American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1275070 (stock #2292f)
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Tiffany produced a baby set comprised of at least a spoon, fork, knife, and food pusher that portrayed scenes from the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence." One source identifies this as the "King and Queen" design.

This is the knife from that set, and is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Stg." (for sterling), and "m," dating it 1907-47. The style suggests the 1920s or 30s.

It measures 5" long and weighs a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. which provides for a thick, sturdy piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274926 (stock #2291f)
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Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274649 (stock #2289f)
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One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1274497 (stock #2288f)
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Stamped with a broken die ". Fletcher" on the underside, with the letter before the period rubbed away, this mug is likely by Thomas Fletcher of Boston and Philadelphia, although his brother Henry of Boston and Lexington, Kentucky, used a similar mark.

In either case, it is a noteworthy item. Thomas Fletcher was long associated with Sidney Gardiner and the two of them produced some of the most significant silver of the 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1274356 (stock #2287f)
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Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears of the backside along with the word "Sterling," this early 20th century, 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., "Minnesota" souvenir spoon has an engraved bowl that portrays the "Pillsbury Acadamy" in Owatonna...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274185 (stock #2286f)
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At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1273589 (stock #2284f)
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Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany, which suggests a relationship between these two parties...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1273372 (stock #2283f)
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E.A. Whitney of Boston is known for its production of historical theme souvenir spoons, many related to the American Civil War, which is the case with this 5 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.1 T. oz., example.

The subject is "Sheridan's Ride," an event that became the basis of a poem, and significant enough that the general's horse was preserved by a taxidermist and remains at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1273209 (stock #2282f)
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"Gladstone" dates to the late 19th century and was produced by Frank Whiting and Amston, with both companies coming under one umbrella in the mid 20th century.

It is a robust, highly detailed, rococo design. The leafy scrolling set against a stippled ground shows considerable relief, all of which is abundantly evident on this large, 9 7/8" long, heavy, 4.3 T. oz., pie server...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

This is a particularly...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1272304 (stock #2280f)
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Dating from 1932, Towle's "Old Brocade" incorporates Art Deco design elements embellished with an etched floral surface, the style of which would seem to explain the pattern name.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., tomato server. The solid silver (vs. stainless) broad blade has raised and scalloped shoulders and a slight center groove on the delicately reticulated flat area.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the marks, which include the Towle emblem, "Sterli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1271949 (stock #2279f)
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At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910. The two designs may have originated from the same impulse, or Reed & Barton may simply have noted the popularity of Fairfax and wanted to provide the market with an alternativ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1271596 (stock #2278f)
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The name "Fleur-de-Lis," aka "Fleur-de-Lys,"seems misapplied to this pattern by Alvin as it is an expressive iris design rather than the stylized, three petal, lily motif that the name implies. A little probing does offer the French "fleur-de-lys-orris" for iris, so this may be the association.

The early 20th century design embodies all elements of the Art Nouveau mode, incorporating iris blossoms on the end and midpoint of the handle as well as the heel of the bowl of this 8 1/2" long, 2.2...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1910 item #1271301 (stock #2277f)
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Marked with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'D 1902," and an Old English "O," this is an early production sugar spoon in Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily."

It measures 5 7/8" long and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz.

In immaculate estate condition, it is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains sharp and crisp. The bowl retains its original matte finish gold wash, with light fading on the high spots.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1271057 (stock #2276f)
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This 8 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon dates from the 1840s and is marked "J.C. Farnsworth" and "Boston."

While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.

It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition. The bowl has a bit of tip wear and some very shallow dimpling in t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1270827 (stock #2275f)
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An estate item, this gravy ladle was made by Whiting in the "Louis XV" pattern. It is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1891," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Kennard & Co."

It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The bowl is generously proportioned, with a depth of 1". It has decorated, flanged shoulders and an intact, satin matte gold finish on the interior.

There is an Old English "B" monogram on the front of the handle.


All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
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This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1270348 (stock #2273f)
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This 2 3/4" diameter, 1 1/8" high, approximately 1.6 T. oz., round master salt was produced in 1879 according to the date incorporated in the Dominick & Haff mark on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "284."

The design is very much reflective of the Aesthetic taste, conveying a Far Eastern sensibility, and utilizing copper applications on the sterling body, commonly referred to as "mixed metal." In this instance, the copper motifs are two different leaf form...

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