American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339107 (stock #2810f)
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$75.00
Dating from the last decade of the 19th century, Gorham's "Virginia" is essentially a pointed antique design with beaded edging, front and back sides.

This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.

The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.

It is without a monogram or removal and in ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338999 (stock #2809f)
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Measuring 7 3/16" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this spoon dates from 1871 according to the inscription on it. That reads, "Stephen I. Butler, April 9th, 1871."

Marked "T.W. Baily" and "Coin" on the reverse, it traces to Philadelphia. Essentially "Old English" in design, with a rounded, "Tipt" end, it has an engraved surface with wriggle work borders. The design includes a reserve where the inscription is applied.

The condition is very good. The engraving remains crisp and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338920 (stock #2808f)
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$70.00
Measuring 8 3/16" long and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this lettuce fork bridges two related forms.

It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.

The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338853 (stock #2807f)
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$38.00
Sized between a demitasse and a 5 o'clock spoon, this piece measures 4 5/8" long and weighs a relatively heavy .7 T. oz.

The pattern is Tiffany's turn of the 20th century, "Florentine," which is an elaborate and richly textured design.

It is in choice estate condition, showing no polishing wear, having a bright finish, and retaining its original gold wash, front and backside, bowl.

There is an Old English "C" monogram on the handle reverse.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338799 (stock #2806f)
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A realistic portraiture of a climbing rose, Knowles' pattern by that name is best known for the beetle that is incorporated in the design on the lower portion of the handle.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., dessert or oval soup, spoon.

It is engraved "Tryon" in script on the interior side of the bowl. Both the name, which could be a first or a surname, and its location are unusual, all of which add interest and implied provenance to this.

The condition is outstandin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1338683 (stock #2804f)
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$85.00
Commonly referred to as a "brandy warmer," this form appears in Gorham's 1894 catalogue identified as a "brandy burner" (see image 2).

Whatever name is applied, this example is characteristic of the piece. It measures 3 7/8" long, with a short handle and a 1 5/8" diameter bowl with two tabs to lock over the rim of a brandy snifter. It weighs .6 T. oz.

While brandy warmers are readily available, this piece is uncommon. Figural and decorative whereas many are plain, it is a limited lin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338607 (stock #2803f)
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$42.00
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Dating from 1898, Durgin's "Orange Blossom" was the first of several Art Nouveau floral patterns that culminated with the company's spectacular "New Art" line.

Intricate and high relief like its successor designs, it is more two-dimensional in profile than they are.

The leaf and floral portraiture is more organic and naturalistic than Alvin's better known version of this same motif, "Old Orange Blossom" (OOB).

Durgin's is also less commonly found. Indeed this 5 3/8" long, just over ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338540 (stock #2802f)
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$46.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this long handle olive or pickle fork is a clean example of Towle's "Old Newbury" pattern issued in 1900.

The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.

Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed.

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1338486 (stock #2801f)
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$450.00
Relatively short-lived, born circa 1783, died 1835, Harvey Lewis nonetheless made a significant imprint in the realm of American silver smithing. His producing years, all in Philadelphia where he lived, extended from 1802-27.

Examples of his work can be found at Yale University, Winterthur, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A pair of canns, i.e. mugs, larger than but otherwise matching this one, are illustrated online, with a date of circa 1815, and identified as in a private collection....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338438 (stock #2800f)
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$40.00
A highly trumpeted design at the time of its introduction in 1880, Gorham's figural "Fontainebleau" quickly established itself as one of the company's foremost patterns, and it remains so today.

This example is a 6" long, just under .9 T. oz., youth fork. It is an early example, stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" set on the edge of the handle.

Its age is further evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads in fine script le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338372 (stock #2799f)
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$38.00
A fully original, early production, example of "Francis I," this piece is imprinted with the company's "bird, R in a shield, standing lion" emblem, and the word "Sterling."

It is a 4 7/16" long, just over .4 t. oz., lemon fork with three tines, the outer two of which are splayed. The center one is wider and slightly more elongated than the other two.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in immaculate condition. The high relief, clustered fruit pattern detail remains clear and well-d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1338275 (stock #2798f)
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$235.00
Part of a desk set made by Gorham, this 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide, weighty at 5.3 T. oz., tray is identified in the company's 1902 catalogue as a "sealing set tray" (see image 2).

It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.

It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1338218 (stock #2797f)
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Frederick Marquand is one of the storied names among New York City silversmiths, having established the lineage which eventually became "Ball, Black & Co." and subsequently "Black, Starr & Frost." He is also associated with Savannah, Georgia where he spent his early working years.

This example is a substantial sized, 8 7/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., table or serving spoon.

It has an arched, fiddle shaped handle with a raised "Kings" pattern on the front, a plain reverse, and a shell back bowl. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1338159 (stock #2796f)
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$48.00
Derivative of the early 20th century Colonial Revival movement in design, the pattern on this 8 1/4" long, 2.1 T. oz., small berry, aka casserole, spoon is in fact named after a Colonial period governor of Massachusetts, William Dummer (1677-1761).

Issued in 1925, it is markedly similar to Towle's popular "Mary Chilton" which was introduced a decade earlier in 1912.

Sharing the same diamond-shaped handle, Watson's iteration is more elaborated than Towle's. Rather than plain, the handle a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338081 (stock #2795f)
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$55.00
Not a full flatware line, this singularly designed 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., pickle fork made by Wood & Hughes dates circa 1880.

The pattern is clearly rooted in Aesthetic sensibilities, with a marine theme. There are two shell motifs, one in the heel of the central of three tines, and one at the tip of the handle.

Radiating lines fan out from the broad, angular, handle shoulders, and meet a series of ripples that evoke waves, which probably not without coincidence, resemble Tiffany's "Wa...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1337974 (stock #2793f)
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Dating from the mid 19th century, this coin silver teaspoon measures 6" long and weighs .7 T. oz. Engraved "Frank" on the handle, it may have been a youth spoon originally.

It is stamped "Duhme & Co." for the prominent Cincinnati firm. While the shape of the handle and the detailed engraving are characteristic of the company's output in the period, the twist handle is not nearly as common as the more typical solid handle.

It is in immaculate condition, showing essentially no wear. The...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1337824 (stock #2791f)
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Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first golden age of design.

The defining feature of the line is a cast, in most instances female, "bust" that surmounts the slender, square handle.

A product of the Classical Revival movement of the period, the figure sits atop a pedestal base, much as she might be presented in a museum or salon, or in a wall niche in an athenaeum.

This piece is a 5 7/8" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., coin ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1337601 (stock #2789f)
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$185.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching, open master salts stands 1 5/8" tall, has a top opening of 2", and is 2 1/4" maximum diameter. The pair combined weigh a substantial 4.5 T. oz.

Marked on the undersides "S. Kirk & Son Inc.," "Sterling," "Hand Decorated," and with the model number number "3," they date 1925-32.

The pattern is "Repousse," which is the hallmark design of this firm. They have three paw feet each that are joined to the bodies in a leaf form. The bottoms are engraved "MCR" in sc...

 
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