American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1256704 (stock #2141f)
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$85
Marked with Gorham's lion, anchor, G symbol, and the words "Sterling" and "Patent 1900," this 8 1/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of "Buttercup."

It is in exceptionally fine condition, and without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains crisp and well-defined and the finish has a subtle sheen. The tine area has decorated shoulders and apart from some light scratches on the backside tine tips, is without wear, bends, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1256009 (stock #2139f)
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$110
A novel design, this 6 3/16" long, heavy, 1.2 T. oz., youth spoon was made by Tiffany & Co. as identified on the reverse. Other marks include "Sterling" and "T," this letter dating it 1892-1902.

The elements of the piece, however, are older than this range. The handle form is essentially Tiffany's "Antique" with chamfered edges. Portions of this are acid etched in a manner that suggests "Vine," specifically squash or cucumber, two of which are incorporated in the etching...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1255936 (stock #2138)
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$70
Baltimore assay standards were particular to that city and bore their own marks.

This 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon reflects that particularity. It is stamped "11 oz." which indicates a silver content between coin and sterling.

It is also marked "S.K & Son," for Samuel Kirk & Son...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255582 (stock #2134dd)
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Produced circa 1860 by New York City's Albert Coles, this pickle fork and knife set are an idiomatic form for the period.

The knife measures 6 7/8" long while the fork measures 6 1/4". The combined weight is approximately 2.1 T. oz., but a substantial portion of this is the filling in the handles.

The pattern is a "Leaf" variant with other elements that resemble common motifs of the time...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255423 (stock #2133dd)
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$35.00
A turn of the 20th century pattern, "Old Rose" was produced by Fessenden, of Providence, Rhode Island.

It possesses late Victorian sensibilities, employing cee scrolls, acanthus leaves, and beading detailing to frame the actual rose and floral elements that lend the pattern its name.

There is a script "N" monogram on the handle front. The backside is plain save for the mark "925 Sterling 1000."

This example is a 6" long, relatively light weight at not quite .5 T. oz., cheese knife...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255335 (stock #2131f)
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$90
Durgin set a standard for chrysanthemum design interpretations in silver with its 1893 pattern by the same name. The portraiture is dense, detailed, and high relief. It also carries onto the serving ends, adding to the sense of richness.

This example is a 6" long sugar spoon, and consistent with the character of the line, has robust heft at nearly 1.4 T. oz.

It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no evident polishing wear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255232 (stock #2129f)
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$135
Towle produced at least two forms of sardine forks in "Old Colonial," one with five tines and one with seven, 5 1/2" and 5" long respectively.

This example is the shorter, seven tine version and weighs .7 T. oz. An old piece, it is marked with the Towle emblem, "925/1000," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are even, straight, and pointed. The finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1255230 (stock #2128dd)
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$90
A grape motif, International's "Cloeta" has proven to be an enduringly popular pattern. Patented in 1904, it embraces the expressiveness of the Art Nouveau sensibilities popular in the period. It features clusters of harvest-ready grapes surrounded by leaves and tendrils.

This example is a 5 1/8" long, relatively weighty at .8 T. oz., and relatively uncommon, sardine fork. The serving end has seven tines, the center one of which has a trident tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255092 (stock #2126f)
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$115
A late 19th century pattern, Towle's "Canterbury" is a bead and scroll design...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1254912 (stock #2124dd)
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$65
Made by the Merrill Company, aka Merrill Shops, in the early part of the 20th century, this brandy or cognac warmer is imaginatively designed. Overall it is Arts and Crafts in manner. The bowl is heart-shaped with a beaded border and has the requisite pair of hooks to grip a glass edge. The handle is plain with an angular end.

It measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just over .7 T.oz.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Apart from light overall surface wear, th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254825 (stock #2123nr)
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$155
Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period. One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name. The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it showed off a specialized capacity of the manufacturers.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2 5/8" at th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1254728 (stock #2122dd)
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$225
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. It has a broad and also flat, nearly rec...

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. The surface is finished in a matte...

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. The flat, tab handles are engraved in ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254379 (stock #2118f)
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$95
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. There is minimal polishing...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253939 (stock #2113f)
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$250
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.

According to Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the "U" indicate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253734 (stock #2110nr)
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$350
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.

This ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253538 (stock #2109nr)
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$375
An early piece, this asparagus server carries the old Gorham "lion, anchor, G" mark, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1895."

Solid silver, it measures 8 3/4" long and weighs approximately 3.7 T. oz. The reticulated, five tine, blade end is roughly 3 3/8" square, and has a raised, scalloped shoulder where it joins the handle.

The piece is without a monogram or removal and in very fine condition. There is no visible polishing wear and the finish is lustrous. The serving end is ...

 
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