American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1193886 (stock #1612mg)
Old Friends
Dating from 1866 according to the date engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.", this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's standing lion, anchor, G mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item. Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is 4.5+ T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193546 (stock #1609f)
Old Friends
Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief and tactile...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193264 (stock #1607fa)
Old Friends
Durgin's "Marechal Niel" offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

This group of eight matching, 5 13/16" long, just over 6.9 T. oz. the lot, teaspoons are without monograms or removals and are in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever. They have well-shaped bowls free of dings, dents, or scratches and the overall finishes are brilliant...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1192545 (stock #1602f)
Old Friends
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)
Old Friends
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 1837 VR item #1188789 (stock #1567fa)
Old Friends
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
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1186061 (stock #1546f)
Old Friends
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. The distinguishing feature on these pieces...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1185804 (stock #1543)
Old Friends
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
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)
Old Friends
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
"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
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)
Old Friends
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
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
"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
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
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...
member of
Collectibles and Antiques ~ Est. 1996 ©
a  company  ~ enabling vibrant online markets ©2011