American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1249317 (stock #2066f)
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A rare item, this jelly cake server measures 9 7/8" long and weighs a robust 3.1 T. oz. At 5 1/4" long, the blade constitutes half the length of the piece. It is 1 7/8" across, has a reticulated, flat surface that is finished in a gold wash, scalloped shoulders, and a raised lip around the edge...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1249212 (stock #2065f)
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$325.00
A late 1860's design, Gorham's "Morning Glory" stands in a category of silver that was constructed, or assembled, as opposed to derived from a die or casting.

It represents an exercise in the art of the jeweler turned silversmith. Various elements such as the two types of leaves, ivy and morning glory, the blossom itself, the tubular stem, and various findings, were all joined together at the behest of individual workers...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1248911 (stock #2063f)
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Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Thread" aka "French Thread," and appears on the front and back sides. There is a fancy, feathered script "JB" monogram.

The condition is choice estate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1248786 (stock #2062dd)
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$55.00
Marked only "Sterling," and likely dating from early in the 20th century, this American salt spoon takes its form from a much earlier type of piece.

Measuring 3 5/8" long and weighing just over .2 T. oz., it has a rounded "antique" handle, and a scoop or shovel bowl with a pierced, "hooded," element. The bowl also has a gold was finish on the interior.

It is in excellent condition, showing very little evidence of use or wear, and having a high luster, hand polished, finish.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1248782 (stock #2061dd)
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$145.00
Marked with the Watson wreath emblem used 1905-29, "Sterling," and model number "932," this mustard pot is comprised of a silver holder with a cobalt glass liner.

It stands 3" tall overall, measures 2" in diameter on the body, and 3 1/8" at the widest to the handle end. The silver portion weighs 1.5 T. oz. The liner is original and reflects the deep blue characteristic of authentic cobalt glass.

The body of the holder is open while the hollow handle is a double cee scroll form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1248451 (stock #2057f)
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A bold Art Nouveau design, Providence, Rhode Island's Baker-Manchester's "Poppy" successfully competed with other manufacturers' poppy patterns produced around the turn of the twentieth century.

This grouping includes seven serving pieces comprised of three different sized ladles, a cold meat and a beef fork, a tomato or cucumber server, and a small berry spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1248342 (stock #2055f)
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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Heraldic" is an emblematic pattern.

It features a well-constructed, high relief, "sculptured" in effect, portraiture of a knight's helmet surrounded by leafy scroll detailing. Double die struck, the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, which in this instance is engraved "ELG to SMS" in fine script.

This example is a 6 3/16" long oyster or seafood cocktail fork. The line is heavy and that is case with this which is relatively weighty at .6 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1248235 (stock #2054dd)
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$195.00
Produced by Baltimore's Jacobi & Jenkins, whose tower emblem appears on the undersides, along with the company name and the word "Sterling," this pair of c. 1900, matched, open silver master salts have cobalt glass liners.

they are large. Each one measures 3" long, 2 3/8" wide, and stands 1 1/2" tall. The sterling holders alone weigh 3.6 T. oz. The cobalt liners are old, original, and a deep blue. Each piece sits on four paw feet and have rimmed top and bottom edges...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1248233 (stock #2053f)
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Oval with a flat bottom, this napkin ring measures 2 3/16" long, stands 1 3/8" at the highest, is 3/4" wide, and weighs just under .7 T. oz.

Made by the Webster Company, it is stamped with the firm "WC and arrow" emblem as well as "Sterling" on the interior.

The applied edges are raised and have lined detailing. The band itself is engraved in a leaf and floral design, with the name "John" inscribed in script in the reserve area.

The condition is excellent. The form is flawless with...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
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$85.00
Measuring 12 1/4" long, this carving knife made by Gorham is unusual on several counts.

First, it is early for this sort of thing. It is stamped with a date letter for 1874. Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "5."

Second, the handle is not a standard pattern. It is a plain, rounded end shape with a satin matte surface. Gorham produced a number of hollow handle serving pieces with similar handles, which were generally bright cut and ba...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1247726 (stock #2049f)
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$125.00
A pattern that was made in both coin and sterling silver, "Strawberry" originated with William B. Durgin. This was one of the first die struck designs produced by the company he founded in 1853.

This 8 1/2" long berry, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon is marked "Patent" and "Pure Coin" suggesting it was early in the production history of the pattern. It has a plum-shaped bowl and is engraved "GB" in a fancy, feathered script on the backside.

It is in mint condition. The pattern is completely a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1247621 (stock #2048f)
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The larger of at least two sizes of sugar tongs that Durgin produced in "Fairfax," this pair measure 4 1/2" long and weigh just over .8 T. oz.

They are early production, stamped with a "D," "Sterling," "Pat'd," as well as "S.C.&L. Co." for the retailer, Boston's Shreve, Crump & Low Company.

They are in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The arch is well-shaped and free of bends, cracks, or repairs. The claw grips remain sharply defined and are absent nicks, bends, or bur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1247511 (stock #2047f)
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$225.00
According to biographical material, John Owen Bellis was born in England and emigrated to San Francisco about 1893 where he established himself as a prominent silversmith. He worked for that city's Shreve & Co. until 1906, then on his own after that.

He is noted for his hand hammered pieces, much of which was fashioned in the manner of Shreve's "XIVth Century" pattern. This large, 1 15/16" diameter, 1 7/16" tall, heavy, 1.7 T. oz., napkin ring is an example of this parallel, and this piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247375 (stock #2046f)
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$32.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Heraldic" is an emblematic pattern.

It features a well-constructed, high relief, "sculptured" in effect, portraiture of a knight's helmet surrounded by leafy scroll detailing. Double die struck, the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, which in this instance is engraved "Evelyn" in script.

This example is a 6" long tea or youth spoon. The line is heavy and that is case with this which weighs 1.0 T. oz. It is in mint condition, free of polishing wea...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1247259 (stock #2045f)
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$395.00
Measuring 9" across, standing 2" tall, and weighing 11.2 T. oz., this is a substantially sized bowl.

It is marked with the name and emblem for Theodore B. Starr of New York and dates c. 1900. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "1584." Starr had close business ties with Gorham, but whether this bowl traces to that source cannot be established with certainty.

What is certain is its quality. Art Nouveau in manner, it has a reticulated rim abundantly adorned with wild ros...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1246992 (stock #2043f)
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$225.00
Located in Newark, New Jersey, sources cite dates of 1907-c. 1958 for the William B. Meyers Co.

Renowned for its line of miniature reproductions, the company also produced a variety of other items in silver. Rainwater notes in her work on American silver manufacturers that Meyers "was noted for the fine quality, the good design and excellent craftsmanship of his pieces."

This 11 3/4" long, weighty at 4.2 T. oz., platter or stuffing spoon, is a product of their Arts & Crafts effort, at w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246905 (stock #2042f)
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Measuring 5 13/16" long and weighing just under 1.1 T. oz., this teaspoon is marked with an "H" in a diamond, which is a Gorham designation for "heavy." Other marks are the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Mar. 20. 1894."

It is a Zodiac spoon for the month of December. The sign is "Capricornus," the sea-goat, more commonly identified as "Capricorn," whose image appears on the handle. Other decorative elements include holly leaves and berries tumbling into the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246662 (stock #2041f)
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This 5 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter was made by Blackinton, whose emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside of the handle.

While the pattern is unnamed, the elaborate and appealing design clearly reads that it was inspired by late Victorian sensibilities.

The approximately 2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl is highly decorated on the scalloped shoulder area and running down the sidewall. The bowl retains a portion of its original gold wash front and back s...

 
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