American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1144658 (stock #1218fa)
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$45.00
Measuring 4 1/2" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs were made by Durgin in its 1897 Madame Royale pattern. The design is predictably French in manner, with a ribboned edge crested by a leaf and scroll cluster. There is an Old English "H" monogram on the arch. The grips are talon form and have hair detailing. The condition is mint. There is no visible wear, nor bends, cracks, or marring of any sort. The Marks are the Durgin "D," Sterling, and 925/1000.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1171285 (stock #1440f)
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$80.00
Items such of this 8 3/8" long table or serving spoon are rapidly disappearing from the open market place given the rise in the price of silver in recent years. Part of the appeal of a pattern line like 1896's "Marchel Niel" by Durgin, lies in its exceptional weight, 2.4 T. oz. in this instance, and that amount of silver has high value simply as a commodity, i.e. for "melt." Apart from its heft, Marechal Niel is an outstanding design...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1237088 (stock #1956f)
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$65.00
An elegant turn of the 20th century design, Durgin's "New Queens" incorporates double shell and scroll elements that reflect its classical roots. The decorative success of the pattern is enhanced by the finely lined and richly textured, gold washed (front and back sides), bowl that is employed in this 4 7/8" long, relatively heavy .8 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.

This is an especially fine example without a monogram or monogram removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1234101 (stock #1933sh)
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Patented in 1904 and reflecting the Art Nouveau sensibilities of the period, Durgin's "New Vintage" does indeed express the well-exercised theme of grape in an innovative and elegant manner.

The design is put forward in high relief, detailed fashion, adding acanthus leaves and shell elements to the basic grape and leaf motif. The leaf and shell theme is carried over to the backside, including the heel of the bowl.

This example is a 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., cheese scoop...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1163701 (stock #1382f)
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$365.00
One of the most elegant designs produced by Durgin, "Regent" (1885) holds it own within the panoply of first rank patterns generated in the Victorian era. The line featured large scale pieces, which is evidenced by this 9 3/4" long, massive weight 5.1 T. oz., berry spoon. The design employs scroll, shell, and leaf elements interspersed with open lattice work areas in both the handle and the bowl. There are two versions of "Regent," one with a plain background and one engraved...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1204636 (stock #1699f)
Old Friends
$55.00
One of the most elegant designs produced by Durgin, "Regent" (1885) holds it own within the panoply of first rank patterns generated in the Victorian era. The design employs scroll, shell, and leaf elements interspersed with latticed areas. A weighty line as well, this characteristic carries through even to place pieces such at this 5 7/8" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz. citrus (orange or grapefruit) spoon.

The narrow, pointed bowl has an unusual, wide, flanged edge and decorated heel...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1229033 (stock #1898f)
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$75.00
Something of a uncommon pattern, and a more intricate design than the name would imply, Durgin's 1886 "Scroll" has a repousse surface that features leaves, florals, and the namesake scrolls.

This example is a generously sized, 5" long, .9 T. oz. pair of sugar tongs. There is a fancy script "MAT" monogram on the arch. The gold washed talon grips are very finely rendered with detailed articulation on the inside as well as the outside surfaces.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1179499 (stock #1492f)
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$100.00
Unlike some early pieces whose markings leave ambiguity, this 2 3/8" high, 2 3/4" top diameter, 1.8 T. oz. beaker is abundantly and clearly marked. It is an early 19th century piece made in Paris, France. It has the "bearded man's head" used for .950 (higher than sterling's .925) French silver 1819-1838...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1189696 (stock #1573f)
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$85.00
Documented as working in Frankford, Pennsylvania c. 1800-20, and subsequently in nearby Philadelphia, Isaac Reed was the maker of this 6 3/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., pair of coin silver tongs. In addition to having his personal mark, "I. Reed," imprinted on the inside of each arm, they carry what John McGrew describes in his work on pseudo hallmarks as the "Philadelphia eagle." The style suggests a date from early in his career. The have plain, convex, fiddle shaped arms, have a broad arch with poi...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1170749 (stock #1437f)
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$115.00
This 7 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter is marked "E. Benjamin" for the New Haven, Connecticut silversmith and jeweler, and with a bust/lion/C pseudo hallmark. In this instance, Benjamin was the retailer and the maker traces to New York's Gilbert-Cunningham/Cooper complex, according John McGrew's work on American silver manufacturers' marks. The pattern is "Prince Albert" and the date mid 19th century. It is a generously sized piece, with a 2 1/4" wide, 5/8" deep, shell shaped ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1210329 (stock #1746f)
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$110.00
This cream, or possibly toddy, ladle is fully marked for James McKay, Edinburgh,1859, and carries the Scottish thistle standard for sterling silver.

