American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1094973 (stock #871f)
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This item is the long variant of an olive spoon in Whiting's Louis XV. It measures 8 3/4" overall. The bowl is 2" of this and is especially decorative. It has a lattice work base with scrolled edging and shoulders that echoes the pattern. The surface is finished in a gold wash. There is a feathered script "RW" monogram on the handle while the backside is stamped with the Whiting logo, Sterling, and Pat. 1891. The condition is mint, showing no wear or damage whatsoever.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1093234 (stock #860f)
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This 6 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 1/2" wide and 2" front to back. The pattern is Lady Washington by Gorham. This is a low-relief, figural pattern similar in style and period to Tiffany's Renaissance. Lady Washington is easily subject to polishing wear. This suffers none of that. It retains full clarity of detail of the swags, drapery, and central female head that constitute the design. In all other aspects the item is likewise flawless...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1086542 (stock #821f)
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Stylistically this punch ladle suggests a dating from the mid 1860's. It follows after a fashion most associated with Philadelphia's George Sharp, having a five sided solid wire stem surmounted by a "domed" top. George Sharp's version has a ball top, or finial, whereas this is more disk shaped.

Examples of this pattern are scarce, and when they show up are generally without a maker's identification...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1081097 (stock #798f)
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Also known as No. 88, Gorham's Lily of the Valley is one of that company's earliest line patterns. It was patented in 1870, as indicated by the stamp on this piece. Other marks include the word Sterling and a lion, anchor, G. A popular design since its inception, this remains a favorite among collectors. The design shows to full advantage at the scale of this 8 3/4" long ice cream server. It has a large, arced blade with a central vee. The surface is finished in a gold wash...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1078591 (stock #785f)
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Card cases were fashionable items in the 19th century, and this coin silver one made c. 1860 by Albert Coles of New York would have made a notable statement for its owner. It measures 3 3/8" by 2 3/8" by 1/8". Both sides of the piece are intricately engraved with ivy and lotus or palmetto leaf detailing, which are motifs that would have been especially popular at the time. The work is impressive enough to bring it to the edge between craft and artistry...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1074660 (stock #773f)
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This 7 1/4" long, just under 1.5 T. oz., gravy ladle is a pristine example of late 19th century silver craft. It is a bright cut floral and leaf design set on a matte finish ground. The slightly ovoid bowl also has a matte surface with gold vermeil. There is a script "A.J." monogram on the otherwise plain backside of the handle. Marks are the retailer's name, Whitney & Co., and Sterling.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1073636 (stock #766f)
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This cream ladle is a delicate 5" long and weighs .9 T. oz. It is a cream ladle made by Watson in the Orchid pattern. This is an Art Nouveau design first offered in 1902. It was one of the most successful of a number of successful Watson floral designs of the period. It has a highly textured surface, and expresses all the fluidity that so characteristics the genre. It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Marks are the Watson pennant emblem and the word Sterling.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1072229 (stock #757f)
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This solid sterling silver sugar sifter made by Whiting dates c. 1885. It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle that is decorated with bright cut engraving on the front. This incorporates two flowers and leaves along with other details. The upper floral arcs around the top end of the handle and may be a fuchsia. The overall length of the piece is 6 11/16", while the four-lobed bowl is 2 1/4" in diameter. The weight is just under 1.4 T. oz. The bowl is pierced and finished in a gold wash...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1056088 (stock #670e)
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Gorham's Rosette is an early line pattern for that company, patented in 1868 as indicated by the stamp on the reverse (other marks are lion, anchor, G and the word Sterling).

