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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258029 (stock #2155f)
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$45.00
Dominick & Haff produced its figural "Renaissance" pattern in solid and pierced versions, with solid being the common form. This 5 5/8" long, relatively heavy 1.0 T. oz., grapefruit, aka fruit or orange, spoon is pierced. The open version is invariably marked with the name of Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," and that is the case with this piece.

It has a script "M" monogram on the handle and retains a pale residue of its original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1218470 (stock #1815f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Made in two versions, one pierced and one not, this example of Dominick & Haff's figural "Renaissance," is the former and less common of the two. This variant seems to have been retailed only by Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Co., as this and other examples are stamped. Other marks include the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94."

The form is a 7 11/16" long jelly trowel. Consistent with the line, it is heavy, weighing approximately 2.0 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1250768 (stock #2079f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Dating from the mid 19th century and marked "Duhme," a premier Cincinnati and Midwestern firm, this coin silver master butter knife measures 7 1/4" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

It has a twisted shank, with a broad, oval handle end. This is precisely engraved in a leaf and scroll period design and engraved "Craig" in script in the center area. The blade has a scalloped upper edge and is also engraved along the top margin. The backside is plain, save for the mark...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1277074 (stock #2306f)
Old Friends
$50.00
This "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern by Durgin and was one of the first line designs of that company.

This example is a 7" long, heavy at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife. It has a solid silver flat handle and blade with a scalloped upper edge and engraved surface. The handle is inscribed in script "L.C.C. to L.A.C."

It is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches on the blade, there are no signs of use, including no bends, burrs, or nicks...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1249399 (stock #2067f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Dating from very early in the history of the company founded in 1853, this 6 5/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., preserve spoon is stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Pure Coin."

Apparently it was a line pattern given that a variety of pieces still show up, but is unnamed. It has a flat handle with a chiseled looking margin and an extensively bright cut and engraving surface. The backside is plain, save for the marks. The bowl is a shell form with scalloped edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1233007 (stock #1921f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Marked with the Durgin "D," "Sterling," and the Hartford, Connecticut retailer's name, "D.H. Buell," this pair of tongs date from the late 19th century.

Measuring 3 5/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy .4 T. oz., they are tete-a-tete size.

They are finely made, with a brilliant finish and delicate bright cut floral and leaf engraving. The cast grips are claw form, fully articulated, and finished in a gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259998 (stock #2182f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged shoul...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255335 (stock #2131f)
Old Friends
$80.00
Durgin set a standard for chrysanthemum design interpretations in silver with its 1893 pattern by the same name. The portraiture is dense, detailed, and high relief. It also carries onto the serving ends, adding to the sense of richness.

This example is a 6" long sugar spoon, and consistent with the character of the line, has robust heft at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no evident polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1247621 (stock #2048f)
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$40.00
The larger of at least two sizes of sugar tongs that Durgin produced in "Fairfax," this pair measure 4 1/2" long and weigh just over .8 T. oz.

They are early production, stamped with a "D," "Sterling," "Pat'd," as well as "S.C.&L. Co." for the retailer, Boston's Shreve, Crump & Low Company.

They are in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The arch is well-shaped and free of bends, cracks, or repairs. The claw grips remain sharply defined and are absent nicks, bends, or bur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1215019 (stock #1785f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Old examples of "Fairfax" made by Durgin rather than Gorham, these pieces are marked "D" and "Sterling," and in the instance of the ladle "Pat'd." as well.

One is a lemon fork that measures 4 15/16" long and weighs approximately .6 T. oz. The second is a 5" long, .8 T. oz. cream ladle.

Neither piece has a monogram or removal, and both are in mint condition with brilliant, hand polished finishes.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1228610 (stock #1895f)
Old Friends
$22.00
This is a Durgin produced, not later Gorham, 5 3/8" long, 1 3/8" diameter, .7 T. oz., bouillon spoon in the "Fairfax" pattern.

It is in superb estate condition and without a monogram or removal.

Marks are the Durgin "D," "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1230829 (stock #1908f)
Old Friends
$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.

The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1228768 (stock #1896f)
Old Friends
$245.00
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. There is light softening of detail...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281056 (stock #2337f)
Old Friends
$245.00
"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 a feathered script "R.S.G." monogram.

The piece is a 9" long ice spoon. It is an extra heavy version weighing 4.4 T. oz., and was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," whose name is stamped on the backside. Other marks are the Durgin "D" and the word "Sterling."

The elegant bowl has scalloped edges, a pierced interior, and is finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1171285 (stock #1440f)
Old Friends
$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. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1237088 (stock #1956f)
Old Friends
$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. There is no polishing wear or damage, and the finish is lu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1229033 (stock #1898f)
Old Friends
$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. Polishing wear ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1254728 (stock #2122dd)
Old Friends
$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...

 
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