American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1164971 (stock #1393fb)
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$445.00
There is lack of complete certainty on the name of this 1870's Gorham pattern classified in the Egyptian Revival mode, but it is generally and reliably identified as "Hindoo."

It has a tubular stem and diamond prism handle end with banded borders. It is essentially Gorham's "Isis" without the winged snake figure.

The bowl on this large, 13 1/2" long, heavy, 6.4 T. oz., soup ladle has a central vee made up of two flanking lobes with rounded shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1246411 (stock #2039f)
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$425.00
Standing 8 3/4" and measuring 7 1/4" across from handle edge to spout tip, this silver coffee pot has a lofty, elegant look. It was made by Wallace whose emblem appears on the underside, along with the model number "1163," "Sterling," "1 3/4 PTS," and the additional number "8." It weighs 12.9 T. oz.

The body has a bulbous base separated from a narrowed neck by a encircling beaded border. The beading is repeated on the top rim where the lid rests...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
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$395.00
A known but unnamed pattern by Durgin, this design is French Rococo in manner. It is highly detailed, featuring scrolls, acanthus leaves, florettes, and beading arranged asymmetrically on the handle. The pattern repeats with slight variation on the backside. This example is a 9 1/4" long, 3.8 T. oz., asparagus server. The shoulders of the serving end follow after the overall design with an added floral swag with bow. The crossbars joining the five tines are leafy scrolls...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1245595 (stock #2032f)
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$395.00
Measuring 7 1/4" in diameter, standing 1 1/2" high, and weighing 7.1 T. oz., this piece has a flat bottom suggesting it is intended to be used as a wine coaster.

It is relatively large. The interior dimension is 3 5/8" across, which is just enough to accommodate a 1.5 liter bottle in addition to a .75 liter one.

It is model number "58F" according to the stamp on the underside. Other identifiers include the words "S...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227157 (stock #1884f)
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$385.00
An original, estate item, this claret ladle measures an extraordinarily long 16 1/2" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped "Tiffany & Co., "Sterling," "Pat.1885," and "M," this last mark indicating it dates no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is arguably the most successful American version of this venerable English design. There is a tight, script "MMS" monogram on the front of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1205732 (stock #1710f)
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$385.00
This medium sized, open bowl has a top diameter of 6 5/8", sits on a flat base that is 3 1/2" across, stands 2 1/2" high, and weighs 10.8 T. oz. It carries the mark for Karl F. Leinonen who was the head smith in Boston's "Handicraft Shop" founded in 1901. He later established his own operation and in the course of things became a prominent name in the American A&C movement...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207968 (stock #1731f)
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$375.00
Dating from 1885, Gorham's "Old Masters" scarcely has any parallels in the realm of American sterling silver flatware. Each piece in the line, with some duplication, features a different, renowned figure from the realm of the classical arts. The handles are cast and individually designed with all aspects of the shank complimentary of the bust of whatever figure surmounts the end of that handle.

The figure in the instance of this 7 3/4" long, exceptional weight 2.2 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
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$375.00
This mug made by Gorham about 1900 combines two style features...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
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$375.00
Measuring 4 3/4" in diameter, standing 2 1/2" high, and weighing a very substantial 9.9 T. oz., this bowl is item number A7815 made by Gorham according to the marks on the underside. Its purpose is uncertain, being much larger than a standard child's dish, one possibility. It could be a christening bowl. In any case, it was presented to "Harry M. Stevens" on "December 25 - 1909" according to the script inscriptions that appear on the upper wall below the rim. It sits on a tiered base and has...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1219779 (stock #1825f)
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$375.00
The Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International silver was responsible for some of the most successful Art Nouveau patterns of the parent company. The best known was "Frontenac." Turn of the 20th century "Cleone" may be the most innovative and dramatic. Examples of it are rare.

It is representational, employing Art Nouveau floral elements and a single figure. The design elements are opulently portrayed, and tumble into the bowl. It features a bearded male image set amid an array of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1163701 (stock #1382f)
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$365.00
One of the most elegant designs produced by Durgin, "Regent" (1885) holds it own within the panoply of first rank patterns generated in the Victorian era. The line featured large scale pieces, which is evidenced by this 9 3/4" long, massive weight 5.1 T. oz., berry spoon. The design employs scroll, shell, and leaf elements interspersed with open lattice work areas in both the handle and the bowl. There are two versions of "Regent," one with a plain background and one engraved. This is the en...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1244449 (stock #2021f)
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$345.00
Model number "1183" according to the stamp on the underside, this 9" wide, 2" high, 9.9 T. oz., bowl was made by Gorham whose name and lion, anchor, G mark also appears on the bottom along with the word "Sterling." Additionally it carries a date emblem for 1958.

The date is consistent with the style as this has the clean, unencumbered look characteristic of Mid Century Modern design. It has a plain, squared, turned rim. The innovative, and offsetting, aspect of the piece is the "Greek Key...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1140056 (stock #1189f)
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$335.00
The design on these two, matched spoons is commonly referred as Lily, Lily of the Valley, and Number 88 (which usually appears on the backside of this 1870 design). They are 7 1/8" long, weighty, and have the same "MHO" period monogram on the reverses. The pattern is intricate and has open work on the top of the handle. It seems to reflect similar design inspiration as Gorham's Egyptian Revival Lotus of the same period. The stylized shell-shaped bowls have a frosted finish on the interior, a...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1129063 (stock #1096f)
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$335.00
Whiting's and Gorham's Lotus are nearly twin patterns, although there are subtle differences. The primary distinguishing feature is the number of lotus fronds in the design, Gorham having three and Whiting, as with this piece, having five. They are both a product of the c. 1870 Egyptian Revival movement and are patterns that have never lost appeal. This example is a 10 1/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., ice cream server. It is in immaculate condition, showing essentially no wear, and is without a monogr...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227621 (stock #1888f)
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$325.00
Impressively fashioned and large scaled, each of these eight, matching pie or pastry forks measures 7" long while the group together weighs a substantial 10.8 T. oz. Lengthy and slender in look but staunch in form, they have three elongated tines with the lower one having a hooked end. Each one is monogrammed "HC" in fancy script lettering.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Louis XIV." D&H produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years. This item...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1168683 (stock #1419fb)
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$325.00
Whiting's "Fantasy" is a pattern about which little information is available. Aesthetic in nature and likely dating from the late 1800's, examples of it are scare. This piece is a generously proportioned soap box, measuring 4" x 3" by 1 1/2" and weighing an unusually hefty 4.9 T. oz. It has an overall hammered surface, with an added design created by chased beading. This piece also has an ornate Art Nouveau "HLM" monogram engraved on the lid. There is a snap latch and an inner lip on the lo...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1190625 (stock #1586f)
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$325.00
Whiting produced berry, or serving, spoons in "Lily" in a variety of sizes, some with minor differences in length. This is apparently the largest, measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing just under 3.7 T. oz. It is also distinguished by the over-sized scale of its bowl which is 3 1/2" long and 3" wide. It is also an old example, carrying all the marks for an early production piece. These include the Whiting logo, the words "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and an Old English "O." It is also stamped with ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1177974 (stock #1481f)
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$325.00
A truly massive piece at 9 5/8" long and weighing 4.8 T. oz., this vegetable serving spoon is an old example of Tiffany's "Chrysanthemum." It bears the company name on the reverse, along with the words "Sterling," "Pat. 1XX0," and a telling capital "M," which dates it no later than 1891. There is a script "EN" monogram. One of Tiffany's most popular designs, the front and back sides of the handle as well as the reverse heel of the bowl, are densely decorated with chrysanthemum blossom, bud, a...
 
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