American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1254728 (stock #2122dd)
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$225
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...

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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258905 (stock #2170f)
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$100
Erroneously attributed by Tere Hagen in her reference work on flatware identification to Reed & Barton, this floral pattern is an early line pattern that was produced by William Durgin. Hagen calls it "Spray" but there is no documentation to that effect. The design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and only occasionally with the Durgin name or mark. This is stamped "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256804 (stock #2142f)
Old Friends
$60
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...

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...

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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
Old Friends
$345
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...
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 #1145353 (stock #1224fg)
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$85
The plain, reverse tipt handle on this 8 9/16" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon belies its highly decorative bowl. Marked only "Sterling," the plum-shaped bowl with flanged shoulders was commonly used by Whiting and Knowles. Both of those firms also commonly left pieces unmarked, so one of those two companies is the likely maker. It dates c. 1870-80. The bowl has a frosted, pale gold finish and is precisely bright cut and engraved on both the interior and flanged edges. The handle...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1251765 (stock #2090f)
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz., this coin silver preserve spoon is stamped "F&H" for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell.

It also carries the retail name of "L.C. Bailey" for Lyman Clapp Bailey of Calais, Maine, which borders Canada and is as about far east as any settled place in the United States.

It is a strikingly fine example of mid 19th century precision bright cut silver that exhibits the same mirror like qualities as diamond facets.

This pieces shows no wear whatso...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1235299 (stock #1942f)
Old Friends
$70.00
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 is u...

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
$120.00
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, or ding...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253734 (stock #2110nr)
Old Friends
$350
This Tiffany pattern, introduced in 1870, went through an evolution of names according to William Hood in his reference work "Tiffany Silver Flatware."

He notes it was originally called "King's" or "King" and that some Tiffany archives refer to it as "Old King," to distinguish it from the later "English King." For some period, it was known as "Cook," and available only by special order. It was reissued in 1956 as "Saratoga," which is the name that generally conveys with it today.

This ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252949 (stock #2104dd)
Old Friends
$150
Showing no wear whatsoever and having brilliant finishes, this set of four, estate, egg spoons are in mint condition.

Each one measures 5" long, has a fine, script "JSH" monogram, and a matte finish, gold washed bowl. The group weighs 1.8 T. oz.

Marks are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and an Old English "O."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1260471 (stock #2188f)
Old Friends
$46
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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1250526 (stock #2074f)
Old Friends
$65
Frank Whiting's "Marquis" embodies a French rococo sensibility. It is asymmetrical and features stylized acanthus leaves set in a large scale, flourishing manner against a stippled ground.

This example is a large, 8 5/8" long, cold meat fork. Consistent with the line, it is a robust piece, weighing 2.4 T. oz.

It is without a monogram or removal and in choice condition. There is no evident polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous. The tines are even, pointed, and free of bends, burr...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227928 (stock #1891f)
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$32.00
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 ...

 
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