American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1244345 (stock #2020f)
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$165.00
A compelling design that features a realistic portrayal of thorny rose vines with buds, blossoms and leaves, Knowles' "Rose" also includes a beetle in the image. This has established the pattern as a perennial favorite among collectors intent and casual.

This example is an uncommon piece. It is a 7 1/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., sugar sifter. Apart from being small for such an item, it appears to be a pea spoon. It has a 2 1/2" by 2" oval bowl with a scalloped rim...

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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1234972 (stock #1940f)
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$165.00
Kirk's flagship pattern is "Repousse" which was offered in a flatware line and a wide array of hollowware.

This example is a large, 1 7/8" diameter, 1 1/4" tall, heavy at nearly 1.6 T. oz., napkin ring. It is model number "28," as stamped on the inside, along with the words "S. Kirk & Son" and "Sterling." The particular mark on this was used 1932-61 according to Rainwater.

The chasing is especially detailed and finely rendered, executed in high relief...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1234374 (stock #1935f)
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$165.00
Stamped "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent mid 19th century firm, this pie server is large scaled. It measures 10" long overall and is exceptionally heavy at 3.8 T. oz. The triangular blade is 4 1/2" long and 3" at the widest.

The handle has a period "Bead" pattern front, and curiously a "Thread" pattern on the reverse. There is a fancy, feathered script "CAC" monogram on the obverse, and what appears to be a "CAP" monogram on the reverse...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1078591 (stock #785f)
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$165.00
Card cases were fashionable items in the 19th century, and this coin silver one made c. 1860 by Albert Coles of New York would have made a notable statement for its owner. It measures 3 3/8" by 2 3/8" by 1/8". Both sides of the piece are intricately engraved with ivy and lotus or palmetto leaf detailing, which are motifs that would have been especially popular at the time. The work is impressive enough to bring it to the edge between craft and artistry...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1151452 (stock #1276f)
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$150.00
Each of these six, matched, coin silver teaspoons measures exactly 6" long and has the same fancy, feathered script "PAC" monogram. The group together weigh 3.9 T. oz. They are stamped "Wm. W. White," who is listed as a silversmith and jeweler in New York City, with a short early period in Philadelphia. The leafy pattern has been attributed to A...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1130024 (stock #1105f)
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$145.00
The Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International silver was responsible for some of the most successful Art Nouveau patterns of the parent company. The most well known was "Frontenac." Others include "Cleone," which is the pattern on this master butter knife and sugar spoon.

It is a dramatic design, featuring a bearded male figure set amid an array of pond lilies and lily pads. Online references identify Cleone as the mythological daughter of a water god, so presumably the figure on th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1228138 (stock #1892f)
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$145.00
Examples of Whiting's "Arabesque" as pristine as this 9" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry spoon are rare indeed. The low relief, dense, decorative design that features a griffin as the main feature is readily subject to polishing wear. This piece retains all its original fine detailing including, and especially so, the delicate feathering on the griffin's breast and wings.

All other aspects of the piece are equally pure. The plum-shaped bowl (one of four styles Whiting utilized in this 1870's peri...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1106195 (stock #945f)
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$145.00
This coin silver pie server is large, measuring 10 3/8" long overall, and with a blade that is 4 5/8" by 2 7/8". It is also heavy, weighing 2.9 T. oz. It was made by Syracuse's Bunnell and Shreuder (1853-57), whose eagle/BS/arm pseudo hallmark is imprinted on the reverse. It is also stamped with the letters "M.F. & C.H.S." for Mortimer F. & Charles H. Stilwell, Rochester, New York retailers, 1837-66. The pattern is Laurel, which is somewhat reminiscent of Olive, but with a floral rather than...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1239033 (stock #1976f)
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$135.00
While his early working years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut, George Eno is identified as a Philadelphia silversmith where he spent most of his life.

This large, 7 3/4" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "Eno & Co." and "Coin," dating it 1854-60, prior to Eno's 1860-70 partnership with George Bechtel.

This area is an exceptionally handsome piece that is in pristine condition.

The 2 7/8" by 2 1/4" by 5/8" deep oval bowl has a scalloped rim. The narrow handle is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217651 (stock #1806f)
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$135.00
Whiting's "Honeysuckle" pattern features a naturalistic representation of this popular garden flower set against a finely stippled ground. The lower portion of the handle is lined and separated from the pictorial portion by a crossed ribbon band. While this 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz. piece is sterling, and so marked, the pattern is more commonly found in silverplate.

The form is almost a hybrid between a ladle and a spoon. The curved handle is set close to the horizontal in rel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1218470 (stock #1815f)
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$135.00
Made in two versions, one pierced and one not, this example of Dominick & Haff's figural "Renaissance," is the former and less common of the two. This variant seems to have been retailed only by Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Co., as this and other examples are stamped. Other marks include the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94."

The form is a 7 11/16" long jelly trowel. Consistent with the line, it is heavy, weighing approximately 2.0 T. oz. It has a tapered, flat blade with slightly u...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1113898 (stock #988f)
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Measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this berry or serving spoon was made by Gorham and stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G symbol. Other marks include Patent 1871 and Sterling. The pattern is Corinthian. Apropos of the name, it has a fan or leaf design element akin to Gorham's Grecian (see item 989f) patented in 1861, but overall is Moorish in feel. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. The bowl is plum shaped, with a central rib...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1167339 (stock #1409f)
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$135.00
Marked with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1903," this cake saw or knife is a late example of a popular 19th century form. The pattern is "Norfolk," aka "Villa Norfolk," which is a relatively simple lined scroll design offered at a time when the ebullience of Art Nouveau expression was still at a peak. This measures 9 5/8" long, weighs a substantial 2.7 T. oz., and is solid silver. It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless estate condition. It is absent polishing...
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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$135.00
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, one of...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1237495 (stock #1960f)
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$125.00
Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is an 8 1/4" long, and consistent with the line, nearly 2.8 T. oz., medium sized cold meat fork. The serving end has four straight tines and the handle is inscribed with a feathered script "M" monogram. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1232623 (stock #1917f)
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$125.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates to 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling, or earlier.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz., ice cream server. It has an oval blade with two ribs in the bottom, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more of a...

 
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