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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1415093 (stock #4108f)
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$875.00
There are many many commanding features this circa 1870 piece possesses, the most immediate of which is its scale.

An all silver punch ladle, it measures an immense 15 1/2" long, weighs 8.3 T. oz., and has a large, 4" x 3" x 2 1/2", helmet shaped bowl with an uplifted spout.

Neo-Classical in design, this incorporates two figures. The first and most completely articulated is a cast, 4" long, full length, female figure with a thrust back head, and draped in a revealing garb.

Consistent wi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1415040 (stock #4107f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price for the three.
All of these three matched spoons measure 5 7/8" long, have large, feathered script "MSF" monograms, and are marked "Storrs & Cooley Utica" for a partnership with dates 1831-39. The group weigh just over 1.5 T. oz.

They have "Fiddle" shaped handles with plain, rounded ends, and high, slight and chamfered, shoulders off the slender and slightly pointed bowls.

The backsides are plain with no drops on the bowls.

In very good condition, they are without polishing wear, bends, cracks, or rep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414986 (stock #4106f)
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A dense floral, multi-motif, design, "Arlington" was one of Towle Silversmith's earliest patterns, issued in 1884.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, 1.9 T. oz., cheese scoop. It is an original piece and not made up from another form (usually spoon).

The serving end is tubular, with high, raised, tapered and angular sidewalls that nearly meet in an arc toward the heel. This is finished in a bright gold wash front and back surfaces.

The handle reverse is plain, save for the Towle "st...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414945 (stock #4105f)
Old Friends
$375.00
A 9" long, 3.2 T. oz., piece, this item was made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside. The name of the retailer, San Francisco's "Shreve & Co." is imprinted on the handle edge.

The pattern is "Dauphin," which is a late 19th century design that features an array of rose blossoms and leaves with a crossed ribbon motif along the handle edges. The floral pattern carries into the bowl where it covers about half the interior.

The backside of the handle is en...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1414901 (stock #4104f)
Old Friends
$285.00
Price for the set.
Designed by New York City's Albert Coles, "Jenny Lind" was subsequently produced by a number of mid 19th century manufacturers.

This fish serving fork and slice in this pattern are each stamped with the three part "eagle, V, bust" hallmark used by James Vancourt who was in a partnership with Albert's nephew, William Coles, from 1848 to about 1852. There is an "erased C" faintly visible in the marks on these, indicative of the former pairing (see William McGrew Manufacturers' Marks on Ameri...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1414841 (stock #4103f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Identified by an "arrow" emblem, which along with the word "Coin," appears on the reverse of this 7" long, .9 T. oz., preserve spoon, the firm of Schohay & Ludwig was a short-lived Philadelphia silver manufacturer established in 1867.

This piece has a twisted stem, broad, slightly tipt end handle, and a bowl that is chased with raised fruit and engraved with leaves and stems.

The handle is wriggle work and bright cut engraved, and in this instance inscribed "April 17th 1870" set sid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414799 (stock #4102f)
Old Friends
$44.00
This sugar spoon measures 5 3/4" long and weighs .7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian," which originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern offered by Whiting. Consistent with this, this is stamped on the blade with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat 1862," and "1."

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, with the horns extending to the backside, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414798 (stock #4101f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Solid silver and flat handled, this master butter knife measures 7 1/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian," which originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern offered by Whiting. Consistent with this, this is stamped on the blade with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat 1862," and "5."

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, with the horns extending to the backside, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and b...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414755 (stock #4100f)
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One of numerous English designs that American silversmiths adopted whole cloth, "Prince Albert" is a scroll and acanthus leaf pattern.

Made by any number of manufacturers, this particular pair of circa 1850 coin silver teaspoons measuring 5 7/8" long each and weighing 1.3 T. oz. combined, are marked "N.A. Freeman 289 B.way," and with a "lion, leopard, S, bust" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in his work on marks attributes to the "Gilbert, Cunningham, Cooper complex."

