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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1285033 (stock #2365f)
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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.

The surface opposite...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1284436 (stock #2360f)
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Price for the set of six
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. oz., with the gr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1283197 (stock #2352f)
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Priced as a pair.
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 : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282934 (stock #2349f)
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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 : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282110 (stock #2344f)
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Iris was a popular subject in Art Nouveau design around the turn of the 20th century, with numerous silver manufacturers producing interpretations of this theme. Wallace's iris offering is named "Eton" and it stands tall within the cohort of such patterns.

This example is a 7" long, exceptionally heavy at 3.0 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle front features an opulent array of high relief iris blossoms that appear to be in motion. The backside of the handle is much less detailed and actuall...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1281969 (stock #2343f)
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Dating from c. 1930 and echoing (or perhaps seeking to compete with) the Danish Modern look of Georg Jensen, this 5 3/4" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., ladle was made by Chicago's J.O. Randahl, whose name appears on the backside. Other marks are "Hand Wrought," "Sterling," and the number "189."

The handle has an irregularly shaped margin on the terminus. This frames a three dimensional, decorative floral (perhaps fuchsia) element. The plainness of the lower portion of the handle is broken by tw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281056 (stock #2337f)
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"Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance a feathered script "R.S.G." monogram.

The piece is a 9" long ice spoon. It is an extra heavy version weighing 4.4 T. oz., and was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," whose name is stamped on the backside. Other marks are the Durgin "D" and the word "Sterling."

The elegant bowl has scalloped edges, a pierced interior, and is finish...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1280631 (stock #2334f)
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This sterling silver souvenir spoon is replete with provenance. It was made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside. The theme is the "Chicago Fire" of 1871, and appropriately enough the retailer was Chicago's "C.D. Peacock" whose name appears alongside the manufacturer's mark and the words "Pat'd. '91."

It is inscribed on the reverse "Jerome Orrell Eddy," "May 12/91," whose birthday was this date. An accomplished man in his own right, th...

All Items : Silver : China Trade : Pre 1900 item #1279639 (stock #2327f)
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This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and is weighty at 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.

Export is also largely imitative of English silver, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1279269 (stock #2323f)
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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.

It is in very good condit...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278408 (stock #2316f)
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Priced as set of eight. Eleven total available.
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 : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1277605 (stock #2309f)
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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.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276498 (stock #2302f)
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Watson produced an extensive line of fruit, floral, and even vegetable patterns around the turn of the 20th century that were exceptionally finely rendered and reflected Art Nouveau sensibilities.

An example from that series, this 6 1/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.2 T. oz., spoon has an elongated and pointed bowl and is probably for citrus.

The motif is grape, showing a large cluster of high relief fruit surrounded by leaves and sinuous vines. The backside repeats the theme in diminished s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274926 (stock #2291f)
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Price per piece, two available.
Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the the...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1273589 (stock #2284f)
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Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt," design, this is akin to much production of the period. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

This is a particularly...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
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This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1269472 (stock #2269f)
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Standing 3 3/8" tall to the top of the finial, 3 3/8" at the widest to the edge of the handle, and weighing just under 4.0 T. oz. this solid silver piece was made by Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Sterling Company and retailed by Boston's Shreve, Crump, & Low according to the identifiers on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling," "925/1000," "4522," and "Pat '93."

Catalogs of the period identify shorter versions of this form as mustard pots, and taller ones as horseradish. Common...

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