American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1283537 (stock #2354f)
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Solid silver, and with a flat blade and handle, this 6 3/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "Gorham & Co.," dating it 1852-65. Other marks include "Coin" and "Patent 1855."

This last identifier is what typically appears with this pattern, which is "Josephine." The leaf design is of the period, with several other makers producing quite similar patterns in the 1850s and 1860s.

The engraving on the blade individualizes this...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283348 (stock #2353f)
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A plain band 1 5/8" in diameter, 1" tall, and weighing .6 T. oz., this napkin ring is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the model number "2164."

It is an engaging piece dating circa 1880, with a bright cut leafy pattern set against a satin matte finish surface. The interior has a bright finish.

There is a script "J.G.F." monogram.

It is in choice condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1283197 (stock #2352f)
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Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size. The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283042 (stock #2351f)
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Measuring 5 1/2" long, and having 1 1/2" natural bristles, this clothes brush was made by Whiting. The company emblem, model number "4236," and "Pat. 1895" are stamped on the edge of the silver.

The design is a scroll and floral motif that is so close to the company's line pattern "Hyperion" as virtually to be a match. It has a "GOM" script monogram in the reserve area.

It is in very fine condition. The silver is free of dents or pinholes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283041 (stock #2350f)
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A requisite item for a Victorian lady, this bonnet or hat brush was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the handle. Other marks include "Sterling," the model number "C159," and the date emblem for "1898."

It measures 6 1/2" by 3 1/2". The natural bristles themselves are 2 3/4" long.

The design is an opulent floral and scroll motif, featuring both roses and asters or daisies.

It is in very fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282934 (stock #2349f)
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Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this preserve spoon was made by Wallace whose "RW&S with deer head" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Violet," one of several Art Nouveau floral designs Wallace produced early in the 20th century. It is an expressive, true to life portraiture, with the design carrying into the matte finish, gold washed bowl.

There is a script "MKW" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1282833 (stock #2348f)
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These four, matching save for size, drinking vessels are designed to fit one inside the other. They all are plain sided with curved bases and splayed tops with triple lined rims.

The largest is about the size of an American julep cup and stands 3" high and has a top diameter of 3 1/8". The smallest is 2 7/8" high and 2 7/8" in diameter. They have substantial heft, with the group weighing 13.3 T. oz., ranging from 3.6 T. oz. to 3.0 T. oz., largest to smallest.

Marks are for sterling si...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1282686 (stock #2347f)
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Dating c. 1860, this 7 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., cheese knife bespeaks the tastes of its period.

The handle has a twist stem with a broad, flat, pointed antique end with notched sides. This is engraved and engine turned and has a shield reserve with an "F.J.M" monogram.

The blade has five curved prongs at the upper end and like the handle, has an engraved and engine turned surface.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the word "Coin." There is no maker's identifier.

The cond...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282460 (stock #2346f)
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An unidentified pattern, this pair of 4 7/8" long tongs are stamped with the Manchester "double eagle and M" emblem and the word "Sterling" on the inside of one grip. They are robust, weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., which is particularly unusual from this company which often produced lightweight products.

The likely Georgian inspired pattern builds upon high relief acanthus leaf element set on double convex surfaces on each arm. The style suggests a date sometime either side of the turn of ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1282287 (stock #2345f)
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Rarely found, Gale's "Gothic" is treasured by collectors of mid 19th century pattern flatware.

The name and the design elements are completely convergent and architectural in manner. The handle margins are columnar with central arches extending out from these. This structure in turn supports a quatrefoil, window-like element. The pointed tip of the handle has a leafy edge, and the lower portion an acanthus leaf drop. Both front and back sides are identical in design, while the terminus is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282110 (stock #2344f)
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Iris was a popular subject in Art Nouveau design around the turn of the 20th century, with numerous silver manufacturers producing interpretations of this theme. Wallace's iris offering is named "Eton" and it stands tall within the cohort of such patterns.

This example is a 7" long, exceptionally heavy at 3.0 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle front features an opulent array of high relief iris blossoms that appear to be in motion. The backside of the handle is much less detailed and actuall...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1281969 (stock #2343f)
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Dating from c. 1930 and echoing (or perhaps seeking to compete with) the Danish Modern look of Georg Jensen, this 5 3/4" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., ladle was made by Chicago's J.O. Randahl, whose name appears on the backside. Other marks are "Hand Wrought," "Sterling," and the number "189."

The handle has an irregularly shaped margin on the terminus. This frames a three dimensional, decorative floral (perhaps fuchsia) element. The plainness of the lower portion of the handle is broken by tw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1281819 (stock #2342f)
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Measuring 6 1/8" from handle tip to the far lip and weighing approximately .8 T. oz., this probably first quarter of the 20th century tea strainer has a large, round bowl that is 2 1/4" in diameter and 1" deep.

It was made by the Webster Co., whose "arrow through WC" mark and the word "Sterling" are stamped on the underside of the handle.

The handle has a cut work pattern vaguely in a "Chippendale" style. The bowl has a flat rim and a radiating, ribbed interior with concentric rings of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1281673 (stock #2341f)
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A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit and leaves.

This possibly vegetable, fish, or large salad serving fork is an early example with decorated shoulders as found only on old examples. It is marked with Gorham's "lion, anch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281487 (stock #2340f)
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An example of Tiffany's multi-motif "Vine" pattern, this teaspoon measures 6 1/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.1 T. oz. The specific portraiture is "Gourd."

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. Polishing wear is essentially nil, with all aspects of the design remaining clear and sharply defined. The bowl is well-shaped, free of tip wear, and absent dents, nicks, or burrs. The finish is brilliant, and hand polished only.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281056 (stock #2337f)
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"Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance a feathered script "R.S.G." monogram.

The piece is a 9" long ice spoon. It is an extra heavy version weighing 4.4 T. oz., and was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," whose name is stamped on the backside. Other marks are the Durgin "D" and the word "Sterling."

The elegant bowl has scalloped edges, a pierced interior, and is finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280899 (stock #2336f)
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This late 19th century, 6 3/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., non-standard pattern, sugar or preserve spoon was made by Whiting whose lion emblem, the word "Sterling," the number "18," and letter "A" is imprinted on the backside. It is also stamped with the name of Worcester, Massachusetts jeweler "Clark & Sawyer Co." (1866-1904).

It is a remarkable composite of design and technique. Overall it is in the Aesthetic mode, with a hammered, reverse tipt handle. This has applied grapes on th...

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