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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1288702 (stock #2396dd)
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Online sources suggest that melon forks evolved in France in the mid 19th century, with the form quickly making its way to the American setting.

This coin silver example stamped "W&H" on the backside of the blade for New York's Wood & Hughes, is characteristic of the earliest expressions of these items.

It is large, 8 1/4" long, especially for an individual place piece. Weight is 1.6 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280899 (stock #2336f)
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This late 19th century, 6 3/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., non-standard pattern, sugar or preserve spoon was made by Whiting whose lion emblem, the word "Sterling," the number "18," and letter "A" is imprinted on the backside. It is also stamped with the name of Worcester, Massachusetts jeweler "Clark & Sawyer Co." (1866-1904).

It is a remarkable composite of design and technique. Overall it is in the Aesthetic mode, with a hammered, reverse tipt handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1169761 (stock #1430fl)
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$165.00
Marked with the Whiting lion emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2524," this c. 1885 matching pair of master salts are of a singular style. Each one measures 1" high, has a base diameter of 1 1/2", a top diameter of 3", and weighs approximately 1.1 T. oz, a little over 2.2 T. oz. together.

There is a wide, 3/4", rim encircling the relatively deep, gold washed bowls and this has a formed surface that is no doubt inspired by the Aesthetic taste...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1155631 (stock #1312fr)
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Stamped with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Pat. 71," and "Sterling," this 5 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., cream ladle is a fine period piece.

The pattern is "Corinthian," which falls generally in a Moresque style with, as implied by the name, a nod toward classical Greek design.

The piece is a form commonly referred to as a "bucket ladle." The term derives from the shape of the bowl which is this case is 7/8" deep and 1 1/2" across at the top...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1273372 (stock #2283f)
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E.A. Whitney of Boston is known for its production of historical theme souvenir spoons, many related to the American Civil War, which is the case with this 5 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.1 T. oz., example.

The subject is "Sheridan's Ride," an event that became the basis of a poem, and significant enough that the general's horse was preserved by a taxidermist and remains at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1148995 (stock #1255fa)
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What design elements prompted Gorham to adopt the name "Colonial" for this 1885 design is something of a mystery because it does not follow after any conventional colonial motif.

The main feature of the pattern is striping that runs up about two-thirds of the handle. This is more subtle than it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266740 (stock #2251f)
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$155.00
Tiffany produced various engraved designs overlaid on an "Antique" pattern ground. This iteration, aka "Custom Engraved," essentially stands alone as a distinct pattern...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254825 (stock #2123nr)
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Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period. One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name. The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it showed off a specialized capacity of the manufacturers.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2 5/8" at th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1125828 (stock #1069f)
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Each of these two matching dinner forks bears full hallmarks for London, 1829, Sterling, and a "C pellet S" maker's stamp for Charles Shipway.

They measure 8 1/8" long, large by American standards but not so for English, and are heavy, weighing 4.6 T. oz. the pair.

They are a plain fiddle tipt design and without monograms or inscriptions, or removals of same.

The condition is excellent. The only signs of use are very slight tip wear on the tines, more so on one fork, and shallow kni...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1260981 (stock #2197f)
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This 11 5/8" long, weighty at 4.0 T. oz., coin silver fish slice dates c. 1840. It is marked "Chandless" for William Chandless, who is recorded as working on Spring Street in New York City as early as 1838.

The handle is a "French Thread" pattern with an up-turned end, and has an impressive period "CP" monogram on the front. The blade has a raised, scalloped upper edge and a pierced and engraved surface.

The engraving is especially artful, incorporating ivy and acanthus leaf detailing ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1252948 (stock #2103f)
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According to Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," "[Shreve & Co.'s] production focused on special order merchandise [which was] sold only through the firm's own retail shop."

An usual item, this 2" high, 3 1/2" top diameter, 4 1/2" maximum span, 2.9 T. oz., cup may have been one of those special order items. It is singular in design, and further distinguished by the blue cloisonne enameled band along the upper rim. Enamel work examples from Shreve are not readily f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1148847 (stock #1253fb)
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Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz. this is a small berry spoon.

The pattern is Reed & Barton's enduring Art Nouveau "Les Six Fleurs." It is an original piece, to be distinguished from contemporary reissues and re-strikes.

There is a flowing script "FCH" on the reverse.

The condition is outstanding. There is no wear on the high relief and precisely detailed floral portraiture which is a hallmark of this pattern. Marks are the Reed & Barton emblem, Sterling, and the words ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1287506 (stock #2387dd)
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$145.00
In his benchmark work "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood notes, "To our knowledge, Tiffany is one of the few manufacturers who made a petits four server."

His reference may be specific to the fork style version as represented by this 5 7/8" long, just under 1.6 T. oz. version in "Faneuil." There are other examples of this form produced by other makers that have flat, pierced blade, serving ends.

A markedly clean pattern, Faneuil is essentially a pointed antique design with a slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1259169 (stock #2174f)
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Meriden Britannia had been a well-established company producing quality silverplate for half a century when it entered the sterling market with the purchase of Wilcox & Evertsen in 1895. Shortly thereafter the whole firm became a part of International Silver Company, but the use of the MB nameplate continued until about 1930.

This open dish likely dates from early in the 20th century. Contemporary catalogs identity the form as a mayonnaise bowl. It stands 3" at the highest, is 5 1/2" long...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1251312 (stock #2085f)
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$145.00
Named for the rose which is the central portraiture of the design, "Eglantine," i.e. sweetbrier, is an early, 1870, Gorham pattern and one of the company's most refined.

Cast rather than the typical die struck mode of manufacture, it demonstrates the intricate, high relief detail casting enables.

It is a heavy line, and that is the case with this lengthy, 5 1/8", pair of sugar tongs which weigh a substantial 1.3 T. oz. They have intricately articulated talon grips that are finished in a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1188789 (stock #1567fa)
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$135.00
Measuring 5 1/8" long and weighing not quite .4 T. oz. (11 grams), this marrow spoon is unusual for its size. It is essentially a miniature version of a form that is typically much larger, often twice as long and proportionally wider and heavier. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for sterling, a date letter for 1812, a regent's head, and "SA" for London maker Stephen Adams. It is an Old English design with a down turned, reverse tipt end. The front of the handle is engraved in a period...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1198748 (stock #1656f)
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Originally made in twelve different images as a part of a set, Gorham's number 18 coffee spoons appear in that company's 1892 catalog (see image 3). This group encompasses eight of those original designs.

All of them are marked lion, anchor, G, "18," and "Sterling." Each spoon measures 4 1/4" long, while the eight together weigh 2.6 T. oz. The bowls all have matching shell and scroll interior surfaces.

The imagery on the cast (rather than die struck) handles varies. Two are figural, ...

 
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