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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1403456 (stock #3911f)
Old Friends
$70.00
One of the most collectible souvenir items ever produced, this 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., spoon features patriotic imagery.

The central theme on the handle front is Betsy Ross sitting at a spinning wheel making thread, presumably to be used in the flag she created for the nascent United States.

Other historic elements include thirteen stars surrounded by a banner that reads, "home & country," all cascading above her head.

The backside features an eagle with raised wings and an o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1403400 (stock #3910f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Standing 2 1/2" high, measuring 5 1/8" long and 4 1/8" wide, and weighing 3.2 T. oz., this bowl is marked with the "Whiting Manufacturing Company" emblem, "Sterling," model number "2115," and has a date symbol for "1907."

A bon bon dish, it is "Georgian" in style, with a scalloped and broadly splayed upper edge that unfolds from the oval body.

It stands on four, cast, solid silver shell and pad feet and is inscribed with a flowing "LBK" monogram on the long side.

It is in immaculate est...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1403343 (stock #3909f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Large, measuring 8 5/8" long and weighing approximately 2.5 T. oz., this piece has a broad, rounded, 3" by 2 1/2", scalloped edge serving end that is engraved in a lined script "EMP" in the center.

A hot cake lifter, the pattern is "Cromwell," issued by Durgin in 1893, retailed in this instance by Philadelphia's "Bailey, Banks & Biddle Co.," whose name appears on the backside, along with "Sterling," and a "D" for Durgin.

The asymmetrical design is rococo in manner, with a variety of scroll...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1403247 (stock #3908f)
Old Friends
$135.00
This urn shaped, cut glass, perfume bottle stands 5 3/4" to the upper edge of the stopper and sits on a round base that is 2 1/4" in diameter.

The top is silver and stamped with Wallace's "RW&S plus deer head" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "93."

It has a long, glass extension something in the manner of a tang, that reaches clear to the bottom of the tapered jar.

The top incorporates a raised circular disk that is bordered by a double scroll with lyre design, which along with the ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1403198 (stock #3907f)
Old Friends
$56.00
Located in Newburgh, New York, John Westervelt was a silver manufacturer whose years of production spanned the second half of the 19th century.

This example of his work is a 6 5/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., large sugar or possibly small jelly spoon in an engraved "Old English" pattern.

The design is Aesthetic in manner, dating circa 1880, and features a lily of the valley stalk with blossoms draped around the handle end, along with leaf, rosette and diamond detailing.

The open area on the handl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1403155 (stock #3906f)
Old Friends
$52.00
This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., coin silver master butter spreader was made by "Duhme & Co.," Cincinnati's prominent 19th century silversmith and jeweler, and so stamped on the blade backside.

The pattern is "No. 1," introduced in 1869, and is characterized by a twisted stem with a flat, oval, handle, set in this instance at a right angle to the blade.

An online commentator notes that there are at least six "types" or variations of this design, seemingly the most common of which has a pointe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1403102 (stock #3905f)
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A large item measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.8 T. oz., this spoon has a generously sized, deep, pierced bowl, designed for serving ice.

The pattern is "Charles II" made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem, "Sterling," "Pat-d. 94," and the name of the retailer, "Bixby Silver Co.," Providence, RI, appear on the the backside of the handle.

A "Kings" pattern variant, this employs a prominent shell and honeysuckle motif on a heavily beaded border handle.

Never monogrammed, it is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1403037 (stock #3904f)
Old Friends
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Dating circa 1880, this 8 5/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon is marked "Sterling," but lacks a manufacturer's or retailer's identification.

The handle is an "Old English" pattern, with a rounded ended and "Tipt" backside. The front is engraved "Lizzie" in embellished script lettering.

The elaborate decoration of the plum shaped bowl stands in contrast to the plainness of the handle (please see image 2).

It has a matte finish, gold washed, surface that is intricately bri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Contemporary item #1402966 (stock #3903f)
Old Friends
$175.00
A contemporary silver manufacturer, Carrs of Sheffield was established in 1977 according to the company website, and is still in operation.

This 5" bottom diameter, 1 5/8" tall, 4.9 T. oz. total weight, silver and wood wine coaster or caddy with a green felt underside, is one of the firm's signature offerings.

