American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253538 (stock #2109nr)
Old Friends
$375.00
An early piece, this asparagus server carries the old Gorham "lion, anchor, G" mark, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1895."

Solid silver, it measures 8 3/4" long and weighs approximately 3.7 T. oz. The reticulated, five tine, blade end is roughly 3 3/8" square, and has a raised, scalloped shoulder where it joins the handle.

The piece is without a monogram or removal and in very fine condition. There is no visible polishing wear and the finish is lustrous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253453 (stock #2108f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Fully marked for London, 1844, and sterling, this large, 9", heavy 2.6 T. oz., table serving spoon is stamped "SH" over "DC" for the partnership of Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater.

It is a handsome and refined item, artfully formed and finished. It has a reverse tipt handle with an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The plain front has cleanly beveled edges and high, sharply defined shoulders off the generously proportioned, 3 1/4" by 1 3/4", bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253302 (stock #2107dd)
Old Friends
$125.00
Identified specifically for use with lettuce, as opposed to salad, this matching spoon and fork form was a reflection of the 19th century's inclination to devise specialized implements for individual foods.

This matching pair was made by Towle in its 1893 "Canterbury" pattern. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1253186 (stock #2106f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Marked with the number "1," the Gorham "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling," this combination bookmark and letter opener is a novel item.

It measures 4 3/4" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz. It has a tubular stem handle with a series of concentric rings. This has an Aesthetic sensibility to it.

There is a crosspiece at the attachment with the blade. This supports an element that suggests a Celtic knot in design, and which serves as the upper portion of the actual page marker...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252949 (stock #2104dd)
Old Friends
$150.00
Showing no wear whatsoever and having brilliant finishes, this set of four, estate, egg spoons are in mint condition.

Each one measures 5" long, has a fine, script "JSH" monogram, and a matte finish, gold washed bowl. The group weighs 1.8 T. oz.

Marks are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and an Old English "O."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1252948 (stock #2103f)
Old Friends
$195.00
According to Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," "[Shreve & Co.'s] production focused on special order merchandise [which was] sold only through the firm's own retail shop."

An usual item, this 2" high, 3 1/2" top diameter, 4 1/2" maximum span, 2.9 T. oz., cup may have been one of those special order items. It is singular in design, and further distinguished by the blue cloisonne enameled band along the upper rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252758 (stock #2101f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Referred to both in the singular and plural, that is "Rose and Scroll" and "Roses and Scrolls," this Whiting pattern dates circa 1890.

This was a transition time between design modes and this shows both Aesthetic and Art Nouveau influences. The form is asymmetrical and rather exotic suggesting the former, while the expressive, unrestrained elements in the portraiture suggest the latter.

This piece is a large, 9" long, 2.3 T. oz., possibly salad or vegetable serving spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1252757 (stock #2100dd)
Old Friends
$115.00
Identical in form to a hot cake lifter, and certainly suitable for that purpose, but slightly smaller at 7 1/2" long, this example of Stieff "Rose" is a tomato server. It is a heavy piece, weighing 2.7 T. oz.

The 2 3/4" diameter, round server is solid, not pierced, and has an "MLT" script monogram inscribed on it. The backside of the handle is engraved "1929" so it is a relatively early item in this pattern which was first issued in 1892...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1252503 (stock #2098dd)
Old Friends
$145.00
That such a mundane item as toast would have a server of the elegance and scale of this 7 1/4" long, nearly 1.7 T. oz., all silver, fork is testament to the Victorian inclination to surround all aspects of a meal with a sense of formality and presentation.

The pattern is "La Marquise" by Reed & Barton. Patented in 1895, it is a scroll and bead design, tending toward the rococo in manner. There is a script "VP" monogram on the handle.

The serving end is the real story with toast forks a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1252346 (stock #2096f)
Old Friends
Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.2 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with a lower case "m," used 1907-47. Given its Arts & Crafts style of this, it no doubt traces to early in this range.

