American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
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$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 #1324007 (stock #2628f)
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$60.00
Measuring 7 1/2" long, this English toddy ladle is a small example of the form.

Dating from early in the 19th century, it has a sterling bowl that is 1 3/4" in diameter and 3/4" deep. There is a silver fitting off this which is joined to a twisted baleen handle with a silver tipped end.

The bottom center of the bowl is stamped "D.R," possibly for David Reid of Newcastle.

It is in excellent condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The fittings betwee...

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 1940 item #1301271 (stock #2494f)
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$45.00
Price per piece with liner, two available.
This open master salt is fully marked on the underside for William Neale & Son, Ltd., Birmingham, sterling silver, and 1933.

A slightly convex barrel shaped form, it stands 1 1/2" to the top edge and has a body diameter of 1 7/8". The silver by itself weighs 1.5 T. oz.

It has its original, fitted, deep colored, cobalt blue glass liner.

It is without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

It is in excellent condition. Solid and relatively thick-walled, the body has one p...

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 : 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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342443 (stock #2852f)
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$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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1235299 (stock #1942f)
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$45.00
Although Fessenden produced several Art Nouveau style floral designs early in the 20th century and named them after the respective flower portrayed, this perhaps chrysanthemum pattern in that series was an exception to that practice and was named "McKinley."

Measuring 7" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this example is a preserve or jelly spoon. The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on the front and back sides of the handle. It is high relief and highly detailed.

The bowl i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255423 (stock #2133dd)
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$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 1910 item #1339186 (stock #2811f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Issued in 1902, Alvin's "Raphael" stands forward as one of the most commanding figural designs coming out of the Art Nouveau era.

This 6" long, weighty at nearly 1.2 T. oz., teaspoon dates early in the line history, as evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads "Kathryn 1904" in script.

It is in mint condition, likely never used. Every detail of the intricate design is fully and clearly articulated. The satin gray finish shows not even the lightest scratch. The bowl is p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1309167 (stock #2565f)
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A large item measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and standing 1 1/2" high, this napkin ring is also quite weighty at nearly 1.9 T. oz.

It was made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" emblem is stamped on the inside lower rim, along with the word "Sterling."

It is entirely plain, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

In choice estate condition, it remains perfectly round and is free of bends, nicks, or blemishes. The finish is bright, with a rich patina.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1260471 (stock #2188f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A moderately large example for the form, this sardine fork measures 5 5/8" long and weighs nearly 1.1 T. oz. The tine design is singular to this manufacturer, Frank Smith. There are six, all of which are wavy and all of which have trident hooks on one side. The serving end measures 2" wide by 2" deep, and has an upraised heel.

The pattern is "Priscilla," which dates from 1924. It is a clean design, with a double lined border and delicate shell and bow at the terminus, and in this instanc...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227928 (stock #1891f)
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$24.00
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Marked with an eagle and bust pseudo hallmark, along with the letters "G.W&H" this 1840s spoon traces to three premier names in 19th century silver manufacturing, specifically William Gale, and later the independent partnership of Wood of Hughes, all of New York.

It is dessert size, 7" long, and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz. It has a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a lined drop on the bowl. There is a feathered script "HT" monogram.

The condition is very good. The bowl remains ...

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 ...

All Items : Women's Vanity : Perfume Bottles : Pre 1930 item #1339401 (stock #2814f)
Old Friends
$150.00
A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and having a base diameter of 2 1/4", this perfume bottle is German in origin. It is stamped on the neck with the national "crescent and crown" mark, "800" for the silver content (800 parts out of a 1000), and a "standing unicorn" emblem for the maker, Gebruder Kuhn.

An estate piece dating from the first part of the 20th century, the bottle itself is high quality cut glass fitted with a substantial all silver cap that is 1 1/4" high and 1 7/16" in diameter....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1321415 (stock #2585f)
Old Friends
$95.00
A custom made or special order item, this 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced, or more precisely, adapted, by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co." It apparently dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two modifications, both of which reflect h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1316042 (stock #2529f)
Old Friends
$90.00
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. That is the case with this 7" long, weighty, 2.3 T. oz., silver gravy ladle.

Inspired by American colonial period design, about which Gebelein was a scholar, it has a clean, straightf...

 
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