American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1192545 (stock #1602f)
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$70.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1190625 (stock #1586f)
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$195.00
Whiting produced serving spoons in "Lily" in a variety of sizes, some with minor differences in length. This is apparently the largest, measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing just under 3.7 T. oz.

It is also distinguished by the over-sized scale of its bowl which is 3 1/2" long and 3" wide.

It is an old example, bearing all the marks for an early production piece. These include the Whiting logo, the words "Pat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1190295 (stock #1580f)
Old Friends
$175.00
A popular form during most of the second half of the 19th century, this c. 1870 sterling silver olive server has a spoon on one end and a fork on the other.

It measures 9 5/8" long and weighs 1.0 T. oz. Made by Gorham, and stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G hallmark, as well as "Sterling," it also carries the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co."

It has a twisted stem with a shield like detail toward the fork end...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1189696 (stock #1573f)
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$85.00
Documented as working in Frankford, Pennsylvania c. 1800-20, and subsequently in nearby Philadelphia, Isaac Reed was the maker of this 6 3/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., pair of coin silver tongs. In addition to having his personal mark, "I. Reed," imprinted on the inside of each arm, they carry what John McGrew describes in his work on pseudo hallmarks as the "Philadelphia eagle." The style suggests a date from early in his career...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1188789 (stock #1567fa)
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$135.00
Measuring 5 1/8" long and weighing not quite .4 T. oz. (11 grams), this marrow spoon is unusual for its size. It is essentially a miniature version of a form that is typically much larger, often twice as long and proportionally wider and heavier. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for sterling, a date letter for 1812, a regent's head, and "SA" for London maker Stephen Adams. It is an Old English design with a down turned, reverse tipt end...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1188064 (stock #1562fw)
Old Friends
$675.00
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 : 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)
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$85.00
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 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.

In addition to the word "Sterling" and the model numb...

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)
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$545.00
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. It has a wide and deep bowl (there is an otherwise identical spoon with a narrower bowl) resulting in a particularly generous capacity.

Described by one source as "jewelry-esque," this is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than ...

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 : 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 #1180135 (stock #1503fa)
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$45.00
Dating from 1902, Watson's "Lily" is a markedly successful interpretation of a popular Art Nouveau floral theme. It shows intricate, high relief design detail, clearly evidencing, for example, the stamen of the blossoms and the finely stippled background surrounding the flowers and leaves. This original, 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., sugar spoon is a superb example of the pattern. It is absent any visible wear, and without a monogram or removal. The backside has the Mechanics pennant emblem used b...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1180051 (stock #1501fa)
Old Friends
$120.00
A bon bon or nut spoon in a style that was popular from the late 1800's to early 1900's, this piece is marked "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." for the Boston retailer, and "Sterling." Gorham produced a number of items of various sizes in this fashion, and that company may have been the maker of this. This piece measures 4 5/8" long and is heavy at 1.2 T. oz. It is a cast handle joined to a cast bowl, both of which sections are highly decorative. The handle features a cherubic figure playing a flute...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
Old Friends
$65.00
"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. The entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1176088 (stock #1469f)
Old Friends
$265.00
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. The broadened end features a pair of flanking leaves, possibly lotus, and an array of grassy elements set against a stippled ground.

This item is a rare, 8 5/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., pea or ice spoon wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1174106 (stock #1458f)
Old Friends
$65.00
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 #1171285 (stock #1440f)
Old Friends
$55.00
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 ...
 
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