American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321415 (stock #2585f)
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This 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced or adapted by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co.," and dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two variations, both of which reflect highly sophisticated craftsmanship.

One, the handle is reticulat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1328038 (stock #2666f)
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An early, original, example of International's Art Nouveau, lily motif, "Frontenac," this chocolate muddler measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz.

It has an upturned handle end, a 1 1/2" round bowl that retains a residue of its original gold wash, and is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller helmet over shield emblem of International, "Pat.," and "Sterling."

Without a monogram or removal, it is in superb condition. Pattern detail, with its stippled margins, remains sharp ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330864 (stock #2708f)
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The Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island is to be distinguished from Howard & Company of New York, both operating in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon.

Presumably named after Napoleon's empress consort, the design features bold acanthus leav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331234 (stock #2713f)
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This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., ladle is unusual in that the 2 1/4" round bowl has a flat bottom with nearly straight sidewalls, rather than the typical curved or inverted dome interior.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell" for Philadelphia's carriage trade firm, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is a "Kings," "English Kings," in a form that was standard to Caldwell. It conforms to all the conventions of this British inspired design. It has a convex shell on the front and a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342740 (stock #2858f)
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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346000 (stock #2904f)
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The largest of the round bowl soup spoons, gumbos are substantially sized items.

Consistent with that, this example measures 6 7/8" long and is quite heavy, at 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Dauphin" by Durgin, issued in 1897.

Apropos of the name, the design is French in manner. It features a variety of high relief flowers and leaves, with a ribbon border. The backside heel of the roughly 2" diameter bowl features an expanded leaf portraiture, interpreted in a free-flowing, Art Nouveau...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1347851 (stock #2924f)
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A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a scall...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352879 (stock #2996f)
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A 6 3/4" long, relatively weighty at 1.4 T. oz. item, this small to medium sized serving spoon was produced by George Shiebler in the late 19th century.

The pattern name is "Sandringham" and the design is consistent with this appelation, in that it is English courtly.

The handle, which has beaded margins, is capped with what appears to be a near exact representation of the three feather herldic badge of the Prince of Wales.

References list the issue date of this pattern as 1895, b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354135 (stock #3015f)
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While hallmarked for Chester, England, with a date letter for 1908-09, this sterling silver tea caddy spoon has dual Scottish associations.

First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.

Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354721 (stock #3026f)
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Introduced in 1885, Whiting's "Lily of the Valley" immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again representative of the leaves, and this also serves as an enhancing design element.

In sum, it reflects influences from the innovative design sensibilities of the Aesthetic m...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1355493 (stock #3045f)
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Standing 4" tall with a top diameter of 2" and a bottom diameter of 1 1/2", and weighing approximately 2.6 T. oz., this beaker (becker) has German origins. Primarily for wine, it holds 4 liquid ounces.

It is stamped on the underside with a "crown, 800, lion" emblem, which designates the silver standard, and the name "C.E. Keyser," which was a Leipzig firm.

Having smooth, tapered sides, this form appears in glass and other metals, such as pewter.

This presents in a particularly refin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1356228 (stock #3058f)
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Marked on the reverse "Stieff - Sterling" and with an oval emblem with a "CW" inside it, this fork was one in a line of reproduction silver made for and sold exclusively by Colonial Williamsburg.

The pattern is "Queen Anne" which has a broad rounded end, upturned handle, narrow stem, and a mid rib. The backside is plain, save for the marks.

This piece is a four-tine cold meat fork that measures 8 1/2" long and weighs a robust 2.3 T. oz.

It was never monogrammed and is in excellent ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1960 item #1358300 (stock #3096f)
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This candle snuffer has a multiple provenance.

It is stamped on the end of the handle, "Perlita," which sources indicate was a Mexico City retailer, "Taxco," for the renowned center of modernist silver manufacturing, "Sterling 925," and with an eagle symbol with a "9" on its chest, which was the number assigned by convention to Hector Aguilar.

Aguilar was a shop manager for the legendary William Spratling before he opened his own operation in 1939, and became prominent in his own righ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360196 (stock #3128f)
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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61).

It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded end shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front.

It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script.

It is in excellent condition. The detail remains well-defined, showing minimal evidence of polishin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360227 (stock #3130dd)
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Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this sardine fork is an early production example of International's 1903 Art Nouveau style "Frontenac."

It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of old production pieces.

There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.

It is in superb condition, indicating it has had little to no us...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360294 (stock #3131dd)
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Price for the group of seven.
Dating c. 1860, these seven, coin silver, "Tipt End" teaspoons fall into two groups.

Three were made by Gorham, marked lion, anchor, G, and have feathered script "SC" monograms. They measure 6" long each, while the set weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz. They carry the retail name "Rhoads," for Charles G. Rhoads of Lancaster, Pennsylvannia.

The second set is also coin silver, and comprised of four spoons, 5 7/16" long, approximately 2.3 T. oz. collectively, with feathered script "SST" mono...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360599 (stock #3142f)
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While his early working years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut, George Eno is identified as a Philadelphia silversmith where he spent most of his life.

This large, 7 3/4" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "Eno & Co." and "Coin," dating it 1854-60, prior to Eno's 1860-70 partnership with George Bechtel.

The narrow handle is hexagonal with two square block elements. The end is broad and spreads out into a fan or anthemion form. This is finely engraved and outlined in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361590 (stock #3170f)
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While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle.

The handle is slender and elongated, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends to the lower of two...

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