American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297427 (stock #2463f)
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$46.00
If sentiment can be attributed worth, then this 7 3/16" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., youth knife may have an intrinsic value above its peers.

It is engraved "Bennie From Papa 1870" on the backside of the handle. Bennie and Papa are now lost to history, but the affection of one for the other remains with the piece and is a reflection of how artifacts can take on a near spiritual component and thereby transcend the usual metrics of price.

The pattern is "Grecian" by Gorham...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297327 (stock #2462f)
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$48.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing nearly .5 T. oz., this butter pick is a fully authentic item, not made up from another piece.

The pattern is "Violet" by Wallace. It is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau style, floral design produced early in the 20th century.

This has a delicate, feathered script "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition. There is no polishing wear, with all the fine details of the pattern remaining sharp and well-defined...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1297206 (stock #2461f)
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While many 19th century California patterns are derivative of Eastern manufacturers, "Gargoyle" by San Francisco's Vanderslice is fully its own iteration.

It features the pattern namesake image at the tip of the handle integrated with other period design elements. These repeat on the backside of the handle, absent the gargoyle.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., sugar spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1297205 (stock #2460f)
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$18.00
Gorham produced several hammered round end and antique designs (extending back to at least 1880) which can be difficult to distinguish one from another.

This 5 13/16" long, just under .8 T. oz., individual butter spreader appears to be "Covington Hammered" dating from 1914.

A large part of this attribution comes from the blockish, Arts & Crafts style "MIH" monogram, which would fit this date...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1297087 (stock #2459f)
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A well documented silversmith, Jabez Choate Lord was born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1795, and spent his working life in New York City.

This example of his work is an 8 3/4" long tablespoon that just nudges a moderately heavy 2.0 T. oz. It is a sophisticated piece, with a raised shell on the rounded handle end and a thumb drop on the backside heel, and likely dates from the 1820s.

It is without a monogram or removal of same, and is in exceptionally fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297025 (stock #2458f)
Old Friends
$335.00
While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered in a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an large, 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flanged shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

It could have been for crackers, salad, berries, or some other unidentified purpose...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1296915 (stock #2457f)
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Patented in 1894, and so stamped on the reverse, Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance" is an expressive design that stands in its own category.

The pattern features the face of a bearded, Florentine looking, figure. This appears on the front center of the handle and is expanded on the reverse heel of the blade. Other detail elements include scrolls and a stylized shell...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1296796 (stock #2456f)
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$70.00
Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is arguably the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., cream, sauce, or mayonnaise ladle.

It is an authentic, original item, and not one of the many recasts of this pattern. The intricate, high relief, design folds over itself in such a liquid-seeming manner that it belies the fact that the medium is metal.

The bowl h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295760 (stock #2455f)
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$225.00
One of John Polhamus' (NYC) early patterns, "Oriental" was later produced by George Shiebler. This example adds a Tiffany & Co. provenance, as it was retailed by that company, whose name appears on the reverse. Other marks include "J.P. Patent 1855" and "Sterling."

It is a large crumber, aka crumb knife, measuring 10 7/8" long and just touching 3.0 T. oz. The flat blade which characterizes the form, is a 6 1/2" by 2 1/4" oblong with a raised, scalloped edge around three sides. The surfac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295683 (stock #2454f)
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Irish in origin, this 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., tea or dessert fork is fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in good condition. The tines have some tip wear and knife cuts on the backsides. Otherwise there is no evidence o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295529 (stock #2453f)
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$45.00
Measuring 7" long and weighty at nearly 1.5 T. oz., this fork is marked "J.P." for New York's John Polhamus, "Patent 1855," and with the retailer's name, Pittsburgh's "J.B. McFadden & Son." It may be a tea, dessert, or lunch fork.

The pattern is referred to as "Shell," and sometimes "Leaf." The motif was popular in the period, and produced by several manufacturers. This is strongly akin to Gorham's "Josephine," patented in the same year.

There is a fine, feathered script "CMP" monogra...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1295348 (stock #2452f)
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$28.00
Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing just short of .7 T. oz., this sugar spoon likely dates from the 1860s.

It traces to the Boston area, being stamped "Harry Raynes" for the Lowell, Massachusetts retailer. It is also marked "Coin," but is absent a manufacturer's mark. Undoubtedly, though, it was produced in New England.

The handle has a plain, rounded end, a tipt backside, and is engraved in a delicate, stylized flower or grass motif that suggests early Aesthetic influences.

The bo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295190 (stock #2451f)
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$22.00
A period piece made in Boston c. 1860, this solid, coin silver nut pick measures 5" long and is relatively heavy at just over .4 T. oz.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a finely engraved front with detailing that resembles engine turning.

There is an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition, free of any wear or damage. The engraving remains crisp, the upturned, pointed end is without nicks or burrs, and the finish has a warm patina.

Marks are "F&H" flanked by car...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294917 (stock #2449f)
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$105.00
These six teaspoons measures 5 7/8" long per piece, while the group weighs 5.2 T. oz. They are matched, with each one monogrammed "EWC" in script on the handle fronts.

They were made by Frank Smith and retailed by Boston's Rand & Crane.

The pattern is a slight variant of Smith's late 19th century "Shell." It has a pointed tip rather than the standard rounded shape above the shell. Rand & Crane was known for offering quality, often hand-crafted, items, and may have been a manufacturer ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294793 (stock #2448f)
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$40.00
Dating somewhere between the early 1850s and mid 1860s, this 7" long, weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., fork is stamped "Gorham & Co." and "Coin." It likely was a tea or dessert fork, although it could have been a lunch place piece.

The markings are not readily found, and while a standard motif for the period, the "French Thread" pattern was not one that Gorham seemed to produce in significant quantity, so this is a doubly unusual piece.

It is engraved "A.L. Fiske." in very fine script le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
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$165.00
A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1294185 (stock #2443f)
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This presentation set is an example of an otherwise commonplace item elevated to special standing.

The items are a 7 1/2" long fruit knife paired with a matching 6 1/4" long fork. Two features set them apart. First, both pieces have mother of pearl handles. Such pieces are routinely found with silverplate blades and tines, but these are solid sterling. The second distinguishing feature is that the pair are set in a handsome, leather bound, 10 1/2" x 3 1/4", fitted presentation box.

E...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293890 (stock #2440f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak th...

 
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