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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1418291 (stock #4147f)
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An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

This example is a 6 7/8" long, relatively heavy, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

The 2 1/2" by 1 5/8" by 1/2" dee...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1418223 (stock #4146f)
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This 7" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., spoon is an outstanding example of early 19th century Baltimore silver.

It is stamped for maker "A.E. Warner," who, along with his son "A.E. Warner, Jr.," was among the premier silversmiths in that city.

Identifiers also include a "shield, A, head of liberty," for an 1815 assay. Peculiar to Baltimore, this method of marking was used 1814-30 and designates a silver standard of 91.7%, midway between coin and sterling.

The piece has an elongated handle ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1940 item #1418150 (stock #4145f)
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Marked "Gorham," "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," model number "279," and "cement-loaded," on the undersides, and "Sterling" in the bases where the candles fit, these matched candlesticks stand 10" tall and rest on 4 1/2" diameter, tiered, bases.

They weigh 33.4 T. oz. the pair, although this is essentially irrelevant given they are weighted.

Likely dating from the 1930s, they are an elegant and lofty "Baluster" style, with fixed bobeches.

They are single stem, solid, pieces, meaning they...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1418082 (stock #4144f)
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Measuring 6 1/2" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this sugar sifter has a round, 2" diameter, 1/2" deep, flat bottomed bowl that is finely pierced in a leaf design.

It is stamped with a French first standard (.950) Minerva head and the mark of Edouard Ernie, Paris, 1882 onward.

The solid silver handle is cast, straight, tubular, and features an acanthus leaf finial with additional leaf detailing along the shank and on the backside where it attaches to the bowl.

The bowl is gold washed fron...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417998 (stock #4143f)
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Matching items, these two teaspoons measure a lengthy 6 1/16" long each and weigh 1.3 T. oz. combined.

They have broad, "Tipt" handles with high, narrow and beveled, shoulders off the bowls and plain backsides.

The handles are engraved "ESF" in script, set sideways on the handle fronts.

Made by Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, New York, whose "H&S" in pellets and a "star" is imprinted on the backsides, they were retailed by "A.C. Wortley Kalamazoo" as also appears on the reverses, alo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1417854 (stock #4142f)
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Large and all silver, with a body that is measures 4 3/8" by 3 1/4" by 7/8", and weighs 5.4 T. oz., this flask holds "3/4 pint," as indicated on the underside. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," model number "81," and a date symbol for "1897."

Plain, it is curved as flasks often are, meant to comfortably fit a torso or hip when placed in a pocket.

The front wall is engraved in a flowing line script "LLG" monogram.

The spout rises 1 1/4" above the body, has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417674 (stock #4141f)
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This 3 7/8" long, scant weight, coffee or demitasse spoon is hallmarked for sterling silver, date of manufacture 1898-99, Birmingham England, and maker John Grinsell & Sons (JG&S).

The firm had showrooms in Birmingham, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, the latter of which may relate to the "Thistle" that sits on the end of the twisted handle on this.

With leaves and a ball formed from silver, the actual blossom is shaped from a piece of purple amethyst colored glass.

The bowl is finished ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417583 (stock #4140f)
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Lenthy for a teaspoon, this item measures 6 1/8" and weighs just over .7 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Reverse Tipt," handle, rounded shoulders off the bowl, and a shell on the heel backside.

There is an engraved feathered script "AHR" monogram set sideways on the handle front.

It is marked on the reverse "Henry Evans" for the Newark, New Jersey jeweler and watchmaker with dates 1835-63.

It also carries a "lion, bust, D" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in his work on marks attributes t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417483 (stock #4139f)
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A matched set of six 5 7/8" long, approximately 2.8 T. oz. the group, each of these oyster or seafood cocktail forks has a delicate feathered script "R" monogram engraved sideways on the handle.

Made by Gorham, they are marked with a "lion, anchor, G" and the word "Sterling" on the backsides.

The pattern is "21," which number appears with the other marks. This is not a standard line design, but it very much resembles "Versailles" in its dense, rococo style, scrolling leaf motif, and likely...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417395 (stock #4138f)
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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing approximately 2.1 T. oz., this gravy ladle is an early production example of Gorham's classic "Chantilly" pattern, as indicated by the "1912" date engraved on the handle backside.

