American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1279894 (stock #2328f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Model number "259," as stamped on the underside, along with "Sterling," and "WwH" for Wood & Hughes, this 5" diameter, 2.4 T. oz. item has a 1" raised and reticulated rim with a rolled edge.

It is perfectly sized to serve as a .75 liter wine or bottle coaster. It has a flat bottom, which is monogrammed "MWC" in a flowing script.

It is in very good condition. The reticulation is free of dents, breaks, or bends. The finish is lustrous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1279639 (stock #2327f)
Old Friends
$75.00
This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.1 T. oz.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source. Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1279541 (stock #2326f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Successors to A.F. Towle, Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen (later Lunt) was formed in 1901 and that is about the date of this 5 1/2" long, approximately .7 T. oz., souvenir spoon marked with the company's three part emblem on the backside. It is also stamped "Sterling."

It has two themes. The handle end features a three dimensional American indian riding a galloping horse. The lower portion of the handle incorporates a variety of artifacts and emblems, including a tomahawk, symbolic of indians...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1279369 (stock #2324f)
Old Friends
$395.00
This ensemble of three cups or beakers possess the kind of understated elegance that quietly but decidedly bespeaks artful sophistication.

Made by a premier manufacturer, they are all stamped with George Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "1938" on the undersides, and likely date from the late 19th century.

Graduated so to nest one inside the other, they are nonetheless similar in size. The largest stands 2 1/4" high, and the smallest 2 1/8" high...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1279269 (stock #2323f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style "JA" monogram." The style of this suggests a date circa 1900...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1279052 (stock #2321f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Each of these six, matching salad forks measures 6 3/8" long while the group weighs 7.1 T. oz. They all have delicate, Art Nouveau style, "HBM" script monograms.

Early items, they have slightly upturned ends and are marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller "helmet over shield emblem" of International Silver, along with "Pat.," and "Sterling."

They retain all the fine detailing that characterizes original pieces of this pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1278945 (stock #2320f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A multi-motif floral design, Reed & Barton's "La Parisienne" represents the epitome of Art Nouveau design.

This 5 7/8" long, relatively weighty at nearly .8 T. oz., pickle fork portrays a pond lily accompanied with stylized, sinuous leaves encircling both sides of the handle.

The tines on this are finished in a bright gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1278851 (stock #2319f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Each of these two, matching, napkin rings forms a three dimensional rectangle. They measure 2 5/16" x 3/4" x 13/16", and weigh just under 1.5 T. oz. the pair.

The clean design and hand hammered surfaces clearly place them in the Arts and Crafts mode.

One of them has a "K.F.B." monogram and the other a "W.P.B." monogram, both in the same block lettering.

These may be individually crafted studio pieces, as opposed to manufactured items. They are unidentified as to maker. One is stam...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278531 (stock #2317f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Measuring 6 1/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this fork is an old example of Knowles' 1878 "Crescent" pattern.

It has an unusual four tine configuration, with a hooked upper tine, and much englarged and also hooked, lower tine. It is possibly a pickle or pastry variant, or even an early, and rare, lobster fork. The upper surface of the tine area is artfully engraved and has a matte finish.

The front of the handle has an Old English "S" monogram.

The condition is mint estate. There...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278408 (stock #2316f)
Old Friends
$250.00
Marked "Sterling," these eight forks retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) are transition pieces between the coin and sterling silver standards. Each one measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs 11.6 T. oz.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned ends. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The are in very good estate condition. There is slight ove...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278090 (stock #2313dd)
Old Friends
$235.00
Measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a substantial 4.7 T. oz., this piece is most likely an oyster ladle rather than the larger yet full size soup.

In today's environment the distinction may be inconsequential. Indeed, some of the massive serving pieces of the 19th century may be overly large for contemporary tables, making this size more utilitarian.

The pattern is Gorham's late 19th century "Maryland." It is an elaborate design that incorporates acanthus leaves, rose blossoms and scro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1277861 (stock #2311f)
Old Friends
$60.00
This 5" tall item has a glass body that sits on a rimmed silver base that is 2 1/8" in diameter. It also has a fitted silver lid. The base is stamped "Frank M. Whiting and Co. Sterling," while the lid is marked "Sterling" and "67."

The glass is cut in a stylized, clean, leaf and floral pattern. The cut surfaces are frosted and the blossoms look like starbursts. The handle is blown glass.

The lid measures about 1 1/8" from the lowest edge to the top of the upswept, helmeted shaped and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1277729 (stock #2310f)
Old Friends
$85.00
"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" long, heavy, 3.4 T. oz., serving fork.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in very fine estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and is f...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1277605 (stock #2309f)
Old Friends
$45.00
A souvenir spoon that features the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., piece features the added element of the "Lincoln & Douglas Memorial" in Freeport, Illinois. The engraved representation of this stone marker is flanked by engraved busts of Lincoln and Douglas.

Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling," it exhibits the artful die work and fine finishing that characterized this company's output.

Th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1277259 (stock #2307f)
Old Friends
$30.00
One from Watson's early 20th century Art Nouveau floral line, this motif is not as readily found as other designs in the series.

This example is a 5 1/2" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon. As is the case for all of Watson's work of this sort, the die and finish work reflect a high level of refinement. The pattern is set in very high relief and precisely rendered, incorporating fine detail.

The bowl of this piece has a pale, matte gold surface and is engraved with the image of a build...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1277074 (stock #2306f)
Old Friends
$50.00
This "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern by Durgin and was one of the first line designs of that company.

This example is a 7" long, heavy at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife. It has a solid silver flat handle and blade with a scalloped upper edge and engraved surface. The handle is inscribed in script "L.C.C. to L.A.C."

It is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches on the blade, there are no signs of use, including no bends, burrs, or nicks.

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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1276868 (stock #2305f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Taylor & Hinsdale was a New York City partnership with dates 1804-29, with a branch in Newark, New Jersey 1804-10.

This 9" long, just touching 2.0 T. oz., tablespoon bears the firm's "T&H" stamp along with a "bust, lion, G" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his work on American coin silver marks identifies as possibly (William) Forbes. McGrew notes that "most pieces with this mark are Basket of Flowers or Sheaf of Wheat Patterns." This piece is somewhat in that category in that it has a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1276605 (stock #2303f)
Old Friends
$225.00
John Bridge, whose "I.B" mark appears on the backside of this 11 7/8" long, nearly 2.6 T. oz. stuffing or platter spoon, is identified in Jackson's as an important maker. In partnership Philip Rundell, he held the Royal Warrant for a considerable period of time in the 19th century, including 1826 the year this was made. In addition to the date letter and maker's letters, this is stamped with a leopard's head and lion.

It has a down-turned reverse tipt end and an exposed thumb drop on the ...

 
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