American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1081097 (stock #798f)
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Also known as No. 88, Gorham's Lily of the Valley is one of that company's earliest line patterns.

It was patented in 1870, as indicated by the stamp on this piece. Other marks include the word Sterling and a lion, anchor, G.

A popular design since its inception, this remains a favorite among collectors.

The design shows to full advantage at the scale of this 8 3/4" long ice cream server. It has a large, arced blade with a central vee. The surface is finished in a gold wash...

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 patented in 1861, but overall is Moorish in feel. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1119732 (stock #1024f)
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Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large. In some instances, the size exceeds 10" long and that alone makes them commanding pieces. Add to that intricacy of design and the net effect can be quite compelling.

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 company...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1125828 (stock #1069f)
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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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1129063 (stock #1096f)
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Whiting's and Gorham's Lotus are nearly twin patterns, although there are subtle differences. The primary distinguishing feature is the number of lotus fronds in the design, Gorham having three and Whiting, as with this piece, having five.

They are both products of the c. 1870 Egyptian Revival movement and are patterns that have never lost appeal.

This example is a 10 1/8" long, 2.0 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1134521 (stock #1144f)
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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61). It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded ended shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front. It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script. It is in excellent condition. The detail shows slight softening from polishing and the interior of the bow...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1135490 (stock #1152f)
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Prince Albert was a European inspired design that found numerous expressions in the United States. This mid 19th century full-sized dinner fork is marked "Levi & Gottlieb" for the New York City retailer (321 Canal Street).

It measures 7 11/16" long and weighs a substantial 2.0 T. oz. The handle is inscribed "H.M. Jayne." in fancy feathered lettering.

The condition is excellent. Apart from slight tip wear on the tines, and a bit of softening of the design from polishing, there are no si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1140056 (stock #1189f)
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The design on these two, matched spoons is commonly referred as Lily, Lily of the Valley, and Number 88 (which usually appears on the backside of this 1870 design). They are 7 1/8" long, weighty, and have the same "MHO" period monogram on the reverses. The pattern is intricate and has open work on the top of the handle. It seems to reflect similar design inspiration as Gorham's Egyptian Revival Lotus of the same period. The stylized shell-shaped bowls have a frosted finish on the interior, a...
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1144282 (stock #1214fb)
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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.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1144649 (stock #1217fb)
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Made by Krider & Biddle c. 1865, and marked with that company's emblem, this 8 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz. berry spoon has a reverse tipt end handle with an engraved front. There is a reserve that has never been monogrammed. The engraving is finely rendered, as would be expected of this firm and as was generally so of mid 19th century Philadelphia silver. The bowl is an unusual shape, with notched edges and raised ribbing on the interior. It is finished in an original bright gold wash front and ba...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1148847 (stock #1253fb)
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Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz. this is a small berry spoon.

The pattern is Reed & Barton's enduring Art Nouveau "Les Six Fleurs." It is an original piece, to be distinguished from contemporary reissues and re-strikes.

There is a flowing script "FCH" on the reverse.

The condition is outstanding. There is no wear on the high relief and precisely detailed floral portraiture which is a hallmark of this pattern. Marks are the Reed & Barton emblem, Sterling, and the words ...

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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1155631 (stock #1312fr)
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Stamped with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Pat. 71," and "Sterling," this 5 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., cream ladle is a fine period piece.

The pattern is "Corinthian," which falls generally in a Moresque style with, as implied by the name, a nod toward classical Greek design.

The piece is a form commonly referred to as a "bucket ladle." The term derives from the shape of the bowl which is this case is 7/8" deep and 1 1/2" across at the top. The sidewalls are tapered and the interior is fini...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
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A known but unnamed pattern by Durgin, this design is French Rococo in manner. It is highly detailed, featuring scrolls, acanthus leaves, florettes, and beading arranged asymmetrically on the handle. The pattern repeats with slight variation on the backside.

This example is a 9 1/4" long, 3.8 T. oz., asparagus server. The shoulders of the serving end follow after the overall design with an added floral swag with bow. The crossbars joining the five tines are leafy scrolls. The serving en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162592 (stock #1369f)
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Wendell's late 19th century "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flanged shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border.

This is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no polishing wear, o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
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Measuring 4 3/4" in diameter, standing 2 1/2" high, and weighing a very substantial 9.9 T. oz., this bowl is item number A7815 made by Gorham according to the marks on the underside.

Its purpose is uncertain, being much larger than a standard child's dish, which is one possibility. It could be a christening bowl.

In any case, it was presented to "Harry M. Stevens" on "December 25 - 1909" according to the script inscriptions that appear on the upper wall below the rim.

It sits on a t...

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