American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293245 (stock #2434f)
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$185.00
Measuring a substantial 10" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this large item is generally thought to be an early form ice cream server, although it is sometimes identified as a vegetable or pudding spoon.

It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin. The surface has a pale gold wash and is engraved in a period ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1353865 (stock #3010f)
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Measuring 5 1/8" in diameter, 3/8" high, and weighing just over 2.8 T. oz., this shallow dish is a wine coaster that is suitable for holding either a 750 or 1500 ml bottle.

It has a 1/2" wide rim that is chased in a repeating acanthus leaf and scroll design.

The sidewall is tiered, while the base is convex, with a concave dip in the center. This is inscribed with a fancy, feathered script "MJK" monogram.

Done in an Art Nouveau style, this suggests a circa 1900 date, which is consis...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
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$115.00
An early 20th century pattern, "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" stands in contrast to the exuberance of so much 19th century design. A simple, double-lined, multi-scroll motif, it is clean, direct, and understated in manner.

This example is a 9 5/8" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., cake saw. It has a solid, flat handle, and all-silver blade. The blade has a saw-tooth upper edge, which is characteristic of this item.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in exceptionally fine condition. There i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1352182 (stock #2983f)
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$46.00
Price per piece, three available.
Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for premier 20th century, English silversmith Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1347511 (stock #2921dd)
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$85.00
A fanciful item, this rattle measures 2 5/8" long. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for Birmingham, 1919-20, Sterling, and C&N for maker Crisford & Norris.

It is comprised of a mother of pearl handle fitted to a hollow body that portrays a jester's torso and head. The head is fitted with a three-pointed cap, the two side ones of which have bell tips. A pair of larger, open, clam shell, bell-like forms dangle from the shoulders, suspended by wrapped wire and clasps. Although the "be...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1345655 (stock #2899f)
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$145.00
Priced as a set.
A renowned firm in its time, essentially the first four decades of the 20th century, Currier & Roby was built on a partnership of two skilled silversmiths, one of whom was also a designer and researcher of early American silver.

This pair of of items is reflective of their high quality work. They are in the fashion of earlier styles, executed in an Arts & Crafts manner.

The main piece is a 5 5/8" diameter handle tip to handle tip, 1.1 T. oz., tea strainer. The actual strainer section m...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261704 (stock #2206f)
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$45.00
Davis & Galt was a Philadelphia partnership that references suggest began in 1888 and was relatively short-lived, with the company itself continuing into the second decade of the 20th century.

A manufacturer of numerous unnamed patterns, this example is a well-designed "Kings" motif.

It is a 5 3/4" long, not quite .9 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle. The handle is slender, thereby presenting as lengthy. The bowl is a charming and novel hemispherical, 1 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, scallop she...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
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$60.00
A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1352472 (stock #2990f)
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$55.00
Standing 1 9/16" tall, having a maximum diameter of 2 5/16", and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this master salt derives its design from the Aesthtetic mode.

It is cauldron shaped, with a flat bottom, two handles, and a scalloped rim. The body has a hammered surface and beaded detailing on the handles.

The underside is marked "Sterling," with the model number "304," and the Dominick & Haff three-part emblem that includes "925" and the date "1884."

It is in excellent condition, free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353349 (stock #3003f)
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$42.00
A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., bon bon or nut (almond) scoop.

It has a 2 3/8" wide by 2" deep serving area. This has cupped and scalloped shoulders, a curved front edge, a reticulated surface, and retains slight traces of an original gold wash.

There is a script "CGD" monogram on the handle.

The condition is outstanding. Pattern detail...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328770 (stock #2676f)
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$35.00
No doubt responding to the late 19th century emergence of European enamel work as high fashion art, American silver manufacturers began to adorn examples their products with enamel detailing.

New York's Dominick & Haff seemed to favor its "Renaissance" pattern for this purpose, as this 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon illustrates.

The design is intricate enough to accommodate enamel highlights as well as provide the necessary grid for the material to adhere to. (Enamel and silver ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353131 (stock #3000f)
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$265.00
Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin tongs are early production items from Cincinnati's premier silver and jewelry house, "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

They are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements. They may be pickle tongs, for use with a tall caster.

The lower portions of the arms are blocky where they join with the substantially-scaled talon grips.

This area is joined to ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1249399 (stock #2067f)
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$48.00
Dating from very early in the history of the company founded in 1853, this 6 5/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., preserve spoon is stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Pure Coin."

Apparently it was a line pattern given that a variety of pieces still show up, but is unnamed. It has a flat handle with a chiseled looking margin and an extensively bright cut and engraving surface. The backside is plain, save for the marks. The bowl is a shell form with scalloped edges.

It is in exceptionally fine con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259998 (stock #2182f)
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$85.00
Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged shoul...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255335 (stock #2131f)
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$80.00
Durgin set a standard for chrysanthemum design interpretations in silver with its 1893 pattern by the same name. The portraiture is dense, detailed, and high relief. It also carries onto the serving ends, adding to the sense of richness.

This example is a 6" long sugar spoon, and consistent with the character of the line, has robust heft at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no evident polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1352088 (stock #2979f)
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A unique form for a strawberry fork, this item measures 3 1/2" overall and weighs .3 T. oz.

Rarely found, these pieces were made by Durgin and retailed by "Daniel Low & Co." (which company also marketed Durgin's famed "Salem Witch" items) as stamped on the reverse.

It has three tines that are 1 1/2" long each and joined at a shoulder that is 3/4" wide.

In sum, the overall shape looks something akin to a short handled pitch fork.

The pattern, which covers the handle and the heel of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346000 (stock #2904f)
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$95.00
The largest of the round bowl soup spoons, gumbos are substantially sized items.

Consistent with that, this example measures 6 7/8" long and is quite heavy, at 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Dauphin" by Durgin, issued in 1897.

Apropos of the name, the design is French in manner. It features a variety of high relief flowers and leaves, with a ribbon border. The backside heel of the roughly 2" diameter bowl features an expanded leaf portraiture, interpreted in a free-flowing, Art Nouveau...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351401 (stock #2969f)
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$24.00
Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script.

Essentially a rarity because of its age and...

 
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