American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1299882 (stock #2482f)
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$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 1910 item #1298468 (stock #2471f)
Old Friends
$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. oz., place fork. It is tea or dessert size, which in today's parlance is sometimes simply referred to as a regular fork.

It is an early example marked "APR...

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...

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...

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)
Old Friends
$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 : 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 1900 item #1295760 (stock #2455f)
Old Friends
$225.00
One of John Polhamus' (NYC) early patterns, "Oriental" was later produced by George Shiebler. This example adds a Tiffany & Co. provenance, as it was retailed by that company, whose name appears on the reverse. Other marks include "J.P. Patent 1855" and "Sterling."

It is a large crumber, aka crumb knife, measuring 10 7/8" long and just touching 3.0 T. oz. The flat blade which characterizes the form, is a 6 1/2" by 2 1/4" oblong with a raised, scalloped edge around three sides. The surfac...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295529 (stock #2453f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Measuring 7" long and weighty at nearly 1.5 T. oz., this fork is marked "J.P." for New York's John Polhamus, "Patent 1855," and with the retailer's name, Pittsburgh's "J.B. McFadden & Son." It may be a tea, dessert, or lunch fork.

The pattern is referred to as "Shell," and sometimes "Leaf." The motif was popular in the period, and produced by several manufacturers. This is strongly akin to Gorham's "Josephine," patented in the same year.

There is a fine, feathered script "CMP" monogra...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1295348 (stock #2452f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing just short of .7 T. oz., this sugar spoon likely dates from the 1860s.

It traces to the Boston area, being stamped "Harry Raynes" for the Lowell, Massachusetts retailer. It is also marked "Coin," but is absent a manufacturer's mark. Undoubtedly, though, it was produced in New England.

The handle has a plain, rounded end, a tipt backside, and is engraved in a delicate, stylized flower or grass motif that suggests early Aesthetic influences.

The bo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1295190 (stock #2451f)
Old Friends
$22.00
A period piece made in Boston c. 1860, this solid, coin silver nut pick measures 5" long and is relatively heavy at just over .4 T. oz.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a finely engraved front with detailing that resembles engine turning.

There is an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition, free of any wear or damage. The engraving remains crisp, the upturned, pointed end is without nicks or burrs, and the finish has a warm patina.

Marks are "F&H" flanked by car...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294793 (stock #2448f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Dating somewhere between the early 1850s and mid 1860s, this 7" long, weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., fork is stamped "Gorham & Co." and "Coin." It likely was a tea or dessert fork, although it could have been a lunch place piece.

The markings are not readily found, and while a standard motif for the period, the "French Thread" pattern was not one that Gorham seemed to produce in significant quantity, so this is a doubly unusual piece.

It is engraved "A.L. Fiske." in very fine script le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1294716 (stock #2447f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1293890 (stock #2440f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak th...

 
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