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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1260603 (stock #2190f)
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$110.00
Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, and later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz. Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The interesting and somewhat singularly styled bowl is melon form with central...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1285033 (stock #2365f)
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$110.00
This moderately large mug stands 2 5/8" high to the rim, is 2 3/4" in diameter, has a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the farthest edge of the handle, and weighs just under 3.6 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem appears on the underside, along with the word "Sterling" and the model number "5225."

It has plain walls with a 1" tall, embossed leafy design along the lower edge. This is slightly bulbous and and indented creating a rimmed like base.

The surface opposite...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1286759 (stock #2380f)
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$110.00
This rare food pusher made by Tiffany is a thoroughly charming piece with a theme that is fully consonant with its function as a baby item.

It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.

The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing.

It...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355267 (stock #3039f)
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$110.00
Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is an 8 1/4" long, and consistent with the line, weighty at nearly 2.8 T. oz., medium sized cold meat fork. The serving end has four straight tines.

The handle is inscribed with a feathered script "M"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1358097 (stock #3094f)
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$110.00
Measuring 4 1/2" in diameter and standing 3" high, this circa 1908 dresser jar has a brilliant cut glass base with a solid sterling silver lid that by itself weighs 2.0 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "D1656" appear on the lower edge of the cover.

The cover is domed and acid etched in a design that includes various blossoms, acanthus leaves, and other elements set against a double band. The area around the etching has a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360477 (stock #3138f)
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$110.00
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, flange edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361019 (stock #3157f)
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$110.00
Price for the set of four.
Early pieces marked on the reverses with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," these four spoons measure 4 1/4" long each and are relatively weighty at 2.0 T. oz. the group.

Typically identified as a demitasse spoon, catalogs of the period commonly call this size a coffee spoon. True demitasse spoons can be considerably smaller.

The pattern is "Cluny" which bespeaks the French origins of its renowned designer, Antoine Heller. The pattern features dense, high...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1364679 (stock #3227f)
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$110.00
Produced the last year of the reign of Queen Victoria, this knife rest measures 3 1/4" long, stands on two, four-spoke, arms that are 1 5/8" in diameter, and weighs a substantial 1.5 T. oz.

It is fully marked for Sheffield, sterling silver, a date letter "h" for 1900-01, and the maker's "RM over EH" in a diamond.

It is Georgian in style, having a center bar with turned ends and a hexagonal middle section. The resting legs have double ball tips.

It is without a monogram or inscriptio...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262473 (stock #2209f)
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$105.00
Exceptionally large for this form, this fully original, solid silver, tomato server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is substantial enough to lend itself to a variety of serving functions beyond its original purpose.

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end. The rounded blade has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3", has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.

The piece is withou...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353833 (stock #3009f)
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$105.00
Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks incl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363706 (stock #3203dd)
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$105.00
Price for the pair as a set.
This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz.

Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts.

The...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364109 (stock #3214f)
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$105.00
A late 19th century, not commonly found, design made by the Chicago firm "Wendell Manufacturing Company," "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 or small gravy ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flange shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border.

There...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349975 (stock #2944f)
Old Friends
$100.00
Price for the set of 8.
A "Fiddle Tipt" design typical of their early 1850s period, these eight teaspoons might at first seem undistinguished from the substantial inventory of such pieces that still exists.

These 5 7/8" long, 3.9 T. oz. the set, spoons are exceptional, however, in several regards.

One is that they are an original matching set, with each piece monogrammed in a fancy script "M.H." placed sideways on the handle.

Secondly, they are extraordinarily well-crafted. The bowls are elegantly shaped, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1357692 (stock #3085f)
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$100.00
A generously proportioned piece, this open salt has a top diameter of 2 7/16", stands 1 5/8" tall, and weighs a robust 2.7 T. oz.

Exceptionally quality, it has three, cast and applied, pad feet, with raised anthemions where they join the body. The splayed rim has a repeating leaf and bead design, while the interior is finished in a bright gold wash.

It is stamped on the underside "Eng'Sterling," which was a term in limited use circa 1870, and below this "925-1000" flanked by an Old Engli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359471 (stock #3113f)
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$100.00
One of Towle's most enduringly popular patterns, "Georgian" remained in production for decades subsequent to its introduction in the late 19th century.

This 7 5/8" long, heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of the line marked "925/1000," with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898," and the name of the retailer, "Bruce & Chapin," of Worcester, Massachusetts.

It has four tines, one of which has a beveled edge; the basket of flowers and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1365976 (stock #3246f)
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$100.00
The less common, i.e. bigger, size sugar tongs that Whiting made in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this pair measure 5 1/8" long and weigh a robust 1.6 T. oz.

They are early production items, marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902."

In superb condition, each arm retains excellent, precise detail to the lily design, which is set in high relief. The talon grips are finely articulated and without bends or cracks. The overall finish is bright and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207713 (stock #1727f)
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$95.00
Measuring 5 3/4" long, and weighing just over over .6 T. oz., this sterling silver ladle has a singular dimension and form 1 3/8" diameter by 3/8" deep, flat bottomed bowl with scalloped edges and a coffered wall.

The pattern is "Angelo" made by Wood & Hughes and stamped with that company's "WwH" plus the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1878." It is a Renaissance Revival design that incorporates a number of detail elements and a combination of bright and matte finishes. The bowl has a gold fini...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1211502 (stock #1756f)
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$95.00
Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860's.

It is an especially fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backside...

 
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