American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1343127 (stock #2863f)
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The Whiting Manufacturing Company, which eventually became one of the premier American silver manufacturers of the 19th century, had its origins in North Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1840 as "Tifft & Whiting," and operated under that name until 1853.

This 3 3/16" tall to the rim, 3 5/8" to the top of the handle, 2 11/16" top diameter, 3.2 T. oz., mug traces to that early firm. It bears the company imprint on the underside, which is a "rooster, T&W, and raised arm holding hammer" emblem, alon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1343028 (stock #2862f)
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Of a form that is decidedly exceptional, and to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.

Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1342865 (stock #2860f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, this 5 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., spoon shows remarkably refined die and finish work.

Sculptural in manner, it was made by Watson, whose design and execution in silver manufacturing consistently reflects a high standard.

The subject is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Little Bo Peep" and features a complexly detailed, three dimensional, portraiture of the miss herself.

She is adorned with a big bonnet hat, is wearing a corseted bodice that i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342802 (stock #2859f)
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Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., cream ladle. It is commonly referred to as a "bucket" ladle referencing the shape of the 1 1/2" top diameter, 1" deep, dipping or serving end, which in this case...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342740 (stock #2858f)
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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1342665 (stock #2857f)
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Item number "1196," as imprinted on the inside lip, along with the word "Sterling" and the mace emblem for Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr, this match safe, aka vesta, measures 2 1/4" by 1 1/2" by 3/8" and weighs .9 T. oz.

The company was known for its outstanding Art Nouveau designs in both silver and jewelry, and this follows in that mode. The motif incorporates flanking violet blossoms embossed on front and back sides of the lid, with trailing, wispy leaves framing central reserve a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342616 (stock #2856f)
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Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.

The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains well-defined, down to the pollen flecks on the lily flower petals, and the stippled detailin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1342549 (stock #2855f)
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A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left anywhe...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342443 (stock #2852f)
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This nut pick measures 5" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz. Made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell" c. 1860, it is imprinted with an "F. & H" on the reverse.

The terminus is rounded, with a "Tipt" backside, and a tapered, slightly upturned, pointed end typical of the form.

It has a satin finish that is plain on the backside and finely engraved in an intricate, stylized design on the front. There is a reserve area which has an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in mint estate condi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342332 (stock #2851f)
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Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork measures a lengthy 9 1/8" and weighs .9 T. oz. The pattern is "Imperial Queen."

An earlier example, it is stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and with an Old English "O."

It is in excellent condition. The shell and leaf elements that constitute the design are free of polishing wear, remaining crisp and well-defined. The wispy tines are well-formed and without bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is bright, warm, and smooth...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342331 (stock #2850f)
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This 7 3/8" long, slightly over 1.0 T. oz., youth knife is an early example of "Bead."

It is stamped "Gorham & Co.," "Patent 1861" and "Coin" on the backside of the blade, and is engraved "Bertha" in Old English lettering on the front of the handle.

Solid silver, it has a flat handle and blunt end blade. The pattern is raised and appears on both sides of the handle.

It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear and with a blade that is free of nicks or burrs. There are ligh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1342049 (stock #2847f)
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Rather than the characteristic round or oval shape of most napkin rings, this piece is essentially rectangular. It has a flat bottom and top joined by arched sidewalls.

It is a large item, measuring 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" on the base and 1 3/4 by 1 5/8" on the top. It stands 1 3/16" tall and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz.

The bottom and sides are reticulated in a leafy design and have engraved surfaces that complement this motif.

The top is also engraved in a flower and diamond cut pattern ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341851 (stock #2844f)
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sardine fork is stamped with the Whiting Manufacturing Company "lion" emblem, "Sterling," an Old English "O," and "Pat. 1896."

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341809 (stock #2843f)
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Markedly emblematic of the Egyptian Revival movement of the 1860s, Gorham's "Lotus" remains one of the most compelling silver flatware designs of the period.

It was issued in two versions, one with solid spaces between the three fronds at the terminus of the handle, and one open between them. This 8 7/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon is an example of the former.

The line characteristically runs to a large scale, and that is the case with this. While the dimensions of a typical berry s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1341747 (stock #2842f)
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A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1341539 (stock #2839f)
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One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

The execution on this is masterful. Aesthetic in design, the engraving shows the diamond like surfaces characteristic of bright cut work. The background is satin finish on both the reverse tipt handle, and the scallop flange edge bowl. This provides an offsetting surface that highlights the engraving to advantage.

There is a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341492 (stock #2838f)
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Issued in 1895, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates a variety of images that bespeak the pattern name.

The dominant feature is a crown that surmounts the tip of the handle. Below this is a wreath that frames a reserve area. A pair of cornucopias and a torch round out the major imagery. Various ribbon, bow, floral, and leaf elements adorn the interstices around the dominant features.

The ovoid bowl has decorated flange shoulders, coffered sides and a bottom with a raised design. It retains...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1341446 (stock #2837f)
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A naturalistic design that incorporates a variety of grasses along with clover leaves and blossoms, Gorham's "Meadow" dates from 1897. It is Art Nouveau in manner.

This example is long handle, 8 1/2", 1.0 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has decorated, notched shoulders, while the piercing mirrors the grasses and clover of the overall pattern. There are remaining traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless estate condition. Design d...

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