American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255582 (stock #2134dd)
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Produced circa 1860 by New York City's Albert Coles, this pickle fork and knife set are an idiomatic form for the period.

The knife measures 6 7/8" long while the fork measures 6 1/4". The combined weight is approximately 2.1 T. oz., but a substantial portion of this is the filling in the handles.

The pattern is a "Leaf" variant with other elements that resemble common motifs of the time...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255423 (stock #2133dd)
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$35.00
A turn of the 20th century pattern, "Old Rose" was produced by Fessenden, of Providence, Rhode Island.

It possesses late Victorian sensibilities, employing cee scrolls, acanthus leaves, and beading detailing to frame the actual rose and floral elements that lend the pattern its name.

There is a script "N" monogram on the handle front. The backside is plain save for the mark "925 Sterling 1000."

This example is a 6" long, relatively light weight at not quite .5 T. oz., cheese knife...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255335 (stock #2131f)
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$80.00
Durgin set a standard for chrysanthemum design interpretations in silver with its 1893 pattern by the same name. The portraiture is dense, detailed, and high relief. It also carries onto the serving ends, adding to the sense of richness.

This example is a 6" long sugar spoon, and consistent with the character of the line, has robust heft at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no evident polishing wear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255232 (stock #2129f)
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$135.00
Towle produced at least two forms of sardine forks in "Old Colonial," one with five tines and one with seven, 5 1/2" and 5" long respectively.

This example is the shorter, seven tine version and weighs .7 T. oz. An old piece, it is marked with the Towle emblem, "925/1000," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are even, straight, and pointed. The finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1255230 (stock #2128dd)
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$90.00
A grape motif, International's "Cloeta" has proven to be an enduringly popular pattern. Patented in 1904, it embraces the expressiveness of the Art Nouveau sensibilities popular in the period. It features clusters of harvest-ready grapes surrounded by leaves and tendrils.

This example is a 5 1/8" long, relatively weighty at .8 T. oz., and relatively uncommon, sardine fork. The serving end has seven tines, the center one of which has a trident tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255092 (stock #2126f)
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$115.00
A late 19th century pattern, Towle's "Canterbury" is a bead and scroll design.

It was often paired with elaborate working ends, and that is the case with this 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., tomato server. The roughly 2 1/2" square, slightly cupped, blade has scalloped borders and a matte gold finish front and back sides. The reticulated surface is intricately pierced with various shapes.

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1254912 (stock #2124dd)
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$65.00
Made by the Merrill Company, aka Merrill Shops, in the early part of the 20th century, this brandy or cognac warmer is imaginatively designed. Overall it is Arts and Crafts in manner. The bowl is heart-shaped with a beaded border and has the requisite pair of hooks to grip a glass edge. The handle is plain with an angular end.

It measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just over .7 T.oz.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254825 (stock #2123nr)
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$155.00
Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1254728 (stock #2122dd)
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$225.00
Apparently named after the artist whose work became identified with a style of painting that Wikipedia describes as embracing "scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm," Durgin's 1891 "Watteau" is rococo in manner. While this pattern is neither figural nor scenic, it does incorporate details such as scrolls and posys that would have a natural place in a Watteau scene.

This example is a 9 7/8" long, heavy, 3.8 T. oz., ice cream slice, aka ice cream knife. It has a broad and also flat, nearly rec...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1254615 (stock #2120f)
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An unnamed and uncommon pattern, this design reflects Aesthetic sensibilities and likely dates from the 1870s.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, slightly over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon. The handle has a cut border with a raised, lozenge-like, central area. This is inscribed with a period "D Mc" monogram. The border around the raised area is engraved, as is most of the handle.

The plum-shaped bowl has a central rib, slightly pointed tip, and flanged edges. The surface is finished in a matte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1254514 (stock #2119f)
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$55.00
This solid silver, two handled, tea strainer has a pierced bowl that measures 2 1/4" in diameter, is 3/4" deep, and has a maximum span of 4 5/8" handle tip to handle tip. It weighs just over .8 T. oz.

Made by The Merrill Co., aka as The Merrill Shops, located in New York City, the firm's emblem, the word "Sterling," and the number "804" are stamped on the backside.

Arts and Crafts in style, it likely dates to the first quarter of the 20th century. The flat, tab handles are engraved in ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254379 (stock #2118f)
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$95.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel. The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal polishing...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253939 (stock #2113f)
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$250.00
Lengthy for egg spoons, each of these six pieces measures 5 1/2" long. They are also relatively heavy, with the set weighing 5.1 T. oz. They all match, are a "Fiddle Thread," aka "French Thread," design engraved "TCFL" in a feathered script.

Stamped "Bailey & Co.," along with an "eagle, U, shield" pseudo hallmark, these trace to the Philadelphia firm that eventually became Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

According to Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the "U" indicate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253453 (stock #2108f)
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$85.00
Fully marked for London, 1844, and sterling, this large, 9", heavy 2.6 T. oz., table serving spoon is stamped "SH" over "DC" for the partnership of Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater.

It is a handsome and refined item, artfully formed and finished. It has a reverse tipt handle with an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The plain front has cleanly beveled edges and high, sharply defined shoulders off the generously proportioned, 3 1/4" by 1 3/4", bowl.

It is in superb condition and wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253302 (stock #2107dd)
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$125.00
Identified specifically for use with lettuce, as opposed to salad, this matching spoon and fork form was a reflection of the 19th century's inclination to devise specialized implements for individual foods.

This matching pair was made by Towle in its 1893 "Canterbury" pattern. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz. Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1253186 (stock #2106f)
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$165.00
Marked with the number "1," the Gorham "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling," this combination bookmark and letter opener is a novel item.

It measures 4 3/4" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz. It has a tubular stem handle with a series of concentric rings. This has an Aesthetic sensibility to it.

There is a crosspiece at the attachment with the blade. This supports an element that suggests a Celtic knot in design, and which serves as the upper portion of the actual page marker.

The b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252949 (stock #2104dd)
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$150.00
Showing no wear whatsoever and having brilliant finishes, this set of four, estate, egg spoons are in mint condition.

Each one measures 5" long, has a fine, script "JSH" monogram, and a matte finish, gold washed bowl. The group weighs 1.8 T. oz.

Marks are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and an Old English "O."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1252948 (stock #2103f)
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$175.00
According to Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," "[Shreve & Co.'s] production focused on special order merchandise [which was] sold only through the firm's own retail shop."

An usual item, this 2" high, 3 1/2" top diameter, 4 1/2" maximum span, 2.9 T. oz., cup may have been one of those special order items. It is singular in design, and further distinguished by the blue cloisonne enameled band along the upper rim. Enamel work examples from Shreve are not readily f...

 
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