It measures 6" long, has a 1 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, round, flat-bottomed bowl, and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Kings" design with an added crowned lion's head crest. The backside is plain save for the marks.

The condition is excellent. There is scant polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, dings, or burrs, showing only ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1134521 (stock #1144f)
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$95.00
Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61). It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded ended shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front. It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script. It is in excellent condition. The detail shows slight softening from polishing and the interior of the bow...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
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$395.00
A known but unnamed pattern by Durgin, this design is French Rococo in manner. It is highly detailed, featuring scrolls, acanthus leaves, florettes, and beading arranged asymmetrically on the handle. The pattern repeats with slight variation on the backside. This example is a 9 1/4" long, 3.8 T. oz., asparagus server. The shoulders of the serving end follow after the overall design with an added floral swag with bow. The crossbars joining the five tines are leafy scrolls. The serving end r...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1210838 (stock #1751f)
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$90.00
Fully marked for Hilliard & Thomason of Birmingham, England, 1860, this sterling silver sugar sifter measures 6" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a true to life "Grape and Vine" motif made of assembled cast elements. The foundation of the stem is an open, twisting vine with applied hanging clusters of grapes and leaves. The 2 1/4" wide, 1 3/4" front to back, and 3/4" deep bowl has a veined and pierced interior which is finely chased in a leaf pattern. Apart from the bac...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1241055 (stock #1991f)
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$40.00
Multiple sources identify a single Edward Shaw as a Philadelphia silversmith, but none of them offers a mark.

Brix lists his dates 1825-30, which would be consistent with the style of this 8 3/8" long, nearly 1.3 T. oz., tablespoon stamped "E. Shaw" in a hatched cartouche. This would seem to provide a conclusive attribution. Catherine Hollan's publication "Philadelphia Silversmiths" is the most recent entry about Philadelphia silver and she indicates the 1850 and 1860 censuses located Shaw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1226966 (stock #1882f)
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Measuring 4 9/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy, .8 T. oz., this coffee aka demitasse spoon is an early example of Tiffany's "Chrysanthemum." It is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880.," and "M," this last mark dating it to no later than 1891.

Monogrammed "HFS" in a delicate script, it has a bright gold washed bowl, front and back sides. The chrysanthemum motif is abuntantly portrayed on the obverse and reverse of the handle as well as the backside of the bowl.

It is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1134768 (stock #1146f)
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$70.00
Fully stamped for Exeter, England, with a date letter of 1857, this pair of tongs measure 5 3/4" long and weigh not quite 1.7 T. oz. The maker's stamp is "TB" which could be Thomas Byne or Thomas Blake. They are plain with beveled edges, and have cup grips. There is a feathered script "DTB" monogram on the arch. The condition is superb. There are no bends, cracks, or burrs, and the finish is finely patinated.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1145353 (stock #1224fg)
Old Friends
$85.00
The plain, reverse tipt handle on this 8 9/16" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon belies its highly decorative bowl. Marked only "Sterling," the plum-shaped bowl with flanged shoulders was commonly used by Whiting and Knowles. Both of those firms also commonly left pieces unmarked, so one of those two companies is the likely maker. It dates c. 1870-80. The bowl has a frosted, pale gold finish and is precisely bright cut and engraved on both the interior and flanged edges. The handle...
 
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