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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1334006 (stock #2748f)
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Matching items, each of these egg spoons measures 4 3/4" long, while the pair weigh 1.1 T. oz.

English in origin, they are stamped for London, 1808, and WE over WF over WC, for William Eley, William Fearn, and William Chawner. There is also a "C" imprint, which is likely a journeyman's mark.

The handles are fiddle-shaped, with down-turned ends, and exposed drops on the backs. The fronts are engraved with dragon head crests.

They are in very good condition. The bowls remain well-sh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333915 (stock #2747f)
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$235.00
An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1333844 (stock #2746f)
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$240.00
Priced as a set of six.
Marked with the early production "eagle, R, lion" for Reed and Barton, the word "Sterling" in fine lettering, these six, 5 5/16" long, 5.4 T. oz. the group, ice cream forks date early in the history of "Francis I."

An enduringly popular pattern introduced in 1907, older examples are bestowed with a crispness and clarity of detail that is lacking on later made items.

These pieces possess the qualities that go with their age. The high relief fruit and floral design remains sharply defined...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333646 (stock #2743f)
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$110.00
A fully original item, namely, not made up or adapted from another piece, this cheese scoop measures 8 1/4" long and weighs an extraordinarily heavy 2.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Louis XV," introduced in 1891 by William B. Durgin.

An extravagant Rococo design, it features high relief shell, acanthus leaf, scroll, floral and other elements set in a dense, asymmetrical, array.

Both sides of the handle have reserve areas, with the front one engraved with an elegant, period "CM" monogram. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1333553 (stock #2742f)
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$90.00
Elegant on several counts, this 7" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon traces to Philadelphia. It is stamped "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for that City's carriage trade firm, but was likely made by one of several major local manufacturers.

Its features bespeak its origins, and quite impressively so. It has a twisted stem in the central portion of the handle, suggesting a date from the mid 1860s when this detail was popular.

The handle end is broad, with a slightly tipt backsid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333436 (stock #2741f)
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$65.00
A near pristine example, this sugar spoon in Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

Retailed by one of New York City's premier 19th century outlets, "Black, Starr & Frost," this is early production of the pattern which was introduced in 1880. In addition to the retailer's stamp, it is marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "1."

The raised design on the handle, set against a checkerboard background, is blueberry, and remains precisely articul...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1333323 (stock #2740f)
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$165.00
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A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and 3 1/2" at the widest, and weighing 1 pound 15 ounces, this inkwell is model number "D31" as indicated by the stamp on the inside rim. Other marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling."

This piece is illustrated in a 1900 company catalog (see enlargement 3) and is shown mounted on a separate silver base. This is free standing.

The silver lid and fitting on the base are decorated with a scrolling leaf form, while the interior of the li...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1333075 (stock #2736f)
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$65.00
An early 20th century design that is basically a pointed antique, Whiting's engraved "Colonial" came in two versions, "A" and "B."

This lengthy (designed to reach the bottom of a chocolate pot), 9 1/4", and weighty, 1.5 T. oz., example is "Colonial A."

The engraving features a central, open wreath with a bow on the lower portion. The interior of this has a very fine, script "AJK" monogram.

The remainder of the surface has delicate, fleur-de-lis like detailing, with a diamond cut and w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332856 (stock #2733f)
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$245.00
Arguably the most emblematic pattern in the Egyptian Revival movement of the time, Gorham's 1870 "Isis" also demonstrates in its complex construction the burgeoning capacities of American silver manufacturers from the mid 19th century onward.

"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332803 (stock #2732f)
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$58.00
This 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.7 T. oz., spoon is the first in a sequence of sizes in Towle's "Old Colonial" that graduates from this jelly, to preserve, to berry.

It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.

The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332654 (stock #2730f)
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$110.00
Deriving from the same early 1870s impulse that generated both Tiffany's and Wood & Hughes' "Japanese" patterns, Wendt's "Bird" features these aerial gymnasts in various poses, individual to each piece.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter aka confection spoon. It has a 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, round, pierced bowl, that characteristic of Wendt, has ribbed walls.

The figure on this is swooping downward, with the remainder of the handle surface decorated ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332576 (stock #2729f)
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$90.00
Price for the set of six.
Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no v...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332552 (stock #2728f)
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$42.00
A 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this ladle has a bowl that measures 2" in diameter and is 1/2" deep.

It is a cream or sauce ladle in Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the inte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1837 VR item #1332488 (stock #2727f)
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$195.00
The website of the "Small Collectors of Antique Silver" states that "Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover."

English in origin, some makers specialized in this form, and that is the case with this example made by John Bettridge of Birmingham in 1820. A web sear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332416 (stock #2726f)
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$225.00
Innovative and exceptionally imaginative, and born of the Aesthetic movement, Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge" is so diverse in its motifs as to appear to offer limitless portraiture in its acid etched versions.

This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."

There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1332248 (stock #2724f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Watson's "Orleans" is an acid etched design with a decidedly French sensibility to it.

It incorporates a central shield-like reserve on the upper front side and a corresponding open area on the backside. These areas are surrounded by tracery that is interspersed with numerous fleurs-de-lis, which are representative of the city which presumably inspired the pattern.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has a generous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332176 (stock #2723f)
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$45.00
Measuring 6 1/8" long and relatively heavy at just over .9 T. oz., this fruit fork is a rarely found form.

It has four lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed while the inner two are straight and joined by a crossbar.

The pattern is Gorham's "Newcastle," which is a beaded design dating from 1895. This example is inscribed with a fancy script "NAM" on the front and on the back "from M.L.T.C. 4.14.1904" so is early production in the line.

It is in flawless condition showing ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1331850 (stock #2722f)
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$70.00
A charmingly diminutive item, this circa 1870 pitcher stands 4 1/2" tall to the highest point of the handle, sits on a footed base that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just under 1.9 T. oz.

It is marked with the "K B and crossed tools" symbol of Philadelphia's Krider & Biddle, and also stamped "Sterling" and with the item number "486," all on the underside of the base.

It is ewer-shaped, presenting in a lofty manner and having a relatively broad spout. The scroll shaped handle is soli...

 
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