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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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133208 (stock #1133f)
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$90.00
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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$55.00
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 #1254231 (stock #2116f)
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$325.00
Wood & Hughes produced two innovative interpretations of "Lily of the Valley," both of which were intricately constructed.

A 10 1/2" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz., ice cream (some sources would suggest fish) server, this c. 1870 example features three leaves at the end of the handle with raised blossoms on them. The stem is a narrow square and has two angular leaves and a central floral stalk at the join with the server...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1204475 (stock #1697f)
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$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 : 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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1246992 (stock #2043f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Located in Newark, New Jersey, sources cite dates of 1907-c. 1958 for the William B...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246529 (stock #2040f)
Old Friends
$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 : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1233227 (stock #1925f)
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$55.00
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 #1252758 (stock #2101f)
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$135.00
Referred to both in the singular and plural, that is "Rose and Scroll" and "Roses and Scrolls," this Whiting pattern dates circa 1890.

This was a transition time between design modes and this shows both Aesthetic and Art Nouveau influences. The form is asymmetrical and rather exotic suggesting the former, while the expressive, unrestrained elements in the portraiture suggest the latter.

This piece is a large, 9" long, 2.3 T. oz., possibly salad or vegetable serving spoon.

It has a l...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1216158 (stock #1797f)
Old Friends
$235.00
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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$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 : 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 #1254107 (stock #2115f)
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Measuring 8" long and weighing a substantial 1.7 T. oz., this c. 1890, Aesthetic mode, knife is variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast piece.

Referenced as "Number 22," it is flat, with a rounded, Old English style handle, and a blunt end blade.

It is distinguished by the engraved, leafy vine design on the satin matte finish handle. This incorporates a single blossom and an alighting butterfly. The vine elements have a yellow gold surface, while the butterfly is copper-co...

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 ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1222445 (stock #1844f)
Old Friends
$60.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1190293 (stock #1579f)
Old Friends
$75.00
An especially choice example of Whiting's popular "Lily of the Valley," this bon bon or nut spoon measures 4 1/2" long, has a bowl that is 2" wide, and weighs almost .6 T. oz. The reticulated bowl has scalloped edges and a satin matte finish on the front and back sides. It is without a monogram or removal. As suggested, this is in mint condition. There is no polishing wear, the pattern detail remains crisp and well-defined, and the finish is lustrous. Marks are the Whiting emblem, the word ...
 
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