American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1179499 (stock #1492f)
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Unlike some early pieces whose markings leave ambiguity, this 2 3/8" high, 2 3/4" top diameter, 1.8 T. oz. beaker is abundantly and clearly marked. It is an early 19th century piece made in Paris, France. It has the "bearded man's head" used for .950 (higher than sterling's .925) French silver 1819-1838. This, the maker's mark for "Sixe-Simon Rion" (working first third of the 19th century), a woman's face symbol used after the French Revolution, and a letter all appear on the underside...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1178911 (stock #1488fa)
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Of exceptionally large scale, this 11 1/2" diameter, heavy, 20.9 T. oz., charger or service plate was made by Reed & Barton. It is item number "90" as indicated on the brushed finish underside, which appears alongside the R&B emblem and the word "Sterling." The bottom is also inscribed in script, "Anne and Sam, from, Auntie Mamie, October 7, 1916," giving it a precise date. It has a plain, flat, mirror finish center and 2 1/4" wide encircling rim...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
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"Prince Albert" is a design that is attributed to Michael Gibney, but which shows up in the marketplace under various nameplates (Gibney rarely marked his own work). Indeed this exceptionally long, 8 1/8", and heavy, 2.3 T. oz., fork is stamped "Ball, Tompkins & Black." A firm of high standing, successors to Marquand & Co. in 1839 before becoming "Ball, Black & Co." in 1851, it may have enjoyed a particularly close business connection with Gibney...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178229 (stock #1483f)
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While "Olive" was a standard mid 19th century design, there were many variants. This 7" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., example tracks to Boston, which had its own subsets of "Olive." It is stamped with the name "Haddock, Lincoln & Foss," a company with dates either side of 1860. Right on the cusp of the change from a coin to a sterling standard, this is marked "925" in an oval, for sterling. The backside of the handle is engraved "JAR to CA" in a handsome, carefully articulated script...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1177974 (stock #1481f)
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A truly massive piece at 9 5/8" long and weighing 4.8 T. oz., this vegetable serving spoon is an old example of Tiffany's "Chrysanthemum." It bears the company name on the reverse, along with the words "Sterling," "Pat. 1XX0," and a telling capital "M," which dates it no later than 1891. There is a script "EN" monogram...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1177186 (stock #1477f)
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Truly massive weight at nearly 2.5 T. oz., this 7 1/4" long, three tine, salad (or fish?) fork was made by Dominick & Haff in its 1898 "New King" pattern. D&H's version of this English origin design, joins Tiffany's "English King" and Gorham's "King George" as the premier iterations of this motif in the American environment. This example is in flawless condition, evidencing no wear, having even, pointed tines free of nicks or burrs, and with a fine finish...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1176791 (stock #1474f)
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Marked on the underside with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, the word "Sterling," the model number "3025," and a date symbol for 1897, this round master salt stands 1" high, 1 3/4" in diameter, and weighs .7+ T. oz. It has a 3/8" wide, die rolled band around the body and a rolled rim top. The sidewall is monogrammed "KAS" in a flowing script. The interior had a gold wash, of which only pale traces remain...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1176088 (stock #1469fa)
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While the appellation "New Tipt" would imply a plain, unembellished, design, Gorham's pattern that bears this name does not follow this assumption. It is quite detailed, trending toward an Egyptian Revival style. The lower portion of the handle is tubular, with beaded margins on either end...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1175915 (stock #1467fl)
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Made by John L. Westervelt of Newburgh, NY and stamped with the retail mark of "Champney & Smitten" of Brooklyn, NY, this sterling silver berry spoon measures 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.1 T. oz. The pattern is "Ivy," a mid 19th century design that was one of Westervelt's most successful. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. It incorporates carefully articulated ivy set against a somewhat Gothic inspired ground. The bowl is an elongated ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1174106 (stock #1458f)
