American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1144658 (stock #1218fa)
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$45.00
Measuring 4 1/2" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs were made by Durgin in its 1897 Madame Royale pattern. The design is predictably French in manner, with a ribboned edge crested by a leaf and scroll cluster. There is an Old English "H" monogram on the arch. The grips are talon form and have hair detailing. The condition is mint. There is no visible wear, nor bends, cracks, or marring of any sort. The Marks are the Durgin "D," Sterling, and 925/1000.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1144649 (stock #1217fb)
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$95.00
Made by Krider & Biddle c. 1865, and marked with that company's emblem, this 8 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz. berry spoon has a reverse tipt end handle with an engraved front. There is a reserve that has never been monogrammed. The engraving is finely rendered, as would be expected of this firm and as was generally so of mid 19th century Philadelphia silver. The bowl is an unusual shape, with notched edges and raised ribbing on the interior...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1144282 (stock #1214fb)
Old Friends
$165.00
This item is an old, 1888 version, of Gorham Versailles marked lion, anchor, G, Sterling, and Copyrighted. It is also engraved "Norris. 1891" in script on the reverse, so its age is validated in multiple ways. The piece is a 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.5 T. oz., large berry spoon. It is a very fine example, having excellent pattern detail that shows minimal polishing wear. The bowl is shell form and flawless, and retains its original pale champagne gold, matte finish.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1143729 (stock #1208fb)
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$45.00
Sperry Douglas Brower was an Albany silversmith and manufacturer of repute and substantial size. Examples of his work are readily found, although that is not the case with his Medallion pattern, as instances of it are scant. In fact, Don Soeffing in his work on Medallion silver shows two spoon examples and states they are the only pieces he had seen (admittedly some time ago now as that publication is aging). This piece is a 5 7/8" long, .7 T. oz., teaspoon...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1143555 (stock #1206fb)
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$60.00
This sterling silver sugar sifter is imaginatively designed, and perhaps more so given its variance from traditional, i.e. constrained or formulaic, English style. The touch marks on the reverse date it to 1892, made by James Dixon & Sons of Sheffield, England. It is a 5 3/4" long, rather heavy, 1.5 T. oz., sugar sifter. The handle has an irregular margin and a short lower twisted section. The surface is finely engraved and diamond cut in a stylized floral motif...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1141352 (stock #1196f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Measuring 6" long and of good weight, 1.4 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is the smaller of two sizes that Gorham made in its 1860's Medallion line. It has a 2" round bowl with a scalloped edge and coffered sides, and both the front and back sides retain a goodly portion of their original gold wash. The classical female figure remains sharply defined and crisp, having been spared polishing wear. The backside is plain and absent a monogram or removal...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1140056 (stock #1189f)
Old Friends
$335.00
The design on these two, matched spoons is commonly referred as Lily, Lily of the Valley, and Number 88 (which usually appears on the backside of this 1870 design). They are 7 1/8" long, weighty, and have the same "MHO" period monogram on the reverses. The pattern is intricate and has open work on the top of the handle. It seems to reflect similar design inspiration as Gorham's Egyptian Revival Lotus of the same period...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1139526 (stock #1184f)
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$120.00
Stamped only "Pure Coin," this pie server surely traces to mid 19th century Boston, and was likely made by Farrington & Hunnewell of that city. It has an Olive pattern double die struck handle, meaning the design appears on both sides, that is without a monogram or removal. Measuring a generous 9 5/16" long overall, and weighing just short of 2.3 T. oz., this has an amply-sized blade that is 4 3/4" long and 2 7/8" at the widest...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1138062 (stock #1170f)
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$45.00
Frank Whiting produced a number of lesser known but innovative designs in the late 19th century, and "Esther" is one of them. Utilizing a scroll and leaf motif, the pattern has strong Aesthetic elements. It is asymmetrical and tends toward an abstracted, free form look in the bowl. The work is precisely rendered and quite subtle, with for example a stippled ground in the area behind the handle details...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1137564 (stock #1166f)
