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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391164 (stock #3698f)
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$34.00
Price for the pair.
With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant manufacturer, producing a wide array of silver flat and hollow ware.

While modest and unpresuming in terms of function, size, and design, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, .5 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons nonetheless reflect the full quality of craft for which the firm was known.

They have broad, upturned, "Tipt" ends, beveled edge handles...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391100 (stock #3697f)
Old Friends
$68.00
A captivating and not commonly found design, Durgin's "Bouquet" is one of that company's first full line patterns, issued in 1875.

Multi-motif, it features a variety of dense, low relief, floral images, all portrayed on irregularly shaped handles with a raised border on the backsides that resembles bamboo. This detail suggests an Aesthetic influence, and is some similar to Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge," introduced five years after "Bouquet."

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 2000 item #1391011 (stock #3696f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Contemporary maker K.M. Silver is listed in one source with dates 1982-2012, although a company website indicates a founding date of 1977.

Judging from this example, which is a 5" long by 3 1/4" high to the rim, 5 1/4" to the top of the upraised handle, and relatively heavy at 5.2 T. oz., basket, the firm made high quality reproduction pieces.

This would be a fitting size for candies or bon bons.

This is Georgian in manner, with an oval bowl with raised ends sitting on a square base, pe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391010 (stock #3695f)
Old Friends
$295.00
Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1390904 (stock #3693f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Price for the pair.
This pair of 5 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz. combined, coin silver teaspoons are marked "J & I C & C" for the partnership of brothers John and James Cox who worked during the second quarter of the 19th century, from 1817 on, and was continued by John after James' death in 1852.

The style suggests a date from early in their history. They have slender shanks, down turned, "Reverse Tipt," ends, and exposed drops on the heel reverses.

Each one is engraved in a fancy, feathered script, "TM" monogram se...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1390847 (stock #3692f)
Old Friends
$235.00
This item is exceptional in all aspects, including form, design, and condition.

With a date circa 1880, and although unmarked likely English in origin, it is a large, oval, silverplate biscuit barrel, with the tin itself measuring 7" by 5 1/2" by 5" to the rim and 7 1/2" to the top of finial.

This is attached to an 8 1/2" by 6 1/2" tray that stands on four, 1" tall, feet, each with an anthemion design.

The body and lid are inscribed with a series of embellished medallions, rope and bell...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390769 (stock #3690f)
Old Friends
$78.00
Price for the two pieces.
Without a formal name, but commonly referred to as "Peony" for the large, single, arched, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its twist stem.

The line is number "26," by Whiting, and this number, along with the company "lion" logo and "Sterling," appears on the backsides of this youth set, comprised of a 6 3/8" long fork and 5 7/8" long spoon, with a combined weight of 2.1 T. oz.

Each piece is engraved "Ellen Burdett" in script on...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1390717 (stock #3689f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Larger than most examples of this piece, measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing an exceptionally heavy 1.7 T. oz., this circa 1895 spoon was made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverse.

A souvenir item, the handle portrays a standing miner wearing boots and a hat, holding a chunk of ore in his left hand and with his right hand leaning on a crow bar or such.

The figure is standing on a base that reads, "Struck it at last."

The caricature is sculp...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390669 (stock #3688dd)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for the set of six.
First appearing in Gorham's 1884 catalogue, offered as a set of twelve, "Number 3" oyster or seafood cocktail fork was illustrated in later catalogues (through the 1890s) shown with other exotic designs of the period (see image 2).

The primary feature of the pattern is an apparent bat face situated at the end of the handle. This suggests some resemblance to a boar or devil as well.

Other design details include wings, and possibly toes, wrapping around both sides of the handle.

All surfa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1390594 (stock #3687f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Measuring 3 3/4" long and weighing a robust 1.1 T. oz., this baby or infant spoon was made by Tiffany & Co. and is so marked, along with "Sterling," "m," and model number "1338."

