American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1236521 (stock #1951f)
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$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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1177186 (stock #1477f)
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$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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1145353 (stock #1224fg)
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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...
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 : 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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1171285 (stock #1440f)
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$80.00
Items such of this 8 3/8" long table or serving spoon are rapidly disappearing from the open market place given the rise in the price of silver in recent years. Part of the appeal of a pattern line like 1896's "Marchel Niel" by Durgin, lies in its exceptional weight, 2.4 T. oz. in this instance, and that amount of silver has high value simply as a commodity, i.e. for "melt." Apart from its heft, Marechal Niel is an outstanding design...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1093234 (stock #860f)
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$80.00
This 6 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 1/2" wide and 2" front to back. The pattern is Lady Washington by Gorham. This is a low-relief, figural pattern similar in style and period to Tiffany's Renaissance. Lady Washington is easily subject to polishing wear. This suffers none of that. It retains full clarity of detail of the swags, drapery, and central female head that constitute the design. In all other aspects the item is likewise flawless...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1238925 (stock #1975f)
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$75.00
This 6" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., three tine pickle fork is a place piece and not a serving item. It is an early, and apparently not readily found, form in Towle's "Old Colonial" line.

This example is in immaculate condition and is without a monogram or removal. It retains an original gold wash, which apart from some rubbing wear on the backside where the heel rests, is fully intact.

Marks are the Towle emblem, "Sterling," "925/1000," and an imprinted "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1229033 (stock #1898f)
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$75.00
Something of a uncommon pattern, and a more intricate design than the name would imply, Durgin's 1886 "Scroll" has a repousse surface that features leaves, florals, and the namesake scrolls.

This example is a generously sized, 5" long, .9 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1224493 (stock #1858f)
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$75.00
A large example, this master butter knife measures 8" long and weighs approximately 1.6 T. oz. The pattern is "Florentine," introduced in 1870 by John Wendt. A Renaissance Revival design, Florentine consists of a dense mosaic of leaves and scrolls with a shield reserve, which in this case is absent a monogram or removal. The blade is set on the vertical to the handle, meaning the handle would lie flat on a surface, with the blade fully upright.

It is in very fine condition. Pattern detai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1236523 (stock #1952f)
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$75.00
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 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz., place fork, the flower is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1214247 (stock #1777f)
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$75.00
Stamped with the Gorham lion, anchor, G emblem, and the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1897," this 7" long, 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle is an early example of "Strasbourg."

It has a lobed bowl with decorated shoulders. Later versions of this pattern have plain shoulders. The interior of the bowl also retains some of its original gold finish. There is a script, Art Nouveau style "H" monogram on the handle.

The condition is very good. There is no loss of pattern detail, and the finish is pleas...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1223618 (stock #1853f)
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$75.00
Dating from 1872, John Wendt's "Bird" stands alongside Tiffany's "Audubon" and two designs both named "Japanese," one made respectively by Whiting and the other by Wood & Hughes. They all incorporate bird images that embrace the aesthetic sensibilities of the period. Wendt's imagery is particularly detailed and intricately rendered.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., table or serving spoon in exceptionally fine condition. The imagery is sharp and crisp and free of a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #925212 (stock #518b)
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$75.00
The style of this 7 1/2" long, sterling silver fork defies categorization. It appears to be design for design sake, and in that sense probably falls within the aesthetic realm. Made by Gorham, likely circa 1890, it is item number 278. It has a twist stem with a rolled wire handle that seems to be representative of nothing but itself. The three tine serving end has a matte finish, while the rest of the piece has a bright finish. The condition is excellent. There are no bends or other signs ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1148991 (stock #1254fl)
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$75.00
This pair of master salts with matching "MEK" monograms are both model number A2640 and appear in the Gorham catalog of 1900 (see image 2). Marks are lion, anchor, G, and "Sterling," along with the model number. One of the two has a date symbol for 1898 and one a date symbol for 1900. This may explain the slight variation in size between them. The earlier one is 2 1/2" in diameter, 1 1/4" high, and weighs not quite 1.2 T. oz. The latter one is 2 3/8" in diameter, 1 1/4" high, and is just to...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1156412 (stock #1322f)
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$75.00
This Art Nouveau "Iris" or "Orchid" pattern by Shiebler is not a full line design and may have only been produced in this form, which is a bon bon or nut spoon. It measures 4 7/8" long and is somewhat light, weighing under .5 T. oz. The design is particularly expressive, as would be expected of a Shiebler offering. The iris blossom is incorporated into the bowl, with the piercings defined by the margins of the petals. The bowl border is festooned with what appear to be ribbons. This had an ...
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 ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1185306 (stock #1539f)
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$75.00
Later produced as a Wallace pattern, "Meadow Rose" originated with Watson in 1907. This is an early example, having the Watson crown, W, lion, hallmark, along with the W in a pennant emblem, and the word "Sterling." Older pieces that are without wear as this is, have crisper and sharper pattern detail, and tend to have finer finishes than later pieces. That is the case with this 7 3/4" long, quite heavy, 2.5 T. oz., cold meat fork. The representational rose design is true to life and offered...
 
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