American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1215019 (stock #1785f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Old examples of "Fairfax" made by Durgin rather than Gorham, these pieces are marked "D" and "Sterling," and in the instance of the ladle "Pat'd." as well.

One is a lemon fork that measures 4 15/16" long and weighs approximately .6 T. oz. The second is a 5" long, .8 T. oz. cream ladle.

Neither piece has a monogram or removal, and both are in mint condition with brilliant, hand polished finishes.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1214868 (stock #1784f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A highly decorative design that features scrolls and floral rosettes, International's "Revere" dates from 1897.

This example is a pair of sugar tongs that measure 4 1/2" long and weigh a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. They have especially appealing cupped and reticulated grips. There is a feathered script "MM - GT" monogram inscribed on the arch.

The condition is mint. They show no polishing wear, have a brilliant finish with a natural patina, and are free of bends, breaks, or repairs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1214477 (stock #1779f)
Old Friends
$32.00
At 4 3/8" long and weighing nearly .7 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are the smaller of two versions offered in Gorham's "Chantilly" line. They are also old, stamped with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, along with the word "Sterling." They carry the retail stamp "J.A. Merrill & Co.," "Portland, Me."

The grips are decoratively detailed and especially appealing.

The piece is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1214247 (stock #1777f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Stamped with the Gorham lion, anchor, G emblem, and the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1897," this 7" long, 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle is an early example of "Strasbourg."

It has a lobed bowl with decorated shoulders. Later versions of this pattern have plain shoulders. The interior of the bowl also retains some of its original gold finish. There is a script, Art Nouveau style "H" monogram on the handle.

The condition is very good...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1213573 (stock #1772f)
Old Friends
$90.00
While essentially matching, employing the same "Kings" pattern and engraved with the same standing lion crest, these two sterling silver spoons show subtle variations and were produced by different makers.

They are both 5 5/8" long and heavy, with one weighing just under 1.2 T. oz. and the other just over 1.3 T. oz.

The hallmarks indicate the first spoon was made by Soloman Royes in 1821, while the second was was made by William Eaton in 1829, both of London...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1213484 (stock #1771f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This mustard spoon measures 3 5/8" long and weighs a relatively robust .6 T. oz. It is a Chinese export piece dating late 19th to early 20th centuries, with four pseudo hallmarks somewhat clumsily imitative of English counterparts. The maker is not identified. As a category, Export silver was made in silver, but to varying standards, so that detail is also unknown.

The design is a "Shell and Thread" with a double lined border...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1213082 (stock #1768f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Easily fitting into a pocket or purse, small folding knives were popular 19th century items dating from the 1840's or so forward. Often mangled or otherwise damaged, this mid century, single blade example by New York's Albert Coles is in excellent condition.

It measures 3" long when closed and 5 1/2" when open. The handle has a lined and scrolled border.

The blade is stamped with with Coles' three part pseudo hallmark. Neither the handle nor the blade has a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1212754 (stock #1766f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Dating from the early 1870's, Gorham's "Japanese" pattern is a high form expression of the Aesthetic mode. It features a variety of subjects including birds, insects, and as in the case of this 4 1/4" long, just under .4 T. oz., demitasse or coffee spoon, a standing female figure.

This piece is an exceptionally fine example in mint condition. All the design elements remain crisp and clearly defined. The bowl is completely smooth, free of burrs or nicks, and has a bright gold wash front and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1212625 (stock #1765f)
Old Friends
$1,695.00
Made by Gorham in 1868 according to the date letter stamped on the underside, along with lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the model number "500," and retailed by Chicago's "N. Matson & Co., this coffee pot is an outstanding representation of American silver production at a time of great expansionism for both the nation and the Gorham company.

It is a large item, standing 9" to the top of the finial, having a maximum span of 8 3/4", and weighing 26.8 T. oz. It holds a full 7 cups, i.e. 234 ou...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
Old Friends
$375.00
This mug made by Gorham about 1900 combines two style features.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau style popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the stem and leaf elements that are applied to the body. Second, it also incorporates four applied children's figures that are very much in the manner of Kate Greenaway whose work harkens to the Arts and Crafts Mo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1212355 (stock #1763f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this sterling silver piece is the size of a contemporary dessert spoon.

It is English in origin with rubbed but discernible hallmarks that read for London, 1774, and makers Abraham Barrier and Lewis Ducommieu. This mark appears in the unregistered marks section of Grimwade, but as is noted, it is included in the "Parliamentary Report of 1773." Lewis Ducommieu has own mark entered in 1774. Grimwade also adds in the biographical section that bo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1211811 (stock #1759f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Renowned for its Art Nouveau designs, Unger Brothers is equally well regarded in the dual realms of flatware and jewelry. This c. 1900 example of the company's work is a hollow, 2 5/8" long by 1 1/2" at the widest, approximately .5 T. oz., pin or brooch. It is a completely original piece and not one of the knock offs or counterfeits that are available in the marketplace.

It features a woman wearing a large brimmed hat or bonnet that is festooned with daisies. She has long, sinuous tresses...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1211648 (stock #1757f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Dating from 1890, Wallace's "Waverly" is a "Louis XV" style scroll pattern, quite similar to Whiting's 1891 pattern of that name.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, nearly .9 T. oz. sardine fork. It has five tines, the outer two of which are wider than the central one, and have slightly curved tips and scalloped edges that lead to scalloped shoulders.

This is without a monogram or removal and is in excellent condition. Marks are "RW&S" and "Sterling."
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1211502 (stock #1756f)
Old Friends
$100.00
Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860's.

It is an especially fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backsid...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1210838 (stock #1751f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Fully marked for Hilliard & Thomason of Birmingham, England, 1860, this sterling silver sugar sifter measures 6" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a true to life "Grape and Vine" motif made of assembled cast elements. The foundation of the stem is an open, twisting vine with applied hanging clusters of grapes and leaves. The 2 1/4" wide, 1 3/4" front to back, and 3/4" deep bowl has a veined and pierced interior which is finely chased in a leaf pattern. Apart from the bac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1210623 (stock #1749f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing a substantial 2.2 T. oz., this preserve spoon is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac." It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller helmet-over-shield emblem of International Silver, along with "Sterling," and "Pat."

It is in exceptionally fine condition and without a monogram or removal. It has a slightly upturned end and retains all the fine detailing that characterizes original pieces of this pattern. This includes precisely rendered...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1210481 (stock #1747f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.

"Yetiv," the pattern on this 5 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., sardine fork, well represents the capacities of the firm. It is an Art Nouveau design patented in 1902 and so indicated on the reverse. Other marks include a compa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1210329 (stock #1746f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This cream, or possibly toddy, ladle is fully marked for James McKay, Edinburgh,1859, and carries the Scottish thistle standard for sterling silver.

It measures 6" long, has a 1 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, round, flat-bottomed bowl, and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Kings" design with an added crowned lion's head crest. The backside is plain save for the marks.

The condition is excellent. There is scant polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, dings, or burrs, showing only ...

 
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