It is a straightforward design, taking its name from the single rosette set in the lower portion of the handle. It has a lined border and angular end that is tipped with fan, scrolling and stylized acanthus leaf detailing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1022941 (stock #513d)
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This coin silver mug is inscribed "Eddie from Lenox, 1870" on the underside, and has an "EG" script monogram on the sidewall. Presumably the E stands for Eddie. Stamped "Coin" and with the number "3," the maker is unknown, but the craft is of high enough order to suggest a major house. The body is canister form, standing 3 1/8" high to the rim, 3 1/2" to the top of the handle, with a top diameter of 3 2/4" and a bottom span of 2 3/8". The spread to the end of the handle is 4 1/8". There is ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1001720 (stock #858c)
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One of a numbered series, this 5 5/8" long orange spoon has its own character. It shares a three-lobed bowl with other spoons in the line. The handles vary from piece to piece. In this instance the motif is floral (orange blossom?). The item is solid weight, .9 T. oz., and finely crafted. The handle appears to have been cast rather than die struck, and is stamped on the plain backside with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, the word Sterling, and the number 574. The bowl retains very slight trace...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #959387 (stock #677b)
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This singular sterling silver fork, whose design sensibility is aesthetic, was made by Gorham, probably c. 1885. The central portion is a solid tube or wire with a 1 1/2" lower section that is twisted. There is a barrel-like cross piece that is the most substantial element of the whole piece. This may have served the practical function of hooking the item onto a caster stand. The end has a finial that is shaped somewhat like an acorn. The three tine serving end is rather diminutive. This s...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #953542 (stock #649b)
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Open salts were a staple on any Victorian table. They were produced in a variety of materials, including glass, ceramic, and as the case with this pair, in silver.

No company generated more examples of this form than Gorham. Indeed, the Tompkins book on this subject documents a full century of Gorham's production.

According to Tompkins, this set, item number 2480, dates to 1890. They possess a commanding look. They are large, 4 1/2" long, 1 3/4" tall, and weighty, 3.9 T. oz. combine...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #942434 (stock #584b)
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This coin silver cheese scoop in Albert Coles' (NY) Jenny Lind stands apart on several counts. First, it is a form not usually seen by this maker. Second, it is in a form that pairs a solid shank with a hollow handle. While examples of this routinely show up in master butter knives, youth and pickle sets, and tea knives, this pairing in a substantial serving item is quite out of the ordinary. It is completely original, and self-evidently so, with the maker's mark stamped on the shank, and a ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #925212 (stock #518b)
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The style of this 7 1/2" long, sterling silver fork defies categorization. It appears to be design for design sake, and in that sense probably falls within the aesthetic realm. Made by Gorham, likely circa 1890, it is item number 278. It has a twist stem with a rolled wire handle that seems to be representative of nothing but itself. The three tine serving end has a matte finish, while the rest of the piece has a bright finish. The condition is excellent. There are no bends or other signs ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #914184 (stock #463b)
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In the mid 1860's, Gorham was a major supplier to Tiffany's retail operation, and this 6" long sugar shell is an example of that relationship, as evidenced by the marks on the reverse. Gorham was the sole source of this, or any, Medallion pattern for Tiffany. All work for Tiffany was done to a Sterling standard, and that is the case with this. The figure is a helmuted warrior, perhaps Mars. The reverse is monogrammed "S.V.M." in Old English lettering. The bowl has a matte finish with remain...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #869881 (stock #307b)
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Made by Gorham as a non-line item, and assigned the model number 389, this design is similar to a variety of twist stem and knob end designs of the mid 1860's. According to the Gorham archives, however, this 8 7/8" long berry spoon was produced in the 1880's. It is an attractive and innovative item. The stem is twisted about half its length, and then is tubular in form. It is surmounted by a multi-lobed end that looks something like a melon. This is capped with a finial. The bowl has a con...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #845463 (stock #241pd)
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At 8" long, this is a large master butter knife. The pattern is Gorham's early 1870's "Corinthian." This is a handsome example, with fine detailing, including an engraved blade. There is an elegant, period monogram (EK?). The condition is excellent. The blade is even, and free of bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is nicely patinated. Marks are lion, anchor, G, Sterling, Pat. 71, and the name of the retailer. This is rubbed, but appears to be Robbxxxx.
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