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$50.00
Produced by Gorham's renowned Antoine Heller, Coligni stands alongside such other commanding figural patterns as Versailles, Fontainebleau, Mythologique, and Old Medici offered by that firm and designer in the late 19th century. Of all those designs, it may be the one with a look most likely to have gone toe-to-toe with Tiffany's Olympian of the same period. This 6" long, heavy, just over 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon features two draped female figures carrying baskets filled with flowers and/or fruit,...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1135852 (stock #1156f)
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$45.00
This c. 1865 silver youth spoon was presented to "Walter" on his "One Year" birthday according to the inscription on the front. The backside is stamped "Coin" and "Larmour & Co." for the Baltimore firm that became Armiger & Co. It is a highly finished piece that has fine engraving including feathering along the edge of the handle, and an acanthus-like design on the tipt end. The bowl has a gold wash on the interior. It is in superb condition. Apart from two shallow dimples in the bowl (perh...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1135490 (stock #1152f)
Old Friends
$72.00
Prince Albert was a European inspired design that found numerous expressions in the United States. This mid 19th century full-sized dinner fork is marked "Levi & Gottlieb" for the New York City retailer (321 Canal Street). It measures 7 11/16" long and weighs a substantial 2.0 T. oz. The handle is inscribe "H.M. Jayne." in fancy feathered lettering. The condition is excellent. Apart from slight tip wear on the tines, and a bit of softening of the design from polishing, there are no signs of ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1135288 (stock #1151f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Made in the late 19th century by Philadelphia's Hamilton and Diesinger, this sterling silver cheese scoop measures 6 7/8" long and weighs a robust 1.8 T. oz. It is an original piece, not one adapted from another form. The handle has a rounded end that is intricately engraved and bright cut with a leaf and scroll design. The scoop has scalloped shoulders and is engraved with a flower and fern motif set against a matte ground. The backside is plain, save for a fine feathered script "HMH" monog...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1134768 (stock #1146f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Fully stamped for Exeter, England, with a date letter of 1857, this pair of tongs measure 5 3/4" long and weigh not quite 1.7 T. oz. The maker's stamp is "TB" which could be Thomas Byne or Thomas Blake. They are plain with beveled edges, and have cup grips. There is a feathered script "DTB" monogram on the arch. The condition is superb. There are no bends, cracks, or burrs, and the finish is finely patinated.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1134521 (stock #1144f)
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$95.00
Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61). It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded ended shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front. It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script. It is in excellent condition. The detail shows slight softening from polishing and the interior of the bow...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133599 (stock #1137f)
Old Friends
$60.00
This pair of Sterling tongs was made by Thomas Sewell of Newcastle, England in 1852. They are fully stamped with a lion, three castle shield, Queen's head, and date letter "N," and also have the leopard's head mark of London. Presumably they were made in one city and intended to retail in another. They measure 5 1/2" long and weigh approximately 1.2 T. oz. They are plain with beveled edges, and have cup grips. There is a script "HG" monogram on the arch. The condition is outstanding. Ther...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133597 (stock #1136f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Fully stamped with a lion, three castle shield, Queen's head, and date letter "C," this pair of tongs measures 5 3/4" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz. The maker's stamp is "WL over CL over WL" for Lister and Sons. They are plain with beveled edges, and have cup grips. There is a script "SRB" monogram on the arch. The condition is outstanding. There are no bends, cracks, or burrs, and the finish is finely patinated.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133215 (stock #1134f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Measuring 7 11/16" long, this three tine fork was a specialty item made by Gorham. It is stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G hallmark, Sterling, and the number 276. It may be for pickles, or some sources suggest it is a cheese fork. The motif is classically inspired, featuring a replica of a Greek coin on the tip of the handle. One side of this has a head in profile and the other a Parthenon-like structure. The stem is twisted and "roughened," perhaps to suggest age or antiquity. T...
 
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