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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1346401 (stock #2909f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Measuring 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" and weighing approximately .7 T. oz., this belt buckle dates circa 1900.

It was made by William B. Kerr of Newark, New Jersey. The company emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2448" are imprinted on the backside of the 3/8" wide, slightly curved, band that forms the body of the piece.

The backside is fitted with a pivoting crossbar to which two prongs that reach to the front are attached.

The surface of the band is acid etched in a swirling, leafy, Ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1346313 (stock #2908f)
Old Friends
$34.00
An English design that originated in the mid 18th century, "Onslow" has provided the inspiration for numerous American patterns of similar design.

This piece is a 5" long, just scant of 1.0 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

Marked only "Sterling," the maker is unknown, but the character of the work is Arts & Crafts, evocative of "Onslow" patterns produced by Arthur Stone and Tuttle, and suggesting an early 20th century date.

The rolled, broadly lined, handle tip that defines "Onslow" is p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346237 (stock #2907f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Price for the set of six.
As did other makers, Whiting produced a number of diverse engraved patterns in the 1880s. These are largely unnamed and not even fully catalogued, although they are commonly executed on an "Antique," upturned handle, pattern, with a "Reverse Tipt" end.

This set of six, matching, 6 7/8" long, weighty at 7.4 T. oz. the set, tea or dessert forks are exceptionally fine examples of this mode, and in immaculate condition.

The design is comprised of stylized bright cut leaves and blossoms offse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346080 (stock #2905f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is an intricately detailed and finely rendered, Renaissance Revival, design.

This 10 1/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., item is a rare form, likely pudding, serving spoon.

It has a symmetrical, 4 3/4" long by 2 1/4" at the widest, oval blade or bowl with a slightly scooped interior. This has a deep, bronze colored, gold finish front and backsides, and delicate, stylized leaf and blossom engraving at the tip. There is a feathered script, possibly "JDQ," m...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1346000 (stock #2904f)
Old Friends
$95.00
The largest of the round bowl soup spoons, gumbos are substantially sized items.

Consistent with that, this example measures 6 7/8" long and is quite heavy, at 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Dauphin" by Durgin, issued in 1897.

Apropos of the name, the design is French in manner. It features a variety of high relief flowers and leaves, with a ribbon border. The backside heel of the roughly 2" diameter bowl features an expanded leaf portraiture, interpreted in a free-flowing, Art Nouveau...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345936 (stock #2903f)
Old Friends
$36.00
Several sources identify this pattern as "Unique," made by Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, New York.

Operating under various names from the mid to late 1800s, the "H&S" mark, along with "Sterling," imprinted on the blade of this 7" long, relatively weighty at 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife was used 1864-71 according to an entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

The design is characteristic of the period, incorporating leaf and anthemion elements rather a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1345792 (stock #2901f)
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A prominent name in Philadelphia silversmithing, with dates roughly spanning the second quarter of the 19th century, the partnership of brothers Robert and William Wilson produced some of the best quality silver of the period made in that city.

This example is a 6 5/16" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon with a scallop shell bowl. It has a "Sheaf of Wheat" design at the end of the handle, along with a feathered script "EBP" monogram.

The "Sheaf of Wheat" motif, along with its companion "Baske...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345703 (stock #2900mt)
Old Friends
$46.00
Priice per piece, three available.
A pattern originated by Henry Hebbard, a major name among mid 19th century, New York City, silver manufacturers, "Grecian" eventually became a stable among Whiting's full line offerings.

This example is a 7" long, weighty at 1.2 T.oz., dessert or oval soup, place spoon. It was made by Whiting, whose lion emblem, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat 1862," appear on the backside.

The design incorporates three defining elements, all of which are derivative of the name. The dominant o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1345655 (stock #2899f)
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A renowned firm in its time, essentially the first four decades of the 20th century, Currier & Roby was built on a partnership of two skilled silversmiths, one of whom was also a designer and researcher of early American silver.

This pair of of items is reflective of their high quality work. They are in the fashion of earlier styles, executed in an Arts & Crafts manner.

