American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1247259 (stock #2045f)
Old Friends
$395.00
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 : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1245595 (stock #2032f)
Old Friends
$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 1970 item #1250766 (stock #2078f)
Old Friends
$395.00
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 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
Old Friends
$375.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1219779 (stock #1825f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
Old Friends
$365.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1261758 (stock #2207f)
Old Friends
$345.00
"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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1244449 (stock #2021f)
Old Friends
$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 #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
Old Friends
$345.00
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. The serving en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1140056 (stock #1189f)
Old Friends
$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 #1262646 (stock #2212f)
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Gorham utilized a variety of figural imagery on its 1870 "Japanese" line of flatware. All drew upon Asian or pseudo-Asian design motifs and incorporated numerous details to suggest that association.

This 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., berry spoon portrays a bird and dragonfly as primary figures, and is one of the several main themes employed by Gorham. Other elements in the composition include bamboo and even pseudo language characters. The background is stippled and some areas of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1267601 (stock #2258f)
Old Friends
$325.00
Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid" is an exceptionally fanciful, reticulated, figural pattern. It features a range of imagery incorporating putti-like characters engaged in various enterprises. The imagery varies from piece to piece and is appropriate to the item function.

This example is a 9 3/8", extraordinarily heavy, 4.8 T. oz., salad serving fork. There are three cupid figures, one standing and serving from a bowl, with the other two seated an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1205732 (stock #1710f)
Old Friends
$325.00
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. Other marks include the model number "18" and the word "Sterling."

The design falls fully in the Arts and Crafts ...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1258257 (stock #2160dd)
Old Friends
$325.00
A straw for drinking yerba mate, this bombilla (bomba) measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just over 1.1 T. oz.

The pierced bowl is stamped "Plata Industria Argentina" and "800" in a diamond. This is hinged for opening and has a threaded end that fits into the tube.

The tube itself has a gold tip that is stamped "18K." This appears to be a solid band wrapped around an inner lining. The stem is divided into several sections separated by bands, two of which are knurled. The upper portion h...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1274497 (stock #2288f)
Old Friends
$325.00
Stamped with a broken die ". Fletcher" on the underside, with the letter before the period rubbed away, this mug is likely by Thomas Fletcher of Boston and Philadelphia, although his brother Henry of Boston and Lexington, Kentucky, used a similar mark.

In either case, it is a noteworthy item. Thomas Fletcher was long associated with Sidney Gardiner and the two of them produced some of the most significant silver of the 19th century.

This piece is a 3 1/2" tall to the rim, 3 7/8" to the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1168683 (stock #1419fb)
Old Friends
$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. It also has an ornate Art Nouveau "HLM" monogram engraved on the lid.

There is a snap latch and an inner lip on the lowe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1081097 (stock #798f)
Old Friends
$295.00
Also known as No. 88, Gorham's Lily of the Valley is one of that company's earliest line patterns.

It was patented in 1870, as indicated by the stamp on this piece. Other marks include the word Sterling and a lion, anchor, G.

A popular design since its inception, this remains a favorite among collectors.

The design shows to full advantage at the scale of this 8 3/4" long ice cream server. It has a large, arced blade with a central vee. The surface is finished in a gold wash. The bac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1097862 (stock #895f)
Old Friends
$295.00
The long-handled version, this salad serving fork and spoon in Gorham's figural Old Baronial are large and heavy.

The spoon measures 10 3/8" and weighs 4.2 T. oz., while the fork is 10 1/4" and weighs 4.3 T. oz.

These are old items, having the decorated shoulders that show up only on earlier pieces. Furthermore, the fork bowl has detailed piercings which again is characteristic of older items.

The pattern is aptly named, with its courtly design features that center on the lion's hea...

 
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