American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1243101 (stock #2009f)
Old Friends
$60.00
A standard pattern with slight variations from maker to maker, "Olive" was a stand out design in the mid 19th century. Gorham produced its own variant in 1865 and took it further afield from than other makers of the period. It is built around a central, double lined, oval, engraved "Nellie" in this case, with leafy elements top and bottom of this, and a beaded drop at the very bottom.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, relatively heavy 1.5 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1242990 (stock #2008mt)
Old Friends
$575.00
Produced in the mid 19th century and stamped on the blade with Albert Coles' (New York City) three part pseudo hallmark, this all coin silver fish slice measures 12" long and weighs 4.0 T. oz. The weight includes the fill in the hollow handle.

The elaborate "dolphin-like fish with scales" pattern on the handle is one identified with Coles. A pair of animals entwine with one another, with a smaller fish placed between the larger two's tails...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242887 (stock #2007mt)
Old Friends
$100.00
A fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece, this large, 8 1/4" long, heavy, approximately 2.0 T. oz., cheese scoop was made by Towle as identified on the reverse. Other marks include "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "L.L. Mason."

Dating from 1884, Arlington is a dense, multi-motif, repousse style, floral design with a plain backside, which in this instance is free of a monogram or removal. It is highly detailed and intricately wrought...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242746 (stock #2006f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This sterling silver cold meat fork is about as large as such pieces get, measuring 8 5/8" long and weighing a very heavy 2.4 T. oz. The pattern is one of several kings and queens iterations that Gorham evolved over a span of about fifty years.

Each of these designs seemed to become more detailed, and that is the case with this late, 1899, expression...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1242641 (stock #2005f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing .6 T. oz., this c. 1840 coin silver cream or sauce ladle is stamped "Steward, Stevens & Dewey" which was a firm located in Cambridge, New York.

It is a clean example in very fine condition. It has a tipt end handle, plain back, and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl. There is a fancy script "M.J. Hatch" with feathered detailing above the name...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242527 (stock #2004f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Gorham produced pie servers with both hollow and solid silver handles. The earliest hollow handle examples had silverplate blades, while later examples were made with stainless blades. This example is the very oldest, original form, and is all silver.

It measures 9 1/8" long and weighs a robust 2.9 T. oz. The blade itself is generously proportioned at 4 3/4" long and 2 3/4" at the widest, has flanged shoulders and slightly raised edges that lead to a flat, pointed, tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1242214 (stock #2001f)
Old Friends
$625.00
Solid silver, fully original and completely hand made, this punch ladle bears the unicorn mark of Geoffrey Blake who is a contemporary master smith producing for Old Newbury Crafters silver.

Sources list Blake as starting his association with ONC in 1971. In-depth, illustrated, online articles about him, the company, and the production of hand worked silver are available on the sites "smpub.com" and "paulreverehouse.org." A google search will turn up other links...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1241720 (stock #1997f)
Old Friends
$280.00
This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is a dense, figural design that is subject to polishing wear. These retain all the intricacy of their original production, showing only minimal evidence of use. The main figure is a woman holding a bucket and all elements of her portraiture ar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1241473 (stock #1995f)
Old Friends
$525.00
A popular and enduring pattern, Kirk's "Repousse" was produced in an array of holloware matching its flatware line.

This piece is a 7" long, 3 1/2" at the widest, 4" to the highest point at the top of the handle, 8.1 T. oz., gravy or sauce boat.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Co," "925/1000," and "7" on the underside. Rainwater indicates this particular mark was used on holloware 1903-07.

Judging from other examples of repousse gravy boats showing on the internet, Kirk produced numerous v...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1241055 (stock #1991f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Multiple sources identify a single Edward Shaw as a Philadelphia silversmith, but none of them offers a mark.

