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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396453 (stock #3786f)
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An elaborate leaf, bead, and stylized shell design, Wallace's "Sappho" bespeaks the artistry of the ancient poet from whom the pattern takes its name.

This 6 7/8" long, quite heavy at nearly 1.4 T. oz., tea or dessert size fork may have been used as a youth piece, given the engaging inscription, which reads in fine script lettering, "To Carrie" on the front, and "From Mother Dec. 4th 98." on the reverse...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396394 (stock #3785f)
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Measuring 5 7/8" long, and weighing 3.1 T. oz. the group, these six teaspoons all match and all have the same script "D" monogram engraved sideways on the handle fronts.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" design they are very early examples of the work of William B. Durgin, whose name appears on the backside of each one. He founded his company in 1853 and these date about that time...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1396330 (stock #3784f)
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Standing 3 1/2" tall to the highest point at the top of the handle, 2 1/2" across at the widest, resting on a 1 3/4" diameter flat bottom, and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this cream pitcher is marked with the three part Dominick & Haff emblem, including the date 1885.

Other marks are "Sterling," model number "150," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Shreve Crump & Low."

An American expression of English design, this has a scalloped edge with a Chippendale style cut on an urn shaped body...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1396267 (stock #3783f)
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The mark on this 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is "D. Kinsey," for David, who along with his brother Edward were major silver manufacturers in 19th century Cincinnati, both singly and in partnership.

Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 indicates that David operated alone following Edward's death in 1861, and himself died in 1874, dating this to that time span.

These dates conform with the style which is mid 1860s, with a thick, twisted handle set at a right angle to the blade...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1396176 (stock #3782f)
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Decorative and utilitarian desk items, stamp boxes evoke nostalgic reminders of a measured and purposeful lifestyle that no longer exists. They served the useful purpose of protectively holding stamps when they were issued singly.

This likely late 19th century example was made by George Shiebler, whose "winged S" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "4179" are imprinted on the underside...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1396087 (stock #3781f)
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Mid 19th century items, each of these two, large, open master salts measures 3 1/2" long, 2 1/2" wide, stands 1 5/8" at the highest, and weighs 106 grams (3.4 T. oz.) in one instance and 108 (3.5 T. oz.) in the other.

"Georgian" in style, they stand on four tiered feet, have applied rim edges, are finished in bright gold washes on the interiors, and are monogrammed "M.A.B." in Old English lettering on the sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396017 (stock #3780f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1395982 (stock #3779f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395866 (stock #3778f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395775 (stock #3777f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395692 (stock #3776f)
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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 #3775f)
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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 #3774f)
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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 #3773f)
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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 #3772f)
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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 #3771f)
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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 #3770f)
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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 #3769f)
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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 ...

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