American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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)
Old Friends
$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 #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 "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. The bowl is perfectly shaped, and free of dents or burrs...

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 #1102223 (stock #921f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Patented in 1868, the first year that Gorham went to a sterling only standard, Rosette is a period design. It has lined borders with a scroll and fan or fleur-de-lis element at the top. A rosette, from which the pattern takes its name, occupies the lower central portion of the handle. The backside repeats the pattern, but with a simpler rosette.

This item is an 8 1/2" long fish serving fork. It is solid weight at just under 2.4 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1056088 (stock #670e)
Old Friends
$60.00
Gorham's Rosette is an early line pattern for that company, patented in 1868 as indicated by the stamp on the reverse (other marks are lion, anchor, G and the word Sterling).

It is a straightforward design, taking its name from the single rosette set in the lower portion of the handle. It has a lined border and angular end that is tipped with fan, scrolling and stylized acanthus leaf detailing.

This item is a 6 3/4" long, 1.3 T. oz. preserve or jelly spoon...

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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1103102 (stock #926f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Dating from 1870, Swiss is an early line pattern in the Gorham stable. Presumably the design, which incorporates an oak (?) leaf on a pedestal with side scrolls and something of a fleur-de-lis top, reflects iconography associated with Switzerland...
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. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back side...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1232092 (stock #1913f)
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Graff, Washbourne & Dunn of New York City has a long pedigree tracing back to William Gale, a premier 19th century silversmith. The company, however, is arguably best known for the pattern "Robert Bruce," which dates from 1910. Indeed, this design has taken on a legendary character that possesses an aura not unlike that of the Scottish character for whom it is named.

The design clearly draws from the Arts & Crafts movement which was coming into its own in the early 19th century. The patte...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1203271 (stock #1685f)
Old Friends
$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. It was retailed by "W.D. & A. McLean" according to the mark alongside the HH&B with eagle emblem on the blade. The blade is engraved with a waterside scene of a structure with a sailboat in the background. Other portions of the blade have leafy elements and engine turning. The handle is also en...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1135288 (stock #1151f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Made in the late 19th century by Philadelphia's Hamilton and Diesinger, this sterling silver cheese scoop measures 6 7/8" long and weighs a robust 1.8 T. oz. It is an original piece, not one adapted from another form. The handle has a rounded end that is intricately engraved and bright cut with a leaf and scroll design. The scoop has scalloped shoulders and is engraved with a flower and fern motif set against a matte ground. The backside is plain, save for a fine feathered script "HMH" monog...
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 #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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1122924 (stock #1048f)
Old Friends
$115.00
This pair of tongs are substantial. The measure 5 3/4" long, are 1 1/4" wide at the arch, and weigh 1.8 T. oz. The style is without question Boston from the third quarter of the 19th century. This origin and date is confirmed by the retailer's stamp, "Crosby, Morse & Foss," a partnership which dates narrowly from 1869 to 1875. They are also marked "925" for sterling, but less than ten years earlier they would have been to a coin silver standard, which many pieces in this genre are. The arms...
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...
 
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