American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258468 (stock #2162dd)
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A charming item, this 4 1/4" long, just over .3 T. oz. total weight, (baby) food pusher is stamped with the "sword through B" mark of Blackinton, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is rococo in style and incorporates scrolls and florettes along its asymmetrical border. This frames a white enamel ground that itself contains a pair of purple lilies with trailing green leaves. The canted blade has a flat end and scalloped edges. The entire piece apart from the enamel is finished is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1258978 (stock #2171f)
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Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

It is in choice condition. The handle is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301660 (stock #2497f)
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European in scale, this French dinner fork is massive compared to typical American counterparts. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a very hefty 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva head, meaning it has a slightly higher silver content at 95% than sterling, which is 92.5%. There is a bigorne guarantee on the surface opposite the Minerva. The maker's mark is an "L" on either side of a cross that has a star at the top and bottom, all this in a lozenge.

The pattern is a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323511 (stock #2622f)
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Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork is extra long at 9 5/16". It weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight variation on both sides of the handle.

The lower portion of the handle is plain an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1324007 (stock #2628f)
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Measuring 7 1/2" long, this English toddy ladle is a small example of the form.

Dating from early in the 19th century, it has a sterling bowl that is 1 3/4" in diameter and 3/4" deep. There is a silver fitting off this which is joined to a twisted baleen handle with a silver tipped end.

The bottom center of the bowl is stamped "D.R," possibly for David Reid of Newcastle.

It is in excellent condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The fittings betwee...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
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A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333017 (stock #2735f)
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One of Gorham's most heralded patterns, Gorham's "Versailles" is an ebullient figural design that speaks well in grand scale.

This 6" long, weighty at approximately 1.2 T. oz., youth fork is evidence that it also presents well, even charmingly, in small scale. It features two cherubs resting languidly up against one another.

The backside is inscribed with the name of the original recipient, "Benita," and what is presumably her birth date, "Aug. 21, '98."

It remains in excellent cond...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332803 (stock #2732f)
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This 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.7 T. oz., spoon is the first in a sequence of sizes in Towle's "Old Colonial" that graduates from this jelly, to preserve, to berry.

It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.

The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1230829 (stock #1908f)
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Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense, rococo design that reflects quite a different, and arguably more engaging, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.

This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. It originally had an overall gold finish, but much of that was polished away and now shows only partly on the handle. It remains essentially intact on the three tine serving end.

The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1233142 (stock #1924f)
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Patented in 1903, "Nuremberg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.

The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city.

This example...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1235575 (stock #1944f)
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$55.00
Joseph Church occupied a prominent place in the social and economic structure of Hartford, Connecticut for the first three quarters of the 19th century. He began his own business as a silversmith in 1818 and entered into the first of several partnerships, this with William Rogers, in 1825. Later he became involved in land and insurance enterprises and was the father of a noted landscape painter, Frederick E. Church (as noted in the "Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver" by Flynt and Fales)...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243805 (stock #2015f)
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A bit longer than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" and heavy at approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is a youth spoon. Having an oversize bowl, this form is also sometimes identified as a pap spoon.

The pattern is Gorham's Art Nouveau "Patrician," a kindred design with "Poppy." It is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Patent 1902."

It is in choice condition and without a monogram or monogram removal. The design detail remains crisp and well-defined. The bowl is perfectly shaped, and free o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1254514 (stock #2119f)
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This solid silver, two handled, tea strainer has a pierced bowl that measures 2 1/4" in diameter, is 3/4" deep, and has a maximum span of 4 5/8" handle tip to handle tip. It weighs just over .8 T. oz.

Made by The Merrill Co., aka as The Merrill Shops, located in New York City, the firm's emblem, the word "Sterling," and the number "804" are stamped on the backside.

Arts and Crafts in style, it likely dates to the first quarter of the 20th century. The flat, tab handles are engraved in ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255582 (stock #2134dd)
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$55.00
Pricing for the pair
Produced circa 1860 by New York City's Albert Coles, this pickle fork and knife set are an idiomatic form for the period.

The knife measures 6 7/8" long while the fork measures 6 1/4". The combined weight is approximately 2.1 T. oz., but a substantial portion of this is the filling in the handles.

The pattern is a "Leaf" variant with other elements that resemble common motifs of the time. In this case, the look is quite similar to Polhamus' "Armor."

The blade of the knife is relati...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1257482 (stock #2150f)
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Stamped "Tiffany & Co. Makers," "Sterling Silver," "925-1000," and with a lower case "m," this master salt was put into production in 1902 as indicated by the model number "15251."

This was a period when Tiffany made reproduction items or designs inspired by older, especially English Georgian, holloware, and that is the case with this piece. It is round, cauldron shaped, and stands on three pad feet with acanthus leaf sprays where the legs are attached.

There is a rolled rim upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290306 (stock #2408f)
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$55.00
An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the bac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297901 (stock #2467f)
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$55.00
Price per piece. Available individually.
Dating from 1902, George Shiebler's group of twelve month designs follows closely after his Flora series and his line pattern "Fiorito." All of them incorporate Art Nouveau, floral motifs.

This trio includes the months of "April," "September," and "November," and portrays respectively, a lily, a poppy, and a chrysanthemum.

Each spoon measures 6" long, and is heavy, weighing something over 1.0 T. oz. each, with slight variation piece to piece.

The condition of all the spoons is excel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301161 (stock #2492f)
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A line pattern commonly found in demitasse and master salt spoons, the availability of other pieces of Gorham's 1880 "Delhi" is somewhat limited.

This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches.

The detailing is extensive, with a textured background adding character and depth to the overall imagery.

It is qui...

 
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