American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284711 (stock #2362f)
Old Friends
$19.00
Stamped "W.G&S" for New York City's William Gale and Son, this silver nut pick dates sometime from the 1850s.

It is a "French Thread" pattern, and double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. Measuring 4 13/16" long, it is heavy for its size, weighing just over .5 T. oz.

There is an Old English "D" monogram set sideways on the handle. The tapered pick itself has an intentional, horizontal, ridge line about midway down its length...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1284436 (stock #2360f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Dating to some of the earliest years of the Gorham establishment, these six spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," a partnership that dated 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.

They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284098 (stock #2359f)
Old Friends
$42.00
One of the core companies that came together to form International Silver, 1847 Rogers Brothers is primarily known as a silverplate manufacture. There was some production in sterling silver, however, and this 6 1/8" long pastry or pickle fork is such an example.

The pattern, "Crown," was offered as a full line in plate, but from this example which is marked "Sterling," was clearly available in sterling silver for those who wanted an upgraded version...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283717 (stock #2355f)
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A lengthy 10" and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this ice or pea is a rare example of this early Gorham line pattern, "Ivy" aka "Egyptian Ivy."

Besides its length, two other features distinguish this piece. The first is the broad, pierced and delicately engraved, flanged shoulders. Secondly, the interior of the pointed bowl is pierced in an ivy berry and leaf design that actually resembles a star burst. Like the shoulders, this is set off with fine engraving and a bright gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1283197 (stock #2352f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size. The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283042 (stock #2351f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Measuring 5 1/2" long, and having 1 1/2" natural bristles, this clothes brush was made by Whiting. The company emblem, model number "4236," and "Pat. 1895" are stamped on the edge of the silver.

The design is a scroll and floral motif that is so close to the company's line pattern "Hyperion" as virtually to be a match. It has a "GOM" script monogram in the reserve area.

It is in very fine condition. The silver is free of dents or pinholes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283041 (stock #2350f)
Old Friends
$45.00
A requisite item for a Victorian lady, this bonnet or hat brush was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the handle. Other marks include "Sterling," the model number "C159," and the date emblem for "1898."

It measures 6 1/2" by 3 1/2". The natural bristles themselves are 2 3/4" long.

The design is an opulent floral and scroll motif, featuring both roses and asters or daisies.

It is in very fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282934 (stock #2349f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this preserve spoon was made by Wallace whose "RW&S with deer head" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Violet," one of several Art Nouveau floral designs Wallace produced early in the 20th century. It is an expressive, true to life portraiture, with the design carrying into the matte finish, gold washed bowl.

There is a script "MKW" monogram.

It is in impeccable condition. There is no evident wear wh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1282833 (stock #2348f)
Old Friends
$325.00
These four, matching save for size, drinking vessels are designed to fit one inside the other. They all are plain sided with curved bases and splayed tops with triple lined rims.

The largest is about the size of an American julep cup and stands 3" high and has a top diameter of 3 1/8". The smallest is 2 7/8" high and 2 7/8" in diameter. They have substantial heft, with the group weighing 13.3 T. oz., ranging from 3.6 T. oz. to 3.0 T. oz., largest to smallest.

Marks are for sterling si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282460 (stock #2346f)
Old Friends
$45.00
An unidentified pattern, this pair of 4 7/8" long tongs are stamped with the Manchester "double eagle and M" emblem and the word "Sterling" on the inside of one grip. They are robust, weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., which is particularly unusual from this company which often produced lightweight items.

The likely Georgian inspired pattern builds upon high relief acanthus leaf element set on double convex surfaces on each arm. The style suggests a date sometime either side of the turn of the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1282110 (stock #2344f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Iris was a popular subject in Art Nouveau design around the turn of the 20th century, with numerous silver manufacturers producing interpretations of this theme. Wallace's iris offering is named "Eton" and it stands tall within the cohort of such patterns.

This example is a 7" long, exceptionally heavy at 3.0 T. oz., gravy ladle. The handle front features an opulent array of high relief iris blossoms that appear to be in motion. The backside of the handle is much less detailed and actuall...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1281969 (stock #2343f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Dating from c. 1930 and echoing (or perhaps seeking to compete with) the Danish Modern look of Georg Jensen, this 5 3/4" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., ladle was made by Chicago's J.O. Randahl, whose name appears on the backside. Other marks are "Hand Wrought," "Sterling," and the number "189."

The handle has an irregularly shaped margin on the terminus. This frames a three dimensional, decorative floral (perhaps fuchsia) element. The plainness of the lower portion of the handle is broken by tw...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1281673 (stock #2341f)
Old Friends
$265.00
A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit and leaves.

This possibly vegetable, fish, or large salad serving fork is an early example with decorated shoulders as found only on old examples. It is marked with Gorham's "lion, anch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1281056 (stock #2337f)
Old Friends
$245.00
"Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance a feathered script "R.S.G." monogram.

The piece is a 9" long ice spoon. It is an extra heavy version weighing 4.4 T. oz., and was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," whose name is stamped on the backside. Other marks are the Durgin "D" and the word "Sterling."

The elegant bowl has scalloped edges, a pierced interior, and is finish...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1280631 (stock #2334f)
Old Friends
$125.00
This sterling silver souvenir spoon is replete with provenance. It was made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside. The theme is the "Chicago Fire" of 1871, and appropriately enough the retailer was Chicago's "C.D. Peacock" whose name appears alongside the manufacturer's mark and the words "Pat'd. '91."

It is inscribed on the reverse "Jerome Orrell Eddy," "May 12/91," whose birthday was this date. An accomplished man in his own right, th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280148 (stock #2330f)
Old Friends
$265.00
This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure.

Originated by New York's Henry Hebbard (and later a line pattern with Whiting), this example was retailed Tiffany & Co., as identified on the back side. It is also stamped "H.H. Patent [1]862."

Consistent with Tiffany's requirement, this is to a sterling (as marked) standard rather than the then more prevalent coin.

Again consistent with Tiffany's requirements, it is a finely c...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280018 (stock #2329f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Measuring 8 5/16" long, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece although it is essentially the size of today's tablespoon.

It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.

It is in very good condition. There are no mars or da...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1279894 (stock #2328f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Model number "259," as stamped on the underside, along with "Sterling," and "WwH" for Wood & Hughes, this 5" diameter, 2.4 T. oz. item has a 1" raised and reticulated rim with a rolled edge.

It is perfectly sized to serve as a .75 liter wine or bottle coaster. It has a flat bottom, which is monogrammed "MWC" in a flowing script.

It is in very good condition. The reticulation is free of dents, breaks, or bends. The finish is lustrous. The interior bottom has perhaps four pinprick dimp...

 
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