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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411640 (stock #4039f)
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$22.00
Measuring 4" long and weighing 7 grams (just over .2 T. oz.), this master salt spoon features a pronounced "Fiddlet Tipt" handle, with high, pointed, shoulders off the shovel form bowl.

It is marked "J.T & E.M.E. Chicago," whom John McGrew in his Manufacturing Marks on American Coin Silver identifies as J.T. and E.M. Edwards, working 1852-64.

There is a finely engraved, script letter, "HPC" set sideways on the handle.

Essentially without wear, it remains well-shaped, free of bend...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1411583 (stock #4038f)
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An early 20th century design, International's "Jeanne d'Arc" pattern features a floral, leaf, and scroll end surmounting a lined border handle.

This example is an 8 3/8" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., long-handled olive spoon.

The 2" long by 1" wide bowl is pierced in a "fleur-de-lis" motif which is a flower associated with the pattern's namesake, Joan of Arc.

Never monogrammed, this remains in flawless condition. Without polishing wear, it has a bright finish. The bowl is free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1411550 (stock #4037f)
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Made in spoons like this set of eight 4" long, 2.5 T. oz., coffee or demitasse, and a number of other small serving items, Reed & Barton's "Harlequin" features an array of flowers.

They were produced in sterling silver, with earlier pieces marked with the company's "eagle, R, lion" emblem and later items stamped "Reed & Barton," and also in silverplate.

There were at least sixteen flowers portrayed, with an additional four variants, for a total of twenty.

This group includes, from left...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411498 (stock #4036f)
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$52.00
Price per piece, three available.
Weighty at approximately 1.2 T. oz., this 6 5/8" long, three tine fork is fully hallmarked for John, Edward, Walter and John Barnard, 1859-60, sterling silver, and London.

Jackson's Hallmarks identifies this firm as a "major manufacturer," and the quality of work on this piece validates that assessment.

It has an "Old English" handle with an upturned, slightly tipt end. This is extensively engraved front and backsides in a fine, bright cut, design that includes rosettes, Vitruvian s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411459 (stock #4035f)
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Measuring 11 1/2" long and weighing a robust 4.2 T. oz., this spoon is a long handle salad server, but could readily function as a platter or stuffing spoon.

Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1885," the pattern is "St. Cloud."

Designed by Antoine Heller, renowned for his Beaux Arts figural motifs such as "Versailles," "Fontainebleau," and "Mythologique," this non-figural, leaf and anthemion motif hints at Aesthetic influences in such as a the tight, circu...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411404 (stock #4034f)
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An early Durgin design, sometimes marked with a company identifier and sometimes not, the "Strawberry" pattern was made in coin silver and continued in production through the transition to a sterling standard.

This 7" long, nearly 1.5 T. oz., place or dessert spoon is stamped "Patent.," "Palmer, Bachelders & Co.," for the Boston retailer, 1864-84, and "Pure Coin," which was a term used in New England.

In excellent condition, polishing wear is nil. All the details of the pattern, clear to t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411361 (stock #4033f)
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$110.00
Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without parallel in the realm of silver patterns.

The only similarly themed line is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak third is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which in Alvin's instance is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves.

This is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by this 7" long, very heavy at 3.3 T. oz., gravy ladle with a 2 1/2" by 2 1/8" by 3/4" deep bowl....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1411317 (stock #4032f)
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$75.00
One of Gorham's earliest full line patterns, references date it to 1865 although this 7 3/4" long, 1.4 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife is stamped "Patent 1867," indicating a later date and situating it just before the company's conversion to a sterling standard in 1868.

Other marks on this include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "Geo. H. Bechtel."

"Ionic" is a Greek Revival design that incorporates a central rosette with a stylized a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411316 (stock #4031f)
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$28.00
An 8 1/8" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., piece, this spoon has a "Fiddle" shaped handle with a pronounced "Tipt" end that is typical of mid 19th century Ohio River Valley silver flatware design.

The high, pointed and steeply chamfered shoulders off the bowl are also characteristic of this region's style.

Consistent with this, it is stamped "Sterling," "925/1000," and "Duhme & Co." for the prominent Cincinnati firm. Examples of this pattern were also made in coin silver.

Engraved with a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1411261 (stock #4030f)
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Measuring a lengthy 9 1/4" and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this serving spoon is stamped on the reverse "Goodwin" and "Hartford." The name could reference either or both of two brothers, Allyn or Horace, who worked independently in the first half of the 19th century, and as partners 1821-25.

