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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1910 item #1356897 (stock #3069f)
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$75.00
Dating from around the turn of the 20th century, this item measures 6" across and weighs 3.1 T. oz. Flat bottomed, it has an upraised, 1" wide, bowed and scalloped edge rim that is embossed with a repeating acanthus leaf and gadroon motif.

This is high fashion and complimented by a fancy leaf style lettered "EGD" monogram.

It could be a plate or equally serve as a wine caddy, of a size that could accommodate either a 750 ml or 1.5 liter bottle.

It is stamped on the underside for pro...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1355493 (stock #3045f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Two available.
Standing 4" tall with a top diameter of 2" and a bottom diameter of 1 1/2", and weighing approximately 2.6 T. oz., this beaker (becker) has German origins. Primarily for wine, it holds 4 liquid ounces.

It is stamped on the underside with a "crown, 800, lion" emblem, which designates the silver standard, and the name "C.E. Keyser," which was a Leipzig firm.

Having smooth, tapered sides, this form appears in glass and other metals, such as pewter.

This presents in a particularly refin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 2000 item #1373408 (stock #3394f)
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An essentially modern piece, this 2 1/8" by 1 1/4", weighty at approximately .9 T. oz., sterling silver decanter label on a chain nonetheless employs an intricate, ancient "Celtic" design for its raised border and pediment area.

The plain central area is fully hallmarked for Edinburgh, Scotland, 1997, Sterling, and maker, "Hamilton & Inches," who still produce this item.

Plain backed and curved, this is in original condition. It is free of polishing wear, bends, or nicks, and the surfac...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1369881 (stock #3314f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A 6" long, .9 T. oz., item, this sugar spoon is stamped "C C S" on the reverse, for the maker, Charles C. Shaver, who worked in Utica, New York, during the second half of the 19th century.

Made of coin silver, this dates c. 1865.

The pattern is described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appears on both sides of the handle and features anthemion leaves, along with other period detailing.

The bowl is a shell form in the manner o...

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 : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1319115 (stock #2556f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Marked "S" and with the model number "520," this 1 3/4" diameter, 15/16" high, relatively solid weight at nearly 1.0 T. oz., sterling napkin ring may have been made by New York's Wood & Hughes who is thought to have used this marking convention.

Dating about 1875 or so, it shows sophisticated decoration. The heavy rimmed edges are bordered by knurled bands that are nearly 1/8" wide.

There is a fancy, feathered script "JWP" in a central reserve. Either side of the reserve has raised, ha...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1330500 (stock #2703f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Produced by the "Columbian Souvenir Manufacturing Company," as indicated by the "CS" emblem imprinted on backside, this spoon measures 5 11/16" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. Other marks include "Sterling" and "Pat. 1893."

A literally monumental event, this exposition generated a seemingly endless array of souvenir items such as this piece. It features the two significant figures associated with this event, namely the Spanish queen "Isabella," and "Columbus" himself.

A standing I...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1280631 (stock #2334f)
Old Friends
$125.00
This sterling silver souvenir spoon is replete with provenance. It was made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside. The theme is the "Chicago Fire" of 1871, and appropriately enough the retailer was Chicago's "C.D. Peacock" whose name appears alongside the manufacturer's mark and the words "Pat'd. '91."

It is inscribed on the reverse "Jerome Orrell Eddy," "May 12/91," whose birthday was this date. An accomplished man in his own right, th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1320267 (stock #2567f)
Old Friends
$32.00
A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance has an Old English "W" monogram.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon.

The vee shaped bowl with clipped shoulders is used on all the serving spoons throughout the line, and in this instance has a matte finish gold wash on the interior and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282110 (stock #2344f)
Old Friends
$75.00
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 : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
Old Friends
$165.00
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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306319 (stock #2537f)
Old Friends
$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 : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372146 (stock #3359f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period.

One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name.

The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it demonstrated a specialized capacity of a given manufacturer.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1347511 (stock #2921dd)
Old Friends
$65.00
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)
Old Friends
$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 1930 item #1370601 (stock #3329f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price for the pair.
A well-regarded name among Arts & Crafts producers, with an expertise in reproduction silver, New York's Currier & Roby was both a manufacturer and retailer.

This matched pair of 3" long, .6 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons marked with the company "CR" emblem, "Sterling," and "26 S," are no doubt inhouse production items, consistent with the firm's best work generated during the first quarter of the 20th century.

The pattern is "Onslow," which is an older English design that features ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372908 (stock #3383f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these early 19th century, matching serving or tablespoons measures 8 3/4" long, while the group of six weigh a fairly substantial 9.6 T. oz.

They have finely articulated, raised shell ends on plain back, arched, handles with exposed drops on the bowls. Each one is engraved with a large "EI" or "ET" feathered script monogram set sideways on the handle front.

The maker's mark is "*H*," which is attributed to Daniel B. Hempstead of New London, Connecticut, 1784-1852, by John McGrew...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1950 item #1369568 (stock #3308f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Clearly inspired by the work of Georg Jensen, this 6 1/2" long bottle opener is stamped only "Sterling Handle," with no maker's identification

It has an end that mimics Jensen's "Pyramid" and design elements around the band that abuts the stainless steel opener that are reminiscent of his "Bittersweet" and "Cactus."

Cubic and angular in construction, the handle is robust and tapers inward somewhat.

Without a monogram or inscription, the piece remains in excellent condition. The silv...

 
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