American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1215501 (stock #1790df)
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$125.00
Dating c. 1865, these seven, coin silver, "Tipt End" teaspoons fall into two groups.

Three were made by Gorham, marked lion, anchor, G, and have feathered script "SC" monograms. They measure 6" long each, while the set weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz. They carry the retail name "Rhoads," for Charles G. Rhoads of Lancaster, Pennsylvannia.

The second set is also coin silver, and comprised of four spoons, 5 7/16" long, approximately 2.3 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1233437 (stock #1927f)
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$125.00
Lebkuecher & Co. of Newark, NJ have narrow dates, 1896-1909, although during its period of operation, the company produced items that remain well-regarded. This piece is a 7 3/8" long, not quite 2.5 T. oz., pair of ice tongs. They are scissor or caliper form, with double hinges and three-tined, cupped grips. The hinged articulation enables them to open as wide as 5".

The style is Arts & Crafts...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1219350 (stock #1822f)
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$120.00
Dating from 1887 and originating with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International, "Kenilworth" embodies Victorian design sensibilities. It features scroll elements on either end of the beaded border handle, with matching detailing on the pinched shoulders.

This grouping is a set of six 4 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz. the lot, strawberry forks. They are without monograms or removals and in flawless condition. The tines are all straight, pointed, and free of bends or burrs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1202795 (stock #1676f)
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$120.00
Stamped with the date symbol for 1891, the Gorham lion, anchor, G, the word "Sterling," and the number "25," this large open salt stands 1 3/4" high, measures 2 5/8" across, and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The design is Aesthetic in nature, with a repeating cascade of what appear to be breaking waves encircling the convex body. This theme may also relate to Gorham's "Narragansett" and related series of patterns of roughly the same period...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1245314 (stock #2029f)
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$120.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, 1855 "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a 9 3/8" long, nearly 2.3 T. oz., pie or pastry server. It has a 4 3/4" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, blade with scalloped shoulders, upraised edges, an engraved surface, and a repeat of the leaf design on the reverse heel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1180051 (stock #1501fa)
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$120.00
A bon bon or nut spoon in a style that was popular from the late 1800's to early 1900's, this piece is marked "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." for the Boston retailer, and "Sterling." Gorham produced a number of items of various sizes in this fashion, and that company may have been the maker of this. This piece measures 4 5/8" long and is heavy at 1.2 T. oz. It is a cast handle joined to a cast bowl, both of which sections are highly decorative. The handle features a cherubic figure playing a flute...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162592 (stock #1369f)
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Wendell's late 19th century "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900. This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flanged shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border. This is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no polishing wear, or ding...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1139526 (stock #1184f)
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$120.00
Stamped only "Pure Coin," this pie server surely traces to mid 19th century Boston, and was likely made by Farrington & Hunnewell of that city. It has an Olive pattern double die struck handle, meaning the design appears on both sides, that is without a monogram or removal. Measuring a generous 9 5/16" long overall, and weighing just short of 2.3 T. oz., this has an amply-sized blade that is 4 3/4" long and 2 7/8" at the widest. The shoulders on this are scalloped and the edges slightly raise...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1225680 (stock #1868f)
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$115.00
An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flanged edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back side...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1237757 (stock #1962f)
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$115.00
As with so much of the design product of George Shiebler, "Victoria" falls into a style of its own.

It has a border of what appears to be a repeating buds with tendril-like elements. This extends onto the shoulders of the bowl of this large, 8" long, heavy, 2.3 T. oz., gravy ladle. The motif bears a similarity to Georg Jensen's "Blossom," although "Victoria" predates that pattern by about twenty years.

There is a script "JEH" monogram on the handle. The bowl is plum-shaped and has a f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1230209 (stock #1905f)
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$115.00
Marked "Patent 1867" on the backside of the handle, and stamped with a lion, anchor, G, "Ionic" is one of Gorham's earliest full line patterns. It was also issued just before Gorham went from coin silver to a sterling standard in 1868 and examples of it are rather uncommon.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large, round bowl with a rippled base and notched shoulders. It is finished in a mostly intact, bright gold wash front and backsides. The piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1203014 (stock #1680gc)
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$115.00
Known for his Danish Modern style, Alphonse LaPaglia worked first for Jensen USA in the 1940's, then for International, before dying in the early 1950's. This 5 5/8" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle is from his earlier years. It is marked "Georg Jensen Inc.," "USA," along with "Sterling," model number "103," and "L.P." for LaPaglia. An unnamed pattern, it is decidedly in a manner consistent with LaPaglia's typical work and somewhat in the direction of Jensen's "Blossom." It is in flawles...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1199513 (stock #1661f)
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$115.00
While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece. This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle. The handle is slender and elongated looking, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends up to the lower o...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1122924 (stock #1048f)
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$115.00
This pair of tongs are substantial. The measure 5 3/4" long, are 1 1/4" wide at the arch, and weigh 1.8 T. oz. The style is without question Boston from the third quarter of the 19th century. This origin and date is confirmed by the retailer's stamp, "Crosby, Morse & Foss," a partnership which dates narrowly from 1869 to 1875. They are also marked "925" for sterling, but less than ten years earlier they would have been to a coin silver standard, which many pieces in this genre are. The arms...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1162759 (stock #1371fb)
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$115.00
Measuring 5 3/8" wide, standing 1" high, and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this sterling silver piece is item number "121" made by Gorham, as indicated by the marks on the underside. It is highly decorative, portraying in a naturalistic manner slanted toward Art Nouveau, a variety of fruit arrayed on the undulating rim. These include alternating clusters of cherries, strawberries, and blackberries with their respective leaves and stems. The edge of the rim is formed into an encircling twig or branch, ...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1170749 (stock #1437f)
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$115.00
This 7 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter is marked "E. Benjamin" for the New Haven, Connecticut silversmith and jeweler, and with a bust/lion/C pseudo hallmark. In this instance, Benjamin was the retailer and the maker traces to New York's Gilbert-Cunningham/Cooper complex, according John McGrew's work on American silver manufacturers' marks. The pattern is "Prince Albert" and the date mid 19th century. It is a generously sized piece, with a 2 1/4" wide, 5/8" deep, shell shaped ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1181932 (stock #1514fw)
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$110.00
Measuring 6" across, standing 1 1/2" high, and weighing approximately 2.9 T. oz., this sterling silver dish is model number 510 made by Meriden Britannia and retailed by W. Wattles & Sons of Pittsburgh, as indicated by the marks on the underside. The style is decidedly Art Nouveau with a date c. 1900. The pattern is a flowing, highly articulated lily motif. A popular floral subject, this lily would be compatible with flatware of the same design such as produced by Whiting and other makers. T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1227919 (stock #1890f)
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$110.00
These two open salts are saucer shaped, 2 1/4" in diameter each, and sit on rimmed bases that are 1 1/2" across. They stand 7/8" high and weigh 1.8 T. oz. the pair.

Marked "925.1000" Sterling, and model number "510," they are without a maker's identification, but clearly trace to a major house, Wendt being one that comes to mind based on markings, period, and design and finish.

All surfaces of both pieces have matte finishes, while the interior of the actual dishes have engraved surface...

 
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