American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133215 (stock #1134f)
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Measuring 7 11/16" long, this three tine fork was a specialty item made by Gorham. It is stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G hallmark, Sterling, and the number 276. It may be for pickles, or some sources suggest it is a cheese fork. The motif is classically inspired, featuring a replica of a Greek coin on the tip of the handle. One side of this has a head in profile and the other a Parthenon-like structure. The stem is twisted and "roughened," perhaps to suggest age or antiquity...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1132344 (stock #1126f)
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Whiting's "Japanese" stands alongside a number of patterns (Tiffany's and Wood & Hughes' "Japanese," and Wendt's "Bird for examples) of the period that derived from an intense interest in things and matters Asian and Aesthetic. "

This example is a large, 9 1/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon.

It has a plum-shaped bowl with a central vee ridge and crimped or pie crust edging. The bowl retains most of an original pale gold gilt surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1132156 (stock #1125f)
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Gorham produced this unnamed line of hollow handle serving items in the 1870's. It is somewhat similar to another Gorham design of the same period that is sometimes referred to as Hindoo. This example is a 7 1/2" long, just over 2 T. oz., sugar sifter. The style is vaguely Aesthetic. The handle has two applied leafy bands and is engraved. The four-lobed bowl is intricately cut, again in a leafy design which in this instance resembles palmetto...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1129063 (stock #1096f)
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Whiting's and Gorham's Lotus are nearly twin patterns, although there are subtle differences. The primary distinguishing feature is the number of lotus fronds in the design, Gorham having three and Whiting, as with this piece, having five.

They are both products of the c. 1870 Egyptian Revival movement and are patterns that have never lost appeal.

This example is a 10 1/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., ice cream server...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1125828 (stock #1069f)
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Each of these two matching dinner forks bears full hallmarks for London, 1829, Sterling, and a "C pellet S" maker's stamp for Charles Shipway. They measure 8 1/8" long, large by American standards but not so for English, and are heavy, weighing 4.6 T. oz. the pair. They are a plain fiddle tipt design and without monograms or inscriptions, or removals of same. The condition is excellent...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1122545 (stock #1044f)
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John Wendt was a prominent mid 19th century silversmith. His name evokes a host of associations in the burgeoning world of commerce and the carriage trade as it existed in New York City at the time.

Thus so strongly identified with this one locale, Wendt actually first established himself in Boston, and that period of his working years often goes overlooked...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1119732 (stock #1024f)
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Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large. In some instances, the size exceeds 10" long and that alone makes them commanding pieces. Add to that intricacy of design and the net effect can be quite compelling...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1113898 (stock #988f)
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Measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this berry or serving spoon was made by Gorham and stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G symbol. Other marks include Patent 1871 and Sterling. The pattern is Corinthian. Apropos of the name, it has a fan or leaf design element akin to Gorham's Grecian (see item 989f) patented in 1861, but overall is Moorish in feel. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. The bowl is plum shaped, with a central rib...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1097862 (stock #895f)
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The long-handled version, this salad serving fork and spoon in Gorham's figural Old Baronial are large and heavy.

The spoon measures 10 3/8" and weighs 4.2 T. oz., while the fork is 10 1/4" and weighs 4.3 T. oz.

These are old items, having the decorated shoulders that show up only on earlier pieces. Furthermore, the fork bowl has detailed piercings which again is characteristic of older items.

The pattern is aptly named, with its courtly design features that center on the lion's hea...

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. The bac...

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. There is a...
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 ...
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