American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266235 (stock #2247f)
Old Friends
$36.00
A pattern that originated with New York's John Polhamus, "Diamond" was eventually absorbed into George Shiebler's stable of flatware patterns. Although patented in 1874, it carries forward many of the Gothic Revival design sensibilities of the 1860s, and successfully so.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., sugar spoon with a shell form bowl. It has an "MW" monogram inscribed on front of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
Old Friends
$85.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265968 (stock #2245f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Syracuse's Joseph Seymour's pattern flatware is well-documented and the inventory does not include the "Thistle" design on this 5 1/2" long, just touching 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. It is thereby an unexpected rarity, and doubly so because of its impressively artful portraiture.

The design, die work, and finish are all to the highest standard. There is a central thistle blossom midway on the handle, and a pair at the tip, all surrounded by leaves...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1265848 (stock #2243f)
Old Friends
$735.00
A truly grand piece in scale, this water pitcher measures 7 3/4" tall to the tip of the spout, 8 1/2" at the widest, 6" in diameter at the thickest part of the body, and sits on a rimmed base that is 4 1/2" across. It it as substantial in weight as it is in scale, tipping out at 29.3 T. oz.

Its design and quality of manufacture are as impressive as its size...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265582 (stock #2242f)
Old Friends
$22.00
Born in 1825 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Boston's South Shore, Asa Fairbanks Trufant is listed working as a merchant in nearby Abington, dying in 1879.

Given the "Fiddle Tipt" pattern on this 7 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., dessert or place spoon, it would have dated from his earliest working years.

It is monogrammed "JT to EJT" in fancy script lettering and is in exceptionally fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1265581 (stock #2241f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Fully authentic, and not a later fabrication, this 3 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., wax sealer is inscribed "Nov 26," on one side and "1900" on the other.

It is also marked "Sterling," model number "51," and with a maker's symbol which may be Whiting's lion, but as this is set on a ridge and difficult to read. Whiting as a maker is further advanced by the design on the hollow, flat-sided, handle matches that company's "Oval Twist," with the addition of a scroll end the two reserves on the sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1265495 (stock #2240f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring just over 6" long, and extra weight at 1.2 T. oz., this youth fork is marked with the Whiting lion logo and "Sterling" on the back of the handle, and stamped "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902" in fine lettering on the heel of the tine area.

It is an exceptionally fine, early, example of Whiting's stand out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern.

There is a flowing scipt "MKW" monogram.

It retains superb pattern detail and has a lustrous finish...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265382 (stock #2239f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Listed as a firm operating in New York City in the 1840s, the partnership of Hayes & Robbins is further documented by the location, "207 B.way" stamped on the backsides of this set of six, matching, coin silver teaspoons.

They are slightly over-sized at 6 1/8" long, and moderately heavy, with the group weighing approximately 6.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265277 (stock #2238f)
Old Friends
$95.00
European in scale, meaning large and heavy, this Victorian dinner fork measures 8" long and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

It is Irish in origin, fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in very good condition. There is light wear overall,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked "Krusi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1264667 (stock #2232f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Often associated with the better known James Watts, partly because he was briefly in partnership with him, and partly because of the similarity of his horse head over chevron hallmark to Watts', James P. Butler of Philadelphia engaged in various enterprises, including in the 1860s and 70s, silverware manufacturing(source Catherine B. Hollan "Philadelphia Silversmiths").

This example is a 6 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., preserve or large sugar spoon. It is stamped with the Butler emblem, plus the na...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264383 (stock #2229f)
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A highly decorative, late 19th century, design, Whiting's "Radiant" presents in an opulent, courtly manner. The handle has a fanned end, which would seem to be the source of the pattern name. Other elements include ribbing, acanthus leaves, and little florettes which might be forget-me-nots.

This example is an 8 1/2" long, very heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. It has a generously sized, 3" diameter, 1" deep, eggplant shaped, bowl that has decorated shoulders and a matte...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1264018 (stock #2225f)
Old Friends
$40.00
This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure. While originated by New York's Henry Hebbard, it became a full line Whiting pattern, and is generally identified with that company.

This 5 7/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., sugar spoon is a Whiting piece, marked with the company's lion, emblem, as well as "Sterling," "Patent 1862," and "1." It has a shell shaped bowl and an Old English "H" monogram.

It is in very good condition. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1263670 (stock #2223f)
Old Friends
$75.00
"Windsor Castle" is one of Tuttle's (Boston, Massachusetts) first patterns, introduced in 1929.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, weighty 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle is coded "HH III" in a crescent, indicating it dates from the third year of Herbert Hoover's presidency, 1931-32, early in the history of the line. Other marks include a tree with a circle of dots around it, and the word "Sterling."

The design is a deeply hand chased acanthus leaf, scroll and starburst motif set on a plain, rounded e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1263287 (stock #2219f)
Old Friends
$210.00
Model number "1815" as stamped on the underside, and having a date symbol for 1890, this 5" tall vase was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appears along with the other marks. If was originally offered as part of a desk set, according to a Gorham catalog of the period (see image 3).

The main body is 3" in diameter and sits on a rimmed base that is 2" across. The splayed, trumpet-shaped, neck is divided into two sections each bordered by beading. The lo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263189 (stock #2217f)
Old Friends
$15.00
This lengthy, 5 7/8", just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon is stamped "H. Judson," along with a sunburst emblem, for the Syracuse, New York silversmith and jeweler Hiram Walker, with dates 1792-1868.

It has a plain, round end, and slight mid rib on the backside of the handle. There is a feathered script "EW" monogram on the front. The drop on the bowl is plain.

It is in very good condition. There is minimal polishing wear and the finish has an appealing patina. The bowl is well-...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263080 (stock #2216f)
Old Friends
$80.00
A prominent name in American silversmithing during the first half of the 19th century, Baldwin Gardiner worked first in Philadelphia then New York City.

This large bowl, 8 3/4" long, very heavy 2.4 T. oz., table or serving spoon bears Gardiner's familiar "B.G" mark along with a pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on coin silver manufacturers' marks associates with Jacob Wood and relates to William Forbes, both established NYC producers. The relationship between Gardiner's retail and man...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1262829 (stock #2214f)
Old Friends
$235.00
A fully original, old piece, this item is either a waffle or asparagus server. The forms are similar and are to be distinguished by the shape of the blade. This is solid silver and not a combination of stainless with sterling as newer examples are.

The pattern is is Reed & Barton's "La Splendide" dating from 1902. The high relief design reflects the freedom of form characteristic of Art Nouveau, which was the dominant style mode of the period.

Typical of R&B items in this era, this is...

 
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