American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1213573 (stock #1772f)
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$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)
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$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)
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$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)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1212625 (stock #1765f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1212355 (stock #1763f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1211811 (stock #1759f)
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$195.00
Renowned for its Art Nouveau designs, Unger Brothers is equally well regarded in the dual realms of flatware and jewelry...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1211648 (stock #1757f)
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$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)
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$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)
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$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)
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$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)
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$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)
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$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 ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1210247 (stock #1745f)
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$285.00
A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit and leaves.

This example is an ice cream slice or knife. The form is one of the largest serving pieces offered in any line, and that is certainly the case with this 11 1/2" long, heavy w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1210246 (stock #1744f)
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$245.00
Each of these eight egg (or could be used for ice cream) spoons is lengthy at 5 5/8", while the group weighs 5.4 T. oz. They all match and carry the same Old English "E.L.F." monogram. Five of them are stamped "Wm. Gale & Son," and three are stamped only "Sterling."

The pattern is a knot (similar to "Le Cordon") and leaf design dating c. 1860. The five spoons marked "Gale" retain full gold wash finishes on both sides of the bowls, while the "Sterling" ones show only traces of gold.

T...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1210113 (stock #1743f)
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$48.00
Similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV," this pattern has parallels in designs produced by George Sharp and John Wendt, of which this 7 1/8" long, nearly 1.1 T. oz., master butter knife is one. It is marked "Coin" on the reverse, with no other identifiers.

The pattern and piece both date c. 1870, and include a period bellflower, leaf, and scroll motif. It has a reserve, which in this case is without a monogram or removal. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the ha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1208625 (stock #1735f)
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$595.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts. This matched fish serving fork and spoon is an exceptionally fine example in the line and reflects the best of the burgeoning capacities of mid 19th century American silver manufacturing.

The fork measures 8 3/4" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while the slice measures 11 5/8" and weighs 3.3 T. oz. Both pieces are engraved "Ellen" in scr...

 
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