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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350717 (stock #2959f)
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$90.00
One of the numerous partnerships that prominent silversmith William Gale of New York City entered into, "Gale & Willis" spanned the years 1859-62.

This example of his work is a 7 3/8" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a twisted handle and broad, shaped, flat handle that is bright cut engraved with an engine turned background.

There is a shield reserve with an Old English "CPK" or "CPR" monogram inscribed on it.

The bowl is generously sized at 2 3/8" by 2" by 5/8" d...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350519 (stock #2956f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the pair.
Full size dinner forks measuring 7 5/8" long each, and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz. the pair, these items are early production examples made by the prominent 19th century, New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

Matching pieces, they are to a coin silver standard and both are stamped with the firm's "W&H" emblem. One also has a small "v" emblem which is likely a journeyman's mark.

The pattern is a "French, aka Fiddle, Thread." Each one has a fancy, feathered script "SA" monogram set sidew...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1350431 (stock #2954f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, this tea caddy spoon measures 4 1/2" long and is relatively heavy at .6 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Pointed Antique" with an engraved shield surrounded by a swag and ribbon.

Marked "Sterling," there is no manufacturer's identifier, although similar examples are marked for "Galt & Brother" of Washington, D.C.

The work is Arts & Crafts in manner, particularly evident in the hand hammered bowl with notched shoulders, and an exposed drop on the backsid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1350277 (stock #2951f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Evidencing the imaginative design impulses of the Aesthetic mode, this circa 1880 5" diameter, 4.2 T. oz., possibly olive, bowl possesses several outstanding features.

It is double scallop shaped, with undulating walls with a flange rim. There are six smaller lobes with channels that run to the flat bottom base.

The interior retains a portion of its original gold wash finish.

The outside surface is acid etched in a branch, leaf, and flower motif that is both finely rendered and embl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350176 (stock #2949f)
Old Friends
$58.00
Price per piece, three available.
A handsome interpretation of an English "Kings" pattern, this upturned end table serving spoon measures 8 7/16" long and weighs a heavy 2.3 T. oz.

Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, it was made by Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, whose name and three part, "lion, K, crown," hallmark appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling."

It is without a monogram or removal and in immaculate condition. There are no signs of wear. The generously sized bowl, 3" by 1 1/2" at...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1350135 (stock #2948f)
Old Friends
$45.00
This napkin ring is formed from a plain band that is moderately large at 1 1/4" wide, 1 11/16" in diameter, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

It is model "673" made by Gorham. This number, the company's "anchor, lion, G" hallmark, and the word "Sterling" are stamped on the inside wall.

The outside is extensively engraved in an Aesthetic design that incorporates naturalistic and stylized geometric elements, all of which suggest a circa 1875 date.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMR...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349975 (stock #2944f)
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A "Fiddle Tipt" design typical of their early 1850s period, these eight teaspoons might at first seem undistinguished from the substantial inventory of such pieces that still exists.

These 5 7/8" long, 3.9 T. oz. the set, spoons are exceptional, however, in several regards.

One is that they are an original matching set, with each piece monogrammed in a fancy script "M.H." placed sideways on the handle.

Secondly, they are extraordinarily well-crafted. The bowls are elegantly shaped, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349842 (stock #2943f)
Old Friends
$46.00
An early production piece, this item made by Gorham is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Buttercup," issued in 1899. Featuring an array of delicate blossoms and leaves, it exhibits the abundance of expression characteristic of Art Nouveau design.

This piece is a 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz., nut spoon or bon bon.

It has a gold finish, pierced bowl with a flange rim and decorated shoulders. This last feature is found only on older...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1349763 (stock #2942f)
Old Friends
$135.00
This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First is the 8 3/8" long size. Substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, it was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the word "Coin"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349666 (stock #2941f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Price for the pair.
Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this companion youth spoon and fork set is "Diana and her nymphs," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line.

The fork measures 6 1/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at 1.8 T. oz. Also weighty at 1.7 oz. the spoon measures 6 1/8" long, which is slightly larger than a teaspoon.

Both items are engraved "Wentworth" and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1349485 (stock #2939f)
Old Friends
$75.00
An unusual item perhaps intended for sugar, candy, or even a dresser item, this round bowl measures 4 1/2" in diameter and stands 2 1/4" high to the rim.

The faceted base is molded glass while the top is silver attached to an applied rim. The lid is divided in half and is fitted with a hinge and knob allowing it to open fully.

The fixed side of the top is engraved with an Old English "S" monogram.

The edge of the rim is stamped "Sterling," "95" (a model number), and with a rubbed gr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1349341 (stock #2937f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring 6" long, this teaspoon is set apart by its weight, which is an exceptional 1.3 T. oz.

It also has a matte finish, thick-walled and gold washed bowl, front and backsides, which additionally distinguishes this example of Watson's "Orange" pattern from a standard production piece.

One of the company's fruit series, it exhibits the high relief, Art Nouveau influenced, finely detailed design elements of this line.

The oranges have textured surfaces, while the background areas of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1349274 (stock #2936f)
Old Friends
$85.00
The Unger Brothers firm of Newark, New Jersey was known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs, produced in both flatware and jewelry in the last decade of the 19th and first decade of the 20th centuries.

The pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., olive spoon is "Douvaine," perhaps the company's most popular line.

It features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1348997 (stock #2934f)
Old Friends
$150.00
Price for the set of 12
All identical, each of these twelve spoons measures 4 3/8" long while the set weighs just under 7.0 T. oz., relatively heavy for items this size.

Short handled, individual, chocolate spoons, they are rarely found items, and all the more so in this quantity. The pattern is "Old Newbury" made by Towle.

Each one has an Art Nouveau, script "MAH" monogram. The style of engraving is consistent with the 1900 date of issue of this beaded pattern.

The bowls are ovoid, 1 5/16" by 1", scaled t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1348771 (stock #2932f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Most Victorian era button hooks are silver combined with steel, while this example is all sterling.

This form came in a larger size for shoes, and a smaller size for gloves. This is the latter at 3 1/16" long.

This is a patterned piece, namely "Heraldic," a medieval style design featuring a shield and helmet, made by Whiting and dating from 1880.

It has a plain backside, save for the company lion emblem and the word "Sterling." The hook portion has a slight twist design where it jo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1348670 (stock #2931f)
Old Friends
$45.00
At 4 1/2" long, and a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this food scraper is slightly larger than a baby food pusher, which it resembles.

Whereas the pusher is bent, this has a flat, 2" wide, pierced, blade with a straight front edge and scalloped sides and shoulders.

A rarely found item, this form seems to have been favored by Towle who produced this in the company's 1900 "Old Newbury," and offered it in other patterns as well.

It was retailed by "A.M. Jewett" whose name appears on the re...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1348570 (stock #2930f)
Old Friends
$160.00
Price for the set of eight.
Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

The pattern appears on both sides of the handles, an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1348507 (stock #2929f)
Old Friends
$285.00
Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and very weighty at 4.8 T. oz., this child's plate is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the backside, along with "Sterling" and the model number "5240."

It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme.

These include (see image two for detail):

Jack the Giant Killer

The Merry Hunter

The Wolf and the Lamb

Tom the Piper's Son ...

 
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