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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1255230 (stock #2128dd)
Old Friends
$90.00
A grape motif, International's "Cloeta" has proven to be an enduringly popular pattern. Patented in 1904, it embraces the expressiveness of the Art Nouveau sensibilities popular in the period. It features clusters of harvest-ready grapes surrounded by leaves and tendrils.

This example is a 5 1/8" long, relatively weighty at .8 T. oz., and relatively uncommon, sardine fork. The serving end has seven tines, the center one of which has a trident tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1210623 (stock #1749f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing a substantial 2.2 T. oz., this preserve spoon is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac." It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller helmet-over-shield emblem of International Silver, along with "Sterling," and "Pat."

It is in exceptionally fine condition and without a monogram or removal. It has a slightly upturned end and retains all the fine detailing that characterizes original pieces of this pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1225321 (stock #1864f)
Old Friends
$95.00
A fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece as many instances of this form are, and solid silver, this cheese scoop measures an over-sized 7 1/4" long and weighs a hefty 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Stratford" by International, dating from 1902. It is a floral design, in this case carnation, offered in an Art Nouveau style. The pattern elements are expressed on the front and back sides of the handle end, the join with the bowl, and the reverse heel of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1215241 (stock #1789f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Fully marked as made by Dublin silversmith James Brady in 1826, this sterling silver mustard spoon (similar to a large American master salt spoon) measures 4 1/4" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz. The ovoid bowl is 1 1/8" wide, 7/8" back to front, and 1/4" deep.

It has a reverse tipt end and an exposed drop on the heel of the bowl, and is without a monogram or crest or removal of same.

The condition is very good...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1271057 (stock #2276f)
Old Friends
$25.00
This 8 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon dates from the 1840s and is marked "J.C. Farnsworth" and "Boston."

While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.

It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1221544 (stock #1838f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Unusually proportioned, this elongated coin silver master butter knife measures a full 8" long overall and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz. The flat, blunt end blade comprises 3" of this length, while the slender handle with a rounded, tipt end, comprises 5". There is a stylish, well-formed, script "LB" engraved on the front of the gently arched handle.

The maker's stamp is "Jeffrey R...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1279269 (stock #2323f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style "JA" monogram." The style of this suggests a date circa 1900...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1276605 (stock #2303f)
Old Friends
$225.00
John Bridge, whose "I.B" mark appears on the backside of this 11 7/8" long, nearly 2.6 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265277 (stock #2238f)
Old Friends
$95.00
European in scale, meaning large and heavy, this Victorian dinner fork measures 8" long and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

It is Irish in origin, fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in very good condition. There is light wear overall,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265968 (stock #2245f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Syracuse's Joseph Seymour's pattern flatware is well-documented and the inventory does not include the "Thistle" design on this 5 1/2" long, just touching 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. It is thereby an unexpected rarity, and doubly so because of its impressively artful portraiture.

The design, die work, and finish are all to the highest standard. There is a central thistle blossom midway on the handle, and a pair at the tip, all surrounded by leaves. A pair of leaves also graces the backside of t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1264667 (stock #2232f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Often associated with the better known James Watts, partly because he was briefly in partnership with him, and partly because of the similarity of his horse head over chevron hallmark to Watts', James P. Butler of Philadelphia engaged in various enterprises, including in the 1860s and 70s, silverware manufacturing(source Catherine B. Hollan "Philadelphia Silversmiths").

This example is a 6 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., preserve or large sugar spoon. It is stamped with the Butler emblem, plus the na...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1169303 (stock #1425f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz., this sterling silver berry spoon carries a retail stamp for "J.S. MacDonald" of Baltimore, but no maker's mark. It has a stylized diamond cut engraved handle with a satin matte background. There is a fancy "CMK" script monogram. The bowl is ovoid with notched edges. It has a floral engraved, again bright cut, design on the interior set against a pale gold satin matte surface. The back of the handle has a reverse tipt end and is otherwise plain ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1251083 (stock #2082f)
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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter, standing 1/2" high, and weighing 4.9 T. oz., this plate is marked with the emblem of the William B. Kerr Company of Newark, New Jersey. Additional marks include "Sterling," model number "5174-2," and the letters "H.M.D."

Kerr produced a smaller, 5 3/4" diameter, and lighter, version of this marked "5174-1" and both items were probably children's plates, although this larger one could be a bread and butter plate.

The style is Arts & Crafts, and dates from ea...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269891 (stock #2271f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Edmond Kidney of New York City was the organizing principal of several partnerships that spanned the years 1853 to the mid 1870s. This 6" long, T. oz., coin silver spoon is marked "K&J" for the last of these associations, Kidney & Johnson, which dates from 1868.

The pattern is a "Medallion," which in this case features a left-facing, classical, female figure. The handle has a twist stem, while the bowl is elongated and has a ribbed interior. This is large for an ice cream spoon, but the f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1241473 (stock #1995f)
Old Friends
$525.00
A popular and enduring pattern, Kirk's "Repousse" was produced in an array of holloware matching its flatware line.

This piece is a 7" long, 3 1/2" at the widest, 4" to the highest point at the top of the handle, 8.1 T. oz., gravy or sauce boat.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Co," "925/1000," and "7" on the underside. Rainwater indicates this particular mark was used on holloware 1903-07.

Judging from other examples of repousse gravy boats showing on the internet, Kirk produced numerous v...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1260911 (stock #2196f)
Old Friends
$28.00
"Lily" was an engraved pattern with a patent date of 1900 that is commonly attributed to the Schofield Co., although this 5 1/4" long, relatively heavy at just over .8 T. oz., individual butter spreader is explicitly marked for Kirk.

Furthermore, the marks used date to the time of original issue. They are located on the edge of the handle and read, "S. Kirk & Son Co.," "925/1000," and "58M."

The piece is solid silver and has a rather thick handle and blunt end blade. The bright cut des...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1234972 (stock #1940f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Kirk's flagship pattern is "Repousse" which was offered in a flatware line and a wide array of hollowware.

This example is a large, 1 7/8" diameter, 1 1/4" tall, heavy at nearly 1.6 T. oz., napkin ring. It is model number "28," as stamped on the inside, along with the words "S. Kirk & Son" and "Sterling." The particular mark on this was used 1932-61 according to Rainwater.

The chasing is especially detailed and finely rendered, executed in high relief. There is a reserve area, which i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1255936 (stock #2138)
Old Friends
$65.00
Baltimore assay standards were particular to that city and bore their own marks.

This 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon reflects that particularity. It is stamped "11 oz." which indicates a silver content between coin and sterling.

It is also marked "S.K & Son," for Samuel Kirk & Son. This combination of identifiers suggests a date circa 1830, with the standard mark passing out of use about then and this particular maker identification coming into use about the...

 
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