American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1245176 (stock #2027f)
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$85.00
In the lushly expressive manner of Durgin's "New Art," "Iris" differs from that design largely in the aspect that the one flower carries through the line, whereas "New Art" is multi-motif. It dates from the turn of the 20th century, at the height of the Art Nouveau.

This example is a 6 7/8" long gumbo spoon. This is the largest form of round bowl soup spoons, the bowl of which in this instance measures about 2" in diameter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1230829 (stock #1908f)
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$55.00
Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense, rococo design that reflects quite a different, and arguably more engaging, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.

This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. It originally had an overall gold finish, but much of that was polished away and now shows only partly on the handle. It remains essentially intact on the three tine serving end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1228768 (stock #1896f)
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$285.00
All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form. The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1171285 (stock #1440f)
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$55.00
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 #1250605 (stock #2076f)
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$395.00
An extravagant server, this item is a true punch ladle with a pouring spout on either side of the 4 7/8" by 2 5/8" by 1 1/4" deep bowl. This is finished in a bright gold wash on the interior and engraved with an Old English "B" on the back wall at the handle join.

The piece measures a large 13" overall and weighs a robust 6.4 T. oz...

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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1254728 (stock #2122dd)
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$225.00
Apparently named after the artist whose work became identified with a style of painting that Wikipedia describes as embracing "scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm," Durgin's 1891 "Watteau" is rococo in manner. While this pattern is neither figural nor scenic, it does incorporate details such as scrolls and posys that would have a natural place in a Watteau scene.

This example is a 9 7/8" long, heavy, 3.8 T. oz., ice cream slice, aka ice cream knife. It has a broad and also flat, nearly rec...

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. This, the maker's mark for "Sixe-Simon Rion" (working first third of the 19th century), a woman's face symbol used after the French Revolution, and a letter all appear on the underside. Ther...
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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256804 (stock #2142f)
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$60.00
Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons characteristically have narrow, deep bowls, and often relatively long handles.

This 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., example is in "Old Colonial" by Towle. It is an early and fully authentic, i.e. original production, piece marked with the company emblem, "925/1000," "Pat. 1894," and the name of the retailer, "W. Arnold."

The bowl is gold washed while th...

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)
Old Friends
$345.00
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 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...

 
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