American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1254728 (stock #2122dd)
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$225.00
Apparently named after the artist whose work became identified with a style of painting that Wikipedia describes as embracing "scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm," Durgin's 1891 "Watteau" is rococo in manner. While this pattern is neither figural nor scenic, it does incorporate details such as scrolls and posys that would have a natural place in a Watteau scene.

This example is a 9 7/8" long, heavy, 3.8 T. oz., ice cream slice, aka ice cream knife...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1254725 (stock #2121f)
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$65.00
Known for its exceptional series of fruit, flower, and vegetable themed flatware produced around the turn of the 20th century, this 6" long, heavy, 1.1 T. oz., teaspoon is evidence that Watson ventured into the realm of animal life and American history as well.

The handle portrays a galloping bison, i.e. American buffalo. This is set in three dimensional, raised relief, imbuing the imagery with a sculptural quality...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1254615 (stock #2120f)
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An unnamed and uncommon pattern, this design reflects Aesthetic sensibilities and likely dates from the 1870s.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, slightly over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon. The handle has a cut border with a raised, lozenge-like, central area. This is inscribed with a period "D Mc" monogram. The border around the raised area is engraved, as is most of the handle.

The plum-shaped bowl has a central rib, slightly pointed tip, and flanged edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1254514 (stock #2119f)
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This solid silver, two handled, tea strainer has a pierced bowl that measures 2 1/4" in diameter, is 3/4" deep, and has a maximum span of 4 5/8" handle tip to handle tip. It weighs just over .8 T. oz.

Made by The Merrill Co., aka as The Merrill Shops, located in New York City, the firm's emblem, the word "Sterling," and the number "804" are stamped on the backside.

Arts and Crafts in style, it likely dates to the first quarter of the 20th century...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254379 (stock #2118f)
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$95.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel. The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253939 (stock #2113f)
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$250.00
Lengthy for egg spoons, each of these six pieces measures 5 1/2" long. They are also relatively heavy, with the set weighing 5.1 T. oz. They all match, are a "Fiddle Thread," aka "French Thread," design engraved "TCFL" in a feathered script.

Stamped "Bailey & Co.," along with an "eagle, U, shield" pseudo hallmark, these trace to the Philadelphia firm that eventually became Bailey, Banks & Biddle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253734 (stock #2110nr)
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$350.00
This Tiffany pattern, introduced in 1870, went through an evolution of names according to William Hood in his reference work "Tiffany Silver Flatware."

He notes it was originally called "King's" or "King" and that some Tiffany archives refer to it as "Old King," to distinguish it from the later "English King." For some period, it was known as "Cook," and available only by special order. It was reissued in 1956 as "Saratoga," which is the name that generally conveys with it today...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253538 (stock #2109nr)
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$375.00
An early piece, this asparagus server carries the old Gorham "lion, anchor, G" mark, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253453 (stock #2108f)
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$85.00
Fully marked for London, 1844, and sterling, this large, 9", heavy 2.6 T. oz., table serving spoon is stamped "SH" over "DC" for the partnership of Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater.

It is a handsome and refined item, artfully formed and finished. It has a reverse tipt handle with an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The plain front has cleanly beveled edges and high, sharply defined shoulders off the generously proportioned, 3 1/4" by 1 3/4", bowl.

It is in superb condition and wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253302 (stock #2107dd)
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$125.00
Identified specifically for use with lettuce, as opposed to salad, this matching spoon and fork form was a reflection of the 19th century's inclination to devise specialized implements for individual foods.

This matching pair was made by Towle in its 1893 "Canterbury" pattern. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz. Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1253186 (stock #2106f)
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$165.00
Marked with the number "1," the Gorham "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling," this combination bookmark and letter opener is a novel item.

It measures 4 3/4" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz. It has a tubular stem handle with a series of concentric rings. This has an Aesthetic sensibility to it.

There is a crosspiece at the attachment with the blade. This supports an element that suggests a Celtic knot in design, and which serves as the upper portion of the actual page marker.

The b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252949 (stock #2104dd)
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$150.00
Showing no wear whatsoever and having brilliant finishes, this set of four, estate, egg spoons are in mint condition.

Each one measures 5" long, has a fine, script "JSH" monogram, and a matte finish, gold washed bowl. The group weighs 1.8 T. oz.

Marks are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and an Old English "O."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1252948 (stock #2103f)
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$195.00
According to Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," "[Shreve & Co.'s] production focused on special order merchandise [which was] sold only through the firm's own retail shop."

An usual item, this 2" high, 3 1/2" top diameter, 4 1/2" maximum span, 2.9 T. oz., cup may have been one of those special order items. It is singular in design, and further distinguished by the blue cloisonne enameled band along the upper rim. Enamel work examples from Shreve are not readily f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252758 (stock #2101f)
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$110.00
Referred to both in the singular and plural, that is "Rose and Scroll" and "Roses and Scrolls," this Whiting pattern dates circa 1890.

This was a transition time between design modes and this shows both Aesthetic and Art Nouveau influences. The form is asymmetrical and rather exotic suggesting the former, while the expressive, unrestrained elements in the portraiture suggest the latter.

This piece is a large, 9" long, 2.3 T. oz., possibly salad or vegetable serving spoon.

It has a l...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1252757 (stock #2100dd)
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$115.00
Identical in form to a hot cake lifter, and certainly suitable for that purpose, but slightly smaller at 7 1/2" long, this example of Stieff "Rose" is a tomato server. It is a heavy piece, weighing 2.7 T. oz.

The 2 3/4" diameter, round server is solid, not pierced, and has an "MLT" script monogram inscribed on it. The backside of the handle is engraved "1929" so it is a relatively early item in this pattern which was first issued in 1892.

The condition is excellent estate. It is free ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1252503 (stock #2098dd)
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$145.00
That such a mundane item as toast would have a server of the elegance and scale of this 7 1/4" long, nearly 1.7 T. oz., all silver, fork is testament to the Victorian inclination to surround all aspects of a meal with a sense of formality and presentation.

The pattern is "La Marquise" by Reed & Barton. Patented in 1895, it is a scroll and bead design, tending toward the rococo in manner. There is a script "VP" monogram on the handle.

The serving end is the real story with toast forks a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1252346 (stock #2096f)
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Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.2 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with a lower case "m," used 1907-47. Given its Arts & Crafts style of this, it no doubt traces to early in this range.

It is plain save for the end which has a hand cut, open work design. The entire surface of the piece has a smooth, highly tactile, satin-like finish that is pleasing to the hand.

It is engraved "Richard" in script on the handle.

The condition is mint...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1252230 (stock #2094dd)
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$1,200.00
This four-branch epergne, or sweetmeat server, is a grand piece that traces to a time when presentation was a component part of the culinary experience.

It is comprised of a silverplate frame that supports one central and four subsidiary cut glass dishes. Large scale, it stands 11" at the highest edge of the main bowl and is 14" across length and width. The main bowl measures 10 1/2" x 7" x 3" deep. The small bowls are 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 3/4" deep.

This has a history in a single family, ...

 
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