American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1244635 (stock #2023f)
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$35.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this early 20th century sugar spoon is decidedly Art Nouveau in style. It features a full bloom lily at the terminus of the handle, and an iris midway up. Leaves and tendrils complete the design on the front and extend to the backside. It is without a monogram or removal.

The bowl is a modified shell form with a scalloped end and slightly flanged edges...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1244532 (stock #2022f)
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Similar in form, but generally having a narrower blade than master butter knives, pickle knives were paired with pickle forks and were a standard part of Victorian table settings.

This example was made by Gorham in the "Josephine" pattern. It is marked "Pat. '55," which was a characteristic identifier for this design, and "Coin." It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

It is a choice example appearing scarcely ever to have been used...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1244449 (stock #2021f)
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$345.00
Model number "1183" according to the stamp on the underside, this 9" wide, 2" high, 9.9 T. oz., bowl was made by Gorham whose name and lion, anchor, G mark also appears on the bottom along with the word "Sterling." Additionally it carries a date emblem for 1958.

The date is consistent with the style as this has the clean, unencumbered look characteristic of Mid Century Modern design. It has a plain, squared, turned rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1244345 (stock #2020f)
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$165.00
A compelling design that features a realistic portrayal of thorny rose vines with buds, blossoms and leaves, Knowles' "Rose" also includes a beetle in the image. This has established the pattern as a perennial favorite among collectors intent and casual.

This example is an uncommon piece. It is a 7 1/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., sugar sifter. Apart from being small for such an item, it appears to be a pea spoon. It has a 2 1/2" by 2" oval bowl with a scalloped rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1244199 (stock #2019f)
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$225.00
Standing 4 7/8" tall and resting on a 2" diameter base, this bud vase was made by Gorham whose lion, anchor, G mark is stamped on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling," the model number "1095," and the date letter "B" for 1869. It weighs 2.1 T. oz.

It follows after classic urn or amphora design. It presents a lofty and elegant appearance, having a tapering broad base that is joined to the flared lower end of the vase itself...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1244085 (stock #2018f)
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Newell Harding and his son by the same name were prominent Boston silversmiths and retailers who sources indicate also had a presence in Haverhill, Massachusetts, north of Boston in the industrialized Merrimack River Valley.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.3 T. oz. tablespoon (probably a place piece in its time) is marked "N. Harding & Co."

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" design dating c. 1840. Typical of the period, it is in atypically fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1244084 (stock #2017f)
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$18.00
This 2 3/4" long, sterling silver individual salt spoon is an original, old, factory produced item and not one of the innumerable reproductions that are readily available in the the marketplace.

The pattern is "Buttercup" by Gorham, whose lion, anchor, G mark appears on the otherwise plain backside, along with the word "Sterling." There is an Old English "W" monogram on the front.

It is in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and free of polishing wear. It retains ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1243936 (stock #2016f)
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$45.00
Made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" appears on the backside, this spoon measures 5 13/16" long and is weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz.

A "Mississippi" souvenir piece, it is replete with iconography. Images include an eagle with shield, "Jeff Davis/Old Home," the "State Capitol," "Shirley House," and the "Surrender Monument," and corn stalks.

It also has an unusual bowl surface. In addition to a gold wash surface front and back, it shows a colored portraiture of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243805 (stock #2015f)
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$55.00
A bit longer than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" and heavy at approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is a youth spoon. Having an oversize bowl, this form is also sometimes identified as a pap spoon.

The pattern is Gorham's Art Nouveau "Poppy." It is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Patent 1902."

It is in choice condition and without a monogram or monogram removal. The design detail remains crisp and well-defined. The bowl is perfectly shaped, and free of dents or burrs. There are faint...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1243675 (stock #2014f)
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$70.00
Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons are for that reason difficult to identify. Sometimes identification is by inference or default, i.e. they characteristically have narrow and deep bowls that would not serve another purpose, so the reasoning becomes "what else could it be."

They characteristically have narrow and deep bowls and sometimes a long handle, and two of those features apply...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1243576 (stock #2013mt)
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"Lady's" is one of Gorham's most imaginative designs and all the more so for its early, 1865, date. The main element of the pattern is a cast, woman's hand. She has elongated, slender fingers and her wrist is encased in a decorative sleeve cuff. Additionally, she is wearing what appears to be a wedding band on her ring finger. The handle is tubular.

There are two versions of this design. One locates the hand on the backside of the serving end and has a circular disc at the terminus of t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1243412 (stock #2012mt)
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$32.00
Measuring 4 1/4" long each, and weighing just over .6 T. oz. the pair, these two, matching egg spoons were made by Dominick & Haff.

The pattern is "Rococo" dating from 1888. It has a high relief, floral design on the front sides of the handles, and a lined, leafy border on the backsides, along with Old English "M.S." monograms. The ovoid bowls have deep, matte finish gold washes on both sides, and slightly flanged edges. The pattern is repeated in the heels.

The condition is mint. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243410 (stock #2011f)
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$35.00
The early 20th century witnessed a burst of interest in zodiac signs among silver manufacturers. Gorham is the firm that seemed to have capitalized most fully in this trend, but other producers offered entries as well.

Watson was among them and this 5 7/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz. teaspoon is an example of that company's output.

The sign is "Gemini," as identified in the upper right hand edge of the front. The twins are portrayed as a pair of cherubs, one standing and one sitting in...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1243101 (stock #2009f)
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$60.00
A standard pattern with slight variations from maker to maker, "Olive" was a stand out design in the mid 19th century. Gorham produced its own variant in 1865 and took it further afield from than other makers of the period. It is built around a central, double lined, oval, engraved "Nellie" in this case, with leafy elements top and bottom of this, and a beaded drop at the very bottom.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, relatively heavy 1.5 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle. It is stamped with the "...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1242990 (stock #2008mt)
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$575.00
Produced in the mid 19th century and stamped on the blade with Albert Coles' (New York City) three part pseudo hallmark, this all coin silver fish slice measures 12" long and weighs 4.0 T. oz. The weight includes the fill in the hollow handle.

The elaborate "dolphin-like fish with scales" pattern on the handle is one identified with Coles. A pair of animals entwine with one another, with a smaller fish placed between the larger two's tails.

The handle was paired with a variety of blade...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242887 (stock #2007mt)
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$100.00
A fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece, this large, 8 1/4" long, heavy, approximately 2.0 T. oz., cheese scoop was made by Towle as identified on the reverse. Other marks include "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "L.L. Mason."

Dating from 1884, Arlington is a dense, multi-motif, repousse style, floral design with a plain backside, which in this instance is free of a monogram or removal. It is highly detailed and intricately wrought. It shows particularly ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242746 (stock #2006f)
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$110.00
This sterling silver cold meat fork is about as large as such pieces get, measuring 8 5/8" long and weighing a very heavy 2.4 T. oz. The pattern is one of several kings and queens iterations that Gorham evolved over a span of about fifty years.

Each of these designs seemed to become more detailed, and that is the case with this late, 1899, expression. It incorporates the requisite shell and acanthus leaf elements characteristic of the queens motif in a variety of ways on both sides of the ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1242641 (stock #2005f)
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$35.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing .6 T. oz., this c. 1840 coin silver cream or sauce ladle is stamped "Steward, Stevens & Dewey" which was a firm located in Cambridge, New York.

It is a clean example in very fine condition. It has a tipt end handle, plain back, and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl. There is a fancy script "M.J. Hatch" with feathered detailing above the name.

Apart from a nearly imperceptible bit of pinprick dimpling in the otherwise perfectly formed bowl, there is no ...

 
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