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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1359842 (stock #3119f)
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Imprinted with a duty mark (bust) that was used only from July 6, 1797 to May 28, 1798, during the reign of George III, this piece is also stamped with a lion for sterling, date letter "B," and "TW," for Thomas Wallis.

It is a small, well-crafted, 5" long, .7 T. oz., sugar sifter, with a round, 1 1/2" diameter, bowl that has a flat bottom and a tapered wall.

The handle is slender and gracefully curved in the lower portion and then broadens, finished with a reverse tipt, "Old English," te...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1359841 (stock #3119dd)
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A straw for drinking yerba mate, this bombilla (bomba) measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just over 1.1 T. oz.

The pierced bowl is stamped "Plata Industria Argentina" and "800" in a diamond. This is hinged for opening and has a threaded end that fits into the tube.

The tube itself has a gold tip that is stamped "18K." This appears to be a solid band wrapped around an inner lining. The stem is divided into several distinct sections, two of which are knurled. The upper portion has a facet...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359770 (stock #3118f)
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Syracuse, New York, was a major silver manufacturing center in the mid to late 19th century. Joseph Seymour, the maker of this 8 1/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon, was one of the most prominent names among that city's firms, with a history that began in 1846, terminating in 1905.

An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to mak...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1359718 (stock #3117f)
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Asymmetrical, this picture frame measure 4 5/8" at the widest and 3" at the tallest. The silver only portion, without the glass or backing, weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz.

The piece is cast open work, rococo in style, and fully marked for sterling, William Comyns, London, 1895-96.

The design is intricate and incorporates a variety of figures and leaf and floral elements surrounding two roughly heart shaped, 1 1/2" by 1 1/4", areas for pictures.

A pair of cherubs flank a shield on th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359584 (stock #3115f)
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This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4".

The pattern is Gorham's old "Medici," which is an elaborate design that features Renaissance period figures, including a woman carrying a bundle of fruit in her skirt, as well as satyr and gryphon images

These are particularly early examples, marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359471 (stock #3113f)
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One of Towle's most enduringly popular patterns, "Georgian" remained in production for decades subsequent to its introduction in the late 19th century.

This 7 5/8" long, heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of the line marked "925/1000," with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898," and the name of the retailer, "Bruce & Chapin," of Worcester, Massachusetts.

It has four tines, one of which has a beveled edge; the basket of flowers and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359437 (stock #3112f)
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Classified as Egyptian Revival in style in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

The r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359383 (stock #3111f)
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Marked only "Sterling," this circa 1865 "Kings" pattern is readily identified. Among other features, it incorporates a rosette in the design, which was a detail particular to Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, later Krider & Biddle.

This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider.

The interior of the bowl has a matte gold finis...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1359382 (stock #3110f)
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A matched pair, this sugar and creamer were a 25th anniversary gift, as indicated by the "ABF to MFCC 1859-1884" inscribed on the sidewall of each piece.

Made by Tiffany, they are hollowware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece.

The creamer measures 3...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1359311 (stock #3108f)
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This pair of sugar tongs measure 5 1/16" long and are exceptionally weighty at approximately 1.7 T. oz.

They are marked on the inside of each arm "GS" for George Smith III, working in London the last quarter of the 18th century.

They are finely made and in choice condition.

Each arm is bright cut in a diamond pattern with wriggle work trim. This extends around the margins of the round cup grips and the broad, concave arch.

The arch has a novel crest illustrating the tail of a fis...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359139 (stock #3106f)
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This substantial-sized, 9 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., piece bespeaks its 19th century Philadelphia origins.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade. There are two round bottom vees with cur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1358965 (stock #3102f)
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A charming item with a poignant provenance, this sterling item is model number "B885" made by Gorham, as identified by the marks on the underside.

It measures 4" at the widest, is 2 1/2" across on the base, and stands 2 1/2" high to the top of the knob on the lid. The total silver content is 4.0 T. oz.

The interior is finished in a bright gold wash, and the piece retains its original (lambswool?) puff in mint condition.

The reason for its fine condition is bittersweet, as it was lit...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1358536 (stock #3100f)
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A 7" long, .9 T. oz., item, this preserve spoon dates from the mid 19th century.

It is imprinted on the backside with the horse head chevron of Philadelphia maker James Watts, and the word "Coin."

The design bespeaks its period and area of manufacture. The handle has a twisted shank and slightly upturned, broad end that is engine turned and bright cut engraved.

There is a feathered script "MEP" monogram in the shield-shaped reserve area.

The bowl is shell form, with a notched ed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1358487 (stock #3099f)
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Identified in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as a "very good (best of the Batemans)" silversmith, William Bateman worked during the first half of the 19th century.

Measuring 5 5/8" long each, this pair of spoons bear his "WB" mark and are also fully marked for London, Sterling, and 1831-32.

They are a "Fiddle" pattern with "Tipt" backs and exposed drops on the reverses of the bowls.

Each one is engraved with a crest showing a raised arm holding a dagger.

They are in very fine condition, f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1358429 (stock #3098f)
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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and having a 3/4" wide, raised edge with a rim back, this plate is weighty at 5.2 T. oz.

It is stamped "Lincoln & Reed" for the Boston firm with dates 1838-48, and "Pure Silver Coin," which is a term typically used only in New England.

It is a thoroughly engaging period piece which takes its character from the delicate engraving on the top surface. The portraiture is of a wreath comprised of innumerable flowers that include among others, morning glories, peo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1960 item #1358300 (stock #3096f)
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This candle snuffer has a multiple provenance.

It is stamped on the end of the handle, "Perlita," which sources indicate was a Mexico City retailer, "Taxco," for the renowned center of modernist silver manufacturing, "Sterling 925," and with an eagle symbol with a "9" on its chest, which was the number assigned by convention to Hector Aguilar.

Aguilar was a shop manager for the legendary William Spratling before he opened his own operation in 1939, and became prominent in his own righ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1358203 (stock #3095f)
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Slightly over 6" long and weighing a scant 1.0 T. oz., this teaspoon has a double provenance.

It is hallmarked for Dublin, Sterling, 1824, and "WC" for maker William Cummins, sometimes spelled Comyns, and an expert maker according to one reference source.

It is also imprinted "Smith & Gamble" who was a manufacturer, but in this instance likely the retailer.

It has a "Tipt End" backside as well as a rattail extending onto the reverse heel of the bowl.

The handle front has a crest ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1358097 (stock #3094f)
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Measuring 4 1/2" in diameter and standing 3" high, this circa 1908 dresser jar has a brilliant cut glass base with a solid sterling silver lid that by itself weighs 2.0 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "D1656" appear on the lower edge of the cover.

The cover is domed and acid etched in a design that includes various blossoms, acanthus leaves, and other elements set against a double band. The area around the etching has a...

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