American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1296915 (stock #2457f)
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Patented in 1894, and so stamped on the reverse, Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance" is an expressive design that stands in its own category.

The pattern features the face of a bearded, Florentine looking, figure. This appears on the front center of the handle and is expanded on the reverse heel of the blade. Other detail elements include scrolls and a stylized shell.

This piece is a 6" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon...

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 #1243675 (stock #2014f)
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Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons characteristically have narrow, deep bowls, and often relatively long handles.

This example is in Gorham's "Versailles." It measures 5 3/4" long and is heavy at nearly 1.0 T. oz. The bowl is 2" long by 1" at the widest and 1/2" at the deepest. It has a satin matte finish on the interior and retains a portion of an original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1235299 (stock #1942f)
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Although Fessenden produced several Art Nouveau style floral designs early in the 20th century and named them after the respective flower portrayed, this perhaps chrysanthemum pattern in that series was an exception to that practice and was named "McKinley."

Measuring 7" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this example is a preserve or jelly spoon. The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on the front and back sides of the handle. It is high relief and highly detailed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1287738 (stock #2389dd)
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Long and slender at 9", and weighing nearly 1.2 T. oz., this cake fork dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Waverly" by Wallace. The scroll design derives from the same style impulses that Whiting embraced for its "Louis XV" and Gorham for its "Strasbourg" patterns.

The serving end has five delicate tines joined to a scalloped heel area that is pierced in a fleur-de-lis motif.

There is an embellished, Art Nouveau style "S" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1296796 (stock #2456f)
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Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is arguably the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., cream, sauce, or mayonnaise ladle.

It is an authentic, original item, and not one of the many recasts of this pattern. The intricate, high relief, design folds over itself in such a liquid-seeming manner that it belies the fact that the medium is metal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1269047 (stock #2266f)
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$65.00
No more exquisite example of engraving on silver is to be found than this piece made by Gorham.

It is a 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon in the "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1902," and the date symbol for "1902" on the heel of the bowl. It is also engraved "'02" in script on the backside of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269303 (stock #2267f)
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 7 1/16" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

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 en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276004 (stock #2299f)
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Variously referenced as oyster, seafood, or cocktail fork, the form of this piece is invariably the same, with three small trident tines joined on the end of a slender handle.

This example was made by Dominick & Haff in its fabled "Labors of Cupid." It is an old piece, circa 1900, not a more recent reissued one. It is marked with the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "Wm. Wise & Son."

A multi-motif, figural design, the pattern incorporates various cherub-...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1279639 (stock #2327f)
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This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.1 T. oz.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source. Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling.

Export is also largely imitative of English silver, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end...

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.

There is a rolled rim upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265277 (stock #2238f)
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European in scale, meaning large and heavy, this Victorian dinner fork measures 8" long and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

It is Irish in origin, fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in very good condition. There is light wear overall,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
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$65.00
"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 ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1174106 (stock #1458f)
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$65.00
Model number "435" made by Gorham, a similar companion piece numbered "437" appears in the company catalog of 1892 (see image 2). Measuring 4 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., this form is sometimes identified as a tea caddy spoon, but the catalog illustration establishes it as a bon bon spoon. Such pieces were higher order in the Gorham stable and extra effort was invested in their design and production. They are also generally heavier than comparable pieces in full line patterns...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1235909 (stock #1946f)
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this fork may have been a youth piece as it is engraved "Margaret Hobbs" in script on the reverse.

The pattern is Wallace's early 20th century "Irian." It is through and through an Art Nouveau design that features a full sized, high relief, nude woman with two winged cherubs hoovering about her. The lower portion of the handle portrays a number of florals including an iris and poppy, both popular themes within the Nouveau design mode. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1237088 (stock #1956f)
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$65.00
An elegant turn of the 20th century design, Durgin's "New Queens" incorporates double shell and scroll elements that reflect its classical roots. The decorative success of the pattern is enhanced by the finely lined and richly textured, gold washed (front and back sides), bowl that is employed in this 4 7/8" long, relatively heavy .8 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.

This is an especially fine example without a monogram or monogram removal. There is no polishing wear or damage, and the finish is lu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1250526 (stock #2074f)
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Frank Whiting's "Marquis" embodies a French rococo sensibility. It is asymmetrical and features stylized acanthus leaves set in a large scale, flourishing manner against a stippled ground.

This example is a large, 8 5/8" long, cold meat fork. Consistent with the line, it is a robust piece, weighing 2.4 T. oz.

It is without a monogram or removal and in choice condition. There is no evident polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous. The tines are even, pointed, and free of bends, burr...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1248911 (stock #2063f)
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$65.00
Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Thread" aka "French Thread," and appears on the front and back sides. There is a fancy, feathered script "JB" monogram.

The condition is choice estate. There is no polishing wear an...

 
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