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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
Old Friends
$295.00
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 en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1329388 (stock #2685f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Variously identified as a platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the defining characteristic is the scale of the item.

Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.

It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate. The date letter is simply blurred while the maker's mark, which appears to be a script "LM" in a scalloped punch, is insufficient...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1351751 (stock #2973f)
Old Friends
$475.00
Hallmarked for the London firm of C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd, 1893-94, described in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as a "maker of . . . usually very fine copies of earlier pieces," this solid sterling silver trophy is indeed Georgian in inspiration, with scrolled arms and a banded body.

Standing on a footed base that is 3" in diameter, it measures 4 3/4" high to the rim and 5 1/8" to the top of the handles, is 4" across rim to rim, has a maximum span of 7 1/4" handle to handle, and weighs a heavy 14.8 T....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354135 (stock #3015f)
Old Friends
$95.00
While hallmarked for Chester, England, with a date letter for 1908-09, this sterling silver tea caddy spoon has dual Scottish associations.

First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.

Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1241055 (stock #1991f)
Old Friends
$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 : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1344231 (stock #2879f)
Old Friends
$695.00
Price for the pair.
A matched pair, this sugar and creamer were a 25th anniversary gift, as indicated by the "ABF to MFCC 1859-1884" inscribed on the sidewall of each piece.

Made by Tiffany, they are holloware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece.

The creamer measures 3 ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1342865 (stock #2860f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, this 5 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., spoon shows remarkably refined die and finish work.

Sculptural in manner, it was made by Watson, whose design and execution in silver manufacturing consistently reflects a high standard.

The subject is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Little Bo Peep" and features a complexly detailed, three dimensional, portraiture of the miss herself.

She is adorned with a big bonnet hat, is wearing a corseted bodice that i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334269 (stock #2753f)
Old Friends
$250.00
George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, or possibly nut spoon, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1349411 (stock #2938f)
Old Friends
$110.00
A form popular in the 19th century lapping over into the early 20th, this tea strainer is designed to hang from the spout of a teapot.

It is comprised of an open ball or basket that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep.

This is fitted with a wire bail handle which in turn is attached to a 2 1/2" long, pronged wire that locks into a spout, held in place by tension.

It is solid silver, weighing .9 T. oz., and marked "Sterling" on the rim.

This functions effectively to capture any ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342443 (stock #2852f)
Old Friends
$22.00
This nut pick measures 5" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz. Made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell" c. 1860, it is imprinted with an "F. & H" on the reverse.

The terminus is rounded, with a "Tipt" backside, and a tapered, slightly upturned, pointed end typical of the form.

It has a satin finish that is plain on the backside and finely engraved in an intricate, stylized design on the front. There is a reserve area which has an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in mint estate condi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1352066 (stock #2977f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A 6 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this spoon is stamped "dot F.&H dot" for one of Boston's premier silver manufacturing firms of the mid 19th century.

It is also imprinted "Pure Coin," which was a silver standard term used in New England in the period.

It has a downturned, "Reverse Tipt" handle that is elegantly engraved on the front in a design that is similar enough to Knowles' of nearby Providence, Rhode Island, die struck "Coronet" as perhaps to share a commonality of sourc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255423 (stock #2133dd)
Old Friends
$35.00
A turn of the 20th century pattern, "Old Rose" was produced by Fessenden, of Providence, Rhode Island.

It possesses late Victorian sensibilities, employing cee scrolls, acanthus leaves, and beading detailing to frame the actual rose and floral elements that lend the pattern its name.

There is a script "N" monogram on the handle front. The backside is plain save for the mark "925 Sterling 1000."

This example is a 6" long, relatively light weight at not quite .5 T. oz., cheese knife. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162592 (stock #1369f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Wendell's late 19th century "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flanged shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border.

This is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no polishing wear, o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1351500 (stock #2970f)
Old Friends
$365.00
A form particularly popular with English silver makers, asparagus serving tongs also found expression among American manufacturers in the second half of the 19th century.

This particular pair are stamped "Ford & Tupper," located in New York City, and "Sterling."

Measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 4.4 T. oz., they are typical in style and size with other commensurate pieces, but exhibit exceptional design.

There are two substantially scaled arms that are joined by a broad arch, which ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1343693 (stock #2870f)
Old Friends
$60.00
A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.

This example of the line is a medium sized, 4 3/4" long, moderately heavy at nearly 1.3 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

Naturalistic in their portraiture, the three leaves that adorn each leg of the tongs are nonetheless precisely arrayed within the overall design, with one on the bottom and two on the top, surrounding an open area with lined margins.

The leaves are offset with several...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1352135 (stock #2980f)
Old Friends
$65.00
This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date.

The grips are shell form, and the arch is engraved in a very elegant feathered script, "SAE."

They are in remarkably fine condition, and especially so for an item the better part of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350717 (stock #2959f)
Old Friends
$90.00
One of the numerous partnerships that prominent silversmith William Gale of New York City entered into, "Gale & Willis" spanned the years 1859-62.

This example of his work is a 7 3/8" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a twisted handle and broad, shaped, flat handle that is bright cut engraved with an engine turned background.

There is a shield reserve with an Old English "CPK" or "CPR" monogram inscribed on it.

The bowl is generously sized at 2 3/8" by 2" by 5/8" d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1320081 (stock #2565f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945. His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art.

This example of his work is a 1 3/4" diameter, 1" high, weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., napkin ring.

In keeping with Gebelein's Arts & Crafts roots combined with his sensitivities to ...

 
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