American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188351 (stock #1564fa)
Old Friends
$55.00
The leaf pattern on this 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., flat handled master butter knife is a "Leaf" design that is nearly identical to Gorham's "Josephine," and likewise akin to William Gale's "Leaf." The pattern has been attributed to Philadelphia's James Watts and likely dates from the same 1855 period. It is stamped "Brown & Co." for the retailer, and "Coin." The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188064 (stock #1562fw)
Old Friends
$725.00
Marked with both Philadelphia's George Sharp's "double lion and S" and "Patent" marks as well as "Tiffany & Co.," this salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing. Curiously, they are not stamped "Sterling," which standard Tiffany typically required in the 1860's from which they date, so they are possibly coin silver rather than sterling...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1800 item #1187727 (stock #1560f)
Old Friends
$275.00
The size of a sugar bowl, this piece may once have been part of a tea set, although it certainly stands on its own. The lowest portion measures 3 7/8" across at the widest, has a footed base that is 2 1/4" in diameter, rises 2 1/2" to the rim, and weighs 4.8 T. oz. It has a fitted, 4" diameter lid, is 2 3/8" high to the top of the finial, and weighs 3.3 T. oz. The total height of the piece with the cover in place is 4 1/2"...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1187580 (stock #1559fa)
Old Friends
$60.00
This 5 1/16" long, just under .6 T. oz., egg spoon is fully marked for sterling (seated Britannia), Dublin, 1834, and with a maker's mark of "PW" for Peter Weeks whose dates correspond with the piece. It has an "eagle with upraised wings" crest on the front, and the initials "J.D" inscribed at the join with the bowl on the reverse. It is in very good condition. They form is excellent, with no bends, breaks, or burrs. There is some overall softening of detail from polishing...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1186384 (stock #1549f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Measuring 6 7/8" and weighing just over 2.0 T. oz. (heavy), this round bowl spoon is gumbo sized, larger than a cream soup, but often referenced as that. The pattern is "King George," the last and most successful of Gorham's kings iterations. This is without a monogram or removal and in excellent estate condition. There is faint polishing wear and surface scratches consistent with age, but no other signs of use. Marks are lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1894."
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1186061 (stock #1546f)
Old Friends
$95.00
A premier name from the mid 19th century well into the 20th century, Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Co. served a market that was increasingly eager and able to procure fine goods, of which this 9" long, weighty, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon is an example. The design is characteristic of a Boston style especially popular in the 1860's leading into the 1870's. The handle is basically "Old English" with a tipt backside. The bowl is eggplant shaped and plain...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1185804 (stock #1543)
Old Friends
$95.00
Listed in the Tompkins "Handbook of Gorham Open Salt Dishes" with a date of 1885, model number "2155" is a flat bottomed, relatively large item. Each of these examples of that item measures 2 3/8" across, stands 7/8" high, and weighs approximately 1.0 T. oz. They have scrolled edges, rippled ("pie crust") rims, and gold washed interiors, although that is largely polished away in one of these. There are no monograms, inscriptions, or removals...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1185598 (stock #1542f)
Old Friends
$95.00
The smaller of two fish knives Durgin offered in its "Chrysanthemum" line, this piece measures 7 1/2" long and is very heavy, weighing just under 2.0 T. oz. It is flat handled and solid sterling silver. It is inscribed "Groff" in a feathered script on the blade, and "1896" on the handle...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1185595 (stock #1541f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Bearing the maker's stamp for Joseph Haywood & Co. of Glasgow, Scotland, date letter for 1862, and a rampant lion for sterling, this pair of tongs are generously proportioned. They measure 6" long and weigh approximately 1.8 T. oz. They are otherwise plain save for their highly elaborated, cup grips. There is a script "RFG" monogram on the arch. The are in mint condition. There is no visible wear, nor bends, cracks, or scratches even. The marks are fully legible.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1185306 (stock #1539f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Later produced as a Wallace pattern, "Meadow Rose" originated with Watson in 1907. This is an early example, having the Watson crown, W, lion, hallmark, along with the W in a pennant emblem, and the word "Sterling." Older pieces that are without wear as this is, have crisper and sharper pattern detail, and tend to have finer finishes than later pieces. That is the case with this 7 3/4" long, quite heavy, 2.5 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1184445 (stock #1535f)
Old Friends
$225.00
A 19th form, this cake knife aka cake saw (taken from the sawtooth top edge of the blade), is 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is flat handled and solid silver. The pattern is "Domestic," by Gorham, dating from 1881. It features intricate ivy detailing, with a small bee and dragonfly beside a central rosette, and a fan end. It is a pastoral and charming design, and touches upon the aesthetic mode with the insect figures. The blade has a matte finish and bright cut engraving that reitera...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1183768 (stock #1531f)
Old Friends
$575.00
Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle. This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. Described by one source as "jewelry-esque," this is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was popular in the mid 19th century and certainly showed the silversmith's art ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1183237 (stock #1528f)
Old Friends
$80.00
"New King" is Dominick & Haff's version of an English origin design. It joins Tiffany's "English King" and Gorham's "King George" as the premier iterations of this motif in the American environment. This example is a 6" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., sugar spoon in flawless condition. The shell shaped bowl has a matte finish with a pale gold wash. There is no monogram or removal. Marks are "Sterling," the D&H emblem, and the name of the retailer, "Carter Bros" of Portland, Maine.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1182674 (stock #1522f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Whiting used a single bowl form for all its serving spoons in the "Imperial Queen" line, and that appears on this 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz. small berry or preserve. It is in flawless condition and without a monogram or removal. The finish is lustrous. Marks are the Whiting logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893.," and an Old English "O."
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1182383 (stock #1518fa)
Old Friends
$70.00
The genre is known as "souvenir spoons," but occasionally such commemorative items were produced in other forms. That is the case with this 6 3/8" long, probably youth, fork made by Watson. It is a heavy item, weighing 1.3 T. oz., and reflecting exceptional die work and finish. The word "Missouri" appears on a banner draped across the end of the handle. There are a remarkably high number of additional images portrayed on both sides of the remainder of the handle. These include the state se...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1182063 (stock #1516fa)
Old Friends
$45.00
New York City's Theodore Evans used a maker's mark he may have borrowed from William Gale for whom he worked. This same rectangle, circle, diamond was later adopted by Dominick & Haff, so there is something of a provenance to it. In Evans' case, he added the year of manufacture in the diamond, which in the instance of this 7 1/8" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., "French Thread" dessert spoon, was 1858. "T.E.&Co." appears in the rectangle. This is a quality piece, with a balanced design, manuf...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1181932 (stock #1514fw)
Old Friends
$110.00
Measuring 6" across, standing 1 1/2" high, and weighing approximately 2.9 T. oz., this sterling silver dish is model number 510 made by Meriden Britannia and retailed by W. Wattles & Sons of Pittsburgh, as indicated by the marks on the underside. The style is decidedly Art Nouveau with a date c. 1900. The pattern is a flowing, highly articulated lily motif. A popular floral subject, this lily would be compatible with flatware of the same design such as produced by Whiting and other makers. T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1181578 (stock #1511fl)
Old Friends
$60.00
This piece is a fully authentic, original butter pick, not one made up or customized as many examples in the marketplace today are. The piece is 6 1/2" long and relatively heavy at more than .7 T. oz. The pattern is "Passaic," dating from the turn of the 20th century. Employing complex scroll and flower elements, it suggests the Art Nouveau style for which the Unger firm became exceptionally noteworthy. It has a twist end with a spear tip. It is in flawless condition and without a monogram ...
 
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