American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332576 (stock #2729f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the set of six.
Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no v...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337461 (stock #2787f)
Old Friends
$90.00
A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339645 (stock #2817f)
Old Friends
$90.00
An early example of one of the company's most well-received patterns, "Chrysanthemum," this youth fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880," and "M," this last identifier dating it no later than 1891.

The piece measures 6 1/16" long and, consistent with the line and the firm, is robust weight at 1.5 T. oz.

It is inscribed "F O'D" in script on the front.

It is in very good condition. There is some slight overall polishing softening of detail on the high spots of the des...

All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 1900 item #1340545 (stock #2829f)
Old Friends
$90.00
A substantial piece, this gravy ladle measures 6 1/2" long, has a gold washed, oval bowl that is 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" by 3/4" deep. It weighs 1.9 T. oz.

The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.

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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340604 (stock #2830f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been u...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1344891 (stock #2887f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Standing 3 1/4" tall on a 2 3/8" wide rimmed base, this mustard pot is a very decorative item.

The holder is sterling silver with a lattice body with beaded detailing on the upper rim and handle. The 2" diameter lid has a raised flower, perhaps wild rose, and leafy scroll design with a solid thumb grip.

The liner is ruby red glass and is original to the piece, as is the 3 3/4" long, sterling bead and twist pattern mustard ladle. The total weight of the silver is 2.5 T. oz.

Dating f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1185804 (stock #1543)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price as a pair.
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 : 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. 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 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
Old Friends
$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. 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. Gorham produced a number of hollow handle serving pieces with similar handles, which were generally bright cut and ba...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256927 (stock #2144f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Each, two available.
In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Japanese" 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.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, relatively heavy at 1.8 T. oz., tablespoon. The backside of the handle has an elegant, feathered script "BW" monogram.

The condition is excellent. There is no ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259631 (stock #2178f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Per piece, three available.

This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a full size, 7 3/4" long, extremely heavy, 2.7 T. oz., dinner fork.

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 engraved ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259998 (stock #2182f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged shoul...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
Old Friends
$85.00
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 over thirty 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. This is also im...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269307 (stock #2268f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Each, three available
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 8 1/4" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., tablespoon.

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 engraved "PMS" ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1287373 (stock #2386dd)
Old Friends
$85.00
A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design imprinted in part of the interior. It is also engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a light portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310772 (stock #2578f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company became its own manufacturer was also the firm's namesake line, i.e. "Tiffany." It was later reissued with very slight design modifications under the name "Beekman," and is more generally recognized as that today.

This example is an early production piece, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m."

It is a 6 5/8" long salad fork, and, as became a benchmark with Tiffany silver, is heavy, weighing nearly 1...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317415 (stock #2541f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Syracuse was a major center of silver manufacturing in the second half of the nineteenth century and this piece is an example of the quality of that city's output.

It is an 8 1/4" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon made by Joseph Seymour.

The pattern is "Duchess," which dates from 1877. It reflects the Moresque and renaissance revival sensibilities of its period, having a dense, tapestry-like design set against a finely lined background that lends it a parchment look. There is...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1328954 (stock #2679f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This piece is marked "B.G" for Baldwin Gardiner, who was a retailer with working dates c. 1814-25 in Philadelphia, then was listed in New York City directories 1827-47, according to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths."

It is a lengthy 8 3/4" table or serving spoon, and is immensely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz.

Baldwin's "B.G" is frequently accompanied by a pseudo hallmark, which is the case with this, which is stamped with a "bust, lion, D," which McGrew in his work on manufactu...

 
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