American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1227455 (stock #1887f)
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Made by Gorham early in the 20th century, this pair of tongs imitates a wishbone. The piece measures 3 1/2" long, has a 1 1/4" spread between the arms, and weighs approximately .6 T. oz.

It is model number "H171," and so marked on one grip, along with the word "Sterling," and the Gorham lion, anchor, G. The finger grip on the arch is engraved with an Old English "A" monogram.

The condition is flawless. There are no bends, nicks, or damage and the finish is appealing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227157 (stock #1884f)
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An original, estate item, this claret ladle measures an extraordinarily long 16 1/2" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped "Tiffany & Co., "Sterling," "Pat.1885," and "M," this last mark indicating it dates no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is arguably the most successful American version of this venerable English design. There is a tight, script "MMS" monogram on the front of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1226763 (stock #1880f)
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These spoons trace to the highly regarded Blanchard family of Arts & Craft silversmiths. They are marked "B09" in an oval, demarcating the year (1909) that George Blanchard left the employ of Arthur Stone and established his own shop in Gardner, Massachusetts. This symbol is associated as well with George's son, Porter Blanchard, who eventually migrated to California and essentially became legendary in his field...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1225680 (stock #1868f)
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An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flanged edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1225321 (stock #1864f)
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A fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece as many instances of this form are, and solid silver, this cheese scoop measures an over-sized 7 1/4" long and weighs a hefty 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Stratford" by International, dating from 1902. It is a floral design, in this case carnation, offered in an Art Nouveau style. The pattern elements are expressed on the front and back sides of the handle end, the join with the bowl, and the reverse heel of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1225187 (stock #1862f)
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Identified as bon bon tongs in William Hood's reference "Tiffany Silver Flatware," this item measures 3 1/2" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Wild Rose," which is one of twelve motifs Tiffany produced in its "Floral" series. They have cupped grips with central ridges and gold washed finishes. The arch is plain, without a monogram or removal.

The condition is mint. There is no evidence whatsoever of wear and no damage...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1224493 (stock #1858f)
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A large example, this master butter knife measures 8" long and weighs approximately 1.6 T. oz. The pattern is "Florentine," introduced in 1870 by John Wendt. A Renaissance Revival design, Florentine consists of a dense mosaic of leaves and scrolls with a shield reserve, which in this case is absent a monogram or removal. The blade is set on the vertical to the handle, meaning the handle would lie flat on a surface, with the blade fully upright.

It is in very fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1224196 (stock #1856f)
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Dominick & Haff produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years...
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1224064 (stock #1855f)
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Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighty at just over .9 T. oz., this souvenir spoon was made by the Mechanics division of Watson. The company's pennant emblem appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling."

The handle portrays a full-sized, standing American indian holding a bow, while the reverse shows his shield. The detail is exceptional, exhibiting precise die work and articulate portraiture. Curiously the figure is resting atop a classical, pedimented column wrapped in oak leaves,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1223618 (stock #1853f)
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Dating from 1872, John Wendt's "Bird" stands alongside Tiffany's "Audubon" and two designs both named "Japanese," one made respectively by Whiting and the other by Wood & Hughes. They all incorporate bird images that embrace the aesthetic sensibilities of the period. Wendt's imagery is particularly detailed and intricately rendered.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., table or serving spoon in exceptionally fine condition. The imagery is sharp and crisp and free of a...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1223460 (stock #1852f)
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This 5 5/8" long, weighty, 1.1 T. oz., sterling silver souvenir spoon portrays a number of images connected with the Civil War "Battle of Lookout Mountain."

The center of the handle features a number of soldiers climbing a hillside slope. The end of the handle shows a bust of "Joseph Hooker," the general in command of the operation. The lower portion of the handle reads, "Lookout Mt., Battle Above the Clouds, Nov. 24, 1863." The bowl shows a panorama of the mountain "from the Tennessee Ri...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1223048 (stock #1849pb)
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Citing Cutten, McGrew in his benchmark work on pseudo hallmarks, identifies the "eagle, arm and hammer, bust," mark as belonging to "one of eleven silversmith firms . . . operating in Newburgh, NY, after 1830." That attribution is consistent with the origin of this estate pair of 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., coin silver tongs. They have a family provenance that traces to that area and period.

They have matching, sculpted arms (each one hallmarked on the inside), scallop shell grips, and a flat...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1222830 (stock #1847sh)
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Continental flatware tends to be larger scaled than American and that is the case with this 10 3/8" long dinner knife made by France's Cristofle. The comparable American piece would be identified as a banquet knife.

It is a 19th century item in an unknown pattern. There is a handsome, period "LKB" monogram.

The blunt end, carbon steel blade is original and marked "Christofle a Paris." The ferrule on the silverplate handle is stamped "Cristofle."

The condition is good. The blade i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1222445 (stock #1844f)
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Whiting produced two versions of a sugar spoon in their popular "Lily of the Valley" line. Both had shell bowls, with one, as in this instance, was more stylized and decorative, while the other was more straightforward.

The piece measures 6" long and weighs just over .7 T. oz. There is a delicate, feathered script monogram engraved on the plain backside.

This is in pristine condition. The pattern is precisely rendered with every detail of the high relief blossoms, leaves, and lined ba...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1221682 (stock #1840f)
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Each of these four forks measures 7 3/8" long and is heavy, with the set weighing 6.2 T. oz. They date from the third quarter of the 19th century and all have a fancy, feathered script "ELH" monogram set sideways on the handle.

The pattern is "Fleur de Lis" by Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark is stamped on the backsides.

They are in excellent condition. The tines are all even, pointed, and straight. There is no obvious polishing wear, with the pattern detail and engravin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1221548 (stock #1839f)
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One of several patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880 with a twisted handle, this example has a round twist lower section joined to a four sided diamond shaped end. It is referred to as "Square Twist" by some sources, while that name is reserved by other sources for another design.

The piece is an ice cream slice. By nature, these are large items, but this exceeds even what would be expected of the form. It measures 12 7/8" long and weighs a massive 6.0 T. oz.

While evidently plain, t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1221544 (stock #1838f)
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Unusually proportioned, this elongated coin silver master butter knife measures a full 8" long overall and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz. The flat, blunt end blade comprises 3" of this length, while the slender handle with a rounded, tipt end, comprises 5". There is a stylish, well-formed, script "LB" engraved on the front of the gently arched handle.

The maker's stamp is "Jeffrey R. Brackett," along with the word "Boston." Brackett is well documented, identified as working as a silvers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1221090 (stock #1834f)
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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Got...

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