American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1225187 (stock #1862f)
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Identified as bon bon tongs in William Hood's reference "Tiffany Silver Flatware," this item measures 3 1/2" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Wild Rose," which is one of twelve motifs Tiffany produced in its "Floral" series. They have cupped grips with central ridges and gold washed finishes. The arch is plain, without a monogram or removal.

The condition is mint. There is no evidence whatsoever of wear and no damage...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1171147 (stock #1439f)
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Dating from 1892, Towle's "Princess" is an asymmetrical floral (forget-me-not?) and scroll pattern. It is precisely rendered, with well-defined, raised detail on both sides of the handle. This example is a 5 3/4" long, heavy feeling, 1.0 T. oz., five tine sardine fork. The scrolled shoulder serving end has a matte gold finish. The front of the handle has a reserve area which is free of a monogram or removal; the backside is inscribed "C.H.B." in script. The condition is mint...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1197208 (stock #1641f)
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Bright cut patterns were highly popular in American silver of the late 19th century, and no firm was more successful with this style than Towle. The quality of that company's work is fully evident in this 7 1/8" long, substantial weight, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon in the "Gladys" design. The stylized engraving on the handle is set against a matte finish ground and companioned with a delicately elegant "AR" monogram...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1234720 (stock #1938f)
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This 8 15/16" long and substantial weight, nearly 1.9 T. oz., table or serving spoon is marked "Smith & Sills" for the Middletown, Connecticut partnership with dates 1825-31.

It has a clean, well-made look, and is in excellent condition. The arched handle has a tipt end backside and a large "JAS" feathered, period script monogram on the front. The wings off the bowl have broad, beveled edges...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1223048 (stock #1849pb)
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Citing Cutten, McGrew in his benchmark work on pseudo hallmarks, identifies the "eagle, arm and hammer, bust," mark as belonging to "one of eleven silversmith firms . . . operating in Newburgh, NY, after 1830." That attribution is consistent with the origin of this estate pair of 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., coin silver tongs. They have a family provenance that traces to that area and period...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1227757 (stock #1889f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Tiffany's "Faneuil" anticipates the Arts & Crafts movement in its straightforward, hand crafted look. It is a pointed antique pattern with a reverse tipt end, and a thumb drop on the backside join, in this case with the handle, of this 7 1/4" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz master butter knife...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1167772 (stock #1413f)
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Formerly associated with Watson, Charles Thomae founded a separate company in 1920 and lent his personal mark to be used as a trade symbol for the new operation. That "T over C" and the word "Sterling" are located on the rim of this stamp box. The item is round, with a diameter of 1 7/8" and a height of 1 1/8". It is solid silver and weighs approximately 1.6 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1155029 (stock #1306fb)
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"Undine" references a water nymph whose name has been attached to works of literature, art, music, ships, and popular culture. Wood & Hughes used it in the 19th century for a line of silver.

The design is singular, comprising an asymmetrical leaf and floral motif with scrolling edges that, given the associations in the name, might be inspired by waves. It is a highly textured and intricately worked pattern. The background has a stippled surface that, again prompted by the name, might be ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1237088 (stock #1956f)
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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 #1133597 (stock #1136f)
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Fully stamped with a lion, three castle shield, Queen's head, and date letter "C," this pair of tongs measures 5 3/4" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz. The maker's stamp is "WL over CL over WL" for Lister and Sons. They are plain with beveled edges, and have cup grips. There is a script "SRB" monogram on the arch. The condition is outstanding. There are no bends, cracks, or burrs, and the finish is finely patinated.
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 1900 item #1152435 (stock #1286f)
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Whiting's Dresden is a charming floral pattern that incorporates forget-me-not or posey blossom and leaves set against a scrolled ground. The design appears on both front and back sides of the handle. This example is a 9 1/2" long lettuce fork. It is a slender piece, possessing a willowy, delicate look. The background behind the raised design retains traces of what was an original gold wash, with an added element of elegance provided by this detail. It is in mint condition and without a mono...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1146499 (stock #1232f)
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This 7 3/4" long, weighty, 1.3 T. oz., coin silver master butter knife is marked "F. Hoffmann," which is something of a mystery name. Given the mid 19th century style of the piece, a likely attribution is Frederick Hoffman with origins in New York, but largely working in Philadephia, with dates 1820-49. His spelling, however, is listed with a single "n" so that introduces uncertainty. Regardless of the attribution, the piece stands on its own. There is a upraised shell on the end of the hand...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1200074 (stock #1664f)
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Whiting's "Imperial Queen" is a late 19th century design based on English antecedents. These two examples, a 5 1/2" long, .9 T. oz. sauce or cream ladle, and a 4 1/2" long, just over .4 T. oz., bon bon or nut spoon, are flawless, absolutely mint, examples without monograms or removals. They both have matte finish, gold washed serving ends. Marks on the reverses are Whiting's lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and an Old English "O."
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1218326 (stock #1814f)
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Measuring 8 3/8", this relatively weighty .8 T. oz., long handle pickle or olive fork is lengthy even for this form.

It is an early example of International's 1898 "Revere." A decorative scroll pattern, this has added, and quite appealing, embellishment on the two-tine,gold washed, serving end.

It is in flawless condition and without a monogram or removal.

Marks are the International "Wilcox & Evertsen" division indian head emblem and the word "Sterling."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1056088 (stock #670e)
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Gorham's Rosette is an early line pattern for that company, patented in 1868 as indicated by the stamp on the reverse (other marks are lion, anchor, G and the word Sterling).

It is a straightforward design, taking its name from the single rosette set in the lower portion of the handle. It has a lined border and angular end that is tipped with fan, scrolling and stylized acanthus leaf detailing.

This item is a 6 3/4" long, 1.3 T. oz. preserve or jelly spoon. It has a shell-shaped bowl t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1143555 (stock #1206fb)
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This sterling silver sugar sifter is imaginatively designed, and perhaps more so given its variance from traditional, i.e. constrained or formulaic, English style. The touch marks on the reverse date it to 1892, made by James Dixon & Sons of Sheffield, England. It is a 5 3/4" long, rather heavy, 1.5 T. oz., sugar sifter. The handle has an irregular margin and a short lower twisted section. The surface is finely engraved and diamond cut in a stylized floral motif. The 1 7/8" diameter, 5/8" d...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1243101 (stock #2009f)
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A standard pattern with slight variations from maker to maker, "Olive" was a stand out design in the mid 19th century. Gorham produced its own variant in 1865 and took it further afield from than other makers of the period. It is built around a central, double lined, oval, engraved "Nellie" in this case, with leafy elements top and bottom of this, and a beaded drop at the very bottom.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, relatively heavy 1.5 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle. It is stamped with the "...

 
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