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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1960 item #1334618 (stock #2757f)
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$55.00
Measuring 5 1/4" by 4" by 3/4" high and weighing 2.3 T. oz., this soap dish was made by Gorham in 1956 according to the date symbol imprinted on the underside.

Other marks include the company name and "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "60."

While fitting in the "mid century modern" period, and having the clean lines of that category, it is more truly Chippendale in style. It has a repeating rib design that appears beaded on the rim.

In excellent condition, i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334401 (stock #2755f)
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$80.00
An early Gorham pattern dating from 1870, "Lily" is often referred to as "88" because that number frequently appears on the backside of pieces.

The design actually portrays a lily of the valley, with strong Greek Revival elements. The raised pattern is set on an anthemion-shaped, curved, leaf, and there are rosettes set either side of the flower cluster.

This example is simply marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1870," and the name of the retailer, Cincinnat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1334334 (stock #2754f)
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$325.00
A Providence, Rhode Island guild level retailer founded in the mid 19th century with principals related by marriage to the Gorham family, Tilden-Thurber Company was throughout its history a source of high quality silver offerings.

Such is represented in this 7" diameter, 1 1/8" high, very heavy at 11.4 T. oz., open bowl. It is stamped on the underside "Tilden-Thurber," "Sterling," and "943," and likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It has a flat bottom, with an eight lobed wall,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334269 (stock #2753f)
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$250.00
George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, or possibly nut spoon, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1334267 (stock #2752f)
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$80.00
A size up from a sugar spoon, with an appreciably larger bowl, and a far less common piece, this jelly spoon measures 6 1/8" long and weighs a relatively heavy 1.4 T. oz. The nearly round bowl measures approximately 2" in diameter.

It is an early example of Whiting's "Lily," marked with the company's lion logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. App. For."

It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Showing only light polishing wear on the high spots, the design remains ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1334125 (stock #2750f)
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$145.00
One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334073 (stock #2749f)
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$260.00
An early example, this gravy ladle is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1334006 (stock #2748f)
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Matching items, each of these egg spoons measures 4 3/4" long, while the pair weigh 1.1 T. oz.

English in origin, they are stamped for London, 1808, and WE over WF over WC, for William Eley, William Fearn, and William Chawner. There is also a "C" imprint, which is likely a journeyman's mark.

The handles are fiddle-shaped, with down-turned ends, and exposed drops on the backs. The fronts are engraved with dragon head crests.

They are in very good condition. The bowls remain well-sh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333915 (stock #2747f)
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$235.00
An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1333844 (stock #2746f)
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$240.00
Priced as a set of six.
Marked with the early production "eagle, R, lion" for Reed and Barton, the word "Sterling" in fine lettering, these six, 5 5/16" long, 5.4 T. oz. the group, ice cream forks date early in the history of "Francis I."

An enduringly popular pattern introduced in 1907, older examples are bestowed with a crispness and clarity of detail that is lacking on later made items.

These pieces possess the qualities that go with their age. The high relief fruit and floral design remains sharply defined...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333646 (stock #2743f)
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$110.00
A fully original item, namely, not made up or adapted from another piece, this cheese scoop measures 8 1/4" long and weighs an extraordinarily heavy 2.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Louis XV," introduced in 1891 by William B. Durgin.

An extravagant Rococo design, it features high relief shell, acanthus leaf, scroll, floral and other elements set in a dense, asymmetrical, array.

Both sides of the handle have reserve areas, with the front one engraved with an elegant, period "CM" monogram. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1333553 (stock #2742f)
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$90.00
Elegant on several counts, this 7" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon traces to Philadelphia. It is stamped "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for that City's carriage trade firm, but was likely made by one of several major local manufacturers.

Its features bespeak its origins, and quite impressively so. It has a twisted stem in the central portion of the handle, suggesting a date from the mid 1860s when this detail was popular.

The handle end is broad, with a slightly tipt backsid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1333436 (stock #2741f)
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$65.00
A near pristine example, this sugar spoon in Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

Retailed by one of New York City's premier 19th century outlets, "Black, Starr & Frost," this is early production of the pattern which was introduced in 1880. In addition to the retailer's stamp, it is marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "1."

The raised design on the handle, set against a checkerboard background, is blueberry, and remains precisely articul...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1333323 (stock #2740f)
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$165.00
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A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and 3 1/2" at the widest, and weighing 1 pound 15 ounces, this inkwell is model number "D31" as indicated by the stamp on the inside rim. Other marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling."

This piece is illustrated in a 1900 company catalog (see enlargement 3) and is shown mounted on a separate silver base. This is free standing.

The silver lid and fitting on the base are decorated with a scrolling leaf form, while the interior of the li...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1333075 (stock #2736f)
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$65.00
An early 20th century design that is basically a pointed antique, Whiting's engraved "Colonial" came in two versions, "A" and "B."

This lengthy (designed to reach the bottom of a chocolate pot), 9 1/4", and weighty, 1.5 T. oz., example is "Colonial A."

The engraving features a central, open wreath with a bow on the lower portion. The interior of this has a very fine, script "AJK" monogram.

The remainder of the surface has delicate, fleur-de-lis like detailing, with a diamond cut and w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332856 (stock #2733f)
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$245.00
Arguably the most emblematic pattern in the Egyptian Revival movement of the time, Gorham's 1870 "Isis" also demonstrates in its complex construction the burgeoning capacities of American silver manufacturers from the mid 19th century onward.

"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332803 (stock #2732f)
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$58.00
This 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.7 T. oz., spoon is the first in a sequence of sizes in Towle's "Old Colonial" that graduates from this jelly, to preserve, to berry.

It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.

The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1332654 (stock #2730f)
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$110.00
Deriving from the same early 1870s impulse that generated both Tiffany's and Wood & Hughes' "Japanese" patterns, Wendt's "Bird" features these aerial gymnasts in various poses, individual to each piece.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter aka confection spoon. It has a 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, round, pierced bowl, that characteristic of Wendt, has ribbed walls.

The figure on this is swooping downward, with the remainder of the handle surface decorated ...

 
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