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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1368017 (stock #3281f)
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$55.00
Measuring 6 3/4" long overall, this bottle opener dates to just before the turn of the twentieth century.

It has an antler handle with a sterling silver ferrule (collar) and a ferrous metal actual opener, which is stamped "Pat. 94," for 1894.

The 3/4" ferrule is tapered and has a Victorian period scroll and flower design. It is marked "Sterling," but does not have a maker's identification.

In very good condition, the horn has a gently worn, soft, finish from years of handling.

A...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367943 (stock #3280f)
Old Friends
$215.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six, matching, forks measures 6 3/8" long, with the group weighing approximately 7.0 T. oz., or just over 1.0 T. oz. per item.

They are older examples of Gorham's late 19th century, "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" logo, and the word "Sterling.

They have four tines, with undecorated, scalloped shoulders, and are without monograms or removals.

Salad (or pastry) forks, they are in choice estate condition, retaining clear pattern detail free of poli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1367878 (stock #3279f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Having a maximum height of 2 1/4" and a maximum span of 2 5/8", and weighing a relatively heavy 2.5 T. oz., this mustard pot is truly that.

It has a round, cauldron shaped, body, with a domed lid, and sits on a rim base with a gadrooned border. The handle is solid, angled slightly upward, and essentially square. The lid has a small, ball finial.

Plain except for the detail on the base, the front of the body opposite the handle and just below the opening for the mustard spoon, is engrav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1367877 (stock #3278f)
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An elegant turn of the 20th century design, Durgin's "New Queens" incorporates double shell and scroll elements that reflect its derivation from traditional English design.

The decorative success of the pattern is enhanced by the finely lined and richly textured, gold washed (front and back sides), bowl that is employed in this 4 7/8" long, relatively heavy .8 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.

This is an especially fine example without a monogram or monogram removal. There is no polishing wear o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367825 (stock #3277f)
Old Friends
$215.00
An early Whiting piece rendered in a style that was popular in the 1860s, this ladle measures 7 1/2" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It has a solid silver, tubular handle that has a knob-like tip inscribed with an Old English "R" or "K" monogram.

Silversmiths of the period generated any number of variations of such ends, including balls, domes, cubes, spheres, and this, which is perhaps a less common form than many of the others.

It has two, grommet-like fittings, one below the knob and o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1367786 (stock #3276f)
Old Friends
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This piece embodies all the qualities that make an item desirable, namely a strong pattern, unusual form, age, and excellent condition.

It is a pair of (tea) sandwich or petit four (dessert) tongs, in some instances even identified as for sardines.

They measure 5 1/2" long overall, weigh 1.7 T. oz., and have two grips, one oval and flat, and the second one leaf shaped with reticulation.

The pattern is "Intaglio" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1905, this is an early example of the desig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367746 (stock #3275f)
Old Friends
$60.00
In his benchmark work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood traces the name evolution of the pattern most commonly known as "Saratoga."

The company's third line, it was originally issued as "King's" or "King" in 1870, sometimes referred to as "Old King" to distinguish it from the later "English King." It was briefly reissued in 1908, then called "Cook," and finally again reintroduced in 1956 under the name "Saratoga" by which it is known today.

Marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1367745 (stock #3274f)
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1903." The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

This is a particular...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367707 (stock #3273f)
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A specialty design with limited production, the pattern on these 12 matching, 4" long, 2.7 T. oz. the group, coffee (or demitasse spoons), is grounded in an Aesthetic sensibility.

They appear as a new offering in the sterling silver section of the 1885 Gorham catalogue, as one of "ten new patterns to meet the increasing demand for . . . small coffee spoons."

The motif features a dense cluster of various flower blossoms on the upper half of the handle, while the lower section has a repeat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1367651 (stock #3272dd)
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George Shiebler's approach to design was ever fanciful, and that is the case with this 4 3/4" long, not quite .5 T. oz., letter opener.

The handle features a raised, inter-looping, pattern that resembles knots or chain mail. The handle broadens toward its center and has scalloped edges derivative of the loops.

The blade is shaped like a scimitar, with a pronounced taper toward its tip, and an open embellishment on the upper edge near the handle.

The backside is engraved "Sanapee 1895...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367649 (stock #3271f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Price for the set of ten.
With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7". The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell." Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends where the raised shells are situated are broad and rounded.

These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.

The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three splayed outw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1367500 (stock #3269f)
Old Friends
$100.00
The biggest serving spoon that Durgin made in its 1910 "Fairfax" line, this piece measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The wide bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, defines this as a large berry, aka casserole or vegetable, spoon.

An early production item, this is marked with the Durgin "D" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd," and the name of the retailer, "Banks & Bryan," of Wilmington, Delaware.

There is a multi-line script "ESB" monogram on the handle front.

It is in very good e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1367444 (stock #3268f)
Old Friends
$90.00
This 2 1/4" tall, 3" diameter, round bowl sits on a tiered pedestal base that is 2" across. The piece weighs nearly 2.8 T. oz.

It is hallmarked for Turner & Simpson, of Birmingham, England, with city and sterling symbols that, while rubbed, are legible. The date letter is obscured, although the outline shape is for "Cycle XIII," which ran 1950-74.

It is Georgian in style, with a plain body that has an applied rim and the previously mentioned footed base.

There are also two cast lio...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367270 (stock #3267f)
Old Friends
$34.00
This 7 7/8" long, not quite 1.1 T. oz., coin silver spoon has a double provenance.

It is stamped "E.S. & D.R. Burr" and "coin," for the jewelers located in the small, central Wisconsin town of Berlin. An entry in a 1919 "Jewelers' Circular," notes the death of Daniel Riley Burr at age 85, still resident in Berlin.

There is also a right-facing, bust that McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as an unknown Chicago maker. He cites only Chicago retailers associated with this, so...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1367197 (stock #3266f)
Old Friends
$385.00
A striking union of sterling silver with clear glass, this 6 1/2" high syrup jug is one item of a line of hollowware produced by Durgin.  Other forms in this late 19th to early 20th century series include a cream and sugar pair, a vase, a sugar shaker, and possibly more. 

Common to all these pieces are silver bases, crowns, and the truly defining element, which is a dolphin or sea serpent handle. 

The bodies are high quality, finely cut rock crystal.  At least one source attributes the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367117 (stock #3265f)
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A full size, 7 3/4" long, heavy, nearly 2.4 T. oz., dinner fork, this item is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," indicating it is an original, early production, example.

The pattern, "Versailles," remains perhaps the most enduringly appealing of the many grand, full line, designs Gorham generated in the late 19th century.

Intricately wrought, it borrows its imagery from classical motifs, this piece portraying a male figure carrying a dead boar up...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1367056 (stock #3264f)
Old Friends
$88.00
With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant silver manufactury.

While "Tipt" end examples of their work, which this is, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.

One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.

The handle has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367002 (stock #3263f)
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The mid 19th century witnessed a flourishing of nut servers and picks, of which this 5 7/8" long, not quite .3 T. oz., nut pick is an example.

It was brought to market by New York City's William Gale & Son, 1862-66, whose name, along with the word "Sterling" and the number "2" imprinted on the reverse.

Essentially flat, save for a slight (intentional) bend at the tip, it has a twisted central shank, and a shaped handle end. Both sides of the pick and handle are bright cut engraved, with...

 
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