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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 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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359139 (stock #3106f)
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This substantial-sized, 9 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., piece bespeaks its 19th century Philadelphia origins.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade. There are two round bottom vees with cur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360429 (stock #3136f)
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Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large.

The form was popular in the late 19th century, and no company was more successful in producing impressive examples than Gorham. This example is model number "588" offered by that firm.

It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.

It is cast rather than die struck, as these forms generally were. Casting allows for the introduction of more intricate detail and great...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1369727 (stock #3310f)
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Model number "B 1464 M," as stamped on the inside edge, made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem" along with the word "Sterling" appears alongside the code number, this napkin ring stands 1 7/8" high and 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just over 1.0 t. oz.

It has a plain, concave body that is ringed on the top and bottom margins by a series of five, cast, high relief, winged cherub or putti faces.

Childlike in appearance, their mien is consistent with this being a birth or baptism p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1372583 (stock #3377f)
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Although dating from the Victorian era, this mustard pot presents more as Georgian in style.

Having a bulbous, cauldron shape body, it is relatively large, standing 2 1/2" to the top of the lid, 3" to the highest point on the thumb lift, is 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighs a substantial 4.0 T. oz.

The solid handle is a double cee scroll form, with an acanthus leaf detail.

The interior has a gold finish, which is intact on the lid, but some worn in the body.

The lid is engraved in a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1373063 (stock #3388f)
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This piece is about as large an example of the form as was made. It measures 9 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz.

It is a replica of an anointing spoon, also identified as a coronation spoon. These largely English items have a history that traces back to the late 19th century, with early ones like this, date mark 1904-05, generally the best crafted examples.

Indeed, this is hallmarked for the London firm of Carrington & Co. (John Bodman Carrington), which Jackson's Hallma...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348570 (stock #2930f)
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Price for the set of eight.
Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

The pattern appears on both sides of the handles, an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356086 (stock #3056f)
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Price for the set of eight.
Each of these eight teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy, with the set weighing 6.8 T. oz.

Issued by Gorham in 1882, the pattern is "Fontainebleau," which is a design that features characters from the French Court of Francis I (see image 2 for all the figures). The specific image on these is a woman garbed in a bustled dress, carrying a kettle in one hand and supporting a large cup or mug in the other.

These are early examples, all marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G...

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 1900 item #1350277 (stock #2951f)
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Evidencing the imaginative design impulses of the Aesthetic mode, this circa 1880 5" diameter, 4.2 T. oz., possibly olive, bowl possesses several outstanding features.

It is double scallop shaped, with undulating walls with a flange rim. There are six smaller lobes with channels that run to the flat bottom base.

The interior retains a portion of its original gold wash finish.

The outside surface is acid etched in a branch, leaf, and flower motif that is both finely rendered and embl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363704 (stock #3202f)
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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.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a gent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329709 (stock #2691f)
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Price for the set of nine.
Issued in 1901 at the beginning of the Edwardian Period in English history, Frank Smith's "Federal Cotillion" is also known as "Edward VII." It is a relatively high style "Kings" pattern that with only minor differences is identical to Whiting's "King Edward," also introduced in 1901, suggesting that American silver manufacturers were pivoting off the end of the Victorian era in their design offerings.

This group is a matched set of eight oyster or seafood cocktail forks. Each one measures...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1341747 (stock #2842f)
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A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1342549 (stock #2855f)
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A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left anywhe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1348997 (stock #2934f)
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Price for the set of 12
All identical, each of these twelve spoons measures 4 3/8" long while the set weighs just under 7.0 T. oz., relatively heavy for items this size.

Short handled, individual, chocolate spoons, they are rarely found items, and all the more so in this quantity. The pattern is "Old Newbury" made by Towle.

Each one has an Art Nouveau, script "MAH" monogram. The style of engraving is consistent with the 1900 date of issue of this beaded pattern.

The bowls are ovoid, 1 5/16" by 1", scaled t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359584 (stock #3115f)
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Price for the pair.
This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4".

The pattern is Gorham's old "Medici," which is an elaborate design that features Renaissance period figures, including a woman carrying a bundle of fruit in her skirt, as well as satyr and gryphon images

These are particularly early examples, marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Co...

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