American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334744 (stock #2759f)
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Each of these two, flat handle, solid silver, tea or dessert knives measures 7 1/4" long, with the pair weighing just under 2.6 T. oz.

Made of coin silver and dating from about 1860, they are marked on the blades with a "bust" and "JS & Co" for Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.

These are a matched pair in all aspects, except for the inscriptions on them. One is engraved "Marion." in Old English lettering, while the other reads "Daniel" in script on one side, and "F.D.G." in a fancy ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339107 (stock #2810f)
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Dating from the last decade of the 19th century, Gorham's "Virginia" is essentially a pointed antique design with beaded edging, front and back sides.

This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.

The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.

It is without a monogram or removal and in ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341446 (stock #2837f)
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A naturalistic design that incorporates a variety of grasses along with clover leaves and blossoms, Gorham's "Meadow" dates from 1897. It is Art Nouveau in manner.

This example is long handle, 8 1/2", 1.0 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has decorated, notched shoulders, while the piercing mirrors the grasses and clover of the overall pattern. There are remaining traces of an original gold wash.

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

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1343816 (stock #2873f)
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Price for the pair.
This pair master salt dishes are both charming and finely made. They have silver bases with cut and frosted glass liners.

Each one has three legs and stands 1 1/4" high to the top of base and 1 5/8" tall with the liner in place, and is 1 3/4" wide at the maximum. The combined weight of the metal is .7 T. oz.

German in origin, they are stamped "800" for the grade of the silver. These marks are on the rims, and are flanked by two other imprints. These are so small they are indecipherab...

All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 1900 item #1279639 (stock #2327f)
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$70.00
This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and is weighty at 2.1 T. oz.

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 one source, and 1820-60 by another source. Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling.

Export is also largely imitative of English silver, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1287738 (stock #2389dd)
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Long and slender at 9", and weighing nearly 1.2 T. oz., this cake fork dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Waverly" by Wallace. The scroll design derives from the same style impulses that Whiting embraced for its "Louis XV" and Gorham for its "Strasbourg" patterns.

The serving end has five delicate tines joined to a scalloped heel area that is pierced in a fleur-de-lis motif.

There is an embellished, Art Nouveau style "S" monogram.

It is in very fine estate conditi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299421 (stock #2479f)
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Gorham's "California" is a design that is surrounded by mystery. It is an identified pattern, but examples are very rarely found and what exists suggests it was limited to serving pieces.

Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.

It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880. The rounded, swooping handle has a scalloped upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1320544 (stock #2572f)
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Charm personified, this fork and spoon pair were limited production pieces made by Gorham c. 1900. They are part of a broad selection of specially designed items identified by a number preceded by an "H."

Offerings in this line were made to a higher standard of finish and refinement than general production items, and that is the case in this instance.

The handles are a tipt backside "Old English" design while the fronts are acid etched with a "Humpty Dumpty" figure on the spoon and "Sim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321713 (stock #2603f)
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Both large, at 4 7/8" long, and heavy, at nearly 1.3, T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are a very fine example of Towle's "Old Colonial."

This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.

Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.

Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1327749 (stock #2663f)
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At 9" long and weighing a substantial 2.1 T. oz., this large table or serving spoon has Scottish origins.

It is clearly stamped with a castle for Edinburgh, a thistle for sterling, a date letter W for 1828, and a bust duty mark. The maker's initials are "JH," for John Hay whose dates correspond with this.

The handle features a "Kings" pattern on the front, and a plain backside with a thumb drop on the heel of the bowl.

There is a script "G" monogram.

It is in exceptionally fine ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338920 (stock #2808f)
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Measuring 8 3/16" long and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this lettuce fork bridges two related forms.

It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.

The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1346401 (stock #2909f)
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Measuring 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" and weighing approximately .7 T. oz., this belt buckle dates circa 1900.

It was made by William B. Kerr of Newark, New Jersey. The company emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2448" are imprinted on the backside of the 3/8" wide, slightly curved, band that forms the body of the piece.

The backside is fitted with a pivoting crossbar to which two prongs that reach to the front are attached.

The surface of the band is acid etched in a swirling, leafy, Ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1174106 (stock #1458f)
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$65.00
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 #1224493 (stock #1858f)
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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 #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 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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1248911 (stock #2063f)
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$65.00
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Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Thread" aka "French Thread," and appears on the front and back sides. There is a fancy, feathered script "JB" monogram.

The condition is choice estate. There is no polishing wear an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269303 (stock #2267f)
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 7 1/16" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

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 en...

 
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