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Model number "435" made by Gorham, a similar companion piece numbered "437" appears in the company catalog of 1892 (see image 2). Measuring 4 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., this form is sometimes identified as a tea caddy spoon, but the catalog illustration establishes it as a bon bon spoon. Such pieces were higher order in the Gorham stable and extra effort was invested in their design and production. They are also generally heavier than comparable pieces in full line patterns...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1172182 (stock #1448f)
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This 6 1/8" long, slightly over .7 T. oz., spoon is an unexpected design produced by an unexpected source. The handle is an open spiral, something akin to a square twist such as Whiting and other manufacturers produced, but apart from that it is unique in the realm of late 19th silver flatware design. The handle has an overall hammered surface, with a rough end suggesting a torn or broken natural form. Indeed, this naturalistic, i.e. Aesthetic, sensibility carries over to all aspects of the p...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1171752 (stock #1445f)
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These two napkin rings are fully matching. Both are sterling silver, model number B3835 made by Gorham and so marked. Each one measures 1 3/4" in diameter and stands 1 1/2" high. The two together weigh 1.8 T. oz., with each one weighing just over .8 T. oz. One is engraved "Lillian" in script and the other "Robert." They are in excellent condition. Both retain a round shape, have fine finishes, and are free of dings or dents.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1171285 (stock #1440f)
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Items such of this 8 3/8" long table or serving spoon are rapidly disappearing from the open market place given the rise in the price of silver in recent years. Part of the appeal of a pattern line like 1896's "Marchel Niel" by Durgin, lies in its exceptional weight, 2.4 T. oz. in this instance, and that amount of silver has high value simply as a commodity, i.e. for "melt." Apart from its heft, Marechal Niel is an outstanding design. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1171147 (stock #1439f)
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Dating from 1892, Towle's "Princess" is an asymmetrical floral (forget-me-not?) and scroll pattern. It is precisely rendered, with well-defined, raised detail on both sides of the handle. This example is a 5 3/4" long, heavy feeling, 1.0 T. oz., five tine sardine fork. The scrolled shoulder serving end has a matte gold finish. The front of the handle has a reserve area which is free of a monogram or removal; the backside is inscribed "C.H.B." in script. The condition is mint. The piece sho...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1170749 (stock #1437f)
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This 7 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter is marked "E. Benjamin" for the New Haven, Connecticut silversmith and jeweler, and with a bust/lion/C pseudo hallmark. In this instance, Benjamin was the retailer and the maker traces to New York's Gilbert-Cunningham/Cooper complex, according John McGrew's work on American silver manufacturers' marks. The pattern is "Prince Albert" and the date mid 19th century. It is a generously sized piece, with a 2 1/4" wide, 5/8" deep, shell shaped ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1170568 (stock #1436f)
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Made in the United States in the mid 20th century, the design of this gravy boat replicates English style of some two centuries earlier. It is large, measuring 7" long, standing 4 1/2" at the highest point of the handle, and 4 1/8" at the widest. It is also extra heavy, weighing 8.1 T. oz. The handle and all three legs are cast and solid, with the former being scroll and acanthus leaf form, and the latter stylized shells. There is a scalloped flanged rim around the body. This tapers out as ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1169761 (stock #1430fl)
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Marked with the Whiting lion emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2524," this c. 1885 matching pair of master salts are of a singular style. Each one measures 1" high, has a base diameter of 1 1/2", a top diameter of 3", and weighs approximately 1.1 T. oz, a little over 2.2 T. oz. together. There is a wide, 3/4", rim encircling the relatively deep, gold washed bowls and this has a formed surface that is no doubt inspired by the Aesthetic taste. The imagery is organic, leafy and sinuously...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1169303 (stock #1425f)
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Measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz., this sterling silver berry spoon carries a retail stamp for "J.S. MacDonald" of Baltimore, but no maker's mark. It has a stylized diamond cut engraved handle with a satin matte background. There is a fancy "CMK" script monogram. The bowl is ovoid with notched edges. It has a floral engraved, again bright cut, design on the interior set against a pale gold satin matte surface. The back of the handle has a reverse tipt end and is otherwise plain ...
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