American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1259403 (stock #2176f)
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$45.00
This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1259169 (stock #2174f)
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$145.00
Meriden Britannia had been a well-established company producing quality silverplate for half a century when it entered the sterling market with the purchase of Wilcox & Evertsen in 1895. Shortly thereafter the whole firm became a part of International Silver Company, but the use of the MB nameplate continued until about 1930.

This open dish likely dates from early in the 20th century. Contemporary catalogs identity the form as a mayonnaise bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1258978 (stock #2171f)
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$60.00
Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

It is in choice condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258905 (stock #2170f)
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$100.00
Erroneously attributed by Tere Hagen in her reference work on flatware identification to Reed & Barton, this floral pattern is an early line pattern that was produced by William Durgin. Hagen calls it "Spray" but there is no documentation to that effect. The design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and only occasionally with the Durgin name or mark. This is stamped "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1258836 (stock #2168f)
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$42.00
William Ingalls Tenney, 1806-48, was a silversmith of note in New York City. In partnership with his brother Daniel from 1828 until his death, the name Tenney came to be associated with ecclesiastical silver.

This pair of spoons are marked "W.I. Tenney" "N.Y." and date early in William's working years.

At 6 1/4", they are lengthy for teaspoons, and rather weighty at nearly 1.6 T. oz. the pair. They have "Reverse Tipt," down-turned handle ends and exposed drops on the bowls...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1258649 (stock #2166f)
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$48.00
Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1258646 (stock #2165f)
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$35.00
Frederick Marquand is one of the storied names associated with New York City silversmithing, 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 some of his early working years.

This 6 9/16" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., probably youth fork is stamped "Marquand & Co." which dates it 1830-33.

It is a "Kings" pattern with a plain back. The front is inscribed "Rockwell" i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258470 (stock #2163f)
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Dating from the mid 19th century, these two coin silver spoons have New England origins. One is marked "W.J. Goodsell" with an eagle and star pseudo hallmark for the Hartford, Connecticut jeweler, and the other is stamped "Harwood Brothers" for the Boston firm. Both pieces have "Tipt" ends and shell bowls, but each is distinct in how these are presented.

The Harwood is the longer, at 6 11/16", and slightly heavier at .8 T. oz., compared to the Goodsell which measures 6 7/16" and weighs .6 ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258468 (stock #2162dd)
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$60.00
A charming item, this 4 1/4" long, just over .3 T. oz. total weight, (baby) food pusher is stamped with the "sword through B" mark of Blackinton, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is rococo in style and incorporates scrolls and florettes along its asymmetrical border. This frames a white enamel ground that itself contains a pair of purple lilies with trailing green leaves. The canted blade has a flat end and scalloped edges. The entire piece apart from the enamel is finished is ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258365 (stock #2161f)
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$285.00
Sometimes misidentified as a cracker scoop, this berry spoon or shovel form was a popular American form in the mid 19th century.

This 9" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., twist stem, example was produced by New York's Albert Coles. It was one of several designs in this genre that Coles offered.

It is die struck and portrays a raised classical warrior figure surrounded by detailing that has an architectural quality to it.

In his foundational work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffin...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1258257 (stock #2160dd)
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$195.00
A straw for drinking yerba mate, this bombilla (bomba) measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just over 1.1 T. oz.

The pierced bowl is stamped "Plata Industria Argentina" and "800" in a diamond. This is hinged for opening and has a threaded end that fits into the tube.

The tube itself has a gold tip that is stamped "18K." This appears to be a solid band wrapped around an inner lining. The stem is divided into several sections separated by bands, two of which are knurled. The upper portion h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1258139 (stock #2158f)
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$45.00
Measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over .6 T. oz., this bon bon, also referenced as a nut or confection spoon, was made by Gorham.

The pattern is "Imperial Chrysanthemum," which is a highly detailed floral design tending toward the Art Nouveau in style.

This is a particularly fine example. It has a delicate script "P" monogram on the front. There is no evident polishing wear and the bowl remains well-shaped and retains most of its original gold wash finish.

Marks are Gorham's ...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1980 item #1258136 (stock #2157f)
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$120.00
Each of these twelve spoons measures 5 5/8" long and has a script "E.F." monogram on the back of the handle, set in the European manner with the monogram facing the diner. The group weigh 7.2 T. oz.

Presumably they are teaspoons, although with their sharply defined tips, they could be used for fruit.

The pattern is appropriately a "French Thread," given that these are French in origin and fully marked so.

They are stamped with a first standard (950 parts silver vs. 925 for sterling)...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258035 (stock #2156f)
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$42.00
Stamped with the "star, S, eagle," pseudo hallmark of Joseph Seymour, Syracuse, this is also stamped "M.C. Haight" for the Geneva, New York retailer.

Dating from the mid 19th century, it is a large, 8 9/16" long, nearly 1.5 T. oz., table or serving spoon in very fine condition.

The handle has a broad, tipt, end, high narrow shoulders off the bowl, and beveled edges. It is engraved "H.M. Dorman" in stylishly rendered script lettering. This cross references with the inscription on a L.O....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258029 (stock #2155f)
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Dominick & Haff produced its figural "Renaissance" pattern in solid and pierced versions, with solid being the common form. This 5 5/8" long, relatively heavy 1.0 T. oz., grapefruit, aka fruit or orange, spoon is pierced. The open version is invariably marked with the name of Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," and that is the case with this piece.

It has a script "M" monogram on the handle and retains a pale residue of its original gold wash.

It is in excellent condition, free of polis...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1257482 (stock #2150f)
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$65.00
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 1900 item #1257230 (stock #2148f)
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$55.00
Towle employed a novel serving end for jelly knives in several late 19th century patterns, one of which was "Canterbury." This 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., piece has an elongated, gold washed, blade with a cupped base, curvilinear sides, and decorated shoulders that repeat the same bead and scroll motif of the handle.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Apart from some worn spots in the gold on the interior of the blade, there are no signs of use.

Marks are the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256927 (stock #2144f)
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$85.00
In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Celestial" may be the most explicitly Asian inspired in its portraiture given the pagoda-like detailing around the handle end.

Otherwise the design follows after this group of patterns in featuring a bird image set amid a leafy surround. The degree of detail is precise and finely rendered, with all the elements laid upon a stippled ground.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, relatively heavy at 1.8...

 
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