American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1233227 (stock #1925f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Biographical material about William Pendleton Burdick, the maker of this spoon, indicates he was something of an itinerant. Born in Vermont about 1792, he worked in Hartford, Connecticut in various partnerships, then in Ithaca, New York, and finally in San Francisco, and died in Iowa.

This piece is a 9 3/8" long, not quite 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon. The style, with a plain end, central rib back, and plain drop, suggests it was made during his Ithaca years, c. 1815-20...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1233142 (stock #1924f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Patented in 1903, "Nuremberg" 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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1233007 (stock #1921f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Marked with the Durgin "D," "Sterling," and the Hartford, Connecticut retailer's name, "D.H. Buell," this pair of tongs date from the late 19th century.

Measuring 3 5/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy .4 T. oz., they are tete-a-tete size.

They are finely made, with a brilliant finish and delicate bright cut floral and leaf engraving. The cast grips are claw form, fully articulated, and finished in a gold wash. The arch has a script "F.S." monogram...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1232623 (stock #1917f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates to 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling, or earlier.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz., ice cream server. It has an oval blade with two ribs in the bottom, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1231854 (stock #1911f)
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Measuring 7" by 5 1/2" by 1" high, and relatively weighty at 3.7 T. oz., this bowl is stamped with the Whiting logo, the word "Sterling," and the model number "6202." It may have been intended for bon bons or candies.

The pattern is a highly expressive, early 20th century, "Poppy" offered in the Art Nouveau manner. The undulating rim portrays full poppy blossoms alternating between front and back side portraitures.

It is in exceptionally fine condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1230829 (stock #1908f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense, rococo design that reflects quite a different, and arguably more engaging, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.

This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. It originally had an overall gold finish, but much of that was polished away and now shows only partly on the handle. It remains essentially intact on the three tine serving end...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1230209 (stock #1905f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Marked "Patent 1867" on the backside of the handle, and stamped with a lion, anchor, G, "Ionic" is one of Gorham's earliest full line patterns. It was also issued just before Gorham went from coin silver to a sterling standard in 1868 and examples of it are rather uncommon.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz., serving spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1229033 (stock #1898f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Something of a uncommon pattern, and a more intricate design than the name would imply, Durgin's 1886 "Scroll" has a repousse surface that features leaves, florals, and the namesake scrolls.

This example is a generously sized, 5" long, .9 T. oz. pair of sugar tongs. There is a fancy script "MAT" monogram on the arch. The gold washed talon grips are very finely rendered with detailed articulation on the inside as well as the outside surfaces.

The condition is excellent. Polishing wear ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1228768 (stock #1896f)
Old Friends
$285.00
All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form. The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of detail...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1228610 (stock #1895f)
Old Friends
$22.00
This is a Durgin produced, not later Gorham, 5 3/8" long, 1 3/8" diameter, .7 T. oz., bouillon spoon in the "Fairfax" pattern.

It is in superb estate condition and without a monogram or removal.

Marks are the Durgin "D," "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1228312 (stock #1893f)
Old Friends
$60.00
These two, sterling silver chairs appear to be a matched arm and sides, or "his and hers" pair. They were made by "J.K. Martyn" of Hoxsie, RI, according to the marks on the underside. "Martyn" is identified as an "Artificer" as stamped on the underside (along with the word "Sterling"), which would suggest they produced novelty items like this. The date is unknown, although some inference may be drawn from the fact that Hoxsie is an older section of the City of Warwick, and the term artificer ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1228138 (stock #1892f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Examples of Whiting's "Arabesque" as pristine as this 9" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry spoon are rare indeed. The low relief, dense, decorative design that features a griffin as the main feature is readily subject to polishing wear. This piece retains all its original fine detailing including, and especially so, the delicate feathering on the griffin's breast and wings.

All other aspects of the piece are equally pure. The plum-shaped bowl (one of four styles Whiting utilized in this 1870's peri...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227928 (stock #1891f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Marked with an eagle and bust pseudo hallmark, along with the letters "G.W&H" this 1840s spoon traces to three premier names in 19th century silver manufacturing, specifically William Gale, and later the independent partnership of Wood of Hughes, all of New York.

It is dessert size, 7" long, and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz. It has a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a lined drop on the bowl. There is a feathered script "HT" monogram.

The condition is very good. The bowl remains ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1227919 (stock #1890f)
Old Friends
$110.00
These two open salts are saucer shaped, 2 1/4" in diameter each, and sit on rimmed bases that are 1 1/2" across. They stand 7/8" high and weigh 1.8 T. oz. the pair.

Marked "925.1000" Sterling, and model number "510," they are without a maker's identification, but clearly trace to a major house, Wendt being one that comes to mind based on markings, period, and design and finish.

All surfaces of both pieces have matte finishes, while the interior of the actual dishes have engraved surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1227757 (stock #1889f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, Tiffany's "Faneuil" anticipates the Arts & Crafts movement in its straightforward, hand crafted look. It is a pointed antique pattern with a reverse tipt end, and a thumb drop on the backside join, in this case with the handle, of this 7 1/4" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz master butter knife.

There is an "APC" monogram done in a open letter manner that is consistent with the overall design of the piece as well as the sensibilities of the Arts & Crafts ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227621 (stock #1888f)
Old Friends
$325.00
Impressively fashioned and large scaled, each of these eight, matching pie or pastry forks measures 7" long while the group together weighs a substantial 10.8 T. oz. Lengthy and slender in look but staunch in form, they have three elongated tines with the lower one having a hooked end. Each one is monogrammed "HC" in fancy script lettering.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Louis XIV." D&H produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years. This item...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1227455 (stock #1887f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Made by Gorham early in the 20th century, this pair of tongs imitates a wishbone. The piece measures 3 1/2" long, has a 1 1/4" spread between the arms, and weighs approximately .6 T. oz.

It is model number "H171," and so marked on one grip, along with the word "Sterling," and the Gorham lion, anchor, G. The finger grip on the arch is engraved with an Old English "A" monogram.

The condition is flawless. There are no bends, nicks, or damage and the finish is appealing. The spring remai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227157 (stock #1884f)
Old Friends
$385.00
An original, estate item, this claret ladle measures an extraordinarily long 16 1/2" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped "Tiffany & Co., "Sterling," "Pat.1885," and "M," this last mark indicating it dates no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is arguably the most successful American version of this venerable English design. There is a tight, script "MMS" monogram on the front of the handle. The center portion of the handle has a twist section on an otherwise flatten...

 
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