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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227621 (stock #1888f)
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$295.00
Impressively fashioned and large scaled, each of these eight, matching pie or pastry forks measures 7" long while the group together weighs a substantial 10.8 T. oz. Lengthy and slender in look but staunch in form, they have three elongated tines with the lower one having a hooked end. Each one is monogrammed "HC" in fancy script lettering.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Louis XIV." D&H produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257731 (stock #2153f)
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Wendt's "Medallion" was one of the most highly regarded of this genre of designs produced by numerous silver manufacturers in the 1860s. The portraiture is of a youthful, helmeted male warrior set in a knob-end oval with a lined backdrop.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, heavy, approximately 2.3 T. oz., cheese scoop. It has a twist stem and broad, swooping scoop. This possesses a robust quality, with a thick shank, and strongly defined detailing.

It is in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1081097 (stock #798f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1280276 (stock #2331f)
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$285.00
Measuring a lengthy 12" overall and weighing a robust 6.4 T. oz., this item is a full-sized soup ladle.

It is an early piece of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the words "Sterling" and "Patent 1900," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." It also has decorated, flanged shoulders; later examples have plain shoulders.

There is a delicate script monogram that appears to be "MFC" on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258365 (stock #2161f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1205732 (stock #1710f)
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$285.00
This medium sized, open bowl has a top diameter of 6 5/8", sits on a flat base that is 3 1/2" across, stands 2 1/2" high, and weighs 10.8 T. oz.

It carries the mark for Karl F. Leinonen who was the head smith in Boston's "Handicraft Shop" founded in 1901. He later established his own operation and in the course of things became a prominent name in the American A&C movement...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1241720 (stock #1997f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
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$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 1910 item #1279052 (stock #2321f)
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$275.00
Each of these six, matching salad forks measures 6 3/8" long while the group weighs 7.1 T. oz. They all have delicate, Art Nouveau style, "HBM" script monograms.

Early items, they have slightly upturned ends and are marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller "helmet over shield emblem" of International Silver, along with "Pat.," and "Sterling."

They retain all the fine detailing that characterizes original pieces of this pattern. This includes precisely rendered stamen and pollen flecks on t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1260794 (stock #2194f)
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$265.00
According to the Chickering volume on Arthur Stone, the mark on this 5 3/8" top diameter, 2 1/4" tall, 7.1 T. oz., bowl was in use 1910-37. The craftsman's mark is a "C" which narrows these years as the possibilities for this are David Carlson, 1909-19, Magnus Carlberg, 1922-32, or a third unidentified person c. 1929.

This is a superbly well-crafted piece, in equally fine condition. The body is tapered with a slight splayed top edge that has an applied, double lined band on the outside. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1218901 (stock #1818f)
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$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 #1129063 (stock #1096f)
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$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 #1280148 (stock #2330f)
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$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)
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$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 1900 item #1176088 (stock #1469f)
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$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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1281673 (stock #2341f)
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$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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260238 (stock #2185f)
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$250.00
Marked "S.T. Crosby" for the Boston retailer, 1854-61, each of these six forks measures 7 7/16" long. They likely were originally 7 1/2", dinner size, but show some tip wear on the tines (and light knife cuts on the backsides). Quite heavy, the group weighs 9.6 T oz.

The pattern is "Olive," with the actual maker probably Farrington & Hunnewell, also a Boston firm. In addition to the retailer's mark, they are stamped "Pure-Coin," a designation primarily used in New England.

The backsid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253939 (stock #2113f)
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$250.00
Lengthy for egg spoons, each of these six pieces measures 5 1/2" long. They are also relatively heavy, with the set weighing 5.1 T. oz. They all match, are a "Fiddle Thread," aka "French Thread," design engraved "TCFL" in a feathered script.

Stamped "Bailey & Co.," along with an "eagle, U, shield" pseudo hallmark, these trace to the Philadelphia firm that eventually became Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

According to Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the "U" indicate...

 
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