American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258905 (stock #2170f)
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$100.00
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)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1273372 (stock #2283f)
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$165.00
E.A. Whitney of Boston is known for its production of historical theme souvenir spoons, many related to the American Civil War, which is the case with this 5 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.1 T. oz., example.

The subject is "Sheridan's Ride," an event that became the basis of a poem, and significant enough that the general's horse was preserved by a taxidermist and remains at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C...

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 : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1266857 (stock #2252f)
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$90.00
This pair of coin silver tongs measure a lengthy 6 1/4" long and weigh nearly 1.7 T. oz.

Stamped "Rockwell" along with a sheaf of wheat pseudo hallmark, this identifier is attributed to Edward Rockwell by both Louise Belden and John McGrew in their respective works on marks. He is to be distinguished from Samuel D. Rockwell with whom Edward was in partnership 1815-47, with some similarity of marks.

This item appears to date from Edward's early working years, 1803-14...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278408 (stock #2316f)
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$250.00
Marked "Sterling," these eight forks retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) are transition pieces between the coin and sterling silver standards. Each one measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs 11.6 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
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$295.00
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 : 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 : 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)
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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. The bowl is u...

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 #1275633 (stock #2297f)
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$55.00
A multi-motif line, Gorham's "Piper" features various youthful characters engaged in childhood activities.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., youth spoon. It has the large bowl associated with the form, and in this instance, finished in a largely intact gold wash front and back sides.

The image is of a boy carrying a bundle of books and what appears to be a large tablet under his arm. The backdrop looks in the manner of a European low country village street scene, which would b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162592 (stock #1369f)
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$110.00
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, o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252949 (stock #2104dd)
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$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 1930 item #1260471 (stock #2188f)
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$46.00
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)
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$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 : Pre 1920 item #1267325 (stock #2256f)
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$55.00
This napkin ring stands 1 1/2" high, measures 2" in diameter, and weighs just over .8 T. oz. It is stamped on the sidewall with a second standard French Minerva (.800 silver) and a maker's diamond. This is close to miniscule, but clear enough to read a first letter "A" and a second letter "D" or "L," with a star underlined by a crescent. The interior has a bigorne guarantee impressed opposite the Minerva.

Classical in design, it has a central shield bordered by acanthus leaves, scrolls, a...

 
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