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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1373622 (stock #3399f)
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$32.00
Retailed by Greenleaf & Crosby, a storied name in Florida jewelry and fine goods, this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon was made by William B. Durgin of Concord, New Hampshire, around the turn of the 20th century.

It is a souvenir piece depicting the city of St. Augustine, specifically the landmark "Old City Gates," as acid etched on the handle backside.

Generally found as a teaspoon, this is the less common citrus spoon variant, with a long, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange margin and point...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1367197 (stock #3266f)
Old Friends
$385.00
A striking union of sterling silver with clear glass, this 6 1/2" high syrup jug is one item of a line of hollowware produced by Durgin.  Other forms in this late 19th to early 20th century series include a cream and sugar pair, a vase, a sugar shaker, and possibly more. 

Common to all these pieces are silver bases, crowns, and the truly defining element, which is a dolphin or sea serpent handle. 

The bodies are high quality, finely cut rock crystal.  At least one source attributes the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328822 (stock #2677f)
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$165.00
A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.

Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with minor var...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1345232 (stock #2891f)
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$65.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing just scant of 1.0 T. oz., this four tine item is a pastry fork.

It is an original production example of Alvin's early 20th century, Art Nouveau, "Old Orange Blossom," informally known as "OOB."

It is imprinted with the Alvin emblem, and the words "Patent" and "Sterling," all in very fine lettering as would be expected of an early piece.

The handle end is upturned and has an Old English "W" monogram that is very shallowly inscribed and only faintly visib...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363316 (stock #3195f)
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$20.00
Price per piece, three available.
In her benchmark work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan identifies "E. Borhek," the mark on this 5 11/16" long, .5 T. oz., as Edward, 1806-87. She notes that 1835-37, he was known as "Borhex."

In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.

This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360196 (stock #3128f)
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$75.00
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 end 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 remains well-defined, showing minimal evidence of polishin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1357869 (stock #3089f)
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$90.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six spoons measures 5 7/8" long and is engraved with the same "AI" monogram. The group weigh just under 2.4 T. oz.

They are stamped "E.E. & S.C. Bailey," for brothers Ebenezer and Samuel, who established a partnership in Claremont, New Hampshire, circa 1825.

They are particularly well-crafted and elegantly formed. Slender in shaped, they have elongated "Tipt" handles with upturned ends. The bowls are also rather narrow and long, and have pointed tips and exposed drops on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372159 (stock #3364f)
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$235.00
Price for the set of eight.
Each of these eight, matching forks, measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 11.6 T. oz.

Marked "Sterling," they were retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) and carry forward some of the design sensibilities of earlier coin silver flatware.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned terminals. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1960 item #1378417 (stock #3480jl)
Old Friends
$250.00
Price for the group of eight.
This assemblage of eight boxes vary in size from a 1 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 1/2" high square at the largest, to a 1 1/8" by 3/4" by 1/2" tall oval and 1" by 5/8" high round one at the smallest.

The square one has a lined base, engine turned top, is marked "925" and "FS" in a circle, and weighs 26 grams (just over .8 T. oz.). The next largest is rectangular with rounded corners, plain-surfaced, marked with the Blackinton emblem, and weighs 16 grams (approximately .5 T. oz.).

The small oval has ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1372276 (stock #3369f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Measuring 3" closed and 5" long fully opened, this circa 1850 knife has two blades, the larger one for cutting and the smaller one that resembles an awl, for piercing the skin of fruit.

Stamped "Coin" on the larger blade, there is no further identification, save that this belonged to "Emily" as engraved in script on the reserve area on one side of the engine turned surfaces of the handle.

There is a repeating line and star design on the upper edge of one of the blade braces, and a line a...

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 : Pre 1930 item #1374537 (stock #3414f)
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$85.00
A replica of a style that has its origins in the pre-Georgian era (see Old Friends item 2971f), this pair of sugar nips carry hallmarks in two places for London, sterling silver, 1921, and maker HF, likely Harrison Fisher, which was a Sheffield based firm.

They measure 4 5/8" long, are 1 3/4" across at the handles when closed, and open to a span of 3 5/8" at the shell grips. Weight is .9 T. oz.

Each arm is cast solid silver with a round finger grip attached to arms that are a series of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1351751 (stock #2973f)
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$325.00
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 : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360599 (stock #3142f)
Old Friends
$95.00
While his early working years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut, George Eno is identified as a Philadelphia silversmith where he spent most of his life.

This large, 7 3/4" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "Eno & Co." and "Coin," dating it 1854-60, prior to Eno's 1860-70 partnership with George Bechtel.

The narrow handle is hexagonal with two square block elements. The end is broad and spreads out into a fan or anthemion form. This is finely engraved and outlined in...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367270 (stock #3267f)
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$34.00
This 7 7/8" long, not quite 1.1 T. oz., coin silver spoon has a double provenance.

It is stamped "E.S. & D.R. Burr" and "coin," for the jewelers located in the small, central Wisconsin town of Berlin. An entry in a 1919 "Jewelers' Circular," notes the death of Daniel Riley Burr at age 85, still resident in Berlin.

There is also a right-facing, bust that McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as an unknown Chicago maker. He cites only Chicago retailers associated with this, so...

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)
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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, 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. Yet within the detail,...

 
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