American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217904 (stock #1809f)
Old Friends
$245.00
Seldom found, John Wendt's "Moresque" is the nameplate pattern for the "Persian Revival," or "Moorish," style that was popular in the United States in the 1870's. Some other contemporaneous examples of this motif include Tiffany's and Whiting's "Persian," and Gorham's "Hindostanee."

"Moresque" examples present with slight variations from piece to piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217821 (stock #1807f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Marked with a lion, the English symbol for sterling silver, an Old English date letter "f" for 1841, and the city symbol for London, and the queen's head duty mark, this mustard spoon measures 4 13/16" long and weighs a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. The maker's stamp is poorly struck but is clear enough to ascribe to William Eaton.

The pattern is "Prince Albert," an English design that found its way into the realm of American silver, with New York's Michael Gibney one name identified with it...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217651 (stock #1806f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Whiting's "Honeysuckle" pattern features a naturalistic representation of this popular garden flower set against a finely stippled ground. The lower portion of the handle is lined and separated from the pictorial portion by a crossed ribbon band. While this 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz. piece is sterling, and so marked, the pattern is more commonly found in silverplate.

The form is almost a hybrid between a ladle and a spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1217305 (stock #1804f)
Old Friends
$225.00
A pattern deeply rooted in the academic tradition, "Paris" incorporates an abundance of figural and representational beaux arts imagery. Made by Gorham just after the turn of the 20th century, the dominant elements are flanking cherubs supporting a torch. A cat sitting amid bowls and what appears to be a coffee pot sits mid handle. This assembly is repeated on the backside, minus the cat. The margins of the handle are festooned with floral and scroll elements, along with cornucopia...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217184 (stock #1802f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Tiffany's "English King" is arguably the most successful of all the American iterations of a pattern that has its origins in English style. This example is a 6 7/8" long fork marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last letter indicating the piece dates no later than 1891. Consistent with the line, it is exceptionally heavy, weighing 2.3 T. oz.

It is in very good estate condition and without a monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1217183 (stock #1801f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this teaspoon is fully marked for sterling silver, Dublin, Ireland, and 1846. The maker's mark is "P.W," designating Phillip Weekes.

It has a down turned, reverse tipt end, and a rattail drop on the reverse of the bowl. The front is monogrammed "EH" in a feathered script.

The condition is very good. The monogram shows slight softening from polishing. The overall finish is finely patinated...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1215855 (stock #1794df)
Old Friends
$75.00
This lot consists of three, coin silver teaspoons dating from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries. Two are are by Philadelphia's Joseph Lownes, 1758-1820.

One of the Lownes is 5 3/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., has a slight tip end on the reverse, an exposed drop, and a feathered script "EM" monogram. The condition is good...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1215501 (stock #1790df)
Old Friends
$125.00
Dating c. 1865, these seven, coin silver, "Tipt End" teaspoons fall into two groups.

Three were made by Gorham, marked lion, anchor, G, and have feathered script "SC" monograms. They measure 6" long each, while the set weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz. They carry the retail name "Rhoads," for Charles G. Rhoads of Lancaster, Pennsylvannia.

The second set is also coin silver, and comprised of four spoons, 5 7/16" long, approximately 2.3 T. oz. collectively, with feathered script "SST" mono...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1215241 (stock #1789f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Fully marked as made by Dublin silversmith James Brady in 1826, this sterling silver mustard spoon (similar to a large American master salt spoon) measures 4 1/4" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz. The ovoid bowl is 1 1/8" wide, 7/8" back to front, and 1/4" deep.

It has a reverse tipt end and an exposed drop on the heel of the bowl, and is without a monogram or crest or removal of same.

