American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1169303 (stock #1425f)
Old Friends
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1169125 (stock #1423f)
Old Friends
Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.0 T. oz., this three tine fork is suggestive of an oyster or seafood fork, but has a different and singular tine configuration. There are three tines, with the lower one exceptionally wide and having a beveled edge, while the other two are narrow and pointed. Two function possibilities are an escargot or a cheese fork. The maker was Dominick and Haff and the pattern is that company's old version "Louis XIV" dating from 1888...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1168975 (stock #1422fb)
Old Friends
This sterling silver mug has triple provenance. It is inscribed in script on the sidewall "Virgil C. Gibney, 1885" and on the bottom, "From Charles P. Murray," providing two references therein as well as a date. It also bears the maker's name "Geo. C. Shreve" and location, "San Francisco," and the Shreve bee emblem, for a third reference. The piece stands 3" high, has a diameter of 2", 3 1/2" maximum span to the end of the handle, and weighs almost 3.3 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1168683 (stock #1419fb)
Old Friends
Whiting's "Fantasy" is a pattern about which little information is available. Aesthetic in nature and likely dating from the late 1800's, examples of it are scare.

This piece is a generously proportioned soap box, measuring 4" x 3" by 1 1/2" and weighing an unusually hefty 4.9 T. oz. It has an overall hammered surface, with an added design created by chased beading. It also has an ornate Art Nouveau "HLM" monogram engraved on the lid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns : Pre 1900 item #1167599 (stock #1411fb)
Old Friends
This 7" long, 1.3+ T. oz., tea or dessert fork is stamped "Patent 1850" and with the name "L. [Lewis] Ladomus." This is a very early patent date for a die struck pattern, and with a nod to an informed source on the matter, the design has been identified as belonging to James Watts. Watts and Ladomus were both located in Philadelphia. The design is an elaborated leaf pattern, offered in a period style. There is a fancy, feathered script "HLR" monogram. The condition is very good...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1165876 (stock #1398fr)
Old Friends
Dating from just after the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" exhibits all the expressiveness of design that characterized the Art Nouveau mode. This 4 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., pair of tongs are large sized sugars. The pattern is carried onto the especially attractive, three-pronged grips with stippled background. The piece is in perfect condition, and without a monogram or removal. Marks are lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902."
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
Old Friends
Measuring 4 3/4" in diameter, standing 2 1/2" high, and weighing a very substantial 9.9 T. oz., this bowl is item number A7815 made by Gorham according to the marks on the underside. Its purpose is uncertain, being much larger than a standard child's dish, one possibility...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1164971 (stock #1393fb)
Old Friends
There is lack of complete certainty on the name of this 1870's Gorham pattern classified in the Egyptian Revival mode, but it is generally and reliably identified as "Hindoo."

It has a tubular stem and diamond prism handle end with banded borders. It is essentially Gorham's "Isis" without the winged snake figure.

The bowl on this large, 13 1/2" long, heavy, 6.4 T. oz., soup ladle has a central vee made up of two flanking lobes with rounded shoulders. This is again the form that was use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1164494 (stock #1388f)
Old Friends
This pair of solid sterling silver tongs measure 5 3/4" long, open to a span of 2 1/4", and weigh 1.0 T. oz. They are singular in style, formed like a pair of scissors with talon grip ends and a rosette crosspiece. Made by Gorham (with the lion, anchor, G mark) they are stamped number "4." A somewhat similar pair, numbered "1," appears in Gorham's 1888 catalog (see image 2) and this may suggest the company produced a number of this style of item in various forms. They are appealingly innovat...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1163444 (stock #1378f)
Old Friends
Dating from 1880, Gorham's "Old Medici" utilizes Renaissance figures as a central motif. This 6 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example marked "Copyrighted," along with Gorham's lion, anchor, G emblem, and the word "Sterling." It has an ovoid bowl with scalloped and rippled edges. The interior of the bowl is artfully engraved. There is an Old English "M" monogram on the reverse. This is in excellent condition. There is only very slight polishing wear on the high spots of the...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1162759 (stock #1371fb)
Old Friends
Measuring 5 3/8" wide, standing 1" high, and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this sterling silver piece is item number "121" made by Gorham, as indicated by the marks on the underside. It is highly decorative, portraying in a naturalistic manner slanted toward Art Nouveau, a variety of fruit arrayed on the undulating rim. These include alternating clusters of cherries, strawberries, and blackberries with their respective leaves and stems. The edge of the rim is formed into an encircling twig or branch, ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162592 (stock #1369f)
Old Friends
Wendell's late 19th century "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900. This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flanged shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border. This is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no polishing wear, or ding...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
Old Friends
A known but unnamed pattern by Durgin, this design is French Rococo in manner. It is highly detailed, featuring scrolls, acanthus leaves, florettes, and beading arranged asymmetrically on the handle. The pattern repeats with slight variation on the backside.

This example is a 9 1/4" long, 3.8 T. oz., asparagus server. The shoulders of the serving end follow after the overall design with an added floral swag with bow. The crossbars joining the five tines are leafy scrolls. The serving en...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1161264 (stock #1363fb)
Old Friends
Gorham's Byzantine was an early, mid 1860's, pattern that had a double life. The pattern is as illustrated and has vaguely Moorish elements of tracery, scrolling, and even stylized papyrus. It was later appropriated to serve as the ground for Gorham's "Hound," which was this pattern with an applied cast hound literally screwed to the handle. This example is a large, 8 7/8" long, heavy, 3.0 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a ribbed bowl with notched edges and flanged shoulders. This retains a por...
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1159435 (stock #1350fl)
Old Friends
It is a logical that a West Coast firm would turn its eye toward Hawaii for souvenir spoon themes, and that is the case with this piece produced by Joseph Mayer & Brothers of Seattle, Washington. It features a full-body, frontal portraiture of "Kamehameha," the legendary king who consolidated the kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. It measures 4 1/4" long and is relatively heavy, weighing nearly .5 T. oz. The backside is plain save for the maker's crossed pick and shovel mark, and the word "Sterling."...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1158736 (stock #1343fl)
Old Friends
Towle produced a number of artful engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series. It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash. The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted look. The e...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1156412 (stock #1322f)
Old Friends
This Art Nouveau "Iris" or "Orchid" pattern by Shiebler is not a full line design and may have only been produced in this form, which is a bon bon or nut spoon. It measures 4 7/8" long and is somewhat light, weighing under .5 T. oz. The design is particularly expressive, as would be expected of a Shiebler offering. The iris blossom is incorporated into the bowl, with the piercings defined by the margins of the petals. The bowl border is festooned with what appear to be ribbons. This had an ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1155908 (stock #1316fb)
Old Friends
Whiting's "Alhambra" is a Moorish design dating from 1880 and draws from the same stylistic impulses as that company's "Arabesque." This is a rare form, long-handle pickle fork. In addition to the exceptional length, 9 3/8", it has a twist stem that constitutes about two-thirds of the run of the handle. The fork tip has three tines, the outer two of which are splayed and hooked. This is finished in a gold wash which also runs about an inch up the stem. The piece is fully original, without a...
member of
Collectibles and Antiques ~ Est. 1996 ©
a  company  ~ enabling vibrant online markets ©2011