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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367746 (stock #3275f)
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In his benchmark work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood traces the name evolution of the pattern most commonly known as "Saratoga."

The company's third line, it was originally issued as "King's" or "King" in 1870, sometimes referred to as "Old King" to distinguish it from the later "English King." It was briefly reissued in 1908, then called "Cook," and finally again reintroduced in 1956 under the name "Saratoga" by which it is known today.

Marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1367745 (stock #3274f)
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1903." The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

This is a particular...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367707 (stock #3273f)
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Price for the set of twelve.
A specialty design with limited production, the pattern on these 12 matching, 4" long, 2.7 T. oz. the group, coffee (or demitasse spoons), is grounded in an Aesthetic sensibility.

They appear as a new offering in the sterling silver section of the 1885 Gorham catalogue, as one of "ten new patterns to meet the increasing demand for . . . small coffee spoons."

The motif features a dense cluster of various flower blossoms on the upper half of the handle, while the lower section has a repeat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1367651 (stock #3272dd)
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George Shiebler's approach to design was ever fanciful, and that is the case with this 4 3/4" long, not quite .5 T. oz., letter opener.

The handle features a raised, inter-looping, pattern that resembles knots or chain mail. The handle broadens toward its center and has scalloped edges derivative of the loops.

The blade is shaped like a scimitar, with a pronounced taper toward its tip, and an open embellishment on the upper edge near the handle.

The backside is engraved "Sanapee 1895...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367649 (stock #3271f)
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With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7". The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell." Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends where the raised shells are situated are broad and rounded.

These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.

The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three splayed outw...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1367571 (stock #3270f)
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Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" chronicles Henry J. Pepper, whose name appears on this 5 3/4" long, just under .5 T. oz., teaspoon as born in Ireland c. 1789, and working in Wilmington, Delaware 1813-26, whereupon he relocated to Philadelphia.

Engraved "LD" in feathered script and "1826" on the front, this could trace to either location.

The style, with its long, flat, rounded end handle is clearly very early 19th century, and the piece could well predate the first inscri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1367500 (stock #3269f)
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The biggest serving spoon that Durgin made in its 1910 "Fairfax" line, this piece measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The wide bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, defines this as a large berry, aka casserole or vegetable, spoon.

An early production item, this is marked with the Durgin "D" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd," and the name of the retailer, "Banks & Bryan," of Wilmington, Delaware.

There is a multi-line script "ESB" monogram on the handle front.

It is in very good e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1367444 (stock #3268f)
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This 2 1/4" tall, 3" diameter, round bowl sits on a tiered pedestal base that is 2" across. The piece weighs nearly 2.8 T. oz.

It is hallmarked for Turner & Simpson, of Birmingham, England, with city and sterling symbols that, while rubbed, are legible. The date letter is obscured, although the outline shape is for "Cycle XIII," which ran 1950-74.

It is Georgian in style, with a plain body that has an applied rim and the previously mentioned footed base.

There are also two cast lio...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367270 (stock #3267f)
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This 7 7/8" long, not quite 1.1 T. oz., coin silver spoon has a double provenance.

It is stamped "E.S. & D.R. Burr" and "coin," for the jewelers located in the small, central Wisconsin town of Berlin. An entry in a 1919 "Jewelers' Circular," notes the death of Daniel Riley Burr at age 85, still resident in Berlin.

There is also a right-facing, bust that McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as an unknown Chicago maker. He cites only Chicago retailers associated with this, so...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1367197 (stock #3266f)
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A striking union of sterling silver with clear glass, this 6 1/2" high syrup jug is one item of a line of hollowware produced by Durgin.  Other forms in this late 19th to early 20th century series include a cream and sugar pair, a vase, a sugar shaker, and possibly more. 

Common to all these pieces are silver bases, crowns, and the truly defining element, which is a dolphin or sea serpent handle. 

The bodies are high quality, finely cut rock crystal.  At least one source attributes the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367117 (stock #3265f)
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A full size, 7 3/4" long, heavy, nearly 2.4 T. oz., dinner fork, this item is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," indicating it is an original, early production, example.

The pattern, "Versailles," remains perhaps the most enduringly appealing of the many grand, full line, designs Gorham generated in the late 19th century.

Intricately wrought, it borrows its imagery from classical motifs, this piece portraying a male figure carrying a dead boar up...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1367056 (stock #3264f)
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With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant silver manufactury.

While "Tipt" end examples of their work, which this is, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.

One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.

The handle has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367002 (stock #3263f)
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The mid 19th century witnessed a flourishing of nut servers and picks, of which this 5 7/8" long, not quite .3 T. oz., nut pick is an example.

It was brought to market by New York City's William Gale & Son, 1862-66, whose name, along with the word "Sterling" and the number "2" imprinted on the reverse.

Essentially flat, save for a slight (intentional) bend at the tip, it has a twisted central shank, and a shaped handle end. Both sides of the pick and handle are bright cut engraved, with...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1367001 (stock #3262f)
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A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebony handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T. oz. and has a cap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1366945 (stock #3261f)
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At 6" long, and weighing just under .9 T. oz., this olive spoon has a deeply cupped, plum-shaped, pierced bowl with scalloped flange shoulders.

An original, early, production item made by Alvin in the Art Nouveau "Bridal Rose" pattern, the company emblem, along with the words "Patent," and "Sterling" appear on the backside in fine lettering.

The handle is upturned at the end, while the surface displays a high relief, intricately rendered, portraiture of rose buds, blossoms, leaves, and t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1366870 (stock #3260f)
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Identified as selling only "to the trade," meaning marketing exclusively through third party retailers, this item carries the maker's symbol for George A. Henckel & Co., "Sterling," and fittingly, it is also stamped for the New York City high end, luxury jeweler, "Marcus & Co."

Working in the early decades of the 20th century (and later absorbed into Currier & Roby), Henckel produced quality work, often in an Arts and Crafts style, as evidenced by this 7 1/8" long, weighty at 3.1 T. oz., pai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366796 (stock #3259f)
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Attributed by Tere Hagen in her comprehensive but now aging, "Silver Flatware" to Reed & Barton and given the name "Spray," this pattern is actually an early Durgin one.

Examples show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are sometimes marked with the firm's "D" emblem and sometimes left unmarked.

This large, 9 3/4" long, and weighty at 3.2 T. oz., ice cream server is imprinted "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For."

The pattern incorporates a raised spray of meadow flowers, grasses, and ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1366740 (stock #3258f)
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Dating from the mid 1850s, this 6 7/8" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon has New England origins.

It is stamped "S.N. Story" for the Worcester, Massachusetts silversmith and jeweler. Also marked "Pure Coin," which was a regional term, this was likely made in Boston.

The pattern is "Olive," which was a very popular design in the period.

What sets this apart from other examples is its intermediate size, shell bowl, solid weight, quality manufacture, and good condition.

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