American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century : Pre 1800 item #1204298 (stock #1694f)
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There are varying attributions for the "Parkman" stamp that appears on the backside of this 9" long, 1.8 T. oz. coin silver tablespoon. Assigned by Winterthur as an alternate mark for Thomas Parkman born about 1767 in Hartford, and working there until 1793, then Boston, next followed by Hudson, New York about 1795, possibly in association with a group of Quakers. A reliable online source opines this mark may be that for Charles Parkman, 1785-1834, but the c...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1212355 (stock #1763f)
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Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this sterling silver piece is the size of a contemporary dessert spoon.

It is English in origin with rubbed but discernible hallmarks that read for London, 1774, and makers Abraham Barrier and Lewis Ducommieu. This mark appears in the unregistered marks section of Grimwade, but as is noted, it is included in the "Parliamentary Report of 1773." Lewis Ducommieu has own mark entered in 1774...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1213573 (stock #1772f)
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While essentially matching, employing the same "Kings" pattern and engraved with the same standing lion crest, these two sterling silver spoons show subtle variations and were produced by different makers.

They are both 5 5/8" long and heavy, with one weighing just under 1.2 T. oz. and the other just over 1.3 T. oz.

The hallmarks indicate the first spoon was made by Soloman Royes in 1821, while the second was was made by William Eaton in 1829, both of London...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282110 (stock #2344f)
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Iris was a popular subject in Art Nouveau design around the turn of the 20th century, with numerous silver manufacturers producing interpretations of this theme. Wallace's iris offering is named "Eton" and it stands tall within the cohort of such patterns.

This example is a 7" long, exceptionally heavy at 3.0 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle front features an opulent array of high relief iris blossoms that appear to be in motion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261081 (stock #2198f)
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Seeming not to have parallels with other forms, this server in Knowles' early 20th century "Angelo" measures 7 5/8" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

At 4" by 1 3/8", it has a narrow, elongated working end that constitutes more than half the length of the piece. This has seven splayed tines joined by cross bars toward the tips. The heel is pierced with a decorative cut, while the shoulders are imprinted with cee scrolls. The entire blade surface is finished in a matte gold front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1224196 (stock #1856f)
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Dominick & Haff produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years. This item is the earlier iteration, dating from 1888, and commonly referred to as "Old Style." The design is rococo, incorporating scrolling, acanthus leaves, florets, and a cluster leaves and small berries.

It is a 7 7/8" long jelly knife or server. D&H tended toward weighty pieces, and that is decidedly the case with this which tops out at nearly 2.4 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217184 (stock #1802f)
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Tiffany's "English King" is arguably the most successful of all the American iterations of a pattern that has its origins in English style. This example is a 6 7/8" long fork marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last letter indicating the piece dates no later than 1891. Consistent with the line, it is exceptionally heavy, weighing 2.3 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1204033 (stock #1692f)
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Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is perhaps the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

Widely reproduced right to the current day, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, sterling silver master salt spoons are original, old items. They are relatively weighty at just over .8 T. oz. combined.

They are in immaculate condition and without monograms or removals.

Marks are the Reed & Barton double lion emblem, "Pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256927 (stock #2144f)
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In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Celestial" may be the most explicitly Asian inspired in its portraiture given the pagoda-like detailing around the handle end.

Otherwise the design follows after this group of patterns in featuring a bird image set amid a leafy surround. The degree of detail is precise and finely rendered, with all the elements laid upon a stippled ground.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, relatively heavy at 1.8...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1169303 (stock #1425f)
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Measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz., this sterling silver berry spoon carries a retail stamp for "J.S. MacDonald" of Baltimore, but no maker's mark. It has a stylized diamond cut engraved handle with a satin matte background. There is a fancy "CMK" script monogram. The bowl is ovoid with notched edges. It has a floral engraved, again bright cut, design on the interior set against a pale gold satin matte surface. The back of the handle has a reverse tipt end and is otherwise plain ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
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Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked "Krusi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
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Measuring 12 1/4" long, this carving knife made by Gorham is unusual on several counts.

First, it is early for this sort of thing. It is stamped with a date letter for 1874. Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "5."

Second, the handle is not a standard pattern. It is a plain, rounded end shape with a satin matte surface. Gorham produced a number of hollow handle serving pieces with similar handles, which were generally bright cut and ba...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1236521 (stock #1951f)
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Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding Art Nouveau example from the early 19th century period. As the name implies, the imagery is carved into the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece.

In the instance of this 7 1/16" long, heavy, 1.9 T. oz., gumbo spoon with a large...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1202185 (stock #1669f)
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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design deriving from the same sensibilities that generated Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others. This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with flanged rim and central rib that Whiting used across several lines of the period. Persian has a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an ...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1189696 (stock #1573f)
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Documented as working in Frankford, Pennsylvania c. 1800-20, and subsequently in nearby Philadelphia, Isaac Reed was the maker of this 6 3/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., pair of coin silver tongs. In addition to having his personal mark, "I. Reed," imprinted on the inside of each arm, they carry what John McGrew describes in his work on pseudo hallmarks as the "Philadelphia eagle." The style suggests a date from early in his career. The have plain, convex, fiddle shaped arms, have a broad arch with poi...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1185804 (stock #1543)
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Listed in the Tompkins "Handbook of Gorham Open Salt Dishes" with a date of 1885, model number "2155" is a flat bottomed, relatively large item.

Each of these examples measures 2 3/8" across, stands 7/8" high, and weighs approximately 1.0 T. oz. They have scrolled edges, rippled ("pie crust") rims, and gold washed interiors, although that is largely polished away in one of these.

There are no monograms, inscriptions, or removals.

In addition to the word "Sterling" and the model numb...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
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"Prince Albert" is a design that is attributed to Michael Gibney, but which shows up in the marketplace under various nameplates (Gibney rarely marked his own work). Indeed this exceptionally long, 8 1/8", and heavy, 2.3 T. oz., fork is stamped "Ball, Tompkins & Black."

A firm of high standing, successors to Marquand & Co. in 1839 before becoming "Ball, Black & Co." in 1851, it may have enjoyed a particularly close business connection with Gibney. The entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of ...

 
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