American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1192136 (stock #1599f)
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An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Norfolk" speaks in clean, simple terms in contrast to the highly decorative patterns of the immediately preceding Victorian era. It has a double scrolled, double lined border that traces around a curvilinear handle. This example is a 5 1/2" long, relatively heavy, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or large cream ladle. It is in strikingly fine condition, showing no wear whatsoever...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1191676 (stock #1595f)
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These two matched master salts are strikingly attractive, stylistically emblematic of their period, and in immaculate condition. Made by Gorham, perhaps the standard bearer firm for such items, each of them is marked with a lion, anchor, G, the word "Sterling," the model number "1320," and the date letter "L" for 1879. Round bodied, they stand 2 7/8" high, have top diameters of 2 3/16", and sit on pedestal bases that are 1 3/4" across. Their combined weight is a moderately heavy 3.5 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1191250 (stock #1591)
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Arguably the most engaging of several Art Nouveau florals that Wallace produced in the early 20th century, "Violet" presents in a charmingly delicate manner. This example is an original, i.e. not made up or later production, 6 1/2" long, just over .6 T. oz., olive spoon. It has a scalloped edge bowl with a reticulated interior. The pattern extends onto the margins of the shoulders. It is in mint condition and without a monogram or monogram removal...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1191082 (stock #1589sh)
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This sterling silver sugar spoon and bon bon or nut spoon in Gorham's "Buttercup" are both old examples and without a monogram or removal. They have the flanged rims and decorated shoulders that are found only on early examples of the pattern, and the marks are lion, anchor, G, and "Sterling," again indicative of age. The sugar spoon measures 6" long and weighs 1.0 T. oz., while the attractively reticulated bon bon length is 4 5/8" and weight just over .7 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1190858 (stock #1588f)
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Old and original examples, each of these four individual butter spreaders is solid sterling silver. They have flat handles and are without monograms or removals. They measure 5 3/4" long and weigh a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. apiece. Frontenac is an Art Nouveau daylily design dating from 1903. The pattern is exceptionally detailed, showing to full measure all aspects of the lily blossoms including the stamens and pollen flecks on the petals...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1190625 (stock #1586f)
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Whiting produced berry, or serving, spoons in "Lily" in a variety of sizes, some with minor differences in length. This is apparently the largest, measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing just under 3.7 T. oz. It is also distinguished by the over-sized scale of its bowl which is 3 1/2" long and 3" wide. It is also an old example, carrying all the marks for an early production piece. These include the Whiting logo, the words "Pat...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1190295 (stock #1580f)
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A popular form during most of the second half of the 19th century, this c...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1190293 (stock #1579f)
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An especially choice example of Whiting's popular "Lily of the Valley," this bon bon or nut spoon measures 4 1/2" long, has a bowl that is 2" wide, and weighs almost .6 T. oz. The reticulated bowl has scalloped edges and a satin matte finish on the front and back sides. It is without a monogram or removal. As suggested, this is in mint condition. There is no polishing wear, the pattern detail remains crisp and well-defined, and the finish is lustrous. Marks are the Whiting emblem, the word ...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1189696 (stock #1573f)
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Documented as working in Frankford, Pennsylvania c. 1800-20, and subsequently in nearby Philadelphia, Isaac Reed was the maker of this 6 3/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., pair of coin silver tongs. In addition to having his personal mark, "I. Reed," imprinted on the inside of each arm, they carry what John McGrew describes in his work on pseudo hallmarks as the "Philadelphia eagle." The style suggests a date from early in his career. The have plain, convex, fiddle shaped arms, have a broad arch with poi...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1189337 (stock #1571fl)
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Having hexagonal bases and walls leading to rounded tops, each of these identical individual nut (or candy) dishes has a top diameter of 1 5/8", a base width of 1", and stands 1/2" high. The group together weigh 1.8 T. oz. All the interiors are finished in a gold wash. Marked only "Sterling" on the undersides, there is no identification as to maker, but they are clearly American. Their hammered surfaces done in the Arts & Crafts style suggests a date in the first quarter of the 20th century....
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1188789 (stock #1567fa)
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Measuring 5 1/8" long and weighing not quite .4 T. oz. (11 grams), this marrow spoon is unusual for its size. It is essentially a miniature version of a form that is typically much larger, often twice as long and proportionally wider and heavier. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for sterling, a date letter for 1812, a regent's head, and "SA" for London maker Stephen Adams. It is an Old English design with a down turned, reverse tipt end. The front of the handle is engraved in a period...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188351 (stock #1564fa)
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The leaf pattern on this 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., flat handled master butter knife is a "Leaf" design that is nearly identical to Gorham's "Josephine," and likewise akin to William Gale's "Leaf." The pattern has been attributed to Philadelphia's James Watts and likely dates from the same 1855 period. It is stamped "Brown & Co." for the retailer, and "Coin." The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle. There is a formal "SHS" feathered script monogram on the f...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188064 (stock #1562fw)
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Marked with both Philadelphia's George Sharp's "double lion and S" and "Patent" marks as well as "Tiffany & Co.," this salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing. Curiously, they are not stamped "Sterling," which standard Tiffany typically required in the 1860's from which they date, so they are possibly coin silver rather than sterling. They are exceptionally large items, with the fork measuring 10 3/4"...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1800 item #1187727 (stock #1560f)
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The size of a sugar bowl, this piece may once have been part of a tea set, although it certainly stands on its own. The lowest portion measures 3 7/8" across at the widest, has a footed base that is 2 1/4" in diameter, rises 2 1/2" to the rim, and weighs 4.8 T. oz. It has a fitted, 4" diameter lid, is 2 3/8" high to the top of the finial, and weighs 3.3 T. oz. The total height of the piece with the cover in place is 4 1/2".

It is clearly and fully marked on the underside for sterling, Lo...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1187580 (stock #1559fa)
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This 5 1/16" long, just under .6 T. oz., egg spoon is fully marked for sterling (seated Britannia), Dublin, 1834, and with a maker's mark of "PW" for Peter Weeks whose dates correspond with the piece. It has an "eagle with upraised wings" crest on the front, and the initials "J.D" inscribed at the join with the bowl on the reverse. It is in very good condition. They form is excellent, with no bends, breaks, or burrs. There is some overall softening of detail from polishing. The bowl is well...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1186384 (stock #1549f)
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Measuring 6 7/8" and weighing just over 2.0 T. oz. (heavy), this round bowl spoon is gumbo sized, larger than a cream soup, but often referenced as that. The pattern is "King George," the last and most successful of Gorham's kings iterations. This is without a monogram or removal and in excellent estate condition. There is faint polishing wear and surface scratches consistent with age, but no other signs of use. Marks are lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1894."
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1186061 (stock #1546f)
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A premier name from the mid 19th century well into the 20th century, Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Co. served a market that was increasingly eager and able to procure fine goods, of which this 9" long, weighty, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon is an example. The design is characteristic of a Boston style especially popular in the 1860's leading into the 1870's. The handle is basically "Old English" with a tipt backside. The bowl is eggplant shaped and plain. The distinguishing feature on these pieces...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1185804 (stock #1543)
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Listed in the Tompkins "Handbook of Gorham Open Salt Dishes" with a date of 1885, model number "2155" is a flat bottomed, relatively large item. Each of these examples of that item measures 2 3/8" across, stands 7/8" high, and weighs approximately 1.0 T. oz. They have scrolled edges, rippled ("pie crust") rims, and gold washed interiors, although that is largely polished away in one of these. There are no monograms, inscriptions, or removals. In addition to the word "Sterling" and the model ...
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