American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428630 (stock #4313f)
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Of uncertain function, but generally thought to be used to withdraw soaked or mulled fruit from tall pitchers, claret spoons were largely a Victorian or early post Victorian device.

This lengthy, 13 1/2", just over 2.0 T. oz., solid silver example was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" are imprinted on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" introduced in 1904. It is a clean design, with lined edges and a double scroll at the hand...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1428548 (stock #4312f)
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A late 19th century design, Durgin's "Empire" presents in a regal manner, consistent with the pattern name.

It incorporates a crown, cornucopia, torches, a crossed ribbon wreath, and other festooning on the handle front, and simpler laurel and acanthus leaf and ribbon detailing on the reverse.

This example is a 7" long, 1.4 T. oz., place spoon, typically identified as a dessert or oval soup.

The front is engraved with an Old English "C" monogram in the oval reserve area.

In outstandi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428523 (stock #4311f)
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Specialized items, croquette servers were variously interpreted by different manufacturers, although a feature common to most producers and patterns is an elongated, spatulate blade.

This all silver example was made by International in its turn-of-the-twentieth century "Avalon" line.

Measuring 8 1/8" overall, and weighing a substantial 2.5 T. oz., it has the characteristic oblong blade, 3 3/4" by 2 1/4" in this instance.

This blade is particularly decorative (see image 2 for enlarged de...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428484 (stock #4310f)
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Slightly smaller than a full size tea, this five o'clock spoon measures 5 7/16" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

It is an early example of Whiting's "Lily" marked with the company's "winged lion" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and an Old English "O."

A striking and highly detailed Art Nouveau floral design, this retains excellent pattern detail, is without dents or bends in the bowl, and has a fine finish.

There is a lightly inscribed, script "G" monogram on the handle front.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1428447 (stock #4309f)
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$215.00
Characterized by very large bowls and relatively small handles, cracker scoops or spoons are fanciful and uncommon serving items in any flatware line.

This 8" long, 2.2 T. oz., example was made by Whiting in its "New Empire" aka "Empire" pattern.

The shell-shaped bowl is 4" long, 3 3/8" at the widest, and 3/4" deep in the cupped and embossed heel. It is finised in a pale gold matte wash in the interior. (Please see image 2 for close detail.)

The handle is engraved with an Old English "S...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1428360 (stock #4308f)
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A landmark firm founded in 1839 and still operating in Boston's "Downtown Crossing" area, "E.B. Horn" was already a jeweler of note when it marketed this 6 1/8" long, .6 T. oz., coin silver pickle fork made circa 1873.

There was a familial relationship between E.B. Horn and A.J. Towle (later Lunt), which firm was the actual maker of this piece.

The slightly upturned, "Tipt," handle is finely engraved with a period leaf and scroll design and wriggle work detailing. There is a shield reserve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428295 (stock #4307f)
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As robust a portraiture of roses as to be found among Art Nouveau flatware patterns, Mount Vernon's design by this name features an array of seemingly chiseled blossoms, leaves, stems and buds that virtually rise up from the satin gray surface of the silver.

This example is a 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., gumbo spoon, a size up from the cream soup, and the largest of the round bowl soup spoons. The bowl measures 2" in diameter.

This has an Old English "C" monogram on the handle front, and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1428213 (stock #4306f)
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$165.00
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Large scaled, this pair of salad servers measure 9 1/4" long each item and weigh 4.8 T. oz. combined.

Made by Whiting, whose "lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1893" appear on the backsides, the pattern is "Imperial Queen."

The design incorporates shell, acanthus leaf, and scroll elements evocative of a traditional "Queens" pattern, apropos of the pattern name.

Both pieces are engraved in a flowing script "ECF" monogram on the handle fronts.

The bowl and tine area of the fork share...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1428178 (stock #4305f)
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Desk items, stamp boxes had one or more compartments to store individual postage.

This solid silver, two slot example was made by Dominick & Haff whose three part "rectangle, square, diamond" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "15" appear on the underside. It measures 2 1/2" by 1 1/2" by 7/8" high and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

There is a solid dividing wall between the slots, while the bottoms are slanted to facilitate removing the stamps.