The condition is very good. There is light polishing wear and there are surface scratches consisten...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1215021 (stock #1786f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Portraying a bust on the handle and a mounted image for the French King and Roman Catholic Saint for whom the City of Saint Louis was named, this spoon was retailed by that city's premier jeweler, "Mermod-Jaccard & King Co." (1905 forward), as marked on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

This is a superbly crafted item. The imagery portrays a youthful king wearing a crown and with his shoulders draped in a clasped cloak. His look is wistful, suggesting his eyes are set on a futur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1215019 (stock #1785f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Old examples of "Fairfax" made by Durgin rather than Gorham, these pieces are marked "D" and "Sterling," and in the instance of the ladle "Pat'd." as well.

One is a lemon fork that measures 4 15/16" long and weighs approximately .6 T. oz. The second is a 5" long, .8 T. oz. cream ladle.

Neither piece has a monogram or removal, and both are in mint condition with brilliant, hand polished finishes.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1214868 (stock #1784f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A highly decorative design that features scrolls and floral rosettes, International's "Revere" dates from 1897.

This example is a pair of sugar tongs that measure 4 1/2" long and weigh a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. They have especially appealing cupped and reticulated grips. There is a feathered script "MM - GT" monogram inscribed on the arch.

The condition is mint. They show no polishing wear, have a brilliant finish with a natural patina, and are free of bends, breaks, or repairs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1214477 (stock #1779f)
Old Friends
$32.00
At 4 3/8" long and weighing nearly .7 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are the smaller of two versions offered in Gorham's "Chantilly" line. They are also old, stamped with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, along with the word "Sterling." They carry the retail stamp "J.A. Merrill & Co.," "Portland, Me."

The grips are decoratively detailed and especially appealing.

The piece is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. They are without wear or damage, and have a finely finished su...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1213573 (stock #1772f)
Old Friends
$90.00
While essentially matching, employing the same "Kings" pattern and engraved with the same standing lion crest, these two sterling silver spoons show subtle variations and were produced by different makers.

They are both 5 5/8" long and heavy, with one weighing just under 1.2 T. oz. and the other just over 1.3 T. oz.

The hallmarks indicate the first spoon was made by Soloman Royes in 1821, while the second was was made by William Eaton in 1829, both of London. Clearly the later one was c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1213484 (stock #1771f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This mustard spoon measures 3 5/8" long and weighs a relatively robust .6 T. oz. It is a Chinese export piece dating late 19th to early 20th centuries, with four pseudo hallmarks somewhat clumsily imitative of English counterparts. The maker is not identified. As a category, Export silver was made in silver, but to varying standards, so that detail is also unknown.

The design is a "Shell and Thread" with a double lined border. It repeats on the backside of the handle, and has a shell detai...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1213082 (stock #1768f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Easily fitting into a pocket or purse, small folding knives were popular 19th century items dating from the 1840's or so forward. Often mangled or otherwise damaged, this mid century, single blade example by New York's Albert Coles is in excellent condition.

It measures 3" long when closed and 5 1/2" when open. The handle has a lined and scrolled border.

The blade is stamped with with Coles' three part pseudo hallmark. Neither the handle nor the blade has a monogram or removal.

Th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1212754 (stock #1766f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Dating from the early 1870's, Gorham's "Japanese" pattern is a high form expression of the Aesthetic mode. It features a variety of subjects including birds, insects, and as in the case of this 4 1/4" long, just under .4 T. oz., demitasse or coffee spoon, a standing female figure.

This piece is an exceptionally fine example in mint condition. All the design elements remain crisp and clearly defined. The bowl is completely smooth, free of burrs or nicks, and has a bright gold wash front and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1212625 (stock #1765f)
Old Friends
$1,695.00
Made by Gorham in 1868 according to the date letter stamped on the underside, along with lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the model number "500," and retailed by Chicago's "N. Matson & Co., this coffee pot is an outstanding representation of American silver production at a time of great expansionism for both the nation and the Gorham company.

It is a large item, standing 9" to the top of the finial, having a maximum span of 8 3/4", and weighing 26.8 T. oz. It holds a full 7 cups, i.e. 234 ou...

 
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