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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1382384 (stock #3542f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Price per piece, fourteen available.
Kirk's oldest pattern, "King" remained in production throughout the life of the company.

This example, which is one of fourteen matching pieces all marked with a script "ELS" monogram on the reverse, and stamped "Sterling" and "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.

This and all the companion pieces are in immaculate condition, with clear, sharply-defined pattern detail. The finishes are bright, showing n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1382373 (stock #3541f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Heavy at 2.0 T. oz., this 7" long place fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "m."

The pattern, "Hamilton," dates from 1938, the late Art Deco period.

The thick handle is fiddle shaped with a double lined border, and otherwise plain save for a bit of extra shaping around the shoulders.

Never monogrammed, this is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches, there are no signs of use. The tines remain pointed, straight and even, while the finish has a soft...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1382334 (stock #3540f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Sometimes referred to as a buffet fork, this 10" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., six tine server is a beef serving fork.

The pattern is "Williamsburg Shell" which was a reproduction flatware line produced by Stieff for sale through Colonial Williamsburg, the design of which was inspired by period items in the museum's collection.

It is an "Old English" pattern with a raised shell added to the tipt end of the slender, elongated, handle. A second shell appears on backside heel of the serving end.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1382249 (stock #3539f)
Old Friends
$85.00
An early and original example of Towle's "Old Newbury" introduced at the turn of the 20th century, this all silver tomato server measures 7 1/2" long, and consistent with the line, is heavy at 2.2 T. oz.

A clean design, the pattern features a beaded edge handle with scroll and stylized shell details at either end.

There is an Old English "S" engraved on the front.

The blade is large and elaborate. It has raised and scalloped edges and a sawtooth front edge, while the surface is reticula...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1382161 (stock #3538f)
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References indicate that famed Danish designer Johan Rohde, an early and primary collaborator with silversmith Georg Jensen, developed the pattern on this 8 7/8" long, heavy at nearly 2.6 T. oz., solid sterling silver pie or pastry server.

Named "Acanthus" aka "Dronning," it features a stylized scrolling leaf form at the handle terminus. This rests on a tiered, beaded bottom, base. There is a midline running the length of the columnar handle, and additional scroll detailing at the juncture wi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382110 (stock #3537f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Julius Hollister, whose name along with the words "Pure Coin" appears on the backside of this 5 3/4" long, .6 T. oz., fork, began working in Hartford, Connecticut in 1841, then relocated to Oswego, New York, with a short time in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

While Hollister was of no particular distinction, this pickle or early pastry fork is an unusual form in that it has four tines, the lowest one of which is widened. Most examples of such mid 19th century pieces have three tines.

The tines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382054 (stock #3536f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Issued in 1891, Dominick & Haff's "Cupid" features a winged cherub's face with a collar or series of rays surrounding the lower portion of the figure. While always a cupid, there is variation in the portrait from piece to piece.

Overall the pattern is rococo in style, featuring a series of scrolls and leafy elements arrayed in an asymmetrical manner.

This example is a 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz. bon bon or nut spoon with an open work, scalloped edge, bowl.

Never monogrammed, it is in excell...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1381973 (stock #3535f)
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Dating from the mid 19th century, and tracing to the American Midwest, this 7 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., master butter knife shows exceptional refinement.

The blade and handle both have sculpted margins and are set at a right angle to one another. The stem of the handle is narrow and blocky, while the blade is thick where it joins the handle. This lends the piece strength at a stress point, and adds an architectural design component.

Both sides of the blade are engraved in a matching, delicate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1381899 (stock #3534f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Classically French in style, as befits its name, "Du Barry" aka "Madame Du Barry," this sculptural design was issued by Durgin in 1901.

The motif is dominated by laurel and other leaves arranged in sprays, clusters, and wreaths, all surmounted with a scroll handle terminus.

The pattern is high relief and substantial, as evidenced by the 2.0 T. oz. weight of this 7 5/8" long, chipped beef fork.

