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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1122545 (stock #1044f)
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$2,495.00
John Wendt was a prominent mid 19th century silversmith. His name evokes a host of associations in the burgeoning world of commerce and the carriage trade as it existed in New York City at the time.

Thus so strongly identified with this one locale, Wendt actually first established himself in Boston, and that period of his working years often goes overlooked...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1212625 (stock #1765f)
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Made by Gorham in 1868 according to the date letter stamped on the underside, along with lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the model number "500," and retailed by Chicago's "N. Matson & Co., this coffee pot is an outstanding representation of American silver production at a time of great expansionism for both the nation and the Gorham company.

It is a large item, standing 9" to the top of the finial, having a maximum span of 8 3/4", and weighing 26.8 T. oz. It holds a full 7 cups, i.e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1240837 (stock #1989f)
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$1,350.00
Stamped "Warner" and "11-2" on the underside, this footed bowl traces to Baltimore and dates somewhere in the last third of the 19th century. "11-2" is one of several idiosyncratic Baltimore standard marks, which in this case indicates a silver content marginally higher than sterling...
All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1252230 (stock #2094dd)
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$995.00
This four-branch epergne, or sweetmeat server, is a grand piece that traces to a time when presentation was a component part of the culinary experience.

It is comprised of a silverplate frame that supports one central and four subsidiary cut glass dishes. Large scale, it stands 11" at the highest edge of the main bowl and is 14" across length and width. The main bowl measures 10 1/2" x 7" x 3" deep. The small bowls are 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 3/4" deep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1265848 (stock #2243f)
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A truly grand piece in scale, this water pitcher measures 7 3/4" tall to the tip of the spout, 8 1/2" at the widest, 6" in diameter at the thickest part of the body, and sits on a rimmed base that is 4 1/2" across. It it as substantial in weight as it is in scale, tipping out at 29.3 T. oz.

Its design and quality of manufacture are as impressive as its size...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188064 (stock #1562fw)
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$675.00
Marked with both Philadelphia's George Sharp's "double lion and S" and "Patent" marks as well as "Tiffany & Co.," this salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing. Curiously, they are not stamped "Sterling," which standard Tiffany typically required in the 1860's from which they date, so they are possibly coin silver rather than sterling...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1242214 (stock #2001f)
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$625.00
Solid silver, fully original and completely hand made, this punch ladle bears the unicorn mark of Geoffrey Blake who is a contemporary master smith producing for Old Newbury Crafters silver.

Sources list Blake as starting his association with ONC in 1971. In-depth, illustrated, online articles about him, the company, and the production of hand worked silver are available on the sites "smpub.com" and "paulreverehouse.org." A google search will turn up other links...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1208625 (stock #1735f)
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$595.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts. This matched fish serving fork and spoon is an exceptionally fine example in the line and reflects the best of the burgeoning capacities of mid 19th century American silver manufacturing.

The fork measures 8 3/4" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while the slice measures 11 5/8" and weighs 3.3 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1197760 (stock #1645fb)
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$595.00
This 8 5/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., coin silver berry or serving spoon was produced by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the strong period interest in Classicism. The end of the handle portrays a highly articulated, multidimensional warrior bust set atop a pediment base...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1183768 (stock #1531f)
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$545.00
Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a wide and deep bowl (there is an otherwise identical spoon with a narrower bowl) resulting in a particularly generous capacity.

Described by one source as "jewelry-esque," this is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1204475 (stock #1697f)
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$545.00
This c. 1870 interpretation of "Lily of the Valley" offered by Wood & Hughes is a three dimensional pattern assembled from various cast elements. This popular mid 19th century form of construction in silver has been described by one source as "jewelry-esque." It represents crafting of the highest form, employing exceptional skill of the sort the 19th century excelled in.

This example is an 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., almond scoop. The central portion of the handle is tubular and is fitted with a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1195566 (stock #1627f)
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$535.00
Whiting produced a series of floral serving pieces in the late 19th that are little documented, but likely intended to compete with Gorham's impressive "H" series.

The portraiture on this is a "Rose" or specifically a "Cabbage Rose."

Whiting's items have cast handles and applied serving ends, and that is the case with this 8 3/4" long, massive weight, nearly 5.4 T. oz., spoon. Casting enables an end product that has far more depth than typical die struck items, and the benefits of casti...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1275297 (stock #2295dd)
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$525.00
Measuring 7 3/4" long by 7/8" at the widest, and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this sterling silver bar bracelet is model number "569" by Shiebler. The maker's "winged S" emblem, this number, and the word "Sterling" are stamped on the backside.

It is in the "Homeric," aka "Etruscan," style for which Shiebler is renowned. The hammered, irregular surfaces also suggest Aesthetic influences, which is consistent with the circa 1880 date of this.

There are six individual disks joined by tri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1241473 (stock #1995f)
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$525.00
A popular and enduring pattern, Kirk's "Repousse" was produced in an array of holloware matching its flatware line.

This piece is a 7" long, 3 1/2" at the widest, 4" to the highest point at the top of the handle, 8.1 T. oz., gravy or sauce boat.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Co," "925/1000," and "7" on the underside. Rainwater indicates this particular mark was used on holloware 1903-07.

Judging from other examples of repousse gravy boats showing on the internet, Kirk produced numerous v...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1193886 (stock #1612mg)
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$465.00
Dating from 1866 according to the date engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.", this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's standing lion, anchor, G mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item. Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is 4.5+ T. oz. The ur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1279369 (stock #2324f)
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$395.00
This ensemble of three cups or beakers possess the kind of understated elegance that quietly but decidedly bespeaks artful sophistication.

Made by a premier manufacturer, they are all stamped with George Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "1938" on the undersides, and likely date from the late 19th century.

Graduated so to nest one inside the other, they are nonetheless similar in size. The largest stands 2 1/4" high, and the smallest 2 1/8" high. The same r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283717 (stock #2355f)
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A lengthy 10" and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this ice or pea is a rare example of this early Gorham line pattern, "Ivy" aka "Egyptian Ivy."

Besides its length, two other features distinguish this piece. The first is the broad, pierced and delicately engraved, flanged shoulders. Secondly, the interior of the pointed bowl is pierced in an ivy berry and leaf design that actually resembles a star burst. Like the shoulders, this is set off with fine engraving and a bright gold wash.

It is witho...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286636 (stock #2379dd)
Old Friends
$385.00
Extravagantly large pieces, Saratoga chip servers are as novel as they are impressive.

This example is 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz. The immense bowl is 4" long by 3 1/2" at the widest, and is intricately pierced as is requisite for this form.

The pattern is "Pompadour," which resembles an embellished "Kings" design with a French flair. This has a delicate "ESP" script monogram on the handle front, while the backside is imprinted with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," and ...

 
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