American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355731 (stock #3049f)
Old Friends
$445.00
Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among exotic designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied elements. This pair of tongs are acid etched, showing a leaf and vine design on one arm and clover blossom and leaves on the other.

The work is intricate, precise, and artfully expressed. The etching wraps around the edges of the handle, which feature lends the pattern i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355646 (stock #3048f)
Old Friends
$35.00
A late 19th century pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

It is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves and flowers, all under a rococo mantle and set in moderately high relief.

There were two versions, one with a solid background and one pierced. This 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork is the latter.

It was never monogrammed or inscribed, and is in very fine condition. It has a warm finish, retains excelle...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1930 item #1355493 (stock #3045f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Two available.
Standing 4" tall with a top diameter of 2" and a bottom diameter of 1 1/2", and weighing approximately 2.6 T. oz., this beaker (becker) has German origins. Primarily for wine, it holds 4 liquid ounces.

It is stamped on the underside with a "crown, 800, lion" emblem, which designates the silver standard, and the name "C.E. Keyser," which was a Leipzig firm.

Having smooth, tapered sides, this form appears in glass and other metals, such as pewter.

This presents in a particularly refin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1355455 (stock #3043f)
Old Friends
$395.00
A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the compan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355267 (stock #3039f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is an 8 1/4" long, and consistent with the line, weighty at nearly 2.8 T. oz., medium sized cold meat fork. The serving end has four straight tines.

The handle is inscribed with a feathered script "M"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1355240 (stock #3037f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Measuring 4 3/8" long and relatively heavy at over .8 T. oz., this baby fork was made by Gorham, which name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Chantilly."

This example likely dates from the second quarter of the 20th century. The handle is curved and engraved in a script "ETR" monogram.

It is in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having a bright finish. The four tines remain even, straight, and pointed.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1355238 (stock #3036f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Stamped "Tiffany & Co. Makers," "Sterling Silver," "925-1000," and with a lower case "m," this master salt was put into production in 1902 as indicated by the model number "15251."

This was a period when Tiffany made reproduction items or designs inspired by older, especially English Georgian, holloware, and that is the case with this piece. It is round, cauldron shaped, and stands on three pad feet with acanthus leaf sprays where the legs are attached.

There is a rolled rim upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1355237 (stock #3035f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Patented in 1903, "Nuremburg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.

The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city.

This example...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1355235 (stock #3034f)
Old Friends
$60.00
This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and is weighty at 2.1 T. oz.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source.

Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling.

Export is generally derivative of English design, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1355159 (stock #3033f)
Old Friends
$195.00
A rare item, this folding glove button hook was made by George Shiebler, whose "winged S" symbol appears on one side of the blade, along with the name of the retailer, New York's "Theo[dore]. B. Starr." The opposite side of the blade is stamped "Sterling" and "Patent 83."

The pattern is identified as "Homeric" or "Etruscan" and is derivative of the Aesthetic Movement. It typically has hammered surfaces and irregular shapes, and also incorporates classical figures reminiscent of "Medallion"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1355033 (stock #3031f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
Early production pieces in the history of Tiffany, this pair of matched master salts are stamped with the model number "3402," introduced about 1873, on the undersides.

Other marks include the order number, "4016," "Tiffany & Co.," "M," and "Sterling Silver."

Each of these stands 7/8" high on a footed base 1 3/8" across, and has a maximum body diameter of 1 3/4". The pair combined weigh 1.4 T. oz.

They have satin matte finish bodies with applied rim tops and bright rose gold-surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354922 (stock #3029f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this sugar spoon is an example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern.

It is marked on the handle reverse with the Whiting lion logo, an Old English "O," "Sterling," and on the heel of the bowl "PAT. 1902" and "R'G 1902," all in fine lettering as an old piece would show.

The nearly round, scalloped edge, scrolled interior, bowl extends 1 3/4" back to front and 1 1/2" across and has a subtle satin finish.

The piece is in outst...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354721 (stock #3026f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Introduced in 1885, Whiting's "Lily of the Valley" immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again representative of the leaves, and this also serves as an enhancing design element.

In sum, it reflects influences from the innovative design sensibilities of the Aesthetic m...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1354404 (stock #3021f)
Old Friends
$200.00
Price for the set of twelve.
Introduced in 1890, "Greenfield" is a multi-motif, scroll design that appears to draw upon Aesthetic sensibilities.

Produced by A. F. Towle & Sons, the pattern was continued in production by its successor company, Lunt.

This rarely found group of twelve, matching, ice cream, or in today's parlance, sorbet, spoons all measure 5 1/4" long and have lightly inscribed "D" monograms on the fronts. Individually they have a somewhat light feel, but the group together actually weighs a substanti...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1354262 (stock #3018f)
Old Friends
$70.00
A 7" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., item, this ladle is fully hallmarked for sterling, London, 1793-94, and makers George Smith and William Fearn.

Appropriate to the period, it is "Old English," style, with a downturned, reverse tipt, handle and a thumb drop on the bowl. The front has a feathered script "R" monogram.

The bowl is unusual in that it is a perfectly shaped hemisphere, 2 1/16" in diameter and 3/4" deep.

It is in very good condition, absent any bends, breaks, or cracks, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354135 (stock #3015f)
Old Friends
$95.00
While hallmarked for Chester, England, with a date letter for 1908-09, this sterling silver tea caddy spoon has dual Scottish associations.

First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.

Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1354080 (stock #3014f)
Old Friends
$485.00
The 1860s saw a proliferation of three dimensional designs that included a ball, sphere, knob, and perhaps scarcest of all, cube form end as found on this very large, 11 1/4" long, 3.5 T. oz., (likely vegetable) serving fork.

Made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who is most associated with this style, and particularly so his "Ball End," it is stamped "Patent 1863," "G.S.," and "Sterling," on one of the facets of the six-sided handle.

The cube is substantial, measuring 3/4" square, and si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1354010 (stock #3013f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Introduced by Whiting just after the turn of the 20th century, "King Edward" has remained a sought after pattern in the century plus since.

This 6" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example, marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. Ap.23" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

It is in immaculate estate condition, retaining every bit of its original sharp detail on the shells and acanthus elements of the design. The finish is bright and the...

 
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