American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1267779 (stock #2259f)
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A lengthy 5 7/8", and a weighty 1.1 T. oz., this spoon is fully marked for Sheffield, England, Sterling, 1911, and with the maker's stamp, "JR" for John Round & Son, Ltd. It also has a registry mark imprinted on the backside heel.

It has a border of dense, fine flowers and leaves struck on both sides of the handle. The handle front and interior of the bowl are engraved in a design that matches the pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1267601 (stock #2258f)
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Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid" is an exceptionally fanciful, reticulated, figural pattern. It features a range of imagery incorporating putti-like characters engaged in various enterprises. The imagery varies from piece to piece and is appropriate to the item function.

This example is a 9 3/8", extraordinarily heavy, 4.8 T. oz., salad serving fork...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1267474 (stock #2257f)
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This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name; it features a ram's head and a satyr figure. Originated by New York's Henry Hebbard and later taken over by Whiting, it was a pattern that Tiffany retailed under its nameplate in the 1860s.

This is an early example, stamped "H.H. Patent 1862," "Tiffany & Co." "Sterling." It is an 8 1/4" long, just under 2.2 T. oz., hot cake lifter...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1267325 (stock #2256f)
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This napkin ring stands 1 1/2" high, measures 2" in diameter, and weighs just over .8 T. oz. It is stamped on the sidewall with a second standard French Minerva (.800 silver) and a maker's diamond. This is close to miniscule, but clear enough to read a first letter "A" and a second letter "D" or "L," with a star underlined by a crescent. The interior has a bigorne guarantee impressed opposite the Minerva...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1267244 (stock #2255f)
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A large piece, this gravy ladle measures 7 1/4" overall and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 3.9 T. oz. It is spoon-like, in that the handle is set almost on the horizontal with the 2" round, 3/4" deep bowl. All aspects of the piece are highly refined and robust, with this latter quality especially evident in the thick shank and sturdy bowl.

It is fully marked for Mary Chawner, London, and sterling...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1267132 (stock #2254f)
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This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz. berry spoon, marked only "Coin," with no maker's or retailer's identifier, is emblematic of mid 19th century American silver design.

It is both a sophisticated and stylish item. Slender in look, it has an elongated bowl, a twist stem, and arched, flat handle with a notched tip. The margin of this has delicate roulette engraving.

There is no monogram or removal.

The condition is mint estate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1267011 (stock #2253f)
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This solid sterling silver item measures 8" long and has a flat, round serving end. It is a robust piece, having a thick shank and weighs an exceptionally heavy 3.4 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1266857 (stock #2252f)
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This pair of coin silver tongs measure a lengthy 6 1/4" long and weigh nearly 1.7 T. oz.

Stamped "Rockwell" along with a sheaf of wheat pseudo hallmark, this identifier is attributed to Edward Rockwell by both Louise Belden and John McGrew in their respective works on marks. He is to be distinguished from Samuel D. Rockwell with whom Edward was in partnership 1815-47, with some similarity of marks.

This item appears to date from Edward's early working years, 1803-14. It has a broad arc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266740 (stock #2251f)
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Tiffany produced various engraved designs overlaid on an "Antique" pattern ground. This iteration, aka "Custom Engraved," essentially stands alone as a distinct pattern.

It is deeply and intricately chased, and as Carpenter notes in his volume "Tiffany Silver," "exceedingly heavy." He also confirms that it is "deeply engraved" and dates it from the 1890s. That dating may explain some of the Aesthetic qualities of the design, namely the fern-like elements that form the margins around the s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1266595 (stock #2250f)
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This 4 13/16" long, relatively heavy 1.1 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs are stamped with the helmet over shield emblem of the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International Silver, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Frontenac," a long run, popular, early 20th century, Art Nouveau lily design. This is an early production item in immaculate condition. It retains sharp detail showing even the stamens and pollen flecks on the blossoms, and has a stippled background on much of the de...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1266431 (stock #2249f)
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The olive berry, leaf, and blossom design on this two-tine, 6 7/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., item leaves no question as to its purpose.

Made by Paye & Baker whose P&B mark within hearts (along with the word "Sterling") appears on the backside, it follows after myriad other appealing Art Nouveau designs produced by that company in the early 1900s.

A slender piece, the trident tines are relatively broad and have matte gold finishes.

It is in mint condition. There is no wear or ot...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1266373 (stock #2248f)
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An early example marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900," this item is a long handle salad serving spoon. It measures 10 1/8" overall and weighs a substantial 3.7 T. oz.

It has the decorated flanged shoulders characteristic of older pieces, as well as an up-turned handle end, and a flowing script, Art Nouveau style, "ACB" monogram on the backside.

In superb condition. All features of the buttercup blossoms and leafy elements remain crisp and sharply...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266235 (stock #2247f)
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A pattern that originated with New York's John Polhamus, "Diamond" was eventually absorbed into George Shiebler's stable of flatware patterns. Although patented in 1874, it carries forward many of the Gothic Revival design sensibilities of the 1860s, and successfully so.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., sugar spoon with a shell form bowl. It has an "MW" monogram inscribed on front of the handle.

It is in exceptionally fine condition, free of polishing wear and with a b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265968 (stock #2245f)
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Syracuse's Joseph Seymour's pattern flatware is well-documented and the inventory does not include the "Thistle" design on this 5 1/2" long, just touching 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. It is thereby an unexpected rarity, and doubly so because of its impressively artful portraiture.

The design, die work, and finish are all to the highest standard. There is a central thistle blossom midway on the handle, and a pair at the tip, all surrounded by leaves. A pair of leaves also graces the backside of t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1265965 (stock #2244f)
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The partnership of Hotchkiss & Schreuder, Syracuse, New York, is listed with working dates c. 1857-71. The style of this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., coin silver berry spoon with an early "H&S" maker's mark, fully reflects the aesthetics of that period.

It is a high quality example in mint condition. The handle stem is twisted and leads to a sculpted-border, broad, flat, upturned end that is decorated with engine turning, bright cut engraving, and wriggle work, front and back sides. There is ...

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. It was made by New York's highly regarded Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem, embossed with the date 1894, appears on the under...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265582 (stock #2242f)
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Born in 1825 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Boston's South Shore, Asa Fairbanks Trufant is listed working as a merchant in nearby Abington, dying in 1879.

Given the "Fiddle Tipt" pattern on this 7 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., dessert or place spoon, it would have dated from his earliest working years.

It is monogrammed "JT to EJT" in fancy script lettering and is in exceptionally fine condition. It remains well-formed and retains a perfectly shaped bowl that is free of dents, burrs, ...

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