American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1224064 (stock #1855f)
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$90.00
Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighty at just over .9 T. oz., this souvenir spoon was made by the Mechanics division of Watson. The company's pennant emblem appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling."

The handle portrays a full-sized, standing American indian holding a bow, while the reverse shows his shield. The detail is exceptional, exhibiting precise die work and articulate portraiture...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1185595 (stock #1541f)
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$90.00
Bearing the maker's stamp for Joseph Haywood & Co. of Glasgow, Scotland, date letter for 1862, and a rampant lion for sterling, this pair of tongs are generously proportioned. They measure 6" long and weigh approximately 1.8 T. oz. They are otherwise plain save for their highly elaborated, cup grips. There is a script "RFG" monogram on the arch. The are in mint condition. There is no visible wear, nor bends, cracks, or scratches even. The marks are fully legible.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1213573 (stock #1772f)
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$90.00
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 1900 item #1224196 (stock #1856f)
Old Friends
$90.00
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 #1133208 (stock #1133f)
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$90.00
Presumably named for the 17th century Spanish painter, Wood & Hughes' Murillo is toward the Moorish in style, which would be consistent with its 1875 date, a time when such designs were popular. The highly detailed pattern shows exceptionally well in this large-scale, 7 1/4" long, heavy, 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle. Peculiar to Murillo, this has a 5/8" deep, triangular bowl with nearly straight side walls and nearly flat base. The interior has a satin finish...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1236521 (stock #1951f)
Old Friends
$85.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1206716 (stock #1720f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Please note: While one is illustrated, this listing is for a pair of matching teaspoons. They carry the unique Baltimore assay and date marks for 1824, along with the maker's stamp, "Kirk." They are to a Baltimore standard for silver, which would have been 11/12 or 10.15, roughly equivalent to coin.

Each one measures 5 5/8" long and the two combined weigh 1.9 T. oz., with one heavier than the other...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1213484 (stock #1771f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This mustard spoon measures 3 5/8" long and weighs a relatively robust .6 T. oz. It is a Chinese export piece dating late 19th to early 20th centuries, with four pseudo hallmarks somewhat clumsily imitative of English counterparts. The maker is not identified. As a category, Export silver was made in silver, but to varying standards, so that detail is also unknown.

The design is a "Shell and Thread" with a double lined border...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1202185 (stock #1669f)
Old Friends
$85.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1189696 (stock #1573f)
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$85.00
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 : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1245176 (stock #2027f)
Old Friends
$85.00
In the lushly expressive manner of Durgin's "New Art," "Iris" differs from that design largely in the aspect that the one flower carries through the line, whereas "New Art" is multi-motif. It dates from the turn of the 20th century, at the height of the Art Nouveau.

This example is a 6 7/8" long gumbo spoon. This is the largest form of round bowl soup spoons, the bowl of which in this instance measures about 2" in diameter. Consistent with the pattern, this is a heavy item, weighing appro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1145353 (stock #1224fg)
Old Friends
$85.00
The plain, reverse tipt handle on this 8 9/16" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon belies its highly decorative bowl. Marked only "Sterling," the plum-shaped bowl with flanged shoulders was commonly used by Whiting and Knowles. Both of those firms also commonly left pieces unmarked, so one of those two companies is the likely maker. It dates c. 1870-80. The bowl has a frosted, pale gold finish and is precisely bright cut and engraved on both the interior and flanged edges. The handle...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1103102 (stock #926f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Dating from 1870, Swiss is an early line pattern in the Gorham stable. Presumably the design, which incorporates an oak (?) leaf on a pedestal with side scrolls and something of a fleur-de-lis top, reflects iconography associated with Switzerland. The leaf motif is carried over to the backside heel of the bowl on this 6 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz. gravy ladle. The bowl is just off round, about 2 1/2" in diameter, and is quite decorative. It has a flanged rim that along with the heel area is engrav...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1158736 (stock #1343fl)
Old Friends
$85.00
Towle produced a number of artful engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series. It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash. The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted look. The e...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1167187 (stock #1408fa)
Old Friends
$85.00
An atypical design for its 1950 date, Kirk's "Quadrille" has a courtly French look, which also likely relates to the pattern name. It is a high profile design comprised of various leafy elements on the front side and a simplified interpretation of the same elements on the backside of the handle. It is also a heavy line, with this 8 3/4" long, large cold meat fork weighing 2.8 T. oz. There is a script "CGC" monogram. The piece is in excellent condition, showing no polishing or other wear, and...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1189337 (stock #1571fl)
Old Friends
$85.00
Having hexagonal bases and walls leading to rounded tops, each of these identical individual nut (or candy) dishes has a top diameter of 1 5/8", a base width of 1", and stands 1/2" high. The group together weigh 1.8 T. oz. All the interiors are finished in a gold wash. Marked only "Sterling" on the undersides, there is no identification as to maker, but they are clearly American. Their hammered surfaces done in the Arts & Crafts style suggests a date in the first quarter of the 20th century....
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
Old Friends
$85.00
"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 Ame...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1177186 (stock #1477f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Truly massive weight at nearly 2.5 T. oz., this 7 1/4" long, three tine, salad (or fish?) fork was made by Dominick & Haff in its 1898 "New King" pattern. D&H's version of this English origin design, joins Tiffany's "English King" and Gorham's "King George" as the premier iterations of this motif in the American environment. This example is in flawless condition, evidencing no wear, having even, pointed tines free of nicks or burrs, and with a fine finish. There is a light, script "O" monogra...
 
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