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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1369453 (stock #3306f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Relatively large, this inkwell stands 4 1/8" high and has a base diameter of 2 3/4". The body is brilliant period cut glass with a 1/2" wide silver band around the bottom, and with a silver collar and spherical cap.

It is model number "S623," as stamped below the hinge, along with "Sterling." Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" hallmark appears on the underside of cap, as well as "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1890." All these marks repeat on the lower rim, save the date symbol there is for 188...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357627 (stock #3083f)
Old Friends
$395.00
Price for the set of twelve.
This full set of twelve identical spoons all measure 5 3/4" long and are relatively heavy, with the group weighing 11.0 T. oz., and have the same, Old English "M.F.P." monograms on the reverses.

They are unusual form with narrow, 1 7/8" long by 15/16" at the widest, deep at 3/8", bowls with oval tips and gold finishes both front and back sides.

They are clearly distinct from typical citrus or orange spoons but are likely to be used for eating fruit.

The pattern is Gorham's "St. Cloud...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362159 (stock #3180f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat 1885," this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork once belonged to "Gladys," whose name is engraved in script on the backside.

The pattern is "St. Cloud," one of the outstandingly successful designs produced by Antoine Heller in his long and consequential career with Gorham.

It is in very good condition. The dense leaf and shell motif remains well-defined, showing minimal polishing wear. The tines remain straigh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1358965 (stock #3102f)
Old Friends
$175.00
A charming item with a poignant provenance, this sterling item is model number "B885" made by Gorham, as identified by the marks on the underside.

It measures 4" at the widest, is 2 1/2" across on the base, and stands 2 1/2" high to the top of the knob on the lid. The total silver content is 4.0 T. oz.

The interior is finished in a bright gold wash, and the piece retains its original (lambswool?) puff in mint condition.

The reason for its fine condition is bittersweet, as it was lit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339107 (stock #2810f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Dating from the last decade of the 19th century, Gorham's "Virginia" is essentially a pointed antique design with beaded edging, front and back sides.

This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.

The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.

It is without a monogram or removal and in ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368543 (stock #3290f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Price per piece, three available.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., egg spoon.

It has an ovoid bowl with a gold wash interior, and is monogrammed with an Old English "E" on the handle.

It is in superb es...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368544 (stock #3291f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price for the pair.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

Commonly identified as a demitasse at 4 1/4" long, catalogues of the period reference this size as a coffee. This matched pair weigh approximately .8 T. oz. combined, have gold washed bowls, front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372177 (stock #3366f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Dating to the earliest decades of Gorham's history, these six, matched, coin silver, spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," for a partnership that traces to 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In their time, when large scale was favored, these would have served as standard place pieces.

They have a substantial feel, although they weigh marginally les...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375970 (stock #3438f)
Old Friends
$52.00
One of several umbrella partnerships that Walter S. Brower, Albany, New York, established, Hall, Hewson & Brower, whose "HH&H in a diamond surmounted by an eagle" appears on the backside of this 7 5/16" long, just under 1.2 T. oz., coin silver, master butter knife, operated 1846-52.

This is also imprinted "J.S. Sanders," for the nearby Schenectady, New York, jeweler who retailed this.

A flat-surfaced piece with a high shouldered, pointed end, handle that angles downward to the broad, 1" ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
Old Friends
$225.00
An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361634 (stock #3172f)
Old Friends
$32.00
A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind.

The design is singular, but characteristi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350922 (stock #2962f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two identical place forks measures 7 1/16" long. They are heavy, with the pair weighing 3.4 T. oz. combined.

Dating from the late 19th century, they are high quality items stamped "Hennegan, Bates Co." for the prominent Baltimore firm, and "Sterling."

The pattern is an engraved "Lily," which is more accurately "lily of the valley," and is one of several variations of the same theme made by numerous manufacturers. This work, largely bright cut, is set against an enhancing ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1341747 (stock #2842f)
Old Friends
$150.00
A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1335358 (stock #2767f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Identified as an "important manufacturer," in the benchmark "Jackson's Hallmarks," Henry Holland, of Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater, was located in London, England, in the mid 19th century.

This example of his work is fully marked with his maker's "H.H," a date letter for 1858-59, London, sterling, and a queen's head.

It is a large mustard pot with a clear glass liner. It stands 2 1/8" tall, has a body that is 2 1/8" wide, a maximum span of 3 1/2" to the end of the handle, and the silver ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351355 (stock #2968f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Perhaps the most recognizable name among Syracuse, New York, silver manufacturers, the firm of Hotchkiss & Schreuder existed under various names during the second half of the 19th century.

The specific "H&S" mark on this 8 7/8" long, heavy at 1.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is an early mark used 1857-64 according to the "Encylcopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

It is also stamped "W.S. Taylor" for the Utica, New York retailer with dates, 1858-61, convergent with the maker's stamps...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1371911 (stock #3352f)
Old Friends
$68.00
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 1860s.

It is a 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 backside.

There i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345936 (stock #2903f)
Old Friends
$36.00

Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, NY, operated under various names from the mid to late 1800s. The "H&S" mark (along with "Sterling") imprinted on the blade of this 7" long, relatively weighty at 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife in the company's "Unique" pattern was used 1864-71 according to an entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

The design is characteristic of the period, incorporating leaf and anthemion elements rather abundantly employed. It is doubl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1322336 (stock #2610f)
Old Friends
$195.00
This example of Victorian period grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co.," the date "1892," "New York," and "Sterling." To be sure, they do have darkened sur...

 
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