American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269307 (stock #2268f)
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$95.00
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 8 1/4" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., tablespoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269303 (stock #2267f)
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$65.00
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 7 1/16" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1269047 (stock #2266f)
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$65.00
No more exquisite example of engraving on silver is to be found than this piece made by Gorham.

It is a 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon in the "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1902," and the date symbol for "1902" on the heel of the bowl. It is also engraved "'02" in script on the backside of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1268672 (stock #2264f)
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$55.00
This jam jar is large, having a glass base that stands 3 1/2" to the rim, 5 3/4" to the top of the swing handle, and is 3" in diameter. Made by Hawkes, it is etched on the underside of the glass base with the company name and fleur-de-lis symbol. This repeats on the rim of the silver rim, which is also impressed with the word "Sterling," model number "1985," and "1/2," which could be a reference to its capacity.

The clear glass base is etched in a floral and swag with ribbons pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1267779 (stock #2259f)
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$28.00
A lengthy 5 7/8", and a weighty 1.1 T. oz., this spoon is fully marked for Sheffield, England, Sterling, 1911, and with the maker's stamp, "JR" for John Round & Son, Ltd. It also has a registry mark imprinted on the backside heel.

It has a border of dense, fine flowers and leaves struck on both sides of the handle. The handle front and interior of the bowl are engraved in a design that matches the pattern...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1267325 (stock #2256f)
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This napkin ring stands 1 1/2" high, measures 2" in diameter, and weighs just over .8 T. oz. It is stamped on the sidewall with a second standard French Minerva (.800 silver) and a maker's diamond. This is close to miniscule, but clear enough to read a first letter "A" and a second letter "D" or "L," with a star underlined by a crescent. The interior has a bigorne guarantee impressed opposite the Minerva...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1266857 (stock #2252f)
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This pair of coin silver tongs measure a lengthy 6 1/4" long and weigh nearly 1.7 T. oz.

Stamped "Rockwell" along with a sheaf of wheat pseudo hallmark, this identifier is attributed to Edward Rockwell by both Louise Belden and John McGrew in their respective works on marks. He is to be distinguished from Samuel D. Rockwell with whom Edward was in partnership 1815-47, with some similarity of marks.

This item appears to date from Edward's early working years, 1803-14...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266740 (stock #2251f)
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$155.00
Tiffany produced various engraved designs overlaid on an "Antique" pattern ground...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1266595 (stock #2250f)
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$45.00
This 4 13/16" long, relatively heavy 1.1 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs are stamped with the helmet over shield emblem of the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International Silver, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Frontenac," a long run, popular, early 20th century, Art Nouveau lily design. This is an early production item in immaculate condition. It retains sharp detail showing even the stamens and pollen flecks on the blossoms, and has a stippled background on much of the de...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
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$85.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether 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 approximately forty 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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265968 (stock #2245f)
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$35.00
Syracuse's Joseph Seymour's pattern flatware is well-documented and the inventory does not include the "Thistle" design on this 5 1/2" long, just touching 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. It is thereby an unexpected rarity, and doubly so because of its impressively artful portraiture.

The design, die work, and finish are all to the highest standard. There is a central thistle blossom midway on the handle, and a pair at the tip, all surrounded by leaves. A pair of leaves also graces the backside of t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1265848 (stock #2243f)
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A truly grand piece in scale, this water pitcher measures 7 3/4" tall to the tip of the spout, 8 1/2" at the widest, 6" in diameter at the thickest part of the body, and sits on a rimmed base that is 4 1/2" across. It it as substantial in weight as it is in scale, tipping out at 29.3 T. oz.

Its design and quality of manufacture are as impressive as its size. It was made by New York's highly regarded Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem, embossed with the date 1894, appears on the under...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265582 (stock #2242f)
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$22.00
Born in 1825 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Boston's South Shore, Asa Fairbanks Trufant is listed working as a merchant in nearby Abington, dying in 1879.

Given the "Fiddle Tipt" pattern on this 7 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., dessert or place spoon, it would have dated from his earliest working years.

It is monogrammed "JT to EJT" in fancy script lettering and is in exceptionally fine condition. It remains well-formed and retains a perfectly shaped bowl that is free of dents, burrs, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1265581 (stock #2241f)
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$45.00
Fully authentic, and not a later fabrication, this 3 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., wax sealer is inscribed "Nov 26," on one side and "1900" on the other.

It is also marked "Sterling," model number "51," and with a maker's symbol which may be Whiting's lion, but as this is set on a ridge and difficult to read. Whiting as a maker is further advanced by the design on the hollow, flat-sided, handle matches that company's "Oval Twist," with the addition of a scroll end the two reserves on the sides.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265382 (stock #2239f)
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$125.00
Listed as a firm operating in New York City in the 1840s, the partnership of Hayes & Robbins is further documented by the location, "207 B.way" stamped on the backsides of this set of six, matching, coin silver teaspoons.

They are slightly over-sized at 6 1/8" long, and moderately heavy, with the group weighing approximately 6.1 T. oz. The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on both the front and back sides. The bowls are tapered and have pointed tips.

The rev...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265277 (stock #2238f)
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$95.00
European in scale, meaning large and heavy, this Victorian dinner fork measures 8" long and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

It is Irish in origin, fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in very good condition. There is light wear overall,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1264739 (stock #2233f)
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$85.00
Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked "Krusi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1264667 (stock #2232f)
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$45.00
Often associated with the better known James Watts, partly because he was briefly in partnership with him, and partly because of the similarity of his horse head over chevron hallmark to Watts', James P. Butler of Philadelphia engaged in various enterprises, including in the 1860s and 70s, silverware manufacturing (source Catherine B. Hollan "Philadelphia Silversmiths").

This example is a 6 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., preserve or large sugar spoon. It is stamped with the Butler emblem, plus the n...

 
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