American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1235299 (stock #1942f)
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$70.00
Although Fessenden produced several Art Nouveau style floral designs early in the 20th century and named them after the respective flower portrayed, this perhaps chrysanthemum pattern in that series was an exception to that practice and was named "McKinley."

Measuring 7" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this example is a preserve or jelly spoon. The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on the front and back sides of the handle. It is high relief and highly detailed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1234972 (stock #1940f)
Old Friends
$165.00
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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$65.00
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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$165.00
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1233504 (stock #1928f)
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$22.00
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)
Old Friends
$125.00
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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$55.00
Biographical material about William Pendleton Burdick, the maker of this spoon, indicates he was something of an itinerant...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1233142 (stock #1924f)
Old Friends
$55.00
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)
Old Friends
$32.00
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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$125.00
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1230829 (stock #1908f)
Old Friends
$55.00
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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$115.00
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)
Old Friends
$75.00
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)
Old Friends
$285.00
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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$22.00
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 : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227928 (stock #1891f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Marked with an eagle and bust pseudo hallmark, along with the letters "G.W&H" this 1840s spoon traces to three premier names in 19th century silver manufacturing, specifically William Gale, and later the independent partnership of Wood of Hughes, all of New York.

It is dessert size, 7" long, and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz. It has a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a lined drop on the bowl. There is a feathered script "HT" monogram.

The condition is very good. The bowl remains ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1227757 (stock #1889f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, Tiffany's "Faneuil" anticipates the Arts & Crafts movement in its straightforward, hand crafted look. It is a pointed antique pattern with a reverse tipt end, and a thumb drop on the backside join, in this case with the handle, of this 7 1/4" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz master butter knife.

There is an "APC" monogram done in a open letter manner that is consistent with the overall design of the piece as well as the sensibilities of the Arts & Crafts ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227621 (stock #1888f)
Old Friends
$295.00
Impressively fashioned and large scaled, each of these eight, matching pie or pastry forks measures 7" long while the group together weighs a substantial 10.8 T. oz. Lengthy and slender in look but staunch in form, they have three elongated tines with the lower one having a hooked end. Each one is monogrammed "HC" in fancy script lettering.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Louis XIV." D&H produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years. This item...

 
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