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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1247259 (stock #2045f)
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$345.00
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297025 (stock #2458f)
Old Friends
$335.00
While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered in a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an large, 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flanged shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

It could have been for crackers, salad, berries, or some other unidentified purpose...

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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1282833 (stock #2348f)
Old Friends
$325.00
These four, matching save for size, drinking vessels are designed to fit one inside the other. They all are plain sided with curved bases and splayed tops with triple lined rims.

The largest is about the size of an American julep cup and stands 3" high and has a top diameter of 3 1/8". The smallest is 2 7/8" high and 2 7/8" in diameter. They have substantial heft, with the group weighing 13.3 T. oz., ranging from 3.6 T. oz. to 3.0 T. oz., largest to smallest...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
Old Friends
$295.00
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1203126 (stock #1683f)
Old Friends
$295.00
A line of serving pieces named for the substance used in the handles, Whiting's 1890 "Ivory" is an amalgamation of a natural material with sterling silver. This example is a 6 5/16" long sugar spoon. It is marked with the Whiting emblem, the word "Sterling," and the number "2888" on the reverse heel of the spoon. There is no monogram or removal...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258365 (stock #2161f)
Old Friends
$285.00
Sometimes misidentified as a cracker scoop, this berry spoon or shovel form was a popular American form in the mid 19th century.

This 9" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., twist stem, example was produced by New York's Albert Coles. It was one of several designs in this genre that Coles offered.

It is die struck and portrays a raised classical warrior figure surrounded by detailing that has an architectural quality to it.

In his foundational work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1081097 (stock #798f)
Old Friends
$285.00
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 #1241720 (stock #1997f)
Old Friends
$280.00
This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is a dense, figural design that is subject to polishing wear. These retain all the intricacy of their original production, showing only minimal evidence of use. The main figure is a woman holding a bucket and all elements of her portraiture ar...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
Old Friends
$275.00
This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1218901 (stock #1818f)
Old Friends
$265.00
One of at least three, kindred, hollow handled patterns that Gorham produced in a limited number of serving pieces, this design is unnamed. A similar square or diamond design goes by the name "Hindoo."

This 9 1/2" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., pie server is a show piece. It is all sterling silver, with as mentioned, a flattened oval shaped, hollow handle. This is joined to a narrow, solid shank, while the large blade is thick and has sculpted shoulders that have a double banded reinforcing ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280148 (stock #2330f)
Old Friends
$265.00
This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure.

Originated by New York's Henry Hebbard (and later a line pattern with Whiting), this example was retailed Tiffany & Co., as identified on the back side. It is also stamped "H.H. Patent [1]862."

Consistent with Tiffany's requirement, this is to a sterling (as marked) standard rather than the then more prevalent coin.

Again consistent with Tiffany's requirements, it is a finely c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1221548 (stock #1839f)
Old Friends
$265.00
One of several patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880 with a twisted handle, this example has a round twist lower section joined to a four sided diamond shaped end. It is referred to as "Square Twist" by some sources, while that name is reserved by other sources for another design.

The piece is an ice cream slice. By nature, these are large items, but this exceeds even what would be expected of the form. It measures 12 7/8" long and weighs a massive 6.0 T. oz.

While evidently plain, t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1281673 (stock #2341f)
Old Friends
$265.00
A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit and leaves.

This possibly vegetable, fish, or large salad serving fork is an early example with decorated shoulders as found only on old examples. It is marked with Gorham's "lion, anch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1129063 (stock #1096f)
Old Friends
$265.00
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 products 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 ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1176088 (stock #1469f)
Old Friends
$265.00
While the appellation "New Tipt" would imply a plain, unembellished, design, Gorham's pattern that bears this name does not follow this assumption.

It is quite detailed, trending toward an Egyptian Revival style. The lower portion of the handle is tubular, with beaded margins on either end. The broadened end features a pair of flanking leaves, possibly lotus, and an array of grassy elements set against a stippled ground.

This item is a rare, 8 5/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., pea or ice spoon wi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278408 (stock #2316f)
Old Friends
$250.00
Marked "Sterling," these eight forks retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) are transition pieces between the coin and sterling silver standards. Each one measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs 11.6 T. oz.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned ends. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The are in very good estate condition. There is slight ove...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1205349 (stock #1706f)
Old Friends
$245.00
A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit or floral elements.

This example is a substantially sized vegetable or salad serving fork. It measures 8 3/4" long, has a three tine working end that is 3 1/2" by 2 1/2", and weighs a hef...

 
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