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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357781 (stock #3087f)
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$48.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing .8 T. oz., this four tine, sterling silver youth fork was made by Blackinton, whose three part emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The motif portrays "Little Miss Muffet" from the Mother Goose child's nursery rhyme. The figure is etched on the surface of the pointed end handle. She is holding a pie from which several blackbirds are peering out, while there are two other birds flying about her.

The lower portion of the handle reads "...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1357777 (stock #3086f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Price for the set of twelve.
Each of these straws measures 8" long while the group weighs 4.0 T. oz.

They have heart, or spade, shaped stirring ends that are engraved in a leaf and scroll design and stamped "Sterling" on the backsides. The sipping ends have ball or sphere like attachments.

They are in excellent condition, free of bends, breaks, or splits, and have bright finishes. One has a pinprick dimple and that seems to be the only sign of use among the whole set.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1357692 (stock #3085f)
Old Friends
$100.00
A generously proportioned piece, this open salt has a top diameter of 2 7/16", stands 1 5/8" tall, and weighs a robust 2.7 T. oz.

Exceptionally quality, it has three, cast and applied, pad feet, with raised anthemions where they join the body. The splayed rim has a repeating leaf and bead design, while the interior is finished in a bright gold wash.

It is stamped on the underside "Eng'Sterling," which was a term in limited use circa 1870, and below this "925-1000" flanked by an Old Engli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357686 (stock #3084f)
Old Friends
$245.00
While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered as a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an impressively scaled at 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flange shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

The matte surface handle has a rounded end and eleven applied daisies. These are joined by a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357627 (stock #3083f)
Old Friends
$425.00
Price for the set of twelve.
This full set of twelve identical spoons all measure 5 3/4" long and are relatively heavy, with the group weighing 11.0 T. oz., and have the same, Old English "M.F.P." monograms on the reverses.

They are unusual form with narrow, 1 7/8" long by 15/16" at the widest, deep at 3/8", bowls with oval tips and gold finishes both front and back sides.

They are clearly distinct from typical citrus or orange spoons but are likely to be used for eating fruit.

The pattern is Gorham's "St. Cloud...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357581 (stock #3082f)
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Sale Pending
A particularly early piece in the history of California silver, this item is stamped "Braverman & Levy" for the San Francisco firm with dates c. 1856-81, as well as the three part "lion, anchor, G" hallmark of Gorham.

The pattern is Gorham's version of "Olive," first issued in 1865, and given this is coin rather sterling silver, it dates no later than 1868.

It is an 8 5/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., table or place spoon.

It retains excellent pattern detail and has a well-shaped bowl that is f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1357528 (stock #3081f)
Old Friends
$575.00
Dating from 1904 according to the emblem imprinted on the underside, this gravy boat embodies the epitome of design and refinement for which the period was renowned.

It was produced by Gorham, whose capacities as a manufacturer were unexcelled. The firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "340" appear on the underside, along with the above referenced date symbol.

The piece is exceptionally large, measuring 8 1/4" from spout to handle tip and 3 3/4" in diameter. It st...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1357480 (stock #3080f)
Old Friends
$215.00
Price for the set of eight.
Something over 100 years old, these oyster or seafood cocktail forks are stamped "S. Kirk & Son Co." and "925/1000" which was a mark used 1896-1914 (Rainwater, "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers").

Each piece measures 5 3/8" long and has a script monogram that appears to be "GEHA" on an otherwise plain backside. They are relatively heavy, weighing 6.7 T. oz. the group.

All the pieces are in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having fine finishes. The tines r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357375 (stock #3079f)
Old Friends
$125.00
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 1910 item #1357327 (stock #3078f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Replete with imagery, "Florentine" is one of the most intricate designs Gorham produced in the early 20th century.

It features the figure of a bearded man at the handle terminus, a pedestal urn laden with fruit midway up the handle, and an array of other fruit and acanthus leaf elements overall.

