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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1157008 (stock #1328kc)
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This 8 3/4" long, weighty, near 1.8 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon is stamped "W.R. Evans." His dates are c. 1844-1860 and he worked first in Cincinnati and then across the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky. It has the broad, rounded, tipt end and high shoulders typical of the lower Ohio River Valley and areas south. There is a feathered script "MER" monogram on the front. It is in very good condition...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1155029 (stock #1306fb)
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"Undine" references a water nymph whose name has been attached to works of literature, art, music, ships, and popular culture. Wood & Hughes used it in the 19th century for a line of silver.

The design is singular, comprising an asymmetrical leaf and floral motif with scrolling edges that, given the associations in the name, might be inspired by waves. It is a highly textured and intricately worked pattern...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1192545 (stock #1602f)
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An early Wood & Hughes piece, dating circa 1855, this coin silver master butter knife is substantially sized at 7 3/4" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz. It is a singular design, having a twisted stem and a notched, shield shaped handle. It is similar in overall form to Gorham's little known "Imperial" pattern of the same period, and of which Wood & Hughes had an almost identical match. The upper edge of the blade has two notches that repeat the design of the handle...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133208 (stock #1133f)
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Presumably named for the 17th century Spanish painter, Wood & Hughes' Murillo is toward the Moorish in style, which would be consistent with its 1875 date, a time when such designs were popular. The highly detailed pattern shows exceptionally well in this large-scale, 7 1/4" long, heavy, 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle. Peculiar to Murillo, this has a 5/8" deep, triangular bowl with nearly straight side walls and nearly flat base. The interior has a satin finish...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1202643 (stock #1675f)
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Wood & Hughes produced a number of designs in the 1860's that fall into the "Medallion" category, of which this 6" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz. sterling silver teaspoon is one. It is commonly referred to as "Diana." It is single die struck, meaning the design appears only on the front, with the backside plain save for an engraved feathered script "CU" monogram in this instance. The condition is exceptional. Pattern detail remains crisp and sharply defined...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1204475 (stock #1697f)
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This c. 1870 interpretation of "Lily of the Valley" offered by Wood & Hughes is a three dimensional pattern assembled from various cast elements. This popular mid 19th century form of construction in silver has been described by one source as "jewelry-esque." It represents crafting of the highest form, employing exceptional skill of the sort the 19th century excelled in.

This example is an 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., almond scoop...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242297 (stock #2002mt)
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Measuring 8 5/8" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this serving spoon is marked "WwH" for New York's 19th century firm Wood & Hughes, and "Sterling." It has a large, 3 1/2", rather narrow, 2 1/8" at the widest, tapered bowl with dramatic domed shoulders. This retains a portion of an original gold wash finish on the backside, and traces of gold on the front. Peculiar to Wood & Hughes, this bowl form was primarily employed on that company's "Angelo" pattern...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207713 (stock #1727f)
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Measuring 5 3/4" long, and weighing just over over .6 T. oz., this sterling silver ladle has a singular dimension and form 1 3/8" diameter by 3/8" deep, flat bottomed bowl with scalloped edges and a coffered wall.

The pattern is "Angelo" made by Wood & Hughes and stamped with that company's "WwH" plus the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1878." It is a Renaissance Revival design that incorporates a number of detail elements and a combination of bright and matte finishes. The bowl has a gold fini...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246529 (stock #2040f)
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Cited in a city directory for 1839 by Louise Belden, "Winchester & Johnson," which name is imprinted on this 8 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., table or place spoon, was a jeweler located in Hartford, Connecticut.

It has a plain, down turned handle end, plain drop, and rounded shoulders off the bowl. The front is inscribed "HP" in script.

It is in very fine condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, and free of dents, burrs, or tip wear. There is one slight nick on the bowl backside edge which ap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1240616 (stock #1987f)
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Stamped "W pellet W," this 5 1/4" long, approximately .4 T. oz., tea or coffee spoon was made by London silversmith William Williams II. It is also marked with a lion and a duty marked used only from July 1797 to May 1798.

It is fully period in style, with a down turned, reverse tipt end. The front is deeply diamond cut with wriggle work and lined detailing. There is a script "RL" monogram in the reserve. It has high, pointed, shoulders off the bowl, which is perhaps atypical.

The co...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1233227 (stock #1925f)
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Biographical material about William Pendleton Burdick, the maker of this spoon, indicates he was something of an itinerant. Born in Vermont about 1792, he worked in Hartford, Connecticut in various partnerships, then in Ithaca, New York, and finally in San Francisco, and died in Iowa.

This piece is a 9 3/8" long, not quite 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon. The style, with a plain end, central rib back, and plain drop, suggests it was made during his Ithaca years, c. 1815-20. It has a sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1216158 (stock #1797f)
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Several companies made twist patterns in the late 1890's. Whiting was among them and produced multiple variations, among which is the "Reverse Twist" design of this salad serving fork and spoon. The handles incorporate a large, block like form on the upper half of the handle, while the lower portion is a smaller, double twist.

These are large items, with the spoon measuring 9 1/2" long and weighing 2.8 T. oz., and the fork 9 5/8" long and weighing the same 2.8 T. oz., for a total of 5.6 T....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1202185 (stock #1669f)
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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design deriving from the same sensibilities that generated Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others. This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with flanged rim and central rib that Whiting used across several lines of the period. Persian has a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1226109 (stock #1873f)
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Commonly called "Peony Twist," this Whiting design was apparently offered in limited production. Most examples that show up are serving pieces, as is the case with this 7" long, 1.3 T. oz., sugar sifter. The handle stem has the twist form that is characteristic of this pattern, while the end is surmounted with a full peony blossom portrayed in considerable detail. The surface of this portion is finished in a satin matte, and in this instance has a script "TMA" monogram.

The bowl is partic...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1203126 (stock #1683f)
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A line of serving pieces named for the substance used in the handles, Whiting's 1890 "Ivory" is an amalgamation of a natural material with sterling silver. This example is a 6 5/16" long sugar spoon. It is marked with the Whiting emblem, the word "Sterling," and the number "2888" on the reverse heel of the spoon. There is no monogram or removal. It is in excellent condition. The ivory is free of cracks, splits or other damage. Apart from a slight spot where the gold shows polishing wear, t...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1158888 (stock #1344f)
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An early 20th century design, Whiting's Madam Jumel features a raised wreath with a trailing ribbon and leaf drop on a plain ground with square shoulders. This example is a 5 1/2" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sauce ladle with a satin matte gold wash, front and back sides, bowl. The front of the handle also has a satin finish. It is in close to unused condition, having no damage and showing no evident wear. Marks are the Whiting emblem and the word "Sterling."
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1129063 (stock #1096f)
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Whiting's and Gorham's Lotus are nearly twin patterns, although there are subtle differences. The primary distinguishing feature is the number of lotus fronds in the design, Gorham having three and Whiting, as with this piece, having five. They are both a product of the c. 1870 Egyptian Revival movement and are patterns that have never lost appeal. This example is a 10 1/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., ice cream server. It is in immaculate condition, showing essentially no wear, and is without a monogr...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1222445 (stock #1844f)
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Whiting produced two versions of a sugar spoon in their popular "Lily of the Valley" line. Both had shell bowls, with one, as in this instance, was more stylized and decorative, while the other was more straightforward.

The piece measures 6" long and weighs just over .7 T. oz. There is a delicate, feathered script monogram engraved on the plain backside.

This is in pristine condition. The pattern is precisely rendered with every detail of the high relief blossoms, leaves, and lined ba...

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