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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396017 (stock #3766f)
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$52.00
A name of note among 19th century Philadelphia silver manufacturers, William Faber, later joined by his sons, produced items of high quality and lasting appeal.

This substantial sized gravy ladle, 7 1/2" long, 2.0 T. oz., with a 2 5/8" wide, 1" deep, oval bowl is a case in point.

It is distinguished by its extensive bright cut engraving that appears on a rounded end "Antique" handle, and additionally in the bowl with double vee shaped grooves and scalloped shoulders.

Portraying a floral...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1395982 (stock #3765f)
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A rarity in terms of its age and form, this ladle measures 11" long and weighs approximately 2.5 T. oz.

Delicately scaled and with a distinguishing pouring spout on either side of the shell bowl, it is a true punch, or possibly bouillon, ladle, in contrast to the more common large soup or slightly smaller than that, oyster, of the period.

The stem is a solid tube with a twist at the upper end, which is broad, notched, and has an engraved and engine turned surface that includes a reserve wh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395866 (stock #3764f)
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An original production item, this 10 7/8" long, weighty at 3.4 T. oz., ice cream knife aka slice(r), is an early production item in Gorham's 1888 "Versailles," stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G" logo, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted" on the blade backside.

It is solid silver, with a flat, substantial, handle that portrays a courtly woman holding a cornucopia full of fruits and flowers.

The sweeping blade has a pointed tip and upswept, scalloped back edge. The front surface has a matt...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395775 (stock #3763f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price per piece, offered individually.
Each of these two forks measures 7" long and, while not identical, are matching.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 high relief "Lily of the Valley" with blunt ends.

One of the two has a script "S" monogram on the handle reverse, weighs just under 1.1 T. oz., and is marked with the Whiting "lion" logo and "Sterling."

The other one is monogrammed "E.A. McKee" in Old English lettering, weighs 1.2 T. oz., and in addition to the lion and standard marks, is stamped for the retailer, "T.C. Tanke,"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395692 (stock #3762f)
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$85.00
A late 19th century design produced by the Chicago silver firm of Wendell Manufacturing Company, "Ariel" is a highly expressive design.

The central element is a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is strongly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

It is a multi-motif line, meaning the figural representation varies between different pieces.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395618 (stock #3761f)
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$120.00
Small, or even diminutive, for a cake saw, and charmingly so, this piece measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It has a long, relatively narrow, blade, with a sawtooth upper edge, which is the requisite component for the form.

The pattern is Wood & Hughes' 1870s "Zephyr," which is a Renaissance Revival or Moorish inspired design. Indeed, the blade front on this is engraved in an arabesque pattern, which has Islamic style origins.

There is a fancy Old English "J" monogram inscribe...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1395560 (stock #3760f)
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$175.00
While a holder of a number of widely embraced, older, flatware design patents, and a substantial manufacturer, pieces that actually carry any of Michael Gibney's marks are not particularly common.

This large at 10 1/4" long, and weighty at 3.4 T. oz., fish server is one of those examples that is stamped with his three part "oval, circle, diamond" emblem, with (a rubbed) "MG" in the upper portion and the date "1845" within the diamond.

There is an added "B" in a square, along with an "eagle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395502 (stock #3759f)
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Introduced circa 1865, Whiting's "Lotus" closely resembles Gorham's pattern by the same name and from the same period, with both designs falling within the Egyptian Revival style.

It features five fronds with their stalks appearing to be joined and looped together to form a slender stem.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, .9 T. oz., flat handle, master butter knife, with a particularly attractive blade. It has a notched upper edge and is finely engraved in a floral and leaf motif that reinforc...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395431 (stock #3758f)
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$28.00
Price per piece, two available.
Sperry Douglas Brower, operating in business with his son Walter, was an Albany manufacturer of repute and substantial size. Examples of his work are readily found, although that is not the case with his circa 1864 "Medallion" pattern, as instances of it rarely surface.

This piece is a 5 7/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon that features a right facing female figure.

