American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133208 (stock #1133f)
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Presumably named for the 17th century Spanish painter, Wood & Hughes' Murillo is toward the Moorish in style, which would be consistent with its 1875 date, a time when such designs were popular. The highly detailed pattern shows exceptionally well in this large-scale, 7 1/4" long, heavy, 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle. Peculiar to Murillo, this has a 5/8" deep, triangular bowl with nearly straight side walls and nearly flat base. The interior has a satin finish...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1132344 (stock #1126f)
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Whiting's Japanese stands alongside a number of patterns (Tiffany's and Woood & Huges' Japanese, and Wendt's Bird for examples) of the period that derived from an intense interest in things and matters Asian and Aesthetic. This example is a large, 9 1/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a plum-shaped bowl with a central vee ridge and crimped or pie crust edging. The bowl retains most of an original pale gold gilt surface...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1132156 (stock #1125f)
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Gorham produced this unnamed line of hollow handle serving items in the 1870's. It is somewhat similar to another Gorham design of the same period that is sometimes referred to as Hindoo. This example is a 7 1/2" long, just over 2 T. oz., sugar sifter. The style is vaguely Aesthetic. The handle has two applied leafy bands and is engraved. The four-lobed bowl is intricately cut, again in a leafy design which in this instance resembles palmetto...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1131012 (stock #1112f)
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Arcadian is a popular silverplate pattern produced under the International nameplate in the late 19th century. There was also a parallel line in sterling, pieces of which are much less common than the plate versions. This example is a 5 13/16" long spoon with a melon-shaped bowl. It has good heft, although the actual weight is less than .7 T. oz. It is probably for ice cream, but could be used for sugar as well...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1130024 (stock #1105f)
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The Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International silver was responsible for some of the most successful Art Nouveau patterns of the parent company. The most well known was "Frontenac." Others include "Cleone," which is the pattern on this master butter knife and sugar spoon.

It is a dramatic design, featuring a bearded male figure set amid an array of pond lilies and lily pads...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1129063 (stock #1096f)
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Whiting's and Gorham's Lotus are nearly twin patterns, although there are subtle differences. The primary distinguishing feature is the number of lotus fronds in the design, Gorham having three and Whiting, as with this piece, having five. They are both a product of the c. 1870 Egyptian Revival movement and are patterns that have never lost appeal. This example is a 10 1/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., ice cream server...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1128296 (stock #1089f)
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This solid sterling silver cream or sauce ladle measures 5 1/4" long and weighs a relatively heavy 1.2 T. oz. The pattern is Poppy by Gorham. The 1 1/2" diameter bowl has flanged shoulders and a plain interior...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1127425 (stock #1081f)
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Dating from the late 19th century, Gorham's Luxembourg is a French rococo design, as might be surmised from the name. It is asymmetrical and employs scroll and paisley like design elements. This item is a 5 1/2" long, weighty, 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle. It has a gold washed bowl with a flange that goes along the entire perimeter. This has added embellishments around about half of it, as is only to be found on older pieces. The interior is finished in a bright gold wash. There is no m...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1125828 (stock #1069f)
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Each of these two matching dinner forks bears full hallmarks for London, 1829, Sterling, and a "C pellet S" maker's stamp for Charles Shipway. They measure 8 1/8" long, large by American standards but not so for English, and are heavy, weighing 4.6 T. oz. the pair. They are a plain fiddle tipt design and without monograms or inscriptions, or removals of same. The condition is excellent. The only signs of wear are very slight tip wear on the tines, more so on one fork, and shallow knife cuts ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1122924 (stock #1048f)
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This pair of tongs are substantial. The measure 5 3/4" long, are 1 1/4" wide at the arch, and weigh 1.8 T. oz. The style is without question Boston from the third quarter of the 19th century. This origin and date is confirmed by the retailer's stamp, "Crosby, Morse & Foss," a partnership which dates narrowly from 1869 to 1875. They are also marked "925" for sterling, but less than ten years earlier they would have been to a coin silver standard, which many pieces in this genre are. The arms...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1122545 (stock #1044f)
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John Wendt was a prominent mid 19th century silversmith. His name evokes a host of associations in the burgeoning world of commerce and the carriage trade as it existed in New York City at the time. Thus so strongly identified with this one locale, Wendt actually first established himself in Boston, and that period of his working years often goes overlooked. While in Boston, he quickly emerged as a skilled and exceptionally able craftsman, and eventually linked with Ball, Black & Company, whi...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1122403 (stock #1043f)
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Measuring 5" long, this cream ladle in Gorham's "Virginiana" has an oval bowl that is 1 1/2" by 1 1/4" and 1/2" deep. The bowl has subtly flanged shoulders.

This poppy pattern may be Gorham's most successful full line art nouveau design, and deservedly so.

This example is flawless, showing scant signs of use, having a brilliant (hand polished only) finish, and is without a monogram.

Marks are lion, anchor, G, Pat. 1904, and Sterling.

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1119732 (stock #1024f)
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Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large. In some instances, the size exceeds 10" long and that alone makes them commanding pieces. Add to that intricacy of design and the net effect can be quite compelling. The form was popular in the late 19th century, and no company was more successful in producing impressive examples than Gorham. This example is model number 588 offered by that company. It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1119075 (stock #1017f)
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Whiting's late 19th century "Blossom" is a lesser known pattern in that company's stable, and one in which examples are not commonly found. This piece is a 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 1 3/4" diameter, 3/4" deep, round bowl. The handle is narrow with about half its length being a twisted stem. The upper portion features a highly textured floral design from which the pattern obviously takes its name. The bowl has a crimped and scalloped border and plain interior. There is no mo...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1115230 (stock #997f)
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LaReine is a late 19th century scroll pattern by Reed & Barton. This 6 1/16" long example is an olive spoon. As with much of R&B's work, the line was heavy, and that is so for this which weighs 1.0 T. oz. It has a pierced bowl with a gold wash on front and back sides. There is no monogram or removal. The condition is mint. Marks are eagle, R in a shield, lion, and the word Sterling.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1113898 (stock #988f)
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Measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this berry or serving spoon was made by Gorham and stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G symbol. Other marks include Patent 1871 and Sterling. The pattern is Corinthian. Apropos of the name, it has a fan or leaf design element akin to Gorham's Grecian (see item 989f) patented in 1861, but overall is Moorish in feel. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. The bowl is plum shaped, with a central rib...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1106195 (stock #945f)
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This coin silver pie server is large, measuring 10 3/8" long overall, and with a blade that is 4 5/8" by 2 7/8". It is also heavy, weighing 2.9 T. oz. It was made by Syracuse's Bunnell and Shreuder (1853-57), whose eagle/BS/arm pseudo hallmark is imprinted on the reverse. It is also stamped with the letters "M.F. & C.H.S." for Mortimer F. & Charles H. Stilwell, Rochester, New York retailers, 1837-66. The pattern is Laurel, which is somewhat reminiscent of Olive, but with a floral rather than...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1103102 (stock #926f)
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Dating from 1870, Swiss is an early line pattern in the Gorham stable. Presumably the design, which incorporates an oak (?) leaf on a pedestal with side scrolls and something of a fleur-de-lis top, reflects iconography associated with Switzerland. The leaf motif is carried over to the backside heel of the bowl on this 6 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz. gravy ladle. The bowl is just off round, about 2 1/2" in diameter, and is quite decorative. It has a flanged rim that along with the heel area is engrav...
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