American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1244084 (stock #2017f)
Old Friends
$18.00
This 2 3/4" long, sterling silver individual salt spoon is an original, old, factory produced item and not one of the innumerable reproductions that are readily available in the the marketplace.

The pattern is "Buttercup" by Gorham, whose lion, anchor, G mark appears on the otherwise plain backside, along with the word "Sterling." There is an Old English "W" monogram on the front.

It is in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and free of polishing wear...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1240731 (stock #1988f)
Old Friends
$18.00
Thomas Carson's dates are 1785-1868, with his working years beginning in 1810, and a partnership with Green Hall in place 1814-19, this all situated in Albany, New York.

Marked "Carson & Hall," with the "Hall" rubbed, and given the above dates, this 5 5/8" long, just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon traces to early in his career.

It has a script "BP" monogram set sideways on the rounded end handle. The shoulders off the bowls are high and slight...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1158198 (stock #1335f)
Old Friends
$20.00
Gorham's "Imperial" is a mid 19th century design that is rarely ever marked. This 4 11/16" long, relatively heavy .4 T. oz., coffee spoon, however, is stamped "Coin." Wood & Hughes had a counterpart design that seems always to have been marked "WwH." The patterns so closely parallel each other that they are nearly indistinguishable unless set alongside one another. The design has leafy elements that are reminiscent of "Olive," but overall "Imperial" is more complex...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1228610 (stock #1895f)
Old Friends
$22.00
This is a Durgin produced, not later Gorham, 5 1/4" long, 1 1/2" diameter, .7 T. oz., bouillon spoon in the "Fairfax" pattern.

It is in superb estate condition and without a monogram or removal.

Marks are the Durgin "D," "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1233504 (stock #1928f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Ready citation for the "Ladd & Bigelow" mark on this 5 3/4" long, just over .5 T. oz., c. 1840 coin silver teaspoon is not available. Bigelow is a name most associated with Boston, while Ladd has numerous references in Providence, RI, Manchester, NH, and New York City. Geography therefore suggests New England, and Boston in particular. Undoubtedly the partnership was short-lived and the mark thereby uncommon.

The handle has a reverse tipt, down turned end, and an exposed drop on the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1146337 (stock #1230f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Wilson was a prominent name in 19th century Philadelphia silver manufacturing. The firm operated as a partnership between Robert and William from the 1820's to the 1850's and it was during this time that this 5 3/4" long, .6 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon was made. The broad handle, narrow shank design of the handle stands apart from what is generally characteristic of the company's style. It has attractive engraving on the handle, with a reserve at the tip...
All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1222830 (stock #1847sh)
Old Friends
$25.00
Continental flatware tends to be larger scaled than American and that is the case with this 10 3/8" long dinner knife made by France's Cristofle. The comparable American piece would be identified as a banquet knife.

It is a 19th century item in an unknown pattern. There is a handsome, period "LKB" monogram.

The blunt end, carbon steel blade is original and marked "Christofle a Paris." The ferrule on the silverplate handle is stamped "Cristofle."

The condition is good...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1245264 (stock #2028f)
Old Friends
$25.00
Abraham and William Wood "operated a solid silverware manufacturing business in New York City between 1849 and 1871" according to Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." Coles and Reynolds was a successor firm and that operation was eventually bought out by George Shiebler, so the business lineage was lengthy and significant.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244713 (stock #2024f)
Old Friends
$26.00
An early, original example of Whiting's "Lily," this bouillon spoon is marked with the company logo, the words "Sterling, "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and an Old English "O." It is also stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

It measures 4 7/8" long and weighs just over .8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1238924 (stock #1974f)
Old Friends
$26.00
Measuring 4" long, this size spoon is often identified as demitasse, although the original Towle catalog for "Old Colonial" labels it a coffee spoon.

This pair, which together weigh .8 T. oz., are early examples in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. The bowls retain their original gold washes.

They are both marked with the Towle emblem, the word "Sterling," "925/1000," and one them also reads "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1236116 (stock #1948f)
Old Friends
$28.00
One of the most prominent names in 19th century New York City silver manufacturing, Frederick Marquand's reputation has proven enduring.

This 5 7/8" long, .7 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt" coin silver teaspoon is an early example of his work, dating c. 1835-40. It is stamped with the "F.M" maker's identification, along with a three part pseudo hallmark. It has a lined drop on the backside of the bowl and a fancy, feathered script "AAT" monogram.

It is in superb condition. There is no polishin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1154559 (stock #1300fb)
Old Friends
$28.00
This silver bon bon or nut spoon measures 5 3/8" long and weighs .5 T. oz. The pattern is "Poppy" by Baker-Manchester. Poppy is an early 20th century, Art Nouveau design of considerable appeal. This has a three section bowl with a scalloped edge, flanged rim. This is in exceptionally fine condition, showing no wear or damage, and having a fine finish. Marks are the Baker-Manchester "M" flanged by birds, and the word "Sterling."
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217183 (stock #1801f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this teaspoon is fully marked for sterling silver, Dublin, Ireland, and 1846. The maker's mark is "P.W," designating Phillip Weekes.

It has a down turned, reverse tipt end, and a rattail drop on the reverse of the bowl. The front is monogrammed "EH" in a feathered script.

The condition is very good. The monogram shows slight softening from polishing. The overall finish is finely patinated. The bowl is well-shaped and free of tip wear, an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1240111 (stock #1985f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Marked "N. Harding & Co." for the prominent Boston and Haverhill, Massachusetts silversmith, this coin silver spoon measures 6 3/8" long and weighs .8 T. oz. It feels more substantial than the weight would indicate.

Suggested dates for this mark are 1851-59, and the "Fiddle Tipt" design would imply the early end of that range. It may be a large sugar or small preserve spoon. There is a feathered script "EGE" monogram on the backside of the handle.

For the most part, this is not to be ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1220111 (stock #1828f)
Old Friends
$28.00
This 5" long, .7 T. oz. bouillon spoon is an early example of "Frontenac," marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International helmet over shield, "Pat'd," and "Sterling."

It is in very fine condition. The detail remains very well-defined. The stamens show clearly as do the pollen flecks on the petals. Other design elements remain equally sharp. The upturned handle has a flowing script, Art Nouveau style "VSM" monogram.

The bowl remains round and free of dings, dents, or ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1179749 (stock #1493f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Each of these two 3 1/2" long, not quite .5 T. oz. combined, coffee or demitasse spoons bears hallmarks for London, 1805, with a maker's stamp for William Eley and William Fearn. They are of exceptionally fine quality, apparently made for a high end consumer. They are plain, with reverse tipt ends, exposed drops on the backside of the bowl heel, and have overall bright gold finishes. The finishes are worn off on the front ends of the handles. Since a residue remains and the surface is even, ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1215019 (stock #1785f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Old examples of "Fairfax" made by Durgin rather than Gorham, these pieces are marked "D" and "Sterling," and in the instance of the ladle "Pat'd." as well.

One is a lemon fork that measures 4 15/16" long and weighs approximately .6 T. oz. The second is a 5" long, .8 T. oz. cream ladle.

Neither piece has a monogram or removal, and both are in mint condition with brilliant, hand polished finishes.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1233007 (stock #1921f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Marked with the Durgin "D," "Sterling," and the Hartford, Connecticut retailer's name, "D.H. Buell," this pair of tongs date from the late 19th century.

Measuring 3 5/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy .4 T. oz., they are tete-a-tete size.

They are finely made, with a brilliant finish and delicate bright cut floral and leaf engraving. The cast grips are claw form, fully articulated, and finished in a gold wash. The arch has a script "F.S." monogram.

As implied, the condition ...

 
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