American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1285033 (stock #2365f)
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$110.00
This moderately large mug stands 2 5/8" high to the rim, is 2 3/4" in diameter, has a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the farthest edge of the handle, and weighs just under 3.6 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem appears on the underside, along with the word "Sterling" and the model number "5225."

It has plain walls with a 1" tall, embossed leafy design along the lower edge. This is slightly bulbous and and indented creating a rimmed like base...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1284827 (stock #2363dd)
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Stamped "Brady," "Harrisburg," and "Coin," this c. 1860 fork measures 9 1/8" long and weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz. Brady was a retailer; it likely has a Philadelphia origin.

It has four splayed tines characteristic of a beef fork, but exceptionally large.

The tine area has hooked and scalloped shoulders. The central portion of the stem is twisted, while the end is flat and also has a scalloped outline...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284711 (stock #2362f)
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$22.00
Stamped "W.G&S" for New York City's William Gale and Son, this silver nut pick dates sometime from the mid 1850s to the mid 1860s.

It is a "French Thread" pattern, and double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. Measuring 4 13/16" long, it is heavy for its size, weighing just over .5 T. oz.

There is an Old English "D" monogram set sideways on the handle. The tapered pick itself has an intentional, horizontal, ridge line about midway down its length...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1284568 (stock #2361dd)
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$125.00
Essentially a tea ball with a handle, this solid silver infuser was made by Lunt, whose early three part mark, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jan.28.08" appear on backside.

It measures 6 1/2" long and weighs just over .9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Monticello," which if in furniture, would be "Hepplewhite." There is an Old English "B" monogram in the shield area.

The infuser itself is a perfect sphere 1 1/2" in diameter. This pivots in a complete circle on a small hinge...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1284436 (stock #2360f)
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$225.00
Dating to some of the earliest years of the Gorham establishment, these six spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," a partnership that dated 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.

They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284098 (stock #2359f)
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$42.00
One of the core companies that came together to form International Silver, 1847 Rogers Brothers is primarily known as a silverplate manufacture. There was some production in sterling silver, however, and this 6 1/8" long pastry or pickle fork is such an example.

The pattern, "Crown," was offered as a full line in plate, but from this example which is marked "Sterling," was clearly available in sterling silver for those who wanted an upgraded version...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1283979 (stock #2358f)
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$95.00
Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., the spoon has an origianl "Stone with hammer" mark, "Sterling," and the craftsmen letter "B," for studio craftsman George Blanchard or Charles Brown. Although relatively small, it is a substantial item with a solid feel.

It is an "Onslow" aka "Georgian Scroll" pattern, taken from English design. The end, which defines the pattern, is 1" across and has a twisted look...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283863 (stock #2357f)
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A mid 19th century silversmith and jeweler, Norman A. Freeman worked individually, and at various times was involved in two partnerships, one with Samuel Wallin and one with Edwin Bennett.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon is a flawless example of his work, marked with his name and address, "289 B.way," along with the number "5." It has a beautiful finish, pointed tip bowl, and very fine, feathered script "CFF" monogram set sideways on the handle.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283862 (stock #2356f)
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A mid 19th century silversmith and jeweler, Norman A. Freeman worked individually, and at various times was involved in two partnerships, one with Samuel Wallin and one with Edwin Bennett.

This 7 1/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" dessert spoon is a flawless example of his work, marked with his name and address, "289 B.way," along with the number "5." It has a beautiful finish, pointed tip bowl, and very fine, feathered script "CFF" monogram set sideways on the handle.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283717 (stock #2355f)
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A lengthy 10" and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this ice or pea is a rare example of this early Gorham line pattern, "Ivy" aka "Egyptian Ivy."

Besides its length, two other features distinguish this piece. The first is the broad, pierced and delicately engraved, flanged shoulders. Secondly, the interior of the pointed bowl is pierced in an ivy berry and leaf design that actually resembles a star burst. Like the shoulders, this is set off with fine engraving and a bright gold wash.

It is witho...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1283537 (stock #2354f)
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$55.00
Solid silver, and with a flat blade and handle, this 6 3/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "Gorham & Co.," dating it 1852-65. Other marks include "Coin" and "Patent 1855."

This last identifier is what typically appears with this pattern, which is "Josephine." The leaf design is of the period, with several other makers producing quite similar patterns in the 1850s and 1860s.

The engraving on the blade individualizes this. It is bright cut in a leafy scroll design, and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283348 (stock #2353f)
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$40.00
A plain band 1 5/8" in diameter, 1" tall, and weighing .6 T. oz., this napkin ring is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the model number "2164."

It is an engaging piece dating circa 1880, with a bright cut leafy pattern set against a satin matte finish surface. The interior has a bright finish.

There is a script "J.G.F." monogram.

It is in choice condition. It remains perfectly round, retains crisp detail on the engraving, and is free of bends, burrs, or nick...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1283197 (stock #2352f)
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$225.00
Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size. The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

The design is a study ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283042 (stock #2351f)
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$45.00
Measuring 5 1/2" long, and having 1 1/2" natural bristles, this clothes brush was made by Whiting. The company emblem, model number "4236," and "Pat. 1895" are stamped on the edge of the silver.

The design is a scroll and floral motif that is so close to the company's line pattern "Hyperion" as virtually to be a match. It has a "GOM" script monogram in the reserve area.

It is in very fine condition. The silver is free of dents or pinholes. There is a bit of unevenness on the wrap aro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283041 (stock #2350f)
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A requisite item for a Victorian lady, this bonnet or hat brush was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the handle. Other marks include "Sterling," the model number "C159," and the date emblem for "1898."

It measures 6 1/2" by 3 1/2". The natural bristles themselves are 2 3/4" long.

The design is an opulent floral and scroll motif, featuring both roses and asters or daisies.

It is in very fine condition. The handle is free of dents, splits, or pinholes, wh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282934 (stock #2349f)
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$55.00
Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this preserve spoon was made by Wallace whose "RW&S with deer head" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Violet," one of several Art Nouveau floral designs Wallace produced early in the 20th century. It is an expressive, true to life portraiture, with the design carrying into the matte finish, gold washed bowl.

There is a script "MKW" monogram.

It is in impeccable condition. There is no evident wear wh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1282833 (stock #2348f)
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$325.00
These four, matching save for size, drinking vessels are designed to fit one inside the other. They all are plain sided with curved bases and splayed tops with triple lined rims.

The largest is about the size of an American julep cup and stands 3" high and has a top diameter of 3 1/8". The smallest is 2 7/8" high and 2 7/8" in diameter. They have substantial heft, with the group weighing 13.3 T. oz., ranging from 3.6 T. oz. to 3.0 T. oz., largest to smallest.

Marks are for sterling si...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1282686 (stock #2347f)
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Dating c. 1860, this 7 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., cheese knife bespeaks the tastes of its period.

The handle has a twist stem with a broad, flat, pointed antique end with notched sides. This is engraved and engine turned and has a shield reserve with an "F.J.M" monogram.

The blade has five curved prongs at the upper end and like the handle, has an engraved and engine turned surface.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the word "Coin." There is no maker's identifier.

The cond...

 
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