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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1366041 (stock #3247f)
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Dating from the 1860s, this "Medallion" accounts itself well alongside other expressions of this classically-inspired genre produced by numerous manufacturers of the period.

In his benchmark work, "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffing notes, "This particular medallion shows fine die work," and that is evident on this 4 3/4" long, .4 T. oz., (after dinner) coffee spoon.

The portraiture is of right facing, noble looking, female figure who perhaps represents Juno (Hera).

The b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1365976 (stock #3246f)
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$100.00
The less common, i.e. bigger, size sugar tongs that Whiting made in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this pair measure 5 1/8" long and weigh a robust 1.6 T. oz.

They are early production items, marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902."

In superb condition, each arm retains excellent, precise detail to the lily design, which is set in high relief. The talon grips are finely articulated and without bends or cracks. The overall finish is bright and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1365916 (stock #3245f)
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$36.00
Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz., this knife is engraved "SCB" in a fancy, feathered script, set above "July 1859."

Just slightly smaller than a tea or dessert knife, it is a youth size piece.

An "Oval Thread" design, it is stamped "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm of the period. It is also marked "Sterling," which is early for this date; coin would be expected.

It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and blunt-end blade.

It ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1365859 (stock #3244f)
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This buckwheat cake measures 8" long, weighs 1.8 T. oz., and has a round, flat, serving end that is 2 5/8" in diameter.

Made in Boston, it is stamped "H.B. Standwood & Co.," for a firm that eventually became a part of "Shreve, Crump & Low."

The pattern is a scroll design similar to one produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, also of Boston, in the mid 19th century.

The inscription, a large, fancy "S" over "1877," postdates the actual manufacture of the piece by about twenty years.

T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1365817 (stock #3243f)
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$195.00
Named for the German city with a rich artistic tradition, Alvin's 1903 "Nuremberg" incorporates abundant imagery, the central feature of which is a smiling, slightly devilish looking, jester or gargoyle like figure.

Other elements include flower blossoms, acanthus leaves, a shell, and a fruit or berry at the end of a scalloped edge handle.

This example is a large, 11 1/2" long, approximately 4.0 T. oz., fish slice. The blade has a shaped and curved upper side and shoulders, both with a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1365741 (stock #3242f)
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$135.00
A design popular in the 1880s, and made by numerous manufacturers, the engraved "lily" on this 9" long, 1.9 T. oz., cake saw is actually a "lily of the valley." There is additional bright cut engraved Aesthetic detailing.

This example was made by Whiting, whose "lion" logo, "Sterling," the number "4," and the name of the retailer, "J.C. Slafter," Minneapolis, are imprinted on the backside.

The pattern repeats on the blade, which is unusual in that it is curved rather than the convention...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1365676 (stock #3241f)
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$75.00
The smaller of two master butter knives that Whiting produced in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this nonetheless measures a lengthy 6 7/8" and is weighty at nearly 1.6 T. oz.

It is an old, i.e. early production, piece marked with the Whiting "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "Reg. 1902," and the name of the retailer, "F.W. Reich."

The blade comprises more than half the length of the piece and has a scalloped upper edge, and upswept, pointed tip.

Both the handle and the blade are...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1365629 (stock #3240f)
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$185.00
An impressive piece of relatively early Irish silver, this gravy ladle measures 7 1/2" long and weighs approximately 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the George III period, it is fully and clearly hallmarked for Dublin, 1777, sterling, and maker Michael Homer, whose dates are appropriate to this.

It has a "Hanoverian" style handle, with a down turned, reverse tipt handle that is extensively engraved in bright cut and wriggle work on the front.

There is a feathered script "VL" monogram on the f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1365593 (stock #3239f)
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An unusual form, and as such a charming period piece, this fork measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .6 T. oz.

It has three, relatively wide, tines, the outer two of which are hooked, while the center one has a circular piercing. The shoulders and upper edges are notched.

Its purpose is uncertain, but a beef fork is likely.

The handle is flat, save for a slightly upturned end, and is extensively diamond cut engraved with wriggle work that extends onto the tines.

There is an Old Englis...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1365509 (stock #3238f)
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$38.00
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A well known name among mid 19th century, Boston silversmiths, "Lincoln & Foss" offered quality, mainstream, goods.

