American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245393 (stock #2030f)
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$40.00
Relatively large for such items, this mustard ladle measures 5" long and weighs nearly .6 T. oz. The pattern is "Rosette," one of Gorham's earliest line designs. It was patented in 1868, and so marked, which was the year that Gorham went to the sterling standard...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1245314 (stock #2029f)
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$120.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, 1855 "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a 9 3/8" long, nearly 2.3 T. oz., pie or pastry server. It has a 4 3/4" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, blade with scalloped shoulders, upraised edges, an engraved surface, and a repeat of the leaf design on the reverse heel...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1245264 (stock #2028f)
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$25.00
Abraham and William Wood "operated a solid silverware manufacturing business in New York City between 1849 and 1871" according to Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." Coles and Reynolds was a successor firm and that operation was eventually bought out by George Shiebler, so the business lineage was lengthy and significant.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245082 (stock #2026f)
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$55.00
Marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 97," this pair of sugar tongs are an early example of Gorham's "Strasbourg."

They are a large version, measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz.

They are also in mint condition, have elaborate grips, and are without a monogram or removal. The design detail is free of any signs of wear, the arch remains well-shaped, and the finish has a natural, brilliant finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244713 (stock #2024f)
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An early, original example of Whiting's "Lily," this bouillon spoon is marked with the company logo, the words "Sterling, "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and an Old English "O." It is also stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

It measures 4 7/8" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz. There is a delicate, feathery script "FCC" monogram engraved on the front.

The condition is mint...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244635 (stock #2023f)
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$35.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this early 20th century sugar spoon is decidedly Art Nouveau in style. It features a full bloom lily at the terminus of the handle, and an iris midway up. Leaves and tendrils complete the design on the front and extend to the backside. It is without a monogram or removal.

The bowl is a modified shell form with a scalloped end and slightly flanged edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1244449 (stock #2021f)
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$345.00
Model number "1183" according to the stamp on the underside, this 9" wide, 2" high, 9.9 T. oz., bowl was made by Gorham whose name and lion, anchor, G mark also appears on the bottom along with the word "Sterling." Additionally it carries a date emblem for 1958.

The date is consistent with the style as this has the clean, unencumbered look characteristic of Mid Century Modern design. It has a plain, squared, turned rim...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1244085 (stock #2018f)
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$38.00
Newell Harding and his son by the same name were prominent Boston silversmiths and retailers who sources indicate also had a presence in Haverhill, Massachusetts, north of Boston in the industrialized Merrimack River Valley.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.4 T. oz. tablespoon (probably a place piece in its time) is marked "N. Harding & Co."

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" design dating c. 1840. Typical of the period, it is in atypically fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1244084 (stock #2017f)
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$18.00
This 2 3/4" long, sterling silver individual salt spoon is an original, old, factory produced item and not one of the innumerable reproductions that are readily available in the the marketplace.

The pattern is "Buttercup" by Gorham, whose lion, anchor, G mark appears on the otherwise plain backside, along with the word "Sterling." There is an Old English "W" monogram on the front...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1243936 (stock #2016f)
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$45.00
Made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appears on the backside, this spoon measures 5 13/16" long and is weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz.

A "Mississippi" souvenir piece, it is replete with iconography. Images include an eagle with shield, "Jeff Davis/Old Home," the "State Capitol," "Shirley House," and the "Surrender Monument," and corn stalks.

It also has an unusual bowl surface. In addition to a gold wash surface front and back, it shows a colored portraiture of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243805 (stock #2015f)
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$55.00
A bit longer than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" and heavy at approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is a youth spoon. Having an oversize bowl, this form is also sometimes identified as a pap spoon.

The pattern is Gorham's Art Nouveau "Patrician," a kindred design with "Poppy." It is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Patent 1902."

It is in choice condition and without a monogram or monogram removal. The design detail remains crisp and well-defined. The bowl is perfectly shaped, and free o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1243675 (stock #2014f)
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$70.00
Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons characteristically have narrow, deep bowls, and often relatively long handles.

This example is in Gorham's "Versailles." It measures 5 3/4" long and is heavy at nearly 1.0 T. oz. The bowl is 2" long by 1" at the widest and 1/2" at the deepest. It has a satin matte finish on the interior and retains a portion of an original gold wash.

It is old...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243410 (stock #2011f)
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$35.00
The early 20th century witnessed a burst of interest in zodiac signs among silver manufacturers. Gorham is the firm that seemed to have capitalized most fully in this trend, but other producers offered entries as well.

Watson was among them and this 5 7/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz. teaspoon is an example of that company's output.

The sign is "Gemini," as identified in the upper right hand edge of the front. The twins are portrayed as a pair of cherubs, one standing and one sitting in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242887 (stock #2007mt)
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$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. It shows particularly ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242746 (stock #2006f)
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$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. It incorporates the requisite shell and acanthus leaf elements characteristic of the queens motif in a variety of ways on both sides of the ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1242641 (stock #2005f)
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$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.

Apart from a nearly imperceptible bit of pinprick dimpling in the otherwise perfectly formed bowl, there is no ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1242214 (stock #2001f)
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$575.00
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. He remains a skilled figu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1241720 (stock #1997f)
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$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...

 
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