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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286961 (stock #2382f)
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Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.

This item is a rare form cheese fork in the company's "Yetiv" pattern. This is fully authentic, i.e. not made up from another piece.

It measures 5 1/2" long and weighs .7 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1258839 (stock #2169dd)
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Fully marked for Birmingham, Sterling, 1837, and "J.W" for Joseph Willimore, this ladle measures 6 3/8" long and has a 1 1/2" diameter, 5/8" deep, round bowl.

The rimmed lip bowl, and lower portion and tip of the handle are sterling silver, with the remainder of the handle being baleen.

The majority of examples of this form are much lengthier toddy ladles. This would have been for some other purpose.

There is no monogram or inscription, or removal of same...

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...

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...
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286182 (stock #2375f)
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Dating from the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Old Paris" is a figural design incorporating cherubs and other classical elements.

This example is a large, 7 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.7 T. oz., flat handle master butter knife. The blade has a scalloped upper edge, while the handle is inscribed "A.T.A." in script lettering.

It is in good condition. The blade is free of bends or burrs but shows surface scratches consistent with use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1277729 (stock #2310f)
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"Gladstone" dates to the late 19th century and was produced by Frank Whiting and Amston, with both companies coming under one umbrella in the mid 20th century.

It is a robust, highly detailed, rococo design. The leafy scrolling set against a stippled ground shows considerable relief, all of which is abundantly evident on this large, 9" long, heavy, 3.4 T. oz., serving fork.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in very fine estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
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$85.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1202185 (stock #1669f)
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$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. 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 : 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 : 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 ...

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 : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1206716 (stock #1720f)
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$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. The pattern is a "King" variant, with plain, exposed drop, backsides that are monogrammed ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245845 (stock #2034f)
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$80.00
Many 19th century social conventions seem at odds with current practices. Such is the manner of notating gifts or presentations. The first person of interest in today's world is the recipient, while the second one is the giver; the order is "to" and "from." The 19th century practice was typically the reverse of this, with the giver the more significant figure.

That custom is evidenced by the inscription on this large, 9 3/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., coin silver serving spoon. The front is engrav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1183237 (stock #1528f)
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$80.00
"New King" is Dominick & Haff's version of an English origin design. It joins Tiffany's "English King" and Gorham's "King George" as the premier iterations of this motif in the American environment. This example is a 6" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., sugar spoon in flawless condition. The shell shaped bowl has a matte finish with a pale gold wash. There is no monogram or removal. Marks are "Sterling," the D&H emblem, and the name of the retailer, "Carter Bros" of Portland, Maine.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255335 (stock #2131f)
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$80.00
Durgin set a standard for chrysanthemum design interpretations in silver with its 1893 pattern by the same name. The portraiture is dense, detailed, and high relief. It also carries onto the serving ends, adding to the sense of richness.

This example is a 6" long sugar spoon, and consistent with the character of the line, has robust heft at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no evident polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1215855 (stock #1794df)
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$75.00
This lot consists of three, coin silver teaspoons dating from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries. Two are are by Philadelphia's Joseph Lownes, 1758-1820.

One of the Lownes is 5 3/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., has a slight tip end on the reverse, an exposed drop, and a feathered script "EM" monogram. The condition is good. There is polishing wear and there are light surface scratches, but it retains a well-shaped bowl.

The second Lownes has a rounded handle, exposed drop, is 5 ...

 
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