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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330926 (stock #2709f)
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Stamped "J*P" for mid 19th century New York City manufacturer John Polhamus, "Sterling," and with the retailer's name "Howard & Co.," this serving fork is a first order example of its genre.

It also illustrates the Victorian appreciation for refinement and penchant toward extravagant scale, especially as this sentiment showed itself in biggest center of commerce and arguably the most cosmopolitan American city of the age.

It measures 10 7/8" overall, with a five tine serving end that is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330864 (stock #2708f)
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The Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island is to be distinguished from Howard & Company of New York, both operating in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon.

Presumably named after Napoleon's empress consort, the design features bold acanthus leav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330602 (stock #2704f)
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While many 19th century San Francisco flatware designs appear to be derivative of Eastern manufacturers, and some are all but outright copies, "Templar" aka "Five Star" by Schulz & Fischer is original to that company.

Dating from 1883, it reflects Victorian pedigree combined with some Aesthetic, i.e. Eastlake, sensibilities.

It has a garland of flowers at the top of the handle, with an open space below this that in this instance is monogrammed "CNB" in fine script. The lower two thirds ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1330500 (stock #2703f)
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Produced by the "Columbian Souvenir Manufacturing Company," as indicated by the "CS" emblem imprinted on backside, this spoon measures 5 11/16" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. Other marks include "Sterling" and "Pat. 1893."

A literally monumental event, this exposition generated a seemingly endless array of souvenir items such as this piece. It features the two significant figures associated with this event, namely the Spanish queen "Isabella," and "Columbus" himself.

A standing I...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330349 (stock #2701f)
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A numbered design, specifically "610," rather than a standard line pattern, this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection (see image three for 1892 catalogue image and identification) spoon, was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

It has regal iconography.

The tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle, just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330137 (stock #2698f)
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A lengthy piece at 9 3/16", and weighing nearly 2.6 T. oz., this spoon has an exceptionally large bowl. Shell form and with a satin gold wash, it is 3 3/4" long by 2 3/4" at the widest, and probably was made as a vegetable or salad server.

The pattern is Wallace's version of "Kings," issued in 1903, and encompasses all the traditional elements of a design derived from English antecedents. The pattern appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, with the front having a convex shel...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330069 (stock #2697f)
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Multiple sources list silversmith and merchant Pardon L. Taylor, as born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1824, and working in Brooklyn, New York, where he died in 1860.

No reference, however, documents the "P.L. Taylor & Jones" mark on this large, 8 7/8" long, significant weight, 1.6 T. oz., "Tipt End" table or serving spoon, suggesting it was, like the man himself, a short-lived enterprise, and thus rare.

The piece is a superb example of what it is. Carefully honed and crafted, it manifes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329834 (stock #2694f)
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"Revere" is a pattern that dates from the same year, 1898, that a number of companies aggregated to form International Silver. This 8 3/4" long, weighty, 2.2 T. oz., cold meat or beef fork is stamped with the Indian head emblem of one of the component companies, "Wilcox & Evertsen."

The pattern is decidedly late Victorian, with abundant scroll detailing with floral embellishments. The design carries onto the cupped heel and shoulders of the four, slender tine, serving end.

There is a d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329767 (stock #2693f)
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A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of its rose and scroll motif pattern, Towle's "Canterbury," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

This is without a monogram or r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329709 (stock #2691f)
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Issued in 1901 at the beginning of the Edwardian Period in English history, Frank Smith's "Federal Cotillion" is also known as "Edward VII." It is a relatively high style "Kings" pattern that with only minor differences is identical to Whiting's "King Edward," also introduced in 1901, suggesting that American silver manufacturers were pivoting off the end of the Victorian era in their design offerings.

This group is a matched set of eight oyster or seafood cocktail forks. Each one measures...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1329634 (stock #2690f)
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Octagonal in shape, this mug is slightly diminutive. It stands 3" to the rim, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed bottom that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It was made by New York City's William Gale, who operated in various partnerships over a long history. This has double marks for one of the associations, "William Gale & Son." One of the stamps includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329524 (stock #2689f)
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Dating from the 1860s and made by New York's John Polhamus, whose "J*P" mark appears on the backside, this 6 7/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., fork is also stamped "Tiffany & Co.," which retailed a good deal of Polhamus' silver before it instituted its own production in 1868. As Tiffany required, this is sterling (and so marked) when the predominant standard was still coin silver.

A place piece, it is a length that is commonly identified as for tea or dessert. The pattern is "French Thread," aka "Fid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1329461 (stock #2687f)
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Arguably the floral line by which all other Art Nouveau flower designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, freedom of expression, and sense of abundance that characterizes this style mode that was popular from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1329459 (stock #2686f)
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Last of a storied family of Massachusetts silversmiths that included several Josephs and Williams, the Moulton history traces to the 17th century. Born in 1814 and living until 1903, the Joseph Moulton who made this nearly 9" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., tablespoon, brought the family name into a fourth century.

Sold to Towle and Jones in 1860, Moulton's business formed the bedrock of the firm that eventually became Towle Silversmiths.

That Joseph was a capable craftsman is unequivoc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1329388 (stock #2685f)
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Variously identified as a platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the defining characteristic is the scale of the item.

Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.

It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate. The date letter is simply blurred while the maker's mark, which appears to be a script "LM" in a scalloped punch, is insufficient...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1329292 (stock #2684f)
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These two, 5 3/4" long, approximately .7 T. oz. each, spoons were made by Toronto's P.W. Ellis & Co., with each stamped "Sterling" on the handle and back of the bowl, and with the firm's "E inside a maple leaf" emblem in adjoining places.

They bear several similarities including the date "1891" set in the center of the handle, with each number surrounded by twig or branch framing. The bowls are identical as well, with acid etched to a pale gold, matte surfaces, leaving bright, irregular, si...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1328954 (stock #2679f)
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This piece is marked "B.G" for Baldwin Gardiner, who was a retailer with working dates c. 1814-25 in Philadelphia, then was listed in New York City directories 1827-47, according to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths."

It is a lengthy 8 3/4" table or serving spoon, and is immensely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz.

Baldwin's "B.G" is frequently accompanied by a pseudo hallmark, which is the case with this, which is stamped with a "bust, lion, D," which McGrew in his work on manufactu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1328822 (stock #2677f)
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A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.

Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with minor var...

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