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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1352676 (stock #2993f)
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$125.00
Made in London in 1802-03 during the reign of George III, this pair of tongs measure 5 5/8" long and weigh just over 1.0 T. oz.

They are fully marked on the arms for London, 1802-03, sterling, and the family partnership of Peter (son of Hester), Ann (sister-in-law of Peter), and William (nephew of Peter) Bateman, represented as "PB/AB/WB."

It has cup grips, shaped arms, and a slightly concave arch that is engraved with a feathered script "CH" monogram.

All outward facing surfaces are...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1360528 (stock #3141dd)
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$125.00
A large item measuring 9 3/4" long and weighing a substantial 3.1 T. oz., this serving spoon is a premier example of 19th century European silver.

It is hallmarked with the "pedestal vase" symbol for the prominent Bremen, Germany, firm of Koch & Bergeld, as well as "800" representing the silver standard, and a "crescent" and "crown" for the national marks. This particular configuration was introduced by the company about 1884 and that is also the approximate date of this piece.

The patt...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1360748 (stock #3150f)
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$125.00
Free standing, this 4" square, 1/2" deep, tea strainer stands on four slender, splayed feet.

The body and a portion of the handle are sterling silver, as identified on the underside. Other marks include the Dominick & Haff three part emblem, and the model number "34."

The end of the handle is an off white material, possibly celluloid, with turned rings and a knob end.

The strainer body is sturdy, weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., has scalloped edges, sloped sides with four raised ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1363954 (stock #3211f)
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$125.00
Price for the pair.
To a European scale, each of these two, matching, forks measures 8" long. They are very heavy at 5.2 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is a "Tipt," with beveled edges along the margins of the handles. The ends are slightly upturned, and the tines are long and tapered.

Each piece is fully marked with a "lion" for sterling, a "leopard's face" for London, a date letter "e" for 1834-35, a duty mark, and "WJ" for maker William Johnson.

Unadorned save for feathered script "H" monograms, their...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1365228 (stock #3237f)
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$125.00
This 7" long, very heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon, is a fine example of Samuel Kirk's earliest work, in his first line pattern, "Kings."

It bears a Baltimore assay mark of a "Maryland shield and the letter C" that was used 1825-30, along with "S. Kirk" in script.

The assay standard for this time was established by law at 11 parts out of 12, or 91.7% silver (vs. 92.5% for sterling and 90% for coin), commentary in the Baltimore Museum of Art volume "Mary...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370895 (stock #3334f)
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Fully stamped with the appropriate Minerva head for first standard silver, i.e. .950 pure, which exceeds sterling which is .925, a bigorne guarantee mark, and the (slightly rubbed) identifier for the maker, Henry-Louis Chenailler, mid 19th century Paris, this item measures 8 1/8" long and weighs 1.8 T. oz.

It is a saupoudreuse, that is a sugar sifter or sprinkler, with a 2 1/2" diameter, ribbed and delicately pierced, shell bowl.

The handle reverse has an elegant, leaf script, pe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1357189 (stock #3075f)
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$120.00
A large piece measuring 1 3/4" in diameter, 1 1/4" high, and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is stamped "Stieff," "Sterling," and with a date symbol for "1922" on the inside edge.

The pattern is "Rose," introduced in 1892, and which is a hallmark repousse design for this company and for Baltimore silver in general.

This is the open shield variant of the line, which in this instance is engraved "Suzanne" in script.

The high relief chased work encompasses the entire band and is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360045 (stock #3123dd)
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$120.00
Large at 8 9/16" long, and weighty at over 3.1 T. oz., this pea spoon has a generously scaled, round, 3" diameter, 7/8" deep, bowl. This has intricate scroll and bell flower piercing and a gold finish on both sides.

Made by Durgin, the pattern is "Bead," which was introduced in 1893.

The design incorporates a beaded border on the handle, which has a tipt end on the slightly upturned front and a plain end on the back.

There is an Old English "H" monogram.

An estate piece, this is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
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$115.00
An early 20th century pattern, "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" stands in contrast to the exuberance of so much 19th century design. A simple, double-lined, multi-scroll motif, it is clean, direct, and understated in manner.

This example is a 9 5/8" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., cake saw. It has a solid, flat handle, and all-silver blade. The blade has a saw-tooth upper edge, which is characteristic of this item.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in exceptionally fine condition. There i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1309090 (stock #2564f)
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$115.00
This collapsible shaving brush made by Gorham is illustrated in the company catalog of 1906 (see image 2).

It measures 6" long when fully assembled, and 3 1/8" when folded up. Solid sterling, the holder and perforated cap weigh .7 T. oz. combined, while the base and brush together weigh another .7 T. oz.

The body is a high relief floral and leaf repousse design. There is a central reserve which is engraved with an embellished script "TB" monogram.

The natural bristle brush stores i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1326437 (stock #2647f)
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$115.00
A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl, an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330137 (stock #2698f)
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$115.00
A lengthy piece at 9 3/16", and weighing nearly 2.6 T. oz., this spoon has an exceptionally large bowl. Shell form and with a satin gold wash, it is 3 3/4" long by 2 3/4" at the widest, and probably was made as a vegetable or salad server.

The pattern is Wallace's version of "Kings," issued in 1903, and encompasses all the traditional elements of a design derived from English antecedents. The pattern appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, with the front having a convex shel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335773 (stock #2772f)
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This server follows after the form of an ice cream server, although some outsized for that at 10 1/2" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz.

Dating circa 1880, it has a slightly upturned, round end handle and a large, 5" by 3 1/16" at the widest, teardrop shaped serving end.

The entire front surface is extensively bright cut with wriggle work and hatched detailing. The theme of this is vegetative, expressed with an Aesthetic sensibility.

The imagery on the handle is largely leaves with two sma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342802 (stock #2859f)
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$115.00
Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., cream ladle. It is commonly referred to as a "bucket" ladle referencing the shape of the 1 1/2" top diameter, 1" deep, dipping or serving end, which in this case has a bright gold finish.

The stem is semi-tubular, with a half-round front and flat backside. The ivy and berry portraiture which defines ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359770 (stock #3118f)
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$115.00
Syracuse, New York, was a major silver manufacturing center in the mid to late 19th century. Joseph Seymour, the maker of this 8 1/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon, was one of the most prominent names among that city's firms, with a history that began in 1846, terminating in 1905.

An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to mak...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360227 (stock #3130dd)
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$115.00
Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this sardine fork is an early production example of International's 1903 Art Nouveau style "Frontenac."

It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of old production pieces.

There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.

It is in superb condition, indicating it has had little to no us...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361071 (stock #3158dd)
Old Friends
$115.00
A large piece measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this item is an unusual, perhaps croquette, server.

It has a flat, 3 1/2" long by 2 3/8" wide, blade with four, curved and rounded tines, scalloped margins, and an intricately pierced surface.

The pattern is "Wellington," a late 19th century design issued in 1897 by Alvin. It features a double shell and scroll terminus with an egg and dart margin on the handle front and a relatively plain scroll backside.

There is a lightl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1361387 (stock #3163f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more o...

 
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