American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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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. This in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1168975 (stock #1422fb)
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This sterling silver mug has triple provenance. It is inscribed in script on the sidewall "Virgil C. Gibney, 1885" and on the bottom, "From Charles P. Murray," providing two references therein as well as a date. It also bears the maker's name "Geo. C. Shreve" and location, "San Francisco," and the Shreve bee emblem, for a third reference. The piece stands 3" high, has a diameter of 2", 3 1/2" maximum span to the end of the handle, and weighs almost 3.3 T. oz. The entire item has a hand hamme...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1169761 (stock #1430fl)
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Price per pair.
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. The imagery is organic, leafy and sinuou...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
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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 #1301796 (stock #2498f)
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Made by Gorham and sold in San Francisco, this 7 5/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter dates pre-1868, which is the year Gorham instituted sterling as its standard.

The pattern, "Grecian," was patented in 1861, and this is so stamped, and continued in production beyond the 1868 date. This is also marked "Coin," thereby dating it quite closely, 1861-68. Lastly it is imprinted "Geo. Shreve & Co."

"Grecian" is a fan-shaped design representing a stylizing anthemion sur...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1323418 (stock #2621f)
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Portraying a young Dionysus, this motif carries through the entire Hotchkiss & Schreuder, Syracuse, NY, line of "Medallion" flatware.

Teaspoons are commonly found in this pattern, and other pieces somewhat readily so, but this large, 5 7/8" long, weighty 1t 1.6 T. oz., pair of tongs rarely surface.

The arms are mirror images of each other, with the portraiture of a young man set in profile, showing tumbling hair encircled by a garland of ivy. He has a wistful, forward-looking gaze, appa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328115 (stock #2667f)
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The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin.

Modeled after a statue designed by Frederick William MacMonnies originally given to the Boston Public Library in 1894 by its architect, Charles Follen McKim, the libertine subject was offensive to the prudish sensibilities of some of Boston's citizenry of the time. The gift was then withdrawn and subsequently presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Boston's public attitudes having become less r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317979 (stock #2546f)
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$160.00
A well regarded and important name in American silver manufacture for half of the 19th century, William Gale worked by himself and in several partnerships over time. This 7" long, almost 1.4 T. oz., sugar sifter is marked "W. Gale & Son 925 Sterling," which is a pairing that dated 1862-66.

The style is very much of the period. It has a twisted stem with a notched and engraved handle end. This is inscribed with a script "GDS" monogram surmounted by a shield with an emblem inside it that lo...

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 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.

It is deeply and intricately chased, and as Carpenter notes in his volume "Tiffany Silver," "exceedingly heavy." He also confirms that it is "deeply engraved" and dates it from the 1890s. That dating may explain some of the Aesthetic qualities of the design, namely the fern-like elements that form the margins around the s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1300608 (stock #2488f)
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Wood & Hughes thoroughly embraced the classical revival "Medallion" motif that was popular in silver design throughout the 1860s. The company produced numerous variations of it, three of which D. Albert Soeffing identifies in his work, "Silver Medallion Flatware."

The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., coin silver, preserve spoon likely one of the earliest expressions of the style.

It features a cast, oval disk portra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300758 (stock #2489f)
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An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American expressions of a motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized shell fo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316518 (stock #2532f)
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International's "Avalon" is a turn of the 20th century design. It incorporates high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell motifs which combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name.

This item is an uncommonly found toast or bread fork (which is similar to a spinach fork in some patterns).

It measures 7 3/8" long overall and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The defining characteristic of the piece is the slender, lengthy, three tine serving end. This has a decorative he...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1252948 (stock #2103f)
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$150.00
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 : : Pre 1800 item #1305545 (stock #2529f)
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$150.00
Important New York City silversmiths in their own rights, Thomas Underhill and John Vernon operated as a short-lived partnership in a common shop in New York City in the very earliest days of the American Republic, 1787-88.

This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.9 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon is marked with the "T.U" and "I.V" indicative of that partnership.

It has a rounded, "Reverse Tipt," down-turned, end and a pronounced drop on the bowl. The shank is narrow, thick, and smoothly joined with th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1309907 (stock #2569f)
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$150.00
One of the most imaginative of Tiffany's full line designs, and fully Aesthetic in sensibility, "Lap-Over-Edge" was offered in plain, acid etched, and applied variants. The non-plain pieces incorporated an extensive array of motifs, including insects, animals, and sea life.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has an acid etched surface that portrays two birds and a portion of a third, all sitting on branches. The backside has the rippled border that gives t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1328344 (stock #2670f)
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$150.00
Price for the set of ten.
Dating from early in the 19th century, the "Old English Tipt End" with a midrib design of these ten matching tea or coffee spoons actually harken back to the 18th century.

Each one is stamped "E. Whiton," for Ezra, 1797-1858, working in Boston by 1821.

Measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing 4.0 T. oz. the lot, they all have the same, block letter, again 18th century in style, "A." over "M. B." monograms on the backsides, as well as line drops on the bowls.

The are in immaculate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329911 (stock #2695f)
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An enigmatic pattern held dear by collectors, Gorham's "Hamburg" was produced circa 1880, the same year that Gorham issued its equally sought after and unique "Hizen" and "Cairo" lines.

It is of singular character with little to nothing about the pattern that explains itself, including the source for the name.

Hand-hammered, with a sharp, chiseled surface, it has a twist handle stem.

While examples of this flawless condition, 5 5/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., cocktail fork seem t...

 
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