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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281056 (stock #2337f)
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$245.00
"Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance a feathered script "R.S.G." monogram.

The piece is a 9" long ice spoon. It is an extra heavy version weighing 4.4 T. oz., and was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," whose name is stamped on the backside. Other marks are the Durgin "D" and the word "Sterling."

The elegant bowl has scalloped edges, a pierced interior, and is finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1319275 (stock #2558f)
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$245.00
The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1875, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.

It is model number "39" according t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357686 (stock #3084f)
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$245.00
While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered as a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

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

The matte surface handle has a rounded end and eleven applied daisies. These are joined by a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321097 (stock #2581f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Price for the set of ten.
With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7" long. The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell. Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends broaden to a rounded, upturned end, which hosts the concave shell form. These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.

The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333915 (stock #2747f)
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$235.00
An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1338275 (stock #2798f)
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$235.00
Part of a desk set made by Gorham, this 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide, weighty at 5.3 T. oz., tray is identified in the company's 1902 catalogue as a "sealing set tray" (see image 2).

It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.

It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346080 (stock #2905f)
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$235.00
Dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is an intricately detailed and finely rendered, Renaissance Revival, design.

This 10 1/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., item is a rare form, likely pudding, serving spoon.

It has a symmetrical, 4 3/4" long by 2 1/4" at the widest, oval blade or bowl with a slightly scooped interior. This has a deep, bronze colored, gold finish front and backsides, and delicate, stylized leaf and blossom engraving at the tip. There is a feathered script, possibly "JDQ," m...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1358039 (stock #3092f)
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$235.00
Far larger than most tea balls, this spherical piece measures 2" in diameter and weighs nearly 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, it was made by Wood & Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "41" is imprinted on the inside lip of the lower half.

The design is exceptional, deriving from the intricate reticulation on both the top and bottom halves of the ball.

In addition to apostrophe like cuts, there is a 1/2" wide band on each...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207968 (stock #1731f)
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$225.00
Dating from 1885, Gorham's "Old Masters" scarcely has any parallels in the realm of American sterling silver flatware.

Each piece in the line, with some duplication, features a different, renowned figure from the realm of the classical arts. The handles are cast and individually designed with all aspects of the shank complimentary of the bust of whatever figure surmounts the end of that handle.

The figure in the instance of this 7 3/4" long, exceptional weight 2.2 T. oz., master butter ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1241720 (stock #1997f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for the set of 8.
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 : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1283197 (stock #2352f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Priced as a pair.
Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size. The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

The design is a study ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
Old Friends
$225.00
An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316127 (stock #2530f)
Old Friends
$225.00
An early, original, piece of Whiting's stand-out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.3 T. oz., salad serving spoon is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and with the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts "Daniel Low & Co."

It is distinguished by an elongated bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 1/16" at the widest, which in this instance retains very slight traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1327474 (stock #2659f)
Old Friends
$225.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz., this serving piece is variously identified as a pea, vegetable, or ice spoon. The determinative characteristic of this form is a generously-sized, reticulated bowl, and indeed that is the case with this example in Gorham's "Imperial Chrysanthemum." The piercing in this instance is a leaf design.

The late 19th century pattern is expressive, portraying an abundance of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves arrayed on both front ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1355860 (stock #3051f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for a set of six.
Arising during the rococo period, English "picture (fancy) back" silver encompassed many designs.

This image is one of six, matching pieces made by the partnership of John Langlands & John Robertson of Newcastle, each one of which features a stylized shell with foliate elements.

They measure 5" long each and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the lot., and have down turned, reverse tipt, "Old English" handles with exposed drops.

The fronts have a feathered script "JML" monogram.

All are in very g...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359138 (stock #3105f)
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Dating from 1868, "Rosette" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It takes its name from the design element situated in the center of the handle. It also has an anthemion with scrolled supports located at the end of the lined-border handle, suggesting a Greek Revival influence.

Elegant in its simplicity, the pattern shows spectacularly so at the scale of this 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.2 T. oz., soup ladle.

The bowl is large, 3 3/4" across and 1 1/2" deep. It has a central vee in th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1322336 (stock #2610f)
Old Friends
$215.00
This example of Victorian period grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co.," the date "1892," "New York," and "Sterling." To be sure, they do have darkened sur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1352740 (stock #2994f)
Old Friends
$215.00
An extraordinary design statement, this 5 5/8" diameter, over 2.4 T. oz., sterling plate was produced by a company, Unger Brothers, that was a pace setter for such work in both silver and jewelry in the late 19th through early 20th centuries.

Essentially decorative rather than utilitarian, it was likely meant to be gazed upon, like a plaque, or at best put into light service.

The entire piece is a representation of an iris blossom. The design is no less than ebullient, with the petals o...

 
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