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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1400952 (stock #3872f)
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Marked only "Coin," absent a maker's stamp, this 8 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with a twisted shank and engraved and engine turned, notched, handle is reminiscent of a die struck pattern named "Imperial" that was produced by both Gorham and Wood & Hughes about 1860.

It is a handsome item exhibiting sophisticated design and manufacturing processes.

The twist feature was a favored device in the period, as was the fine engine turned surface complimented by precise brig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400895 (stock #3871f)
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An unusual and highly specialized place piece, American melon forks followed after a form that evolved in mid 19th century France. Few American makers produced them, so they are truly hard to find items.

Having the typical-to-the-piece extended blade with three, slightly upturned tines at the end, this example is 8 3/8" long, weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz., and is all silver with a hollow handle.

It is stamped "Ball Black & Co." for the premier New York City establishment of the period, a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400847 (stock #3870f)
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Cincinnati's prominent 19th century silver manufacturer and jeweler, Duhme & Co., produced numerous designs that were clearly derivative, or even imitative, of other companies' work, but its early "No. 2" pattern was decidedly of its own devising.

It has sculpted margins decorated in scroll, leaf, flower, beading and lattice detail. The pattern at one and the same time appears Victorian and Elizabethan in nature.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, heavy at approximately 1.4 T. oz., tea or dess...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400764 (stock #3869f)
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Introduced in 1896, the "Lorraine" pattern by the Schofield Company, a Baltimore firm with a long history in that city, is an engraved "Pointed Antique" with a "Tipt" Backside.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, not quite .9 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It has a scallop shaped bowl, has never been monogrammed, and is mint estate condition, without any visible wear or flaws.

Marks are "Sterling" and the three part Schofield emblem.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400725 (stock #3868f)
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"Grecian" originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern within Whiting.

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an expanded ivy motif on the backside heel of the bowl.

This example is an 8 3/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., serving or table spoon, with the name "Sanford." engraved in script, set sideways on the handle front.

This is an early piece, unidentified as to ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1400691 (stock #3867dd)
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George Shiebler's exotic design that features heads of classical figures superimposed upon a hammered ground is identified with equal frequency as "Etruscan" or "Homeric."

In some instances, the heads are gold, and that is the case with this oval 2 5/8" by 2 3/8", just over .8 T. oz., cuff bracelet. It has an overlapping area, so is expandable beyond this size.

The gold appears to be a thin overlay rather than a separate cast and applied piece, although the figures are nonetheless set in h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1400666 (stock #3866f)
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A matched pair, each of these master salts measures 2 1/4" in diameter and stands 1 3/8" high, while the pair weigh 3.2 T. oz. combined.

They are English in origin and fully hallmarked for London, 1897-98, sterling, and WB/JL for William Gibson and John Langman (also operating as the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co.).

Traditional in design, they are round, with heavily repoussed bodies, applied hatched rims, and stand on three lion's paw and shell legs.

Each piece has a reserve area which ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1400616 (stock #3865f)
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Weighing 1.6 T. oz. and measuring a lengthy 7 5/8", this master butter knife is a generously sized piece.

Marked only "Coin," the convex, shaped side and pointed end handle with bright cut engraving, is indicative of Philadelphia silver of the c. 1860 period, particular so that of William Faber.

The blade is wide, has an upswept tip, scalloped back, and is engraved in a design akin to that on the handle.

The join with the handle curves up and is especially thick, lending it extra streng...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1400519 (stock #3863f)
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Each of these twelve, matching, spoons measures 5 3/4" long, with the group weighing 12.4 T. oz.

They are early examples of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

With fully original (meaning not made up), pointed bowls that are slightly larger, i.e. wider, than typical grapefruit or orange spoons in this line, and having a central bottom ridge as well as fluting in the heel, and slightly flanged shoulders, this form...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400470 (stock #3862f)
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One of four available, varying in weight from 1.2 to 1.4 T. oz., this 6 3/4" long place, aka dessert or oval soup spoon, is marked "Stebbins & Co.," for the mid 19th century firm operated by William Stebbins, successor to his brother Edwin.

