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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1960 item #1364574 (stock #3225f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing T. oz., this meat skewer tells several tales.

First it was made by Tuttle who stands in the Arts & Crafts tradition and was known for replicating old silver. Consistent with this, it is stamped "Sterling" over "5" over "Dublin - 1796" over "Reproduction," thus the inspiration for the design is fully documented.

Secondly Tuttle used an unusual marking system that includes a "tree in a circle of dots," commonly with a crescent moon that includes the init...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364532 (stock #3224f)
Old Friends
$295.00
An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long serving spoon is large and very heavy at 4.3 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 3/4" deep. It is a styliz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364531 (stock #3223f)
Old Friends
$285.00
An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long, possibly meat, serving fork is large and very heavy at 4.4 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The serving end includes four broad tines, one of the outer ones of which is h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1364180 (stock #3217f)
Old Friends
$55.00
An original, early production item, this 5 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., olive spoon is imprinted with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion," hallmark, "Sterling," and "Pat. May 22, 1900," all in fine, precise, lettering exactly as it should be on an old piece.

It is also stamped with the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's carriage trade "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

The pattern is "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is an expressive Art Nouveau floral design. The flower portraiture varies from piece to piece, and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1364111 (stock #3216f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Price for the pair.
Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, this matched pair of teaspoons are stamped "I or J Lee" in script lettering, which mark Belden in "Marks of American Silversmiths," citing two sources, identifies as "possibly that of a Middletown, Conn., silversmith working ca. 1790-1800."

The style of this suggests the earlier end of that date range.

They have rounded ends, with very slight beveling on the backsides. The fronts are engraved in a fancy script monogra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1364109 (stock #3214f)
Old Friends
$105.00
A late 19th century, not commonly found, design made by the Chicago firm "Wendell Manufacturing Company," "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce or small gravy ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flange shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border.

There...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1364049 (stock #3213f)
Old Friends
$625.00
This piece of holloware was made to match Tiffany's 1872 "Persian" pattern, and incorporates the same Moorish motif that is found in the flatware line.

This appears on the banding on the upper inner rim and edge of the pedestal base of this 8" top diameter, 4" across the bottom, 5 1/4" tall, 14.9 T. oz., footed bowl, aka tazza or compotier.

The entire piece is characterized by elegant, clean lines, and bright, mirror-like surfaces.

The bowl itself is 2 1/4" deep and has a domed base w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1363954 (stock #3211f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Price for the pair.
To a European scale, each of these two, matching, forks measures 8" long. They are very heavy at 5.2 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is a "Tipt," with beveled edges along the margins of the handles. The ends are slightly upturned, and the tines are long and tapered.

Each piece is fully marked with a "lion" for sterling, a "leopard's face" for London, a date letter "e" for 1834-35, a duty mark, and "WJ" for maker William Johnson.

Unadorned save for feathered script "H" monograms, their...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1363880 (stock #3209f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership while both of them were working for Maynard & Taylor, and whose silver portion of that business they bought out to establish their own firm in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver contracted typhoid fever and sold out to Brown, whose interest he bought back in 1863 after recovering from his illness. All this history indicates the "Brown & Sh...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363708 (stock #3205f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Produced in the second quarter of the 19th century in New York City, this 8 1/2" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver table or serving spoon, is an extremely well-made piece.

It has a "Tipt" end, rounded and heavily beveled shoulders, and a pointed end bowl.

The backside of the handle has an elegantly rendered, feathered script "TD" monogram.

It is stamped "J.L. [Jared] Moore & Co." (1796-53) for the well-documented jeweler and watchmaker. This particular mark, with the "& Co.,"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363707 (stock #3204f)
Old Friends
$210.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of the rose and scroll motif of the pattern, Towle's "Old English," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

This is without a monog...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363706 (stock #3203dd)
Old Friends
$105.00
Price for the pair as a set.
This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz.

Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts.

The...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363704 (stock #3202f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a gent...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363513 (stock #3198f)
Old Friends
$28.00
This coin silver youth fork measures 6" long and weighs over .8 T. oz.

Its mid 19th century pattern is a variant of "Tuscan," attributed to New York's Michael Gibney, or a similar design called "Cottage" produced by Joseph Seymour, John Polhamus, William Gale, and possibly other makers.

This example is only identified by the retailer's name, "J.W. Helmer," location unknown, stamped on the backside.

It has a particularly charming script engraving set sideways on the handle. This read...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1363488 (stock #3198f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A firm recognized for its myriad naturalistic designs, Watson produced a number of outstanding Art Nouveau florals in the early part of the 20th century.

"Lily" is one of the most impressive of these, and is the pattern on this 4 1/2" long, .7 T. oz. bon bon or nut scoop.

This is a particularly delicate piece, even at this small scale retaining all the fine detail of the leaves, blossoms and stippled background of the intricate pattern.

The scoop is a statement in itself. It is spla...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363439 (stock #3197f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with a flange rim and central rib that Whiting used across several pattern lines.

There is a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an inscription. On this piece that ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363316 (stock #3195f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Price per piece, three available.
In her benchmark work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan identifies "E. Borhek," the mark on this 5 11/16" long, .5 T. oz., as Edward, 1806-87. She notes that 1835-37, he was known as "Borhex."

In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.

This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders o...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1800 item #1363210 (stock #3194f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Deciphering old French silver marks is an art unto itself and not an amateur's task to undertake.

That said, a third party assessment follows below on the seven symbols, three letters, and engraving that appear on the backside of this 8 3/16" long, heavy at 2.5 T. oz., large place or serving spoon.

What is apparent on the surface of it is that it dates from the 18th century, prior to the French Revolution, and is to a .950 silver standard.

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" ...

 
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