American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1248451 (stock #2057f)
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A bold Art Nouveau design, Providence, Rhode Island's Baker-Manchester's "Poppy" successfully competed with other manufacturers' poppy patterns produced around the turn of the twentieth century.

This grouping includes seven serving pieces comprised of three different sized ladles, a cold meat and a beef fork, a tomato or cucumber server, and a small berry spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1248342 (stock #2055f)
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$26.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Heraldic" is an emblematic pattern.

It features a well-constructed, high relief, "sculptured" in effect, portraiture of a knight's helmet surrounded by leafy scroll detailing. Double die struck, the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, which in this instance is engraved "ELG to SMS" in fine script.

This example is a 6 3/16" long oyster or seafood cocktail fork. The line is heavy and that is case with this which is relatively weighty at .6 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1248233 (stock #2053f)
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$48.00
Oval with a flat bottom, this napkin ring measures 2 3/16" long, stands 1 3/8" at the highest, is 3/4" wide, and weighs just under .7 T. oz.

Made by the Webster Company, it is stamped with the firm "WC and arrow" emblem as well as "Sterling" on the interior.

The applied edges are raised and have lined detailing. The band itself is engraved in a leaf and floral design, with the name "John" inscribed in script in the reserve area.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
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$85.00
Measuring 12 1/4" long, this carving knife made by Gorham is unusual on several counts.

First, it is early for this sort of thing. It is stamped with a date letter for 1874. Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "5."

Second, the handle is not a standard pattern. It is a plain, rounded end shape with a satin matte surface...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1247726 (stock #2049f)
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$125.00
A pattern that was made in both coin and sterling silver, "Strawberry" originated with William B. Durgin. This was one of the first die struck designs produced by the company he founded in 1853.

This 8 1/2" long berry, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon is marked "Patent" and "Pure Coin" suggesting it was early in the production history of the pattern. It has a plum-shaped bowl and is engraved "GB" in a fancy, feathered script on the backside.

It is in mint condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1247621 (stock #2048f)
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$40.00
The larger of at least two sizes of sugar tongs that Durgin produced in "Fairfax," this pair measure 4 1/2" long and weigh just over .8 T. oz.

They are early production, stamped with a "D," "Sterling," "Pat'd," as well as "S.C.&L. Co." for the retailer, Boston's Shreve, Crump & Low Company.

They are in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The arch is well-shaped and free of bends, cracks, or repairs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1247259 (stock #2045f)
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$345.00
Measuring 9" across, standing 2" tall, and weighing 11.2 T. oz., this is a substantially sized bowl.

It is marked with the name and emblem for Theodore B. Starr of New York and dates c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1246992 (stock #2043f)
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$195.00
Located in Newark, New Jersey, sources cite dates of 1907-c. 1958 for the William B. Meyers Co.

Renowned for its line of miniature reproductions, the company also produced a variety of other items in silver. Rainwater notes in her work on American silver manufacturers that Meyers "was noted for the fine quality, the good design and excellent craftsmanship of his pieces."

This 11 3/4" long, weighty at 4.2 T. oz., platter or stuffing spoon, is a product of their Arts & Crafts effort, at w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246905 (stock #2042f)
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$40.00
Measuring 5 13/16" long and weighing just under 1.1 T. oz., this teaspoon is marked with an "H" in a diamond, which is a Gorham designation for "heavy." Other marks are the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Mar. 20. 1894."

It is a Zodiac spoon for the month of December. The sign is "Capricornus," the sea-goat, more commonly identified as "Capricorn," whose image appears on the handle. Other decorative elements include holly leaves and berries tumbling into the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246529 (stock #2040f)
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$30.00
Cited in a city directory for 1839 by Louise Belden, "Winchester & Johnson," which name is imprinted on this 8 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., table or place spoon, was a jeweler located in Hartford, Connecticut.

It has a plain, down turned handle end, plain drop, and rounded shoulders off the bowl. The front is inscribed "HP" in script.

It is in very fine condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, and free of dents, burrs, or tip wear. There is one slight nick on the bowl backside edge which ap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1246203 (stock #2037f)
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$45.00
Broadly falling within the Arts & Crafts mode and period, New York's Currier & Roby were known as well for their capacity in reproduction silver.

This pair of matched, 3" long, .6 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons reflects both those characteristics.

The pattern is "Onslow," which is an early English design. This is paired with a matte finish, gold washed, shell form bowl. The are crafted in a way that imbues them with an aged, hand worked looked. Indeed it would be expected that th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245845 (stock #2034f)
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$80.00
Many 19th century social conventions seem at odds with current practices. Such is the manner of notating gifts or presentations. The first person of interest in today's world is the recipient, while the second one is the giver; the order is "to" and "from." The 19th century practice was typically the reverse of this, with the giver the more significant figure.

That custom is evidenced by the inscription on this large, 9 3/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., coin silver serving spoon. The front is engrav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245767 (stock #2033mt)
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$50.00
Number "8" in Shiebler's "Flora" series, this teaspoon measures 5 3/4" long and is substantial weight at not quite 1.0 T. oz. The flower portraiture is "Lily of the Valley."

It is a choice example without a monogram or removal on the plain backside. Pattern details remains clearly defined and sharp, showing only the slightest bit of polishing softening on the highest points of the blossoms. The bowl is without any tip wear and is free of dents or burrs. The finish is brilliant.

Marks...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1245490 (stock #2031f)
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$55.00
More characteristically thought of as citrus or grapefruit spoons, catalogs of a century or more ago commonly identified this form as an orange spoon.

These two examples were produced by Watson and may be one each, orange and grapefruit spoon. They vary in size, the larger measuring 6" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., while the smaller one is 5 5/8" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. The variance may be an indicator of use.

They have similar, high relief, intricately detailed,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245393 (stock #2030f)
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$40.00
Relatively large for such items, this mustard ladle measures 5" long and weighs nearly .6 T. oz. The pattern is "Rosette," one of Gorham's earliest line designs. It was patented in 1868, and so marked, which was the year that Gorham went to the sterling standard. Other marks include the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Sterling."

The pattern takes its name from the central rosette that appears about a third of the way up the handle from the bowl, which in this instance retains its...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1245314 (stock #2029f)
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$120.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, 1855 "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a 9 3/8" long, nearly 2.3 T. oz., pie or pastry server. It has a 4 3/4" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, blade with scalloped shoulders, upraised edges, an engraved surface, and a repeat of the leaf design on the reverse heel. The backside of the handle is engraved "White" in script.

The overall condition is excel...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1245264 (stock #2028f)
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$25.00
Abraham and William Wood "operated a solid silverware manufacturing business in New York City between 1849 and 1871" according to Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." Coles and Reynolds was a successor firm and that operation was eventually bought out by George Shiebler, so the business lineage was lengthy and significant.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., oversize tea or possibly youth spoon is an example of the firm's rarely found "Lily" patte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245082 (stock #2026f)
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$55.00
Marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 97," this pair of sugar tongs are an early example of Gorham's "Strasbourg."

They are a large version, measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz.

They are also in mint condition, have elaborate grips, and are without a monogram or removal. The design detail is free of any signs of wear, the arch remains well-shaped, and the finish has a natural, brilliant finish.

 
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