The main piece is a 5 5/8" diameter handle tip to handle tip, 1.1 T. oz., tea strainer. The actual strainer section m...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345598 (stock #2898f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Price per piece, three available.
Measuring 5 3/4" long, this teaspoon weighs a substantial 1.1 T. oz.

Made by Tiffany, the pattern is "English King," one of that company's premier late 19th century designs.

It has a fancy script "H" monogram on the handle.

An early production item, it is marked with an "M," dating it no later than 1891. Other marks are "Sterling," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Pat. 1886."

It is in excellent condition, retaining clear pattern detail and having a bright, even finish. The bowl is well-s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345436 (stock #2895f)
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A relatively rare item, both in form and pattern, this extra long handle pickle fork measures 9 3/8" and weighs 9 3/8".

The pattern is "Armor," one of Whiting Manufacturing Company's earliest full line designs, issued in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The central run of the stem is twisted, joining the main portion of the handle with a 1 3/4" long, trident en...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345365 (stock #2894f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Price for the pair.
Dating from the mid 1850s, this matched pair of coin silver teaspoons are generously sized at 6 3/16" long, and moderate weight at 1.3 T. oz. the pair.

They have down-turned, "Plain" handles, high, rounded, shoulders off the pointed tip bowls, and fancy, feathered script "RMM" monograms.

They are stamped on the backsides, "John Cox & Co.," for the New York City firm with a forty year history in that city. They are also imprinted "Y," which is likely a journeyman's mark.

They are in ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345364 (stock #2893f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Price for the pair.
Stamped with "D-Eagle-Eust" pseudo hallmarks that John McGrew in his work on marks attributes to Albany, New York, manufacturer "Hall, Hewson & Brower, this matched pair of spoons was retailed "James Mix Jr." of the same city.

Dating from the late 1840s, each one measures 5 3/4" long, has a down-turned, "Reverse Tipt" backside, and a fine "LS" script monogram on the front. The pair weigh just under 1.0 T. oz.

They are in very good condition. Polishing wear is nil and the finishes are b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345298 (stock #2892f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Located in Philadelphia, the firm of Myrick, Roller & Holbrook, had a short history extending from the late 1880s to early 1900s.

It was a producer of souvenir spoons, as well as a limited line of flatware, of which this 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz., is a characteristic example.

It is a cast piece, rather than die struck, which is the typical method for producing flatware. Casting is the more complicated process of the two and enables a level of precision and depth of detail not otherwise av...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1345232 (stock #2891f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing just scant of 1.0 T. oz., this four tine item is a pastry fork.

It is an original production example of Alvin's early 20th century, Art Nouveau, "Old Orange Blossom," informally known as "OOB."

It is imprinted with the Alvin emblem, and the words "Patent" and "Sterling," all in very fine lettering as would be expected of an early piece.

The handle end is upturned and has an Old English "W" monogram that is very shallowly inscribed and only faintly visib...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345108 (stock #2889f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Whiting produced two variants of a "Honeysuckle" pattern early in its history, the second one of which was also produced in silver plate. Neither one is readily found, and examples of this "old" style are particularly scarce.

This is a pickle forks measuring 6 1/8" long and weighing .8 T. oz. Typical of the form, which later evolved into a pastry fork, it has three tines, the lower one of which is wider than the other two, and has a hooked tip.

It bespeaks its circa 1870 design period....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1345051 (stock #2888f)
Old Friends
$475.00
Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an extra wide and deep bowl, to be distinguished from a nearly identical version with a smaller bowl.

This is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was pop...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1344891 (stock #2887f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Standing 3 1/4" tall on a 2 3/8" wide rimmed base, this mustard pot is a very decorative item.

The holder is sterling silver with a lattice body with beaded detailing on the upper rim and handle. The 2" diameter lid has a raised flower, perhaps wild rose, and leafy scroll design with a solid thumb grip.

The liner is ruby red glass and is original to the piece, as is the 3 3/4" long, sterling bead and twist pattern mustard ladle. The total weight of the silver is 2.5 T. oz.

Dating f...

 
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