They are particul...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1414706 (stock #4099f)
Old Friends
$165.00
The maker of this 8 1/8" tall, 6.5 T. oz., vase was Quaker Silver Company, whose three part emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "40" are imprinted on the underside of the 3 1/2" diameter, tiered base (not weighted).

The firm operated in the second quarter of the 20th century, becoming a part of Gorham in 1959.

The slender body is plain-walled, with a flared top that opens to a top that is 3 1/4" across. There is a rounded disk detail at the join between the body and the base.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1414644 (stock #4098f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Large for sugar tongs, this pair measure 4 7/8" long and weigh 1.3 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "B.B. & Co." for Philadelphia's Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Philadelphia, appear on the inside of one leg.

The pattern is "Henry II" which was issued at the turn of the 20th century and represents an homage to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

The central feature is a lion's face set midway on ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414586 (stock #4097f)
Old Friends
$80.00
Measuring 6 7/8" long, and weighty at approximately 1.5 T. oz., this spoon is stamped with Whiting's "winged lion" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. Appd. For" (indicating it is an early production piece in the line), and with the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "W(illiam). Wise."

The pattern is "Persian," which dates from 1880. It is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

The reserve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414557 (stock #4096f)
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Of an overall length, 6 1/8", suggestive of a sugar spoon, the large, 2 1/4" x 1 1/2", bowl on this approximately 1.0 T. oz. piece implies it was designed for preserve or jelly.

Made by Dominick & Haff, it is stamped with the company's three part emblem and the word "Sterling" on the reverse.

An unnamed pattern, it likely dates from the Aesthetic period of silver design, circa 1880.

It has an overall hammered surface (including the edges of the handle), which in this instance appears to...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1414501 (stock #4095f)
Old Friends
$65.00
An early 20th century design, Watson's "Altair" shows the free-flowing expressiveness of its Art Nouveau period, with a rococo flair. It features an asymmetrical array of acanthus leaves with floral (rose) detailing.

This example is 6 3/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., scoop, likely for nuts.

Watson used two bowls for this piece (which was generally pierced), of which this splayed, shovel-like with scalloped end and scrolled flange shoulders, is the less common. This retains traces of an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414473 (stock #4094f)
Old Friends
$56.00
Commonly referred to as "Peony Twist" referencing the large, single, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its turned stem.

Made by Whiting, this 6 1/4" long, approximately .6 T. oz., butter pick is imprinted with the company's "lion" emblem, "Sterling," and the numbers "24" and "2."

An original, i.e. not custom made, item, it has the narrow, twisted, and in this case gold washed, prong tip that characteristics this form.

The ha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1414419 (stock #4093f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this coin silver spoon is stamped with the mark of William Wilson White, New York City, and dates from the mid 19th century.

It is an acanthus "Leaf" pattern with an anthemion and rosette tip.

A preserve or jelly spoon, the shell form bowl is something of a scoop with a deep heel that is decorated on the reverse with the same leaf design as on the handle.

It is finely engraved with an "LLRA" monogram in feathered script lettering.

In exc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1414370 (stock #4092f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price per piece, four available.
The larger of two full-size dinner forks offered in Reed & Barton's Art Nouveau "Francis I" pattern, this fork measures 7 7/8" long and is very heavy at 2.6 T. oz.

An early piece, it carries the R&B "eagle, R, lion" mark, "Sterling," "Pat. June 25 07," and "H," all in fine lettering as expected of old items in this line.

Showing a particularly crisp strike, this is free of any wear, showing the elaborate fruit, leaf, and floral detail of the design in exquisite detail.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1414353 (stock #4091f)
Old Friends
$485.00
A large item, this pair of tongs measure 9 1/2 long, weigh 6.5 T. oz., and are 1 1/14" wide at the top arch.

Used for serving asparagus, the long, narrow, grips have ribbed or channeled inner surfaces, with the lower one having a notched end to keep the stalks from sliding off.

There is a removable crossbar attached with double screws; this governs the movement of the arms.

Having a date letter for 1800, they are Georgian in period and style, exhibiting a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thr...

 
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