American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207968 (stock #1731f)
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$375.00
Dating from 1885, Gorham's "Old Masters" scarcely has any parallels in the realm of American sterling silver flatware. Each piece in the line, with some duplication, features a different, renowned figure from the realm of the classical arts. The handles are cast and individually designed with all aspects of the shank complimentary of the bust of whatever figure surmounts the end of that handle.

The figure in the instance of this 7 3/4" long, exceptional weight 2.2 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1163444 (stock #1378f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Dating from 1880, Gorham's "Old Medici" utilizes Renaissance figures as a central motif. This 6 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example marked "Copyrighted," along with Gorham's lion, anchor, G emblem, and the word "Sterling." It has an ovoid bowl with scalloped and rippled edges. The interior of the bowl is artfully engraved. There is an Old English "M" monogram on the reverse. This is in excellent condition...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1243101 (stock #2009f)
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$60.00
A standard pattern with slight variations from maker to maker, "Olive" was a stand out design in the mid 19th century. Gorham produced its own variant in 1865 and took it further afield from than other makers of the period. It is built around a central, double lined, oval, engraved "Nellie" in this case, with leafy elements top and bottom of this, and a beaded drop at the very bottom.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, relatively heavy 1.5 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1251930 (stock #2091dd)
Old Friends
$335.00
Expressive of its namesake place in a variety of ways, "Palm Beach" was a limited line produced by Gorham around 1900. This example is an 8 1/2" long, heavy, 2.4 T. oz., serving spoon.

The handle is formed like a palm tree trunk, while the backside of the bowl portrays the full spray palm fronds that cap the trunk.

The entire piece is vermeil, save for the background behind the leaves, which remains silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243805 (stock #2015f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A bit longer than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" and heavy at approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is a youth spoon. Having an oversize bowl, this form is also sometimes identified as a pap spoon.

The pattern is Gorham's Art Nouveau "Patrician," a kindred design with "Poppy." It is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Patent 1902."

It is in choice condition and without a monogram or monogram removal. The design detail remains crisp and well-defined...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1165876 (stock #1398fr)
Old Friends
$45.00
Dating from just after the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" exhibits all the expressiveness of design that characterized the Art Nouveau mode. This 4 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., pair of tongs are large sized sugars. The pattern is carried onto the especially attractive, three-pronged grips with stippled background. The piece is in perfect condition, and without a monogram or removal. Marks are lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902."
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245393 (stock #2030f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Relatively large for such items, this mustard ladle measures 5" long and weighs nearly .6 T. oz. The pattern is "Rosette," one of Gorham's earliest line designs. It was patented in 1868, and so marked, which was the year that Gorham went to the sterling standard...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1225680 (stock #1868f)
Old Friends
$115.00
An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flanged edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1122403 (stock #1043f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring 5" long, this cream ladle in Gorham's "Virginiana" has an oval bowl that is 1 1/2" by 1 1/4" and 1/2" deep. The bowl has subtly flanged shoulders.

This poppy pattern may be Gorham's most successful full line art nouveau design, and deservedly so.

This example is flawless, showing scant signs of use, having a brilliant (hand polished only) finish, and is without a monogram.

Marks are lion, anchor, G, Pat. 1904, and Sterling.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1203271 (stock #1685f)
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$55.00
Dating from the mid 19th century, Hall, Hewson & Brower were located in Albany, New York. This example of their work is a 7 1/2" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., right angle, coin silver master butter knife...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1219014 (stock #1819f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Perhaps unique in the realm of strawberry forks, this 6 1/2", relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., piece by Hamilton & Diesinger has a significantly and visibly longer handle than what this form usually has.

The pattern is without an identified name. A dense floral, damask like design, featuring a dogwood or wild rose blossom against a scroll background, it is similar to Wood & Hughes "Louvre," Knowles "Rose" and "Aeolian," and Durgin "Scroll" among others, and likely dates from the same l...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253453 (stock #2108f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Fully marked for London, 1844, and sterling, this large, 9", heavy 2.6 T. oz., table serving spoon is stamped "SH" over "DC" for the partnership of Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater.

It is a handsome and refined item, artfully formed and finished. It has a reverse tipt handle with an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The plain front has cleanly beveled edges and high, sharply defined shoulders off the generously proportioned, 3 1/4" by 1 3/4", bowl.

It is in superb condition and wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246905 (stock #2042f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Measuring 5 13/16" long and weighing just under 1.1 T. oz., this teaspoon is marked with an "H" in a diamond, which is a Gorham designation for "heavy." Other marks are the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Mar. 20. 1894."

It is a Zodiac spoon for the month of December. The sign is "Capricornus," the sea-goat, more commonly identified as "Capricorn," whose image appears on the handle. Other decorative elements include holly leaves and berries tumbling into the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1135490 (stock #1152f)
Old Friends
$72.00
Prince Albert was a European inspired design that found numerous expressions in the United States. This mid 19th century full-sized dinner fork is marked "Levi & Gottlieb" for the New York City retailer (321 Canal Street). It measures 7 11/16" long and weighs a substantial 2.0 T. oz. The handle is inscribe "H.M. Jayne." in fancy feathered lettering. The condition is excellent. Apart from slight tip wear on the tines, and a bit of softening of the design from polishing, there are no signs of ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1237757 (stock #1962f)
Old Friends
$115.00
As with so much of the design product of George Shiebler, "Victoria" falls into a style of its own.

It has a border of what appears to be a repeating buds with tendril-like elements. This extends onto the shoulders of the bowl of this large, 8" long, heavy, 2.3 T. oz., gravy ladle. The motif bears a similarity to Georg Jensen's "Blossom," although "Victoria" predates that pattern by about twenty years.

There is a script "JEH" monogram on the handle. The bowl is plum-shaped and has a f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1182383 (stock #1518fa)
Old Friends
$70.00
The genre is known as "souvenir spoons," but occasionally such commemorative items were produced in other forms. That is the case with this 6 3/8" long, probably youth, fork made by Watson. It is a heavy item, weighing 1.3 T. oz., and reflecting exceptional die work and finish. The word "Missouri" appears on a banner draped across the end of the handle. There are a remarkably high number of additional images portrayed on both sides of the remainder of the handle. These include the state se...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1237903 (stock #1963f)
Old Friends
$34.00
George Hocknell, born about 1812, is listed as a Rochester, New York silversmith, with residence in Seneca Falls, New York, later in his life.

This example of his work is a 6" long, .8 T. oz., c. 1840, cream ladle. It has a downturned fiddle handle with rounded shoulders off the bowl. There is a finely rendered, script, "M Campbell" monogram.

The piece is in very good condition. The bowl remains round and is free of dents, cracks, or breaks, although it has a slight bit of unevenness ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1211502 (stock #1756f)
Old Friends
$100.00
Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860's.

It is an especially fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backsid...
 
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