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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372532 (stock #3375f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.

Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.

There is a handsome, feathered sc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372531 (stock #3374f)
Old Friends
$34.00
Price per piece, two available.
One of Tiffany's favored suppliers before it began to produce its own silver, was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the manufacturer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard.

"Ionic" is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372420 (stock #3372f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A substantially sized piece, measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this spoon traces to the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Huntington & LaBoyteaux" for a partnership that existed 1850-56, between William C. Huntington, who first established himself in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1846, and Issac N. LaBoyteaux (Cincinnati Silver, Amy Dehan).

The "exaggerated fiddle handle and pointed shoulders" form is "typical of flatware associated with Cincinnati in the mid-19th century" (Deha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1372310 (stock #3370f)
Old Friends
$385.00
Price for the pair.
Large items, each measuring 10 1/2" long, the fork of this silver pair weighs approximately 2.5 T. oz., and the spoon 2.9 T. oz.

They are stamped "Porter Blanchard," who was a prominent, 20th century name in California Arts and Crafts silver, and "Sterling," on the backsides of "Pointed (1800)" pattern handles.

Alternatively identified as a large salad set, or buffet or platter items, they present as slender, elongated pieces, with a narrow bowl on the spoon, and two lengthy, splayed tin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1372276 (stock #3369f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Measuring 3" closed and 5" long fully opened, this circa 1850 knife has two blades, the larger one for cutting and the smaller one that resembles an awl, for piercing the skin of fruit.

Stamped "Coin" on the larger blade, there is no further identification, save that this belonged to "Emily" as engraved in script on the reserve area on one side of the engine turned surfaces of the handle.

There is a repeating line and star design on the upper edge of one of the blade braces, and a line a...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1372178 (stock #3367f)
Old Friends
$34.00
This piece illustrates the once common practice of engraving standard line pieces with local historical features, and thus creating souvenir items.

In this case, the primary piece is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon in Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is a highly textured, Art Nouveau floral design.

The bowl is bright cut engraved in a representation of the American Civil War, "Soliders and Sailors Monument" in "Cleveland, O.," as inscribed around the actual port...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372177 (stock #3366f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Dating to the earliest decades of Gorham's history, these six, matched, coin silver, spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," for a partnership that traces to 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 their time, when large scale was favored, these would have served as standard place pieces.

They have a substantial feel, although they weigh marginally les...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1372176 (stock #3365f)
Old Friends
$98.00
This fully original, solid silver, server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is in the form of a tomato server, but larger than that item (7 3/4" long in this pattern).

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end.

The blade is essentially round and flat, and has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3". It has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.

The piece is without a monogram o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372159 (stock #3364f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Price for the set of eight.
Each of these eight, matching forks, measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 11.6 T. oz.

Marked "Sterling," they were retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) and carry forward some of the design sensibilities of earlier coin silver flatware.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned terminals. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372149 (stock #3362f)
Old Friends
$46.00
With a history tracing to 1859-60, M(artin) S. Smith became the largest jeweler of its time in Detroit. At least one source lists the firm as a manufacturer as well.

This 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon dates from the earliest years of the firm, and may have been produced by it.

It has a flat handle, with notched edges and an anthemion shaped tip. The surface front is extensively engraved with diamond bright cutting, wriggle work, and cross hatching. The backside shows much simpler, lar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372148 (stock #3361f)
Old Friends
$72.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are extra long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether originally intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861.

As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372147 (stock #3360f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense design that reflects quite a different, and more complex, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.

This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork.

The overall condition is excellent and there is no monogram or removal. The tines retain a portion of an original gold wash and are pointed and free of bends or burrs. The pattern detail remains well-d...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372146 (stock #3359f)
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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 demonstrated a specialized capacity of a given manufacturer.

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

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372036 (stock #3354f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Frederick Marquand is one of the storied names among New York City silversmiths. Furthermore, he established the lineage which eventually evolved into "Ball, Black & Co." and subsequently "Black, Starr & Frost."

He is also associated with Savannah, Georgia where he spent some of his early working years.

This 6 9/16" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., probably youth fork is stamped "Marquand & Co." which dates it 1830-33.

It is a "Kings" pattern with a plain back. The front is inscribed "Rock...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1371990 (stock #3353f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Triangular in shape and with rounded corners, this shallow bowl or dish measures 5 1/2" on a side, weighs 4.4 T. oz., and sits on three ball feet.

It is solid silver, made by the Watson Company, whose "crown, W, lion," emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "A65" appear on the underside.

It is fully in the Mid Century Modern style, building upon sleek, plain, and clean design lines that are emblematic of the 1950s and 60s. It could readily serve as a prop in the home of Ward ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1371911 (stock #3352f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860s.

It is a fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backside.

There i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371804 (stock #3351f)
Old Friends
$85.00
The first in-house pattern produced by Tiffany became the company's namesake design, designated "Tiffany," and reflected Greek Revival design sensibilities. "Beekman" was an 1880s or 1890s reissue of the line, with slight changes.

This 7" long, 1.4 T. oz., preserve spoon is an example of the original pattern, retaining side knobs and having a pointed anthemion tip.

It is marked "Tiffany & Company," "Sterling," Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m," dating it no later than 1891.

It h...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371771 (stock #3350f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these matching, coin silver, teaspoons measures 5 7/8" long and has a script "AM" monogram set sideways on the handle. The group weigh 5.2 T. oz.

They are a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with slightly upturned handle ends, and oval, pointed, bowls.

Dating circa 1840, they are all stamped "G W & H" for the New York City partnership of William Gale, Jacob Wood & Jasper Hughes, along with a right facing eagle and bust pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on marks id...

 
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