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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293890 (stock #2440f)
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$52.00
A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245767 (stock #2033mt)
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$50.00
Number "8" in Shiebler's "Flora" series, this teaspoon measures 5 3/4" long and is substantial weight at not quite 1.0 T. oz. The flower portraiture is "Lily of the Valley."

It is a choice example without a monogram or removal on the plain backside. Pattern details remains clearly defined and sharp, showing only the slightest bit of polishing softening on the highest points of the blossoms. The bowl is without any tip wear and is free of dents or burrs. The finish is brilliant...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1270827 (stock #2275f)
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$50.00
An estate item, this gravy ladle was made by Whiting in the "Louis XV" pattern. It is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1891," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Kennard & Co."

It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The bowl is generously proportioned, with a depth of 1". It has decorated, flanged shoulders and an intact, satin matte gold finish on the interior.

There is an Old English "B" monogram on the front of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1292352 (stock #2427f)
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$48.00
Clean and straightforward in design, this 5 7/8 long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs have plain, beveled edge, tapered arms and cup grips.

They are marked lion for sterling, leopard head for London, "h" for 1823, and "RR" for Robert Rutland.

They are without a monogram or inscription, or a removal of same, and in excellent condition. There are no bends, breaks, cracks, or repairs. The grips are free of dents or burrs. The only signs of use are light surface scratches consistent with age...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297327 (stock #2462f)
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$48.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing nearly .5 T. oz., this butter pick is a fully authentic item, not made up from another piece.

The pattern is "Violet" by Wallace. It is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau style, floral design produced early in the 20th century.

This has a delicate, feathered script "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition. There is no polishing wear, with all the fine details of the pattern remaining sharp and well-defined...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1283537 (stock #2354f)
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Solid silver, and with a flat blade and handle, this 6 3/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "Gorham & Co.," dating it 1852-65. Other marks include "Coin" and "Patent 1855."

This last identifier is what typically appears with this pattern, which is "Josephine." The leaf design is of the period, with several other makers producing quite similar patterns in the 1850s and 1860s.

The engraving on the blade individualizes this...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1258649 (stock #2166f)
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$48.00
Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1254912 (stock #2124dd)
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$48.00
Made by the Merrill Company, aka Merrill Shops, in the early part of the 20th century, this brandy or cognac warmer is imaginatively designed. Overall it is Arts and Crafts in manner. The bowl is heart-shaped with a beaded border and has the requisite pair of hooks to grip a glass edge. The handle is plain with an angular end.

It measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just over .7 T.oz.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Apart from light overall surface wear, th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291080 (stock #2415f)
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Variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this 7 3/4" long piece has a flat, solid silver handle joined to a blunt end, also solid silver, blade.

It is rather heavy at just under 1.7 T. oz. This weight is reflected in the substantial thickness of the piece, particularly at the join between the handle and blade.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" and appears on both sides of the handle, which is monogrammed "Mc.C." in Old English on the front.

It has Boston origins, st...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1203297 (stock #1686gc)
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$48.00
This pair of coffee spoons were made by well known English makers Samuel Godbehere and Edward Wigan. The date mark places them 1794-1796. This pair of makers are quoted in Jackson's Hallmarks as "Good, general makers of usually small pieces, spoons, cream jugs, etc." They weigh a combined .7 T. oz. and measure 4 3/4". These spoons are in very good to exceptional condition. They show some minor rippling to the edge of the bowls but no tip wear, which is usually seen in pieces of this age. Th...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1203271 (stock #1685f)
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$48.00
Dating from the mid 19th century, Hall, Hewson & Brower were located in Albany, New York.

This example of their work is a 7 1/2" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., right angle, coin silver master butter knife. It was retailed by "W.D. & A. McLean" according to the mark alongside the HH&B with eagle emblem on the blade.

The blade is engraved with a waterside scene of a structure on the land and a sailboat in the background. Other portions of the blade have leafy elements and engine turning.

T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1210113 (stock #1743f)
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$48.00
Similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV," this pattern has parallels in designs produced by George Sharp and John Wendt, of which this 7 1/8" long, nearly 1.1 T. oz., master butter knife is one. It is marked "Coin" on the reverse, with no other identifiers.

The pattern and piece both date c. 1870, and include a period bellflower, leaf, and scroll motif. It has a reserve, which in this case is without a monogram or removal. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1211648 (stock #1757f)
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$48.00
Dating from 1890, Wallace's "Waverly" is a "Louis XV" style scroll pattern, quite similar to Whiting's 1891 pattern of that name.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, nearly .9 T. oz. sardine fork. It has five tines, the outer two of which are wider than the central one, and have slightly curved tips and scalloped edges that lead to scalloped shoulders.

This is without a monogram or removal and is in excellent condition. Marks are "RW&S" and "Sterling."
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1249399 (stock #2067f)
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$48.00
Dating from very early in the history of the company founded in 1853, this 6 5/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., preserve spoon is stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Pure Coin."

Apparently it was a line pattern given that a variety of pieces still show up, but is unnamed. It has a flat handle with a chiseled looking margin and an extensively bright cut and engraving surface. The backside is plain, save for the marks. The bowl is a shell form with scalloped edges.

It is in exceptionally fine con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1248233 (stock #2053f)
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$48.00
Oval with a flat bottom, this napkin ring measures 2 3/16" long, stands 1 3/8" at the highest, is 3/4" wide, and weighs just under .7 T. oz.

Made by the Webster Company, it is stamped with the firm "WC and arrow" emblem as well as "Sterling" on the interior.

The applied edges are raised and have lined detailing. The band itself is engraved in a leaf and floral design, with the name "John" inscribed in script in the reserve area.

The condition is excellent. The form is flawless with...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1260471 (stock #2188f)
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$46.00
A moderately large example for the form, this sardine fork measures 5 5/8" long and weighs nearly 1.1 T. oz. The tine design is singular to this manufacturer, Frank Smith. There are six, all of which are wavy and all of which have trident hooks on one side. The serving end measures 2" wide by 2" deep, and has an upraised heel.

The pattern is "Priscilla," which dates from 1924. It is a clean design, with a double lined border and delicate shell and bow at the terminus, and in this instanc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1278945 (stock #2320f)
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$46.00
A multi-motif floral design, Reed & Barton's "La Parisienne" represents the epitome of Art Nouveau design.

This 5 7/8" long, relatively weighty at nearly .8 T. oz., pickle fork portrays a pond lily accompanied with stylized, sinuous leaves encircling both sides of the handle.

The tines on this are finished in a bright gold wash. This piece is to be distinguished from a cocktail fork, which is shorter and has stubbier tines.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276498 (stock #2302f)
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$46.00
Watson produced an extensive line of fruit, floral, and even vegetable patterns around the turn of the 20th century that were exceptionally finely rendered and reflected Art Nouveau sensibilities.

An example from that series, this 6 1/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.2 T. oz., spoon has an elongated and pointed bowl and is probably for citrus.

The motif is grape, showing a large cluster of high relief fruit surrounded by leaves and sinuous vines. The backside repeats the theme in diminished s...

 
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