American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297427 (stock #2463f)
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If sentiment can be attributed worth, then this 7 3/16" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., youth knife may have an intrinsic value above its peers.

It is engraved "Bennie From Papa 1870" on the backside of the handle. Bennie and Papa are now lost to history, but the affection of one for the other remains with the piece and is a reflection of how artifacts can take on a near spiritual component and thereby transcend the usual metrics of price.

The pattern is "Grecian" by Gorham...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297327 (stock #2462f)
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$48.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing nearly .5 T. oz., this butter pick is a fully authentic item, not made up from another piece.

The pattern is "Violet" by Wallace. It is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau style, floral design produced early in the 20th century.

This has a delicate, feathered script "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition. There is no polishing wear, with all the fine details of the pattern remaining sharp and well-defined...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297025 (stock #2458f)
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$335.00
While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered in a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an large, 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flanged shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

It could have been for crackers, salad, berries, or some other unidentified purpose...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1296796 (stock #2456f)
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$70.00
Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is arguably the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., cream, sauce, or mayonnaise ladle.

It is an authentic, original item, and not one of the many recasts of this pattern. The intricate, high relief, design folds over itself in such a liquid-seeming manner that it belies the fact that the medium is metal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295760 (stock #2455f)
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$225.00
One of John Polhamus' (NYC) early patterns, "Oriental" was later produced by George Shiebler. This example adds a Tiffany & Co. provenance, as it was retailed by that company, whose name appears on the reverse. Other marks include "J.P. Patent 1855" and "Sterling."

It is a large crumber, aka crumb knife, measuring 10 7/8" long and just touching 3.0 T. oz. The flat blade which characterizes the form, is a 6 1/2" by 2 1/4" oblong with a raised, scalloped edge around three sides...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295529 (stock #2453f)
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$45.00
Measuring 7" long and weighty at nearly 1.5 T. oz., this fork is marked "J.P." for New York's John Polhamus, "Patent 1855," and with the retailer's name, Pittsburgh's "J.B. McFadden & Son." It may be a tea, dessert, or lunch fork.

The pattern is referred to as "Shell," and sometimes "Leaf." The motif was popular in the period, and produced by several manufacturers. This is strongly akin to Gorham's "Josephine," patented in the same year...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1295348 (stock #2452f)
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$28.00
Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing just short of .7 T...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295190 (stock #2451f)
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$22.00
A period piece made in Boston c. 1860, this solid, coin silver nut pick measures 5" long and is relatively heavy at just over .4 T. oz.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a finely engraved front with detailing that resembles engine turning.

There is an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition, free of any wear or damage. The engraving remains crisp, the upturned, pointed end is without nicks or burrs, and the finish has a warm patina.

Marks are "F&H" flanked by car...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294793 (stock #2448f)
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$40.00
Dating somewhere between the early 1850s and mid 1860s, this 7" long, weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., fork is stamped "Gorham & Co." and "Coin." It likely was a tea or dessert fork, although it could have been a lunch place piece.

The markings are not readily found, and while a standard motif for the period, the "French Thread" pattern was not one that Gorham seemed to produce in significant quantity, so this is a doubly unusual piece.

It is engraved "A.L. Fiske." in very fine script le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
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$165.00
A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1294185 (stock #2443f)
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This presentation set is an example of an otherwise commonplace item elevated to special standing.

The items are a 7 1/2" long fruit knife paired with a matching 6 1/4" long fork. Two features set them apart. First, both pieces have mother of pearl handles. Such pieces are routinely found with silverplate blades and tines, but these are solid sterling. The second distinguishing feature is that the pair are set in a handsome, leather bound, 10 1/2" x 3 1/4", fitted presentation box.

E...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293890 (stock #2440f)
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$52.00
A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1293794 (stock #2439f)
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$32.00
The firm of Mitchell & Tyler occupies a prominent place in the history of mid 19th century Richmond, Virginia silver production. A successor firm to that established by William Mitchell c. 1818, sources date its years of operation from 1845 to 1866.

The style of this 5 1/2" long, just over .5 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon locates it early in that period, well before the Civil War.

It is a "Reverse Tipt" pattern with a feathered script "M" on the front of the handle.

In very good cond...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1293697 (stock #2438f)
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$185.00
A cast item that measures 5" long and weighs .7 T. oz., this piece was made by Gorham and is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" on the backside.

Highly detailed, the imagery is iconic. The bowl portrays the Chicago Herald building constructed in 1891, which date appears on the lower portion of the handle. There is a pennant that reads "Herald" flying from the flagpole atop the building.

Close inspection reveals a figure standing on a pediment placed on a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1293455 (stock #2436f)
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$100.00
Measuring 6" in diameter, standing 1/2" high, and weighing a solid 3.6 T. oz., this plate or dish sits on a 3 7/16" wide rimmed base.

It is stamped with model number "256" on the underside, along with "S. Kirk & Son Co.," used 1896-1924, and "925/1000."

It is an elegant, highly finished item. The has a rolled and lined edge, and fine engraving on the upper surface. The center is concave and has a brushed underside.

It is in mint condition. The base is even, and the overall piece i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1293332 (stock #2435f)
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$28.00
A fully formed, "Reverse Tipt," design that mimics a tea or tablespoon, this just over .2 T. oz., "miniature," piece is only 3 5/8" long.

Uncertain to purpose, it may be for salt, coffee, or for a child's use.

Dating from the 1830s, it is stamped "Mead Adriance & Co." for the early Saint Louis firm. The front is engraved "MEW" in a fancy, feathered script.

It is in very good condition. The handle remains well-formed and the engraving is crisp. The bowl is free of tip wear, althoug...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293245 (stock #2434f)
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$185.00
Measuring a substantial 10" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this large item is generally thought to be an early form ice cream server, although it is sometimes identified as a vegetable or pudding spoon.

It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin. The surface has a pale gold wash and is engraved in a period ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1293071 (stock #2432f)
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$165.00
Typically referred to as a string holder, this item is identified in the 1898 Gorham catalog (see image 3) as a twine holder.

It is stamped with the number "S3044" on the lower top rim, as well as "Sterling" and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem.

It stands 3 1/2" tall and 3 1/8" in diameter. Many examples of the form have silver tops and bottoms. This is a less common combination of a fitted, sterling top paired with a brilliant period cut glass base. The top has a rolled lower rim and...

 
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