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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350717 (stock #2959f)
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One of the numerous partnerships that prominent silversmith William Gale of New York City entered into, "Gale & Willis" spanned the years 1859-62.

This example of his work is a 7 3/8" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a twisted handle and broad, shaped, flat handle that is bright cut engraved with an engine turned background.

There is a shield reserve with an Old English "CPK" or "CPR" monogram inscribed on it.

The bowl is generously sized at 2 3/8" by 2" by 5/8" d...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1350659 (stock #2958f)
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Dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is thoroughly a period piece as well as emblematic of work from Philadelphia where it was made.

It is an 8 7/8" long, 3.0 T. oz., fish serving fork. It is distinct from later and more common examples of this form by virtue of its multitude of tines, namely eight. Indeed, it resembles a sardine fork, only in much larger scale.

It is stamped "Coin" and "J.E. Caldwell," who made have been the manufacturer but likely was simply the reta...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350519 (stock #2956f)
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Price for the pair.
Full size dinner forks measuring 7 5/8" long each, and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz. the pair, these items are early production examples made by the prominent 19th century, New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

Matching pieces, they are to a coin silver standard and both are stamped with the firm's "W&H" emblem. One also has a small "v" emblem which is likely a journeyman's mark.

The pattern is a "French, aka Fiddle, Thread." Each one has a fancy, feathered script "SA" monogram set sidew...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1350468 (stock #2955f)
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George A. Hoyt's working years spanned approximately three decades in the first half of the 19th century, which garnered him prominent standing as a silversmith in Albany, New York, where he was located.

He entered into several partnerships, the earliest of which, 1819-32, was with Peter Griffen. That pairing produced this 9" long, weighty at 1.9 T. oz., serving spoon marked "Griffen & Hoyt."

It has a "Reverse Tipt" end with, an exposed drop on the bowl backside, and a handsome, feather...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1350431 (stock #2954f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, this tea caddy spoon measures 4 1/2" long and is relatively heavy at .6 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Pointed Antique" with an engraved shield surrounded by a swag and ribbon.

Marked "Sterling," there is no manufacturer's identifier, although similar examples are marked for "Galt & Brother" of Washington, D.C.

The work is Arts & Crafts in manner, particularly evident in the hand hammered bowl with notched shoulders, and an exposed drop on the backsid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1350374 (stock #2953f)
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This small, 1" by 3/4" by 1/4" high, 10 gram, or just over .3 T. oz, English vinaigrette possesses all the features that collectors seek in such pieces.

First, it is in choice condition and fully marked for well-known maker Samuel Pemberton, Birmingham, 1810-11. It is free of dents or cracks, the outside and inside hinges are secure, and it retains its original gold wash on all the interior surfaces.

Secondly, it is attractively engraved on the exterior in a checkerboard pattern on the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1350318 (stock #2952f)
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The Stieff Company produced a series of flat and holloware based on items in the Colonial Williamsburg collection, of which this set of eight coffee spoons are representative.

Each one measures 4 1/2" long, while the set weighs 3.1 T. oz.

They are a "Queen Anne" variant, with hour glass shaped handles with midrib fronts and thumb back drops on the bowls.

They are imprinted with the "CW" emblem, with the words "Williamsburg Restoration" included within the oval that is part of the mar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1350277 (stock #2951f)
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Evidencing the imaginative design impulses of the Aesthetic mode, this circa 1880 5" diameter, 4.2 T. oz., possibly olive, bowl possesses several outstanding features.

It is double scallop shaped, with undulating walls with a flange rim. There are six smaller lobes with channels that run to the flat bottom base.

The interior retains a portion of its original gold wash finish.

The outside surface is acid etched in a branch, leaf, and flower motif that is both finely rendered and embl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350223 (stock #2950f)
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An early Gorham pattern as indicated by the "Patent 1861" stamped on the backside of each of these six, matching, 6 1/4" long, 5.8 T. oz. the group, dessert or tea forks, "Cottage" features lined margins with small scroll detailing.

Additional marks include "Gorham & Co.," and the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem. The fronts are all engraved "L.R.P." set sideways on the handles in fancy Old English lettering.

"Cottage" remained in active production for approximately thirty years, and was ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350176 (stock #2949f)
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A handsome interpretation of an English "Kings" pattern, this upturned end table serving spoon measures 8 7/16" long and weighs a heavy 2.3 T. oz.

Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, it was made by Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, whose name and three part, "lion, K, crown," hallmark appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling."

It is without a monogram or removal and in immaculate condition. There are no signs of wear. The generously sized bowl, 3" by 1 1/2" at...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1350135 (stock #2948f)
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This napkin ring is formed from a plain band that is moderately large at 1 1/4" wide, 1 11/16" in diameter, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

It is model "673" made by Gorham. This number, the company's "anchor, lion, G" hallmark, and the word "Sterling" are stamped on the inside wall.

The outside is extensively engraved in an Aesthetic design that incorporates naturalistic and stylized geometric elements, all of which suggest a circa 1875 date.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMR...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1350106 (stock #2947f)
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Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, tipped end has a lined margin. The pattern was produced by Boston's Newell Harding, as indicated by the "N. H. & Co." mark that appears on the backside of this 4 15/16" long, weighty at just over .4 T. oz., nut pick. Other marks include "Coin" and "Pat. 66."

A finely made item, the pattern is double die struck, meaning it is imprinted on both sides of the han...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1350026 (stock #2945f)
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A 3 1/4" by 2 5/8" oval that stands 3" high to the rim, 4" to the tip of the finial, this tea caddy weighs a substantial 6.1 T. oz.

It is stamped on the bottom with a clear but unidentified maker's mark (see image 2), and the words "Sterling" and "Hand Made."

Plain walled, it has a flat bottom and gadroon top rim and a fancy line script "RMW" monogram on the front facing side.

There is a fitted and hinged lid that has a bone or composite pineapple finial with silver leaves and knob ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349975 (stock #2944f)
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A "Fiddle Tipt" design typical of their early 1850s period, these eight teaspoons might at first seem undistinguished from the substantial inventory of such pieces that still exists.

These 5 7/8" long, 3.9 T. oz. the set, spoons are exceptional, however, in several regards.

One is that they are an original matching set, with each piece monogrammed in a fancy script "M.H." placed sideways on the handle.

Secondly, they are extraordinarily well-crafted. The bowls are elegantly shaped, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349842 (stock #2943f)
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An early production piece, this item made by Gorham is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Buttercup," issued in 1899. Featuring an array of delicate blossoms and leaves, it exhibits the abundance of expression characteristic of Art Nouveau design.

This piece is a 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz., nut spoon or bon bon.

It has a gold finish, pierced bowl with a flange rim and decorated shoulders. This last feature is found only on older...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1349763 (stock #2942f)
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This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First is the 8 3/8" long size. Substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, it was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the word "Coin"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1349666 (stock #2941f)
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Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this companion youth spoon and fork set is "Diana and her nymphs," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line.

The fork measures 6 1/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at 1.8 T. oz. Also weighty at 1.7 oz. the spoon measures 6 1/8" long, which is slightly larger than a teaspoon.

Both items are engraved "Wentworth" and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1349485 (stock #2939f)
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An unusual item perhaps intended for sugar, candy, or even a dresser item, this round bowl measures 4 1/2" in diameter and stands 2 1/4" high to the rim.

The faceted base is molded glass while the top is silver attached to an applied rim. The lid is divided in half and is fitted with a hinge and knob allowing it to open fully.

The fixed side of the top is engraved with an Old English "S" monogram.

The edge of the rim is stamped "Sterling," "95" (a model number), and with a rubbed gr...

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