American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1258139 (stock #2158f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over .6 T. oz., this bon bon, also referenced as a nut or confection spoon, was made by Gorham.

The pattern is "Imperial Chrysanthemum," which is a highly detailed floral design tending toward the Art Nouveau in style.

This is a particularly fine example. It has a delicate script "P" monogram on the front. There is no evident polishing wear and the bowl remains well-shaped and retains most of its original gold wash finish.

Marks are Gorham's ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255335 (stock #2131f)
Old Friends
$80.00
Durgin set a standard for chrysanthemum design interpretations in silver with its 1893 pattern by the same name. The portraiture is dense, detailed, and high relief. It also carries onto the serving ends, adding to the sense of richness.

This example is a 6" long sugar spoon, and consistent with the character of the line, has robust heft at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no evident polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1254912 (stock #2124dd)
Old Friends
$48.00
Made by the Merrill Company, aka Merrill Shops, in the early part of the 20th century, this brandy or cognac warmer is imaginatively designed. Overall it is Arts and Crafts in manner. The bowl is heart-shaped with a beaded border and has the requisite pair of hooks to grip a glass edge. The handle is plain with an angular end.

It measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just over .7 T.oz.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Apart from light overall surface wear, th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254825 (stock #2123nr)
Old Friends
$155.00
Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period. One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name. The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it showed off a specialized capacity of the manufacturers.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2 5/8" at th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1254514 (stock #2119f)
Old Friends
$55.00
This solid silver, two handled, tea strainer has a pierced bowl that measures 2 1/4" in diameter, is 3/4" deep, and has a maximum span of 4 5/8" handle tip to handle tip. It weighs just over .8 T. oz.

Made by The Merrill Co., aka as The Merrill Shops, located in New York City, the firm's emblem, the word "Sterling," and the number "804" are stamped on the backside.

Arts and Crafts in style, it likely dates to the first quarter of the 20th century. The flat, tab handles are engraved in ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1252346 (stock #2096f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.2 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with a lower case "m," used 1907-47. Given its Arts & Crafts style of this, it no doubt traces to early in this range.

It is plain save for the end which has a hand cut, open work design. The entire surface of the piece has a smooth, highly tactile, satin-like finish that is pleasing to the hand.

It is engraved "Richard" in script on the handle.

The condition is mint...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245845 (stock #2034f)
Old Friends
$80.00
Many 19th century social conventions seem at odds with current practices. Such is the manner of notating gifts or presentations. The first person of interest in today's world is the recipient, while the second one is the giver; the order is "to" and "from." The 19th century practice was typically the reverse of this, with the giver the more significant figure.

That custom is evidenced by the inscription on this large, 9 3/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., coin silver serving spoon. The front is engrav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1238925 (stock #1975f)
Old Friends
$75.00
This 6" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., three tine pickle fork is a place piece and not a serving item. It is an early, and apparently not readily found, form in Towle's "Old Colonial" line.

This example is in immaculate condition and is without a monogram or removal. It retains an original gold wash, which apart from some rubbing wear on the backside where the heel rests, is fully intact.

Marks are the Towle emblem, "Sterling," "925/1000," and an imprinted "Pat. 1895."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1237088 (stock #1956f)
Old Friends
$65.00
An elegant turn of the 20th century design, Durgin's "New Queens" incorporates double shell and scroll elements that reflect its classical roots. The decorative success of the pattern is enhanced by the finely lined and richly textured, gold washed (front and back sides), bowl that is employed in this 4 7/8" long, relatively heavy .8 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.

This is an especially fine example without a monogram or monogram removal. There is no polishing wear or damage, and the finish is lu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1234374 (stock #1935f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Stamped "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent mid 19th century firm, this pie server is large scaled. It measures 10" long overall and is exceptionally heavy at 3.8 T. oz. The triangular blade is 4 1/2" long and 3" at the widest.

The handle has a period "Bead" pattern front, and curiously a "Thread" pattern on the reverse. There is a fancy, feathered script "CAC" monogram on the obverse, and what appears to be a "CAP" monogram on the reverse. Such details always raise the question of whe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1230829 (stock #1908f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense, rococo design that reflects quite a different, and arguably more engaging, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.

This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. It originally had an overall gold finish, but much of that was polished away and now shows only partly on the handle. It remains essentially intact on the three tine serving end.

The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1224196 (stock #1856f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Dominick & Haff produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years. This item is the earlier iteration, dating from 1888, and commonly referred to as "Old Style." The design is rococo, incorporating scrolling, acanthus leaves, florets, and a cluster leaves and small berries.

It is a 7 7/8" long jelly knife or server. D&H tended toward weighty pieces, and that is decidedly the case with this which tops out at nearly 2.4 T. oz. This extravagant use of...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1221090 (stock #1834f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Got...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1213573 (stock #1772f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Priced as a pair.
While essentially matching, employing the same "Kings" pattern and engraved with the same standing lion crest, these two sterling silver spoons show subtle variations and were produced by different makers.

They are both 5 5/8" long and heavy, with one weighing just under 1.2 T. oz. and the other just over 1.3 T. oz.

The hallmarks indicate the first spoon was made by Soloman Royes in 1821, while the second was was made by William Eaton in 1829, both of London. Clearly the later one was c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1212355 (stock #1763f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this sterling silver piece is the size of a contemporary dessert spoon.

It is English in origin with rubbed but discernible hallmarks that read for London, 1774, and makers Abraham Barrier and Lewis Ducommieu. This mark appears in the unregistered marks section of Grimwade, but as is noted, it is included in the "Parliamentary Report of 1773." Lewis Ducommieu has own mark entered in 1774. Grimwade also adds in the biographical section that bo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1211502 (stock #1756f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860's.

It is an especially fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backsid...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207968 (stock #1731f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Dating from 1885, Gorham's "Old Masters" scarcely has any parallels in the realm of American sterling silver flatware.

Each piece in the line, with some duplication, features a different, renowned figure from the realm of the classical arts. The handles are cast and individually designed with all aspects of the shank complimentary of the bust of whatever figure surmounts the end of that handle.

The figure in the instance of this 7 3/4" long, exceptional weight 2.2 T. oz., master butter ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207713 (stock #1727f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Measuring 5 3/4" long, and weighing just over over .6 T. oz., this sterling silver ladle has a singular dimension and form 1 3/8" diameter by 3/8" deep, flat bottomed bowl with scalloped edges and a coffered wall.

The pattern is "Angelo" made by Wood & Hughes and stamped with that company's "WwH" plus the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1878." It is a Renaissance Revival design that incorporates a number of detail elements and a combination of bright and matte finishes. The bowl has a gold fini...

 
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