American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1299962 (stock #2483f)
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$22.00
A turn of the twentieth century design, Gorham's "Florentine" is a highly embellished pattern that features a bearded figure at the end of the handle.

This example is a 3 5/8" long, .4 T. oz., master salt spoon.

It is an original, early production, item and not a later recast, and in mint condition.

The ovoid bowl has a matte finish and the handle is engraved "HG" in fine script lettering.

Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat 190x."

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1299882 (stock #2482f)
Old Friends
$85.00
One of Durgin's treasured souvenir spoons, this patriotic themed item was fittingly produced for and retailed by Philadelphia's "J.E. Caldwell," and so marked, along with the word "Sterling" and "D."

Measuring 6" long and relatively heavy at just touching 1.0 T. oz., this is replete with iconography...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1299672 (stock #2481f)
Old Friends
$210.00
Kirk's oldest pattern, "King" remained in production throughout the life of the company.

These examples are stamped "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.

They are cream soup spoons, measuring 6 1/8" long. There are 14 of these, all matching, with the same script "ELS" monogram on the backside. They all weigh between 1.2 and 1.3 T. oz., with one exception which is extra weight at 1.5 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299547 (stock #2480f)
Old Friends
$38.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf or shell motif that had contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This piece is a 6 3/4" long, rather heavy at just over 1.3 T. oz., tea or dessert fork. It is an early item, marked "Patent 1855," "Coin," and with the name of the retailer, Pittsburgh's "J. Stevenson."

There is a handsome, feathered script "AG" monogram set sideways on the handle.

It is in exceptionally fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299421 (stock #2479f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Gorham's "California" is a design that is surrounded by mystery. It is an identified pattern, but examples are very rarely found and what exists suggests it was limited to serving pieces.

Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.

It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299055 (stock #2476f)
Old Friends
$65.00
"Princeton" was the last line pattern that Wood & Hughes produced. It dates from 1893, two years after a disastrous fire from which the company never fully recovered, and which ultimately caused it to go out of business in 1899. Given its short run, "Princeton" pieces are not readily found.

This example is a 7 15/16" long, 1.9 T. oz., serving fork.

The pattern is rococo in manner, incorporating a variety of design elements asymmetrically arrayed...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1298942 (stock #2475f)
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Apparently the smaller of two waffle servers that Durgin produced in its turn of the twentieth century "Regent" pattern, this piece measures 8 1/8" long and is weighty at just nudging 3.0 T. oz.

It has an essentially square, 3" on a side, flat, serving end, that has a scalloped front edge with pointed corners...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1298827 (stock #2474f)
Old Friends
$120.00
A lengthy 10 1/8" and weighing a substantial 2.7 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside of the scalloped edge blade.

The pattern is "Lancaster," sometimes referred to as "Lancaster Rose," which is reflective of the predominant component of the design, namely the cluster of rose blossoms that appears on the end of the beaded edge handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1298468 (stock #2471f)
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$38.00
A clean and quietly elegant representation of the violet form, Whiting's pattern of that same name stands forward as one of the most well-regarded Art Nouveau floral patterns of the early 20th century.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, just under a weighty 1.2 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1298378 (stock #2470f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Each of these six, matching demitasse or coffee spoons (they could also function as egg spoons) measures 4" long and has a delicate script "E.V.P." script monogram. They weigh 2.2 T. oz. the lot.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowls are a fancy version, with flanged shoulders, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1298105 (stock #2468f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Some years ago, "The Magazine Antiques" produced an article about Gorham's fabled 1880s "Narragansett" design silver. An opulent line, it featured a variety of sea forms reflecting (and reputedly molded directly from in some instance) sea flora and fauna found in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay and nearby coastland.

That article spawned (pun intended) an intensified interest in this already enchanted, and immensely costly, pattern. It also prompted the assignment of the label "Narragansett...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297901 (stock #2467f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Dating from 1902, George Shiebler's group of twelve month designs follows closely after his Flora series and his line pattern "Fiorito." All of them incorporate Art Nouveau, floral motifs.

This trio includes the months of "April," "September," and "November," and portrays respectively, a lily, a poppy, and a chrysanthemum.

Each spoon measures 6" long, and is heavy, weighing something over 1.0 T. oz. each, with slight variation piece to piece.

The condition of all the spoons is excel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297772 (stock #2466f)
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$135.00
An authentic item, not made up from another piece, this cheese knife measures 7 1/4" long and weighs just under a hefty 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Winthrop" by Tiffany. Dating from 1909, the leafy wreath, urn with flowers, and ribbon festoon reflect the Colonial Revival and Adamesque design sensibilities of the period.

The form is rare, and all the more so with a solid silver blade. The three prongs are stout, and are of a style that Tiffany seemed to favor as the form was used on any ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297521 (stock #2464f)
Old Friends
$315.00
Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers that grow on vines.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.

It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks. The f...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297427 (stock #2463f)
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If sentiment can be attributed worth, then this 7 3/16" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., youth knife may have an intrinsic value above its peers.

It is engraved "Bennie From Papa 1870" on the backside of the handle. Bennie and Papa are now lost to history, but the affection of one for the other remains with the piece and is a reflection of how artifacts can take on a near spiritual component and thereby transcend the usual metrics of price.

The pattern is "Grecian" by Gorham. The company "l...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1297327 (stock #2462f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing nearly .5 T. oz., this butter pick is a fully authentic item, not made up from another piece.

The pattern is "Violet" by Wallace. It is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau style, floral design produced early in the 20th century.

This has a delicate, feathered script "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition. There is no polishing wear, with all the fine details of the pattern remaining sharp and well-defined. The twist tip is without bends, burrs, or ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1297025 (stock #2458f)
Old Friends
$335.00
While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered in a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an large, 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flanged shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

It could have been for crackers, salad, berries, or some other unidentified purpose. Whatever the intent, it...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1296796 (stock #2456f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is arguably the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., cream, sauce, or mayonnaise ladle.

It is an authentic, original item, and not one of the many recasts of this pattern. The intricate, high relief, design folds over itself in such a liquid-seeming manner that it belies the fact that the medium is metal.

The bowl h...

 
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