American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331234 (stock #2713f)
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This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., ladle is unusual in that the 2 1/4" round bowl has a flat bottom with nearly straight sidewalls, rather than the typical curved or inverted dome interior.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell" for Philadelphia's carriage trade firm, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is a "Kings," "English Kings," in a form that was standard to Caldwell. It conforms to all the conventions of this British inspired design. It has a convex shell on the front and a ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1331163 (stock #2712f)
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By the time this 7" long, relatively weighty at 1.8 T. oz., gravy ladle was manufactured c. 1865, by Albert Coles, the firm was long-established and had honed its capacities as a quality producer.

The refinement of the firm's output shows fully in this relatively simple, but exquisitely finished, item.

The handle is flat, with a graceful curve and essentially chiseled shape on its terminus and borders. The surface is finely engraved in bright cut and wriggle work featuring a dominant an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331089 (stock #2711f)
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$365.00
One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Cinq Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. The companion pattern is "Les Six Fleurs."

This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest. The flowers appear to be orchids and show as an open blossom on the end and midpoint of the handle front, and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330998 (stock #2710f)
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$52.00
A late 19th century Philadelphia partnership, with principals also connected with another Philadelphia firm, Davis & Galt, Hamilton & Diesinger produced numerous, apparently unnamed, flatware patterns.

The quality of the company's work is always to a high standard, and that is the case with this 8 1/8" long, good weight at 1.8 T. oz., serving fork. With four, slender tines, the outer two of which are splayed, it is probably a beef fork.

The pattern is rococo in style, and immensely intr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330926 (stock #2709f)
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$365.00
Stamped "J*P" for mid 19th century New York City manufacturer John Polhamus, "Sterling," and with the retailer's name "Howard & Co.," this serving fork is a first order example of its genre.

It also illustrates the Victorian appreciation for refinement and penchant toward extravagant scale, especially as this sentiment showed itself in biggest center of commerce and arguably the most cosmopolitan American city of the age.

It measures 10 7/8" overall, with a five tine serving end that is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330864 (stock #2708f)
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The Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island is to be distinguished from Howard & Company of New York, both operating in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon.

Presumably named after Napoleon's empress consort, the design features bold acanthus leav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330813 (stock #2707f)
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This 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., citrus or grapefruit spoon is an original example of Alvin's Art Nouveau "Old Orange Blossom" pattern.

It is marked with Alvin's emblem, "Patent," and "Sterling," all rendered in very fine, precise, lettering as early pieces are.

There is a script "S" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is in flawless estate condition. There is no polishing wear whatsoever. Every detail of the design remains fully articulated complete to the stamen of the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1330680 (stock #2705f)
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Dating from the late Art Nouveau period when tastes yet inclined to the grand, and while the art of the silversmith was still in high peak, this large, flat bottom, (fruit) bowl is model "A6738" produced by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the underside, along with the aforementioned number, "Sterling," and the date symbol for "1907."

It is grand scale in both size and intricacy of detail. Measuring 12" in diameter, it stands 2" at the highest, and weighs 18.6 T. oz.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330602 (stock #2704f)
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$85.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
While many 19th century San Francisco flatware designs appear to be derivative of Eastern manufacturers, and some are all but outright copies, "Templar" aka "Five Star" by Schulz & Fischer is original to that company.

Dating from 1883, it reflects Victorian pedigree combined with some Aesthetic, i.e. Eastlake, sensibilities.

It has a garland of flowers at the top of the handle, with an open space below this that in this instance is monogrammed "CNB" in fine script. The lower two thirds ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1330500 (stock #2703f)
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$35.00
Produced by the "Columbian Souvenir Manufacturing Company," as indicated by the "CS" emblem imprinted on backside, this spoon measures 5 11/16" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. Other marks include "Sterling" and "Pat. 1893."

A literally monumental event, this exposition generated a seemingly endless array of souvenir items such as this piece. It features the two significant figures associated with this event, namely the Spanish queen "Isabella," and "Columbus" himself.

A standing I...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330436 (stock #2702f)
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F S Gilbert was one of myriad silver manufacturing firms that operated in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the greater Providence, Rhode Island area, in this instance, North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Much of the work of these smaller companies was not documented, and that is the case with this 6 3/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., beef, aka chipped beef, fork. That said, the design of this clearly dates from the early 1900s, falls within the Art Nouveau mode, and compares favorably with con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330349 (stock #2701f)
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$385.00
A numbered design, specifically "610," rather than a standard line pattern, this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection (see image three for 1892 catalogue image and identification) spoon, was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

It has regal iconography.

The tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle, just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330257 (stock #2700f)
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$18.00
Price per piece, three available.
This bouillon spoon measures 5 1/8" long, has a 2" diameter, faceted bowl, an upturned handle end, and weighs approximately .7 T. oz.

It is an early production example of "Old Colonial," marked with the Towle lion emblem, "925/1000," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

It is without a monogram and in flawless estate condition. There is no visible wear, and the finish is bright.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1330200 (stock #2699f)
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$34.00
A clean example without a monogram or removal, this 5 3/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon is marked "Georg Jensen" surrounded by a dotted oval, "Sterling," and "Denmark," dating it to 1945 or later.

The pattern, "Acorn," is one of Jensen's most recognizable and popular.

As indicated, this is in excellent estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches, it is absent signs of use. The bowl remains well-shaped and free of dents, nicks, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330137 (stock #2698f)
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$115.00
A lengthy piece at 9 3/16", and weighing nearly 2.6 T. oz., this spoon has an exceptionally large bowl. Shell form and with a satin gold wash, it is 3 3/4" long by 2 3/4" at the widest, and probably was made as a vegetable or salad server.

The pattern is Wallace's version of "Kings," issued in 1903, and encompasses all the traditional elements of a design derived from English antecedents. The pattern appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, with the front having a convex shel...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330069 (stock #2697f)
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$42.00
Price per piece, two available.
Multiple sources list silversmith and merchant Pardon L. Taylor, as born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1824, and working in Brooklyn, New York, where he died in 1860.

No reference, however, documents the "P.L. Taylor & Jones" mark on this large, 8 7/8" long, significant weight, 1.6 T. oz., "Tipt End" table or serving spoon, suggesting it was, like the man himself, a short-lived enterprise, and thus rare.

The piece is a superb example of what it is. Carefully honed and crafted, it manifes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1330005 (stock #2696f)
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$385.00
Exhibiting the finest design sensibilities of the late Victorian period, and the exquisite artisanship of one of America's premier silver houses, Gorham Manufacturing Company, this tea caddy stands out as a high quality example.

As indicated on the underside, it is model number "280," with a date symbol for 1892, and is imprinted with the word "Sterling," and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" hallmark. The lid is also stamped "Sterling."

It stands 3 13/16" high to the lip of the rim, and 4 5/8...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329911 (stock #2695f)
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An enigmatic pattern held dear by collectors, Gorham's "Hamburg" was produced circa 1880, the same year that Gorham issued its equally sought after and unique "Hizen" and "Cairo" lines.

It is of singular character with little to nothing about the pattern that explains itself, including the source for the name.

Hand-hammered, with a sharp, chiseled surface, it has a twist handle stem.

While examples of this flawless condition, 5 5/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., cocktail fork seem t...

 
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