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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285287 (stock #2367f)
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$34.00
A completely clean example, and without a monogram or removal of same, this dessert Spoon in Wood & Hughes "Viola" measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.2 T. oz.

Dating from 1875, it reflects elements of Gothic and Egyptian Revival design.

As stated, it is in immaculate condition, retaining clear pattern detail, a brilliant finish, and a well-shaped bowl free of tip wear, dents, or nicks.

Marks are "WwH" and "Sterling."

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1192545 (stock #1602f)
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$70.00
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 : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1279894 (stock #2328f)
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$65.00
Model number "259," as stamped on the underside, along with "Sterling," and "WwH" for Wood & Hughes, this 5" diameter, 2.4 T. oz. item has a 1" raised and reticulated rim with a rolled edge.

It is perfectly sized to serve as a .75 liter wine or bottle coaster. It has a flat bottom, which is monogrammed "MWC" in a flowing script.

It is in very good condition. The reticulation is free of dents, breaks, or bends. The finish is lustrous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299055 (stock #2476f)
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$65.00
"Princeton" was the last line pattern that Wood & Hughes produced. It dates from 1893, two years after a disastrous fire from which the company never fully recovered, and which ultimately caused it to go out of business in 1899. Given its short run, "Princeton" pieces are not readily found.

This example is a 7 15/16" long, 1.9 T. oz., serving fork.

The pattern is rococo in manner, incorporating a variety of design elements asymmetrically arrayed...

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 tea, or possibly youth, spoon 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)
Old Friends
$545.00
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 #1256927 (stock #2144f)
Old Friends
$85.00
In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Celestial" may be the most explicitly Asian inspired in its portraiture given the pagoda-like detailing around the handle end.

Otherwise the design follows after this group of patterns in featuring a bird image set amid a leafy surround. The degree of detail is precise and finely rendered, with all the elements laid upon a stippled ground...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1300608 (stock #2488f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Wood & Hughes thoroughly embraced the classical revival "Medallion" motif that was popular in silver design throughout the 1860s. The company produced numerous variations of it, three of which D. Albert Soeffing identifies in his work, "Silver Medallion Flatware."

The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207713 (stock #1727f)
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$95.00
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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$30.00
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 1900 item #1292611 (stock #2429f)
Old Friends
$60.00
A novel item stamped "Patent No 11774" and with an "O, lion, anchor, queen's head," along with "WV&S," this solid sterling silver item was made in Birmingham, England in 1888 by William Vale & Sons.

A olive or pickle fork, it measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just under .9 T. oz. It is comprised of a central tube which moves within an outer sleeve that has a four tine fork end. The inner element is attached to a fitted cross bar that forms a pusher that slides up and down, enabling it to nud...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1301544 (stock #2496f)
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$135.00
An established silversmith with working dates about 1932-58, Newark's William B. Meyers was particularly known for making silver miniatures.

Apart from this, he was a well-regarded producer of Arts & Crafts items as well as reproduction pieces.

This 2 7/8" tall, 3 1/2" maximum width, 4.8 T. oz. footed bowl falls generally in the later category. The style bespeaks American design from the 1860s. It has a repeating pattern around the 2 5/8" diameter upper rim, and three cast, decorative ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286636 (stock #2379dd)
Old Friends
$385.00
Extravagantly large pieces, Saratoga chip servers are as novel as they are impressive.

This example is 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz. The immense bowl is 4" long by 3 1/2" at the widest, and is intricately pierced as is requisite for this form.

The pattern is "Pompadour," which resembles an embellished "Kings" design with a French flair. This has a delicate "ESP" script monogram on the handle front, while the backside is imprinted with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1202185 (stock #1669f)
Old Friends
$85.00
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 : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
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$85.00
Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked "Krusi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1203126 (stock #1683f)
Old Friends
$295.00
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 1900 item #1300387 (stock #2486f)
Old Friends
$65.00
An elegant pattern as it stands, this 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar sifter (that could also function as a tea strainer) in Whiting's 1885 "No. 1" appears even more refined with its overall, deep, bronze-hued, gold wash.

The handle is open, featuring trellis like borders that are interspersed with trailing posies or similar flower. The mid portion of the handle is demarcated by a single blossom set against a shell, while the area below this has an Aesthetic style scrolling desi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1129063 (stock #1096f)
Old Friends
$265.00
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 products 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 ...

 
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