American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1326370 (stock #2646f)
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$75.00
Measuring 7" long, weighing just over 1.5 T. oz., and having a 2 1/4" diameter blade, this piece is of a size that it could function as either a tomato or cucumber server.

The pattern is "Old English" by Towle. This incorporates roses interspersed with acanthus leaves. It is a refined design, with a quietly elegant quality.

The essentially round server is unusual in that is has an irregular margin, which suggests an Aesthetic influence. It has an uneven sawtooth edge while the surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1326264 (stock #2645f)
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$36.00
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One of numerous, and quite artfully designed, Art Nouveau patterns that Paye & Baker produced circa 1900, "Pond Lily" represents a naturalistic interpretation of this graceful flower.

This example is a rarely found, 7 1/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., iced tea or lemonade spoon.

It has a long, slender handle attached to a soft, matte gold washed bowl that is embossed with a blossom that is akin to the main pattern.

This is without a monogram and in mint condition. Pattern detail remai...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
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$60.00
A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1325687 (stock #2641f)
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$38.00
In addition to multiple flatware lines, the Stieff Company produced a number of other silver reproduction pieces under the commission of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and marketed under its auspices. This relationship began in 1939.

This 6 7/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., sucket, or sweetmeat, fork is one such item. It mimics a form that would have been familiar to residents of Williamsburg in it colonial period. The origins of this spoon on one end, fork on the other end, joined by...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1325616 (stock #2640f)
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$44.00
An undocumented pattern, this Art Nouveau, floral, design stands alone among Wallace offerings.

This piece is a 6 1/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It is unusual in that the upper end of the handle is hollow, while the lower portion is tubular. This provides for a thicker than usual grip, and also enables more detailed design elements, which include a blossom, bud, and sinuous leaves set against a textured background.

The bowl is decorative, in keeping with the overall de...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1325553 (stock #2639f)
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$30.00
Lincoln & Foss, c. 1850, is one of several Boston partnerships that Charles Foss entered into.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon or large sugar spoon.

The style is characteristic of the period, with an "Oval Thread" pattern handle and a shell bowl. The backside carries a script "JAL" monogram.

In very good condition, it is essentially absent wear and has a warm, bright, patina. The bowl is free of dents, dings, cracks, or burrs.

Marks are a ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1325371 (stock #2638f)
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$48.00
Patented in "1861," and so marked on this 8 1/4" long, weighty at nearly 2.3 T. oz., table or serving spoon, Gorham's "Grecian" had a lengthy production run.

That is evident on this piece which is marked "Sterling," indicating it was made after 1868 when Gorham adopted this standard over coin silver.

"Grecian" place pieces do not seem to appear as frequently as serving items, and this particular piece is surprisingly scarce.

It is in very fine condition. Polishing wear is minimal, w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1324925 (stock #2636f)
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$47.00
This napkin ring is a plain band of solid silver that measures 1 5/8" in diameter, stands 1 1/4" tall, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the inside, it is model number "673" which is also imprinted on the interior, along with the word "Sterling."

Dating circa 1880, it is Aesthetic or Eastlake in style, engraved in a pattern that is part foliate and part stylized.

It has a fancy, feathered script, "HMR" monogram.

The condi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1324722 (stock #2635f)
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$185.00
One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," Indianapolis. Interestingly, most sources cite Talbott for spelling of this firm, with the exception of Kovel's which cites Hiatt "The Silversmiths of Kentucky" as its source and uses a single "T."

This i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1324633 (stock #2634f)
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$36.00
A 5 3/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., item, this sugar spoon was made by Whiting.

The double-sided pattern is "Empire" aka "New Empire" dating from 1892. It employs various shell motifs, including the overall form of the bowl, and a pair of flanking, scrolled rosettes at the tip of the handle.

The bowl is squared, rather than rounded or oval, and has a partially rubbed gold wash on the front and backsides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate condition. Pattern deta...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1324328 (stock #2631f)
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$36.00
A clean design dating from early in the 20th century, "New Margaret" draws from the Colonial Revival sensibilities of the period.

This example is a 6 15/16" long, relatively heavy .9 T. oz., olive spoon.

It is slender and elegant, with an especially attractive, eggplant shaped, pieced bowl.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint condition. There is no visible wear or damage, and the finish is bright and even.

Marks are "Sterling" and the "helmet over shield" emblem of th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1324191 (stock #2630f)
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$55.00
Dating from 1872, Gorham's "Corinthian" embodies the Classical Revival sensibilities of the period. Architectural in style, it incorporates an anthemion leaf on the handle surmounted by leafy tracery.

The 3/4" deep, nearly round, 2" diameter, bowl with a central vee, flanged shoulders, and slightly tipped lip, on this 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle is engraved in a Palmetto leaf motif that is evocative of Egyptian Revival style. The bowl interior also retains most of its original, bright...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1324007 (stock #2628f)
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$60.00
Measuring 7 1/2" long, this English toddy ladle is a small example of the form.

Dating from early in the 19th century, it has a sterling bowl that is 1 3/4" in diameter and 3/4" deep. There is a silver fitting off this which is joined to a twisted baleen handle with a silver tipped end.

The bottom center of the bowl is stamped "D.R," possibly for David Reid of Newcastle.

It is in excellent condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The fittings betwee...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1323920 (stock #2627f)
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$95.00
A large item, measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing a substantial 3.3 T. oz., this berry spoon was made by Wallace. It carries the Wallace deer head emblem on the backside, along with the words "Sterling," and "Pat. 1902."

The pattern is "Eton" which is a strong Art Nouveau floral design. It features a high relief iris blossom on the center of the handle, just below a reserve area, and smaller blossoms on the top end and join with the bowl.

The bowl itself embodies the flowing lines of Ar...

All Items : Books and Publications : Antiques : Pre 1900 item #1323734 (stock #2625jk)
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An apparently very rare and historically valuable volume, examples of this trade catalogue are held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty special collections, as well as in several other significant settings.

Considerable online information is available about this volume, and given no book expertise is here represented, evaluation of this has to rest in outside sources. This comes through a family channel, not commercial or otherwise.

It is fully authentic, with a plate on t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1323731 (stock #2624f)
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$625.00
A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as especially associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebonized wood handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1323622 (stock #2623f)
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$45.00
On the surface, a typical piece of its period, this 6 3/16" long sugar spoon, marked "R. Fisher Jr. 331 Broadway. N.Y.," 1846-50, is actually a superior example.

First, its weight is substantial at just over 1.0 T. oz. Second, it is in exceptionally fine estate condition, essentially without wear, and having a bright, even, finish.

The "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern stands alongside many other iterations of this popular design, and the shell bowl is a common form. The shap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323511 (stock #2622f)
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$60.00
Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork is extra long at 9 5/16". It weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight variation on both sides of the handle.

The lower portion of the handle is plain an...

 
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