American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
Old Friends
$85.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265968 (stock #2245f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Syracuse's Joseph Seymour's pattern flatware is well-documented and the inventory does not include the "Thistle" design on this 5 1/2" long, just touching 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. It is thereby an unexpected rarity, and doubly so because of its impressively artful portraiture.

The design, die work, and finish are all to the highest standard. There is a central thistle blossom midway on the handle, and a pair at the tip, all surrounded by leaves...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1265848 (stock #2243f)
Old Friends
$735.00
A truly grand piece in scale, this water pitcher measures 7 3/4" tall to the tip of the spout, 8 1/2" at the widest, 6" in diameter at the thickest part of the body, and sits on a rimmed base that is 4 1/2" across. It it as substantial in weight as it is in scale, tipping out at 29.3 T. oz.

Its design and quality of manufacture are as impressive as its size...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265582 (stock #2242f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Born in 1825 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Boston's South Shore, Asa Fairbanks Trufant is listed working as a merchant in nearby Abington, dying in 1879.

Given the "Fiddle Tipt" pattern on this 7 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., dessert or place spoon, it would have dated from his earliest working years.

It is monogrammed "JT to EJT" in fancy script lettering and is in exceptionally fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1265581 (stock #2241f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Fully authentic, and not a later fabrication, this 3 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., wax sealer is inscribed "Nov 26," on one side and "1900" on the other.

It is also marked "Sterling," model number "51," and with a maker's symbol which may be Whiting's lion, but as this is set on a ridge and difficult to read. Whiting as a maker is further advanced by the design on the hollow, flat-sided, handle matches that company's "Oval Twist," with the addition of a scroll end the two reserves on the sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1265495 (stock #2240f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring just over 6" long, and extra weight at 1.2 T. oz., this youth fork is marked with the Whiting lion logo and "Sterling" on the back of the handle, and stamped "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902" in fine lettering on the heel of the tine area.

It is an exceptionally fine, early, example of Whiting's stand out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern.

There is a flowing scipt "MKW" monogram.

It retains superb pattern detail and has a lustrous finish...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265382 (stock #2239f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Listed as a firm operating in New York City in the 1840s, the partnership of Hayes & Robbins is further documented by the location, "207 B.way" stamped on the backsides of this set of six, matching, coin silver teaspoons.

They are slightly over-sized at 6 1/8" long, and moderately heavy, with the group weighing approximately 6.1 T. oz. The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on both the front and back sides. The bowls are tapered and have pointed tips...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265277 (stock #2238f)
Old Friends
$95.00
European in scale, meaning large and heavy, this Victorian dinner fork measures 8" long and weighs a robust 2.4 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1265054 (stock #2236f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Perhaps the largest of any serving spoon in the "Du Barry" line, this item measures 9 3/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 5.3 T. oz.

It was retailed by New York City's "Theodore B. Starr," as stamped on the backside of the bowl. Other marks are the Durgin "D," and the word "Sterling."

An elaborate design, "Du Barry" features high relief leafy sprays complimented by small branches of what appear to be laurel leaves. The design is carried into the bowl, which is finished in a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked "Krusi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1264667 (stock #2232f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Often associated with the better known James Watts, partly because he was briefly in partnership with him, and partly because of the similarity of his horse head over chevron hallmark to Watts', James P. Butler of Philadelphia engaged in various enterprises, including in the 1860s and 70s, silverware manufacturing(source Catherine B. Hollan "Philadelphia Silversmiths").

This example is a 6 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., preserve or large sugar spoon. It is stamped with the Butler emblem, plus the na...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264383 (stock #2229f)
Old Friends
$125.00
A highly decorative, late 19th century, design, Whiting's "Radiant" presents in an opulent, courtly manner. The handle has a fanned end, which would seem to be the source of the pattern name. Other elements include ribbing, acanthus leaves, and little florettes which might be forget-me-nots.

This example is an 8 1/2" long, very heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. It has a generously sized, 3" diameter, 1" deep, eggplant shaped, bowl that has decorated shoulders and a matte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1264276 (stock #2228f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Essentially a "Bead" pattern, Watson's "Plymouth" dates from 1905 and reflects the sensibilities of the budding Colonial Revival movement of the period. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., solid silver, tea infuser. It has a flowing script "MAM" monogram engraved on the handle front.

The ovoid bowl is well-constructed and intricately pierced. It has a scroll snap clasp, and the t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1264021 (stock #2226f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing a relatively robust .6 T. oz., this olive spoon is an early production piece bearing the three part Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen mark that was supplanted by the simpler Lunt Sterling" in 1935.

The pattern is "Chippendale," dating from 1910. It has a reticulated handle with a design that is fully consonant with the name. The bowl is pierced and has a flanged rim and pointed tip. "

It is in exceptionally fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264018 (stock #2225f)
Old Friends
$40.00
This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure. While originated by New York's Henry Hebbard, it became a full line Whiting pattern, and is generally identified with that company.

This 5 7/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., sugar spoon is a Whiting piece, marked with the company's lion, emblem, as well as "Sterling," "Patent 1862," and "1." It has a shell shaped bowl and an Old English "H" monogram.

It is in very good condition. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1263670 (stock #2223f)
Old Friends
$75.00
"Windsor Castle" is one of Tuttle's (Boston, Massachusetts) first patterns, introduced in 1929.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, weighty 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle is coded "HH III" in a crescent, indicating it dates from the third year of Herbert Hoover's presidency, 1931-32, early in the history of the line. Other marks include a tree with a circle of dots around it, and the word "Sterling."

The design is a deeply hand chased acanthus leaf, scroll and starburst motif set on a plain, rounded e...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1263453 (stock #2221f)
Old Friends
$50.00
Stamped "Coleman E. Adler" for the New Orleans jeweler, along with "Sterling," this 6" long, heavy, just over 1.1 T. oz., souvenir spoon dates from around the turn of the 20th century.

The imagery all references the "Maison de Begue" eatery and includes portraitures of "Monsieur & Madame Begue," scenes of the breakfast room and the "French Market," along with other details. The bowl has a satin matte, gold washed finish.

It is in absolutely mint condition. There is not a bit of wear or...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1263287 (stock #2219f)
Old Friends
$210.00
Model number "1815" as stamped on the underside, and having a date symbol for 1890, this 5" tall vase was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appears along with the other marks. If was originally offered as part of a desk set, according to a Gorham catalog of the period (see image 3).

The main body is 3" in diameter and sits on a rimmed base that is 2" across. The splayed, trumpet-shaped, neck is divided into two sections each bordered by beading. The lo...

 
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