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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
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$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 1900 item #1246662 (stock #2041f)
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$55.00
This 5 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter was made by Blackinton, whose emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside of the handle.

While the pattern is unnamed, the elaborate and appealing design clearly reads that it was inspired by late Victorian sensibilities.

The approximately 2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl is highly decorated on the scalloped shoulder area and running down the sidewall...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1237992 (stock #1966f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258468 (stock #2162dd)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253735 (stock #2111f)
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$55.00
An "Old English" design with a tipt backside, this 6 1/2" long, very heavy at nearly 1.6 T. oz., fork possesses a level of refinement reflective of the growing sophistication of mid 19th American silver production.

The simplicity of the design of this particular example exhibits an understated elegance, which is consonant with its Boston origins. Dating circa 1870, this is stamped "Bigelow, Kennard & Co" for the Boston retailer, and "925" in an oval...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1186061 (stock #1546f)
Old Friends
$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...
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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1206975 (stock #1722f)
Old Friends
$775.00
In addition to being of exceptional design merit, this boxed pair of 6 7/16" long, 2.1 T. oz. combined, preserve (or possibly large sugar) spoons have an impressive manufacturing and retailing provenance. They remain in their original leather presentation box that is impressed with the name of the prestigious retailer, "Howard & Co., 619 Broadway, NY," on the blue satin interior. The lower portion on which the spoons rest is a matching blue velvet, while the exterior is leather. "Howard & Co....
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1198872 (stock #1657f)
Old Friends
$250.00
Gorham's "Imperial" is a mid 19th century, twisted handle design that incorporates a notched end handle with leafy elements that are reminiscent of "Olive." Wood & Hughes had a counterpart pattern. The patterns so closely parallel each other that they are nearly indistinguishable unless set alongside one another. Gorham's examples are rarely marked, while Wood & Hughes' almost always are, and this can be another way of distinguishing them.

This group is a set of 12 matched, Gorham version...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188351 (stock #1564fa)
Old Friends
$55.00
The leaf pattern on this 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., flat handled master butter knife is a "Leaf" design that is nearly identical to Gorham's "Josephine," and likewise akin to William Gale's "Leaf." The pattern has been attributed to Philadelphia's James Watts and likely dates from the same 1855 period. It is stamped "Brown & Co." for the retailer, and "Coin." The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle. There is a formal "SHS" feathered script monogram on the f...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1240731 (stock #1988f)
Old Friends
$18.00
Thomas Carson's dates are 1785-1868, with his working years beginning in 1810, and a partnership with Green Hall in place 1814-19, this all situated in Albany, New York.

Marked "Carson & Hall," with the "Hall" rubbed, and given the above dates, this 5 5/8" long, just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon traces to early in his career.

It has a script "BP" monogram set sideways on the rounded end handle. The shoulders off the bowls are high and slight. The backside of the bowl has a fain...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1800 item #1196862 (stock #1638du)
Old Friends
$175.00
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 illegi...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1213484 (stock #1771f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This mustard spoon measures 3 5/8" long and weighs a relatively robust .6 T. oz. It is a Chinese export piece dating late 19th to early 20th centuries, with four pseudo hallmarks somewhat clumsily imitative of English counterparts. The maker is not identified. As a category, Export silver was made in silver, but to varying standards, so that detail is also unknown.

The design is a "Shell and Thread" with a double lined border. It repeats on the backside of the handle, and has a shell detai...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1234272 (stock #1934f)
Old Friends
$245.00
While produced by numerous manufacturers, "Jenny Lind" is attributed to, and most associated with, New York City's Albert Coles.

This piece is an 11 1/4" long, 4.0 T. oz., coin silver fish slice. It is an exemplary instance of the pattern and mid 19th century flatware in general. The design is double die struck, meaning it appears on both the front and back sides of the handle. It is absent any polishing wear and has a brilliant, naturally patinated, surface. The feathered script "TK" mo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1247726 (stock #2049f)
Old Friends
$125.00
A pattern that was made in both coin and sterling silver, "Strawberry" originated with William B. Durgin. This was one of the first die struck designs produced by the company he founded in 1853.

This 8 1/2" long berry, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon is marked "Patent" and "Pure Coin" suggesting it was early in the production history of the pattern. It has a plum-shaped bowl and is engraved "GB" in a fancy, feathered script on the backside.

It is in mint condition. The pattern is completely a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1146156 (stock #1229f)
Old Friends
$40.00
This 6" long, modest weight, teaspoon in Gorham's classical motif "Medallion" is in exceptionally fine condition. The high relief, male warrior figure has been spared polishing wear; it retains sharp, clear detail. The bowl is even, with a nicely rounded tip, and free of burrs or dimples. The finish is lustrous. Marks are lion, anchor, G, "Pat. 1864," and Sterling.
 
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