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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 1900 item #1253453 (stock #2108f)
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Fully marked for London, 1844, and sterling, this large, 9", heavy 2.6 T. oz., table serving spoon is stamped "SH" over "DC" for the partnership of Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater.

It is a handsome and refined item, artfully formed and finished. It has a reverse tipt handle with an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The plain front has cleanly beveled edges and high, sharply defined shoulders off the generously proportioned, 3 1/4" by 1 3/4", bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
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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. It is stamped with a date letter for 1874. Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "5."

Second, the handle is not a standard pattern. It is a plain, rounded end shape with a satin matte surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1256704 (stock #2141f)
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Marked with Gorham's lion, anchor, G symbol, and the words "Sterling" and "Patent 1900," this 8 1/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of "Buttercup."

It is in exceptionally fine condition, and without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains crisp and well-defined and the finish has a subtle sheen. The tine area has decorated shoulders and apart from some light scratches on the backside tine tips, is without wear, bends, or burrs.

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 : 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 : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1257482 (stock #2150f)
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Stamped "Tiffany & Co. Makers," "Sterling Silver," "925-1000," and with a lower case "m," this master salt was put into production in 1902 as indicated by the model number "15251."

This was a period when Tiffany made reproduction items or designs inspired by older, especially English Georgian, holloware, and that is the case with this piece. It is round, cauldron shaped, and stands on three pad feet with acanthus leaf sprays where the legs are attached...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1245176 (stock #2027f)
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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...

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...
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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1177186 (stock #1477f)
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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...
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 : 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 : 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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1213484 (stock #1771f)
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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. It repeats on the backside of the handle, and has a shell detai...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1206716 (stock #1720f)
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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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1202185 (stock #1669f)
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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 ...
 
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