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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1340074 (stock #2823f)
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$55.00
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A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them ar...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1340024 (stock #2822f)
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$34.00
A 6 7/16" long, .9 T. oz. piece, this sugar spoon has a broad scallop shell bowl with high shoulders leading to a narrow handle that broadens into an oval, tipped end.

It is marked "H.I. Sawyer," for Henderson Inches Sawyer, who worked in New York City 1835-45, then Hartford, Connecticut, 1845-58.

It also carries a "lion" pseudo hallmark that McGrew identifies in his benchmark work on marks as characteristic of the Hartford area, so this item likely traces to Sawyer's (earlier based on s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339942 (stock #2821f)
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This 7" long, very weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver spoon variously identified as a place, dessert, or oval soup, has a double provenance.

It is marked Bailey & Co. (1848-78) for the firm that became Philadphia's renowned "Bailey, Banks & Biddle." It also carries the pseudo hallmark of manufacturer "Taylor & Lawrie," who sold to "Bailey & Kitchen," forerunner of "Bailey & Co."

Citing D.A. Soeffing, Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes, "In 185...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1339891 (stock #2820f)
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$365.00
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Given its modest size at 8 1/4" tall, and with a capacity of 16 ounces, this piece could variously be identified as a gentleman's, breakfast, or tete-a-tete coffee pot.

It is English "Georgian" in style, with a bulbous lower body and slender neck, lending it an overall lofty look. It stands on three modified paw feet, and has a lengthy curved spout that is attached at the base and rises to the height of the rim.

The double cee scroll handle is hollow and retains its original insulators....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339645 (stock #2817f)
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$90.00
An early example of one of the company's most well-received patterns, "Chrysanthemum," this youth fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880," and "M," this last identifier dating it no later than 1891.

The piece measures 6 1/16" long and, consistent with the line and the firm, is robust weight at 1.5 T. oz.

It is inscribed "F O'D" in script on the front.

It is in very good condition. There is some slight overall polishing softening of detail on the high spots of the des...

All Items : Women's Vanity : Perfume Bottles : Pre 1930 item #1339401 (stock #2814f)
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$150.00
A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and having a base diameter of 2 1/4", this perfume bottle is German in origin. It is stamped on the neck with the national "crescent and crown" mark, "800" for the silver content (800 parts out of a 1000), and a "standing unicorn" emblem for the maker, Gebruder Kuhn.

An estate piece dating from the first part of the 20th century, the bottle itself is high quality cut glass fitted with a substantial all silver cap that is 1 1/4" high and 1 7/16" in diameter....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339241 (stock #2812f)
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$150.00
Price for the set of ten.
Measuring 4 7/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy 4.6 T. oz. the set, these ten spoons are for after dinner coffee. They are slightly larger than a demitasse and somewhat smaller than a 5 o'clock.

The pattern is Wallace's "St. Leon, which is a densely articulated floral design dating from 1890. The flowers and leaves are portrayed in intricate detail, but exactly what they are is uncertain. One source suggests columbine.

All matching, they have script "MR" monograms on the backsi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1339107 (stock #2810f)
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$75.00
Dating from the last decade of the 19th century, Gorham's "Virginia" is essentially a pointed antique design with beaded edging, front and back sides.

This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.

The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.

It is without a monogram or removal and in ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338920 (stock #2808f)
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$70.00
Measuring 8 3/16" long and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this lettuce fork bridges two related forms.

It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.

The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338853 (stock #2807f)
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$38.00
Sized between a demitasse and a 5 o'clock spoon, this piece measures 4 5/8" long and weighs a relatively heavy .7 T. oz.

The pattern is Tiffany's turn of the 20th century, "Florentine," which is an elaborate and richly textured design.

It is in choice estate condition, showing no polishing wear, having a bright finish, and retaining its original gold wash, front and backside, bowl.

There is an Old English "C" monogram on the handle reverse.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1338683 (stock #2804f)
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$55.00
Commonly referred to as a "brandy warmer," this form appears in Gorham's 1894 catalogue identified as a "brandy burner" (see image 2).

Whatever name is applied, this example is characteristic of the piece. It measures 3 7/8" long, with a short handle and a 1 5/8" diameter bowl with two tabs to lock over the rim of a brandy snifter. It weighs .6 T. oz.

While brandy warmers are readily available, this piece is uncommon. Figural and decorative whereas many are plain, it is a limited lin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338607 (stock #2803f)
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$42.00
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Dating from 1898, Durgin's "Orange Blossom" was the first of several Art Nouveau floral patterns that culminated with the company's spectacular "New Art" line.

Intricate and high relief like its successor designs, it is more two-dimensional in profile than they are.

The leaf and floral portraiture is more organic and naturalistic than Alvin's better known version of this same motif, "Old Orange Blossom" (OOB).

Durgin's is also less commonly found. Indeed this 5 3/8" long, just over ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338540 (stock #2802f)
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$46.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this long handle olive or pickle fork is a clean example of Towle's "Old Newbury" pattern issued in 1900.

The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.

Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed.

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1338486 (stock #2801f)
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$450.00
Relatively short-lived, born circa 1783, died 1835, Harvey Lewis nonetheless made a significant imprint in the realm of American silver smithing. His producing years, all in Philadelphia where he lived, extended from 1802-27.

Examples of his work can be found at Yale University, Winterthur, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A pair of canns, i.e. mugs, larger than but otherwise matching this one, are illustrated online, with a date of circa 1815, and identified as in a private collection....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338438 (stock #2800f)
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$40.00
A highly trumpeted design at the time of its introduction in 1880, Gorham's figural "Fontainebleau" quickly established itself as one of the company's foremost patterns, and it remains so today.

This example is a 6" long, just under .9 T. oz., youth fork. It is an early example, stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" set on the edge of the handle.

Its age is further evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads in fine script le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1338372 (stock #2799f)
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$38.00
A fully original, early production, example of "Francis I," this piece is imprinted with the company's "bird, R in a shield, standing lion" emblem, and the word "Sterling."

It is a 4 7/16" long, just over .4 t. oz., lemon fork with three tines, the outer two of which are splayed. The center one is wider and slightly more elongated than the other two.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in immaculate condition. The high relief, clustered fruit pattern detail remains clear and well-d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1338275 (stock #2798f)
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$235.00
Part of a desk set made by Gorham, this 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide, weighty at 5.3 T. oz., tray is identified in the company's 1902 catalogue as a "sealing set tray" (see image 2).

It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.

It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1338159 (stock #2796f)
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$48.00
Derivative of the early 20th century Colonial Revival movement in design, the pattern on this 8 1/4" long, 2.1 T. oz., small berry, aka casserole, spoon is in fact named after a Colonial period governor of Massachusetts, William Dummer (1677-1761).

Issued in 1925, it is markedly similar to Towle's popular "Mary Chilton" which was introduced a decade earlier in 1912.

Sharing the same diamond-shaped handle, Watson's iteration is more elaborated than Towle's. Rather than plain, the handle a...

 
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