American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260238 (stock #2185f)
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$250.00
Marked "S.T. Crosby" for the Boston retailer, 1854-61, each of these six forks measures 7 7/16" long. They likely were originally 7 1/2", dinner size, but show some tip wear on the tines (and light knife cuts on the backsides). Quite heavy, the group weighs 9.6 T oz.

The pattern is "Olive," with the actual maker probably Farrington & Hunnewell, also a Boston firm. In addition to the retailer's mark, they are stamped "Pure-Coin," a designation primarily used in New England...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260156 (stock #2184f)
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A late 1860's design, Gorham's "Morning Glory" represents an exercise in the art of the jeweler turned silversmith.

It stands in a category of silver that was constructed, or assembled, as opposed to derived from a die or casting. Various elements such as the two types of leaves, ivy and morning glory, the blossom itself, the tubular stem, and various findings, were all joined together at the behest of individual workers...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259998 (stock #2182f)
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$115.00
Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259884 (stock #2181f)
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$32.00
Patented in 1892, as indicated on the backside of this 6 1/8" long, not quite .5 T. oz., butter pick, Wallace's "Waverly" features a leafy scroll margin. It shares a close design sensibility with Whiting's "Louis XV," which dates from 1891, as well as Gorham's "Strasbourg," from the same period.

This is a fully original item, factory produced and not made up or adapted from another piece. It has a narrow, straight, handle, and a tapered, twisted tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1259796 (stock #2180f)
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$55.00
Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., this cucumber server is an early production piece bearing the three part Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen mark that was supplanted by the simpler Lunt Sterling in 1935.

The pattern is "Chippendale," dating from 1910. It has a reticulated handle with a design that is fully consonant with the name.

The serving end incorporates open work that is complimentary to the pattern elements...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1259724 (stock #2179f)
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The pattern (dubbed "Queen of the Sea" by one source) on this 9 1/2" long, substantial weight, 2.4 T. oz., cake saw engenders a lot of discussion among those who follow such matters.

There is a weak consensus that it originated with New York's Philo Gilbert, and indeed his four part pseudo hallmark (lion, leopard, S, bust) appears on this piece, although many other makers placed their names on this pattern, as well, and therein lies the mystery as to definite attribution...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259631 (stock #2178f)
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$95.00

This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a full size, 7 3/4" long, extremely heavy, 2.7 T. oz., dinner fork.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1259403 (stock #2176f)
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$55.00
This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259273 (stock #2175f)
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$125.00
This "Grecian" is one of several patterns that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure and is attributed to Whiting, although the pattern actually originated with New York's Henry Hebbard.

His "H.H." stamp appears on the inside of each arm of this 4 7/8" long, nearly 1.1 T. oz. pair of sugar tongs. Other marks include "Patent. 862 [1862]" and the name of the retailer who in this instance was "Tiffany & Co."

There is an Old English "L.J." engraved on one arm, while ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1259169 (stock #2174f)
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$145.00
Meriden Britannia had been a well-established company producing quality silverplate for half a century when it entered the sterling market with the purchase of Wilcox & Evertsen in 1895. Shortly thereafter the whole firm became a part of International Silver Company, but the use of the MB nameplate continued until about 1930.

This open, probably candy, dish likely dates from early in the 20th century. It stands 3" at the highest, is 5 1/2" long, 4 1/2" wide, and weighs 4.5 T. oz.

It co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1259100 (stock #2173f)
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Measuring 5 3/4" long each, and weighing just over 4.0 T. oz. the group, these six, matching, ice cream spoons are marked with a "P" in a diamond and "Sterling," and have an Old English "P" monogram on the backside.

They have an Aesthetic sensibility and likely date from the 1870s. The handles have twisted lower stems, while the ends are flat with shaped margins. The front surfaces are densely engraved in a leaf and floral motif. This is so intricate as to have the quality of an etching. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1259053 (stock #2172f)
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A charming piece, this 6 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., master butter knife is marked only "Coin," so the particular maker is unknown. It dates circa 1860, and has a flat handle that is set at a right angle to the scalloped blade.

This construction commonly incorporates a single piece of silver twisted to create the angle. In this instance, the handle and blade were separately made and seamed together, as evidenced by the structure of the join.

The upper surface of the handle and the outward f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1258978 (stock #2171f)
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$70.00
Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

It is in choice condition. The handle is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258905 (stock #2170f)
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$100.00
Erroneously attributed by Tere Hagen in her reference work on flatware identification to Reed & Barton, this floral pattern is an early line pattern that was produced by William Durgin. Hagen calls it "Spray" but there is no documentation to that effect. The design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and only occasionally with the Durgin name or mark. This is stamped "Sterling" and "Pat. Apd...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1258839 (stock #2169dd)
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$85.00
Fully marked for Birmingham, Sterling, 1837, and "J.W" for Joseph Willimore, this ladle measures 6 3/8" long and has a 1 1/2" diameter, 5/8" deep, round bowl.

The rimmed lip bowl, and lower portion and tip of the handle are sterling silver, with the remainder of the handle being baleen.

The majority of examples of this form are much lengthier toddy ladles. This would have been for some other purpose.

There is no monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

It is in good conditio...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1258836 (stock #2168f)
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$42.00
William Ingalls Tenney, 1806-48, was a silversmith of note in New York City. In partnership with his brother Daniel from 1828 until his death, the name Tenney came to be associated with ecclesiastical silver.

This pair of spoons are marked "W.I. Tenney" "N.Y." and date early in William's working years.

At 6 1/4", they are lengthy for teaspoons, and rather weighty at nearly 1.6 T. oz. the pair. They have "Reverse Tipt," down-turned handle ends and exposed drops on the bowls. Each one h...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1258755 (stock #2167dd)
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$600.00
These four, matched, silver candlesticks are estate items with a continuous history in one family that traces to the 19th century. The particulars of the origin of these, however, are lost to memory, which leaves full identification inferential.

They are probably silverplate and probably English. Each piece has three symbol touch marks on the lower edge, but these are heavily rubbed. While perhaps recognizable to a knowing eye, not so for this listing.

Each piece stands 10" tall and h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1258649 (stock #2166f)
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$48.00
Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

The condition is excellent...

 
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