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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1145353 (stock #1224fg)
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$85.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1256607 (stock #2140f)
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$60.00
This silver youth fork measures 6 1/16" long and is weighty, at just over 1.0 T. oz. It is fully hallmarked for London, 1907, made by Martin & Hall & Co., Ltd. (RM over EH in a quatrefoil).

The pattern is elaborate, and double die struck, meaning it appears on both the front and backsides. There is a blossom, perhaps sunflower, on the terminus of the handle, and drooping floral or leafy elements in diminishing sizes set midway on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1251765 (stock #2090f)
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$65.00
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...

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...

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
$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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253734 (stock #2110nr)
Old Friends
$350.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252949 (stock #2104dd)
Old Friends
$150.00
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 1900 item #1180335 (stock #1504f)
Old Friends
$34.00
The benchmark "Jackson's Hallmarks" of English, Scottish, and Irish gold and silver marks notes that Francis Higgins, the maker of this spoon, was an "important 19th century spoon maker" and further describes him as a "specialist." Measuring 4 5/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy .5+ T. oz., it is a master salt, or possibly mustard, spoon. The English convention on these forms varies some from American. It is fully marked for the maker, London, 1860-61, and sterling. A handsome item, i...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1250526 (stock #2074f)
Old Friends
$65.00
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)
Old Friends
$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 ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1203481 (stock #1687dd)
Old Friends
$40.00
George Franciscus Jr. had a working history that began in Baltimore in 1810 and then Lancaster, Pennsylvannia from 1819 until his death in 1840. Several marks are associated with him include the "G. Franciscus" in an engrailed rectangle that appears on this 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz. teaspoon. According to Gerstell's "Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvania," this mark "is illustrated in the catalogue of the exhibition of southern silver at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1968." This piece has a...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1199513 (stock #1661f)
Old Friends
$115.00
While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece. This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle. The handle is slender and elongated looking, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends up to the lower o...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1185595 (stock #1541f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Bearing the maker's stamp for Joseph Haywood & Co. of Glasgow, Scotland, date letter for 1862, and a rampant lion for sterling, this pair of tongs are generously proportioned. They measure 6" long and weigh approximately 1.8 T. oz. They are otherwise plain save for their highly elaborated, cup grips. There is a script "RFG" monogram on the arch. The are in mint condition. There is no visible wear, nor bends, cracks, or scratches even. The marks are fully legible.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1212625 (stock #1765f)
Old Friends
$1,695.00
Made by Gorham in 1868 according to the date letter stamped on the underside, along with lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the model number "500," and retailed by Chicago's "N. Matson & Co., this coffee pot is an outstanding representation of American silver production at a time of great expansionism for both the nation and the Gorham company.

It is a large item, standing 9" to the top of the finial, having a maximum span of 8 3/4", and weighing 26.8 T. oz. It holds a full 7 cups, i.e. 234 ou...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1132156 (stock #1125f)
Old Friends
$215.00
Gorham produced this unnamed line of hollow handle serving items in the 1870's. It is somewhat similar to another Gorham design of the same period that is sometimes referred to as Hindoo. This example is a 7 1/2" long, just over 2 T. oz., sugar sifter. The style is vaguely Aesthetic. The handle has two applied leafy bands and is engraved. The four-lobed bowl is intricately cut, again in a leafy design which in this instance resembles palmetto. Pieces in this line represent high craft and e...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Measuring 12 1/4" long, this carving knife made by Gorham is unusual on several counts.

First, it is early for this sort of thing. It is stamped with a date letter for 1874. Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "5."

Second, the handle is not a standard pattern. It is a plain, rounded end shape with a satin matte surface. Gorham produced a number of hollow handle serving pieces with similar handles, which were generally bright cut and ba...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
Old Friends
$365.00
Measuring 4 3/4" in diameter, standing 2 1/2" high, and weighing a very substantial 9.9 T. oz., this bowl is item number A7815 made by Gorham according to the marks on the underside. Its purpose is uncertain, being much larger than a standard child's dish, one possibility. It could be a christening bowl. In any case, it was presented to "Harry M. Stevens" on "December 25 - 1909" according to the script inscriptions that appear on the upper wall below the rim. It sits on a tiered base and has...
 
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