American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1140056 (stock #1189f)
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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...
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1159435 (stock #1350fl)
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It is a logical that a West Coast firm would turn its eye toward Hawaii for souvenir spoon themes, and that is the case with this piece produced by Joseph Mayer & Brothers of Seattle, Washington. It features a full-body, frontal portraiture of "Kamehameha," the legendary king who consolidated the kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. It measures 4 1/4" long and is relatively heavy, weighing nearly .5 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1241136 (stock #1992f)
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Measuring 14" long by 10" wide by 7 1/2" high to the top of the handle, this is an intermediate sized meat dome. It would be large enough to cover a game bird, capon, or beef roast, but not a large turkey.

Unmarked except for the number "14" stamped on the underside of the detachable handle, it is likely English in origin and 19th century.

It has a 1 3/4" wide, ogee shaped, molded border around the lower rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1181932 (stock #1514fw)
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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...
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1215021 (stock #1786f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1086542 (stock #821f)
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Stylistically this punch ladle suggests a dating from the mid 1860's. It follows after a fashion most associated with Philadelphia's George Sharp, having a five sided solid wire stem surmounted by a "domed" top. George Sharp's version has a ball top, or finial, whereas this is more disk shaped.

Examples of this pattern are scarce, and when they show up are generally without a maker's identification...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244713 (stock #2024f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1223618 (stock #1853f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1210481 (stock #1747f)
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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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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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1240111 (stock #1985f)
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Marked "N. Harding & Co." for the prominent Boston and Haverhill, Massachusetts silversmith, this coin silver spoon measures 6 3/8" long and weighs .8 T. oz. It feels more substantial than the weight would indicate.

Suggested dates for this mark are 1851-59, and the "Fiddle Tipt" design would imply the early end of that range. It may be a large sugar or small preserve spoon. There is a feathered script "EGE" monogram on the backside of the handle.

For the most part, this is not to be ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1244085 (stock #2018f)
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Newell Harding and his son by the same name were prominent Boston silversmiths and retailers who sources indicate also had a presence in Haverhill, Massachusetts, north of Boston in the industrialized Merrimack River Valley.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.3 T. oz. tablespoon (probably a place piece in its time) is marked "N. Harding & Co."

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" design dating c. 1840. Typical of the period, it is in atypically fine condition. It is perfectly shaped, with no tip wear, dents, burrs,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1224196 (stock #1856f)
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Dominick & Haff produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years. This item is the earlier iteration, dating from 1888, and commonly referred to as "Old Style." The design is rococo, incorporating scrolling, acanthus leaves, florets, and a cluster leaves and small berries.

It is a 7 7/8" long jelly knife or server. D&H tended toward weighty pieces, and that is decidedly the case with this which tops out at nearly 2.4 T. oz. This extravagant use of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1244084 (stock #2017f)
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This 2 3/4" long, sterling silver individual salt spoon is an original, old, factory produced item and not one of the innumerable reproductions that are readily available in the the marketplace.

The pattern is "Buttercup" by Gorham, whose lion, anchor, G mark appears on the otherwise plain backside, along with the word "Sterling." There is an Old English "W" monogram on the front.

It is in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and free of polishing wear. It retains ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1191082 (stock #1589sh)
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This sterling silver sugar spoon and bon bon or nut spoon in Gorham's "Buttercup" are both old examples and without a monogram or removal. They have the flanged rims and decorated shoulders that are found only on early examples of the pattern, and the marks are lion, anchor, G, and "Sterling," again indicative of age. The sugar spoon measures 6" long and weighs 1.0 T. oz., while the attractively reticulated bon bon length is 4 5/8" and weight just over .7 T. oz. Both pieces are in mint condit...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1238431 (stock #1970f)
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Measuring 6" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar spoon is an early example of Gorham's "Buttercup."

It has the lion, anchor, G hallmark on the backside, along with the words "Sterling" and "Patent 1900." It also has decorated, flanged shoulders. This form was only available on older forms.

The condition is exceptionally fine estate and there is no monogram or monogram removal. The pattern detail remains crisp and sharply defined. The finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242527 (stock #2004f)
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Gorham produced pie servers with both hollow and solid silver handles. The earliest hollow handle examples had silverplate blades, while later examples were made with stainless blades. This example is the very oldest, original form, and is all silver.

It measures 9 1/8" long and weighs a robust 2.9 T. oz. The blade itself is generously proportioned at 4 3/4" long and 2 3/4" at the widest, has flanged shoulders and slightly raised edges that lead to a flat, pointed, tip.

There is a del...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1199914 (stock #1663fl)
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this sterling silver cream ladle is an old example of Gorham's "Chantilly." It is is flawless condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no polishing wear and the finish is lustrous. The lobed bowl has flanged shoulders and has a bright gold wash finish on the interior. Marks are the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."
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