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 #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 : 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 : 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 : 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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1192136 (stock #1599f)
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An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Norfolk" speaks in clean, simple terms in contrast to the highly decorative patterns of the immediately preceding Victorian era. It has a double scrolled, double lined border that traces around a curvilinear handle...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1094973 (stock #871f)
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This item is the long variant of an olive spoon in Whiting's Louis XV. It measures 8 3/4" overall. The bowl is 2" of this and is especially decorative. It has a lattice work base with scrolled edging and shoulders that echoes the pattern. The surface is finished in a gold wash. There is a feathered script "RW" monogram on the handle while the backside is stamped with the Whiting logo, Sterling, and Pat. 1891. The condition is mint, showing no wear or damage whatsoever.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1119075 (stock #1017f)
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Whiting's late 19th century "Blossom" is a lesser known pattern in that company's stable, and one in which examples are not commonly found. This piece is a 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 1 3/4" diameter, 3/4" deep, round bowl. The handle is narrow with about half its length being a twisted stem. The upper portion features a highly textured floral design from which the pattern obviously takes its name. The bowl has a crimped and scalloped border and plain interior. There is no mo...
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 1900 item #1174106 (stock #1458f)
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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 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 1837 VR item #1221544 (stock #1838f)
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Unusually proportioned, this elongated coin silver master butter knife measures a full 8" long overall and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz. The flat, blunt end blade comprises 3" of this length, while the slender handle with a rounded, tipt end, comprises 5". There is a stylish, well-formed, script "LB" engraved on the front of the gently arched handle.

The maker's stamp is "Jeffrey R. Brackett," along with the word "Boston." Brackett is well documented, identified as working as a silvers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1222445 (stock #1844f)
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Whiting produced two versions of a sugar spoon in their popular "Lily of the Valley" line. Both had shell bowls, with one, as in this instance, was more stylized and decorative, while the other was more straightforward.

The piece measures 6" long and weighs just over .7 T. oz. There is a delicate, feathered script monogram engraved on the plain backside.

This is in pristine condition. The pattern is precisely rendered with every detail of the high relief blossoms, leaves, and lined ba...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193431 (stock #1608f)
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Not formally named, the pattern on these three pieces is an "Oak and Acorn" motif that was produced by Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell. It dates c. 1865.

It is an engaging, double die struck (meaning it appears on both sides of the handle) design, singular for its time, and considerably more detailed than the common patterns of the period, such as "Olive" and its variants.

It was produced over a period of time that straddled the switch from a coin to a sterling silver standard, with the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1216071 (stock #1796f)
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Made by Durgin, whose early bird encircled by stars mark appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling" and the name of the retailer, "J.N. Baker," this 6 7/16" long, just under .6 T. oz., sterling silver sugar spoon has several unusual and quite engaging features.

It has a singularly shaped bowl that is pear shaped with notched shoulders and added scalloped detail on the tip. The bowl and flat handle are extensively engraved in an Aesthetic manner. The bowl features a butterfly o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246294 (stock #2038f)
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At 4 7/8" long and weighing just under 2.2 T. oz., this pair of claw grip sugar tongs are the larger, and less commonly found, version of at least two sizes Gorham produced in "Strabourg."

An early example, they are marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Pat'd 97."

They are without a monogram or removal and in mint condition. Pattern detail remains crisp and sharply defined. The arch is perfectly shaped and free of cracks or bends. The finish is lustrous.

 
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