American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1302085 (stock #2501f)
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$28.00
As appealing a pattern as it is scarce, Durgin's "Bouquet" portrays a variety of floral themes.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon features poppy blossoms, buds, and leaves. The design is low relief, highly detailed, and set against a stipple ground.

While of unknown issue date, the irregular border with detailing suggestive of bamboo or twigs suggests an Aesthetic influence, which in turn would place it late in the 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301991 (stock #2500f)
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In his comprehensive volume on Tiffany silver flatware, William Hood writes extensively about the "Vine" pattern and its many motifs.

Along with numerous illustrations, he includes an inventory of the various pieces organized by their portraiture. He mentions the berry shovel, but does not offer an image (although he does illustrate it in another line), suggesting it is a rare form in this pattern. Much more common is the berry spoon...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301885 (stock #2499f)
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$22.00
Stamped "I. Speer" and "Chicago," this coin silver teaspoon measures 5 7/8" long and weighs .45 T. oz.

Speer is documented as a jeweler and watchmaker about 1840-70. The style of this locates it at the beginning of his working years.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a rubbed "LH" script monogram on the front.

It is in very good condition. There are overall surface scratches, but no other signs of wear such as bends or burrs...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1301796 (stock #2498f)
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$165.00
Made by Gorham and sold in San Francisco, this 7 5/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter dates pre-1868, which is the year Gorham instituted sterling as its standard.

The pattern, "Grecian," was patented in 1861, and this is so stamped, and continued in production beyond the 1868 date. This is also marked "Coin," thereby dating it quite closely, 1861-68. Lastly it is imprinted "Geo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301660 (stock #2497f)
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$60.00
European in scale, this French dinner fork is massive compared to typical American counterparts. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a very hefty 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva head, meaning it has a slightly higher silver content at 95% than sterling, which is 92.5%. There is a bigorne guarantee on the surface opposite the Minerva. The maker's mark is an "L" on either side of a cross that has a star at the top and bottom, all this in a lozenge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1301544 (stock #2496f)
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$135.00
An established silversmith with working dates about 1932-58, Newark's William B. Meyers was particularly known for making silver miniatures.

Apart from this, he was a well-regarded producer of Arts & Crafts items as well as reproduction pieces.

This 2 7/8" tall, 3 1/2" maximum width, 4.8 T. oz. footed bowl falls generally in the later category. The style bespeaks American design from the 1860s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1301410 (stock #2495f)
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$22.00
Gorham's "Cromwell" was issued some years after that company's immensely well-received "Chantilly," and while some more elaborated than that design, the two express a similar, reserved sensibility about them...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1301271 (stock #2494f)
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$55.00
This open master salt is fully marked on the underside for William Neale & Son, Ltd., Birmingham, sterling silver, and 1933.

A slightly convex barrel shaped form, it stands 1 1/2" to the top edge and has a body diameter of 1 7/8". The silver by itself weighs 1.5 T. oz.

It has its original, fitted, deep colored, cobalt blue glass liner.

It is without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

It is in excellent condition. Solid and relatively thick-walled, the body has one p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1301270 (stock #2493f)
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$95.00
This mustard pot is fully marked for William Neale & Son, Ltd., Birmingham, sterling silver, and 1933 on the bottom, and with a lion and matching date letter "J" on the underside of the lid.

A slightly convex barrel shaped form, it stands 2 1/4" to the top of the finial, has a body diameter of 1 7/8", and a maximum span of 2 5/8" to the end of handle. The silver by itself weighs 2.1 T. oz.

It has its original, fitted, deep colored, cobalt blue glass liner.

The lid is tiered and has ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301161 (stock #2492f)
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$55.00
A line pattern commonly found in demitasse and master salt spoons, the availability of other pieces of Gorham's 1880 "Delhi" is somewhat limited.

This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches.

The detailing is extensive, with a textured background adding character and depth to the overall imagery.

It is qui...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1301056 (stock #2491f)
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$65.00
In regard to condition, a finer example of this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., exceptionally heavy at 1.3 T. oz., citrus spoon in Durgin's 1893 "Chrysanthemum" is not to be found.

A benchmark pattern of the period, all the intricate and abundant details of the chrysanthemum motif show to perfect detail on both sides of the handle and in the interior of the flanged edge and pointed tip bowl. The bowl has a bright gold wash front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal of same.

Ther...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1300916 (stock #2490f)
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$110.00
This pieces measures 7 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.3 T. oz. It is a ladle with the handle nearly on the horizontal, essentially like a spoon.

It is stamped "A. E. Warner" for the renowned early 19th century Baltimore silversmith. The standard mark, "11," is one of several peculiar to that city, and represents a silver grade of 917, above coin, but not quite sterling. The "11" was used 1816-30.

The pattern is a simplified "King" or "Kings," featuring a shell end with scroll and a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300758 (stock #2489f)
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$155.00
An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American expressions of a pattern motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1300608 (stock #2488f)
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$155.00
Wood & Hughes thoroughly embraced the classical revival "Medallion" motif that was popular in silver design throughout the 1860s. The company produced numerous variations of it, three of which D. Albert Soeffing identifies in his work, "Silver Medallion Flatware."

The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., coin silver, preserve spoon likely one of the earliest expressions of the style.

It features a cast, oval disk portra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1300497 (stock #2487f)
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$55.00
Sources indicate Allan Adler established his own workshop in 1939, which continued in operation until his death in 2003. The son-in-law of renowned Arts & Crafts silversmith Porter Blanchard, and a person with whom he apprenticed, he continued to fashion silver in the A&C manner throughout his working years.

This example is a small, 5 3/16" long, and weighty, 1.0 T. oz., fork in the 1944 "Swedish Modern" pattern. It is an unusual size and may have been a specialized piece.

Marked "Alla...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300387 (stock #2486f)
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$65.00
An elegant pattern as it stands, this 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar sifter (that could also function as a tea strainer) in Whiting's 1885 "No. 1" appears even more refined with its overall, deep, bronze-hued, gold wash.

The handle is open, featuring trellis like borders that are interspersed with trailing posies or similar flower. The mid portion of the handle is demarcated by a single blossom set against a shell, while the area below this has an Aesthetic style scrolling desi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1300057 (stock #2484f)
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$46.00
Dating from 1840-53, the partnership of "Tifft & Whiting" went through several iterations before finally becoming simply "Whiting Manufacturing Company," one of the premier names in American silver manufacturing history.

This piece is stamped with the T&W three part pseudo-hallmark which includes a rooster, the letter T and W, and an arm and hammer. It is a 6 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., pickle knife.

Generally sold in sets, often boxed, with a companion fork, the form resembles a ma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1299962 (stock #2483f)
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$22.00
A turn of the twentieth century design, Gorham's "Florentine" is a highly embellished pattern that features a bearded figure at the end of the handle.

This example is a 3 5/8" long, .4 T. oz., master salt spoon.

It is an original, early production, item and not a later recast, and in mint condition.

The ovoid bowl has a matte finish and the handle is engraved "HG" in fine script lettering.

Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat 190x."

 
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