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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352166 (stock #2981f)
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$45.00
Dating from 1885, Wood & Hughes "Victoria" pattern is essentially a broad "Antique" with a stylized end that seems to take inspiration from the Aesthetic mode popular in the period.

Produced in a plain version, it also had a number of engraved variants, of which this, number "80," is one.

The engraving is particularly engaging, and features three flower blossoms, sunflower or similar, with leafy detail, all set against a satin matte ground.

This example is a full size dinner fork, 7 ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1192545 (stock #1602f)
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$46.00
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, 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.

Otherwise having a plain sur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1204475 (stock #1697f)
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$295.00
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. The central portion of the handle is tubular and is fitted wit...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340690 (stock #2831f)
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$295.00
The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

This is an exceptionally fine example in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1358039 (stock #3092f)
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$235.00
Far larger than most tea balls, this spherical piece measures 2" in diameter and weighs nearly 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, it was made by Wood & Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "41" is imprinted on the inside lip of the lower half.

The design is exceptional, deriving from the intricate reticulation on both the top and bottom halves of the ball.

In addition to apostrophe like cuts, there is a 1/2" wide band on each...

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 #1338081 (stock #2795f)
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$55.00
Not a full flatware line, this singularly designed 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., pickle fork made by Wood & Hughes dates circa 1880.

The pattern is clearly rooted in Aesthetic sensibilities, with a marine theme. There are two shell motifs, one in the heel of the central of three tines, and one at the tip of the handle.

Radiating lines fan out from the broad, angular, handle shoulders, and meet a series of ripples that evoke waves, which probably not without coincidence, resemble Tiffany's "Wa...

All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 1900 item #1340545 (stock #2829f)
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$90.00
A substantial piece, this gravy ladle measures 6 1/2" long, has a gold washed, oval bowl that is 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" by 3/4" deep. It weighs 1.9 T. oz.

The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355235 (stock #3034f)
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$60.00
This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and is weighty at 2.1 T. oz.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source.

Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling.

Export is generally derivative of English design, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1355542 (stock #3046f)
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$45.00
One of a family of silversmiths whose history spanned over two centuries in the towns of Newbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts, William Moulton was born in 1772 and began his career in 1796, according to Flynt & Fales in their "Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver."

Flynt and Fales also note in their entry on him that he has been referred to as the "honest goldsmith" and that he "supplied well-crafted church silver and other vessels."

The style of this example of his work, an 8 5/8"...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1329634 (stock #2690f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Octagonal in shape, this mug is slightly diminutive. It stands 3" to the rim, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed bottom that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It was made by New York City's William Gale, who operated in various partnerships over a long history. This has double marks for one of the associations, "William Gale & Son." One of the stamps includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1358203 (stock #3095f)
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Slightly over 6" long and weighing a scant 1.0 T. oz., this teaspoon has a double provenance.

It is hallmarked for Dublin, Sterling, 1824, and "WC" for maker William Cummins, sometimes spelled Comyns, and an expert maker according to one reference source.

It is also imprinted "Smith & Gamble" who was a manufacturer, but in this instance likely the retailer.

It has a "Tipt End" backside as well as a rattail extending onto the reverse heel of the bowl.

The handle front has a crest ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1346401 (stock #2909f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Measuring 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" and weighing approximately .7 T. oz., this belt buckle dates circa 1900.

It was made by William B. Kerr of Newark, New Jersey. The company emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2448" are imprinted on the backside of the 3/8" wide, slightly curved, band that forms the body of the piece.

The backside is fitted with a pivoting crossbar to which two prongs that reach to the front are attached.

The surface of the band is acid etched in a swirling, leafy, Ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313396 (stock #2502f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Pricing for the pair as a set.
One of numerous twisted handle patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880, this fork and spoon pair have a spiral lower section and a larger, blocky, square twist upper end.

While a salad set, either piece could be used independently.

They are substantially sized items, with the fork measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., and the spoon 9 1/8" long and 2.2 T. oz.

The serving ends shows an Aesthetic influence, with their irregular, scalloped shoulders and rippled bowls. This latter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357375 (stock #3079f)
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As utilitarian as they are whimsical, individual asparagus tongs were high style place pieces introduced in the 19th, and carried over to the 20th, centuries.

This is an original, factory produced, 4 1/4" long, nearly .6 T. oz., example made by Whiting in the "Pompadour" pattern, which is essentially an embellished "Queens" design introduced in 1898.

The design appears on each of the two, upward sloping, arms joined by an arch. The pierced grips are rectangle and slightly curved inward,...

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 : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1350277 (stock #2951f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Evidencing the imaginative design impulses of the Aesthetic mode, this circa 1880 5" diameter, 4.2 T. oz., possibly olive, bowl possesses several outstanding features.

It is double scallop shaped, with undulating walls with a flange rim. There are six smaller lobes with channels that run to the flat bottom base.

The interior retains a portion of its original gold wash finish.

The outside surface is acid etched in a branch, leaf, and flower motif that is both finely rendered and embl...

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...

 
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