It is also stamped "Patent 1848," which is the date of the "Gothic" style pattern, as designed by Abraham Wood of the New York City firm A&W Wood.

The handle is engraved "Williams" in cursive lettering.

In excellent condition, pattern detail remains ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400423 (stock #3861f)
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Replete with design elements that are expressive of its name, Gorham's "Old Baronial" incorporates acanthus leaves, clusters of fruit, a shell, and commandingly, a lion's face at the tip of the handle end.

This example of the pattern is a solid silver tomato server that measures 6 3/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.6 T. oz.

The defining feature of the piece is an approximately 2 5/8" by 2 5/8", flat, reticulated server, with in this instance, raised shoulders with high relief acanthus le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1400378 (stock #3860f)
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Each of these two, matching, master salts measures 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the tip of the handles, has a top opening that is 2 5/8" across, a maximum span of 3 5/8" handle end to handle end, and stands on a tiered, pedestal base that is 2" across on the bottom. The pair together weigh a substantial 5.2 T. oz.

Cauldron shaped, each one has a knurled band below the top rim and is fitted with a pair of upswept, solid silver, handles with anthemion leaf detailing.

Both pieces are eng...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1400301 (stock #3859f)
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Dating circa 1860, this 7 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., cheese scoop is marked with an "H, star, anchor," pseudo hallmark that is attributed to New York City silversmith Henry Hebbard, who at various times had working associations with John Polhamus, George Strong, and George Moore. Some of Hebbard's designs were later produced by Whiting.

It is a robust piece, with a broad, slightly upturned end, "Fiddle Thread" aka "French Thread" pattern handle.

This is engraved in script lettering "M.W.C." on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1400247 (stock #3858f)
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Finely crafted, each of this matched pair of sterling silver baluster form shakers measures 5" high, with the pair weighing 4.9 T. oz.

"Georgian Revival" in style, they stand on solid, not weighted, footed bases, and have screw, not sleeve, caps with simple flame finials and slightly different sized holes to accommodate the salt and pepper grains.

Made by Manchester Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island, they date from the early decades of the 20th century.

In outstanding condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1400200 (stock #3857f)
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Measuring 8" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this place spoon made by William Scarlett, London, during the last year or so of his life (d. 1729, source Grimwade). His slightly rubbed, but distinct "W over C" in a shield appears on the handle reverse. Other marks include a lion, crowned leopard, date letter "N," and an extraneous and peculiar "p."

This last mark apparently is something of a mystery to collectors of English period silver. A letter from Anthony Brown, that appears in the May/June ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1400151 (stock #3856f)
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Marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902," this immensely scaled server measures 8 3/4" long, weighs 4.5 T. oz., and has a scalloped shoulder, pierced interior, 4 1/4" diameter, bowl with a cupped heel that is 1" deep.

The pattern is "Marquise," which is something of an egg and dart design, and is also reminiscent of the diamond cut identified by the same name.

A Saratoga chip server, this form is one of the most unusual and specialized pieces in any flatware line.

Never monog...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1400093 (stock #3855f)
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A 7" long, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert piece, this spoon traces to the early decades of the 19th century.

It is marked "B&SD" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt. Multiple sources date this New York City partnership to 1820-35.

It also has a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his work on such marks attributes to an unknown NYC maker.

The pattern is a "Kings" design on an hourglass shaped handle with a plain reverse save for the marks. The bowl has a shell back.

It is eng...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399991 (stock #3853f)
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One of a set of 12 coffee spoons illustrated in Gorham's 1888 catalog, this 5" long, approximately .5 T. oz., "Fish " piece falls into the realm of "Narragansett like" flatware, akin in theme and execution to the company's fabled line by that name

In his recently published Gorham Spoons, Chris McGlothlin expounds on this set, noting that "Each spoon of this design is unique unto itself because the elements were all fabricated by hand in no prescribed manner."

He further observes, "A...

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