American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245082 (stock #2026f)
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Marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 97," this pair of sugar tongs are an early example of Gorham's "Strasbourg."

They are a large version, measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz.

They are also in mint condition, have elaborate grips, and are without a monogram or removal. The design detail is free of any signs of wear, the arch remains well-shaped, and the finish has a natural, brilliant finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246294 (stock #2038f)
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At 4 7/8" long and weighing just under 2.2 T. oz., this pair of claw grip sugar tongs are the larger, and less commonly found, version of at least two sizes Gorham produced in "Strabourg."

An early example, they are marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Pat'd 97."

They are without a monogram or removal and in mint condition. Pattern detail remains crisp and sharply defined. The arch is perfectly shaped and free of cracks or bends. The finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1144282 (stock #1214fb)
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This item is an old, 1888 version, of Gorham Versailles marked lion, anchor, G, Sterling, and Copyrighted. It is also engraved "Norris. 1891" in script on the reverse, so its age is validated in multiple ways. The piece is a 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.5 T. oz., large berry spoon. It is a very fine example, having excellent pattern detail that shows minimal polishing wear. The bowl is shell form and flawless, and retains its original pale champagne gold, matte finish.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1190625 (stock #1586f)
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Whiting produced berry, or serving, spoons in "Lily" in a variety of sizes, some with minor differences in length. This is apparently the largest, measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing just under 3.7 T. oz. It is also distinguished by the over-sized scale of its bowl which is 3 1/2" long and 3" wide. It is also an old example, carrying all the marks for an early production piece. These include the Whiting logo, the words "Pat...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1135852 (stock #1156f)
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This c. 1865 silver youth spoon was presented to "Walter" on his "One Year" birthday according to the inscription on the front. The backside is stamped "Coin" and "Larmour & Co." for the Baltimore firm that became Armiger & Co. It is a highly finished piece that has fine engraving including feathering along the edge of the handle, and an acanthus-like design on the tipt end. The bowl has a gold wash on the interior. It is in superb condition...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1233437 (stock #1927f)
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Lebkuecher & Co. of Newark, NJ have narrow dates, 1896-1909, although during its period of operation, the company produced items that remain well-regarded. This piece is a 7 3/8" long, not quite 2.5 T. oz., pair of ice tongs. They are scissor or caliper form, with double hinges and three-tined, cupped grips. The hinged articulation enables them to open as wide as 5".

The style is Arts & Crafts...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1205732 (stock #1710f)
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This medium sized, open bowl has a top diameter of 6 5/8", sits on a flat base that is 3 1/2" across, stands 2 1/2" high, and weighs 10.8 T. oz. It carries the mark for Karl F. Leinonen who was the head smith in Boston's "Handicraft Shop" founded in 1901. He later established his own operation and in the course of things became a prominent name in the American A&C movement...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133597 (stock #1136f)
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Fully stamped with a lion, three castle shield, Queen's head, and date letter "C," this pair of tongs measures 5 3/4" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz. The maker's stamp is "WL over CL over WL" for Lister and Sons. They are plain with beveled edges, and have cup grips. There is a script "SRB" monogram on the arch. The condition is outstanding. There are no bends, cracks, or burrs, and the finish is finely patinated.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1167599 (stock #1411fb)
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This 7" long, 1.3+ T. oz., tea or dessert fork is stamped "Patent 1850" and with the name "L. [Lewis] Ladomus." This is a very early patent date for a die struck pattern, and with a nod to an informed source on the matter, the design has been identified as belonging to James Watts. Watts and Ladomus were both located in Philadelphia. The design is an elaborated leaf pattern, offered in a period style. There is a fancy, feathered script "HLR" monogram. The condition is very good...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1800 item #1187727 (stock #1560f)
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The size of a sugar bowl, this piece may once have been part of a tea set, although it certainly stands on its own. The lowest portion measures 3 7/8" across at the widest, has a footed base that is 2 1/4" in diameter, rises 2 1/2" to the rim, and weighs 4.8 T. oz. It has a fitted, 4" diameter lid, is 2 3/8" high to the top of the finial, and weighs 3.3 T. oz. The total height of the piece with the cover in place is 4 1/2"...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1212355 (stock #1763f)
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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. Grimwade also adds in the biographical section that bo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217821 (stock #1807f)
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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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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. Clearly the later one was c...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1210113 (stock #1743f)
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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. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1219779 (stock #1825f)
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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. It features a bearded male image set amid an array of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1153943 (stock #1296fb)
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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. 1865 date of the piece. The top of the arch is monogrammed "J.C.P." in O.E. lettering. One of the grips is spoon form wh...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1221548 (stock #1839f)
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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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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 ...
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