The serving end has four, lengthy, splayed, tines, shaped shoulders, repeats the pattern theme...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381740 (stock #3532f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a rais...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381687 (stock #3531f)
Old Friends
$40.00
This 7 3/8" long, T. oz., 1840s, "Reverse Tipt" 1.0 T. oz., dessert or place spoon tells a story that such items rarely do.

Firstly, the extensive inscriptions offer a lot to the genealogist.

The front of the handle reads "Sarah Aurora Dauchy" while the reverse is inscribed in similar script, "From her grandmother A. Mead."

Probing for the specifics about the lives of these persons is aided by the fact that both the retailer and manufacturer are located in New York's Hudson River Valley...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381511 (stock #3528f)
Old Friends
$925.00
Price for the pair.
A truly spectacular pattern, Tiffany's "Olympian" features a series of seventeen different classical themes portrayed in intricate detail on the handles of the various pieces in the line.

The motif on this matched, 10" long, 4.5 T. oz., salad serving fork and 9 3/4" long, 4.2 T. oz., spoon is identified in William Hood's Tiffany Silver Flatware as "Paris, the son of Priam, King of Troy, presenting to Venus the golden apple, he having been called upon by Juno, Minerva and Venus to adju...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1381443 (stock #3527f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Large at 7 7/8" long and weighty at 1.4 T. oz., this master butter knife is solid sterling silver.

The pattern is Gorham's "Fleury," which is a floral design very reminiscent of that company's "Buttercup," although the flowers in this instance appear to be wild rose, and in that regard, there is a close parallel with Watson's "Meadow Rose."

All these patterns date from the first decade of the 20th century and show the expressiveness of the Art Nouveau style that was popular in the period. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381439 (stock #3526f)
Old Friends
$335.00
A form particularly popular with English silver makers, asparagus servers also found expression among American manufacturers in the second half of the 19th century.

This particular pair are stamped "Ford & Tupper" and "Sterling," and are in the form of large tongs.

A firm associated with high quality silver, Ford & Tupper operated under this partnership name 1867-74; there is considerable question about whether it was a retailer exclusively or also a manufacturer. In the Encyclopedia ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1381347 (stock #3525f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 5 1/2" long, these spoons are 5 o'clock size, slightly smaller than a full size teaspoon.

Slender and delicate, with the six weighing 2.9 T. oz., the pattern is "Martha Washington Star" by Frank Smith, dating 1927.

A "Pointed Antique" design, the handle surfaces are gently rounded and have satin finishes that are bright cut in an abstract star burst or starfish motif.

Each piece is lightly engraved in a flowing script "MG" monogram that is an enhancement to the overall design....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1381276 (stock #3524f)
Old Friends
$285.00
In her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, author Dorothy Rainwater notes of George C. Shreve & Company, the maker of this large, 3 3/16" high to the rim, 3 3/8" top diameter, 4.9 T. oz., mug, that "Until that 1880s the firm focused on retailing," but that "silversmithing began in 1883."

She also indicates that the "bee in a shield" emblem imprinted on the underside of this, along with the company name, "San Francisco," and "Sterling," was not used after 1894, all of which s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1381191 (stock #3523f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Standing 5" tall and 4" maximum diameter, this syrup jug is an especially fine item produced by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "119," and a year symbol that is difficult to discern, are all imprinted on the lower edge of the fitted all silver top.

Dating circa 1900, the body is panel cut with a ground base, high quality, glass.

The fitted top has a wide collar, with a broad spout, hinged lid, and a solid, cast thumb grip.

It is in superb condi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381025 (stock #3522f)
Old Friends
$68.00
This "leaf" design, often identified as "Josephine" because of Gorham's use of that name for its variant, was produced by several mid 19th makers with slight variation among them.

This example, a full size dinner fork measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz., was made by Henry Hebbard, as indicated by the "H.H. & Co. Patent 1855" stamped on the reverse, along with the retailer's name "Robert Rait," both mid 19th century New York City firms.

This is inscribed "M.Walker." set sid...

 
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