The corners of the box are rounded and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428146 (stock #4304f)
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At 4" long and weighing .4 T. oz., this is a demitasse or coffee spoon.

It is hallmarked on the bowl reverse for London, 1899-1900, sterling, and renowned maker "Liberty & Co" (partially rubbed).

Designer Archibald Knox is strongly associated with this firm, and he very likely designed this which falls within the company's "Cymric" line. The pattern name is "Egbert" and is decidedly Art Nouveau in style and appears to be hand worked in whole or in part.

The flat, shaped, handle has a s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1428111 (stock #4303f)
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Produced in the same period that Gorham generated its legendary "Narragansett" line of silver, this pair of 2 5/8" diameter, 1" high, 2.2 T. oz. combined, open master salts portrays the same shells, seaweed, and other maritime motifs as that flagship design.

They are model number "2380" as stamped on the undersides, along with Gorham's "lion, G, anchor" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1888.

The design is embossed on a band on the sidewall. The pieces sit on flat bottoms and have ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1428081 (stock #4302f)
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An early pattern that Durgin made first in coin and continued in production in sterling, "Strawberry" faithfully portrays a single plump fruit with leaves on the handle end, and a cluster of leaves midway on the handle.

It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on the front and backsides.

This 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., example is an early run item, marked "Patent," "Pure Coin," which is a characteristically New England term, and with the name of the retailer, "A. Skinner," Boston....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1428021 (stock #4301f)
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$65.00
Of an overall length, 6 1/8", suggestive of a sugar spoon, the large, 2 1/4" x 1 1/2", bowl on this .9 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, circa 1885, which date is corroborated by the retailer's stamp that appears on the backside, Boston's "Rand & Crane," 1886 successor to Boston's "C.W. K...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1427938 (stock #4299f)
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$46.00
Described in an 1885 historical recounting as "a perfect museum of ancient and modern art," Jacksonville, Florida's "Greenleaf & Crosby" evolved into a jeweler of national reputation.

The firm marketed an array of sterling silver souvenir spoons that featured a variety of state locations and themes (such as alligator handled pieces).

This 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at .9 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon stamped "Greenleaf & Crosby Co.," features the "Old City Gates" of "St. Augustin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1427914 (stock #4298f)
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$145.00
An over the cup tea strainer, this 1.1 T. oz., all silver piece has a 2 1/2" wide by 1" deep bowl with a 2 3/8" long handle on one side, and a shorter, matched lip on the other.

As imprinted on the bowl edge, it is model "159" made by Gorham, whose name, "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Sterling" appear alongside the number.

Arts and crafts in manner, the arm and lip are reticulated in something of a Chippendale style, while the fine piercings in the bowl are a dot and cross pattern.

The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1427877 (stock #4297f)
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Unusual for Whiting in regard to the pattern which is a "Twist" handle with a faceted, four-sided, solid end, and the bowl form which is an elongated, gold washed, shell with a cupped heel with flange shoulders, this 6 1/8" long, .7 T. oz., item is likely a sugar spoon.

Dating from late in the 19th century, it is marked with the Whiting "lion with W" logo, "Sterling," and the number "30" on the heel backside.

Never monogrammed, it remains in outstanding condition, with the only wear being ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1427836 (stock #4296f)
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$38.00
This 5 7/8" long, approximately .9 T. oz., teaspoon is an example from Wallace's early 20th century series that features zodiac signs and flowers from each of the twelve months of the year.

The month represented is "December" as appears on the lower portion of the handle, and the corresponding sign and flower are "Capricorn(us)" and "Holly."

In mint condition, and never monogrammed, this appears to have been little, if ever, used as an implement. All details remain well-defined showing no ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1427806 (stock #4295f)
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$48.00
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A full-sized dinner fork, this item measures 7 9/16" long and weighs a robust 1.8 T. oz.

The pattern is "Tuscan," which is an "Olive" variant that was originally patented by Michael Gibney in 1846.

The retailer in this instance was "Aiken & Coon," as stamped on the backside, which was a Cleveland jeweler with narrow dates 1853-57.

It is inscribed "M. Murphy" in cursive, set sideways on the handle front.

A particularly fine example, this is without polishing wear, has straight, even, a...

 
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