American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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...

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...

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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253453 (stock #2108f)
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$85
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253302 (stock #2107dd)
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$125
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1253186 (stock #2106f)
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$165
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252949 (stock #2104dd)
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$150
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
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1252758 (stock #2101f)
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$110
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1252757 (stock #2100dd)
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$115
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
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
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, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1251930 (stock #2091dd)
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$335
Expressive of its namesake place in a variety of ways, "Palm Beach" was a limited line produced by Gorham around 1900. This example is an 8 1/2" long, heavy, 2.4 T. oz., serving spoon.

The handle is formed like a palm tree trunk, while the backside of the bowl portrays the full spray palm fronds that cap the trunk.

The entire piece is vermeil, save for the background behind the leaves, which remains silver. The gold could imply both the prosperity associated with Palm Beach, and the br...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1251765 (stock #2090f)
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz., this coin silver preserve spoon is stamped "F&H" for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell.

It also carries the retail name of "L.C. Bailey" for Lyman Clapp Bailey of Calais, Maine, which borders Canada and is as about far east as any settled place in the United States.

It is a strikingly fine example of mid 19th century precision bright cut silver that exhibits the same mirror like qualities as diamond facets.

This pieces shows no wear whatso...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1251312 (stock #2085f)
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$145
Named for the rose which is the central portraiture of the design, "Eglantine," i.e. sweetbrier, is an early, 1870, Gorham pattern and one of the company's most refined.

Cast rather than the typical die struck mode of manufacture, it demonstrates the intricate, high relief detail casting enables.

It is a heavy line, and that is the case with this lengthy, 5 1/8", pair of sugar tongs which weigh a substantial 1.3 T. oz. They have intricately articulated talon grips that are finished in a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1251083 (stock #2082f)
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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter, standing 1/2" high, and weighing 4.9 T. oz., this plate is marked with the emblem of the William B. Kerr Company of Newark, New Jersey. Additional marks include "Sterling," model number "5174-2," and the letters "H.M.D."

Kerr produced a smaller, 5 3/4" diameter, and lighter, version of this marked "5174-1" and both items were probably children's plates, although this larger one could be a bread and butter plate.

The style is Arts & Crafts, and dates from ea...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1250970 (stock #2081f)
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A large item, this cold meat fork measures 8 3/8" long and weighs just under 1.9 T. oz. The pattern is Wallace's "Violet," which is an Art Nouveau floral dating from 1904.

This is a very clean example, free of polishing wear or damage. The four tines remain even, pointed, and straight. Pattern detail is crisp and the finish is lustrous.

There is a fancy script "JD" monogram lightly inscribed on the handle.

Marks are the Wallace deer head emblem and the word "Sterling."

 
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