American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1234972 (stock #1940f)
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Kirk's flagship pattern is "Repousse" which was offered in a flatware line and a wide array of hollowware.

This example is a large, 1 7/8" diameter, 1 1/4" tall, heavy at nearly 1.6 T. oz., napkin ring. It is model number "28," as stamped on the inside, along with the words "S. Kirk & Son" and "Sterling." The particular mark on this was used 1932-61 according to Rainwater.

The chasing is especially detailed and finely rendered, executed in high relief...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1234720 (stock #1938f)
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This 8 15/16" long and substantial weight, nearly 1.9 T. oz., table or serving spoon is marked "Smith & Sills" for the Middletown, Connecticut partnership with dates 1825-31.

It has a clean, well-made look, and is in excellent condition. The arched handle has a tipt end backside and a large "JAS" feathered, period script monogram on the front. The wings off the bowl have broad, beveled edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1234374 (stock #1935f)
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Stamped "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent mid 19th century firm, this pie server is large scaled. It measures 10" long overall and is exceptionally heavy at 3.8 T. oz. The triangular blade is 4 1/2" long and 3" at the widest.

The handle has a period "Bead" pattern front, and curiously a "Thread" pattern on the reverse. There is a fancy, feathered script "CAC" monogram on the obverse, and what appears to be a "CAP" monogram on the reverse...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1234272 (stock #1934f)
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While produced by numerous manufacturers, "Jenny Lind" is attributed to, and most associated with, New York City's Albert Coles.

This piece is an 11 1/4" long, 4.0 T. oz., coin silver fish slice. It is an exemplary instance of the pattern and mid 19th century flatware in general. The design is double die struck, meaning it appears on both the front and back sides of the handle. It is absent any polishing wear and has a brilliant, naturally patinated, surface...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1233504 (stock #1928f)
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Ready citation for the "Ladd & Bigelow" mark on this 5 3/4" long, just over .5 T. oz., c. 1840 coin silver teaspoon is not available. Bigelow is a name most associated with Boston, while Ladd has numerous references in Providence, RI, Manchester, NH, and New York City. Geography therefore suggests New England, and Boston in particular. Undoubtedly the partnership was short-lived and the mark thereby uncommon.

The handle has a reverse tipt, down turned end, and an exposed drop on the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1233437 (stock #1927f)
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Lebkuecher & Co. of Newark, NJ have narrow dates, 1896-1909, although during its period of operation, the company produced items that remain well-regarded. This piece is a 7 3/8" long, not quite 2.5 T. oz., pair of ice tongs. They are scissor or caliper form, with double hinges and three-tined, cupped grips. The hinged articulation enables them to open as wide as 5".

The style is Arts & Crafts...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1233227 (stock #1925f)
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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. It has a sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1233142 (stock #1924f)
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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.

This example...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1233007 (stock #1921f)
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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.

As implied, the condition ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1232623 (stock #1917f)
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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. This is shallowly concave and more of a...

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)
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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.

The ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1230209 (stock #1905f)
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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. It has a large, round bowl with a rippled base and notched shoulders. It is finished in a mostly intact, bright gold wash front and backsides. The piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1229033 (stock #1898f)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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...

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