American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1168975 (stock #1422fb)
Old Friends
$195.00
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
$325.00
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 : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
Old Friends
$365.00
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. It could be a christening bowl. In any case, it was presented to "Harry M. Stevens" on "December 25 - 1909" according to the script inscriptions that appear on the upper wall below the rim...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1164971 (stock #1393fb)
Old Friends
$395.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1164494 (stock #1388f)
Old Friends
$95.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1163444 (stock #1378f)
Old Friends
$60.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162592 (stock #1369f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Wendell's late 19th century "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1162101 (stock #1365fb)
Old Friends
$345.00
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
$225.00
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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1158736 (stock #1343fl)
Old Friends
$85.00
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 1900 item #1155908 (stock #1316fb)
Old Friends
$110.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1155631 (stock #1312fr)
Old Friends
$195.00
Stamped with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Pat. 71," and "Sterling," this 5 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., cream ladle is a fine period piece. The pattern is Corinthian, which falls generally in a Moresque style with, as implied by the name, a nod toward classical Greek design. The piece is a form commonly referred to as a "bucket ladle." The term derives from the shape of the bowl which is this case is 7/8" deep and 1 1/2" across at the top. The sidewalls are tapered and the interior is finished in ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1153943 (stock #1296fb)
Old Friends
$495.00
Sometimes referenced as fried chicken tongs, but suitable for a variety of purposes where scale is called for, this serving piece is as large as such items get. It is 10 1/2" long and weighs a hefty 7.0 T. oz.

Each arm is an engraved Old English Tipt style. The engraving carries over the arch and has something of a Gothic manner to it. That would be appropriate to the c. 1865 date of the piece.

The top of the arch is monogrammed "J.C.P." in O.E. lettering.

One of the grips is spoo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1152435 (stock #1286f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Whiting's Dresden is a charming floral pattern that incorporates forget-me-not or posey blossom and leaves set against a scrolled ground. The design appears on both front and back sides of the handle. This example is a 9 1/2" long lettuce fork. It is a slender piece, possessing a willowy, delicate look. The background behind the raised design retains traces of what was an original gold wash, with an added element of elegance provided by this detail. It is in mint condition and without a mono...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1151452 (stock #1276f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Each of these six, matched, coin silver teaspoons measures exactly 6" long and has the same fancy, feathered script "PAC" monogram. The group together weigh 3.9 T. oz.

They are stamped "Wm. W. White," who is listed as a silversmith and jeweler in New York City, with a short early period in Philadelphia.

The leafy pattern has been attributed to A. and W. Wood also of New York, and if there is this connection, these would have to date c. 1850 as there was scant time overlap between the tw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1148995 (stock #1255fa)
Old Friends
$185.00
What design elements prompted Gorham to adopt the name "Colonial" for this 1885 design is something of a mystery because it does not follow after any conventional colonial motif.

The main feature of the pattern is striping that runs up about two-thirds of the handle. This is more subtle than it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo. This in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1148847 (stock #1253fb)
Old Friends
$235.00
Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz. this is a small berry spoon. The pattern is Reed & Barton's enduring Art Nouveau "Les Six Fleurs." It is an original piece, to be distinguished from contemporary reissues and re-strikes. There is a flowing script "FCH" on the reverse. The condition is outstanding. There is no wear on the high relief and precisely detailed floral portraiture which is a hallmark of this pattern. Marks are the Reed & Barton emblem, Sterling, and the words "Pat. Appl...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1147851 (stock #1241fe)
Old Friends
$85.00
Gorham issued a series of engraved patterns c. 1880 on an "Antique" blank. This 7 1/2" long, quite heavy, 2.3 T. oz., gravy ladle is an example from that line. It has a satin matte surface with engraving that includes a stylized palmetto leaf, rosettes, and a leafy drop. The handle is engraved "DeWolfe." on the front in Old English lettering, and "May 6th 1880" in script on the reverse. The bowl is oval, measuring 2 1/2" by 2" by 3/4" deep. The condition is flawless. The engraving remains ...
 
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