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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1258649 (stock #2166f)
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$48.00
Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1245264 (stock #2028f)
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$25.00
Abraham and William Wood "operated a solid silverware manufacturing business in New York City between 1849 and 1871" according to Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." Coles and Reynolds was a successor firm and that operation was eventually bought out by George Shiebler, so the business lineage was lengthy and significant.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260909 (stock #2195f)
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$20.00
Most American silver manufacturers adopted a sterling standard over coin in the 1860s. For a short period of time, New York's Ball, Black & Co. promoted a higher silver content yet, namely 950 rather than 925.

This 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is to this higher standard and so marked, along with the name of the company name.

It is a "Bead" design with an "Oval Thread" on the backside, both of which were standard patterns in the period...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
Old Friends
$85.00
"Prince Albert" is a design that is attributed to Michael Gibney, but which shows up in the marketplace under various nameplates (Gibney rarely marked his own work). Indeed this exceptionally long, 8 1/8", and heavy, 2.3 T. oz., fork is stamped "Ball, Tompkins & Black."

A firm of high standing, successors to Marquand & Co. in 1839 before becoming "Ball, Black & Co." in 1851, it may have enjoyed a particularly close business connection with Gibney...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1223460 (stock #1852f)
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$45.00
This 5 5/8" long, weighty, 1.1 T. oz., sterling silver souvenir spoon portrays a number of images connected with the Civil War "Battle of Lookout Mountain."

The center of the handle features a number of soldiers climbing a hillside slope. The end of the handle shows a bust of "Joseph Hooker," the general in command of the operation. The lower portion of the handle reads, "Lookout Mt., Battle Above the Clouds, Nov...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1180051 (stock #1501fa)
Old Friends
$120.00
A bon bon or nut spoon in a style that was popular from the late 1800's to early 1900's, this piece is marked "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." for the Boston retailer, and "Sterling." Gorham produced a number of items of various sizes in this fashion, and that company may have been the maker of this. This piece measures 4 5/8" long and is heavy at 1.2 T. oz. It is a cast handle joined to a cast bowl, both of which sections are highly decorative. The handle features a cherubic figure playing a flute...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1290051 (stock #2406f)
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$45.00
Dating from the first decades of the 20th century, this 5 1/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., tea strainer was made by Blackinton. The company emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the underside of the handle.

The openwork handle is essentially "Chippendale" in style with a bit of Art Deco influence.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 2 3/8" in diameter including the rim, and 3/8" deep. There is a small arm extension opposite the handle, to balance it on a teacup...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1237992 (stock #1966f)
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$185.00
A turn of the 20th century pattern, Blackinton's "Helena" nonetheless retains ornate Victorian design sensibilities. It portrays a fleur-de-lis form at the tip of the handle, beaded and striated edges on the borders of the handle, and scroll detailing in other areas. This is all offered in relatively high relief.

This example is a salad serving set, although each of the two pieces could easily serve additional functions. The four tine fork measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz. It h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258468 (stock #2162dd)
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$60.00
A charming item, this 4 1/4" long, just over .3 T. oz. total weight, (baby) food pusher is stamped with the "sword through B" mark of Blackinton, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is rococo in style and incorporates scrolls and florettes along its asymmetrical border. This frames a white enamel ground that itself contains a pair of purple lilies with trailing green leaves. The canted blade has a flat end and scalloped edges. The entire piece apart from the enamel is finished is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1186061 (stock #1546f)
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$95.00
A premier name from the mid 19th century well into the 20th century, Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Co. served a market that was increasingly eager and able to procure fine goods, of which this 9" long, weighty, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon is an example. The design is characteristic of a Boston style especially popular in the 1860's leading into the 1870's. The handle is basically "Old English" with a tipt backside. The bowl is eggplant shaped and plain. The distinguishing feature on these pieces...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1276204 (stock #2300f)
Old Friends
$38.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860. It is an early "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern that was originated by Durgin.

This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.

There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1176088 (stock #1469f)
Old Friends
$265.00
While the appellation "New Tipt" would imply a plain, unembellished, design, Gorham's pattern that bears this name does not follow this assumption.

It is quite detailed, trending toward an Egyptian Revival style. The lower portion of the handle is tubular, with beaded margins on either end. The broadened end features a pair of flanking leaves, possibly lotus, and an array of grassy elements set against a stippled ground.

This item is a rare, 8 5/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., pea or ice spoon wi...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1910 item #1288059 (stock #2392dd)
Old Friends
$65.00
Stamped "B&Z," "800," and with a crown and crescent, this item is Hanau (a German region of silver manufacture) in origin and was retailed by the New York firm of Bucholz & Zelt, a known importer of such goods. It likely dates c. 1900.

It is a rare form orange peeler, and is solid silver rather than the part silver and part steel many such items are. It has the semi-circular disk end with a hook tip that characterize such pieces.

It measures 5 1/8" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz., ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1273589 (stock #2284f)
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$40.00
Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany, which suggests a relationship between these two parties.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1260981 (stock #2197f)
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$150.00
This 11 5/8" long, weighty at 4.0 T. oz., coin silver fish slice dates c. 1840. It is marked "Chandless" for William Chandless, who is recorded as working on Spring Street in New York City as early as 1838.

The handle is a "French Thread" pattern with an up-turned end, and has an impressive period "CP" monogram on the front. The blade has a raised, scalloped upper edge and a pierced and engraved surface.

The engraving is especially artful, incorporating ivy and acanthus leaf detailing ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1800 item #1196862 (stock #1638du)
Old Friends
$110.00
In her work, "Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvannia, 1730-1850," Vivian Gerstell describes Charles Hall (1742-1783) as a "prominent citizen as well as silversmith." She further remarks that he "played a prominent role in Lancaster during the Revolution. In 1774, he was a member of the Committee of Correspondence and of the Committee of Observation."

This modest, and rather primitive looking, small spoon bears his identified "C. Hall" on the reverse, along with a second mark which is ill...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1286759 (stock #2380f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This rare food pusher made by Tiffany is a thoroughly charming piece with a theme that is fully consonant with its function as a baby item.

It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.

The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing.

It...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1290157 (stock #2407f)
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The pattern on this 8 3/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., c. 1860, coin silver berry spoon is "Honeysuckle" made by A.& W. Wood of New York City. It is stamped "A.C. Benedict 28 Bowery" for the NYC retailer.

It is a particularly elegant piece. The bowl has a crimped and scalloped edge with a chased and engraved, gold washed, interior.

The handle is of a scale that shows the details of the pattern to advantage. It is engraved "Maggie" in handsome, embellished lettering.

It is in mint...

 
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