American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1277605 (stock #2309f)
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$45.00
A souvenir spoon that features the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., piece features the added element of the "Lincoln & Douglas Memorial" in Freeport, Illinois. The engraved representation of this stone marker is flanked by engraved busts of Lincoln and Douglas.

Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling," it exhibits the artful die work and fine finishing that characterized this company's output...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1277074 (stock #2306f)
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$38.00
This "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern by Durgin and was one of the first line designs of that company.

This example is a 7" long, heavy at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife. It has a solid silver flat handle and blade with a scalloped upper edge and engraved surface. The handle is inscribed in script "L.C.C. to L.A.C."

It is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches on the blade, there are no signs of use, including no bends, burrs, or nicks...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276498 (stock #2302f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Watson produced an extensive line of fruit, floral, and even vegetable patterns around the turn of the 20th century that were exceptionally finely rendered and reflected Art Nouveau sensibilities.

An example from that series, this 6 1/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.2 T. oz., spoon has an elongated and pointed bowl and is probably for citrus.

The motif is grape, showing a large cluster of high relief fruit surrounded by leaves and sinuous vines...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1276204 (stock #2300f)
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$38.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860. It is an early "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern that was originated by Durgin.

This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.

There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1276004 (stock #2299f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Variously referenced as oyster, seafood, or cocktail fork, the form of this piece is invariably the same, with three small trident tines joined on the end of a slender handle.

This example was made by Dominick & Haff in its fabled "Labors of Cupid." It is an old piece, circa 1900, not a more recent reissued one. It is marked with the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "Wm...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1275633 (stock #2297f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A multi-motif line, Gorham's "Piper" features various youthful characters engaged in childhood activities.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., youth spoon. It has the large bowl associated with the form, and in this instance, finished in a largely intact gold wash front and back sides.

The image is of a boy carrying a bundle of books and what appears to be a large tablet under his arm...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1275180 (stock #2293f)
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$40.00
Stamped with an "H&M" for the maker, New York City's Hebbard & Moore, 1861-65, this tea or dessert fork was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," whose mark also appears on the backside, along with "Sterling."

It is tea or dessert size, measuring 7" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz.

It has a rounded, down turned end, with a tipt backside. The front is engraved in a period design utilizing bright cut and wriggle work...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274926 (stock #2291f)
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$38.00
Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274649 (stock #2289f)
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$25.00
One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail.

This was a presentation piece, presumably youth spoon, as it is inscribed in script on the reverse, "June 30th, 1892," and "James Fullerton Kellogg." O...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1274356 (stock #2287f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears of the backside along with the word "Sterling," this early 20th century, 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., "Minnesota" souvenir spoon has an engraved bowl that portrays the "Pillsbury Acadamy" in Owatonna.

This institution operated under several identities, including a military school and a Baptist college, while the campus is now owned and run by "Pillsbury College Prep."

The finely rendered bright cut engraving is set on a pale gold wash gro...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1274185 (stock #2286f)
Old Friends
$22.00
At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1273589 (stock #2284f)
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$38.00
Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt," design, this is akin to much production of the period. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

This is a particularly...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1271949 (stock #2279f)
Old Friends
$35.00
At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910. The two designs may have originated from the same impulse, or Reed & Barton may simply have noted the popularity of Fairfax and wanted to provide the market with an alternativ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1271057 (stock #2276f)
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$25.00
This 8 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon dates from the 1840s and is marked "J.C. Farnsworth" and "Boston."

While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.

It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition. The bowl has a bit of tip wear and some very shallow dimpling in t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1270827 (stock #2275f)
Old Friends
$50.00
An estate item, this gravy ladle was made by Whiting in the "Louis XV" pattern. It is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1891," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Kennard & Co."

It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The bowl is generously proportioned, with a depth of 1". It has decorated, flanged shoulders and an intact, satin matte gold finish on the interior.

There is an Old English "B" monogram on the front of the handle.

It...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1270591 (stock #2274f)
Old Friends
$275.00
This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269891 (stock #2271f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Edmond Kidney of New York City was the organizing principal of several partnerships that spanned the years 1853 to the mid 1870s. This 6" long, T. oz., coin silver spoon is marked "K&J" for the last of these associations, Kidney & Johnson, which dates from 1868.

The pattern is a "Medallion," which in this case features a left-facing, classical, female figure. The handle has a twist stem, while the bowl is elongated and has a ribbed interior. This is large for an ice cream spoon, but the f...

 
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