Brix lists his dates 1825-30, which would be consistent with the style of this 8 3/8" long, nearly 1.3 T. oz., tablespoon stamped "E. Shaw" in a hatched cartouche. This would seem to provide a conclusive attribution. Catherine Hollan's publication "Philadelphia Silversmiths" is the most recent entry about Philadelphia silver and she indicates the 1850 and 1860 censuses located Shaw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1240837 (stock #1989f)
Old Friends
$1,350.00
Stamped "Warner" and "11-2" on the underside, this footed bowl traces to Baltimore and dates somewhere in the last third of the 19th century. "11-2" is one of several idiosyncratic Baltimore standard marks, which in this case indicates a silver content marginally higher than sterling.

Andrew Ellicott Warner, and his son of the same name who made this piece, stand forward as one of the most prominent names in silversmithing in a city known for that trade, and the basis for their high reputat...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1240731 (stock #1988f)
Old Friends
$18.00
Thomas Carson's dates are 1785-1868, with his working years beginning in 1810, and a partnership with Green Hall in place 1814-19, this all situated in Albany, New York.

Marked "Carson & Hall," with the "Hall" rubbed, and given the above dates, this 5 5/8" long, just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon traces to early in his career.

It has a script "BP" monogram set sideways on the rounded end handle. The shoulders off the bowls are high and slight. The backside of the bowl has a fain...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1240111 (stock #1985f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Marked "N. Harding & Co." for the prominent Boston and Haverhill, Massachusetts silversmith, this coin silver spoon measures 6 3/8" long and weighs .8 T. oz. It feels more substantial than the weight would indicate.

Suggested dates for this mark are 1851-59, and the "Fiddle Tipt" design would imply the early end of that range. It may be a large sugar or small preserve spoon. There is a feathered script "EGE" monogram on the backside of the handle.

For the most part, this is not to be ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1239702 (stock #1981f)
Old Friends
$35.00
This 6" long, approximately .7 T. oz., c. 1850, coin silver cream or sauce ladle has a double provenance. It is stamped "T.P. Kibbe" for Thompson Prior, the Johnstown, New York silversmith and retailer. It also carries the three part "D, eagle, bust," pseudo hallmark of Hall, Hewson, and Brower of Albany, NY.

It is a clean piece, with a brilliant, naturally patinated finish. The down-turned end has a tipt backside and there is a large, script "S. Leach" monogram on the front.

Apart fr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1239560 (stock #1980f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Dating from the late 19th century, International's "Cambridge" is a beaded pattern with a lined margin leading to a scrolled top.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., delicately proportioned, lettuce fork.

The serving end has three tines with trident ends. The heel is decorated with scroll and bead elements that echo the main pattern, and there are two round piercings that provide added embellishment. There are slight traces of an original gold wash remaining.

It is in flawle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1239033 (stock #1976f)
Old Friends
$135.00
While his early working years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut, George Eno is identified as a Philadelphia silversmith where he spent most of his life.

This large, 7 3/4" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "Eno & Co." and "Coin," dating it 1854-60, prior to Eno's 1860-70 partnership with George Bechtel.

This area is an exceptionally handsome piece that is in pristine condition.

The 2 7/8" by 2 1/4" by 5/8" deep oval bowl has a scalloped rim. The narrow handle is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1238925 (stock #1975f)
Old Friends
$75.00
This 6" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., three tine pickle fork is a place piece and not a serving item. It is an early, and apparently not readily found, form in Towle's "Old Colonial" line.

This example is in immaculate condition and is without a monogram or removal. It retains an original gold wash, which apart from some rubbing wear on the backside where the heel rests, is fully intact.

Marks are the Towle emblem, "Sterling," "925/1000," and an imprinted "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1238924 (stock #1974f)
Old Friends
$26.00
Measuring 4" long, this size spoon is often identified as demitasse, although the original Towle catalog for "Old Colonial" labels it a coffee spoon.

This pair, which together weigh .8 T. oz., are early examples in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. The bowls retain their original gold washes.

They are both marked with the Towle emblem, the word "Sterling," "925/1000," and one them also reads "Pat. 1895."

 
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