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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354404 (stock #3021f)
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$200.00
Price for the set of twelve.
Introduced in 1890, "Greenfield" is a multi-motif, scroll design that appears to draw upon Aesthetic sensibilities.

Produced by A. F. Towle & Sons, the pattern was continued in production by its successor company, Lunt.

This rarely found group of twelve, matching, ice cream, or in today's parlance, sorbet, spoons all measure 5 1/4" long and have lightly inscribed "D" monograms on the fronts. Individually they have a somewhat light feel, but the group together actually weighs a substanti...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1354361 (stock #3020f)
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A significant name among early 19th century Philadelphia silversmiths, Edward Lownes (1792-1832) trained with his uncle, Joseph (d. 1820), also a prominent maker.

In her benchmark work, "Philadelphia Silversmiths," Catherine Hollan offers extensive biographical material on both men, and notes that "Yale University Art Gallery has a salver, sugar and creamer, tongs, and spoons by [Edward]; Winterthur Museum has a kettle on stand and a covered (sugar?) bowl." Joseph, who was much longer lived,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1354292 (stock #3019f)
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With a maximum diameter of 5 1/4" and weighing .7 T. oz., this early 20th century, over-the-cup tea strainer has a bowl with an interior span of 1 7/8" and a depth of 3/4".

It is model number "4993" as stamped on the backside of the handle. Other marks are the manufacturer's emblem for Frank Whiting and the word "Sterling."

The handle and 1/4" wide rim of the bowl are in a "Crossed Ribbon" pattern.

The piece is without a monogram or inscription and in flawless estate condition. Pol...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1354262 (stock #3018f)
Old Friends
$70.00
A 7" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., item, this ladle is fully hallmarked for sterling, London, 1793-94, and makers George Smith and William Fearn.

Appropriate to the period, it is "Old English," style, with a downturned, reverse tipt, handle and a thumb drop on the bowl. The front has a feathered script "R" monogram.

The bowl is unusual in that it is a perfectly shaped hemisphere, 2 1/16" in diameter and 3/4" deep.

It is in very good condition, absent any bends, breaks, or cracks, ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1354206 (stock #3017f)
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An iconic 19th century work that ignited the anti-slavery movement in the United States, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" introduced characters and idioms into the American consciousness that remain part of the nation's social vocabulary.

This 5 7/8" long, approximately .9 T. oz., souvenir spoon, incorporates various imagery from the book and its author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose profile commands the top of the handle. The backside shows a facsimile of her signature.

A portrait of "Eva" occupies ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354172 (stock #3016F)
Old Friends
$45.00
A weighty 1.2 T. oz., this spoon measures 6 3/4" long, which is the length of a dessert or oval soup.

Two aspects of it, however, suggest it was a youth spoon.

One is obvious, specifically the engraving in the bowl, which reads, "JEFF Dec. 10. 90," which is likely a birth date.

The second feature is the dual sided gold wash on the bowl. This is an unusual embellishment for a place piece.

The pattern is Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," in this case elderberry, which is portrayed on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354135 (stock #3015f)
Old Friends
$95.00
While hallmarked for Chester, England, with a date letter for 1908-09, this sterling silver tea caddy spoon has dual Scottish associations.

First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.

Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1354080 (stock #3014f)
Old Friends
$485.00
The 1860s saw a proliferation of three dimensional designs that included a ball, sphere, knob, and perhaps scarcest of all, cube form end as found on this very large, 11 1/4" long, 3.5 T. oz., (likely vegetable) serving fork.

Made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who is most associated with this style, and particularly so his "Ball End," it is stamped "Patent 1863," "G.S.," and "Sterling," on one of the facets of the six-sided handle.

The cube is substantial, measuring 3/4" square, and si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354010 (stock #3013f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Introduced by Whiting just after the turn of the 20th century, "King Edward" has remained a sought after pattern in the century plus since.

