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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1221544 (stock #1838f)
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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. Brackett," along with the word "Boston." Brackett is well documented, identified as working as a silvers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1279269 (stock #2323f)
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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.

It is in very good condit...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329459 (stock #2686f)
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Price per piece, two available.
Last of a storied family of Massachusetts silversmiths that included several Josephs and Williams, the Moulton history traces to the 17th century. Born in 1814 and living until 1903, the Joseph Moulton who made this nearly 9" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., tablespoon, brought the family name into a fourth century.

Sold to Towle and Jones in 1860, Moulton's business formed the bedrock of the firm that eventually became Towle Silversmiths.

That Joseph was a capable craftsman is unequivoc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1837 VR item #1332488 (stock #2727f)
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The website of the "Small Collectors of Antique Silver" states that "Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover."

English in origin, some makers specialized in this form, and that is the case with this example made by John Bettridge of Birmingham in 1820. A web sear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1327749 (stock #2663f)
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Price per piece, three available.
At 9" long and weighing a substantial 2.1 T. oz., this large table or serving spoon has Scottish origins.

It is clearly stamped with a castle for Edinburgh, a thistle for sterling, a date letter W for 1828, and a bust duty mark. The maker's initials are "JH," for John Hay whose dates correspond with this.

The handle features a "Kings" pattern on the front, and a plain backside with a thumb drop on the heel of the bowl.

There is a script "G" monogram.

It is in exceptionally fine ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1317415 (stock #2541f)
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Syracuse was a major center of silver manufacturing in the second half of the nineteenth century and this piece is an example of the quality of that city's output.

It is an 8 1/4" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon made by Joseph Seymour.

The pattern is "Duchess," which dates from 1877. It reflects the Moresque and renaissance revival sensibilities of its period, having a dense, tapestry-like design set against a finely lined background that lends it a parchment look. There is...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1344301 (stock #2880f)
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Made in Syracuse, New York, this 7 1/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., coin silver dessert or oval soup spoon had a place in the early history of then far distant Davenport and nearby Muscatine, Iowa when they were burgeoning Midwestern settlements.

The pattern is "Wreath" introduced in 1854 by Joseph Seymour. The retailer is identified on the backside and was "C.S. Durfee" who operated as a jeweler in the above two referenced cities, likely starting in the 1860s.

Featuring draped leav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1342665 (stock #2857f)
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Item number "1196," as imprinted on the inside lip, along with the word "Sterling" and the mace emblem for Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr, this match safe, aka vesta, measures 2 1/4" by 1 1/2" by 3/8" and weighs .9 T. oz.

The company was known for its outstanding Art Nouveau designs in both silver and jewelry, and this follows in that mode. The motif incorporates flanking violet blossoms embossed on front and back sides of the lid, with trailing, wispy leaves framing central reserve a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334822 (stock #2760f)
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Priced as a Pair.
These two items, stamped "4101" on the bottoms, are the hollowware side of Kirk's "Calvert" and "Old Maryland Plain" flatware patterns.

According to the identifications offered in the "Encylopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the style of the "S. Kirk & Son" mark, along with the word "Sterling," was used 1925-32, indicating these have considerable age.

The footed, open salt stands 1 13/16" tall on a base that is 1 3/4" in diameter, and has a top opening that measures 2 5/8" across....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1241473 (stock #1995f)
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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 : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1336397 (stock #2778mc)
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The piece is a true estate item, dating to the second quarter of the 20th century, and offered for the first time on behalf of the original owner.

It is lone coffee pot made imprinted on the underside "S. Kirk & Son," "Sterling," model number "184 A F," and "Hand Decorated."

It is a "Half Chased" Repousse, meaning there is a plain area on the upper and lower portions of the main part of the body.

There is a script "FFM" in the open area at the top of the body, just below the lid.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1299672 (stock #2481f)
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Price per set of six. Two extra pieces available.
Kirk's oldest pattern, "King" remained in production throughout the life of the company.

These examples are stamped "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.

They are cream soup spoons, measuring 6 1/8" long. There are 14 of these, all matching, with the same script "ELS" monogram on the backside. They all weigh between 1.2 and 1.3 T. oz., with one exception which is extra weight at 1.5 T. oz.

They ar...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
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Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1334125 (stock #2750f)
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One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1144649 (stock #1217fb)
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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 #1340604 (stock #2830f)
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Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been u...

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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335773 (stock #2772f)
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This server follows after the form of an ice cream server, although some outsized for that at 10 1/2" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz.

Dating circa 1880, it has a slightly upturned, round end handle and a large, 5" by 3 1/16" at the widest, teardrop shaped serving end.

The entire front surface is extensively bright cut with wriggle work and hatched detailing. The theme of this is vegetative, expressed with an Aesthetic sensibility.

The imagery on the handle is largely leaves with two sma...

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