American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1106195 (stock #945f)
Old Friends
$145.00
This coin silver pie server is large, measuring 10 3/8" long overall, and with a blade that is 4 5/8" by 2 7/8". It is also heavy, weighing 2.9 T. oz. It was made by Syracuse's Bunnell and Shreuder (1853-57), whose eagle/BS/arm pseudo hallmark is imprinted on the reverse. It is also stamped with the letters "M.F. & C.H.S." for Mortimer F. & Charles H. Stilwell, Rochester, New York retailers, 1837-66...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1103102 (stock #926f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Dating from 1870, Swiss is an early line pattern in the Gorham stable. Presumably the design, which incorporates an oak (?) leaf on a pedestal with side scrolls and something of a fleur-de-lis top, reflects iconography associated with Switzerland. The leaf motif is carried over to the backside heel of the bowl on this 6 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz. gravy ladle. The bowl is just off round, about 2 1/2" in diameter, and is quite decorative...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1102223 (stock #921f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Patented in 1868, the first year that Gorham went to a sterling only standard, Rosette is a period design. It has lined borders with a scroll and fan or fleur-de-lis element at the top. A rosette, from which the pattern takes its name, occupies the lower central portion of the handle. The backside repeats the pattern, but with a simpler rosette.

This item is an 8 1/2" long fish serving fork. It is solid weight at just under 2.4 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1097862 (stock #895f)
Old Friends
$295.00
The long-handled version, this salad serving fork and spoon in Gorham's figural Old Baronial are large and heavy. The spoon is 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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1094973 (stock #871f)
Old Friends
$65.00
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)
Old Friends
$80.00
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)
Old Friends
$465.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1081097 (stock #798f)
Old Friends
$295.00
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 backside is ...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1078591 (stock #785f)
Old Friends
$165.00
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. There is a reserve on each side, one o...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1074660 (stock #773f)
Old Friends
$55.00
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)
Old Friends
$55.00
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)
Old Friends
$95.00
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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1056088 (stock #670e)
Old Friends
$60.00
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.

This item is a 6 3/4" long, 1.3 T. oz. preserve or jelly spoon. It has a shell-shaped bowl t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1022941 (stock #513d)
Old Friends
$175.00
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)
Old Friends
$40.00
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)
Old Friends
$90.00
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)
Old Friends
$185.00
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)
Old Friends
$225.00
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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