It is plain save for the end which has a hand cut, open work design. The entire surface of the piece has a smooth, highly tactile, satin-like finish that is pleasing to the hand.

It is engraved "Richard" in script on the handle.

The condition is mint...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1252230 (stock #2094dd)
Old Friends
$1,500.00
This four-branch epergne, or sweetmeat server, is a grand piece that traces to a time when presentation was a component part of the culinary experience.

It is comprised of a silverplate frame that supports one central and four subsidiary cut glass dishes. Large scale, it stands 11" at the highest edge of the main bowl and is 14" across length and width. The main bowl measures 10 1/2" x 7" x 3" deep. The small bowls are 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 3/4" deep.

This has a history in a single family, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252067 (stock #2093dd)
Old Friends
$265.00
Dating from late in the 19th century, Gorham's "Old Baronial" has characteristics similar to a kings design, but is more elaborate.

The dominant feature is the lion or leopard head that surmounts what would be the end of the handle on something other than tongs. Other elements include acanthus leaves, shells, flowers, and scrolling.

This example is a large, 6 7/8" long, heavy, 3.6 T. oz., solid silver pair of ice tongs. The grips are pierced, with one bowl form and one fork form. Ther...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1251930 (stock #2091dd)
Old Friends
$335.00
Expressive of its namesake place in a variety of ways, "Palm Beach" was a limited line produced by Gorham around 1900. This example is an 8 1/2" long, heavy, 2.4 T. oz., serving spoon.

The handle is formed like a palm tree trunk, while the backside of the bowl portrays the full spray palm fronds that cap the trunk.

The entire piece is vermeil, save for the background behind the leaves, which remains silver. The gold could imply both the prosperity associated with Palm Beach, and the br...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1251765 (stock #2090f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz., this coin silver preserve spoon is stamped "F&H" for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell.

It also carries the retail name of "L.C. Bailey" for Lyman Clapp Bailey of Calais, Maine, which borders Canada and is as about far east as any settled place in the United States.

It is a strikingly fine example of mid 19th century precision bright cut silver that exhibits the same mirror like qualities as diamond facets.

This pieces shows no wear whatso...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1251661 (stock #2089f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Sperry Douglas Brower was an Albany silversmith and manufacturer of repute and substantial size.

Examples of his work are readily found, although that is not the case with his "Medallion" pattern, as instances of it are scant. In fact, Don Soeffing in his work on Medallion silver shows two spoon examples and states they are the only pieces he had seen (admittedly some time ago now as that publication is aging).

This piece is a 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., tablespoon (likely a place spoon in it...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1251312 (stock #2085f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Named for the rose which is the central portraiture of the design, "Eglantine," i.e. sweetbrier, is an early, 1870, Gorham pattern and one of the company's most refined.

Cast rather than the typical die struck mode of manufacture, it demonstrates the intricate, high relief detail casting enables.

It is a heavy line, and that is the case with this lengthy, 5 1/8", pair of sugar tongs which weigh a substantial 1.3 T. oz. They have intricately articulated talon grips that are finished in a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1251192 (stock #2084f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Dating from 1908, "Monticello" reflects the early 20th century's interest in neoclassicism design. It portrays an open, shield back design reminiscent of Hepplewhite furniture style on the handle.

This example is a 7 3/4" long, relatively heavy 2.0 T. oz., solid silver tomato server.

The blade is unusual in that it has individualistic, fine piercings rather than the plainer, more blunt cuts that typically convey with this piece. This may be a consequence of the early dating of the piec...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1251083 (stock #2082f)
Old Friends
Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter, standing 1/2" high, and weighing 4.9 T. oz., this plate is marked with the emblem of the William B. Kerr Company of Newark, New Jersey. Additional marks include "Sterling," model number "5174-2," and the letters "H.M.D."

Kerr produced a smaller, 5 3/4" diameter, and lighter, version of this marked "5174-1" and both items were probably children's plates, although this larger one could be a bread and butter plate.

The style is Arts & Crafts, and dates from ea...

 
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