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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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1331818 (stock #2721f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Offered as a pair at a single price.
One of the most recognized names among 19th century Baltimore silver workers, the elder Andrew Ellicott Warner is the "best known of a family of silversmiths," as stated in "Maryland Silver" published by the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Dating from the second quarter of the century, both of these master salt spoons are marked "A.E.W." One is 3 7/8" long and stamped "11" while the other measures 3 3/4" and stamped "10.15." Both these are standard marks particular to Baltimore and roughly equate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331743 (stock #2720f)
Old Friends
$185.00
A specialized form, "ideal" olive spoons have open bowls with double pronged tips, which is precisely the style of this long, 8 1/8", 1.0 T. oz., example in Towle's "Old Colonial."

It is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece.

Marked in a way consistent with this line, namely "925/1000," the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," this also has a second patent date, "Oct. 27, 1903." This probably relates to the specialized bowl. Lastly, it is stamped with ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1331620 (stock #2719f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Judging from the number of examples that are available, pattern number "41" was one of Georg Jensen's most popular designs. It has a curled handle with beaded detail, and a cut leaf shaped bowl.

Offered in a number of sizes, this example measures 5 1/8" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

It is a significant in that it carries Jensen's earliest, entwined J and G, mark placing it far closer to the hand of the master than most instances, many of which were made subsequent to Jensen's dea...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331585 (stock #2718f)
Old Friends
$135.00
A "noble" pattern both in theme and presentation, and not so readily found, Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without peer in the realm of silver patterns. The design is singular. The only near match is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak equivalent is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1331543 (stock #2717f)
Old Friends
$140.00
One of the most successful 19th century patterns produced by Tiffany, and still widely sought after today, "Chrysanthemum" was made in a wide array of hollowware matching the flatware.

This 2 1/4" tall, 1 1/4" base diameter, approximately 1.0 T. oz., shaker is just such an example.

It is stamped on the underside "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling-Silver," and with an "M" flanked by the model number "7287" and the order number "6460."

The sides are grooved, as is the screw fitted cap. The ca...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331429 (stock #2716f)
Old Friends
$48.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .8 T. oz. butter pick is a fully authentic, as produced by the manufacturer, and not made up from another item, as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is 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.

In this instance there is a script "LNP" monogram set in the shield shaped re...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331292 (stock #2714f)
Old Friends
$30.00
A 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., item, this teaspoon is engraved "March 18, 1898" on the handle reverse and with a delicate, fancy, feathered script "WMC" monogram on the front.

The pattern is Watson's "Cherub," which takes its name from the winged (upward tilting) figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embodies a rococo sensibility.

The piece is in excellent condition. Polishin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331234 (stock #2713f)
Old Friends
$95.00
This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., ladle is unusual in that the 2 1/4" round bowl has a flat bottom with nearly straight sidewalls, rather than the typical curved or inverted dome interior.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell" for Philadelphia's carriage trade firm, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is a "Kings," "English Kings," in a form that was standard to Caldwell. It conforms to all the conventions of this British inspired design. It has a convex shell on the front and a ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1331163 (stock #2712f)
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By the time this 7" long, relatively weighty at 1.8 T. oz., gravy ladle was manufactured c. 1865, by Albert Coles, the firm was long-established and had honed its capacities as a quality producer.

The refinement of the firm's output shows fully in this relatively simple, but exquisitely finished, item.

The handle is flat, with a graceful curve and essentially chiseled shape on its terminus and borders. The surface is finely engraved in bright cut and wriggle work featuring a dominant an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1331089 (stock #2711f)
Old Friends
$365.00
One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Cinq Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. The companion pattern is "Les Six Fleurs."

This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest. The flowers appear to be orchids and show as an open blossom on the end and midpoint of the handle front, and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330998 (stock #2710f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A late 19th century Philadelphia partnership, with principals also connected with another Philadelphia firm, Davis & Galt, Hamilton & Diesinger produced numerous, apparently unnamed, flatware patterns.

The quality of the company's work is always to a high standard, and that is the case with this 8 1/8" long, good weight at 1.8 T. oz., serving fork. With four, slender tines, the outer two of which are splayed, it is probably a beef fork.

The pattern is rococo in style, and immensely intr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330926 (stock #2709f)
Old Friends
$365.00
Stamped "J*P" for mid 19th century New York City manufacturer John Polhamus, "Sterling," and with the retailer's name "Howard & Co.," this serving fork is a first order example of its genre.

It also illustrates the Victorian appreciation for refinement and penchant toward extravagant scale, especially as this sentiment showed itself in biggest center of commerce and arguably the most cosmopolitan American city of the age.

It measures 10 7/8" overall, with a five tine serving end that is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330864 (stock #2708f)
Old Friends
$95.00
The Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island is to be distinguished from Howard & Company of New York, both operating in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon.

Presumably named after Napoleon's empress consort, the design features bold acanthus leav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1330602 (stock #2704f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
While many 19th century San Francisco flatware designs appear to be derivative of Eastern manufacturers, and some are all but outright copies, "Templar" aka "Five Star" by Schulz & Fischer is original to that company.

Dating from 1883, it reflects Victorian pedigree combined with some Aesthetic, i.e. Eastlake, sensibilities.

It has a garland of flowers at the top of the handle, with an open space below this that in this instance is monogrammed "CNB" in fine script. The lower two thirds ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1330500 (stock #2703f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Produced by the "Columbian Souvenir Manufacturing Company," as indicated by the "CS" emblem imprinted on backside, this spoon measures 5 11/16" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. Other marks include "Sterling" and "Pat. 1893."

A literally monumental event, this exposition generated a seemingly endless array of souvenir items such as this piece. It features the two significant figures associated with this event, namely the Spanish queen "Isabella," and "Columbus" himself.

A standing I...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330436 (stock #2702f)
Old Friends
$34.00
F S Gilbert was one of myriad silver manufacturing firms that operated in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the greater Providence, Rhode Island area, in this instance, North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Much of the work of these smaller companies was not documented, and that is the case with this 6 3/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., beef, aka chipped beef, fork. That said, the design of this clearly dates from the early 1900s, falls within the Art Nouveau mode, and compares favorably with con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330349 (stock #2701f)
Old Friends
$385.00
A numbered design, specifically "610," rather than a standard line pattern, this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection (see image three for 1892 catalogue image and identification) spoon, was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

It has regal iconography.

The tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle, just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in ...

 
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