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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1259403 (stock #2176f)
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$45.00
This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.

It is more substantial than most of thi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330998 (stock #2710f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A late 19th century Philadelphia partnership, with principals also connected with another Philadelphia firm, Davis & Galt, Hamilton & Diesinger produced numerous, apparently unnamed, flatware patterns.

The quality of the company's work is always to a high standard, and that is the case with this 8 1/8" long, good weight at 1.8 T. oz., serving fork. With four, slender tines, the outer two of which are splayed, it is probably a beef fork.

The pattern is rococo in style, and immensely intr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253453 (stock #2108f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Each, two available.
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 #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 #1305160 (stock #2525f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing an exceptional 2.5 T. oz., this dinner fork was made by Durgin and retailed by New York's "Theodore B. Starr," as identified on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Marechal Niel, dates from 1896. Independent from its heft, Marechal Niel is appealing because it is an outstanding design. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and bac...

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 #1237757 (stock #1962f)
Old Friends
$75.00
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 1900 item #1293890 (stock #2440f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263189 (stock #2217f)
Old Friends
$15.00
Each, four available.
This lengthy, 5 7/8", just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon is stamped "H. Judson," along with a sunburst emblem, for the Syracuse, New York silversmith and jeweler Hiram Walker, with dates 1792-1868.

It has a plain, round end, and slight mid rib on the backside of the handle. There is a feathered script "EW" monogram on the front. The drop on the bowl is plain.

It is in very good condition. There is minimal polishing wear and the finish has an appealing patina. The bowl is well-...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1323418 (stock #2621f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Portraying a young Dionysus, this motif carries through the entire Hotchkiss & Schreuder, Syracuse, NY, line of "Medallion" flatware.

Teaspoons are commonly found in this pattern, and other pieces somewhat readily so, but this large, 5 7/8" long, weighty 1t 1.6 T. oz., pair of tongs rarely surface.

The arms are mirror images of each other, with the portraiture of a young man set in profile, showing tumbling hair encircled by a garland of ivy. He has a wistful, forward-looking gaze, appa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1269472 (stock #2269f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Standing 3 3/8" tall to the top of the finial, 3 3/8" at the widest to the edge of the handle, and weighing just under 4.0 T. oz. this solid silver piece was made by Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Sterling Company and retailed by Boston's Shreve, Crump, & Low according to the identifiers on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling," "925/1000," "4522," and "Pat '93."

Catalogs of the period identify shorter versions of this form as mustard pots, and taller ones as horseradish. Common...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1322336 (stock #2610f)
Old Friends
$215.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330864 (stock #2708f)
Old Friends
$95.00
The Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island is to be distinguished from Howard & Company of New York, both operating in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon.

Presumably named after Napoleon's empress consort, the design features bold acanthus leav...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1211502 (stock #1756f)
Old Friends
$95.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311172 (stock #2582f)
Old Friends
$195.00
An extravagant design, Gorham's "Paris" portrays an array of emblematic imagery.

These include figures such as a standing woman with an arc of stars around her head and a banner reading "Genovepha Parisis," and a pair of cherubs flanking the top front of the handle.

City landmarks are represented by a rendering of the full fa├žade of "Notre Dame," while other, more generic, symbols include a wooden ship powered by sail and oars, birds with raised wings, acanthus, ivy, and laurel leaves, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1239560 (stock #1980f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Dating from the late 19th century, International's "Cambridge" is a beaded pattern with a lined margin leading to a scrolled top.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., delicately proportioned, lettuce fork.

The serving end has three tines with trident ends. The heel is decorated with scroll and bead elements that echo the main pattern, and there are two round piercings that provide added embellishment. There are slight traces of an original gold wash remaining.

It is in flawle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1317607 (stock #2542f)
Old Friends
$100.00
Price for the set of three.
A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This group is a matching three piece place setting. It includes a dinner size knife that measures 9 7/8" long, a fork, commonly identified as regular size, that measures 7 1/4", and a 5 7/8" teaspoon.

This is a heavy line and that is the case with these pieces. The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1319359 (stock #2559f)
Old Friends
$38.00
The first decades of the 20th century saw a great flowering of flatware designs.

Alas many of these quite impressive patterns have become lost in the abundance of what came after, which may apply to International's "Duchesse" dating from 1907.

It is lavishly styled, vaguely derivative from a "Kings" motif but more embellished. The handle has a shell end surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing and is trimmed with a decorated beveled edge. This whole ensemble of design is repeated on the b...

 
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