This 5 1/2" long, relatively heavy at .9 T. oz., egg spoon is such an example.

It is a "Bead" pattern, with the design appearing on both sides of the handle. The reverse has a fancy script "CBD" monogram.

The oval bowl is generously sized at 1 3/4" long and 1" across at the widest. It retains an original, bright gold wash front and back surfaces.

It is in excellen...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1365228 (stock #3237f)
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$125.00
This 7" long, very heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon, is a fine example of Samuel Kirk's earliest work, in his first line pattern, "Kings."

It bears a Baltimore assay mark of a "Maryland shield and the letter C" that was used 1825-30, along with "S. Kirk" in script.

The assay standard for this time was established by law at 11 parts out of 12, or 91.7% silver (vs. 92.5% for sterling and 90% for coin), commentary in the Baltimore Museum of Art volume "Mary...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1365064 (stock #3234f)
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$55.00
A generously proportioned piece, this sterling spoon measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 1.9 T. oz.

Its origins are Irish, with hallmarks indicating it was made in Dublin in 1821 by Joshua Buckton, as indicated by the "I pellet B" imprint. James Brady also dates from the same time, but his mark is absent the pellet.

It is an "Old English" pattern, with a down-turned, reverse tip handle and a thumb drop on the bowl backside.

There is a feathered script "AMcC" monogram engraved on the fro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1364968 (stock #3233f)
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$185.00
Large at 11 3/4" long, and weighty at 4.3 T. oz., this down turned, "Reverse Tipt," spoon has beveled edges and a thumb drop on the heel backside.

An English Georgian piece, it is fully marked for London, sterling, 1812-13, and maker Richard Turner (RT).

Variously identified as a platter, basting, or stuffing spoon, it is intended for heavy duty.

This has a leaf script "M" monogram on the front of the otherwise plain handle.

It is in excellent condition, the only signs of use bei...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1364916 (stock #3232f)
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Identified variously as a claret, martini, lemonade, or bar spoon, this form is characterized by its significant length, 12 3/8" in this case, and weighing approximately 2.7 T. oz., and its generously-sized, 2 7/8" by 1 5/8" at the widest, ovoid bowl.

Made by Porter Blanchard, whose name, along with the word "Sterling," and the letter "G," likely a studio workman's mark, appears on the backside, the pattern is "Chino," introduced in 1930.

It is an outstanding example produced by the argu...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364857 (stock #3231f)
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$32.00
A mid 19th century (1854) design by Syracuse, New York's Joseph Seymour, "Wreath" is a self-defining pattern. It feature a leafy garland surmounted by a flower on the far end of handle, with a double scroll set midway on the handle.

It also incorporates a raised rib that breaks and separates into two parts that carry onto the surface of the tine area. This adds dimension and interest to this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., youth fork.

It has a feathered script "CCH" set sideways on t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1364823 (stock #3230f)
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$140.00
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Each of these six, matching, 5 7/16" long, 4.5 T. oz. the group, teaspoons has a script "P" monogram on the front.

Five of them are stamped with the "bearded man" 950 (higher than sterling) French standard emblem used 1819-38, along with a round guarantee mark, and the lozenge for maker Pierre-Phillipe Rousseau 1808-20.

The sixth piece is similar to the others, save it has a different maker's mark, which includes the letters "U, C and D," and is slightly lighter weight.

They are a "F...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1364758 (stock #3229f)
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$62.00
An early example of a classic Alvin design, "Old Orange Blossom," this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.3 T. oz.

It is marked with Alvin's three part emblem, and the words "Sterling" and "Patent," all in fine, precise lettering as it should be on an old piece.

The flower and leaf detail on the handle is rendered in such sharp and clear design that even the pollen on the petals shows.

The bowl has a scalloped edge, with flange shoulders, grooves in the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364714 (stock #3228f)
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$725.00
Price for the set, server and spoons.
A prominent mid 19th century manufacturer, Philadelphia's George Sharp produced an array of enduring patterns, perhaps none of which more bespeaks him than the "Ball End" on this ice cream set.

Many manufacturers of the mid 1860s era produced items with spheres, balls, orbs and other artifacts incorporated in the designs, but no one is more associated with this style than Sharp.

This group is a rare, original, assemblage of his work, comprised of a 10 3/4" long, 3.6 T. oz., ice cream ser...

 
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