American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
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$85
Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1264667 (stock #2232f)
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$45
Often associated with the better known James Watts, partly because he was briefly in partnership with him, and partly because of the similarity of his horse head over chevron hallmark to Watts', James P. Butler of Philadelphia engaged in various enterprises, including in the 1860s and 70s, silverware manufacturing(source Catherine B. Hollan "Philadelphia Silversmiths").

This example is a 6 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., preserve or large sugar spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1264530 (stock #2231yb)
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Marked "TS" for London silversmith Thomas Bradbury & Sons, a lion for sterling, a leopard head for London, and "a" for 1896, this is a large, hinged lid, tea caddy.

It measures 6 1/4" long by 4 3/4" wide, stands 4 5/8" to the top of the finial, and weighs a substantial 14.2 T. oz.

It is Neo-Georgian in style, having gadroon borders on the top and bottom of the body, paneled walls, and two elaborate lion's heads with free-swinging rings on either end...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264489 (stock #2230f)
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American in origin but European in scale at 8 1/4" long, and weighing an extraordinary 3.0 T. oz. (92 grams), this over-sized item is often referred to as a banquet fork.

It is stamped "11 oz." and "S. Kirk & Son" for the renowned Baltimore maker. This pairing of marks dates 1846-61 according to Rainwater's reference "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The "11 oz." standard is peculiar to Baltimore and equates to something between coin and sterling silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264383 (stock #2229f)
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$125
A highly decorative, late 19th century, design, Whiting's "Radiant" presents in an opulent, courtly manner. The handle has a fanned end, which would seem to be the source of the pattern name. Other elements include ribbing, acanthus leaves, and little florettes which might be forget-me-nots.

This example is an 8 1/2" long, very heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., berry or serving spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1264276 (stock #2228f)
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$65
Essentially a "Bead" pattern, Watson's "Plymouth" dates from 1905 and reflects the sensibilities of the budding Colonial Revival movement of the period. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., solid silver, tea infuser. It has a flowing script "MAM" monogram engraved on the handle front.

The ovoid bowl is well-constructed and intricately pierced...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264152 (stock #2227f)
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$40
Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz., this item is a tea or dessert fork in a "Fiddle Thread" aka "French Thread" pattern. It is stamped "Squire & Brother," for the partnership lasting 1845-53, with principal Bela Squire's working years actually extending 1834-70. Other marks include "Coin" and "4."

It has a finely rendered, fancy script, "JAW" monogram on the front of the handle.

Condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1264021 (stock #2226f)
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$40
Measuring 6" long and weighing a relatively robust .6 T. oz., this olive spoon is an early production piece bearing the three part Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen mark that was supplanted by the simpler Lunt Sterling" in 1935...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264018 (stock #2225f)
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$40
This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure. While originated by New York's Henry Hebbard, it became a full line Whiting pattern, and is generally identified with that company.

This 5 7/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., sugar spoon is a Whiting piece, marked with the company's lion, emblem, as well as "Sterling," "Patent 1862," and "1." It has a shell shaped bowl and an Old English "H" monogram.

It is in very good condition. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1263670 (stock #2223f)
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$75
"Windsor Castle" is one of Tuttle's (Boston, Massachusetts) first patterns, introduced in 1929.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, weighty 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle is coded "HH III" in a crescent, indicating it dates from the third year of Herbert Hoover's presidency, 1931-32, early in the history of the line. Other marks include a tree with a circle of dots around it, and the word "Sterling."

The design is a deeply hand chased acanthus leaf, scroll and starburst motif set on a plain, rounded e...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1263453 (stock #2221f)
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Stamped "Coleman E. Adler" for the New Orleans jeweler, along with "Sterling," this 6" long, heavy, just over 1.1 T. oz., souvenir spoon dates from around the turn of the 20th century.

The imagery all references the "Maison de Begue" eatery and includes portraitures of "Monsieur & Madame Begue," scenes of the breakfast room and the "French Market," along with other details. The bowl has a satin matte, gold washed finish.

It is in absolutely mint condition. There is not a bit of wear or...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1263450 (stock #2220f)
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$10
Dating from 1884, "Regent" is one of several patterns Tiffany produced in silverplate. The product is consistent with the standard for which the company is known, showing precision of detail, refinement, and a fine finish.

This example is a 4 7/8" long egg spoon with a gold washed, oval bowl. It has an "MLS" script monogram on the handle.

It is in mint estate condition, showing virtually no wear.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co. E.P."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1263287 (stock #2219f)
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$210
Model number "1815" as stamped on the underside, and having a date symbol for 1890, this 5" tall vase was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appears along with the other marks. If was originally offered as part of a desk set, according to a Gorham catalog of the period (see image 3).

The main body is 3" in diameter and sits on a rimmed base that is 2" across. The splayed, trumpet-shaped, neck is divided into two sections each bordered by beading. The lo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263189 (stock #2217f)
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$15
This lengthy, 5 7/8", just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon is stamped "H. Judson," along with a sunburst emblem, for the Syracuse, New York silversmith and jeweler Hiram Walker, with dates 1792-1868.

It has a plain, round end, and slight mid rib on the backside of the handle. There is a feathered script "EW" monogram on the front. The drop on the bowl is plain.

It is in very good condition. There is minimal polishing wear and the finish has an appealing patina. The bowl is well-...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263080 (stock #2216f)
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$80
A prominent name in American silversmithing during the first half of the 19th century, Baldwin Gardiner worked first in Philadelphia then New York City.

This large bowl, 8 3/4" long, very heavy 2.4 T. oz., table or serving spoon bears Gardiner's familiar "B.G" mark along with a pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on coin silver manufacturers' marks associates with Jacob Wood and relates to William Forbes, both established NYC producers. The relationship between Gardiner's retail and man...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262938 (stock #2215f)
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$65
Originally produced in 1903, Frank Smith's "Lion" has been reissued in recent years. There are enough differences between the two periods, though, that they are essentially distinct patterns.

The short of it is that the earlier production evidences far more detail and clarity of design than latter pieces.

These distinctions are evident on this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. Quick distinctions can be seen in the backside, torso area of the lion. On older items this area ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262829 (stock #2214f)
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$235
A fully original, old piece, this asparagus server is solid silver and not a combination of stainless with sterling as newer examples are.

The pattern is is Reed & Barton's "La Splendide" dating from 1902. The high relief design reflects the freedom of form characteristic of Art Nouveau, which was the dominant style mode of the period.

Typical of R&B items in this era, this is robust, measuring 10" long overall and weighing 4.1 T. oz.

It has a flat blade serving end that is approxim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1262754 (stock #2213f)
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Standing 2 5/16" high, with a top diameter of 3", having a pedestal base 2" across, and weighing 2.6 T. oz., this piece was made by Turner & Simpson of Birmingham, England. It is stamped "T&S," an anchor city emblem, a lion for sterling silver, and a date letter which is rubbed beyond clear definition, but the company has a registry mark for 1912 and this is in that date area.

The base is tiered and the bowl edge has an applied rim. The body is plain save for two cast and applied lion's he...

 
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