American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1289479 (stock #2402dd)
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Successors to Jacobi & Jenkins, the early 20th century Baltimore company Jenkins & Jenkins produced a "Repousse" design much in the manner of those offered by Stieff and Kirk.

This example of their Repousse is a rare form and completely original, i.e. not made up, corn scraper. It is further unusual in that it is solid silver. Most examples of this type of piece have steel scrapers.

It measures 5 7/8" long, weighs 1.4 T. oz., and has a 1 1/2" wide, sawtooth cutter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1288970 (stock #2398f)
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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance is without a monogram or removal.

This example is a 6" long, .9 T. oz., weighty feel, sugar spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1288452 (stock #2395f)
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An unusual form, this cake fork measures 6 7/8" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz. The defining feature of the piece is the elongated, 3 1/2" overall, serving end which is comprised of three yoked tines with three dimensional scalloped shoulders. The entire surface front and back is finished in a satin matte gold wash.

Dating from 1889, the pattern is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1288312 (stock #2394dd)
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing almost 1.7 T. oz., this solid silver item is stamped "Sterling" and "S. Kirk & Son," dating it 1932-61.

It is a bacon fork, with a 2 3/4" wide, seven tine, serving end. This is slightly cupped and has scalloped shoulders.

It is in mint estate condition. The pattern design remains extremely sharp and has a satin finish. The backside of the handle and the tine area have brightly polished surfaces...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1288229 (stock #2393f)
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An intermediate size, less than a full length soup and significantly larger than a gravy, this 9 3/8" long, substantial weight at 3.2 T. oz., piece may be a not-so-commonly found oyster or bouillon ladle.

The pattern is "Olive," a popular mid 19th century design, which in this case made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell," whose "lion, F&H, bust" pseudo hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.

It has a particularly appealing 2 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, scallop shell bowl...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1910 item #1288059 (stock #2392dd)
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Stamped "B&Z," "800," and with a crown and crescent, this item is Hanau (a German region of silver manufacture) in origin and was retailed by the New York firm of Bucholz & Zelt, a known importer of such goods. It likely dates c. 1900.

It is a rare form orange peeler, and is solid silver rather than the part silver and part steel many such items are. It has the semi-circular disk end with a hook tip that characterize such pieces.

It measures 5 1/8" long and weighs just over .8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1287738 (stock #2389dd)
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Long and slender at 9", and weighing nearly 1.2 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1287506 (stock #2387dd)
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In his benchmark work "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood notes, "To our knowledge, Tiffany is one of the few manufacturers who made a petits four server."

His reference may be specific to the fork style version as represented by this 5 7/8" long, just under 1.6 T. oz. version in "Faneuil." There are other examples of this form produced by other makers that have flat, pierced blade, serving ends.

A markedly clean pattern, Faneuil is essentially a pointed antique design with a slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1287373 (stock #2386dd)
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A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design imprinted in part of the interior. It is also engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a light portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1287371 (stock #2385f)
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Marked "Gorham" and "Sterling," this baby fork measures 4 3/8" long and weighs a robust .8 T. oz.

It has a likely date from the 1930s and is monogrammed "ETR" in script lettering.

It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear, with a bright finish, and showing straight, even tines.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1287153 (stock #2383dd)
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The larger of two tomato servers that Gorham offered in its "Plymouth" line, this piece measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a substantial 1.8 T. oz.

The essentially round, 3" diameter, blade has scalloped and tiered edges and an intricately pierced surfaced.

An old, estate piece, the handle in inscribed with a fancy Old English "D" monogram.

It is in very fine condition. It shows no visible wear and has a bright finish. The blade is free of bends, nicks, or breaks in the reticulation. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286961 (stock #2382f)
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Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.

This item is a rare form cheese fork in the company's "Yetiv" pattern. This is fully authentic, i.e. not made up from another piece.

It measures 5 1/2" long and weighs .7 T. oz. The serving end has two widened and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1286759 (stock #2380f)
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This rare food pusher made by Tiffany is a thoroughly charming piece with a theme that is fully consonant with its function as a baby item.

It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.

The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286636 (stock #2379dd)
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Extravagantly large pieces, Saratoga chip servers are as novel as they are impressive.

This example is 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz. The immense bowl is 4" long by 3 1/2" at the widest, and is intricately pierced as is requisite for this form.

The pattern is "Pompadour," which resembles an embellished "Kings" design with a French flair. This has a delicate "ESP" script monogram on the handle front, while the backside is imprinted with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," and ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286526 (stock #2378f)
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An elaborate "Kings" design, Whiting's "King Edward" is a high relief, robust design.

This example is a pair of the larger size sugar tongs Whiting offered in this line. They measure 5 1/8" long and weighing nearly 1.6 T. oz. They have impressive claw grips and are monogrammed "JMF" on the arch.

The condition is mint. There is no visible wear and there is a gently used, bright finish. The arch is free of bends or cracks.

Marks are the Whiting lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Ap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286280 (stock #2376f)
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing slightly over 1.4 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Bailey & Co." for the Philadelphia manufacturer that eventually became the storied retailer "Bailey, Banks & Biddle."

It also carries the pseudo hallmark "lion, S, shield" identified as a standard mark used by Bailey for sterling, and introduced January 1, 1855. There is s second lion mark on this, which sources identify as possibly a second sterling designator. Previous to this, Bailey used a similar "lion...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1286182 (stock #2375f)
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Dating from the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Old Paris" is a figural design incorporating cherubs and other classical elements.

This example is a large, 7 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.7 T. oz., flat handle master butter knife. The blade has a scalloped upper edge, while the handle is inscribed "A.T.A." in script lettering.

It is in good condition. The blade is free of bends or burrs but shows surface scratches consistent with use. While intricate, the pattern is low relief a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286085 (stock #2374f)
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Possibly a banana, and if not, likely a specialized pastry, server, this solid silver piece in Knowles "Apollo" has a uniquely shaped and proportioned blade.

Measuring a lengthy 9 3/4" overall and weighing just over 1.4 T. oz., the tapered blade is a full 6" long. It is 1 3/4" wide at the handle end and graduates down to 5/8" wide at the tip, which has a central point.

The upper edges are scalloped and the lower edges straight, while the surface retains a portion of an original gold was...

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