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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1362779 (stock #3186f)
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Stamped with pattern number, "15923A," the design on this large, 5" long by 2 3/8" wide, master salt cellar, aka trencher, dates from 1903.

The date is consistent with the style of the piece, which reflects the Colonial Revival/Adamesque sensibilities that came into their own during the first decades of the 20th century.

The approximately 2.0 T. oz., sterling silver body is oval, with reticulated sides that have beaded band margins and solid, cee scroll handles. It sits on two ball feet...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1362684 (stock #3185f)
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A large piece, measuring 8 3/4" overall, and weighing a substantial 3.1 T. oz., this berry or serving spoon has a generously sized 3 1/2" long, 2 3/4" wide, by 3/4" deep, bowl.

The pattern, "Violet," by Whiting, was well-received in its time, and remains one of the most well-regarded Art Nouveau floral designs of its early 20th century period.

The portraiture conveys the relaxed, almost languid, feeling that characterizes the Art Nouveau style.

Subtle features, such as the shape of t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1362622 (stock #3184f)
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$46.00
A prominent Syracuse, NY, firm, Hotchkiss and Schreuder operated under various names from the mid to late 1800s. The "H&S" mark imprinted on the blade of this 7" long, relatively weighty at approximately 1.2 T. oz., coin silver master butter knife was used 1864-71 according to an entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

The pattern name is "Unique."

The scalloped edge blade with fancy engraving is set at a right angle to the handle and is joined to it with a ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1362553 (stock #3183f)
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$45.00
The maker of this 6 3/16" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., spoon was perhaps best known for his partnership with Francis W. Cooper, himself a renowned producer of mid 19th century ecclesiastical silver.

Stamped "R. Fisher Jr." for Richard, it also carries his working address, "331 Broadway, N.Y.," and is a scarce example of his individual work.

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with a relatively short and deep shell bowl, with a broad end and a strong taper to the heel. The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1362490 (stock #3182f)
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Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing .8 T. oz., this two-tine piece is a medium sized cold meat, aka cold cut, fork.

The pattern is "Acorn," which is one of Georg Jensen's defining designs.

Emblematic of the Danish Modern mode, it features a stylized acorn set at the tip of the columnar handle.

This is an exquisite example, showing no wear whatsoever, with even, pointed tines, and a brilliant finish.

Marks are "Georg Jensen" set within a circle of dots, used since 1945, "Sterling,"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362437 (stock #3181f)
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$75.00
Retailed by Tiffany, this lengthy, 7 7/8", and weighty at 1.6 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife dates prior to 1868.

A "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," design, it was made by New York City's Henry Hebbard, who with his contemporary and sometime partner John Polhamus, was one of Tiffany's major suppliers in the 1850s and 60s.

Hebbard's "star, H, anchor" pseudo hallmark appears on the reverse, along with "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling."

It is engraved "EAS" in a delicate sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362159 (stock #3180f)
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$55.00
Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat 1885," this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork once belonged to "Gladys," whose name is engraved in script on the backside.

The pattern is "St. Cloud," one of the outstandingly successful designs produced by Antoine Heller in his long and consequential career with Gorham.

It is in very good condition. The dense leaf and shell motif remains well-defined, showing minimal polishing wear. The tines remain straigh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1362095 (stock #3179f)
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At 6 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., this piece is marked for London, 1775-76, sterling, and maker "John Lambe."

It has an "Old English" handle, i.e. down turned, round end, with a tipt back, and a long drop on the bowl.

Well-made and without a monogram or inscription, it is in very good condition. The marks are clear, the bowl is free of dents or tip wear, and the finish is soft and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1362094 (stock #3178f)
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Of a singular design, this 9 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., c. 1900, olive or pickle fork is marked "Geo. C. Shreve & Co." and "Sterling."

This premier San Francisco firm was known for its Arts & Crafts designs, and this essentially falls within that category.

It has a solid, four sided handle that is joined by a ball at the lower end to the two tine fork.

The tines are lengthy at 2", slender, and finished in a gold wash.

Apart from a slight bit of waviness in one tine, there is no visibl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362024 (stock #3177f)
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$70.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Antique Tip" has a notched, pointed end, handle with a diamond-shaped drop flanked by two scrolls. In their entirety, the design elements resemble a fleur-de-lis.

This example is 9" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., (probably berry) serving spoon. The plum-shaped bowl is elongated, relatively narrow, and has a lip edge. It is finished in a satin matte gold wash front and back sides.

The otherwise plain handle has an embellished leaf script "P" monogram.

I...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1361870 (stock #3176f)
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$48.00
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Measuring 5 7/8" long, this teaspoon is weighty at just under 1.0 T. oz.

It was made by Unger Brothers whose entwined "UB" surrounded by "Sterling" and "925 Fine" mark appears on the backside.

The pattern is "Secret of the Flowers," dating from 1904. It is one of Unger's several near legendary, female figure, Art Nouveau designs issued in the one year.

It is without a monogram or removal and in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, without polishing wear. The b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1361823 (stock #3175f)
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$90.00
Price for the set of six.
These six matching lemonade or iced tea sipping straws are 8 1/4" long each, while the group weighs approximately 2.4 T. oz.

They were made by Watson, whose "crown, W, lion" mark (used 1910 forward) and the word "Sterling" are stamped near the upper ball ends.

Much of this sort of thing was produced by notions manufacturers whose quality does not match these made by a major silver firm.

The bowls are heart-shaped, with the lower portion of the tubes where they are attached angled dow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361775 (stock #3174f)
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Stamped with a "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham, "Sterling," the model number "465," and a date symbol for 1892, this item measures 6 3/8" long and weighs 1.1 T. oz.

Identified in company catalogs of the period (see image 2) as a "bread" fork, it is commonly identified today for toast, all of which is a small distinction.

The piece is hollow, with an elaborate scroll design that is the same on both sides of the handle and three, one straight and two curved, tines.

Without a monogram or r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1361703 (stock #3173f)
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$95.00
A substantial piece, this inkwell has a 3" square by 2" tall glass base. This is plain walled with diamond cut beveled edges.

The top is silver mounted, fitted with a 2" collar with a hinged lid that rises to a maximum height of 1 3/4".

The cap is chased in an acanthus leaf and floral design and has a large, script "ER" monogram set in the upper center.

The rim is stamped "Sterling," "Black, Starr & Frost" (used 1874-1908) for the renowned New York City firm, and with the company's ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361634 (stock #3172f)
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$32.00
A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind.

The design is singular, but characteristi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361592 (stock #3171f)
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$46.00
Measuring 7 5/8" long, this tea or dessert knife is about as large as to be found in this form.

The handle is a "Fiddle Thread," aka "French Thread," pattern, and has a filled core, while the blunt end blade is solid silver.

The entire weight of the piece is 1.7 T. oz.

It was made by William Gale & Son (1853-59), whose "W.G & S" is imprinted on the blade backside.

Both the handle and the blade are extensively engraved in a period design that includes acanthus leaves, trailing leav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361590 (stock #3170f)
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$95.00
While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle.

The handle is slender and elongated, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends to the lower of two...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361501 (stock #3168f)
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$135.00
Price for the pair.
A course during a Victorian era meal, pickles evolved their own complementary forks and knives, often bought bought as a boxed presentation set.

This matched pair in Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," introduced in 1885. It immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again rep...

 
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