While not a line pattern, it has the plain, clean style of an Arts & Crafts piece, akin to Tiffany's "Gramercy" or "Hamilton," and, as do those pieces, likely dates from the second or third decade of the 20th century.

The handle wraps around to form an open loop.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent condition....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390476 (stock #3685f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price per piece, two available.
Measuring 8 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this would have been an individual place spoon in its circa 1840 period, but is equivalent size to today's tablespoon.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, it is marked "Perry O. Daniel" and "Standard," which is a regional term for coin silver.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies the maker as Oliver Perry O'Daniel, born in Wilmington, Delaware, and working in Philadelphia 1836-52.

It has high, angled and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390411 (stock #3684f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this 7 3/8" long, very heavy at just under 3.8 T. oz., gravy ladle is "Paris, the son of Priam," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line (William P. Hood Jr., Tiffany Silver Flatware).

It has a plain, oval, 2 3/8" by 2" by 3/8" deep, bowl, with a large classical face on the backside heel.

There is a block "K.L"...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1390099 (stock #3680f)
Old Friends
$575.00

This item is a three piece, base, liner, and lid, coin silver, butter dish.

The bottom measures 6 1/4" across, stands 1 1/2" high on a rimmed base, and weighs 5.9 T. oz. The fitted liner is 5 1/2" across and weighs 3.1 T. oz. Lastly the lid is also 5 1/2" wide, 2 3/4" high to the top, and weighs 6.3 T. oz.

Relatively plain, the top has a cast cow finial attached by a threaded extension and thumb screw on the underside.

A favored design element of its period, this cow is particularly ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390011 (stock #3678f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Embodying a rococo pattern, and likely dating from the late 19th century, this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., bread or toast fork incorporates leaves, scrolls, acanthus leaves, and floral elements.

It is hollow with three tines and is all silver, marked "Sterling," model number "1223," and with a maker's emblem, which is a triangle with a rubbed interior.

There is a feathered script "L" monogram engraved on one side of the handle.

In excellent condition, it is free of dents or splits and has a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389900 (stock #3676f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Measuring 6" long and weighing a heavy 1.3 T. oz., this teaspoon is an early example of Dominick & Haff's figural, 1900 date of issue, "Labors of Cupid" pattern, the image on this being a cherub sitting at a table with a cup in hand.

It is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever, retaining all the precise detail of the original design, and visible for example in such as the grain of the table, the weave in the basket holding fruit, or the spindles in the chair back appearing on th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389828 (stock #3675f)
Old Friends
$13.00
Price per piece, five available.
This teaspoon measures 5 7/8" long and weighs just over .7 T. oz.

It has a "Tipt" end handle and is engraved "W E K" in feathered script lettering set sideways on the handle. There is a line drop on the backside heel of the pointed end bowl.

Dating circa 1840, it is stamped "G W & H" for the New York City partnership of William Gale, Jacob Wood & Jasper Hughes, along with a right facing eagle and bust pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on marks identifies as associated with Gale.

I...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389772 (stock #3674f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Lengthy at 5", and weighty at 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are heavily ornamented in a way that is reminiscent of the dominant architectural style popular in the period of the piece.

The pattern, "Paris" by Gorham, was issued in 1900, at the crest of the Gilded Age, and reflects the same Beaux Arts design sensibilities that generated, for instance, many of Newport's grandest mansions and innumerable monumental public buildings throughout the country that yet stand as iconic reminders of the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389335 (stock #3667f)
Old Friends
$42.00
This Whiting pattern introduced in 1890 is known by several names including singular and plural variations of "Rose & Scroll" as well as "LaFrance" and "LaFrancais."

This example is a 3 3/8" long, .4 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.

The bowl is scoop or shovel form and quite decorative. It has an embossed surface, cupped heel with scalloped shoulders, and is finished in a gold wash on the interior.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition. The pattern on the handle remains clear and well...

 
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