American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1198872 (stock #1657f)
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Gorham's "Imperial" is a mid 19th century, twisted handle design that incorporates a notched end handle with leafy elements that are reminiscent of "Olive." Wood & Hughes had a counterpart pattern. The patterns so closely parallel each other that they are nearly indistinguishable unless set alongside one another. Gorham's examples are rarely marked, while Wood & Hughes' almost always are, and this can be another way of distinguishing them...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1198748 (stock #1656f)
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Originally made in twelve different images as a part of a set, Gorham's number 18 coffee spoons appear in that company's 1892 catalog (see image 3). This group encompasses eight of those original designs.

All of them are marked lion, anchor, G, "18," and "Sterling." Each spoon measures 4 1/4" long, while the eight together weigh 2.6 T. oz. The bowls all have matching shell and scroll interior surfaces.

The imagery on the cast (rather than die struck) handles varies...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1198621 (stock #1655f)
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Fully marked for maker Stephen Adams I of London, with an 1819 date letter, and a lion for sterling silver, these two matched master salt spoons form a handsome pair. Each one measures 4 1/8" long while the two together weigh just over .7 T. oz., which feels weighty. They have reverse tipt ends, exposed drops, and feathered script "TSK" monograms. They are in mint estate condition, showing no signs of wear and having fine finishes.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1198381 (stock #1653f)
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Gorham's "Medallion" was the pattern of choice offered by mid 1860's Tiffany & Co. when it was only a retailer and not a manufacturer. This 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., ice cream spoon is an example of this partnership. It is stamped lion, anchor, G for Gorham, "Pat. 1864," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling" on the plain backside. The figure is a youthful helmeted male warrior. The blunt end bowl has a ribbed interior and notched and slightly flanged shoulders...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1197760 (stock #1645fb)
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This 8 5/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., coin silver berry or serving spoon was produced by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the strong period interest in Classicism. The end of the handle portrays a highly articulated, multidimensional warrior bust set atop a pediment base. This has a flat backside, and although hollow, is substantial. The central part of the shank is tubular and faceted...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1197208 (stock #1641f)
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Bright cut patterns were highly popular in American silver of the late 19th century, and no firm was more successful with this style than Towle. The quality of that company's work is fully evident in this 7 1/8" long, substantial weight, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon in the "Gladys" design. The stylized engraving on the handle is set against a matte finish ground and companioned with a delicately elegant "AR" monogram...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1800 item #1196862 (stock #1638du)
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In her work, "Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvannia, 1730-1850," Vivian Gerstell describes Charles Hall (1742-1783) as a "prominent citizen as well as silversmith." She further remarks that he "played a prominent role in Lancaster during the Revolution. In 1774, he was a member of the Committee of Correspondence and of the Committee of Observation." This modest, and rather primitive looking, small spoon bears his identified "C...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1196572 (stock #1635f)
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The maker of this 7 5/8" long, nearly 1.4 T. oz., flat-bladed, perhaps tomato, server was Porter Blanchard whose name appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling." He had a bi-coastal career, beginning in Gardner, Massachusetts where Arthur Stone was located, and living in southern California beginning in 1923 where he established himself as a prominent silversmith. This example is fully in the Arts & Crafts mode, having a reverse tipt pointed antique handle...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1195566 (stock #1627f)
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Whiting produced a series of floral serving pieces in the late 19th that are little documented, but likely intended to compete with Gorham's impressive "H" series.

The portraiture on this is a "Rose" or specifically a "Cabbage Rose."

Whiting's items have cast handles and applied serving ends, and that is the case with this 8 3/4" long, massive weight, nearly 5.4 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1194756 (stock #1621f)
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The last and most successful Kings iteration, Gorham's "King George" was patented in 1894, with pieces so marked. Other identifiers on these three 4 3/4" long bouillon spoons, and two individual 5 3/4" long, solid silver individual butter spreaders include lion, anchor, G, and "Sterling." They are relatively heavy and all have the same flowing script "McL" monogram.

All the pieces are in excellent estate condition, evidencing no polishing wear and having fine finishes.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1194518 (stock #1618f)
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At 6 1/4" long, this piece is the next size up from a sugar spoon, with an large, 2 1/2" by 1 3/4" bowl, that suggests it is for jelly or preserves. It is moderately heavy at 1.2 T. oz. The pattern is "Diana" by International, which is a turn of the 20th century design. The scroll motif is late Victorian in style, with a suggestion of Art Nouveau, both of which fit its date. The bowl is especially appealing with its scalloped and patterned edge that repeats the design of the handle. This ha...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1193886 (stock #1612mg)
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Dating from 1866 according to the date engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.", this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's standing lion, anchor, G mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item. Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is 4.5+ T. oz. The ur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193546 (stock #1609f)
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Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief and tactile.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193431 (stock #1608f)
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Not formally named, the pattern on these three pieces is an "Oak and Acorn" motif that was produced by Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell. It dates c. 1865.

It is an engaging, double die struck (meaning it appears on both sides of the handle) design, singular for its time, and considerably more detailed than the common patterns of the period, such as "Olive" and its variants.

It was produced over a period of time that straddled the switch from a coin to a sterling silver standard, with the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193264 (stock #1607fa)
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Durgin's "Marechal Niel" offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

This group of eight matching, 5 13/16" long, just over 6.9 T. oz. the lot, teaspoons are without monograms or removals and are in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever. They have well-shaped bowls free of dings, dents, or scratches and the overall finishes are brilliant. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1192785 (stock #1604f)
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Measuring 6 1/8" long and weighing over 1.1 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar spoon has a substantial feel to it. The bowl is generously proportioned at 2 1/4" long and 1 5/8" at the widest. The pattern is "Fiorito" which is an expressive Art Nouveau design made by Shiebler. This is a high quality example without a monogram or removal. There is no visible polishing wear, the bowl is free of dings, dents, or burrs, and the finish is lustrous. Marks are the Shiebler emblem, and the words "St...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1192545 (stock #1602f)
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An early Wood & Hughes piece, dating circa 1855, this coin silver master butter knife is substantially sized at 7 3/4" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz. It is a singular design, having a twisted stem and a notched, shield shaped handle. It is similar in overall form to Gorham's little known "Imperial" pattern of the same period, and of which Wood & Hughes had an almost identical match. The upper edge of the blade has two notches that repeat the design of the handle. Otherwise having a plain surfa...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1192136 (stock #1599f)
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An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Norfolk" speaks in clean, simple terms in contrast to the highly decorative patterns of the immediately preceding Victorian era. It has a double scrolled, double lined border that traces around a curvilinear handle. This example is a 5 1/2" long, relatively heavy, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or large cream ladle. It is in strikingly fine condition, showing no wear whatsoever. The bowl has a brilliant gold wash on the interior and flanged shoulders, while there i...
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