Fully marked for Sheffield, Sterling, a date letter for 2004, and "RC" on both the sidewall and on the disk in the interior center, it is also stamped "Carrs Silver, Sheffield...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402860 (stock #3901f)
Old Friends
$60.00
Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this spoon is marked with George Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat'd 89," and "11."

The number references that this is one in Shiebler's "Flora" series, "Carnation" in this instance.

In addition to the flower portraiture on the handle, the bowl is acid etched in a scene that is identified as "Niagara Falls." The imagery includes the full span of the falls, complete with a small steamer in the churning waters of the river...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402805 (stock #3900f)
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This piece is one of a series of knives (and forks) that Gorham produced circa 1880 which had sterling silver blades and multi-colored bronze handles.

Information about this line varies some, with the following all taken from Charles Carpenter, Jr.'s definitive Gorham Silver. He indicates the knives were derived from "Japanese prototypes" which "were . . . small ko-gatama knives with removable push-on handles called kodzuka [note spelling as kozuka seems to be in c...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1402740 (stock #3899f)
Old Friends
$85.00
An original production piece of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs," this full size dinner fork measures 7 3/4" long and weighs an exceptionally heavy 2.4 T. oz.

An extravagant design, this embodies all the elements of the Art Nouveau sensibility, with its high relief, seemingly liquid, portraiture of sinuous floral elements entwined with one another throughout the length of the handle, carrying clear onto the cup of the heel.

The backside is relatively plain, with trailing leaves framing the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402694 (stock #3898f)
Old Friends
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Smaller than a full-size tea, and larger than a demitasse, these 4 3/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz. combined weight, pieces are (after dinner) coffee spoons.

A matched set, they were made by John Wendt and retailed by New York City's "Ball, Black & Co.," and so marked on the reverses, along with "Sterling."

The pattern is "Arabesque," often identified as "Monroe."

In exquisite condition, each piece is monogrammed "JC" in feathered script lettering, and has a bright gold wash on the bowl,...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1402624 (stock #3897f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Lengthy at 9 3/8", and weighty at 2.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver cheese scoop dates from the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Bailey & Co.," for the prominent Philadelphia firm that operated under this name 1848-78 (Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers) and which eventually became "Bailey, Banks & Biddle."

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern, with the design on both sides of the arched handle.

Engraved "MLTCH"(?) in feathered script letterin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1402563 (stock #3896f)
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Having a top diameter of 1 3/4", standing 3/4" high, and weighing .9 T. oz., this round pill box dates late 19th century into the first decade of the 20th century based on the marks.

It is stamped "Black, Starr & Frost," for the prominent New York City firm, along with the company "eagle" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "2."

The slightly domed, sleeve top features an overall raised design that includes a spray of posey like flowers tied with a bow and surrounded with a decorative border...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402531 (stock #3895f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price per piece, two available.
Introduced in 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif line, featuring a variety of fruit and flowers, differing from piece to piece.

This example is a 6 3/16" long, 1.1 T. oz., youth (slightly larger than a tea) spoon in a gourd theme.

It is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "M," this letter dating it no later than 1891.

The handle backside is engraved "EBH" in flowing script lettering.

It is in good condition, showing slight softening of detail from polishing. The bowl remains...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402530 (stock #3894f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Introduced in 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif line, featuring a variety of fruit and flowers, differing from piece to piece.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, just under 2.2 T. oz., all silver, flat handle, youth knife in a pomegranate theme.

It is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "M," this letter dating it no later than 1891.

The handle backside is engraved "xBH" in flowing script lettering.

In overall fair condition, it does show polishing wear, which is particularly pr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402405 (stock #3893f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Price per piece, two available.
Having four tines, the lower one of which is wider than the others, and hooked, and with a bell shaped cut in the heel, this 6" long, 1.1 T. oz. piece is a pastry fork.

The pattern is Gorham's figural "Versailles," introduced in 1888.

An old example, the piece is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," and shows traces of an original gold wash on the tine area.

The backside has an Old English "B" monogram.

In excellent condition, this retains clear pattern detai...

 
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