This 6" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example, marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. Ap.23" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

It is in immaculate estate condition, retaining every bit of its original sharp detail on the shells and acanthus elements of the design. The finish is bright and the...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353963 (stock #3012f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price for the pair.
Dating from the mid 19th century, this matching pair of spoons are early production items from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

A simple but well-executed "Tipt" pattern, they show the modest beginnings of a manufacturer which later produced some of the most elaborate designs of its time.

Each of these measures 8 3/4" long and has a feathered script "MAP" monogram set sideways on the handle. The pair weigh 2.8 T. oz.

They are in very good condition. Free of polishing wear, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1353913 (stock #3011f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Price for the pair.
Early production examples of Reed & Barton's 1907 "Francis I," these two, matching, spoons are marked with the company "eagle, R, lion" emblem and "Sterling," in fine lettering.

Each one is also engraved on the reverse "HEA" in stylized Art Nouveau period script, further confirming their dating.

Measuring 4 1/2" long and relatively heavy, weighing marginally above 1.0 T. oz. the pair, they are the size of large demitasse or small after dinner coffee spoons.

They are in immaculate est...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1353865 (stock #3010f)
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Measuring 5 1/8" in diameter, 3/8" high, and weighing just over 2.8 T. oz., this shallow dish is a wine coaster that is suitable for holding either a 750 or 1500 ml bottle.

It has a 1/2" wide rim that is chased in a repeating acanthus leaf and scroll design.

The sidewall is tiered, while the base is convex, with a concave dip in the center. This is inscribed with a fancy, feathered script "MJK" monogram.

Done in an Art Nouveau style, this suggests a circa 1900 date, which is consis...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353833 (stock #3009f)
Old Friends
$105.00
Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks incl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1353702 (stock #3007f)
Old Friends
$385.00
Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and freedom of expression that characterizes this style mode.

Dating from 1900, this example is a 9 1/4" long salad serving fork. A heavy line, this piece is especially so at 5.5 T. oz.

An early, fully original piece, marked with Durgin's "D" and "Sterling," the quality of this item stands out even within this extraordinary line.

The portraiture is of i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353652 (stock #3006f)
Old Friends
$265.00
This five tine, fish fork is of a scale that reflects its period.

It measures 9 5/8" overall and weighs 3.2 T. oz. The serving area is 4" long by 2 1/4" at the widest.

The pattern, "Corinthian," originated with John Polhamus, whose mark "J.P. Patent [1]868" and "Sterling" appears on the backside. The design was later taken over by George Shiebler.

This particular example was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," as also indicated on the reverse. This dates from just at the cusp of the time ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353527 (stock #3005f)
Old Friends
$34.00
Made and retailed in Albany, New York, circa 1850, this coin silver sugar spoon measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

It has a broad, slightly down turned, "Reverse Tipt" handle and a shell bowl.

There is a fancy script "D W" set sideways on the handle.

It is in superb condition, showing no polishing wear, bends, nicks, or burrs, and having a clean, bright finish.

Marks on the reverse are the Johnson & Godley three part "eage, J&G, lion" emblem and the name of the retailer, "...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1353414 (stock #3004f)
Old Friends
$195.00
A 3" by 2 9/16" oval that stands 3" high to the rim and 3 3/4" to the tip of the finial, this tea caddy weighs a substantial 6.0 T. oz.

It is stamped on the bottom with the words "Sterling" and "Hand Made," along with a "lion."

Plain walled, it has a flat bottom, gadroon top rim, and a gold wash interior finish.

There is a fitted and hinged lid that has a natural or composite pineapple finial with cast silver leaves and knob top.

It is in excellent condition. The body is free of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353349 (stock #3003f)
Old Friends
$42.00
A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., bon bon or nut (almond) scoop.

It has a 2 3/8" wide by 2" deep serving area. This has cupped and scalloped shoulders, a curved front edge, a reticulated surface, and retains slight traces of an original gold wash.

There is a script "CGD" monogram on the handle.

The condition is outstanding. Pattern detail...

 
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