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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390011 (stock #3678f)
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$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 : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1390063 (stock #3679f)
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While a popular form with many many variations available, this example of a shell dish stands apart on the basis of both its quality of design and craft as well as its generous size.

Solid silver and nearly circular at 7" diameter, it weighs a substantial 5.9 T. oz., and stands 1 1/8" high, resting on three ball feet.

It has a 3/8" wide scalloped rim with a broad heel grip area that is finished with an applied, raised, leaf and shell detail. This last component echoes English Georgian

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1390099 (stock #3680f)
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$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 : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1390170 (stock #3681f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Price per piece, two available.
One of the largest and heaviest of the multitude of master salts illustrated in George and Carolyn Thompkins The Handbook of Gorham Open Salt Dishes, model number "A6440," as this is marked, along with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling, and a date symbol for 1911, measures 4" long by 3" wide, stands 2" high, and weighs a more than substantial 3.8 T. oz.

It is an elaborately designed piece featuring an array of acanthus leaf and scroll ornamentation which extends to the four feet of the ra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1390266 (stock #3682f)
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Measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing .4 T. oz., this small letter opener was produced as a commemorative piece--more commonly found as a spoon--issued in honor of the first inauguration of George Washington in 1889.

It features a low relief bust of Washington set in profile on the handle end attached to a twisted shank. The blade is scimitar shaped.

The backside of the handle is engraved "JBB" in flowing script, along with the date "1892."

It is in very good condition. The figure retains ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390343 (stock #3683f)
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One of Tiffany's most imaginative lines of flatware, "Lap Over-Over-Edge," 1880, was an exercise in theme and variation.

The theme is the turned back margin on the reverse of the handle, which is the defining element of the pattern. Subsets of this include plain, acid etched, and applied groupings, and within the latter two, there are further, seemingly countless, flora and fauna themed, iterations.

This piece, a 7 1/8" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., large sugar sifter is etched in what a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390411 (stock #3684f)
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$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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390476 (stock #3685f)
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$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 1800 item #1390537 (stock #3686f)
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Nearly three centuries old, this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., sugar sifter with a 1 7/8" round, pierced, bowl, had its origins in Georgian England.

While the marks are some rubbed, the maker's stamp is clear for Richard Gosling, London, and the date letter for 1733. Gosling must have been something of a scurrilous character as Grimwade's London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 notes, he was "tried and convicted [in 1742] for counterfeiting marks," although "This fall grace did not . . . put him out of bus...

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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390669 (stock #3688dd)
Old Friends
$250.00
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 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 surfaces are finished in ...

 
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