The bowl is pointed and has a broad tip. The backside is plain except for "A.L. Vanderheyden," a name with regional pr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1395365 (stock #3757f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the set.
Comprised of a 6 7/8" long knife with a hollow silver handle and stainless blade, a 6 1/4", 1.0 T. oz. fork, and a 5 3/4" .9 T. oz. spoon, this group is an original youth set in International's 1939 "Royal Danish" pattern.

Never monogrammed and in barely used estate condition, all three pieces are without wear or flaw and have bright, even, finishes.

The fork and spoon are marked "International," "Royal Danish," and "U.S.A.," while the knife is imprinted "International Stainless" on the bl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1395321 (stock #3756f)
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$68.00
This liquor tag was produced by Gorham in 1910, stamped on the reverse with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, a date symbol for the year, the word "Sterling," and the letters "TGR," indicating this is special order (or sample) item.

It is an unusual piece in several regards.

First is the above noted fact that, as a special order, it is essentially one of a kind, or few at most. Second is its size, which is large for this sort of item, measuring 3" by 1 1/2", and weighing approximately ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395268 (stock #3755f)
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A large piece measuring 7 1/2" long with a 3" by 2 1/2" by 3/4" deep bowl, and weighing a robust 3.2 T. oz., this gravy ladle is an early production example of Durgin's 1897 "Dauphin" pattern, marked with the company "D" emblem and "Sterling" on the handle reverse.

Never monogrammed, it remains in excellent estate condition.

The high relief floral and crossed ribbon detail is clear and well-defined.

The bowl is embellished with the pattern elements cascading from the shoulders onto the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1395213 (stock #3754f)
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$42.00
Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Tiffany's "Florentine" takes its name from the city whose identity is synonymous with the Italian Renaissance, and its decorative elements mirror that style period.

The use to which this 5 7/8" long, heavy at 1.1 T. oz., teaspoon was put is without question as the handle is engraved "Baby" in script.

In good overall condition, retaining clear pattern detail and without damage, it does show overall wear, particular so in the bowl which has some pinpri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395154 (stock #3753f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Price per piece, four available.
Lengthy at 7 7/8" and heavy at 2.2 T. oz., this dinner fork is to a scale larger than most American examples of its circa 1870 period.

A plain, rounded "Antique" pattern with a "Tipt" backside and a formal script "EM" monogram on the front, and smooth, subtly soft finish, this is a statement in understatement.

In choice estate condition, it shows no polishing wear, and retains straight, even, and pointed tines.

It is stamped "Sterling" and with the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395038 (stock #3766f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Price for the set of three.
Each of these three, matching, spoons is marked "Sterling," "925/1000," and "Duhme & Co.," for the premier 19th century Cincinnati firm founded by Herman Duhme in 1843.

Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz. the set, they are in a broad "Fiddle Tipt" pattern which is a characteristic design for the region, along with high, pointed shoulders off the bowls.

Never monogrammed, they are in choice condition, showing no wear, with well-shaped bowls that are free of dents, bends, or tip we...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1394989 (stock #3765f)
Old Friends
$225.00
A 9 7/8" long, 2.5 T. oz., item, this cake saw is an early production example of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and upper sawtooth edge blade, which is the defining characteristic of this form. The shoulders are embellished with the same leaf and flower components as the design.

There is a flowing script "LMcC" monogram on the handle front.

In excellent estate condit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394943 (stock #3764f)
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$75.00
Measuring 7 3/4" long and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this serving spoon is an old example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Pat. 1895," and "Sterling."

It has a three-lobed bowl with flanged shoulders and a bright gold wash surface in the interior.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice condition, absent any evident wear and with a bright, even, finish. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394906 (stock #3763dd)
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$525.00
One of the most imaginative American silver designers ever, George Shiebler's work in many instances went well beyond conventional constructs.

A product of the Aesthetic Movement and falling broadly within the "Medallion" category, what is now identified as his "Etruscan" or "Homeric" style, circa 1880, and subsequently imitated by other makers, is an example of Shiebler's probing and innovative instincts.

Produced in flat and hollow ware as well as jewelry, this pattern is characterized...

 
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