American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1291827 (stock #2422f)
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This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290429 (stock #2409f)
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Towle produced a number of artfully engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series.

It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash.

The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted look...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1290306 (stock #2408f)
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An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1289866 (stock #2405)
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Measuring 7" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this item is one of those specialty pieces embraced by the Victorian table.

It is an orange knife and reflects the two characteristics of that form, namely a flat blade with a sawtooth upper edge for cutting the fruit skin, and a double pronged tip for lifting the orange sections.

The pattern is Knowles' "Essex." Dating from 1889, it is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1289736 (stock #2404f)
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Relatively large, this gravy ladle measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.9 T. oz. It has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 3/8" wide 2 1/8" front to back, and 5/8" deep.

The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham. Dating from the 1870s, it is relatively early in the stable of the company's full line flatware designs.

It features an elegant and refined looking central female bust in profile. This is surrounded by swags, drapery, and trailing garlands of ivy vines and leaves...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1288970 (stock #2398f)
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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance is without a monogram or removal.

This example is a 6" long, .9 T. oz., weighty feel, sugar spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1288452 (stock #2395f)
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An unusual form, this cake fork measures 6 7/8" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1288312 (stock #2394dd)
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing almost 1.7 T. oz., this solid silver item is stamped "Sterling" and "S. Kirk & Son," dating it 1932-61.

It is a bacon fork, with a 2 3/4" wide, seven tine, serving end. This is slightly cupped and has scalloped shoulders.

It is in mint estate condition. The pattern design remains extremely sharp and has a satin finish. The backside of the handle and the tine area have brightly polished surfaces. The tines themselves are even and free of tip wear, be...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1910 item #1288059 (stock #2392dd)
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Stamped "B&Z," "800," and with a crown and crescent, this item is Hanau (a German region of silver manufacture) in origin and was retailed by the New York firm of Bucholz & Zelt, a known importer of such goods. It likely dates c. 1900.

It is a rare form orange peeler, and is solid silver rather than the part silver and part steel many such items are. It has the semi-circular disk end with a hook tip that characterize such pieces.

It measures 5 1/8" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz., ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1287738 (stock #2389dd)
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Long and slender at 9", and weighing nearly 1.2 T. oz., this cake fork dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Waverly" by Wallace. The scroll design derives from the same style impulses that Whiting embraced for its "Louis XV" and Gorham for its "Strasbourg" patterns.

The serving end has five delicate tines joined to a scalloped heel area that is pierced in a fleur-de-lis motif.

There is an embellished, Art Nouveau style "S" monogram.

It is in very fine estate conditi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1287373 (stock #2386dd)
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A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design imprinted in part of the interior. It is also engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a light portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1287153 (stock #2383dd)
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The larger of two tomato servers that Gorham offered in its "Plymouth" line, this piece measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a substantial 1.8 T. oz.

The essentially round, 3" diameter, blade has scalloped and tiered edges and an intricately pierced surfaced.

An old, estate piece, the handle in inscribed with a fancy Old English "D" monogram.

It is in very fine condition. It shows no visible wear and has a bright finish. The blade is free of bends, nicks, or breaks in the reticulation. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286961 (stock #2382f)
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Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.

This item is a rare form cheese fork in the company's "Yetiv" pattern. This is fully authentic, i.e. not made up from another piece.

It measures 5 1/2" long and weighs .7 T. oz. The serving end has two widened and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1286759 (stock #2380f)
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This rare food pusher made by Tiffany is a thoroughly charming piece with a theme that is fully consonant with its function as a baby item.

It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.

The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286636 (stock #2379dd)
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Extravagantly large pieces, Saratoga chip servers are as novel as they are impressive.

This example is 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz. The immense bowl is 4" long by 3 1/2" at the widest, and is intricately pierced as is requisite for this form.

The pattern is "Pompadour," which resembles an embellished "Kings" design with a French flair. This has a delicate "ESP" script monogram on the handle front, while the backside is imprinted with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286526 (stock #2378f)
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An elaborate "Kings" design, Whiting's "King Edward" is a high relief, robust design.

This example is a pair of the larger size sugar tongs Whiting offered in this line. They measure 5 1/8" long and weighing nearly 1.6 T. oz. They have impressive claw grips and are monogrammed "JMF" on the arch.

The condition is mint. There is no visible wear and there is a gently used, bright finish. The arch is free of bends or cracks.

Marks are the Whiting lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Ap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286085 (stock #2374f)
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Possibly a banana, and if not, likely a specialized pastry, server, this solid silver piece in Knowles "Apollo" has a uniquely shaped and proportioned blade.

Measuring a lengthy 9 3/4" overall and weighing just over 1.4 T. oz., the tapered blade is a full 6" long. It is 1 3/4" wide at the handle end and graduates down to 5/8" wide at the tip, which has a central point.

The upper edges are scalloped and the lower edges straight, while the surface retains a portion of an original gold was...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285855 (stock #2372f)
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Originated by New York's Henry Hebbard, "Ivy" is more identified with Whiting which offered it as a full line pattern.

The design incorporates a banded ivy border and trailing ivy vines and berries on the shank, and a single ivy leaf at the top of the handle. The dominating feature is the face of a satyr-like figure that appears at the top center of the handle.

This example is a 6 7/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., dessert or oval soup spoon. It has an elegant, feathered script "MJP" monogram set ...

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