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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 over thirty 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 also im...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300758 (stock #2489f)
Old Friends
$155.00
An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American expressions of a motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized shell fo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1357692 (stock #3085f)
Old Friends
$100.00
A generously proportioned piece, this open salt has a top diameter of 2 7/16", stands 1 5/8" tall, and weighs a robust 2.7 T. oz.

Exceptionally quality, it has three, cast and applied, pad feet, with raised anthemions where they join the body. The splayed rim has a repeating leaf and bead design, while the interior is finished in a bright gold wash.

It is stamped on the underside "Eng'Sterling," which was a term in limited use circa 1870, and below this "925-1000" flanked by an Old Engli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1343028 (stock #2862f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Of a form that is decidedly exceptional, and to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.

Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1344891 (stock #2887f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Standing 3 1/4" tall on a 2 3/8" wide rimmed base, this mustard pot is a very decorative item.

The holder is sterling silver with a lattice body with beaded detailing on the upper rim and handle. The 2" diameter lid has a raised flower, perhaps wild rose, and leafy scroll design with a solid thumb grip.

The liner is ruby red glass and is original to the piece, as is the 3 3/4" long, sterling bead and twist pattern mustard ladle. The total weight of the silver is 2.5 T. oz.

Dating f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1365509 (stock #3238f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Price per piece, five available.
A well known name among mid 19th century, Boston silversmiths, "Lincoln & Foss" offered quality, mainstream, goods.

This 5 1/2" long, relatively heavy at .9 T. oz., egg spoon is such an example.

It is a "Bead" pattern, with the design appearing on both sides of the handle. The reverse has a fancy script "CBD" monogram.

The oval bowl is generously sized at 1 3/4" long and 1" across at the widest. It retains an original, bright gold wash front and back surfaces.

It is in excellen...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1358429 (stock #3098f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and having a 3/4" wide, raised edge with a rim back, this plate is weighty at 5.2 T. oz.

It is stamped "Lincoln & Reed" for the Boston firm with dates 1838-48, and "Pure Silver Coin," which is a term typically used only in New England.

It is a thoroughly engaging period piece which takes its character from the delicate engraving on the top surface. The portraiture is of a wreath comprised of innumerable flowers that include among others, morning glories, peo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1362956 (stock #3190f)
Old Friends
$395.00
First introduced to British hallmarking in 1697, the "Britannia" standard demarcates a silver content of 95.8%, significantly higher than sterling's 92.5%.

It remained required for less than a century, but continued in limited use subsequent to the reversion to sterling in 1720, enjoying a revival in the late Victorian era.

This muffineer, aka sugar shaker or caster, traces to that period, having an Old English "a" date letter for 1896-97. Other marks are the Britannia figure, and an "e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1344566 (stock #2883f)
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Frequently found as a presentation or commemorative item, this flat blade form of a trowel pie server lends itself to an inscription.

This 11 1/4" long example has an engraved margin, but is otherwise plain and without any erasures.

The large, 6" long by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade is sterling silver, as is the shank which is fitted with a turned, appearing to be rosewood or mahogany, handle. The piece weighs 4.8 T. oz., including the handle, which comprises a relatively insignificant a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1258646 (stock #2165f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Frederick Marquand is one of the storied names associated with New York City silversmithing, having established the lineage which eventually became "Ball, Black & Co." and subsequently "Black, Starr & Frost." He is also associated with Savannah, Georgia where he spent some of his early working years.

This 6 9/16" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., probably youth fork is stamped "Marquand & Co." which dates it 1830-33.

It is a "Kings" pattern with a plain back. The front is inscribed "Rockwell" i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1364679 (stock #3227f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Produced the last year of the reign of Queen Victoria, this knife rest measures 3 1/4" long, stands on two, four-spoke, arms that are 1 5/8" in diameter, and weighs a substantial 1.5 T. oz.

It is fully marked for Sheffield, sterling silver, a date letter "h" for 1900-01, and the maker's "RM over EH" in a diamond.

It is Georgian in style, having a center bar with turned ends and a hexagonal middle section. The resting legs have double ball tips.

It is without a monogram or inscriptio...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1254912 (stock #2124dd)
Old Friends
$48.00
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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1365629 (stock #3240f)
Old Friends
$185.00
An impressive piece of relatively early Irish silver, this gravy ladle measures 7 1/2" long and weighs approximately 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the George III period, it is fully and clearly hallmarked for Dublin, 1777, sterling, and maker Michael Homer, whose dates are appropriate to this.

It has a "Hanoverian" style handle, with a down turned, reverse tipt handle that is extensively engraved in bright cut and wriggle work on the front.

There is a feathered script "VL" monogram on the f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363513 (stock #3198f)
Old Friends
$28.00
This coin silver youth fork measures 6" long and weighs over .8 T. oz.

Its mid 19th century pattern is a variant of "Tuscan," attributed to New York's Michael Gibney, or a similar design called "Cottage" produced by Joseph Seymour, John Polhamus, William Gale, and possibly other makers.

This example is only identified by the retailer's name, "J.W. Helmer," location unknown, stamped on the backside.

It has a particularly charming script engraving set sideways on the handle. This read...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282934 (stock #2349f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this preserve spoon was made by Wallace whose "RW&S with deer head" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Violet," one of several Art Nouveau floral designs Wallace produced early in the 20th century. It is an expressive, true to life portraiture, with the design carrying into the matte finish, gold washed bowl.

There is a script "MKW" monogram.

It is in impeccable condition. There is no evident wear wh...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353833 (stock #3009f)
Old Friends
$105.00
Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks incl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1351683 (stock #2972f)
Old Friends
$285.00
A lofty item, this sugar caster, aka muffineer, stands 8" tall on a footed base that is 2 1/2" in diameter. Its substantial 6.8 T. oz. weight is commensurate with its size.

English "Georgian" in style, it has a bulbous body with a tall, fitted sleeve, tiered lid surmounted by an urn shaped finial.

The lid has a series of swirled, patterned piercings offset by fine engraved bands.

The underside is stamped "Norman of London" over "New York," "Sterling," and with the number "10N."

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1316127 (stock #2530f)
Old Friends
$225.00
An early, original, piece of Whiting's stand-out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.3 T. oz., salad serving spoon is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and with the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts "Daniel Low & Co."

It is distinguished by an elongated bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 1/16" at the widest, which in this instance retains very slight traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate co...

 
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