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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1346672 (stock #2911f)
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$775.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these footed drinking vessels measures 5 1/4" high, has a top span of 2 3/4", and a base diameter of 2 7/16". One weighs 3.9 T. oz., and the other 4.1 T. oz.

Made by Gorham circa 1865, they are coin silver and stamped with that company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the undersides.

They are identical except for the round, applied medallion that adorns the wall of each piece. One of these has a female figure and the other a male figure. These are cast, very finely executed, preci...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1344231 (stock #2879f)
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A matched pair, this sugar and creamer were a 25th anniversary gift, as indicated by the "ABF to MFCC 1859-1884" inscribed on the sidewall of each piece.

Made by Tiffany, they are holloware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece.

The creamer measures 3 ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188064 (stock #1562fw)
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$595.00
Priced as a set.
Marked with both Philadelphia's George Sharp's "double lion and S" and "Patent" marks as well as "Tiffany & Co.," this salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing. Curiously, they are not stamped "Sterling," which standard Tiffany typically required in the 1860's from which they date, so they are possibly coin silver rather than sterling.

They are exceptionally large items, with the fork measuring 10 3...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1323731 (stock #2624f)
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$595.00
A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as especially associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebonized wood handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1354080 (stock #3014f)
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$485.00
The 1860s saw a proliferation of three dimensional designs that included a ball, sphere, knob, and perhaps scarcest of all, cube form end as found on this very large, 11 1/4" long, 3.5 T. oz., (likely vegetable) serving fork.

Made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who is most associated with this style, and particularly so his "Ball End," it is stamped "Patent 1863," "G.S.," and "Sterling," on one of the facets of the six-sided handle.

The cube is substantial, measuring 3/4" square, and si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345051 (stock #2888f)
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$475.00
Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an extra wide and deep bowl, to be distinguished from a nearly identical version with a smaller bowl.

This is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was pop...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1351751 (stock #2973f)
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$475.00
Hallmarked for the London firm of C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd, 1893-94, described in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as a "maker of . . . usually very fine copies of earlier pieces," this solid sterling silver trophy is indeed Georgian in inspiration, with scrolled arms and a banded body.

Standing on a footed base that is 3" in diameter, it measures 4 3/4" high to the rim and 5 1/8" to the top of the handles, is 4" across rim to rim, has a maximum span of 7 1/4" handle to handle, and weighs a heavy 14.8 T....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1193886 (stock #1612mg)
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$465.00
Dating from 1866 according to the date engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.", this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's standing lion, anchor, G mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item. Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is 4.5+ T. oz. The ur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1242214 (stock #2001f)
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$465.00
Solid silver, fully original and completely hand made, this punch ladle bears the unicorn mark of Geoffrey Blake who is a contemporary master smith producing for Old Newbury Crafters silver.

Sources list Blake as starting his association with ONC in 1971. In-depth, illustrated, online articles about him, the company, and the production of hand worked silver are available on the sites "smpub.com" and "paulreverehouse.org." A google search will turn up other links. He remains a skilled figu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1338486 (stock #2801f)
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$450.00
Relatively short-lived, born circa 1783, died 1835, Harvey Lewis nonetheless made a significant imprint in the realm of American silver smithing. His producing years, all in Philadelphia where he lived, extended from 1802-27.

Examples of his work can be found at Yale University, Winterthur, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A pair of canns, i.e. mugs, larger than but otherwise matching this one, are illustrated online, with a date of circa 1815, and identified as in a private collection....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355731 (stock #3049f)
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$445.00
Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among exotic designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied elements. This pair of tongs are acid etched, showing a leaf and vine design on one arm and clover blossom and leaves on the other.

The work is intricate, precise, and artfully expressed. The etching wraps around the edges of the handle, which feature lends the pattern i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329461 (stock #2687f)
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$395.00
Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and freedom of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold ov...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1355455 (stock #3043f)
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$395.00
A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the compan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305444 (stock #2528f)
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$385.00
An immensely well-received line featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., likely fish serving fork, however, are quite rare.

The detail of the Art Nouveau design shows to advantage at ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1355456 (stock #3044f)
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A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the compan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351500 (stock #2970f)
Old Friends
$365.00
A form particularly popular with English silver makers, asparagus serving tongs also found expression among American manufacturers in the second half of the 19th century.

This particular pair are stamped "Ford & Tupper," located in New York City, and "Sterling."

Measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 4.4 T. oz., they are typical in style and size with other commensurate pieces, but exhibit exceptional design.

There are two substantially scaled arms that are joined by a broad arch, which ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330349 (stock #2701f)
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$345.00
A numbered design, specifically "610," rather than a standard line pattern, this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection (see image three for 1892 catalogue image and identification) spoon, was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

It has regal iconography.

The tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle, just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331089 (stock #2711f)
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$335.00
One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Cinq Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. The companion pattern is "Les Six Fleurs."

This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest. The flowers appear to be orchids and show as an open blossom on the end and midpoint of the handle front, and...

 
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