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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1365228 (stock #3237f)
Old Friends
$125.00
This 7" long, very heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon, is a fine example of Samuel Kirk's earliest work, in his first line pattern, "Kings."

It bears a Baltimore assay mark of a "Maryland shield and the letter C" that was used 1825-30, along with "S. Kirk" in script.

The assay standard for this time was established by law at 11 parts out of 12, or 91.7% silver (vs. 92.5% for sterling and 90% for coin), commentary in the Baltimore Museum of Art volume "Mary...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1365064 (stock #3234f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A generously proportioned piece, this sterling spoon measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 1.9 T. oz.

Its origins are Irish, with hallmarks indicating it was made in Dublin in 1821 by Joshua Buckton, as indicated by the "I pellet B" imprint. James Brady also dates from the same time, but his mark is absent the pellet.

It is an "Old English" pattern, with a down-turned, reverse tip handle and a thumb drop on the bowl backside.

There is a feathered script "AMcC" monogram engraved on the fro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1364968 (stock #3233f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Large at 11 3/4" long, and weighty at 4.3 T. oz., this down turned, "Reverse Tipt," spoon has beveled edges and a thumb drop on the heel backside.

An English Georgian piece, it is fully marked for London, sterling, 1812-13, and maker Richard Turner (RT).

Variously identified as a platter, basting, or stuffing spoon, it is intended for heavy duty.

This has a leaf script "M" monogram on the front of the otherwise plain handle.

It is in excellent condition, the only signs of use bei...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364857 (stock #3231f)
Old Friends
$32.00
A mid 19th century (1854) design by Syracuse, New York's Joseph Seymour, "Wreath" is a self-defining pattern. It feature a leafy garland surmounted by a flower on the far end of handle, with a double scroll set midway on the handle.

It also incorporates a raised rib that breaks and separates into two parts that carry onto the surface of the tine area. This adds dimension and interest to this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., youth fork.

It has a feathered script "CCH" set sideways on t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1364823 (stock #3230f)
Old Friends
$140.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six, matching, 5 7/16" long, 4.5 T. oz. the group, teaspoons has a script "P" monogram on the front.

Five of them are stamped with the "bearded man" 950 (higher than sterling) French standard emblem used 1819-38, along with a round guarantee mark, and the lozenge for maker Pierre-Phillipe Rousseau 1808-20.

The sixth piece is similar to the others, save it has a different maker's mark, which includes the letters "U, C and D," and is slightly lighter weight.

They are a "F...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1364758 (stock #3229f)
Old Friends
$62.00
An early example of a classic Alvin design, "Old Orange Blossom," this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.3 T. oz.

It is marked with Alvin's three part emblem, and the words "Sterling" and "Patent," all in fine, precise lettering as it should be on an old piece.

The flower and leaf detail on the handle is rendered in such sharp and clear design that even the pollen on the petals shows.

The bowl has a scalloped edge, with flange shoulders, grooves in the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1364679 (stock #3227f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Produced the last year of the reign of Queen Victoria, this knife rest measures 3 1/4" long, stands on two, four-spoke, arms that are 1 5/8" in diameter, and weighs a substantial 1.5 T. oz.

It is fully marked for Sheffield, sterling silver, a date letter "h" for 1900-01, and the maker's "RM over EH" in a diamond.

It is Georgian in style, having a center bar with turned ends and a hexagonal middle section. The resting legs have double ball tips.

It is without a monogram or inscriptio...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1960 item #1364574 (stock #3225f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing T. oz., this meat skewer tells several tales.

First it was made by Tuttle who stands in the Arts & Crafts tradition and was known for replicating old silver. Consistent with this, it is stamped "Sterling" over "5" over "Dublin - 1796" over "Reproduction," thus the inspiration for the design is fully documented.

Secondly Tuttle used an unusual marking system that includes a "tree in a circle of dots," commonly with a crescent moon that includes the init...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364532 (stock #3224f)
Old Friends
$295.00
An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long serving spoon is large and very heavy at 4.3 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 3/4" deep. It is a styliz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364531 (stock #3223f)
Old Friends
$285.00
An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long, possibly meat, serving fork is large and very heavy at 4.4 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The serving end includes four broad tines, one of the outer ones of which is h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1364180 (stock #3217f)
Old Friends
$55.00
An original, early production item, this 5 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., olive spoon is imprinted with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion," hallmark, "Sterling," and "Pat. May 22, 1900," all in fine, precise, lettering exactly as it should be on an old piece.

It is also stamped with the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's carriage trade "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

The pattern is "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is an expressive Art Nouveau floral design. The flower portraiture varies from piece to piece, and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1364111 (stock #3216f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Price for the pair.
Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, this matched pair of teaspoons are stamped "I or J Lee" in script lettering, which mark Belden in "Marks of American Silversmiths," citing two sources, identifies as "possibly that of a Middletown, Conn., silversmith working ca. 1790-1800."

The style of this suggests the earlier end of that date range.

They have rounded ends, with very slight beveling on the backsides. The fronts are engraved in a fancy script monogra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364109 (stock #3214f)
Old Friends
$105.00
A late 19th century, not commonly found, design made by the Chicago firm "Wendell Manufacturing Company," "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce or small gravy ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flange shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border.

There...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1364049 (stock #3213f)
Old Friends
$625.00
This piece of holloware was made to match Tiffany's 1872 "Persian" pattern, and incorporates the same Moorish motif that is found in the flatware line.

This appears on the banding on the upper inner rim and edge of the pedestal base of this 8" top diameter, 4" across the bottom, 5 1/4" tall, 14.9 T. oz., footed bowl, aka tazza or compotier.

The entire piece is characterized by elegant, clean lines, and bright, mirror-like surfaces.

The bowl itself is 2 1/4" deep and has a domed base w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1363954 (stock #3211f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Price for the pair.
To a European scale, each of these two, matching, forks measures 8" long. They are very heavy at 5.2 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is a "Tipt," with beveled edges along the margins of the handles. The ends are slightly upturned, and the tines are long and tapered.

Each piece is fully marked with a "lion" for sterling, a "leopard's face" for London, a date letter "e" for 1834-35, a duty mark, and "WJ" for maker William Johnson.

Unadorned save for feathered script "H" monograms, their...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1363880 (stock #3209f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership while both of them were working for Maynard & Taylor, and whose silver portion of that business they bought out to establish their own firm in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver contracted typhoid fever and sold out to Brown, whose interest he bought back in 1863 after recovering from his illness. All this history indicates the "Brown & Sh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1363847 (stock #3208f)
Old Friends
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Standing 2 5/8" high, having a diameter of 2 1/4", a maximum span of 3 3/8" to the end of the handle, and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this child's cup was made by William B. Durgin in the late 19th century.

It is a charming period piece inscribed "Marion" over "1880."

This is engraved with two scenes, one of which is particularly appropriate to the name. One portrays a girl with a bonnet on the ground beside her; she is petting a lamb, evocative of the children's rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363708 (stock #3205f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Produced in the second quarter of the 19th century in New York City, this 8 1/2" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver table or serving spoon, is an extremely well-made piece.

It has a "Tipt" end, rounded and heavily beveled shoulders, and a pointed end bowl.

The backside of the handle has an elegantly rendered, feathered script "TD" monogram.

It is stamped "J.L. [Jared] Moore & Co." (1796-53) for the well-documented jeweler and watchmaker. This particular mark, with the "& Co.,"...

 
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