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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1263811 (stock #2224f)
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In a marketplace replete with reproductions and reissued examples, a matched pair of original, early 20th century, serving pieces such as these in "Old Orange Blossoms" stand out.

This salad serving spoon and fork are dated "1905" on the backside, the year "OOB" was introduced. Other marks include the Alvin emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent," in fine, precise lettering exactly as it should be on early pieces.

The spoon measures 9 3/16" long, while the fork is 9 1/4"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1247259 (stock #2045f)
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Measuring 9" across, standing 2" tall, and weighing 11.2 T. oz., this is a substantially sized bowl.

It is marked with the name and emblem for Theodore B. Starr of New York and dates c. 1900. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "1584." Starr had close business ties with Gorham, but whether this bowl traces to that source cannot be established with certainty.

What is certain is its quality...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1250766 (stock #2078f)
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Made by Stieff, "Williamsburg Shell" was a pattern offered only through the Colonial Williamsburg retail operation. The "CW" symbol along with "Stieff Sterling" is imprinted on the backsides of these ten, matching salad forks.

Each one measures 6 1/2" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz., with the group coming in at 10.4 T. oz.

All the pieces are in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1245595 (stock #2032f)
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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 #1164971 (stock #1393fb)
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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 1930 item #1205732 (stock #1710f)
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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 #1227157 (stock #1884f)
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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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253538 (stock #2109nr)
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An early piece, this asparagus server carries the old Gorham "lion, anchor, G" mark, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1895."

Solid silver, it measures 8 3/4" long and weighs approximately 3.7 T. oz. The reticulated, five tine, blade end is roughly 3 3/8" square, and has a raised, scalloped shoulder where it joins the handle.

The piece is without a monogram or removal and in very fine condition. There is no visible polishing wear and the finish is lustrous. The serving end is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
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This mug made by Gorham about 1900 combines two style features.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau style popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the stem and leaf elements that are applied to the body. Second, it also incorporates four applied children's figures that are very much in the manner of Kate Greenaway whose work harkens to the Arts and Crafts Mo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1219779 (stock #1825f)
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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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257731 (stock #2153f)
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Wendt's "Medallion" was one of the most highly regarded of this genre of designs produced by numerous silver manufacturers in the 1860s. The portraiture is of a youthful, helmeted male warrior set in a knob-end oval with a lined backdrop.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, heavy, approximately 2.3 T. oz., cheese scoop. It has a twist stem and broad, swooping scoop. This possesses a robust quality, with a thick shank, and strongly defined detailing.

It is in excellent condition. Th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
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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 1900 item #1253734 (stock #2110nr)
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This Tiffany pattern, introduced in 1870, went through an evolution of names according to William Hood in his reference work "Tiffany Silver Flatware."

He notes it was originally called "King's" or "King" and that some Tiffany archives refer to it as "Old King," to distinguish it from the later "English King." For some period, it was known as "Cook," and available only by special order. It was reissued in 1956 as "Saratoga," which is the name that generally conveys with it today.

This ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
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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. The serving en...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1261758 (stock #2207f)
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"Medallion" silverware is characterized by its portraiture of classical figures and was popular in the 1860s. Virtually all makers offered one or more interpretations of this motif, the bulk of which were die cut patterns, while some were engraved, and some cast and applied, as is the case with this example.

It is a 10" long, just under 4.4 T. oz., probably oyster, ladle. Oyster ladles were slightly smaller than that soup, which could run to as much as 14" in length in the mid 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1244449 (stock #2021f)
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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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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 1910 item #1251930 (stock #2091dd)
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Expressive of its namesake place in a variety of ways, "Palm Beach" was a limited line produced by Gorham around 1900. This example is an 8 1/2" long, heavy, 2.4 T. oz., serving spoon.

The handle is formed like a palm tree trunk, while the backside of the bowl portrays the full spray palm fronds that cap the trunk.

The entire piece is vermeil, save for the background behind the leaves, which remains silver. The gold could imply both the prosperity associated with Palm Beach, and the br...

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