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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1212355 (stock #1763f)
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$90.00
Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this sterling silver piece is the size of a contemporary dessert spoon.

It is English in origin with rubbed but discernible hallmarks that read for London, 1774, and makers Abraham Barrier and Lewis Ducommieu. This mark appears in the unregistered marks section of Grimwade, but as is noted, it is included in the "Parliamentary Report of 1773." Lewis Ducommieu has own mark entered in 1774...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217821 (stock #1807f)
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$45.00
Marked with a lion, the English symbol for sterling silver, an Old English date letter "f" for 1841, and the city symbol for London, and the queen's head duty mark, this mustard spoon measures 4 13/16" long and weighs a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. The maker's stamp is poorly struck but is clear enough to ascribe to William Eaton.

The pattern is "Prince Albert," an English design that found its way into the realm of American silver, with New York's Michael Gibney one name identified with it...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1213573 (stock #1772f)
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$90.00
While essentially matching, employing the same "Kings" pattern and engraved with the same standing lion crest, these two sterling silver spoons show subtle variations and were produced by different makers.

They are both 5 5/8" long and heavy, with one weighing just under 1.2 T. oz. and the other just over 1.3 T. oz.

The hallmarks indicate the first spoon was made by Soloman Royes in 1821, while the second was was made by William Eaton in 1829, both of London...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1210113 (stock #1743f)
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$48.00
Similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV," this pattern has parallels in designs produced by George Sharp and John Wendt, of which this 7 1/8" long, nearly 1.1 T. oz., master butter knife is one. It is marked "Coin" on the reverse, with no other identifiers.

The pattern and piece both date c. 1870, and include a period bellflower, leaf, and scroll motif. It has a reserve, which in this case is without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1251192 (stock #2084f)
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$125.00
Dating from 1908, "Monticello" reflects the early 20th century's interest in neoclassicism design. It portrays an open, shield back design reminiscent of Hepplewhite furniture style on the handle.

This example is a 7 3/4" long, relatively heavy 2.0 T. oz., solid silver tomato server.

The blade is unusual in that it has individualistic, fine piercings rather than the plainer, more blunt cuts that typically convey with this piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1219779 (stock #1825f)
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$375.00
The Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International silver was responsible for some of the most successful Art Nouveau patterns of the parent company. The best known was "Frontenac." Turn of the 20th century "Cleone" may be the most innovative and dramatic. Examples of it are rare.

It is representational, employing Art Nouveau floral elements and a single figure. The design elements are opulently portrayed, and tumble into the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1153943 (stock #1296fb)
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$495.00
Sometimes referenced as fried chicken tongs, but suitable for a variety of purposes where scale is called for, this serving piece is as large as such items get. It is 10 1/2" long and weighs a hefty 7.0 T. oz.

Each arm is an engraved Old English Tipt style. The engraving carries over the arch and has something of a Gothic manner to it. That would be appropriate to the c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1221548 (stock #1839f)
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$265.00
One of several patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880 with a twisted handle, this example has a round twist lower section joined to a four sided diamond shaped end. It is referred to as "Square Twist" by some sources, while that name is reserved by other sources for another design.

The piece is an ice cream slice. By nature, these are large items, but this exceeds even what would be expected of the form. It measures 12 7/8" long and weighs a massive 6.0 T. oz.

