American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1235299 (stock #1942f)
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$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 : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1146499 (stock #1232f)
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$65.00
This 7 3/4" long, weighty, 1.3 T. oz., coin silver master butter knife is marked "F. Hoffmann," which is something of a mystery name. Given the mid 19th century style of the piece, a likely attribution is Frederick Hoffman with origins in New York, but largely working in Philadephia, with dates 1820-49. His spelling, however, is listed with a single "n" so that introduces uncertainty. Regardless of the attribution, the piece stands on its own...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162592 (stock #1369f)
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$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 #1180335 (stock #1504f)
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$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...
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1203481 (stock #1687dd)
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$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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1199513 (stock #1661f)
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$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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1185595 (stock #1541f)
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$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 : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1241612 (stock #1996f)
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Born late in the 18th century in Windsor, Connecticut, Guy Loomis, the maker of this large, 9 1/8" long, heavy, 1.9 T. oz., table or serving spoon, established himself as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in the small town of Sheffield, Massachusetts, located in the Berkshires. He is recorded as moving to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1874.

Based on its form and the mark, this piece was made early in Loomis' career. It is a finely made example in outstanding condition. It is w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1212625 (stock #1765f)
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$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)
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$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 : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
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$375.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1147851 (stock #1241fe)
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$85.00
Gorham issued a series of engraved patterns c. 1880 on an "Antique" blank. This 7 1/2" long, quite heavy, 2.3 T. oz., gravy ladle is an example from that line. It has a satin matte surface with engraving that includes a stylized palmetto leaf, rosettes, and a leafy drop. The handle is engraved "DeWolfe." on the front in Old English lettering, and "May 6th 1880" in script on the reverse. The bowl is oval, measuring 2 1/2" by 2" by 3/4" deep. The condition is flawless. The engraving remains ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
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$375.00
This mug made by Gorham about 1900 combines two style features.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau style popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the stem and leaf elements that are applied to the body. Second, it also incorporates four applied children's figures that are very much in the manner of Kate Greenaway whose work harkens to the Arts and Crafts Mo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1128296 (stock #1089f)
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$45.00
This solid sterling silver cream or sauce ladle measures 5 1/4" long and weighs a relatively heavy 1.2 T. oz. The pattern is Poppy by Gorham. The 1 1/2" diameter bowl has flanged shoulders and a plain interior. The handle is engraved with a script "G" monogram. The conditions is excellent. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. There are no bends or dents or dings in the bowl, although there are fine surface scratches on the interior. Marks are lion, anchor, G, Sterling, Pat. 1902...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1232623 (stock #1917f)
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$125.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates to 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling, or earlier.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz., ice cream server. It has an oval blade with two ribs in the bottom, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more of a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193546 (stock #1609f)
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$225.00
Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter. It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief and tactile. The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1161264 (stock #1363fb)
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$225.00
Gorham's Byzantine was an early, mid 1860's, pattern that had a double life. The pattern is as illustrated and has vaguely Moorish elements of tracery, scrolling, and even stylized papyrus. It was later appropriated to serve as the ground for Gorham's "Hound," which was this pattern with an applied cast hound literally screwed to the handle. This example is a large, 8 7/8" long, heavy, 3.0 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a ribbed bowl with notched edges and flanged shoulders. This retains a por...
 
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