American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246294 (stock #2038f)
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At 4 7/8" long and weighing just under 2.2 T. oz., this pair of claw grip sugar tongs are the larger, and less commonly found, version of at least two sizes Gorham produced in "Strabourg."

An early example, they are marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Pat'd 97."

They are without a monogram or removal and in mint condition. Pattern detail remains crisp and sharply defined. The arch is perfectly shaped and free of cracks or bends. The finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1210481 (stock #1747f)
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Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.

"Yetiv," the pattern on this 5 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., sardine fork, well represents the capacities of the firm. It is an Art Nouveau design patented in 1902 and so indicated on the reverse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1199914 (stock #1663fl)
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this sterling silver cream ladle is an old example of Gorham's "Chantilly." It is is flawless condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no polishing wear and the finish is lustrous. The lobed bowl has flanged shoulders and has a bright gold wash finish on the interior. Marks are the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1215021 (stock #1786f)
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Portraying a bust on the handle and a mounted image for the French King and Roman Catholic Saint for whom the City of Saint Louis was named, this spoon was retailed by that city's premier jeweler, "Mermod-Jaccard & King Co." (1905 forward), as marked on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

This is a superbly crafted item. The imagery portrays a youthful king wearing a crown and with his shoulders draped in a clasped cloak...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1216071 (stock #1796f)
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Made by Durgin, whose early bird encircled by stars mark appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling" and the name of the retailer, "J.N. Baker," this 6 7/16" long, just under .6 T. oz., sterling silver sugar spoon has several unusual and quite engaging features.

It has a singularly shaped bowl that is pear shaped with notched shoulders and added scalloped detail on the tip. The bowl and flat handle are extensively engraved in an Aesthetic manner...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1228312 (stock #1893f)
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These two, sterling silver chairs appear to be a matched arm and sides, or "his and hers" pair. They were made by "J.K. Martyn" of Hoxsie, RI, according to the marks on the underside. "Martyn" is identified as an "Artificer" as stamped on the underside (along with the word "Sterling"), which would suggest they produced novelty items like this...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1222445 (stock #1844f)
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Whiting produced two versions of a sugar spoon in their popular "Lily of the Valley" line. Both had shell bowls, with one, as in this instance, was more stylized and decorative, while the other was more straightforward.

The piece measures 6" long and weighs just over .7 T. oz. There is a delicate, feathered script monogram engraved on the plain backside.

This is in pristine condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1221544 (stock #1838f)
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Unusually proportioned, this elongated coin silver master butter knife measures a full 8" long overall and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz. The flat, blunt end blade comprises 3" of this length, while the slender handle with a rounded, tipt end, comprises 5". There is a stylish, well-formed, script "LB" engraved on the front of the gently arched handle.

The maker's stamp is "Jeffrey R...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1195691 (stock #1628f)
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Engraving was brought to a high art form in the late 19th century and these four teaspoons exemplify the technique at its highest level. Made by Durgin, each measures 5 3/4" long, while the group weighs 2.4 T. oz. These illustrate bright cut work, which is a subset of engraving employs deep cuts that create a faceted edge with a highly reflective, diamond like quality. The background around the cutting has a satin matte finish which further emphasizes the glimmer created by the cutting...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193431 (stock #1608f)
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Not formally named, the pattern on these three pieces is an "Oak and Acorn" motif that was produced by Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell. It dates c. 1865...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1146156 (stock #1229f)
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This 6" long, modest weight, teaspoon in Gorham's classical motif "Medallion" is in exceptionally fine condition. The high relief, male warrior figure has been spared polishing wear; it retains sharp, clear detail. The bowl is even, with a nicely rounded tip, and free of burrs or dimples. The finish is lustrous. Marks are lion, anchor, G, "Pat. 1864," and Sterling.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133599 (stock #1137f)
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This pair of Sterling tongs was made by Thomas Sewell of Newcastle, England in 1852. They are fully stamped with a lion, three castle shield, Queen's head, and date letter "N," and also have the leopard's head mark of London. Presumably they were made in one city and intended to retail in another. They measure 5 1/2" long and weigh approximately 1.2 T. oz. They are plain with beveled edges, and have cup grips. There is a script "HG" monogram on the arch. The condition is outstanding. Ther...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #845463 (stock #241pd)
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At 8" long, this is a large master butter knife. The pattern is Gorham's early 1870's "Corinthian." This is a handsome example, with fine detailing, including an engraved blade. There is an elegant, period monogram (EK?). The condition is excellent. The blade is even, and free of bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is nicely patinated. Marks are lion, anchor, G, Sterling, Pat. 71, and the name of the retailer. This is rubbed, but appears to be Robbxxxx.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1156060 (stock #1319fw)
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This coin silver master butter knife is stamped "W.H. Elliott" for the Manchester, New Hampshire retailer whose dates were 1848-94. The form of the piece and the fact that it is coin (and so marked), dates it to the early years of the firm, c. 1860. It is a large, 7 3/4" long, moderate weight, 1.1 T. oz., master butter knife. It has a sculpted handle and blade, both with flat surfaces, but with the hand raised up from the blade, and both extensively engraved in a period style. The backside i...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1163444 (stock #1378f)
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Dating from 1880, Gorham's "Old Medici" utilizes Renaissance figures as a central motif. This 6 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example marked "Copyrighted," along with Gorham's lion, anchor, G emblem, and the word "Sterling." It has an ovoid bowl with scalloped and rippled edges. The interior of the bowl is artfully engraved. There is an Old English "M" monogram on the reverse. This is in excellent condition. There is only very slight polishing wear on the high spots of the...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1187580 (stock #1559fa)
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This 5 1/16" long, just under .6 T. oz., egg spoon is fully marked for sterling (seated Britannia), Dublin, 1834, and with a maker's mark of "PW" for Peter Weeks whose dates correspond with the piece. It has an "eagle with upraised wings" crest on the front, and the initials "J.D" inscribed at the join with the bowl on the reverse. It is in very good condition. They form is excellent, with no bends, breaks, or burrs. There is some overall softening of detail from polishing. The bowl is well...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1181578 (stock #1511fl)
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This piece is a fully authentic, original butter pick, not one made up or customized as many examples in the marketplace today are. The piece is 6 1/2" long and relatively heavy at more than .7 T. oz. The pattern is "Passaic," dating from the turn of the 20th century. Employing complex scroll and flower elements, it suggests the Art Nouveau style for which the Unger firm became exceptionally noteworthy. It has a twist end with a spear tip. It is in flawless condition and without a monogram ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1172182 (stock #1448f)
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This 6 1/8" long, slightly over .7 T. oz., spoon is an unexpected design produced by an unexpected source. The handle is an open spiral, something akin to a square twist such as Whiting and other manufacturers produced, but apart from that it is unique in the realm of late 19th silver flatware design. The handle has an overall hammered surface, with a rough end suggesting a torn or broken natural form. Indeed, this naturalistic, i.e. Aesthetic, sensibility carries over to all aspects of the p...
 
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