While evidently plain, t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1185804 (stock #1543)
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$95.00
Listed in the Tompkins "Handbook of Gorham Open Salt Dishes" with a date of 1885, model number "2155" is a flat bottomed, relatively large item. Each of these examples of that item measures 2 3/8" across, stands 7/8" high, and weighs approximately 1.0 T. oz. They have scrolled edges, rippled ("pie crust") rims, and gold washed interiors, although that is largely polished away in one of these. There are no monograms, inscriptions, or removals. In addition to the word "Sterling" and the model ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1140056 (stock #1189f)
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$335.00
The design on these two, matched spoons is commonly referred as Lily, Lily of the Valley, and Number 88 (which usually appears on the backside of this 1870 design). They are 7 1/8" long, weighty, and have the same "MHO" period monogram on the reverses. The pattern is intricate and has open work on the top of the handle. It seems to reflect similar design inspiration as Gorham's Egyptian Revival Lotus of the same period. The stylized shell-shaped bowls have a frosted finish on the interior, a...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1181932 (stock #1514fw)
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$110.00
Measuring 6" across, standing 1 1/2" high, and weighing approximately 2.9 T. oz., this sterling silver dish is model number 510 made by Meriden Britannia and retailed by W. Wattles & Sons of Pittsburgh, as indicated by the marks on the underside. The style is decidedly Art Nouveau with a date c. 1900. The pattern is a flowing, highly articulated lily motif. A popular floral subject, this lily would be compatible with flatware of the same design such as produced by Whiting and other makers. T...
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1215021 (stock #1786f)
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$60.00
Portraying a bust on the handle and a mounted image for the French King and Roman Catholic Saint for whom the City of Saint Louis was named, this spoon was retailed by that city's premier jeweler, "Mermod-Jaccard & King Co." (1905 forward), as marked on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

This is a superbly crafted item. The imagery portrays a youthful king wearing a crown and with his shoulders draped in a clasped cloak. His look is wistful, suggesting his eyes are set on a futur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1254912 (stock #2124dd)
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$65.00
Made by the Merrill Company, aka Merrill Shops, in the early part of the 20th century, this brandy or cognac warmer is imaginatively designed. Overall it is Arts and Crafts in manner. The bowl is heart-shaped with a beaded border and has the requisite pair of hooks to grip a glass edge. The handle is plain with an angular end.

It measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just over .7 T.oz.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Apart from light overall surface wear, th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258470 (stock #2163f)
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$28.00
Dating from the mid 19th century, these two coin silver spoons have New England origins. One is marked "W.J. Goodsell" with an eagle and star pseudo hallmark for the Hartford, Connecticut jeweler, and the other is stamped "Harwood Brothers" for the Boston firm. Both pieces have "Tipt" ends and shell bowls, but each is distinct in how these are presented.

The Harwood is the longer, at 6 11/16", and slightly heavier at .8 T. oz., compared to the Goodsell which measures 6 7/16" and weighs .6 ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244713 (stock #2024f)
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$26.00
An early, original example of Whiting's "Lily," this bouillon spoon is marked with the company logo, the words "Sterling, "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and an Old English "O." It is also stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

It measures 4 7/8" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz. There is a delicate, feathery script "FCC" monogram engraved on the front.

The condition is mint. There is no evident wear, with all the detail of this intricate pattern remaining cle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1223618 (stock #1853f)
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$75.00
Dating from 1872, John Wendt's "Bird" stands alongside Tiffany's "Audubon" and two designs both named "Japanese," one made respectively by Whiting and the other by Wood & Hughes. They all incorporate bird images that embrace the aesthetic sensibilities of the period. Wendt's imagery is particularly detailed and intricately rendered.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., table or serving spoon in exceptionally fine condition. The imagery is sharp and crisp and free of a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1210481 (stock #1747f)
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$60.00
Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.

"Yetiv," the pattern on this 5 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., sardine fork, well represents the capacities of the firm. It is an Art Nouveau design patented in 1902 and so indicated on the reverse. Other marks include a compa...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1223048 (stock #1849pb)
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$65.00
Citing Cutten, McGrew in his benchmark work on pseudo hallmarks, identifies the "eagle, arm and hammer, bust," mark as belonging to "one of eleven silversmith firms . . . operating in Newburgh, NY, after 1830." That attribution is consistent with the origin of this estate pair of 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., coin silver tongs. They have a family provenance that traces to that area and period.

They have matching, sculpted arms (each one hallmarked on the inside), scallop shell grips, and a flat...

 
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