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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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193546 (stock #1609f)
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Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief and tactile...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1266373 (stock #2248f)
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An early example marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900," this item is a long handle salad serving spoon. It measures 10 1/8" overall and weighs a substantial 3.7 T. oz.

It has the decorated flanged shoulders characteristic of older pieces, as well as an up-turned handle end, and a flowing script, Art Nouveau style, "ACB" monogram on the backside.

In superb condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1248235 (stock #2054dd)
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Produced by Baltimore's Jacobi & Jenkins, whose tower emblem appears on the undersides, along with the company name and the word "Sterling," this pair of c. 1900, matched, open silver master salts have cobalt glass liners.

They are large. Each one measures 3" long, 2 3/8" wide, and stands 1 1/2" tall. The sterling holders alone weigh 3.6 T. oz. The cobalt liners are old, original, and a deep blue. Each piece sits on four paw feet and have rimmed top and bottom edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260156 (stock #2184f)
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A late 1860's design, Gorham's "Morning Glory" represents an exercise in the art of the jeweler turned silversmith.

It stands in a category of silver that was constructed, or assembled, as opposed to derived from a die or casting. Various elements such as the two types of leaves, ivy and morning glory, the blossom itself, the tubular stem, and various findings, were all joined together at the behest of individual workers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1194756 (stock #1621f)
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The last and most successful Kings iteration, Gorham's "King George" was patented in 1894, with pieces so marked. Other identifiers on these three 4 3/4" long bouillon spoons, and two individual 5 3/4" long, solid silver individual butter spreaders include lion, anchor, G, and "Sterling." They are relatively heavy and all have the same flowing script "McL" monogram.

All the pieces are in excellent estate condition, evidencing no polishing wear and having fine finishes.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1221090 (stock #1834f)
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$185.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section...

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #953542 (stock #649b)
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Open salts were a staple on any Victorian table. They were produced in a variety of materials, including glass, ceramic, and as the case with this pair, in silver.

No company generated more examples of this form than Gorham. Indeed, the Tompkins book on this subject documents a full century of Gorham's production.

According to Tompkins, this set, item number 2480, dates to 1890. They possess a commanding look. They are large, 4 1/2" long, 1 3/4" tall, and weighty, 3.9 T. oz. combine...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1237992 (stock #1966f)
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A turn of the 20th century pattern, Blackinton's "Helena" nonetheless retains ornate Victorian design sensibilities. It portrays a fleur-de-lis form at the tip of the handle, beaded and striated edges on the borders of the handle, and scroll detailing in other areas. This is all offered in relatively high relief.

This example is a salad serving set, although each of the two pieces could easily serve additional functions. The four tine fork measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz. It h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1141352 (stock #1196f)
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Measuring 6" long and of good weight, 1.4 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is the smaller of two sizes that Gorham made in its 1860's Medallion line.

It has a 2" round bowl with a scalloped edge and coffered sides, and both the front and back sides retain a goodly portion of their original gold wash.

The classical female figure remains sharply defined and crisp, having been spared polishing wear. The backside is plain and absent a monogram or removal.

In all aspects, the pi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1169761 (stock #1430fl)
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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 sinuously...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265382 (stock #2239f)
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$175.00
Listed as a firm operating in New York City in the 1840s, the partnership of Hayes & Robbins is further documented by the location, "207 B.way" stamped on the backsides of this set of six, matching, coin silver teaspoons.

They are slightly over-sized at 6 1/8" long, and moderately heavy, with the group weighing approximately 6.1 T. oz. The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on both the front and back sides. The bowls are tapered and have pointed tips.

The rev...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1252948 (stock #2103f)
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$175.00
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 : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1800 item #1196862 (stock #1638du)
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In her work, "Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvannia, 1730-1850," Vivian Gerstell describes Charles Hall (1742-1783) as a "prominent citizen as well as silversmith." She further remarks that he "played a prominent role in Lancaster during the Revolution. In 1774, he was a member of the Committee of Correspondence and of the Committee of Observation." This modest, and rather primitive looking, small spoon bears his identified "C. Hall" on the reverse, along with a second mark which is illegi...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1190295 (stock #1580f)
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A popular form during most of the second half of the 19th century, this c. 1870 sterling silver olive server has a spoon on one end and a fork on the other.

It measures 9 5/8" long and weighs 1.0 T. oz. Made by Gorham, and stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G hallmark, as well as "Sterling," it also carries the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co."

It has a twisted stem with a shield like detail toward the fork end. This is monogrammed "S" in Old English letter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1125828 (stock #1069f)
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$165.00
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 wear are very slight tip wear on the tines, more so on one fork, and shallow knife cuts ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1144282 (stock #1214fb)
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$165.00
This item is an old, 1888 version, of Gorham Versailles marked lion, anchor, G, Sterling, and Copyrighted. It is also engraved "Norris. 1891" in script on the reverse, so its age is validated in multiple ways. The piece is a 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.5 T. oz., large berry spoon. It is a very fine example, having excellent pattern detail that shows minimal polishing wear. The bowl is shell form and flawless, and retains its original pale champagne gold, matte finish.
 
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