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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1290157 (stock #2407f)
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The pattern on this 8 3/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., c. 1860, coin silver berry spoon is "Honeysuckle" made by A.& W. Wood of New York City. It is stamped "A.C. Benedict 28 Bowery" for the NYC retailer.

It is a particularly elegant piece. The bowl has a crimped and scalloped edge with a chased and engraved, gold washed, interior.

The handle is of a scale that shows the details of the pattern to advantage. It is engraved "Maggie" in handsome, embellished lettering...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1280776 (stock #2335f)
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Made by New York's Albert Coles c. 1860, whose three part pseudo hallmark is stamped on the reverse, this coin silver combined olive spoon and fork measures 9 3/4" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

It has a twist stem with a central disk. The spoon on one end is a modified shell form, while the fork has three trident tines. Both the spoon and fork are gold washed and have delicate engraved detailing, as does the central disk set midway along the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1279269 (stock #2323f)
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Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style "JA" monogram." The style of this suggests a date circa 1900...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286085 (stock #2374f)
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Possibly a banana, and if not, likely a specialized pastry, server, this solid silver piece in Knowles "Apollo" has a uniquely shaped and proportioned blade.

Measuring a lengthy 9 3/4" overall and weighing just over 1.4 T. oz., the tapered blade is a full 6" long. It is 1 3/4" wide at the handle end and graduates down to 5/8" wide at the tip, which has a central point...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1288312 (stock #2394dd)
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing almost 1.7 T. oz., this solid silver item is stamped "Sterling" and "S. Kirk & Son," dating it 1932-61.

It is a bacon fork, with a 2 3/4" wide, seven tine, serving end. This is slightly cupped and has scalloped shoulders.

It is in mint estate condition. The pattern design remains extremely sharp and has a satin finish. The backside of the handle and the tine area have brightly polished surfaces...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1289736 (stock #2404f)
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Relatively large, this gravy ladle measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.9 T. oz. It has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 3/8" wide 2 1/8" front to back, and 5/8" deep.

The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1289161 (stock #2399dd)
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Jelly cake servers aka jelly cake knives are similar to pastry servers, save they have proportionately longer and narrower blades.

This example was produced by Gorham in its "Empress" pattern. Given that the design appears to have a Persian or Far Eastern influence, and was patented in 1880, as stamped on the backside, it raises the speculation whether the name is connected with Queen Victoria's assumption of the title "Empress of India" in 1877.

This piece measures 8 5/8" long and weig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269307 (stock #2268f)
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 8 1/4" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., tablespoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved "PMS" ...

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. The backside of the handle is much less detailed and actuall...

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. This extravagant use of...

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 : 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. 1790 style of this is too early for...
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. Grimwade also adds in the biographical section that bo...

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 #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.

It is in very good estate condition and without a monogram or removal. There is light polishing wear and a couple of faint ...

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. Clearly the later one was c...

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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1144649 (stock #1217fb)
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Made by Krider & Biddle c. 1865, and marked with that company's emblem, this 8 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz. berry spoon has a reverse tipt end handle with an engraved front. There is a reserve that has never been monogrammed. The engraving is finely rendered, as would be expected of this firm and as was generally so of mid 19th century Philadelphia silver. The bowl is an unusual shape, with notched edges and raised ribbing on the interior. It is finished in an original bright gold wash front and ba...
 
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