American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286182 (stock #2375f)
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$65.00
Dating from the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Old Paris" is a figural design incorporating cherubs and other classical elements.

This example is a large, 7 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.7 T. oz., flat handle master butter knife. The blade has a scalloped upper edge, while the handle is inscribed "A.T.A." in script lettering.

It is in good condition. The blade is free of bends or burrs but shows surface scratches consistent with use...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286085 (stock #2374f)
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$95.00
Possibly a banana, and if not, likely a specialized pastry, server, this solid silver piece in Knowles "Apollo" has a uniquely shaped and proportioned blade.

Measuring a lengthy 9 3/4" overall and weighing just over 1.4 T. oz., the tapered blade is a full 6" long. It is 1 3/4" wide at the handle end and graduates down to 5/8" wide at the tip, which has a central point...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1285974 (stock #2373f)
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Measuring 9 7/8" long, this knife in "Williamsburg Shell" has a sterling silver handle and stainless steel blade.

It is completely original and fully marked to this effect on the blade, which also reads "Stieff." The handle is imprinted "Williamsburg Restoration" with the Colonial Williamsburg emblem in an oval.

It is in essentially unused condition. The blade is flawless and has a brilliant finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285855 (stock #2372f)
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$34.00
Originated by New York's Henry Hebbard, "Ivy" is more identified with Whiting which offered it as a full line pattern.

The design incorporates a banded ivy border and trailing ivy vines and berries on the shank, and a single ivy leaf at the top of the handle. The dominating feature is the face of a satyr-like figure that appears at the top center of the handle.

This example is a 6 7/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., dessert or oval soup spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1285732 (stock #2371f)
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$75.00
These two, matching, butter pats are 3" square and weigh a substantial 2.5 T. oz. the pair. Made by Gorham, they are stamped with the company name and "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," the model number "58," and date from about 1935.

They have 1/4" high, gadroon edges with a slight lip. The interiors are engraved "E.I.T" in block lettering.

They are in mint estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285499 (stock #2369f)
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$110.00
Rogers is one of the storied names in the history of American silver manufacturing, conveying to several companies incorporating that name and eventually tracing to Meriden Britannia and International Silver as well.

This set of six, matched, oversized at 6 1/8" long, approximately 3.7 T. oz. the group, coin silver teaspoons trace to the earliest years of that lineage.

Marked "Wm. Rogers," they date to the second quarter of the 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1285378 (stock #2368f)
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$45.00
A rarely found figural pattern much in the manner of "Medallion," "Prairie Flower was produced c. 1865 by Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.

A classical looking figure surrounded by drapery and ivy detailing surmounts the handle tip while the center of the handle portrays a bellflower and additional ivy leaves.

This example is a 6" long, .8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285287 (stock #2367f)
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$34.00
A completely clean example, and without a monogram or removal of same, this dessert Spoon in Wood & Hughes "Viola" measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.2 T. oz.

Dating from 1875, it reflects elements of Gothic and Egyptian Revival design.

As stated, it is in immaculate condition, retaining clear pattern detail, a brilliant finish, and a well-shaped bowl free of tip wear, dents, or nicks.

Marks are "WwH" and "Sterling."

All Items : Silver : Pre 1910 item #1285162 (stock #2366f)
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A fully original example of "Lily," this 3 1/2" long, just under .5 T. oz., master salt spoon is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat'd 1902," "R'd 1902," and with an Old English "O."

It is in exquisite condition, showing no wear whatsoever and is without a monogram or removal.

Every detail of the design is fully articulated, which is all the more remarkable at the small scale of this. The bowl has a satin matte finish and is gold washed.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1285033 (stock #2365f)
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$110.00
This moderately large mug stands 2 5/8" high to the rim, is 2 3/4" in diameter, has a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the farthest edge of the handle, and weighs just under 3.6 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem appears on the underside, along with the word "Sterling" and the model number "5225."

It has plain walls with a 1" tall, embossed leafy design along the lower edge. This is slightly bulbous and and indented creating a rimmed like base.

The surface opposite...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284711 (stock #2362f)
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$22.00
Stamped "W.G&S" for New York City's William Gale and Son, this silver nut pick dates sometime from the mid 1850s to the mid 1860s.

It is a "French Thread" pattern, and double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. Measuring 4 13/16" long, it is heavy for its size, weighing just over .5 T. oz.

There is an Old English "D" monogram set sideways on the handle. The tapered pick itself has an intentional, horizontal, ridge line about midway down its length.

I...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1284568 (stock #2361dd)
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Essentially a tea ball with a handle, this solid silver infuser was made by Lunt, whose early three part mark, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jan.28.08" appear on backside.

It measures 6 1/2" long and weighs just over .9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Monticello," which if in furniture, would be "Hepplewhite." There is an Old English "B" monogram in the shield area.

The infuser itself is a perfect sphere 1 1/2" in diameter. This pivots in a complete circle on a small hinge. There is a tapered arm ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1284436 (stock #2360f)
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$225.00
Dating to some of the earliest years of the Gorham establishment, these six spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," a partnership that dated 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.

They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T. oz., with the gr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284098 (stock #2359f)
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$42.00
One of the core companies that came together to form International Silver, 1847 Rogers Brothers is primarily known as a silverplate manufacture. There was some production in sterling silver, however, and this 6 1/8" long pastry or pickle fork is such an example.

The pattern, "Crown," was offered as a full line in plate, but from this example which is marked "Sterling," was clearly available in sterling silver for those who wanted an upgraded version.

It dates from 1885, and the intricat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283717 (stock #2355f)
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A lengthy 10" and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this ice or pea is a rare example of this early Gorham line pattern, "Ivy" aka "Egyptian Ivy."

Besides its length, two other features distinguish this piece. The first is the broad, pierced and delicately engraved, flanged shoulders. Secondly, the interior of the pointed bowl is pierced in an ivy berry and leaf design that actually resembles a star burst. Like the shoulders, this is set off with fine engraving and a bright gold wash.

It is witho...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1283537 (stock #2354f)
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$55.00
Solid silver, and with a flat blade and handle, this 6 3/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "Gorham & Co.," dating it 1852-65. Other marks include "Coin" and "Patent 1855."

This last identifier is what typically appears with this pattern, which is "Josephine." The leaf design is of the period, with several other makers producing quite similar patterns in the 1850s and 1860s.

The engraving on the blade individualizes this. It is bright cut in a leafy scroll design, and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283348 (stock #2353f)
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A plain band 1 5/8" in diameter, 1" tall, and weighing .6 T. oz., this napkin ring is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the model number "2164."

It is an engaging piece dating circa 1880, with a bright cut leafy pattern set against a satin matte finish surface. The interior has a bright finish.

There is a script "J.G.F." monogram.

It is in choice condition. It remains perfectly round, retains crisp detail on the engraving, and is free of bends, burrs, or nick...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1283197 (stock #2352f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size. The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

The design is a study ...

 
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