American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1188789 (stock #1567fa)
Old Friends
$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 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 : 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
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1185598 (stock #1542f)
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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 #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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1183768 (stock #1531f)
Old Friends
$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 1900 item #1181292 (stock #1509fw)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring 4 1/2" long and weighing a relatively heavy .8 T. oz., this item is a bon bon or nut spoon. The pattern is "Baronial," aka "Old Baronial" by Gorham, dating from the late 19th century. It is an early piece with decorated shoulders, and a pierced bowl that retains a goodly portion of its original gold wash. It is in excellent condition and is without a monogram or removal. The pattern detail remains sharply defined, with the emblematic lion's head at the tip of the handle fully artic...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1180135 (stock #1503fa)
Old Friends
$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 #1179972 (stock #1500f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Measuring 6 1/4" long and weighing .8 T. oz., this coin silver youth fork is marked "D. Valentine" for the Syracuse, NY, retailer.

A slight variant of Joseph Seymour's mid 19th century "Wreath," also of Syracuse, it is stamped on the reverse with an "S" in a shield. This is no doubt an undocumented (at least in any of the major references) Seymour manufacturer's mark.

There is a feathered script "CCH" monogram on the front.

The condition is very good. Pattern detail remains well-de...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1178911 (stock #1488fa)
Old Friends
$565.00
Of exceptionally large scale, this 11 1/2" diameter, heavy, 20.9 T. oz., charger or service plate was made by Reed & Barton.

It is item number "90" as indicated on the brushed finish underside, which appears alongside the R&B emblem and the word "Sterling." The bottom is also inscribed in script, "Anne and Sam, from, Auntie Mamie, October 7, 1916," giving it a precise date.

It has a plain, flat, mirror finish center and 2 1/4" wide encircling rim. This is cast in a scrolling, reticulat...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1178404 (stock #1485f)
Old Friends
$85.00
"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 #1177186 (stock #1477f)
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Truly massive weight at nearly 2.5 T. oz., this 7 1/4" long, three tine, salad (or fish?) fork was made by Dominick & Haff in its 1898 "New King" pattern. D&H's version of this English origin design, joins Tiffany's "English King" and Gorham's "King George" as the premier iterations of this motif in the American environment. This example is in flawless condition, evidencing no wear, having even, pointed tines free of nicks or burrs, and with a fine finish. There is a light, script "O" monogra...
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...

 
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