American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1229033 (stock #1898f)
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Something of a uncommon pattern, and a more intricate design than the name would imply, Durgin's 1886 "Scroll" has a repousse surface that features leaves, florals, and the namesake scrolls.

This example is a generously sized, 5" long, .9 T. oz. pair of sugar tongs. There is a fancy script "MAT" monogram on the arch. The gold washed talon grips are very finely rendered with detailed articulation on the inside as well as the outside surfaces.

The condition is excellent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1228768 (stock #1896f)
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All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form. The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1228610 (stock #1895f)
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This is a Durgin produced, not later Gorham, 5 1/4" long, 1 1/2" diameter, .7 T. oz., bouillon spoon in the "Fairfax" pattern.

It is in superb estate condition and without a monogram or removal.

Marks are the Durgin "D," "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1228446 (stock #1894f)
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Marked "Pat. 1902" and "R'D 1902" along with the Whiting logo, this 4 5/8" long, .8 T. oz. bon bon is an original, early production item.

The approximately 2" square, shallow bowl has scalloped edges with a decorative center. It retains a portion of its original gold wash.

The piece is in superb condition, and without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains well-defined, absent polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, dings, bends, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1228312 (stock #1893f)
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These two, sterling silver chairs appear to be a matched arm and sides, or "his and hers" pair. They were made by "J.K. Martyn" of Hoxsie, RI, according to the marks on the underside. "Martyn" is identified as an "Artificer" as stamped on the underside (along with the word "Sterling"), which would suggest they produced novelty items like this...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1228138 (stock #1892f)
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Examples of Whiting's "Arabesque" as pristine as this 9" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry spoon are rare indeed. The low relief, dense, decorative design that features a griffin as the main feature is readily subject to polishing wear. This piece retains all its original fine detailing including, and especially so, the delicate feathering on the griffin's breast and wings.

All other aspects of the piece are equally pure...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227928 (stock #1891f)
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Marked with an eagle and bust pseudo hallmark, along with the letters "G.W&H" this 1840s spoon traces to three premier names in 19th century silver manufacturing, specifically William Gale, and later the independent partnership of Wood of Hughes, all of New York.

It is dessert size, 7" long, and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz. It has a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and a lined drop on the bowl. There is a feathered script "HT" monogram.

The condition is very good...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1227919 (stock #1890f)
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These two open salts are saucer shaped, 2 1/4" in diameter each, and sit on rimmed bases that are 1 1/2" across. They stand 7/8" high and weigh 1.8 T. oz. the pair.

Marked "925.1000" Sterling, and model number "510," they are without a maker's identification, but clearly trace to a major house, Wendt being one that comes to mind based on markings, period, and design and finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1227757 (stock #1889f)
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Tiffany's "Faneuil" anticipates the Arts & Crafts movement in its straightforward, hand crafted look. It is a pointed antique pattern with a reverse tipt end, and a thumb drop on the backside join, in this case with the handle, of this 7 1/4" long, approximately 1.5 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227621 (stock #1888f)
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Impressively fashioned and large scaled, each of these eight, matching pie or pastry forks measures 7" long while the group together weighs a substantial 10.8 T. oz. Lengthy and slender in look but staunch in form, they have three elongated tines with the lower one having a hooked end. Each one is monogrammed "HC" in fancy script lettering.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Louis XIV." D&H produced two patterns under the name "Louis XIV," the one preceding the other by 25 years. This item...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1227455 (stock #1887f)
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Made by Gorham early in the 20th century, this pair of tongs imitates a wishbone. The piece measures 3 1/2" long, has a 1 1/4" spread between the arms, and weighs approximately .6 T. oz.

It is model number "H171," and so marked on one grip, along with the word "Sterling," and the Gorham lion, anchor, G. The finger grip on the arch is engraved with an Old English "A" monogram.

The condition is flawless. There are no bends, nicks, or damage and the finish is appealing. The spring remai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1227157 (stock #1884f)
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An original, estate item, this claret ladle measures an extraordinarily long 16 1/2" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped "Tiffany & Co., "Sterling," "Pat.1885," and "M," this last mark indicating it dates no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is arguably the most successful American version of this venerable English design. There is a tight, script "MMS" monogram on the front of the handle. The center portion of the handle has a twist section on an otherwise flatten...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1226966 (stock #1882f)
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Measuring 4 9/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy, .8 T. oz., this coffee aka demitasse spoon is an early example of Tiffany's "Chrysanthemum." It is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880.," and "M," this last mark dating it to no later than 1891.

Monogrammed "HFS" in a delicate script, it has a bright gold washed bowl, front and back sides. The chrysanthemum motif is abuntantly portrayed on the obverse and reverse of the handle as well as the backside of the bowl.

It is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1226763 (stock #1880f)
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These spoons trace to the highly regarded Blanchard family of Arts & Craft silversmiths. They are marked "B09" in an oval, demarcating the year (1909) that George Blanchard left the employ of Arthur Stone and established his own shop in Gardner, Massachusetts. This symbol is associated as well with George's son, Porter Blanchard, who eventually migrated to California and essentially became legendary in his field. They are also stamped "Sterling."

The spoons all match, measure 4 1/8" long,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1226109 (stock #1873f)
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Commonly called "Peony Twist," this Whiting design was apparently offered in limited production. Most examples that show up are serving pieces, as is the case with this 7" long, 1.3 T. oz., sugar sifter. The handle stem has the twist form that is characteristic of this pattern, while the end is surmounted with a full peony blossom portrayed in considerable detail. The surface of this portion is finished in a satin matte, and in this instance has a script "TMA" monogram.

The bowl is partic...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1225680 (stock #1868f)
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An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flanged edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back side...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1225321 (stock #1864f)
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A fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece as many instances of this form are, and solid silver, this cheese scoop measures an over-sized 7 1/4" long and weighs a hefty 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Stratford" by International, dating from 1902. It is a floral design, in this case carnation, offered in an Art Nouveau style. The pattern elements are expressed on the front and back sides of the handle end, the join with the bowl, and the reverse heel of the bowl.

The a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1225187 (stock #1862f)
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Identified as bon bon tongs in William Hood's reference "Tiffany Silver Flatware," this item measures 3 1/2" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Wild Rose," which is one of twelve motifs Tiffany produced in its "Floral" series. They have cupped grips with central ridges and gold washed finishes. The arch is plain, without a monogram or removal.

The condition is mint. There is no evidence whatsoever of wear and no damage. Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "M," and "Sterling...

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