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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1368667 (stock #3294f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Slender and delicate, this piece measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.2 T. oz.

Marked only "Coin," without a maker's or retailer's identification, the rounded handle with notched tip essentially matches Gorham's early, 1865, "Italian" pattern, and the quality of manufacture suggests such a significant maker.

This is bordered by fine wriggle work engraving and has an elegant period "EC" feathered script monogram set in the center of the plain area of the surface.

The lower por...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1368612 (stock #3293f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Standing 2 1/4" high on a rimmed base that is 3 1/4" across, and having a top diameter of 5", this round bowl weighs 6.1 T. oz.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" in italics on the underside, which is a mark that Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" dates 1880-90. It is also imprinted with the peculiar-to-Baltimore "11 oz." standard, which designates silver content more than coin and less than sterling.

The entire surface save for a reserve area that is engraved with ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368544 (stock #3291f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price for the pair.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

Commonly identified as a demitasse at 4 1/4" long, catalogues of the period reference this size as a coffee. This matched pair weigh approximately .8 T. oz. combined, have gold washed bowls, front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368543 (stock #3290f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Price per piece, three available.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., egg spoon.

It has an ovoid bowl with a gold wash interior, and is monogrammed with an Old English "E" on the handle.

It is in superb es...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368486 (stock #3289f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Large at 6" long, and substantial weight at 5.7 t. oz. the lot, these six, matching, teaspoons date from the mid 19th century.

Each one is stamped "John B. Scott" for the New York City retailer, who is documented working circa 1820, with no ending date available.

The pattern is a "Beaded Olive" that appears to be a near match for manufacturer John Westervelt's pattern of the same name. less so akin to William Gale's "Mayflower" or John Polhamus' "Ionic."

The backside is a "Tuscan" pa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368415 (stock #3287f)
Old Friends
$48.00
A lengthy, 9", approximately 1.0 T. oz., example of the form, this delicate and slender fork was intended for use with soft lettuces.

The pattern is Towle's late 19th century, "Old English." It incorporates small rose blossoms interspersed with a leafy scroll border.

Consistent with the characteristic design of such pieces, it has three long tines, the outer two of which are splayed. These are pointed and have scalloped edges.

Without a monogram or removal, this is in choice estate c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368320 (stock #3285f)
Old Friends
$90.00
A 1907 pattern first introduced by Watson and continued in production by Wallace after its acquisition of the former company, "Meadow Rose" is a softly Art Nouveau design.

It incorporates clusters of wild rose blossoms at the tip, midpoint, and bottom of the handle, which is bordered by scrolling acanthus leaf detail. Overall, this arrangement bears a marked similarity to Gorham's "Buttercup," of a slightly earlier vintage.

This 6 1/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., cucumber server is an early examp...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1368134 (stock #3282f)
Old Friends
$385.00
A storied pattern that features twenty-four different ancient classical subjects, "Mythologique" was one of numerous remarkable designs produced by the renowned Antoine Heller under the Gorham banner.

"Mythologique" has generated interest and commentary since its introduction in the late 19th century. Some of the most informative insight about the history of this pattern can be found in an essay written by Elizabeth Williams, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Rhode Island School ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367943 (stock #3280f)
Old Friends
$215.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six, matching, forks measures 6 3/8" long, with the group weighing approximately 7.0 T. oz., or just over 1.0 T. oz. per item.

They are older examples of Gorham's late 19th century, "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" logo, and the word "Sterling.

They have four tines, with undecorated, scalloped shoulders, and are without monograms or removals.

Salad (or pastry) forks, they are in choice estate condition, retaining clear pattern detail free of poli...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367746 (stock #3275f)
Old Friends
$60.00
In his benchmark work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood traces the name evolution of the pattern most commonly known as "Saratoga."

The company's third line, it was originally issued as "King's" or "King" in 1870, sometimes referred to as "Old King" to distinguish it from the later "English King." It was briefly reissued in 1908, then called "Cook," and finally again reintroduced in 1956 under the name "Saratoga" by which it is known today.

Marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367649 (stock #3271f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Price for the set of ten.
With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7". The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell." Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends where the raised shells are situated are broad and rounded.

These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.

The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three splayed outw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1367500 (stock #3269f)
Old Friends
$100.00
The biggest serving spoon that Durgin made in its 1910 "Fairfax" line, this piece measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The wide bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, defines this as a large berry, aka casserole or vegetable, spoon.

An early production item, this is marked with the Durgin "D" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd," and the name of the retailer, "Banks & Bryan," of Wilmington, Delaware.

There is a multi-line script "ESB" monogram on the handle front.

It is in very good e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1367444 (stock #3268f)
Old Friends
$90.00
This 2 1/4" tall, 3" diameter, round bowl sits on a tiered pedestal base that is 2" across. The piece weighs nearly 2.8 T. oz.

It is hallmarked for Turner & Simpson, of Birmingham, England, with city and sterling symbols that, while rubbed, are legible. The date letter is obscured, although the outline shape is for "Cycle XIII," which ran 1950-74.

It is Georgian in style, with a plain body that has an applied rim and the previously mentioned footed base.

There are also two cast lio...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1367270 (stock #3267f)
Old Friends
$34.00
This 7 7/8" long, not quite 1.1 T. oz., coin silver spoon has a double provenance.

It is stamped "E.S. & D.R. Burr" and "coin," for the jewelers located in the small, central Wisconsin town of Berlin. An entry in a 1919 "Jewelers' Circular," notes the death of Daniel Riley Burr at age 85, still resident in Berlin.

There is also a right-facing, bust that McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as an unknown Chicago maker. He cites only Chicago retailers associated with this, so...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1367197 (stock #3266f)
Old Friends
$385.00
A striking union of sterling silver with clear glass, this 6 1/2" high syrup jug is one item of a line of hollowware produced by Durgin.  Other forms in this late 19th to early 20th century series include a cream and sugar pair, a vase, a sugar shaker, and possibly more. 

Common to all these pieces are silver bases, crowns, and the truly defining element, which is a dolphin or sea serpent handle. 

The bodies are high quality, finely cut rock crystal.  At least one source attributes the...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1367056 (stock #3264f)
Old Friends
$88.00
With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant silver manufactury.

While "Tipt" end examples of their work, which this is, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.

One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.

The handle has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1367001 (stock #3262f)
Old Friends
$475.00
A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebony handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T. oz. and has a cap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1366945 (stock #3261f)
Old Friends
$65.00
At 6" long, and weighing just under .9 T. oz., this olive spoon has a deeply cupped, plum-shaped, pierced bowl with scalloped flange shoulders.

An original, early, production item made by Alvin in the Art Nouveau "Bridal Rose" pattern, the company emblem, along with the words "Patent," and "Sterling" appear on the backside in fine lettering.

The handle is upturned at the end, while the surface displays a high relief, intricately rendered, portraiture of rose buds, blossoms, leaves, and t...

 
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