This example is a 9" long, very heavy at 4.3 T. oz., berry spoon.

The bowl is large, 3 5/8" long by 2 7/8" at the widest, has decorated flange shoulders, and retains traces of an original gol...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357276 (stock #3077f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Price for the set of four.
Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Oliver Gerrish established himself as an able silversmith and jeweler in not far distant in Portland, Maine.

These four, matching, generously sized, 6 1/8" long, 2.5 T. oz. the lot, teaspoons bear his mark and have a second provenance in the inscriptions on the backsides, which read, "J.S. Pote" in script.

They are in choice condition, showing no wear and having bright finishes. The pointed tip bowls remained well-shaped and are free of dents, burrs, o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357231 (stock #3076f)
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Lengthy at 6 1/16" long each, and significant weight at 3.4 T. oz. combined, each of these four, matching teaspoons has an Old English "A" monogram on the handle reverse.

They are all stamped "F.A. Durgin St. Louis" and "Sterling."

The pattern is "Medallion," dating circa 1864 according to Soeffing in his benchmark work on this motif produced by many makers in the period. Soeffing also indicates F.A. Durgin's line was made to a coin standard, but these pieces are evidence it was produce...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1357189 (stock #3075f)
Old Friends
$120.00
A large piece measuring 1 3/4" in diameter, 1 1/4" high, and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is stamped "Stieff," "Sterling," and with a date symbol for "1922" on the inside edge.

The pattern is "Rose," introduced in 1892, and which is a hallmark repousse design for this company and for Baltimore silver in general.

This is the open shield variant of the line, which in this instance is engraved "Suzanne" in script.

The high relief chased work encompasses the entire band and is ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1357140 (stock #3074f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Featuring a finely rendered portraiture of a Native American in a squatting position, this souvenir item is unusual in that it is a citrus spoon rather than the typical teaspoon.

Made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the backside, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd. For," it measures 6" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

The piece is well-crafted, with a sculptural quality to the detailed, high relief, imagery that includes a box turtle at the join between the handle and bowl and the word "...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357069 (stock #3073f)
Old Friends
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Sale Pending
An original item, this regular or place knife measures 8 7/8" long. It has a hollow handle marked "Sterling" on the collar, and a a 5" by 13/16" blunt end silverplate blade that is stamped with the Wallace "RW deer head S" emblem.

The pattern is "Violet," probably the most popular of several Art Nouveau florals the company produced in the early 20th century.

It has never been monogrammed and is in superb estate condition. The handle is without dents, nicks, or splits, and retains sharp...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1356997 (stock #3072f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Gorham's "Grecian" was an early line pattern in the history of that company, patented in 1861, as indicated by the stamp on the reverse of this 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon.

Other marks include a "lion, anchor, G," and the name of the retailer, Baltimore's "Geo. Webb & Co."

The design incorporates a large, fan-like, anthemion end attached to a tubular handle. The backside of the anthemion is plain with a leafy border, and never monogrammed.

The bowl is melon fo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1356946 (stock #3071f)
Old Friends
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Sale Pending
This pie or pastry server measures 8 7/8" long and has a blade that is 4 1/2" by 2 1/2" at the widest. Although it weighs just over 1.5 T. oz., it has a light feel.

It is stamped "J.R. Connell" and "coin" on the handle backside. Likely the retailer, Connell does not readily show up in references, although Catherine Hollan's "Philadelphia Silver" has an entry for "John Connell," listed as a merchant, no mark shown.

The handle is a "Reverse Tipt" with an engraved front. The design is ea...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1356943 (stock #3070f)
Old Friends
$565.00
Price for the pair as a set.
This salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing.

Made by George Sharp of Philadelphia, they are stamped with his "lion, S, lion" emblem, as well as "Tiffany & Co.," who would have retailed this pair about the mid 1860s. Presumably they are sterling rather than coin silver, given that Tiffany early on required this.

They are exceptionally large items, with the fork measuring 10 3/4" long and weighin...

 
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