American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252067 (stock #2093dd)
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Dating from late in the 19th century, Gorham's "Old Baronial" has characteristics similar to a kings design, but is more elaborate.

The dominant feature is the lion or leopard head that surmounts what would be the end of the handle on something other than tongs. Other elements include acanthus leaves, shells, flowers, and scrolling.

This example is a large, 6 7/8" long, heavy, 3.6 T. oz., solid silver pair of ice tongs. The grips are pierced, with one bowl form and one fork form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1251930 (stock #2091dd)
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Expressive of its namesake place in a variety of ways, "Palm Beach" was a limited line produced by Gorham around 1900. This example is an 8 1/2" long, heavy, 2.4 T. oz., serving spoon.

The handle is formed like a palm tree trunk, while the backside of the bowl portrays the full spray palm fronds that cap the trunk.

The entire piece is vermeil, save for the background behind the leaves, which remains silver...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1251765 (stock #2090f)
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz., this coin silver preserve spoon is stamped "F&H" for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell.

It also carries the retail name of "L.C. Bailey" for Lyman Clapp Bailey of Calais, Maine, which borders Canada and is as about far east as any settled place in the United States.

It is a strikingly fine example of mid 19th century precision bright cut silver that exhibits the same mirror like qualities as diamond facets...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1251661 (stock #2089f)
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Sperry Douglas Brower was an Albany silversmith and manufacturer of repute and substantial size.

Examples of his work are readily found, although that is not the case with his "Medallion" pattern, as instances of it are scant. In fact, Don Soeffing in his work on Medallion silver shows two spoon examples and states they are the only pieces he had seen (admittedly some time ago now as that publication is aging).

This piece is a 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1251312 (stock #2085f)
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Named for the rose which is the central portraiture of the design, "Eglantine," i.e. sweetbrier, is an early, 1870, Gorham pattern and one of the company's most refined.

Cast rather than the typical die struck mode of manufacture, it demonstrates the intricate, high relief detail casting enables.

It is a heavy line, and that is the case with this lengthy, 5 1/8", pair of sugar tongs which weigh a substantial 1.3 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1251192 (stock #2084f)
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Dating from 1908, "Monticello" reflects the early 20th century's interest in neoclassicism design. It portrays an open, shield back design reminiscent of Hepplewhite furniture style on the handle.

This example is a 7 3/4" long, relatively heavy 2.0 T. oz., solid silver tomato server.

The blade is unusual in that it has individualistic, fine piercings rather than the plainer, more blunt cuts that typically convey with this piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1251083 (stock #2082f)
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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter, standing 1/2" high, and weighing 4.9 T. oz., this plate is marked with the emblem of the William B. Kerr Company of Newark, New Jersey. Additional marks include "Sterling," model number "5174-2," and the letters "H.M.D."

Kerr produced a smaller, 5 3/4" diameter, and lighter, version of this marked "5174-1" and both items were probably children's plates, although this larger one could be a bread and butter plate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1250970 (stock #2081f)
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A large item, this cold meat fork measures 8 3/8" long and weighs just under 1.9 T. oz. The pattern is Wallace's "Violet," which is an Art Nouveau floral dating from 1904.

This is a very clean example, free of polishing wear or damage. The four tines remain even, pointed, and straight. Pattern detail is crisp and the finish is lustrous.

There is a fancy script "JD" monogram lightly inscribed on the handle.

Marks are the Wallace deer head emblem and the word "Sterling."

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1250877 (stock #2080f)
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Dating from the mid 1860s, this pedestal base, coin silver master salt is model number "510" as indicated by the stamp on the underside...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1250768 (stock #2079f)
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Dating from the mid 19th century and marked "Duhme," a premier Cincinnati and Midwestern firm, this coin silver master butter knife measures 7 1/4" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

It has a twisted shank, with a broad, oval handle end. This is precisely engraved in a leaf and scroll period design and engraved "Craig" in script in the center area. The blade has a scalloped upper edge and is also engraved along the top margin. The backside is plain, save for the mark.

It is in excel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1250766 (stock #2078f)
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Made by Stieff, "Williamsburg Shell" was a pattern offered only through the Colonial Williamsburg retail operation. The "CW" symbol along with "Stieff Sterling" is imprinted on the backsides of these ten, matching salad forks.

Each one measures 6 1/2" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz., with the group coming in at 10.4 T. oz.

All the pieces are in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Each one has four tines, all of which remain straight, even, and pointed, and are f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1250605 (stock #2076f)
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An extravagant server, this item is a true punch ladle with a pouring spout on either side of the 4 7/8" by 2 5/8" by 1 1/4" deep bowl. This is finished in a bright gold wash on the interior and engraved with an Old English "B" on the back wall at the handle join.

The piece measures a large 13" overall and weighs a robust 6.4 T. oz. The maker was Durgin, whose "D" emblem appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling."

The late 19th century pattern is unnamed but certainly dram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1250527 (stock #2075f)
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Bateman traces to four family members who worked in London and is one of the most recognizable names in English silversmithing.

This pair of tongs is stamped "PB AB WB" for Peter, Ann, and William, and represents one of numerous marks associated with the various family members. It carries a date letter for 1801-02.

The piece measures a generous 5 1/2" long, is 1 5/8" across at the arch, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

The grips are cup form and the arms and arch have undulating marg...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1250526 (stock #2074f)
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Frank Whiting's "Marquis" embodies a French rococo sensibility. It is asymmetrical and features stylized acanthus leaves set in a large scale, flourishing manner against a stippled ground.

This example is a large, 8 5/8" long, cold meat fork. Consistent with the line, it is a robust piece, weighing 2.4 T. oz.

It is without a monogram or removal and in choice condition. There is no evident polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous. The tines are even, pointed, and free of bends, burr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1250429 (stock #2072f)
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One of a limited, numbered series, Gorham's "H 409" portrays what appears to be a thistle midway on the stem, with a second flower on the terminus.

This line was made to an elevated standard of die work and finish. The portraiture is highly textured, the detail is precise, and the finishing is exemplary.

The piece measures 5 5/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.0 T. oz.

There is no monogram or removal and the condition is outstanding. Apart from light surface scratches in the bowl,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1250318 (stock #2071f)
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Watson is known for its fine line of Art Nouveau floral and fruits and vegetables patterns that were introduced under the Mechanics division of the company.

Teaspoons are the most common form of these desgins, making a large berry spoon a rarity. This large, 9" long, heavy, 3.1 T. oz., example in "Strawberry" is doubly unusual because it has a singular, generously proportioned, bowl that incorporates the fruit motif in the interior rather than the standard bowl Watson typically used.


All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1249399 (stock #2067f)
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Dating from very early in the history of the company founded in 1853, this 6 5/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., preserve spoon is stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Pure Coin."

Apparently it was a line pattern given that a variety of pieces still show up, but is unnamed. It has a flat handle with a chiseled looking margin and an extensively bright cut and engraving surface. The backside is plain, save for the marks. The bowl is a shell form with scalloped edges.

It is in exceptionally fine con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1249317 (stock #2066f)
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A rare item, this jelly cake server measures 9 7/8" long and weighs a robust 3.1 T. oz. At 5 1/4" long, the blade constitutes half the length of the piece. It is 1 7/8" across, has a reticulated, flat surface that is finished in a gold wash, scalloped shoulders, and a raised lip around the edge.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," the main design element of which is a Florentine looking, bearded figure that appears on the center of the handle and in enlarged scale on the backs...

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