American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282110 (stock #2344f)
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Iris was a popular subject in Art Nouveau design around the turn of the 20th century, with numerous silver manufacturers producing interpretations of this theme. Wallace's iris offering is named "Eton" and it stands tall within the cohort of such patterns.

This example is a 7" long, exceptionally heavy at 3.0 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle front features an opulent array of high relief iris blossoms that appear to be in motion. The backside of the handle is much less detailed and actuall...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1980 item #1340995 (stock #2835f)
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A classic "French Thread" pattern, "Chinon" is one of one Christofle's standard bearing designs.

This example is an 8" long gravy ladle with a 2 3/4" wide by 1 3/4" back to front by 5/8" deep gravy ladle.

It is in very good condition, and without a monogram or inscription.

The plating is intact, showing one small spot of wear on the backside heel of the bowl, and a bit of scuffing on the handle reverse, both where the piece rests. The inside of the bowl shows some slight flecking, o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1235575 (stock #1944f)
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Joseph Church occupied a prominent place in the social and economic structure of Hartford, Connecticut for the first three quarters of the 19th century. He began his own business as a silversmith in 1818 and entered into the first of several partnerships, this with William Rogers, in 1825. Later he became involved in land and insurance enterprises and was the father of a noted landscape painter, Frederick E. Church (as noted in the "Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver" by Flynt and Fales)...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
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One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," Indianapolis. Interestingly, most sources cite Talbott for spelling of this firm, with the exception of Kovel's which cites Hiatt "The Silversmiths of Kentucky" as its source and uses a single "T."

This i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
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This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293245 (stock #2434f)
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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 : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
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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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1258978 (stock #2171f)
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Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for 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.

It is in choice condition. The handle is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1343548 (stock #2868f)
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Known for its early American inspired designs and rootage in the Arts & Crafts movement, New York's partnership of Currier & Roby was a highly regarded manufacturer in the first decades of the twentieth century.

This example of their work, a serving fork, is marked number "65," of which there may have been a short line of items as the same number appears on other pieces. Other marks are "Sterling," an entwined "C&R," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Shreve, Crump & Low Co."

It has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261704 (stock #2206f)
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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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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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328770 (stock #2676f)
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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 #1249399 (stock #2067f)
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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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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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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 1900 item #1341492 (stock #2838f)
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Issued in 1895, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates a variety of images that bespeak the pattern name.

The dominant feature is a crown that surmounts the tip of the handle. Below this is a wreath that frames a reserve area. A pair of cornucopias and a torch round out the major imagery. Various ribbon, bow, floral, and leaf elements adorn the interstices around the dominant features.

The ovoid bowl has decorated flange shoulders, coffered sides and a bottom with a raised design. It retains...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1322247 (stock #2609f)
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Dating from 1886, which is relatively early in Durgin's line-up, and a pattern not readily found, "Fleur-de-lis" manifests an understated elegance.

The large, applied, fleur-de-lis motif is set in high relief as if it were carved. It is also embellished with added detailing, such as beaded banding around the lower section and scrolling, leafy highlights.

This example is a 7" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

The bowl is particular to Durgin. It has a swirled ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290306 (stock #2408f)
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An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the bac...

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