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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353833 (stock #3009f)
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$105.00
Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks incl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1353702 (stock #3007f)
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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and freedom of expression that characterizes this style mode.

Dating from 1900, this example is a 9 1/4" long salad serving fork. A heavy line, this piece is especially so at 5.5 T. oz.

An early, fully original piece, marked with Durgin's "D" and "Sterling," the quality of this item stands out even within this extraordinary line.

The portraiture is of i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353652 (stock #3006f)
Old Friends
$265.00
This five tine, fish fork is of a scale that reflects its period.

It measures 9 5/8" overall and weighs 3.2 T. oz. The serving area is 4" long by 2 1/4" at the widest.

The pattern, "Corinthian," originated with John Polhamus, whose mark "J.P. Patent [1]868" and "Sterling" appears on the backside. The design was later taken over by George Shiebler.

This particular example was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," as also indicated on the reverse. This dates from just at the cusp of the time ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353527 (stock #3005f)
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$34.00
Made and retailed in Albany, New York, circa 1850, this coin silver sugar spoon measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

It has a broad, slightly down turned, "Reverse Tipt" handle and a shell bowl.

There is a fancy script "D W" set sideways on the handle.

It is in superb condition, showing no polishing wear, bends, nicks, or burrs, and having a clean, bright finish.

Marks on the reverse are the Johnson & Godley three part "eage, J&G, lion" emblem and the name of the retailer, "...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1353414 (stock #3004f)
Old Friends
$195.00
A 3" by 2 9/16" oval that stands 3" high to the rim and 3 3/4" to the tip of the finial, this tea caddy weighs a substantial 6.0 T. oz.

It is stamped on the bottom with the words "Sterling" and "Hand Made," along with a "lion."

Plain walled, it has a flat bottom, gadroon top rim, and a gold wash interior finish.

There is a fitted and hinged lid that has a natural or composite pineapple finial with cast silver leaves and knob top.

It is in excellent condition. The body is free of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353349 (stock #3003f)
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$42.00
A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., bon bon or nut (almond) scoop.

It has a 2 3/8" wide by 2" deep serving area. This has cupped and scalloped shoulders, a curved front edge, a reticulated surface, and retains slight traces of an original gold wash.

There is a script "CGD" monogram on the handle.

The condition is outstanding. Pattern detail...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353252 (stock #3002f)
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$135.00
Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company began manufacturing its own lines, "Tiffany" was also the firm's namesake design. It was later reissued with very slight modification under the name "Beekman," and is commonly recognized as that today.

There is another subtlety to the design that is evident on this example which is a 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.4 T. oz., gravy ladle.

Writing in "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood notes that the antefix (the anthemion design on the...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1353177 (stock #3001f)
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Popularized largely in the last quarter of the 19th century and continued in production until contemporary times, anointing, aka coronation, spoons remain popular collectors' items.

This example is 4 3/8" long, not quite .5 T. oz., and marked for sterling (lion), Birmingham, England (anchor), and 1902 (letter b). It is without a maker's identification, but the design may be telling.

Another pointer may lie in the inscription on the backside of the engraved bowl. It reads in script, "P....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1353131 (stock #3000f)
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$265.00
Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin tongs are early production items from Cincinnati's premier silver and jewelry house, "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

They are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements. They may be pickle tongs, for use with a tall caster.

The lower portions of the arms are blocky where they join with the substantially-scaled talon grips.

This area is joined to ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1353080 (stock #2999f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Other pieces available in this pattern.
Patented in 1887, "Pomona" was produced in a period of increasing urbanization, but the imagery is in substance an ode to rural life.

It features a variety of fruit, including hanging peaches, along with pears and grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, on the handle.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sardine fork.

The backside of the handle has a small leafy detail on the end. The portraiture of the leaf varies from piece to piece. Otherwise the reverse is plain ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352879 (stock #2996f)
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$95.00

A 6 3/4" long, relatively weighty at 1.4 T. oz. item, this small to medium sized serving spoon was produced by George Shiebler in the late 19th century.

The pattern name is "Sandringham" and the design is consistent with this appelation, in that it is English courtly.

The handle, which has beaded margins, is capped with what appears to be a near exact representation of the three feather herldic badge of the Prince of Wales.

References list the issue date of this pattern as 1895, b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1352805 (stock #2995f)
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$135.00
Standing 5" tall and 3 1/4" wide at the base, this syrup pitcher or jug is model number "1794 D," as stamped on the silver collar. Other marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1906."

The body is glass, cut in a flower, perhaps aster or daisy, leaf, and scroll design.

This is all capped with a solid sterling collar with a rolled rim and fitted lid.

The lid has a dome top, a thumb lift attached to a hinge, and is engraved "JMD" in script. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1352740 (stock #2994f)
Old Friends
$215.00
An extraordinary design statement, this 5 5/8" diameter, over 2.4 T. oz., sterling plate was produced by a company, Unger Brothers, that was a pace setter for such work in both silver and jewelry in the late 19th through early 20th centuries.

Essentially decorative rather than utilitarian, it was likely meant to be gazed upon, like a plaque, or at best put into light service.

The entire piece is a representation of an iris blossom. The design is no less than ebullient, with the petals o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1352676 (stock #2993f)
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$125.00
Made in London in 1802-03 during the reign of George III, this pair of tongs measure 5 5/8" long and weigh just over 1.0 T. oz.

They are fully marked on the arms for London, 1802-03, sterling, and the family partnership of Peter (son of Hester), Ann (sister-in-law of Peter), and William (nephew of Peter) Bateman, represented as "PB/AB/WB."

It has cup grips, shaped arms, and a slightly concave arch that is engraved with a feathered script "CH" monogram.

All outward facing surfaces are...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1352552 (stock #2991f)
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$265.00
A large item measuring a full 12" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the early years of silver manufacturing on the US West Coast.

Made by San Francisco's Vanderslice & Co., and so marked, along with "Pat. Sep. 1874," the pattern name is "Comstock," which references the monumental ore find in Nevada that fueled a surge in silver manufacturing in the United States.

The design is Renaissance Revival in orientation and reflects as well the Victorian sensibiliti...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1352472 (stock #2990f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Standing 1 9/16" tall, having a maximum diameter of 2 5/16", and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this master salt derives its design from the Aesthtetic mode.

It is cauldron shaped, with a flat bottom, two handles, and a scalloped rim. The body has a hammered surface and beaded detailing on the handles.

The underside is marked "Sterling," with the model number "304," and the Dominick & Haff three-part emblem that includes "925" and the date "1884."

It is in excellent condition, free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1352395 (stock #2988f)
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$42.00
Marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 97," this pair of sugar tongs are an early example of Gorham's "Strasbourg."

They are a large version, measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz.

They are also in mint condition, have elaborate grips, and are without a monogram or removal. The design detail is free of any signs of wear, the arch remains well-shaped, and the finish has a natural, brilliant finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1352236 (stock #2985f)
Old Friends
$65.00
One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Six Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. Indeed, it virtually defines the concept of "liquid silver."

This example is a 6" long, heavy for its size at .8 T. oz., pickle fork.

It is a fully authentic, old example dating from at or near the pattern issue date of 1901, given the "Pat. Appld. For" inscribed on the backside ...

 
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