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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1361387 (stock #3163f)
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$115.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361328 (stock #3162f)
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An original production item, this pair of tongs measure 4" long and weigh approximately .8 oz. Made by Towle in the "Georgian" pattern, they are marked "925/1000," with the company "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898."

For serving bon bons, they have four-tine, stylized talon, cupped grips.

Each leg incorporates the column capped by a basket of flowers motif that constitutes this design, which shows to particular advantage in this form. The arch is plain and witho...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1361186 (stock #3160f)
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$275.00
Marked with a lion for sterling, a leopard for London, a date letter "e" for 1780-81, and a script "GS" for George Smith III, this marrow spoon aka scoop measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It is a very fine period example of this particularly English form, produced by a well-recognized maker.

The larger of the two elongated ends shows a thumb drop on the back and is inscribed with a crest of a long-necked bird with a snake in its beak.

It is in outstanding condition. It is f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361071 (stock #3158dd)
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$115.00
A large piece measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this item is an unusual, perhaps croquette, server.

It has a flat, 3 1/2" long by 2 3/8" wide, blade with four, curved and rounded tines, scalloped margins, and an intricately pierced surface.

The pattern is "Wellington," a late 19th century design issued in 1897 by Alvin. It features a double shell and scroll terminus with an egg and dart margin on the handle front and a relatively plain scroll backside.

There is a lightl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361019 (stock #3157f)
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$110.00
Price for the set of four.
Early pieces marked on the reverses with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," these four spoons measure 4 1/4" long each and are relatively weighty at 2.0 T. oz. the group.

Typically identified as a demitasse spoon, catalogs of the period commonly call this size a coffee spoon. True demitasse spoons can be considerably smaller.

The pattern is "Cluny" which bespeaks the French origins of its renowned designer, Antoine Heller. The pattern features dense, high...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361016 (stock #3156f)
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$225.00
All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form.

The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, with in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of de...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360937 (stock #3155f)
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$175.00
A New York City silversmith who worked from the 1830s until his bankruptcy in 1868, Philo B. Gilbert's dies passed on to John C. Cook and George Shiebler, so his work shows up with a variety of marks.

This 8" long, 1.8 T. oz., coin silver ladle bear only his "lion and leopard head" pseudo hallmark, "Patent 1867," and Gilbert's initials "PBG."

The pattern is a "Medallion" and one with which Gilbert is strongly identified. The classical portraiture is a clean representation of a young war...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360809 (stock #3152f)
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$45.00
Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887.

Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., master butter ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1360805 (stock #3151f)
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$325.00

The handled cup measures 3" high, has a top diameter of 2 5/8", a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the end of the handle, and a 2 3/16" wide underside. It weighs 4.2 T. oz. There is a script "DMC" monogram on the sidewall.

Made by Gorham about 1900, it combines two styles.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau mode popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1360748 (stock #3150f)
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$125.00
Free standing, this 4" square, 1/2" deep, tea strainer stands on four slender, splayed feet.

The body and a portion of the handle are sterling silver, as identified on the underside. Other marks include the Dominick & Haff three part emblem, and the model number "34."

The end of the handle is an off white material, possibly celluloid, with turned rings and a knob end.

The strainer body is sturdy, weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., has scalloped edges, sloped sides with four raised ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360747 (stock #3149f)
Old Friends
$200.00
Price for the set of eight.
This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is an intricate, figured design, the main one of which on these is a woman holding a bucket. There is also a satyr set midway on the handle.

The backsides have an "N" monogram offered in a manner that imitates an Eastern character. This f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1360706 (stock #3147f)
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$135.00
Standing 3 3/8" tall to the top of the finial, 3 3/8" at the widest to the edge of the handle, and weighing just under 4.0 T. oz. this solid silver mustard pot was made by Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Sterling Company and retailed by Boston's Shreve, Crump, & Low according to the stamps on the underside. Additional marks include "Sterling," "925/1000," "4522," and "Pat '93."

Traditional in style, this has six paneled sides, rests on a footed base, has a beaded border on the upper rim, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360666 (stock #3145dd)
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$135.00
A Moorish pattern, Gorham's "Hindostanee" draws from the same design impulse as Tiffany's "Persian" and Whiting's "Arabesque" of the same 1870s period.

This example is a generously-sized 9 1/4" long, 2.3 T. oz., berry serving spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl measures 4" by 2 1/2" at the widest by 3/4" deep. It has an embossed base, flange rim, and is finished in a pale, satin, gold wash. It is also artfully engraved in a leaf and floral motif that shows Aesthetic influences.

The handle ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1360637 (stock #3144f)
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$345.00
A substantial piece, this bowl or basket stands 3 7/8" high to the rim, 7" to the top of the upraised swing handle, has a top diameter of 5 1/8", and weighs 8.7 T. oz.

It dates circa 1870 and was made by John Wendt whose "925/1000 in a shield" emblem is stamped on the underside, encircled by the name of the retailer, "Ball Black & Co" "New York."

It stands on four very slender, hoof foot, stag legs that are joined to bands that run vertically to the top of the body. Each of these strips...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1360600 (stock #3143f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Price for the set of four. Two sets available.
Issued in 1931, Gorham's "Shamrock V" pattern is totally emblematic of Art Deco style. It is the equivalent in silver flatware of what the contemporaneous Chrysler Building in New York is in architecture, namely the very embodiment of the mode.

This place setting is comprised of four pieces, including a 7 1/8" fork, a 6 3/8" salad or pastry fork, a 6 3/4" dessert or oval soup spoon, and a 5 5/8" teaspoon.

A weighty line, the four pieces combined weigh 5.2 T. oz.

All the pieces are ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360599 (stock #3142f)
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$95.00
While his early working years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut, George Eno is identified as a Philadelphia silversmith where he spent most of his life.

This large, 7 3/4" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "Eno & Co." and "Coin," dating it 1854-60, prior to Eno's 1860-70 partnership with George Bechtel.

The narrow handle is hexagonal with two square block elements. The end is broad and spreads out into a fan or anthemion form. This is finely engraved and outlined in...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1360528 (stock #3141dd)
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$125.00
A large item measuring 9 3/4" long and weighing a substantial 3.1 T. oz., this serving spoon is a premier example of 19th century European silver.

It is hallmarked with the "pedestal vase" symbol for the prominent Bremen, Germany, firm of Koch & Bergeld, as well as "800" representing the silver standard, and a "crescent" and "crown" for the national marks. This particular configuration was introduced by the company about 1884 and that is also the approximate date of this piece.

The patt...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360527 (stock #3140f)
Old Friends
$140.00
This item is a dramatically-scaled, solid silver, ice cream knife or slice. It measures 10 5/8" long and weighs 3.1 T. oz.

The pattern is Gorham's "Colonial," the main feature of which is striping that runs up about two-thirds the length of the handle.

This is more subtle than it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo, which in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be consistent wit...

 
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