It is also marked "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and with the name of the retailer, "Bancroft Bros. Co.," Columbus, Ohio.

In excellent condition, it has a bright finish and is absent polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or scuffs.

The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417329 (stock #4137f)
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Measuring 8" long and weighing approximately 2.5 T. oz., this ladle is larger than a gravy and is likely for bouillon. It has a large, plum-shaped, 2 1/2" diameter, 1" deep, bowl with a central vee, flange shoulders, and a matte gold finish on the interior.

The arched handle is an "Old English" pattern with a "Reverse Tipt" end. The front has a satin finish and is extensively engraved in a floral (anemone) and leaf design.

The engraving extends onto the flange of the bowl, and into the hee...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1417269 (stock #4136f)
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A Philadelphia firm, Davis & Galt was a short-lived operation that produced a number of unnamed patterns.

The design on this 6" long, .9 T. oz., sugar spoon marked with the company's "fleur-de-lis" symbol, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jul 17. 1888," was likely the first of its designs, given 1888 was the year the "fleur-de-lis" hallmark was trademarked.

The pattern is comprised of a spray of flower blossoms set on a leafy swirl that resembles a cornucopia.

The design reflects an Aesthetic sens...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1417182 (stock #4135f)
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Matching items, these six spoons all measure 7 1/8" long, weigh a very heavy 12.9 T. oz. the group, and are hallmarked for London, sterling silver, 1901-02, and maker Robert Stebbings (RS in an oval).

Place pieces, they are dessert or oval soup spoons.

The pattern is a traditional English "Kings" with a concave shell end front and convex shell back on the down-turned handle, a honeysuckle mid handle, and a shell on the heel reverse.

Very well crafted and never monogrammed, they are in e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1417097 (stock #4134f)
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A weighty piece, this 7 1/4" long. 1.4 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Reed & Barton whose "eagle R lion" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the handle backside.

The pattern is "Intaglio," which is one of several dramatic Art Nouveau patterns that the company issued in the first decade of the 20th century.

It is a multi-motif floral design that, apropos of the name, is carved into the surface as well as raised up, all contributing to an overall sculptural quality.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1417038 (stock #4133f)
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Price for the set.
This group of three pieces comprise a matched set, for either youth or traveling.

Sterling silver, they were made in Birmingham, England in 1833-34 by the firm of Taylor & Perry. The spoon is stamped with five identifying hallmarks, with the fork and knife having confirming partial marks.

The pattern is a robust grape leaf and fruit cluster that appears on the front and backsides of all three pieces. The spoon also has an elaborate, raised shell, motif on the heel reverse.

The solid sil...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1416915 (stock #4132f)
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This 7 1/4" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon is marked "Sterling" and "A. Stowell" (rubbed) for the Boston retail jeweler.

The pattern is "Queen," which is one of the earliest designs produced by Knowles & Ladd, later J.B. & S.M. Knowles.

The design is actually a strawberry motif that portrays three hanging fruit and a leaf cluster set on a handle that is essentially an enhanced "Cottage" pattern.

The plum-shaped bowl is relatively large, 2 3/4 by 1 7/8" at the wi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1416806 (stock #4131f)
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A pattern identified with Whiting, "Le Cordon" originated otherwise, as evidenced by this pair of tongs stamped "Ball, Black & Co.," and with an "M."

Dating from the mid 19th century, they are coin silver and large (suitable for ice), measuring 6 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz.

The "knot" pattern appears on each arm, with the added embellishment of a shield on one. Intended for a monogram, this area remains plain although there is a feathered script "C" engraved on the 5/8" wide arch.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1416554 (stock #4128f)
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This 6 7/8" long, heavy at approximately 1.6 T. oz., fork is an unusual piece made by Samuel Kirk, stamped "SK & Son 11 oz.," which mark dates 1846-61 according to Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers.

The 11 oz. standard (.917) is one of the peculiar-to-Baltimore assay marks that is lower than sterling silver (.925) and higher than coin (.900).

A singular pattern, this has a thick, shaped, handle with a surface chased in a "wild rose blossom and leaf" ...

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