American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263080 (stock #2216f)
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$80.00
A prominent name in American silversmithing during the first half of the 19th century, Baldwin Gardiner worked first in Philadelphia then New York City.

This large bowl, 8 3/4" long, very heavy 2.4 T. oz., table or serving spoon bears Gardiner's familiar "B.G" mark along with a pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on coin silver manufacturers' marks associates with Jacob Wood and relates to William Forbes, both established NYC producers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262938 (stock #2215f)
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$65.00
Originally produced in 1903, Frank Smith's "Lion" has been reissued in recent years. There are enough differences between the two periods, though, that they are essentially distinct patterns.

The short of it is that the earlier production evidences far more detail and clarity of design than latter pieces.

These distinctions are evident on this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. Quick distinctions can be seen in the backside, torso area of the lion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262829 (stock #2214f)
Old Friends
$235.00
A fully original, old piece, this asparagus server is solid silver and not a combination of stainless with sterling as newer examples are.

The pattern is is Reed & Barton's "La Splendide" dating from 1902. The high relief design reflects the freedom of form characteristic of Art Nouveau, which was the dominant style mode of the period.

Typical of R&B items in this era, this is robust, measuring 10" long overall and weighing 4.1 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1262754 (stock #2213f)
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Standing 2 5/16" high, with a top diameter of 3", having a pedestal base 2" across, and weighing 2.6 T. oz., this piece was made by Turner & Simpson of Birmingham, England. It is stamped "T&S," an anchor city emblem, a lion for sterling silver, and a date letter which is rubbed beyond clear definition, but the company has a registry mark for 1912 and this is in that date area.

The base is tiered and the bowl edge has an applied rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1262646 (stock #2212f)
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Gorham utilized a variety of figural imagery on its 1870 "Japanese" line of flatware. All drew upon Asian or pseudo-Asian design motifs and incorporated numerous details to suggest that association.

This 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., berry spoon portrays a bird and dragonfly as primary figures, and is one of the several main themes employed by Gorham. Other elements in the composition include bamboo and even pseudo language characters...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1262586 (stock #2211f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Dating from the 1860s, "Ivy," aka "Egyptian Ivy," was one of Gorham's earliest full line patterns and has proven enduringly popular.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., pickle or pastry fork. The one form mirrored the other in this period, with pickle forks being the older.

It has three tines, the lower one of which is wider than the other two, and with a hooked tip. The bowl is slightly cupped and has scalloped shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1262582 (stock #2210f)
Old Friends
$235.00
By definition platter or stuffing spoons are large items, and that is the case with this 12" long, sterling silver, example that is fully marked for Jonathan Hayne, London, 1821.

Beyond its length, this impresses with how substantial it is. It weighs a hefty 5.0 T. oz., which generosity of material shows in the thickness and resultant sense of robustness of all elements of the item...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262473 (stock #2209f)
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$110.00
Exceptionally large for this form, this fully original, solid silver, tomato server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261826 (stock #2208f)
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Illustrated in the 1902 Gorham catalog (see image 2), item number "H868" is identified as a chafing dish fork. It was offered with a companion spoon and skimmer.

A lengthy item, it measures 11 3/4" and weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz., of which some minimal portion is the ebony handle. The bowl has four tines and scalloped edges. It is joined to the handle with a collar that has a leafy scroll design that bears a strong resemblance to "Chantilly."

It is in excellent condition. Apart f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1261758 (stock #2207f)
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$345.00
"Medallion" silverware is characterized by its portraiture of classical figures and was popular in the 1860s. Virtually all makers offered one or more interpretations of this motif, the bulk of which were die cut patterns, while some were engraved, and some cast and applied, as is the case with this example.

It is a 10" long, just under 4.4 T. oz., probably oyster, ladle. Oyster ladles were slightly smaller than that soup, which could run to as much as 14" in length in the mid 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261704 (stock #2206f)
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$45.00
Davis & Galt was a Philadelphia partnership that references suggest began in 1888 and was relatively short-lived, with the company itself continuing into the second decade of the 20th century.

A manufacturer of numerous unnamed patterns, this example is a well-designed "Kings" motif.

It is a 5 3/4" long, not quite .9 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle. The handle is slender, thereby presenting as lengthy. The bowl is a charming and novel hemispherical, 1 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, scallop she...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1261701 (stock #2205f)
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$22.00
Leander Amadon, the maker of this 7 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., dessert spoon, is documented as born in 1814 and working 1843-78 in Bellows Falls, Vermont as a silversmith and jeweler.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" design without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same. It is a straightforward item, well and simply executed.

It is in very good condition, showing minimal wear. There are light surface scratches, and incipient tip wear on the otherwise well-formed bowl. The finish is nicely pati...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Whiskbrooms were perhaps more of a household staple in the past than they are today. A small brush made of broom corn, a stiff, straw-like, sorghum grass, they are rather pedestrian items save for examples such as this which has been fitted with a sterling silver handle.

A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise.

It was made...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1261405 (stock #2203f)
Old Friends
$35.00
An 1875 design that is more Gothic Revival in sensibility than the then dominant Renaissance Revival style, Wood & Hughes' "Viola" is nonetheless very much a period pattern.

This offering is a matched pair of master salt spoons. Each one is 3 3/4" long and the two together weigh just over .5 T. oz. Both have an Old English "D" monogram.

They are in excellent condition, with clear pattern detail, and well-shaped bowls free of nicks, dents, or burrs. The finishes are pleasing.

Marks...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261400 (stock #2202f)
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$55.00
Identified as a "lemonade spoon" in the 1904 Gorham catalog (see image 2), this 6 3/4" long, approximately .4 T. oz., item is essentially a sterling sipping straw with pierced bowl end. It is model number "1445H," as stamped on the backside. Other marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1905.

This is considerably more elaborate and sophisticated than later, production oriented, examples of this form. The bowl incorporates an intricatel...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1800 item #1261267 (stock #2201dd)
Old Friends
$275.00
One of the most recognized and highly regarded names in the realm of British silver, Matthew Boulton's work commands great interest. He worked in sterling silver but is especially known for his silverplate production. Abundant in-depth information about the maker and his product is readily accessible on the internet, and which can be referenced to inform this listing further.

This Georgian wine coaster, aka caddy, of which a pair is available, is silverplate and is stylistically akin to ot...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261266 (stock #2200f)
Old Friends
$35.00
A late Art Nouveau design dating from 1909, International's "Pansy" offers a delicate portraiture of its namesake flower.

This example is 4 7/8" long, .7 T. oz., cream ladle. It has a three lobed bowl with decorated shoulders and a single pansy blossom in the heel.

It is choice condition and without a monogram or removal. It is free of polishing wear and the bowl is without dents, bends, or burrs.

Marks are the indian head emblem of the Wilcox and Evertsen division of International...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1261081 (stock #2198f)
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Seeming not to have parallels with other forms, this server in Knowles' early 20th century "Angelo" measures 7 5/8" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

At 4" by 1 3/8", it has a narrow, elongated working end that constitutes more than half the length of the piece. This has seven splayed tines joined by cross bars toward the tips. The heel is pierced with a decorative cut, while the shoulders are imprinted with cee scrolls. The entire blade surface is finished in a matte gold front and back sides. ...

 
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