American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345936 (stock #2903f)
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$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)
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$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...

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 : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1360706 (stock #3147f)
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$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 mustard pot was made by Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Sterling Company and retailed by Boston's Shreve, Crump, & Low according to the stamps on the underside. Additional marks include "Sterling," "925/1000," "4522," and "Pat '93."

Traditional in style, this has six paneled sides, rests on a footed base, has a beaded border on the upper rim, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360341 (stock #3133dd)
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$68.00
Many of Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Silver Company's patterns were absorbed by Rogers Williams Silver which in turned merged with Mauser to form the Mount Vernon Co., itself finally taken over by Gorham.

The trail of the numerous patterns produced under these various nameplates can be intricate, but that is not the case with this 5 3/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., "Josephine" sardine fork which bears the earliest Howard Co. "H, four leaf clover, L" emblem, along with the word "Sterlin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372420 (stock #3372f)
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$46.00
A substantially sized piece, measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this spoon traces to the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Huntington & LaBoyteaux" for a partnership that existed 1850-56, between William C. Huntington, who first established himself in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1846, and Issac N. LaBoyteaux (Cincinnati Silver, Amy Dehan).

The "exaggerated fiddle handle and pointed shoulders" form is "typical of flatware associated with Cincinnati in the mid-19th century" (Deha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311172 (stock #2582f)
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$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 #1363014 (stock #3191f)
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$48.00
A beaded design with a scroll tip, International's "Cambridge" was introduced in 1899.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. Slender overall and with three elongated tines joined by a crossbar, it was designed to be a delicate implement.

The heel of the tine area is slightly cupped, and is embellished with an elaboration of the pattern on the shoulders.

Never monogrammed, this is in choice estate condition. There is no evident polishing wear and th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1317607 (stock #2542f)
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$95.00
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 1900 item #1360227 (stock #3130dd)
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$95.00
Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this sardine fork is an early production example of International's 1903 Art Nouveau style "Frontenac."

It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of old production pieces.

There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.

It is in superb condition, indicating it has had little to no us...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1347851 (stock #2924f)
Old Friends
$95.00
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 example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a scall...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1378370 (stock #3479f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price for the pair.
This matched pair of candlesticks are large for this form, standing 4" tall, have a broad base, measuring 4 3/16" in diameter, and tops that are 2" across. The tops have threaded interiors so they could accommodate extensions.

Stamped "International," with the Simpson, Hall, Miller "shield and helmet" emblem, "Sterling," and "121 15 /2," they weigh 18.2 T. oz. combined. As, however, the undersides indicate they are "weighted reinforced," the actual silver content is only a fraction of this, e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1349763 (stock #2942f)
Old Friends
$115.00
This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First it measures 8 3/8" long, which is substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, and was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the wo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375771 (stock #3435f)
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$65.00
Identified in Catherine Hollan's work Philadelphia Silversmiths as a member of "the extended Butler-Peters-McCarthy families from New London, CT," James Butler established himself in Philadephia and became closely associated with that city's James Watts with whom he was actually in active partnership as Watts & Butler for one year, 1867.

Butler also used an animal head over chevron emblem, as found on this 7 1/8" long, T. oz., preserve spoon, that is similar enough to that used by Wat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1342549 (stock #2855f)
Old Friends
$150.00
A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left anywhe...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372532 (stock #3375f)
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$85.00
Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.

Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.

There is a handsome, feathered sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373517 (stock #3397f)
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An exceptionally fine period piece, this circa 1870, 6 3/4" long, solid weight at 1.8 T. oz., gravy ladle has Philadelphia origins.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the retailer of note, and although the design could just as well be coin silver, "(925)" for sterling.

The style and quality of execution are consistent with work from this source and time. The "Pointed Antique" handle has an engine turned surface with additional engraving. This includes a shield shape reserve area th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331234 (stock #2713f)
Old Friends
$95.00
This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., ladle is unusual in that the 2 1/4" round bowl has a flat bottom with nearly straight sidewalls, rather than the typical curved or inverted dome interior.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell" for Philadelphia's carriage trade firm, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is a "Kings," "English Kings," in a form that was standard to Caldwell. It conforms to all the conventions of this British inspired design. It has a convex shell on the front and a ...

 
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