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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1364180 (stock #3217f)
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An original, early production item, this 5 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., olive spoon is imprinted with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion," hallmark, "Sterling," and "Pat. May 22, 1900," all in fine, precise, lettering exactly as it should be on an old piece.

It is also stamped with the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's carriage trade "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

The pattern is "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is an expressive Art Nouveau floral design. The flower portraiture varies from piece to piece, and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1364111 (stock #3216f)
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Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, this matched pair of teaspoons are stamped "I or J Lee" in script lettering, which mark Belden in "Marks of American Silversmiths," citing two sources, identifies as "possibly that of a Middletown, Conn., silversmith working ca. 1790-1800."

The style of this suggests the earlier end of that date range.

They have rounded ends, with very slight beveling on the backsides. The fronts are engraved in a fancy script monogra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364110 (stock #3215f)
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This item is an old, 1888 version, of Gorham "Versailles" marked with a "lion, anchor, G," and the words "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, retaining excellent pattern detail that shows minimal polishing wear. The central female figure remains fully articulated as do all the other details of thi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364109 (stock #3214f)
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A late 19th century, not commonly found, design made by the Chicago firm "Wendell Manufacturing Company," "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 or small gravy ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flange shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1364049 (stock #3213f)
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This piece of holloware was made to match Tiffany's 1872 "Persian" pattern, and incorporates the same Moorish motif that is found in the flatware line.

This appears on the banding on the upper inner rim and edge of the pedestal base of this 8" top diameter, 4" across the bottom, 5 1/4" tall, 14.9 T. oz., footed bowl, aka tazza or compotier.

The entire piece is characterized by elegant, clean lines, and bright, mirror-like surfaces.

The bowl itself is 2 1/4" deep and has a domed base w...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1363975 (stock #3212f)
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These two, matched spoons measure 4 7/8" long each, and are heavy, weighing approximately 1.7 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is an embellished "Prince Albert," executed to an exceptionally high standard, bespeaking the best of the silversmith's art.

They have Russian markings, which include an "84" for an .875 silver purity, and a woman's head facing right over a Greek letter symbol for St. Petersburg. This appears to be a "second Kokoshnik import mark" used 1908-1926.

Each piece also...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1363954 (stock #3211f)
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To a European scale, each of these two, matching, forks measures 8" long. They are very heavy at 5.2 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is a "Tipt," with beveled edges along the margins of the handles. The ends are slightly upturned, and the tines are long and tapered.

Each piece is fully marked with a "lion" for sterling, a "leopard's face" for London, a date letter "e" for 1834-35, a duty mark, and "WJ" for maker William Johnson.

Unadorned save for feathered script "H" monograms, their...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1363913 (stock #3210f)
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Tracing to the mid 19th century, this companion bowl and plate are demonstrative of the quality for which Tiffany had already become known, even this early.

The markings tell much of the story of the history of the company. They are "Tiffany & Co., Gold & Silversmiths, 550 Broadway," this last mark commonly referred to as the "Union Square location."

This cluster of identifiers is flanked by an Old English "M" on either side, the model number "262" and order number "1334" in the center....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1363880 (stock #3209f)
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Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership while both of them were working for Maynard & Taylor, and whose silver portion of that business they bought out to establish their own firm in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver contracted typhoid fever and sold out to Brown, whose interest he bought back in 1863 after recovering from his illness. All this history indicates the "Brown & Sh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1363847 (stock #3208f)
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Standing 2 5/8" high, having a diameter of 2 1/4", a maximum span of 3 3/8" to the end of the handle, and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this child's cup was made by William B. Durgin in the late 19th century.

It is a charming period piece inscribed "Marion" over "1880."

This is engraved with two scenes, one of which is particularly appropriate to the name. One portrays a girl with a bonnet on the ground beside her; she is petting a lamb, evocative of the children's rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363809 (stock #3207f)
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A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is a dense pattern that shows Moorish influences.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, .8 T. oz., sugar, or perhaps small preserve, spoon with two characteristics that set it apart.

One is the flange rim, elaborately shaped bowl with intricate engraving set against a satin matte, gold wash (front and back sides) ground.

The second feature is that it was retailed by the New Orleans firm of "E. Lilienthal," as stamped o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363764 (stock #3206f)
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The style of this 6 1/8" long, .8 T. oz., early pastry, or possibly pickle, fork places it c. 1865.

It is marked "Warner," and "Coin," for Baltimore's Andrew Ellicott Warner, Jr., whose working dates were 1864-93 according to the Baltimore Museum of Art reference "Maryland Silver," so this is an example of his earliest production.

The design is suggestive of work particularly popular in Philadelphia at the time. It has a twisted central shank leading to a flat, scalloped edge, upper en...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363708 (stock #3205f)
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Produced in the second quarter of the 19th century in New York City, this 8 1/2" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver table or serving spoon, is an extremely well-made piece.

It has a "Tipt" end, rounded and heavily beveled shoulders, and a pointed end bowl.

The backside of the handle has an elegantly rendered, feathered script "TD" monogram.

It is stamped "J.L. [Jared] Moore & Co." (1796-53) for the well-documented jeweler and watchmaker. This particular mark, with the "& Co.,"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363707 (stock #3204f)
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A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of the rose and scroll motif of the pattern, Towle's "Old English," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

This is without a monog...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363706 (stock #3203dd)
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This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz.

Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363704 (stock #3202f)
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Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a gent...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1363668 (stock #3201f)
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Typically appearing on larger items, such as tea and place spoons, this example of the "basket of flowers" motif is a less commonly found 3 3/4" long, just over .2 T. oz., master salt spoon.

It is stamped "H. Porter & Co.," for Henry Chester Porter, New York City, who used this mark after 1830.

The backside heel of the spoon has a shell design; this combination of basket of flowers with shell back appears on other examples of Porter's work.

There is a feathered script monogram that a...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1950 item #1363598 (stock #3200f)
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Bearing marks for Finland, a date of 1948, and a silver content of .813, this 4 1/8" long, .8 T. oz., pair of scissoring sugar tongs are commonly referred to as "nips."

They consist of two crossed arms, joined by a rivet that in this case has rosette caps, and an internal spring mechanism.

The finger grips, which are on the shorter end of the arms, have an openwork rose vine, flower, and leaf motif. The grips are leaf form and in this instance finished in a gold wash.

They are in ex...

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