American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1315961 (stock #2527f)
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Perhaps Wallace's most forward entry in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a gravy ladle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1315833 (stock #2526f)
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An original "Fairfax" piece produced by Durgin and not a later Gorham example, this cucumber server measures 6 5/8" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz.

It has a flat blade with a tipped, scalloped end, a pierced surface, and a cupped heel with slightly flanged edges.

It is without a monogram or removal and in very fine estate condition. It is free of polishing wear, has a bright finish, and the blade is without bends, breaks, or cracks.

Marks are Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315753 (stock #2525f)
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An early example of Tiffany's "Japanese," to be distinguished from the later reissue "Audubon," this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "M," and "Pat. 1791."

It is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems to be a scarce form in this line. It has a scalloped edge bowl, with slight ribbing on the sidewalls. It retains a portion of its original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1837 VR item #1315661 (stock #2524f)
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Sources list Aime Mathey working in New York City from the 1820s to 1860s.

The style of this 6 1/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs along with a "Sheaf of Wheat" motif dates it to the earliest years of that span.

The cupped grips are shell form, the shaped arms have beveled margins, and the arch is wide at 7/8" at the broadest.

Each of the legs has a raised, well-articulated, sheaf of wheat image with a sickle laid across it...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315595 (stock #2523f)
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The long version of an olive spoon, this example measures a full 9" and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV."

The bowl is especially attractive. It has a lattice work interior with little florettes. The borders of this are adorned with cee scrolls which are larger expressions of the design that characterizes the overall pattern. These elements repeat as well on the cupped and scalloped shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1315406 (stock #2521f)
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Price per piece. Two available, matching.
While this 4 3/4" long, heavy at 1.4 T. oz., bon bon is akin to parallel items produced by such large manufacturers as Gorham and Whiting, this comes from an unexpected source, namely Roger Williams Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island.

A successor to Howard Sterling Silver Co. c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1315250 (stock #2520f)
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Attributed to Whiting, this "Ivy" pattern actually originated with New York's Henry Hebbard. Given this 5 3/4" long, T. oz., piece is marked only "Sterling," it is likely an earlier piece and thus the latter's work and not the former.

An unusual form, it is probably a variant of a horseradish spoon. About the size of a mustard ladle, it has a considerably larger, and oval rather than round, bowl, the end of which has a distinguishing sawtooth edge...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1315105 (stock #2519f)
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This style of this piece places it in the 1870s, and since it is marked "Coin," it would necessarily be early in that decade as by late in that ten year span virtually all American makers had shifted to a sterling standard.

It is a 6 7/8" long, just short of 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

Extensively engraved, it reflects all the sensibilities of Aesthetic (Eastlake) design. The main motif is naturalistic, illustrating a swan gliding among cattails on the margin of a lake or pond...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1315018 (stock #2518f)
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The style of this napkin ring suggests it dates from the late Victorian period, at about the turn of the twentieth century...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1314922 (stock #2517f)
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Identified as a dessert or oval soup spoon, this place piece measures 6 5/8" long and is heavy weight at nearly 1.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Pompadour" by Whiting. It is an embellished "Queen" design offered in, appropriate to the name, a French manner.

This estate piece is a superb, old, example without a monogram and in flawless condition. There is no visible polishing wear and the bowl is perfectly-shaped, free of dents, nicks, burrs, or tip wear. The finish is bright and even.


All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1314714 (stock #2515f)
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This item embraces a form especially popular in the 1860s. It is a combination olive spoon and fork, joined by a long, narrow and twisted, handle.

Measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., it has a central disk which in this case is inscribed with a delicate script "J.S.B." monogram.

The fork end is trident tined while the pierced spoon bowl is scallop shell shaped. At 2 3/8" by 1 1/2", the bowl is uncommonly large for this form.

Various parts of the piece have fine ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1314608 (stock #2514f)
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A turn of the twentieth century pattern, Durgin's "New Standish" reflects the simplicity of design of the emerging colonial revival movement of the time.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, just under 1.4 T. oz., cucumber server.

Similar to, but smaller than, a tomato server, it has flat, 2 1/4" diameter, decoratively pierced blade.

This is without a monogram or removal, and is in exceptionally fine estate condition. The blade is free of bends, burrs, or nicks, while the finish is bright...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1314539 (stock #2513f)
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Price per piece. Seven available, all matching.
Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.4 T. oz., this fish aka salad fork has Gorham's early "lion, anchor, G" mark as well as "Sterling" and "Pat. 1895."

It is in exceptionally fine estate condition, with clear pattern detail and a bright finish. The tines remain even, straight and pointed, and are free of burrs or nicks.

There is a lightly engraved, script "L.H.K." monogram on the backside of the handle.

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1314307 (stock #2511f)
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One of two highly collectible, and competing, Baltimore souvenir spoons that feature a turtle and shell theme on the handles, this example was made by Dominick & Haff and retailed by the Baltimore firm of Hennegan, Bates & Co. (The second spoon was made by George Shiebler and retailed by James Armiger, also of Baltimore).

This piece is small at 4 3/8" long and weighing just over .3 T. oz.

In mint condition, it must have been preserved only as a keepsake and not a utilitarian item.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1313948 (stock #2508f)
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Identified in Gorham catalogs of the period as a bon bon, aka candy, dish, this item is substantially sized. It measures 9 5/16" long, 8 7/8" wide, and 2 1/2" tall at the highest point of the rim. It weighs 8.3 T. oz. This is noticeably larger than most examples of this form, which tend to be about 7 1/2" long.

Marks on the underside are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," the model number "A1965," and the date symbol for 1898.

It has a flat bottom and reticulated, undula...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1313714 (stock #2505f)
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Likely inspired by the legendary "Narragansett" line produced by Gorham, this 5 5/16" long, .9 T. oz. spoon was made c. 1900 by Paye & Baker, which was another Providence, Rhode Island area silver manufacturer of note.

The theme is nautical and precisely rendered, expressing on the handle a portraiture of a crab in a fishing net, the handle of which forms the spine of the spoon handle itself. This is all encircled with a second mesh of netting with floats.

The bowl is most akin to Gorha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1313634 (stock #2504f)
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A pattern that fully embodies its namesake in the well-designed, dense, thorny branch, leaf, blossom, and bud portrayal of a climbing rose plant, Knowles' 1880 "Rose" aka "Bug" is beyond all this ingrained in collectors' minds because of the beetle that is incorporated in the design. This element is both whimsical and naturalistic, and above all, simply imaginatively appealing.

This example is a large 5 7/8" long, heavy at 1.8 T. oz., pair of tongs. The pair is certainly sufficiently scale...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1313486 (stock #2503f)
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An all silver master butter knife, this item measures 7 1/8" long and is weighty at just under 1.8 T. oz.

It was made by New York's Gale & Hughes whose "G&H" mark appears on the blade along with a three part mark that includes, following William Gales' custom, the date "1849."

It has a solid, rectangular, handle that is 3 1/2" long and 1/8" thick. This has a slightly upraised mid rib area, lined edges, and scrolled engraving on either side.

The broad, blunt end blade widens at the u...

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