American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1837 VR item #1250527 (stock #2075f)
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Bateman traces to four family members who worked in London and is one of the most recognizable names in English silversmithing.

This pair of tongs is stamped "PB AB WB" for Peter, Ann, and William, and represents one of numerous marks associated with the various family members. It carries a date letter for 1801-02.

The piece measures a generous 5 1/2" long, is 1 5/8" across at the arch, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1250526 (stock #2074f)
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$65.00
Frank Whiting's "Marquis" embodies a French rococo sensibility. It is asymmetrical and features stylized acanthus leaves set in a large scale, flourishing manner against a stippled ground.

This example is a large, 8 5/8" long, cold meat fork. Consistent with the line, it is a robust piece, weighing 2.4 T. oz.

It is without a monogram or removal and in choice condition. There is no evident polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1250429 (stock #2072f)
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$38.00
One of a limited, numbered series, Gorham's "H 409" portrays what appears to be a thistle midway on the stem, with a second flower on the terminus.

This line was made to an elevated standard of die work and finish. The portraiture is highly textured, the detail is precise, and the finishing is exemplary.

The piece measures 5 5/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.0 T. oz.

There is no monogram or removal and the condition is outstanding...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1250318 (stock #2071f)
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$235.00
Watson is known for its fine line of Art Nouveau floral and fruits and vegetables patterns that were introduced under the Mechanics division of the company.

Teaspoons are the most common form of these desgins, making a large berry spoon a rarity. This large, 9" long, heavy, 3.1 T. oz., example in "Strawberry" is doubly unusual because it has a singular, generously proportioned, bowl that incorporates the fruit motif in the interior rather than the standard bowl Watson typically used...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1249399 (stock #2067f)
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$55.00
Dating from very early in the history of the company founded in 1853, this 6 5/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., preserve spoon is stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Pure Coin."

Apparently it was a line pattern given that a variety of pieces still show up, but is unnamed. It has a flat handle with a chiseled looking margin and an extensively bright cut and engraving surface. The backside is plain, save for the marks. The bowl is a shell form with scalloped edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1249317 (stock #2066f)
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A rare item, this jelly cake server measures 9 7/8" long and weighs a robust 3.1 T. oz. At 5 1/4" long, the blade constitutes half the length of the piece. It is 1 7/8" across, has a reticulated, flat surface that is finished in a gold wash, scalloped shoulders, and a raised lip around the edge...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1249212 (stock #2065f)
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$325.00
A late 1860's design, Gorham's "Morning Glory" stands in a category of silver that was constructed, or assembled, as opposed to derived from a die or casting.

It represents an exercise in the art of the jeweler turned silversmith. Various elements such as the two types of leaves, ivy and morning glory, the blossom itself, the tubular stem, and various findings, were all joined together at the behest of individual workers...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1248911 (stock #2063f)
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$65.00
Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Thread" aka "French Thread," and appears on the front and back sides. There is a fancy, feathered script "JB" monogram.

The condition is choice estate. There is no polishing wear an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1248786 (stock #2062dd)
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$55.00
Marked only "Sterling," and likely dating from early in the 20th century, this American salt spoon takes its form from a much earlier type of piece.

Measuring 3 5/8" long and weighing just over .2 T. oz., it has a rounded "antique" handle, and a scoop or shovel bowl with a pierced, "hooded," element. The bowl also has a gold was finish on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, showing very little evidence of use or wear, and having a high luster, hand polished, finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1248782 (stock #2061dd)
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$145.00
Marked with the Watson wreath emblem used 1905-29, "Sterling," and model number "932," this mustard pot is comprised of a silver holder with a cobalt glass liner.

It stands 3" tall overall, measures 2" in diameter on the body, and 3 1/8" at the widest to the handle end. The silver portion weighs 1.5 T. oz. The liner is original and reflects the deep blue characteristic of authentic cobalt glass.

The body of the holder is open while the hollow handle is a double cee scroll form. The li...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1248451 (stock #2057f)
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A bold Art Nouveau design, Providence, Rhode Island's Baker-Manchester's "Poppy" successfully competed with other manufacturers' poppy patterns produced around the turn of the twentieth century.

This grouping includes seven serving pieces comprised of three different sized ladles, a cold meat and a beef fork, a tomato or cucumber server, and a small berry spoon.

They are all in pristine, virtually unused, condition, without monograms or removals, and are marked with the Baker-Manchester ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1248342 (stock #2055f)
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$26.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Heraldic" is an emblematic pattern.

It features a well-constructed, high relief, "sculptured" in effect, portraiture of a knight's helmet surrounded by leafy scroll detailing. Double die struck, the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, which in this instance is engraved "ELG to SMS" in fine script.

This example is a 6 3/16" long oyster or seafood cocktail fork. The line is heavy and that is case with this which is relatively weighty at .6 T. oz.

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1248235 (stock #2054dd)
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$195.00
Produced by Baltimore's Jacobi & Jenkins, whose tower emblem appears on the undersides, along with the company name and the word "Sterling," this pair of c. 1900, matched, open silver master salts have cobalt glass liners.

they are large. Each one measures 3" long, 2 3/8" wide, and stands 1 1/2" tall. The sterling holders alone weigh 3.6 T. oz. The cobalt liners are old, original, and a deep blue. Each piece sits on four paw feet and have rimmed top and bottom edges. The bodies are chase...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1248233 (stock #2053f)
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$55.00
Oval with a flat bottom, this napkin ring measures 2 3/16" long, stands 1 3/8" at the highest, is 3/4" wide, and weighs just under .7 T. oz.

Made by the Webster Company, it is stamped with the firm "WC and arrow" emblem as well as "Sterling" on the interior.

The applied edges are raised and have lined detailing. The band itself is engraved in a leaf and floral design, with the name "John" inscribed in script in the reserve area.

The condition is excellent. The form is flawless with...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1247923 (stock #2051f)
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$110.00
Measuring 5 1/4" at the longest and weighing 1.5 T. oz., this pair of individual asparagus tongs is an original item made by International. They are marked on each leg with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division emblem of International, along with "Sterling" and "Pat."

The pattern is "Frontenac," which is an Art Nouveau lily design that appears on both the outer and inner sides of each leg. The grips are 1 3/4" long, curved to grasp an asparagus spear, and set at an angle to the legs.

It i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
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$85.00
Measuring 12 1/4" long, this carving knife made by Gorham is unusual on several counts.

First, it is early for this sort of thing. It is stamped with a date letter for 1874. Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "5."

Second, the handle is not a standard pattern. It is a plain, rounded end shape with a satin matte surface. Gorham produced a number of hollow handle serving pieces with similar handles, which were generally bright cut and ba...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1247726 (stock #2049f)
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$125.00
A pattern that was made in both coin and sterling silver, "Strawberry" originated with William B. Durgin. This was one of the first die struck designs produced by the company he founded in 1853.

This 8 1/2" long berry, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon is marked "Patent" and "Pure Coin" suggesting it was early in the production history of the pattern. It has a plum-shaped bowl and is engraved "GB" in a fancy, feathered script on the backside.

It is in mint condition. The pattern is completely a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1247621 (stock #2048f)
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$40.00
The larger of at least two sizes of sugar tongs that Durgin produced in "Fairfax," this pair measure 4 1/2" long and weigh just over .8 T. oz.

They are early production, stamped with a "D," "Sterling," "Pat'd," as well as "S.C.&L. Co." for the retailer, Boston's Shreve, Crump & Low Company.

They are in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The arch is well-shaped and free of bends, cracks, or repairs. The claw grips remain sharply defined and are absent nicks, bends, or bur...

 
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