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All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1293697 (stock #2438f)
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A cast item that measures 5" long and weighs .7 T. oz., this piece was made by Gorham and is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" on the backside.

Highly detailed, the imagery is iconic. The bowl portrays the Chicago Herald building constructed in 1891, which date appears on the lower portion of the handle. There is a pennant that reads "Herald" flying from the flagpole atop the building.

Close inspection reveals a figure standing on a pediment placed on a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1298105 (stock #2468f)
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Some years ago, "The Magazine Antiques" produced an article about Gorham's fabled 1880s "Narragansett" design silver. An opulent line, it featured a variety of sea forms reflecting (and reputedly molded directly from in some instance) sea flora and fauna found in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay and nearby coastland.

That article spawned (pun intended) an intensified interest in this already enchanted, and immensely costly, pattern. It also prompted the assignment of the label "Narragansett...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1335358 (stock #2767f)
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Identified as an "important manufacturer," in the benchmark "Jackson's Hallmarks," Henry Holland, of Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater, was located in London, England, in the mid 19th century.

This example of his work is fully marked with his maker's "H.H," a date letter for 1858-59, London, sterling, and a queen's head.

It is a large mustard pot with a clear glass liner. It stands 2 1/8" tall, has a body that is 2 1/8" wide, a maximum span of 3 1/2" to the end of the handle, and the silver ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1342665 (stock #2857f)
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Item number "1196," as imprinted on the inside lip, along with the word "Sterling" and the mace emblem for Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr, this match safe, aka vesta, measures 2 1/4" by 1 1/2" by 3/8" and weighs .9 T. oz.

The company was known for its outstanding Art Nouveau designs in both silver and jewelry, and this follows in that mode. The motif incorporates flanking violet blossoms embossed on front and back sides of the lid, with trailing, wispy leaves framing central reserve a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1360168 (stock #3127dd)
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Dating from 1911, Wallace's "Washington" exhibits the straightforward clarity of design that characterizes its Colonial Revival period, resembling in its directness of line, such other stalwarts of the age as Durgin's "Fairfax" and Towle's "Mary Chilton."

This example is a scarce, all sterling silver, asparagus server.

Measuring 9 3/4" long overall, and weighing 3.6 T. oz., it has a hollow, not filled, handle, and quite unusual for its time, a solid silver, 4" by 3 5/8", blade. Most pie...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1364916 (stock #3232f)
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Identified variously as a claret, martini, lemonade, or bar spoon, this form is characterized by its significant length, 12 3/8" in this case, and weighing approximately 2.7 T. oz., and its generously-sized, 2 7/8" by 1 5/8" at the widest, ovoid bowl.

Made by Porter Blanchard, whose name, along with the word "Sterling," and the letter "G," likely a studio workman's mark, appears on the backside, the pattern is "Chino," introduced in 1930.

It is an outstanding example produced by the argu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1364968 (stock #3233f)
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Large at 11 3/4" long, and weighty at 4.3 T. oz., this down turned, "Reverse Tipt," spoon has beveled edges and a thumb drop on the heel backside.

An English Georgian piece, it is fully marked for London, sterling, 1812-13, and maker Richard Turner (RT).

Variously identified as a platter, basting, or stuffing spoon, it is intended for heavy duty.

This has a leaf script "M" monogram on the front of the otherwise plain handle.

It is in excellent condition, the only signs of use bei...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1365629 (stock #3240f)
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An impressive piece of relatively early Irish silver, this gravy ladle measures 7 1/2" long and weighs approximately 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the George III period, it is fully and clearly hallmarked for Dublin, 1777, sterling, and maker Michael Homer, whose dates are appropriate to this.

It has a "Hanoverian" style handle, with a down turned, reverse tipt handle that is extensively engraved in bright cut and wriggle work on the front.

There is a feathered script "VL" monogram on the f...

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.

This is a particularly...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354549 (stock #3024f)
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A form that was popular in the mid 19th century, and then revived in the 1880s during the Aesthetic period, this olive spoon and fork configuration generally follows along certain design conventions.

Examples are lengthy, as is this 9 15/16" inch, .8 T. oz., piece, and have the spoon and fork situated on either end of a slender shank.

Within this framework there is great variation.

This item has a twist handle with a central, faceted, three dimensional, stretched diamond, element, on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1358965 (stock #3102f)
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A charming item with a poignant provenance, this sterling item is model number "B885" made by Gorham, as identified by the marks on the underside.

It measures 4" at the widest, is 2 1/2" across on the base, and stands 2 1/2" high to the top of the knob on the lid. The total silver content is 4.0 T. oz.

The interior is finished in a bright gold wash, and the piece retains its original (lambswool?) puff in mint condition.

The reason for its fine condition is bittersweet, as it was lit...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360937 (stock #3155f)
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A New York City silversmith who worked from the 1830s until his bankruptcy in 1868, Philo B. Gilbert's dies passed on to John C. Cook and George Shiebler, so his work shows up with a variety of marks.

This 8" long, 1.8 T. oz., coin silver ladle bear only his "lion and leopard head" pseudo hallmark, "Patent 1867," and Gilbert's initials "PBG."

The pattern is a "Medallion" and one with which Gilbert is strongly identified. The classical portraiture is a clean representation of a young war...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
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$165.00
A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
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Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
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One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," Indianapolis. Interestingly, most sources cite Talbott for spelling of this firm, with the exception of Kovel's which cites Hiatt "The Silversmiths of Kentucky" as its source and uses a single "T."

This i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1344566 (stock #2883f)
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Frequently found as a presentation or commemorative item, this flat blade form of a trowel pie server lends itself to an inscription.

This 11 1/4" long example has an engraved margin, but is otherwise plain and without any erasures.

The large, 6" long by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade is sterling silver, as is the shank which is fitted with a turned, appearing to be rosewood or mahogany, handle. The piece weighs 4.8 T. oz., including the handle, which comprises a relatively insignificant a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346237 (stock #2907f)
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Price for the set of six.
As did other makers, Whiting produced a number of diverse engraved patterns in the 1880s. These are largely unnamed and not even fully catalogued, although they are commonly executed on an "Antique," upturned handle, pattern, with a "Reverse Tipt" end.

This set of six, matching, 6 7/8" long, weighty at 7.4 T. oz. the set, tea or dessert forks are exceptionally fine examples of this mode, and in immaculate condition.

The design is comprised of stylized bright cut leaves and blossoms offse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357327 (stock #3078f)
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Replete with imagery, "Florentine" is one of the most intricate designs Gorham produced in the early 20th century.

It features the figure of a bearded man at the handle terminus, a pedestal urn laden with fruit midway up the handle, and an array of other fruit and acanthus leaf elements overall.

This example is a 9" long, very heavy at 4.3 T. oz., berry spoon.

The bowl is large, 3 5/8" long by 2 7/8" at the widest, has decorated flange shoulders, and retains traces of an original gol...

 
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