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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1434537 (stock #4426f)
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The broad fiddle-shaped handle on this 6 5/8" long, solid feeling 1.0 T. oz., coin silver spoon was characteristic of mid 19th century Ohio River silver design, and was embraced by Cincinnati's Duhme & Co. for its "No. 1" pattern, issued in 1869.

There were several variants, each having a different tip at the handle end. Some versions had twist stems and others plain ones. This piece has a plain handle shank and small "knob" at the end.

The handle is engraved with wriggle work detailing al...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1434479 (stock #4425f)
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A multi-motif figural design, "Fontainebleau" was introduced by Gorham in 1880.

This piece is a 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It has an elongated, plum-shaped bowl with hatched edge shoulders. The interior has a satin finish and is engraved with a fern like leaf design in the heel and with wriggle work edging.

The handle portrays a maiden in courtly garb, carrying a kettle in one hand and a pitcher and saucer in the other.

There is a flowing script "TB" monogram on the ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1434421 (stock #4424f)
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Solid silver, this rare form asparagus server measures 9" long and weighing a substantial 3.6 T. oz.

Marked "Shreve & Co.," for the San Francisco firm known for its Arts & Crafts style silver, as this exemplifies, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jan. 5, 1909.," the pattern is "Norman." It was offered in a plain version and with a hammered surface, as on this.

The flat blade with a curved heel measure 3 1/4" by 3 1/2", has five tines, and an extensively pierced surface.

The upturned handle front i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1434376 (stock #4423f)
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This 5 5/8" long, just under .9 T. oz., sugar spoon is distinguished by two outstanding features.

One, it has a highly embellished, gold-washed, bowl that is embossed in a stylized acanthus leaf motif.

Two, it is engraved "Baraboo" on the handle reverse, along with an Old English "B" on the front, and thus was a souvenir or memento of that Wisconsin city which was the home of the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Made by Unger Brothers, whose "entwined UB" emblem and "Sterling 925 Fine" are imp...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1434296 (stock #4422f)
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Price for the pair.
This circa 1900 set includes a relatively large, 2 1/4" tall, 4" diameter, just under 3.5 T. oz., bowl, with a matching creamer with a subtle lip, that is the same 2 1/4" high to the rim, 2 3/4" to the top of the handle, 3 1/4" in diameter, and weighs 2.8 T. oz.

The style is a blend of Aesthetic and Art Nouveau tastes.

The Aesthetic is reflected in the overall hammered surfaces, the ethereal interpretation of raised leaves on the body, and the design on the strapwork detailing on the cream...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1434259 (stock #4421f)
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This 1" high, 1 3/4" in diameter, relatively weighty at .9 T. oz., American Victorian period napkin ring is marked "Sterling" and with model number "65."

It has a plain band body with top and bottom applied rims with knurled surfaces.

The otherwise plain surface is bright cut engraved in a leafy spray design with a central reserve which in this instance is engraved with a script letter "W.S.P." monogram.

In excellent condition, this remains round, the engraving is crisp and clear, and t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1434200 (stock #4420f)
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Stamped "Tilden-Thurber" for Providence, Rhode Island's premier 19th and 20th century fine goods retail house, and "Sterling," this (baby) food pusher measures 3 3/8" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

The topside of the slightly curved handle is a rounded "Antique," with the underside an "Oval Thread" that is quite similar to Gorham's "Old French" pattern.

It is engraved "Beverly" in script, set sideways on the upper surface of the handle.

The blade is plain, with a semicircular heel ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1434168 (stock #4419f)
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Issued in 1885, A.F. Towle's "Spray" was one of the earliest patterns offered by the company that later became Lunt.

It is a rounded "Antique" design with a delicate, raised scrolling motif on the handle end.

This 8 3/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., pie or pastry server stamped with the company emblem and "Sterling" is in the same direction as "Spray" but more elaborated. It is possible this was a multi-motif variant, or it may be a kindred but unnamed, discrete, pattern.

In either case, it is att...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1434089 (stock #4418f)
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Price for the set of five.
Measuring a lengthy 6 1/4" each and weighing 2.7 T. oz. the group, this matched set of teaspoons are marked for the Boston partnership of "Wolcott & Gelson" (1820-30).

The Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver by Flynt & Fales suggests that Henry Wolcott was the principal member of the pairing. According to a curious detail in the biographical entry from the above, Wolcott died at about 33 years old, and it was in a probate filing that his widow identified that half his assets belon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1434049 (stock #4417f)
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This 5 1/4" tall, maximum span 5 1/2", weighty at 14.7 T. oz., breakfast or gentleman's coffee pot is stamped on the underside "Tiffany & Co. Makers," "m," "Sterling Silver 925-1000," and with the model number "18143," indicating the design was introduced in 1911.

A bachelor's or breakfast sized coffee pot, it has an indicated capacity of "4 1/2 gills," i.e. 18 ounces.

It presents in a clean, softly angular, manner, with the style apparently influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement of its ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1433942 (stock #4416f)
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Price for the set of six.
Hallmarked with a castle for Edinburgh, Scotland, a thistle for sterling silver, a "B in an oval" date letter for 1858-59, and a queen's head duty mark, this matched set of six place aka oval soup aka dessert spoons are a versatile-sized 7" long and weigh just over 6.0 T. oz. the lot.

The maker's stamp is "L&S" which is tentatively identified by sources as "Lister and Sons. This firm was a Newcastle, England, manufacturer, which obviously had these spoons authenticated (assayed) for sale in t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1433832 (stock #4415f)
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A 6" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., item, this is marked "Sterling," with the Dominick & Haff three part manufacturer's mark, along with the retailer's name, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

The pattern is "Mazarin," introduced in 1892. It features a heavily gadrooned, graduated in size, margin on a shaped handle with an embellished terminal.

There is a flowing script "MEP" monogram on the front and the name "Carrie" engraved on the reverse.

A sugar sifter, it has a particularly charming, 2...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1433790 (stock #4414f)
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Measuring 2 1/4" long, 1 5/8" wide, and standing 1 1/2" high, this master salt is comprised of a solid silver, footed, holder and a deep blue, cobalt glass liner.

It is stamped with a French "Minerva Head" 800 silver touchmark (lower left in above image), and a maker's emblem for Paris maker Ernest Eschwége (upper right in above image), working until 1921.

The silver has lattice work sides with four stylized shell (coquille) legs. The silver alone weighs .6 T. oz.

In excellent co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1433741 (stock #4413f)
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Price for the set of six.
Replete with imagery, "Florentine" aka "Florenz," is one of the most intricate designs Gorham produced in the early 20th century.

Incorporating Renaissance imagery, it features a bearded figure at the handle terminus, a pedestal urn laden with fruit midway up, and an array of other fruit and acanthus leaf elements overall, all rendered in high relief.

This offering is a set of six, matching, 5 1/2" long, ice cream spoons. A heavy line, these weigh 7.0 T. oz. the group.

The bowls are br...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1433675 (stock #4412f)
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References indicate that the Mexico City firm "Maciel" was primarily a silver holloware producer, which appears to be confirmed by the inventory of this maker's offerings available on the internet.

This large, 11 1/8" long, 4.8 T. oz. including the relatively small contribution from the turned wood handle, pie or pastry server is an uncommon example of Maciel flatware.

It has a flat, triangular shaped, 5 7/8" by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade with a hand hammered surface front and backsides. F...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1920 item #1433551 (stock #4410f)
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Marked "Sterling" on the reverse, this early 20th century spoon measures 3 5/8" long and weighs .3 T. oz. (9 grams).

It is a souvenir piece with a bowl that includes the word "Jamaica" on a banner set over a raised portraiture of this nation's coat of arms.

The handle is tubular and partially wrapped in a rope or perhaps leaf, while the end features a three dimensional, hollow, bunch of bananas.

The backside is plain, while the entire piece is finished in a pale gold wash.

A charming...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1433429 (stock #4409f)
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One of myriad French classical patterns devised by renowned Gorham designer Antoine Heller, "Marie Antoinette" issued in 1890 is particularly reminiscent of "Versailles," introduced in 1885.

Multi-motif, it is rococo in style and incorporates an asymmetrical array of scrolls, leaves, flowers, and shells.

This example is a large, 5 1/8" long, and heavy, approximately 1.7 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs with solid, highly detailed, grips.

Neither the reserve area on each arm, nor the arch, ha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1433341 (stock #4408f)
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A jelly or large sugar spoon, this piece measures 6 3/4" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

It has a "Tipt" handle and a shell-shaped bowl with a deep, flattened, heel, and rounded shoulders.

With a likely 1840s date, it is stamped on the reverse "B. Pitman," "New Bedford," and "Pure Coin," with this last term used largely in New England.

Benjamin Pitman was one of the most recognizable names among 19th century silversmiths in a city made prosperous in this period from the proceeds of the whaling...

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