The name accompanied by location seems to be a rare mark as standard sources fail to illustrate it (although the mark of "Goodwin & Dodd," 1811-21, includes "Hartford" as shown in Flynt and Fales work on New Eng...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411214 (stock #4029f)
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$38.00
Price for the pair.
There were several silversmiths or jewelers who worked in New York city in the 1830s to 1850s named "Gelston," as stamped on this pair of teaspoons, with confusion remaining about their respective marks.

Even Louis Belden's scholarly work, Marks on American Silversmiths, reflects this uncertainty, assigning this single surname to one of three possibilities, George S. or Henry Gelston, or Gelston & Co.

Attribution for this pair is more complicated by an additional "bust, eagle, leaf"...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411185 (stock #4028f)
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$65.00
Price for the set of six.
Relatively lengthy at 6", with slender, "Fiddle Tipt" handles in a style that is particular to Baltimore where they were made, this group of four, matching, teaspoons weigh 2.3 T. oz.

Each one is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" along with the standard mark "10.15," which is roughly equivalent to coin silver. This specific combination of marks was used 1846-61.

Each piece has a feathered script "EVE" monogram engraved on the front and an exposed thumb drop on the bowl reverse.

In exceptionally f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1411123 (stock #4027f)
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Deep and narrow, this bowl stands 1 5/8" high, has a base diameter of 2 1/2", a maximum top span of 5", and weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

Not quite wide enough to serve as a wine coaster (although it could accommodate a narrow bottle such as for port or an aperitif), its function is uncertain.

The top has an applied, Chippendale style, rim, and is engraved in an artful "ARA" monogram. The overall style is Arts & Crafts, with the piece dating from the early 20th century.

The sidewall i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1411046 (stock #4026f)
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$64.00
Issued in 1896, "Marechal Niel" shows the kind of expressive Art Nouveau characteristics that came to full expression in the first decade of the 20th century.

The pattern's high relief, rose motif extends from the handle onto the front side heel of the blade of this solid silver, 7" long, relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz., master butter knife.

Having a delicate, feathered script "HW" monogram set sideways on the handle front, it remains in excellent condition. There is soft polishing wear and su...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1410930 (stock #4024f)
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$185.00
Marked "H.W" for manufacturer "Lee & Wigfull" aka "Henry Wigfull," and with a "crown" for Sheffield, England, a date letter for "1896-97," and a lion for "sterling," this is an unusual item.

A meat or game fork, it is stout, measuring 5 1/2" long, 3 1/4" at the widest, and weighs a sturdy 2.8 T. oz.

It has three flat and broad, solid silver tines joined to a short, turned, baluster form handle.

There is a thick, natural (ivory or bone) or synthetic material, crossbar grip that has silv...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1410850 (stock #4023f)
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$38.00
Marked with a three part "anchor, diamond with the letters ZB, horse head" hallmark, this 6" long, .9 T. oz., "Tipt" ladle is for cream or sauce.

The maker was Zalmon Bostwick, who was born in Vermont and worked as a silversmith in New York City, 1841-56 according to one source, 1841-52 to another.

A clean piece with a particularly bright, hand polished only, finish, it has a finely rendered, feathered script, "CCI" or "CCJ" monogram set sideways on the handle.

The ovoid bowl measures 1...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1410825 (stock #4022f)
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$58.00
The first order reference on English silver marks and makers, Jackson's Hallmarks, adds "Important Art Nouveau" to the side margin entry about Liberty & Co., whose "L&C" in diamonds, "lion" for sterling, "anchor" for Birmingham, date letter "e" for 1904-05 appear on the 1 1/4" diameter, round, bowl backside of this 4 3/8" long, weighty at .9 T. oz., spoon.

The import of Liberty & Co. is apparently more significant than the modest comment in Jackson's implies.

Known for jewelr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1410768 (stock #4021f)
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$85.00
Measuring 6 1/4" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.2 T. oz., this youth fork is marked with George Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and the words "Patent Apl'd For."

One of a series of different Art Nouveau floral patterns interpreted for each of the twelve months, this reads "March" in upraised lettering.

The associated flower is "violet" shown in full blossom and in bud, surrounded by sinuously arrayed leaves and stems.

It is inscribed "J.V.B." in delicate script letter...

 
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