American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1312582 (stock #2495f)
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A late 19th century design, Gorham's "St. Cloud" reflects Aesthetic mode sensibilities.

It utilizes natural forms such as acanthus leaves, stylized shells and unfurling fern fronds densely arrayed on the front of the handle.

The backside employs a wispy leaf and berry portraiture with an open area that is engraved with an Old English "B" on this 5 3/4" long, heavy at nearly 1.8 T. oz., sauce ladle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1312124 (stock #2491f)
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Price per set of six. Twelve total available.
"Avalon's" high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell design elements combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name.

It is a turn of the 20th century pattern made by International. The company's Wilcox & Evertsen indian head emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of these twelve, matched bouillon spoons. Each one measures 4 3/4" long and has an approximately 2" diameter bowl, while the group weighs 9 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1311910 (stock #2489f)
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The pattern portraiture of Whiting's 1880 "Heraldic" is fully consonant with the name.

Robust, as indicated by the 3.8 T. oz. weight of this 9 7/8" long ice cream slice, the design features a shield set amidst high relief, scrolling, acanthus leaves. This functions as a reserve, which in this instance has a feathered script "FEB" monogram.

There is a medieval helmet above the shield and this constitutes the central and defining element of the pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311805 (stock #2488f)
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A noted silver manufacturer and jeweler, Joseph Mayer & Brothers established themselves in Seattle about 1895.

The firm's most readily recognized trademark is a crossed pick and shovel which references Joseph's two brothers' exploits in the Klondike gold rush.

This early 20th century item, a 5 13/16" long, .8 T. oz., souvenir spoon bears Joseph's mark, which is a fleur-de-lis within a triangle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1800 item #1311689 (stock #2487f)
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Large, this pair of tongs measure 6 3/8" long and weigh 1.5 T. oz. They are 1" wide at the arch and 3/4" at the widest on each leg.

They are formed plain band legs that taper as they lead to acorn-like grips. The legs have bright cutting and wriggle work that continues around the arch. The arch retains traces of an original feathered script monogram that has mostly been polished smooth.

The maker's mark is an "I.W." with a serrated border...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1311492 (stock #2485f)
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Measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this serving fork is marked "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the Philadelphia firm, and "925" for sterling.

The style suggests a dating c. 1870, just about the time that the coin standard was being replaced by sterling.

The pattern is a "French Thread with a finely rendered, feathered script "EDM" monogram.

The serving end has four splayed tines, a cupped heel area, and scalloped shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1311400 (stock #2484f)
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A lengthy 12 1/4", and heavy at just over 5.8 T. oz., this platter, stuffing, or basting spoon has English origins...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1311172 (stock #2582f)
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An extravagant design, Gorham's "Paris" portrays an array of emblematic imagery.

These include figures such as a standing woman with an arc of stars around her head and a banner reading "Genovepha Parisis," and a pair of cherubs flanking the top front of the handle.

City landmarks are represented by a rendering of the full fa├žade of "Notre Dame," while other, more generic, symbols include a wooden ship powered by sail and oars, birds with raised wings, acanthus, ivy, and laurel leaves, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310772 (stock #2578f)
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Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company became its own manufacturer was also the firm's namesake line, i.e. "Tiffany." It was later reissued with very slight design modifications under the name "Beekman," and is more generally recognized as that today.

This example is an early production piece, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m."

It is a 6 5/8" long salad fork, and, as became a benchmark with Tiffany silver, is heavy, weighing nearly 1...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1950 item #1310406 (stock #2574f)
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Priced as a pair.
Noted for his "good, modernist designs," largely in hollowware, Juvento Lopez Reyes also had an eye for flatware composition based on the appeal of this fork and spoon pair. Biographical material dates his birth as 1915 and the establishment of his shop to 1915, so he lived and worked in a period when Mexican silver work was coming into its own.

These two companion items are to a very large scale and exceptionally heavy. The fork measures 9" long and weighs almost 4.8 T. oz. The spoon is 9...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
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An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1310144 (stock #2571f)
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Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1309907 (stock #2569f)
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One of the most imaginative of Tiffany's full line designs, and fully Aesthetic in sensibility, "Lap-Over-Edge" was offered in plain, acid etched, and applied variants. The non-plain pieces incorporated an extensive array of motifs, including insects, animals, and sea life.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has an acid etched surface that portrays two birds and a portion of a third, all sitting on branches. The backside has the rippled border that gives t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1309762 (stock #2567f)
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Companion sugar spoon also available.
Lengthy at 7 7/8" overall, and weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife is a substantially scaled example of the form.

It is stamped "S.H. Johnson" for the early 1860s New York firm which had a short life before becoming the generally better known Kidney, Cann, & Johnson. There is also a three part, "bust, SHJ in a lozenge, lion" pseudo hallmark which is a second identifier of the company.

The flat, oval, handle is bright cut with wriggle work detailing. T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1309690 (stock #2566f)
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A fanciful commemorative item, this confection spoon or bon bon was made by Whiting.

The pattern is "Square Twist," which is a combination of a twisted and solid, four-sided handle.

5" long overall, it is joined in this instance to a round, 2 3/4" diameter bowl. The weight is .9 T. oz.

The bowl has a scalloped edge and an acid etched surface that reads "Washington" and "1890" in raised, flowing, Art Nouveau style lettering. Presumably the "Washington" references the state and not t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1309167 (stock #2565f)
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A large item measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and standing 1 1/2" high, this napkin ring is also quite weighty at nearly 1.9 T. oz.

It was made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" emblem is stamped on the inside lower rim, along with the word "Sterling."

It is entirely plain, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

In choice estate condition, it remains perfectly round and is free of bends, nicks, or blemishes. The finish is bright, with a rich patina.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1309090 (stock #2564f)
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This collapsible shaving brush made by Gorham is illustrated in the company catalog of 1906 (see image 2).

It measures 6" long when fully assembled, and 3 1/8" when folded up. Solid sterling, the holder and perforated cap weigh .7 T. oz. combined, while the base and brush together weigh another .7 T. oz.

The body is a high relief floral and leaf repousse design. There is a central reserve which is engraved with an embellished script "TB" monogram.

The natural bristle brush stores i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1308993 (stock #2563f)
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A pre-Civil War firm listed with working dates 1850-54, the partnership of Knapp & Leslie, was located in Mobile, Alabama.

This dessert or place spoon that carries this company's mark measures 6 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.1 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Thread" aka "French Thread" design and is monogrammed "From E A B" on the front.

It is in superb condition. The engraving is crisp, and as is so for the entire piece, is without any polishing wear. The finish is bright and even. Th...

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