American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282934 (stock #2349f)
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$55.00
Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this preserve spoon was made by Wallace whose "RW&S with deer head" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Violet," one of several Art Nouveau floral designs Wallace produced early in the 20th century. It is an expressive, true to life portraiture, with the design carrying into the matte finish, gold washed bowl.

There is a script "MKW" monogram.

It is in impeccable condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1282833 (stock #2348f)
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$325.00
These four, matching save for size, drinking vessels are designed to fit one inside the other. They all are plain sided with curved bases and splayed tops with triple lined rims.

The largest is about the size of an American julep cup and stands 3" high and has a top diameter of 3 1/8". The smallest is 2 7/8" high and 2 7/8" in diameter. They have substantial heft, with the group weighing 13.3 T. oz., ranging from 3.6 T. oz. to 3.0 T. oz., largest to smallest...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1282686 (stock #2347f)
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Dating c. 1860, this 7 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., cheese knife bespeaks the tastes of its period.

The handle has a twist stem with a broad, flat, pointed antique end with notched sides. This is engraved and engine turned and has a shield reserve with an "F.J.M" monogram.

The blade has five curved prongs at the upper end and like the handle, has an engraved and engine turned surface.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the word "Coin." There is no maker's identifier...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282460 (stock #2346f)
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$45.00
An unidentified pattern, this pair of 4 7/8" long tongs are stamped with the Manchester "double eagle and M" emblem and the word "Sterling" on the inside of one grip. They are robust, weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., which is particularly unusual from this company which often produced lightweight products.

The likely Georgian inspired pattern builds upon high relief acanthus leaf element set on double convex surfaces on each arm...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1282287 (stock #2345f)
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$335.00
Rarely found, Gale's "Gothic" is treasured by collectors of mid 19th century pattern flatware.

The name and the design elements are completely convergent and architectural in manner. The handle margins are columnar with central arches extending out from these. This structure in turn supports a quatrefoil, window-like element. The pointed tip of the handle has a leafy edge, and the lower portion an acanthus leaf drop...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282110 (stock #2344f)
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$90.00
Iris was a popular subject in Art Nouveau design around the turn of the 20th century, with numerous silver manufacturers producing interpretations of this theme. Wallace's iris offering is named "Eton" and it stands tall within the cohort of such patterns.

This example is a 7" long, exceptionally heavy at 3.0 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle front features an opulent array of high relief iris blossoms that appear to be in motion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1281969 (stock #2343f)
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$135.00
Dating from c. 1930 and echoing (or perhaps seeking to compete with) the Danish Modern look of Georg Jensen, this 5 3/4" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., ladle was made by Chicago's J.O. Randahl, whose name appears on the backside. Other marks are "Hand Wrought," "Sterling," and the number "189."

The handle has an irregularly shaped margin on the terminus. This frames a three dimensional, decorative floral (perhaps fuchsia) element. The plainness of the lower portion of the handle is broken by tw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1281819 (stock #2342f)
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$35.00
Measuring 6 1/8" from handle tip to the far lip and weighing approximately .8 T. oz., this probably first quarter of the 20th century tea strainer has a large, round bowl that is 2 1/4" in diameter and 1" deep.

It was made by the Webster Co., whose "arrow through WC" mark and the word "Sterling" are stamped on the underside of the handle.

The handle has a cut work pattern vaguely in a "Chippendale" style. The bowl has a flat rim and a radiating, ribbed interior with concentric rings of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1281673 (stock #2341f)
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$265.00
A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit and leaves.

This possibly vegetable, fish, or large salad serving fork is an early example with decorated shoulders as found only on old examples. It is marked with Gorham's "lion, anch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281487 (stock #2340f)
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An example of Tiffany's multi-motif "Vine" pattern, this teaspoon measures 6 1/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.1 T. oz. The specific portraiture is "Gourd."

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. Polishing wear is essentially nil, with all aspects of the design remaining clear and sharply defined. The bowl is well-shaped, free of tip wear, and absent dents, nicks, or burrs. The finish is brilliant, and hand polished only.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281056 (stock #2337f)
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$245.00
"Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance a feathered script "R.S.G." monogram.

The piece is a 9" long ice spoon. It is an extra heavy version weighing 4.4 T. oz., and was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," whose name is stamped on the backside. Other marks are the Durgin "D" and the word "Sterling."

The elegant bowl has scalloped edges, a pierced interior, and is finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280899 (stock #2336f)
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This late 19th century, 6 3/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., non-standard pattern, sugar or preserve spoon was made by Whiting whose lion emblem, the word "Sterling," the number "18," and letter "A" is imprinted on the backside. It is also stamped with the name of Worcester, Massachusetts jeweler "Clark & Sawyer Co." (1866-1904).

It is a remarkable composite of design and technique. Overall it is in the Aesthetic mode, with a hammered, reverse tipt handle. This has applied grapes on th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1280776 (stock #2335f)
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Made by New York's Albert Coles c. 1860, whose three part pseudo hallmark is stamped on the reverse, this coin silver combined olive spoon and fork measures 9 3/4" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

It has a twist stem with a central disk. The spoon on one end is a modified shell form, while the fork has three trident tines. Both the spoon and fork are gold washed and have delicate engraved detailing, as does the central disk set midway along the handle.

It is without a monogram or removal and ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1280631 (stock #2334f)
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$125.00
This sterling silver souvenir spoon is replete with provenance. It was made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside. The theme is the "Chicago Fire" of 1871, and appropriately enough the retailer was Chicago's "C.D. Peacock" whose name appears alongside the manufacturer's mark and the words "Pat'd. '91."

It is inscribed on the reverse "Jerome Orrell Eddy," "May 12/91," whose birthday was this date. An accomplished man in his own right, th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280511 (stock #2333f)
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Singular in both design and form, this 10 1/8" long, 2.5 T. oz., ice cream server was made by New York's John Wendt.

The pattern, "Moresque," dates from 1873 and represents the epitome of the broad band of Islamic and Renaissance Revival designs from that period that include Whiting's "Arabesque," Tiffany's "Persian," and Gorham's "Raphael" and "Byzantine," among others.

Curiously, "Moresque" has four variants, and possibly more permutations. The handle is sometimes upturned and sometim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1280276 (stock #2331f)
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$285.00
Measuring a lengthy 12" overall and weighing a robust 6.4 T. oz., this item is a full-sized soup ladle.

It is an early piece of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the words "Sterling" and "Patent 1900," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." It also has decorated, flanged shoulders; later examples have plain shoulders.

There is a delicate script monogram that appears to be "MFC" on the handle front.

It is in superb cond...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280148 (stock #2330f)
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$265.00
This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure.

Originated by New York's Henry Hebbard (and later a line pattern with Whiting), this example was retailed Tiffany & Co., as identified on the back side. It is also stamped "H.H. Patent [1]862."

Consistent with Tiffany's requirement, this is to a sterling (as marked) standard rather than the then more prevalent coin.

Again consistent with Tiffany's requirements, it is a finely c...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280018 (stock #2329f)
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$38.00
Measuring 8 5/16" long, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece although it is essentially the size of today's tablespoon.

It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.

It is in very good condition. There are no mars or da...

 
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