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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1338683 (stock #2804f)
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$55.00
Commonly referred to as a "brandy warmer," this form appears in Gorham's 1894 catalogue identified as a "brandy burner" (see image 2).

Whatever name is applied, this example is characteristic of the piece. It measures 3 7/8" long, with a short handle and a 1 5/8" diameter bowl with two tabs to lock over the rim of a brandy snifter. It weighs .6 T. oz.

While brandy warmers are readily available, this piece is uncommon. Figural and decorative whereas many are plain, it is a limited lin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338540 (stock #2802f)
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$46.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this long handle olive or pickle fork is a clean example of Towle's "Old Newbury" pattern issued in 1900.

The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.

Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed.

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338438 (stock #2800f)
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$40.00
A highly trumpeted design at the time of its introduction in 1880, Gorham's figural "Fontainebleau" quickly established itself as one of the company's foremost patterns, and it remains so today.

This example is a 6" long, just under .9 T. oz., youth fork. It is an early example, stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" set on the edge of the handle.

Its age is further evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads in fine script le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338372 (stock #2799f)
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$38.00
A fully original, early production, example of "Francis I," this piece is imprinted with the company's "bird, R in a shield, standing lion" emblem, and the word "Sterling."

It is a 4 7/16" long, just over .4 t. oz., lemon fork with three tines, the outer two of which are splayed. The center one is wider and slightly more elongated than the other two.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in immaculate condition. The high relief, clustered fruit pattern detail remains clear and well-d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1338275 (stock #2798f)
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$235.00
Part of a desk set made by Gorham, this 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide, weighty at 5.3 T. oz., tray is identified in the company's 1902 catalogue as a "sealing set tray" (see image 2).

It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.

It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338081 (stock #2795f)
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$55.00
Not a full flatware line, this singularly designed 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., pickle fork made by Wood & Hughes dates circa 1880.

The pattern is clearly rooted in Aesthetic sensibilities, with a marine theme. There are two shell motifs, one in the heel of the central of three tines, and one at the tip of the handle.

Radiating lines fan out from the broad, angular, handle shoulders, and meet a series of ripples that evoke waves, which probably not without coincidence, resemble Tiffany's "Wa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337461 (stock #2787f)
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$90.00
A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1337337 (stock #2785f)
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$40.00
Perhaps Wallace's most expressive entries in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of a partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1336487 (stock #2780f)
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$85.00
Priced as a pair.
One of Durgin's earliest line patterns, this design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow. Although documentation for it is scant, "Spray" is an accepted name.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are only occasionally identified as by Durgin. This youth set provide that association, as both pieces are stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Sterling."

The knife measures 7 1/2" long, while the fork is 6". Both pieces combined weigh just...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335773 (stock #2772f)
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$115.00
This server follows after the form of an ice cream server, although some outsized for that at 10 1/2" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz.

Dating circa 1880, it has a slightly upturned, round end handle and a large, 5" by 3 1/16" at the widest, teardrop shaped serving end.

The entire front surface is extensively bright cut with wriggle work and hatched detailing. The theme of this is vegetative, expressed with an Aesthetic sensibility.

The imagery on the handle is largely leaves with two sma...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1335434 (stock #2768f)
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$85.00
A 6 1/8" long, slightly under 1.0 T. oz., piece, this item dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1335358 (stock #2767f)
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$185.00
Identified as an "important manufacturer," in the benchmark "Jackson's Hallmarks," Henry Holland, of Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater, was located in London, England, in the mid 19th century.

This example of his work is fully marked with his maker's "H.H," a date letter for 1858-59, London, sterling, and a queen's head.

It is a large mustard pot with a clear glass liner. It stands 2 1/8" tall, has a body that is 2 1/8" wide, a maximum span of 3 1/2" to the end of the handle, and the silver ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1335020 (stock #2763f)
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$55.00
Priced as a Pair.
Measuring 5 1/4" long, and light at .7 T. oz. the pair, these matched spoons were likely intended more for coffee than tea.

They are a "Pointed Antique" design with engraved fronts, a slightly tipt backside, and exposed drops on the bowls. There are reserve areas that are without monograms or inscriptions.

Marks are a harp for Ireland, Hibernia for sterling silver, and a distinct, script "JO" for John Osborne, working in Dublin 1784-1809.

They are in good condition, noting some wear...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334822 (stock #2760f)
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These two items, stamped "4101" on the bottoms, are the hollowware side of Kirk's "Calvert" and "Old Maryland Plain" flatware patterns.

According to the identifications offered in the "Encylopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the style of the "S. Kirk & Son" mark, along with the word "Sterling," was used 1925-32, indicating these have considerable age.

The footed, open salt stands 1 13/16" tall on a base that is 1 3/4" in diameter, and has a top opening that measures 2 5/8" across....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1960 item #1334618 (stock #2757f)
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$55.00
Measuring 5 1/4" by 4" by 3/4" high and weighing 2.3 T. oz., this soap dish was made by Gorham in 1956 according to the date symbol imprinted on the underside.

Other marks include the company name and "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "60."

While fitting in the "mid century modern" period, and having the clean lines of that category, it is more truly Chippendale in style. It has a repeating rib design that appears beaded on the rim.

In excellent condition, i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334334 (stock #2754f)
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$295.00
A Providence, Rhode Island guild level retailer founded in the mid 19th century with principals related by marriage to the Gorham family, Tilden-Thurber Company was throughout its history a source of high quality silver offerings.

Such is represented in this 7" diameter, 1 1/8" high, very heavy at 11.4 T. oz., open bowl. It is stamped on the underside "Tilden-Thurber," "Sterling," and "943," and likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It has a flat bottom, with an eight lobed wall,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334269 (stock #2753f)
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$250.00
George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, or possibly nut spoon, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1334125 (stock #2750f)
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$145.00
One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...

 
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