American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1800 item #1311689 (stock #2487f)
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Large, this pair of tongs measure 6 3/8" long and weigh 1.5 T. oz. They are 1" wide at the arch and 3/4" at the widest on each leg.

They are formed plain band legs that taper as they lead to acorn-like grips. The legs have bright cutting and wriggle work that continues around the arch. The arch retains traces of an original feathered script monogram that has mostly been polished smooth.

The maker's mark is an "I.W." with a serrated border...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311614 (stock #2486f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Tiffany's "Renaissance" features a draped female figure placed atop a pedestal festooned with flowers and fruit.

Two cherubic faces flank the female on the upper left and right, while the remainder of the design continues the fruit motif interspersed with a repeating egg and dart border variant.

This piece is a 7 5/8" long, just under 2.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a grey, i.e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1311492 (stock #2485f)
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Measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this serving fork is marked "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the Philadelphia firm, and "925" for sterling.

The style suggests a dating c. 1870, just about the time that the coin standard was being replaced by sterling.

The pattern is a "French Thread with a finely rendered, feathered script "EDM" monogram.

The serving end has four splayed tines, a cupped heel area, and scalloped shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1311400 (stock #2484f)
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A lengthy 12 1/4", and heavy at just over 5.8 T. oz., this platter, stuffing, or basting spoon has English origins.

Touch marks include a "lion" for sterling, "crowned leopard head" for London, "b" for the year, and a "bust" duty mark. The maker's stamp is some rubbed but is either "CS" or "GS," which suggests several options.

It is a "Kings" pattern set on both sides of the down-turned handle. It is without a monogram, crest, or inscription, or removal of same...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1311297 (stock #2583f)
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Marked "Wollenweber" and "800" followed by a crown and crescent, these twelve forks were made in Germany, likely just before the turn of the 20th century.

Wollenweber is an important name in German silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311172 (stock #2582f)
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An extravagant design, Gorham's "Paris" portrays an array of emblematic imagery.

These include figures such as a standing woman with an arc of stars around her head and a banner reading "Genovepha Parisis," and a pair of cherubs flanking the top front of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1311082 (stock #2581f)
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These four, identical, spoons each measure 4 3/8" long while the group weighs 1.0 T. oz.

Broadly coffee spoons, they are larger than demitasse and frequently identified as "four o'clocks," and were made by Porter Blanchard, which is a storied name in 20th century California silversmithing. His name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of the handles.

The pattern is an "Old English" with a reverse tipt, downturned end...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1310978 (stock #2580f)
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Hester Bateman, whose script "HB" mark appears on this piece, was the widowed matriarch of an extended family of London crafters whose name is imprinted in the history of British silversmithing...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1310890 (stock #2579f)
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Impressively scaled, perhaps even immensely so, this napkin ring stands 1 7/8" tall, has a 2" diameter, and is very heavy at nearly 2.3 T. oz.

It was made in the early 1900s by San Francisco's Shreve & Co., whose name is stamped on the inside rim, along with the word "Sterling."

It has irregularly shaped borders that have applied bands of cascading rose blossoms, wild and cultivated. These are densely arrayed and set in high relief resulting in a three dimensional portraiture.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310772 (stock #2578f)
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Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company became its own manufacturer was also the firm's namesake line, i.e. "Tiffany." It was later reissued with very slight design modifications under the name "Beekman," and is more generally recognized as that today.

This example is an early production piece, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m."

It is a 6 5/8" long salad fork, and, as became a benchmark with Tiffany silver, is heavy, weighing nearly 1...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310666 (stock #2577f)
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Dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this generously sized, 7 7/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver master butter knife is stamped "R & W. Wilson," for the Philadelphia partnership of Robert and William.

It is a choice example in a "Kings" pattern. The blade is finely engraved in a bright cut and wriggle work grape cluster, leaf and vine design and has a beveled lower edge. The backside is plain save for the mark.

It is in exceptionally fine condition, showing vir...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1310577 (stock #2576f)
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This 4 3/4" long, .6 T. oz., spoon or ladle has an early, raised lettering, mark used by Georg Jensen 1915-27.

The pattern ins "No. 41," which has a curled over handle ending in a series of graduated beads. Given Jensen's penchant for portraying stylized natural forms, this design may represent some floral element. There are two slightly pinched, crossbar areas on the handle, which itself widens toward the bowl.

The bowl is cut leaf shape, with a slight lip around the margin, and a blo...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1950 item #1310406 (stock #2574f)
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Noted for his "good, modernist designs," largely in hollowware, Juvento Lopez Reyes also had an eye for flatware composition based on the appeal of this fork and spoon pair. Biographical material dates his birth as 1915 and the establishment of his shop to 1915, so he lived and worked in a period when Mexican silver work was coming into its own.

These two companion items are to a very large scale and exceptionally heavy. The fork measures 9" long and weighs almost 4.8 T. oz. The spoon is 9...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
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An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
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Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1310064 (stock #2570f)
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In his work "Silversmiths of Virginia," author George Cutten provides extensive individual biographical material about John Victor and Jehu Williams, Sr. as well as a separate entry about their partnership. He states, referencing the years of their operation, 1814-45, that "during those years they were the outstanding jewelers and silversmiths in that part of the country, and evidently quite early did work for other similar craftsmen."

This 5 3/8" long, just over .5 T. oz., coffee or tea sp...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1309907 (stock #2569f)
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One of the most imaginative of Tiffany's full line designs, and fully Aesthetic in sensibility, "Lap-Over-Edge" was offered in plain, acid etched, and applied variants. The non-plain pieces incorporated an extensive array of motifs, including insects, animals, and sea life.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has an acid etched surface that portrays two birds and a portion of a third, all sitting on branches. The backside has the rippled border that gives t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1309762 (stock #2567f)
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Lengthy at 7 7/8" overall, and weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife is a substantially scaled example of the form.

It is stamped "S.H. Johnson" for the early 1860s New York firm which had a short life before becoming the generally better known Kidney, Cann, & Johnson. There is also a three part, "bust, SHJ in a lozenge, lion" pseudo hallmark which is a second identifier of the company.

The flat, oval, handle is bright cut with wriggle work detailing. T...

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