American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1244199 (stock #2019f)
Old Friends
$125
Standing 4 7/8" tall and resting on a 2" diameter base, this bud vase was made by Gorham whose lion, anchor, G mark is stamped on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling," the model number "1095," and the date letter "B" for 1869. It weighs 2.1 T. oz.

It follows after classic urn or amphora design. It presents a lofty and elegant appearance, having a tapering broad base that is joined to the flared lower end of the vase itself...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1244085 (stock #2018f)
Old Friends
$38
Newell Harding and his son by the same name were prominent Boston silversmiths and retailers who sources indicate also had a presence in Haverhill, Massachusetts, north of Boston in the industrialized Merrimack River Valley.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.4 T. oz. tablespoon (probably a place piece in its time) is marked "N. Harding & Co."

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" design dating c. 1840. Typical of the period, it is in atypically fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1244084 (stock #2017f)
Old Friends
$18.00
This 2 3/4" long, sterling silver individual salt spoon is an original, old, factory produced item and not one of the innumerable reproductions that are readily available in the the marketplace.

The pattern is "Buttercup" by Gorham, whose lion, anchor, G mark appears on the otherwise plain backside, along with the word "Sterling." There is an Old English "W" monogram on the front.

It is in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and free of polishing wear...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1243936 (stock #2016f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appears on the backside, this spoon measures 5 13/16" long and is weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz.

A "Mississippi" souvenir piece, it is replete with iconography. Images include an eagle with shield, "Jeff Davis/Old Home," the "State Capitol," "Shirley House," and the "Surrender Monument," and corn stalks.

It also has an unusual bowl surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243805 (stock #2015f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A bit longer than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" and heavy at approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is a youth spoon. Having an oversize bowl, this form is also sometimes identified as a pap spoon.

The pattern is Gorham's Art Nouveau "Patrician," a kindred design with "Poppy." It is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Patent 1902."

It is in choice condition and without a monogram or monogram removal. The design detail remains crisp and well-defined...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1243675 (stock #2014f)
Old Friends
$70
Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons characteristically have narrow, deep bowls, and often relatively long handles.

This example is in Gorham's "Versailles." It measures 5 3/4" long and is heavy at nearly 1.0 T. oz. The bowl is 2" long by 1" at the widest and 1/2" at the deepest. It has a satin matte finish on the interior and retains a portion of an original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1243412 (stock #2012mt)
Old Friends
$32.00
Measuring 4 1/4" long each, and weighing just over .6 T. oz. the pair, these two, matching egg spoons were made by Dominick & Haff.

The pattern is "Rococo" dating from 1888...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243410 (stock #2011f)
Old Friends
$35.00
The early 20th century witnessed a burst of interest in zodiac signs among silver manufacturers. Gorham is the firm that seemed to have capitalized most fully in this trend, but other producers offered entries as well.

Watson was among them and this 5 7/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz. teaspoon is an example of that company's output.

The sign is "Gemini," as identified in the upper right hand edge of the front. The twins are portrayed as a pair of cherubs, one standing and one sitting in...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1243101 (stock #2009f)
Old Friends
$60.00
A standard pattern with slight variations from maker to maker, "Olive" was a stand out design in the mid 19th century. Gorham produced its own variant in 1865 and took it further afield from than other makers of the period. It is built around a central, double lined, oval, engraved "Nellie" in this case, with leafy elements top and bottom of this, and a beaded drop at the very bottom.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, relatively heavy 1.5 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle. It is stamped with the "...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1242990 (stock #2008mt)
Old Friends
$575.00
Produced in the mid 19th century and stamped on the blade with Albert Coles' (New York City) three part pseudo hallmark, this all coin silver fish slice measures 12" long and weighs 4.0 T. oz. The weight includes the fill in the hollow handle.

The elaborate "dolphin-like fish with scales" pattern on the handle is one identified with Coles. A pair of animals entwine with one another, with a smaller fish placed between the larger two's tails.

The handle was paired with a variety of blade...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242887 (stock #2007mt)
Old Friends
$100.00
A fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece, this large, 8 1/4" long, heavy, approximately 2.0 T. oz., cheese scoop was made by Towle as identified on the reverse. Other marks include "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "L.L. Mason."

Dating from 1884, Arlington is a dense, multi-motif, repousse style, floral design with a plain backside, which in this instance is free of a monogram or removal. It is highly detailed and intricately wrought. It shows particularly ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242746 (stock #2006f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This sterling silver cold meat fork is about as large as such pieces get, measuring 8 5/8" long and weighing a very heavy 2.4 T. oz. The pattern is one of several kings and queens iterations that Gorham evolved over a span of about fifty years.

Each of these designs seemed to become more detailed, and that is the case with this late, 1899, expression. It incorporates the requisite shell and acanthus leaf elements characteristic of the queens motif in a variety of ways on both sides of the ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1242641 (stock #2005f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing .6 T. oz., this c. 1840 coin silver cream or sauce ladle is stamped "Steward, Stevens & Dewey" which was a firm located in Cambridge, New York.

It is a clean example in very fine condition. It has a tipt end handle, plain back, and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl. There is a fancy script "M.J. Hatch" with feathered detailing above the name.

Apart from a nearly imperceptible bit of pinprick dimpling in the otherwise perfectly formed bowl, there is no ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242527 (stock #2004f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Gorham produced pie servers with both hollow and solid silver handles. The earliest hollow handle examples had silverplate blades, while later examples were made with stainless blades. This example is the very oldest, original form, and is all silver.

It measures 9 1/8" long and weighs a robust 2.9 T. oz. The blade itself is generously proportioned at 4 3/4" long and 2 3/4" at the widest, has flanged shoulders and slightly raised edges that lead to a flat, pointed, tip.

There is a del...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1242214 (stock #2001f)
Old Friends
$625.00
Solid silver, fully original and completely hand made, this punch ladle bears the unicorn mark of Geoffrey Blake who is a contemporary master smith producing for Old Newbury Crafters silver.

Sources list Blake as starting his association with ONC in 1971. In-depth, illustrated, online articles about him, the company, and the production of hand worked silver are available on the sites "smpub.com" and "paulreverehouse.org." A google search will turn up other links. He remains a skilled figu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1241720 (stock #1997f)
Old Friends
$280.00
This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is a dense, figural design that is subject to polishing wear. These retain all the intricacy of their original production, showing only minimal evidence of use. The main figure is a woman holding a bucket and all elements of her portraiture ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1241473 (stock #1995f)
Old Friends
$525.00
A popular and enduring pattern, Kirk's "Repousse" was produced in an array of holloware matching its flatware line.

This piece is a 7" long, 3 1/2" at the widest, 4" to the highest point at the top of the handle, 8.1 T. oz., gravy or sauce boat.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Co," "925/1000," and "7" on the underside. Rainwater indicates this particular mark was used on holloware 1903-07.

Judging from other examples of repousse gravy boats showing on the internet, Kirk produced numerous v...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1241055 (stock #1991f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Multiple sources identify a single Edward Shaw as a Philadelphia silversmith, but none of them offers a mark.

Brix lists his dates 1825-30, which would be consistent with the style of this 8 3/8" long, nearly 1.3 T. oz., tablespoon stamped "E. Shaw" in a hatched cartouche. This would seem to provide a conclusive attribution. Catherine Hollan's publication "Philadelphia Silversmiths" is the most recent entry about Philadelphia silver and she indicates the 1850 and 1860 censuses located Shaw...

 
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