American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1308294 (stock #2958f)
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One of the stand out Art Nouveau floral designs produced early in the 20th century, Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs" has proven enduringly popular.

This example is a 5 3/8" long, relatively substantial weight .7 T. oz., seafood or oyster cocktail fork.

The portraiture is iris, with a large, intricately designed, high relief blossom set at the midpoint of the front of the handle, with a second bloom lanquidly draped around the top of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1308220 (stock #2957f)
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$28.00
A firm with a long history in Albany, New York, through several antecedents, Mulford & Wendell began operation under this name c. 1843.

This example of their work is a 5 15/16" long, just over .7 T. oz., youth fork.

The pattern is "Prince Albert" which while often thought of as originated by Michael Gibney, was produced and/or marketed by a number of makers in this period.

Monogrammed "J.J.D." in Old English script set sideways on the handle, it is in flawless condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1308096 (stock #2956f)
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This piece is reflective of a style of that especially popular in the 1860s.

It is a large and sturdy cheese scoop, measuring 9 3/8" long, and weighing nearly 2.1 T. oz. The central portion of the shank is twisted, while the end is a broad and flat, notched disk. The surface is extensively engraved and has an area that is engine turned. This surrounds a central reserve that is engraved with an Old English "W.F." monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1308011 (stock #2955f)
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$48.00
An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American interpretations of a motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief. It stands in distinction to D&H's first version of "King(s)" by being more intricate and formal, as well as noticeably heavier.

These features are all embodied in this 4 5/8" long, weighty at 1.0 T. oz., nut spoon or bon bon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307909 (stock #2954f)
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Tiffany's "Olympian" is a legendary pattern among 19th century flatware. Patented in 1878, and so marked on the backside, it quickly became a flagship line for the company, and was never really supplanted by subsequent offerings.

The themes vary from piece to piece, but always portray intricately detailed scenes of mythological figures engaged in various activities.

This example is a 6" long teaspoon. Consistent with the line, it is heavy at 1.3 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1307841 (stock #2953f)
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$45.00
While not a documented pattern and not commonly, Wood & Hughes' "Grape" is one of the most expressive of such designs produced in the third quarter of the 19th century.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar spoon with a large, shell bowl.

It features intricately rendered grape clusters and leaves, with additional acanthus leaf detailing on the top and sides of the handle. The lower portion of the handle portrays stylized crossed vines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307758 (stock #2952f)
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Arguably the standard bearer design of the overlapping Renaissance Revival and Moorish styles popular in the 1870s, Whiting's "Arabesque" features a strident griffin figure set sideways along the handle. This figure is surrounded by design elements typical of generic arabesque decoration.

This salad serving fork and spoon pair are extraordinary examples of the line.

The scale is immense, with the fork measuring 12 1/8" long and the spoon 12"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307701 (stock #2951f)
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$38.00
Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding, early 19th century, Art Nouveau pattern. As the name implies, the imagery is inset in the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece. The flower on this 7 1/4" long place or dessert spoon is identified as a "petunia."

Following after...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1307634 (stock #2950f)
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An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Old French was a well-received pattern that remains popular today. The simplicity of the lined border, slightly bulbous design provided a visual respite to the flourish of Art Nouveau style dominant in the period, as well as the congestion of some immediately preceding-in-time Victorian forms.

This example is a 6 3/4" long fruit knife. It is an original item, factory made and original issue.

It has a sterling silver hollow handle attached to a bl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1307561 (stock #2549f)
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Standing 1 5/8" tall, with a diameter of 1 11/16", and weighing just under .7 T. oz., this is a generously sized napkin ring.

Inscribed M.H.W., Mar. 18, '05" in an elegant script, the aesthetic style floral and fern engraving on a satin matte surface with knurled banding suggest the piece actually predates the inscription by as much as twenty years.

The central band is offset by two troughs which are in turn bordered by imprinted repeating star designs with rolled edges.

Marked on th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307436 (stock #2548f)
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A multi-motif line, Gorham's "Piper" features various youthful characters engaged in childhood activities.

This example is a 5 11/16" long, .9 T. oz., youth spoon.

The image is of a boy carrying a bundle of books and what appears to be a large tablet under his arm. The backdrop looks in the manner of a European low country village street scene, which would be consistent with the boy's garb.

The degree of detail in the imagery is remarkable. The texture of the clouds and skies are sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1307357 (stock #2547f)
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This sterling silver bowl measures 13" end to end, which is long in relationship to its 7 3/8" width.

The splayed and undulating walls are 2" maximum height at either end and 1 1/4" tall at the highest points on the sides. It weighs 9.2 T. oz., which is moderately light for its size.

The pattern is "Fourteenth Century" by Shreve & Co., which name is stamped on the underside, along with the words "San Francisco" and "Sterling."

Characteristic of the pattern, it has an applied, Mediev...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1307273 (stock #2546f)
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This 7 1/2" long, heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife features two grape and leaf clusters set against a ground that is very similar to "Le Cordon."

"Le Cordon" is a pattern identified with Whiting, although it was not originated by that firm. One online source also assigns this "Grape" design to Whiting, but in fact and again, it traces to another source, having originally been patented by Michael Gibney of New York City. An unpublished reference notes that this pattern frequently show...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1307204 (stock #2545f)
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$70.00
Jenkins & Jenkins was the 1908 successor firm to Jacobi & Jenkins, and was itself absorbed by Schofield about 1915.

This novel desk item, a stamp or letter moistener, carries the company name, the words "Sterling 925/1000 Fine," and "Baltimore."

It measures 4" overall and weighs a relatively hefty .9 T. oz., which includes a negligible amount for the sponge tip.

It has a stick-like, flat handle with a rounded end. Both sides have a dense repousse pattern typical of Baltimore silver....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307089 (stock #2544f)
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$110.00
The Baltimore Museum of Art reference volume on Maryland Silver lists William Brown working in Baltimore ca. 1810-52.

This pair of 6 1/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tongs carry his mark, "W. Brown," along with the rather unusual identifier "Balt." stamped on the inside of each arm.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." There is a feathered script "JMD" inscribed on the arch. The grips are scallop shell form.

They are in excellent condition. There are n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306994 (stock #2543f)
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This item is a 5 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., sugar sifter. The pattern is Whiting's "Louis XV."

It has a 2" by 1 1/4" by 5/8" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a pale matte gold wash. The shoulders are embellished with the scroll design of the pattern, and there is a small flange around the entire rim.

The handle is inscribed with a cursive "ES" monogram.

It is in excellent condition. Free of polishing wear, the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The finish is bright. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1306899 (stock #2542f)
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$110.00
A substantial piece measuring 8 11/16" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this pea (vegetable) or ice spoon is a rare form in most flatware lines.

The large, pierced bowl is the defining feature of these items, and that is the case with this. Nearly round at 3" back to front and 2 1/2" in diameter, the bowl is 5/8" deep. The piercing is patterned and functional as well as decorative, to aid in draining.

The pattern, "Old Standish," dates from 1901 and reflects the then growing sentiment tow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306819 (stock #2541f)
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Dating from 1870, "Louis XIV" was an early line pattern in Gorham's stable of designs. Knowles produced a near match in its "Emperor" pattern, and George Sharp also offered a third, unnamed kindred design, all indicating this motif had as much appeal in its time as it still exhibits today.

The handle tip is an anthemion form with a shield reserve which in this case has an embellished, Old English "R" monogram. The area below this has raised, line scrolling set against a stippled background....

 
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