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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265277 (stock #2238f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1285378 (stock #2368f)
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$45.00
A rarely found figural pattern much in the manner of "Medallion," "Prairie Flower was produced c. 1865 by Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.

A classical looking figure surrounded by drapery and ivy detailing surmounts the handle tip while the center of the handle portrays a bellflower and additional ivy leaves.

This example is a 6" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon. The bowl is large, 2" by 1 1/2", and is uniquely shaped. It is something of an embossed double scallop form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265968 (stock #2245f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1264667 (stock #2232f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1169303 (stock #1425f)
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$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...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1286865 (stock #2381f)
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Marked "J. Wallace" and with a symbol that John McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as the "Western eagle head" "from the frontier regions," this table or serving spoon measure 8 15/16" long and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.

Dating from the first quarter of the 19th century, it has a plain, down turned end with a slightly tipt backside, high, sharply beveled wings off the bowl, and a pronounced drop on the bowl.

There is no monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1251083 (stock #2082f)
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$150.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269891 (stock #2271f)
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$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)
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$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)
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$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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278531 (stock #2317f)
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$40.00
Measuring 6 1/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this fork is an old example of Knowles' 1878 "Crescent" pattern.

It has an unusual four tine configuration, with a hooked upper tine, and much englarged and also hooked, lower tine. It is possibly a pickle or pastry variant, or even an early, and rare, lobster fork. The upper surface of the tine area is artfully engraved and has a matte finish.

The front of the handle has an Old English "S" monogram.

The condition is mint estate. There...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1144649 (stock #1217fb)
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$95.00
Made by Krider & Biddle c. 1865, and marked with that company's emblem, this 8 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz. berry spoon has a reverse tipt end handle with an engraved front. There is a reserve that has never been monogrammed. The engraving is finely rendered, as would be expected of this firm and as was generally so of mid 19th century Philadelphia silver. The bowl is an unusual shape, with notched edges and raised ribbing on the interior. It is finished in an original bright gold wash front and ba...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1233504 (stock #1928f)
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$22.00
Ready citation for the "Ladd & Bigelow" mark on this 5 3/4" long, just over .5 T. oz., c. 1840 coin silver teaspoon is not available. Bigelow is a name most associated with Boston, while Ladd has numerous references in Providence, RI, Manchester, NH, and New York City. Geography therefore suggests New England, and Boston in particular. Undoubtedly the partnership was short-lived and the mark thereby uncommon.

The handle has a reverse tipt, down turned end, and an exposed drop on the bowl....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1234374 (stock #1935f)
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Stamped "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent mid 19th century firm, this pie server is large scaled. It measures 10" long overall and is exceptionally heavy at 3.8 T. oz. The triangular blade is 4 1/2" long and 3" at the widest.

The handle has a period "Bead" pattern front, and curiously a "Thread" pattern on the reverse. There is a fancy, feathered script "CAC" monogram on the obverse, and what appears to be a "CAP" monogram on the reverse. Such details always raise the question of whe...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245845 (stock #2034f)
Old Friends
$80.00
Many 19th century social conventions seem at odds with current practices. Such is the manner of notating gifts or presentations. The first person of interest in today's world is the recipient, while the second one is the giver; the order is "to" and "from." The 19th century practice was typically the reverse of this, with the giver the more significant figure.

That custom is evidenced by the inscription on this large, 9 3/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., coin silver serving spoon. The front is engrav...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1239033 (stock #1976f)
Old Friends
$135.00
While his early working years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut, George Eno is identified as a Philadelphia silversmith where he spent most of his life.

This large, 7 3/4" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "Eno & Co." and "Coin," dating it 1854-60, prior to Eno's 1860-70 partnership with George Bechtel.

This area is an exceptionally handsome piece that is in pristine condition.

The 2 7/8" by 2 1/4" by 5/8" deep oval bowl has a scalloped rim. The narrow handle is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
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$85.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1251312 (stock #2085f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Named for the rose which is the central portraiture of the design, "Eglantine," i.e. sweetbrier, is an early, 1870, Gorham pattern and one of the company's most refined.

Cast rather than the typical die struck mode of manufacture, it demonstrates the intricate, high relief detail casting enables.

It is a heavy line, and that is the case with this lengthy, 5 1/8", pair of sugar tongs which weigh a substantial 1.3 T. oz. They have intricately articulated talon grips that are finished in a...

 
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