American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1247923 (stock #2051f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1247726 (stock #2049f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1247621 (stock #2048f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1247511 (stock #2047f)
Old Friends
$225.00
According to biographical material, John Owen Bellis was born in England and emigrated to San Francisco about 1893 where he established himself as a prominent silversmith. He worked for that city's Shreve & Co. until 1906, then on his own after that.

He is noted for his hand hammered pieces, much of which was fashioned in the manner of Shreve's "XIVth Century" pattern. This large, 1 15/16" diameter, 1 7/16" tall, heavy, 1.7 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247375 (stock #2046f)
Old Friends
$32.00
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 "Evelyn" in script.

This example is a 6" long tea or youth spoon. The line is heavy and that is case with this which weighs 1.0 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1247259 (stock #2045f)
Old Friends
$395.00
Measuring 9" across, standing 2" tall, and weighing 11.2 T. oz., this is a substantially sized bowl.

It is marked with the name and emblem for Theodore B...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1246992 (stock #2043f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Located in Newark, New Jersey, sources cite dates of 1907-c. 1958 for the William B. Meyers Co.

Renowned for its line of miniature reproductions, the company also produced a variety of other items in silver. Rainwater notes in her work on American silver manufacturers that Meyers "was noted for the fine quality, the good design and excellent craftsmanship of his pieces."

This 11 3/4" long, weighty at 4.2 T. oz., platter or stuffing spoon, is a product of their Arts & Crafts effort, at w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246905 (stock #2042f)
Old Friends
$40.00
Measuring 5 13/16" long and weighing just under 1.1 T. oz., this teaspoon is marked with an "H" in a diamond, which is a Gorham designation for "heavy." Other marks are the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Mar. 20. 1894."

It is a Zodiac spoon for the month of December. The sign is "Capricornus," the sea-goat, more commonly identified as "Capricorn," whose image appears on the handle. Other decorative elements include holly leaves and berries tumbling into the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246662 (stock #2041f)
Old Friends
$55.00
This 5 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter was made by Blackinton, whose emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside of the handle.

While the pattern is unnamed, the elaborate and appealing design clearly reads that it was inspired by late Victorian sensibilities.

The approximately 2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl is highly decorated on the scalloped shoulder area and running down the sidewall. The bowl retains a portion of its original gold wash front and back s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246529 (stock #2040f)
Old Friends
$30.00
Cited in a city directory for 1839 by Louise Belden, "Winchester & Johnson," which name is imprinted on this 8 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., table or place spoon, was a jeweler located in Hartford, Connecticut.

It has a plain, down turned handle end, plain drop, and rounded shoulders off the bowl. The front is inscribed "HP" in script.

It is in very fine condition. The bowl remains well-shaped, and free of dents, burrs, or tip wear. There is one slight nick on the bowl backside edge which ap...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1246411 (stock #2039f)
Old Friends
$425.00
Standing 8 3/4" and measuring 7 1/4" across from handle edge to spout tip, this silver coffee pot has a lofty, elegant look. It was made by Wallace whose emblem appears on the underside, along with the model number "1163," "Sterling," "1 3/4 PTS," and the additional number "8." It weighs 12.9 T. oz.

The body has a bulbous base separated from a narrowed neck by a encircling beaded border. The beading is repeated on the top rim where the lid rests.

The form is suggestive of a "Turkish" ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246294 (stock #2038f)
Old Friends
$60.00
At 4 7/8" long and weighing just under 2.2 T. oz., this pair of claw grip sugar tongs are the larger, and less commonly found, version of at least two sizes Gorham produced in "Strabourg."

An early example, they are marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Pat'd 97."

They are without a monogram or removal and in mint condition. Pattern detail remains crisp and sharply defined. The arch is perfectly shaped and free of cracks or bends. The finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1246203 (stock #2037f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Broadly falling within the Arts & Crafts mode and period, New York's Currier & Roby were known as well for their capacity in reproduction silver.

This pair of matched, 3" long, .6 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons reflects both those characteristics.

The pattern is "Onslow," which is an early English design. This is paired with a matte finish, gold washed, shell form bowl. The are crafted in a way that imbues them with an aged, hand worked looked. Indeed it would be expected that th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246073 (stock #2036f)
Old Friends
$36.00
Tiffany produced a line of at least twelve "Floral" designs in the late 19th century that were offered in a wide array of pieces.

These two examples are demitasse spoons. The flowers are, left to right in the images, "Dandelion" and "Daisy."

They are respectively 4 1/4" and 3 7/8" long, and weigh just over .6 T. oz. combined. The handles are cast, which provides for more detail and relief than could be achieved using the usual drop strike method. They have ovoid bowls that retain slig...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245845 (stock #2034f)
Old Friends
$80.00
Many 19th century social conventions seem at odds with current practices. Such is the manner of notating gifts or presentations. The first person of interest in today's world is the recipient, while the second one is the giver; the order is "to" and "from." The 19th century practice was typically the reverse of this, with the giver the more significant figure.

That custom is evidenced by the inscription on this large, 9 3/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., coin silver serving spoon. The front is engrav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245767 (stock #2033mt)
Old Friends
$50.00
Number "8" in Shiebler's "Flora" series, this teaspoon measures 5 3/4" long and is substantial weight at not quite 1.0 T. oz. The flower portraiture is "Lily of the Valley."

It is a choice example without a monogram or removal on the plain backside. Pattern details remains clearly defined and sharp, showing only the slightest bit of polishing softening on the highest points of the blossoms. The bowl is without any tip wear and is free of dents or burrs. The finish is brilliant.

Marks...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1245595 (stock #2032f)
Old Friends
$395.00
Measuring 7 1/4" in diameter, standing 1 1/2" high, and weighing 7.1 T. oz., this piece has a flat bottom suggesting it is intended to be used as a wine coaster.

It is relatively large. The interior dimension is 3 5/8" across, which is just enough to accommodate a 1.5 liter bottle in addition to a .75 liter one.

It is model number "58F" according to the stamp on the underside. Other identifiers include the words "S. Kirk & Son," used 1932-61 according to Rainwater, and "Sterling."

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