retailed by New York's prominent "Ball, Black & Co.," whose name, along with "Sterling," is imprinted on the handle backside.

The name "Benedict" is engraved on the front, while "ABG" ap...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1370944 (stock #3335f)
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With a history that traces to the first quarter of the nineteenth century, the partnership of Taylor and Hinsdale operated in two cities, primarily New York, with a branch in Newark, New Jersey.

The firm's stamp, "T&H" appears on both arms of this 6 5/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs.

Well crafted, they are fiddle shaped with a raised shell design on each of the beveled edge arms, and have deeply cupped, acorn form, grips.

There is a handsome, feathered script, "ELH" monogram engra...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370895 (stock #3334f)
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Fully stamped with the appropriate Minerva head for first standard silver, i.e. .950 pure, which exceeds sterling which is .925, a bigorne guarantee mark, and the (slightly rubbed) identifier for the maker, Henry-Louis Chenailler, mid 19th century Paris, this item measures 8 1/8" long and weighs 1.8 T. oz.

It is a saupoudreuse, that is a sugar sifter or sprinkler, with a 2 1/2" diameter, ribbed and delicately pierced, shell bowl.

The handle reverse has an elegant, leaf script, pe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1370817 (stock #3333f)
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Dating to the mid 20th century (1952), this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., fork is fully hallmarked for the year, sterling, and maker, "Worcester Silver Company," London, England.

While a relatively contemporary piece, the scrolled terminal pattern, "Onslow," is an older English design, and the three tine configuration also harkens to an earlier period, all defining this as a reproduction piece.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent estate condition. There is no visible wear, the t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370649 (stock #3330f)
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Price for the set of six.
All of these six, matched, knives measure 8 1/2" long and have hollow, filled, sterling silver handles with (original) silverplated, blunt end blades.

They are early production items in Whiting's scroll motif, "Louis XV" pattern. All the pieces are stamped with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1891."

Never monogrammed, they are in excellent estate condition. The handles are free of dents or splits, and remain tightly secured with the blades, which apart from slight wear o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1370601 (stock #3329f)
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A well-regarded name among Arts & Crafts producers, with an expertise in reproduction silver, New York's Currier & Roby was both a manufacturer and retailer.

This matched pair of 3" long, .6 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons marked with the company "CR" emblem, "Sterling," and "26 S," are no doubt inhouse production items, consistent with the firm's best work generated during the first quarter of the 20th century.

The pattern is "Onslow," which is an older English design that features ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370554 (stock #3328f)
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Price for the set of six.
A matched set, these six, 5 3/4" long teaspoons have special attributes.

First, they are exceptionally fine, extra weight, 5.9 T. oz. the group, examples of Wood & Hughes' Moorish or similar, Renaissance Revival, "Venetian" pattern.

Second, they are anniversary presentation pieces, with mirror inscriptions front and back sides of the handles. The reverses read "HCA" in an elegant, feathered script "HCA" over "Nov. 3d, 1852." The obverses are identical save for a different year, "1877."...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1370497 (stock #3327f)
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Weighing over 2.1 T. oz., this 8 11/16" long tablespoon is a heavy item with a narrow, thick handle, and a lengthy, sturdy bowl.

It is an elegantly crafted, sterling silver, piece made by London's George Smith and William Fearn in 1787-88, with sharp, clear hallmarks for the same.

It is an "Old English" pattern, with a downturned reverse tipt end, and a thumb drop on the bowl backside.

The handle front has a diamond bright cut edge with wriggle work detailing, and a lion's head crest...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370440 (stock #3326f)
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An 8 3/8" long item, this lettuce fork is heavy, weighing 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part emblem, the word "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94.," is the pierced version of this pattern.

The more common examples of "Renaissan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1370396 (stock #3325f)
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Tracing to the second half of the 1860s, this piece is stamped with an Old English "M" indicating it was the work of John C. Moore produced for "Tiffany & Co.," which name also appears on the underside, along with the word "Sterling."

This dating also correlates with the model number "1700" (and order number "3007") which is included with the above marks.

A very large, open master salt, it has a round, slightly inward tapered body that measures 2 5/8" across at the top opening, stands 1 ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1370357 (stock #3324f)
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Prominent among early 19th century Richmond, Virginia, silversmiths, William Mitchell, Jr., began his working career about 1815, and ended it when he sold his established business in 1847 to his brother Samuel and John Tyler, who in turned formed the well-known firm of Tyler and Mitchell (Cutten, "Silversmiths of Virginia").

This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., tablespoon is an early example of his work and is imprinted on the backside "W. Mitchell Jr." in a banner.

It is a "Reverse ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1370356 (stock #3323f)
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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Got...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370355 (stock #3322dd)
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A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design in the interior, which is engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is in excellent condition an...

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