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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1415735 (stock #4117f)
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$235.00
Lengthy at 15", and weighing 4.8 T. oz., this item is a true punch ladle with a 4 1/2" wide, 3" back to front, 1 1/4" deep, double spout bowl.

All silver (vs. a stainless steel combination), it was made by Gorham in the "Cambridge" pattern, and is marked with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1415675 (stock #4116f)
Old Friends
$435.00
One of Tiffany's most imaginative designs, "Vine" was issued in 1872 and offered in an extensive number of sub-motifs, all an interpretation of some vegetable or flower that grows on vines.

This 8 7/8" long, 2.5 T. oz., large cold meat fork portrays "peapods," which is one of the most engaging and sought after themes in the line.

The scale of this is large enough to show the detail to advantage. This includes an open pod along with two closed ones, tendrils, and leaves...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1415610 (stock #4115f)
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The pattern on this 7 5/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., preserve or small berry spoon is "Radiant," issued by Whiting in 1896.

An elaborate design, it features a fan-like end with a gadrooned surface, along with a series of floral clusters and acanthus leaf detailing...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1415547 (stock #4114f)
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This 6 3/4" long, .9 T. oz., preserve, jelly, or large sugar spoon is a charming American period piece of singular design.

Stamped "Coin" but without a maker's mark, the style suggests it dates circa 1865, just before the industry wide shift to a sterling standard for silver.

It has a particularly elongated, upturned, shaped edge, handle that in overall form mimics a pineapple...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1415464 (stock #4113f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price per piece, five available.
Sometimes referred to as banquet size, this 8 1/4" long dinner fork is large even by an English standard, and immensely heavy by any measure, weighing 3.3 T. oz.

A "Kings" pattern with a shell back on the heel of the tine area, it is fully marked for "Sterling," "London," "1822-23," and maker "JB," i.e. James Beebe.

It is engraved with a "standing eagle" crest on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1415371 (stock #4112f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is a 7", weighty as noted at nearly 1.9 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a scalloped edge bowl, with a broad, rounded end, slightly flanged shoulders, and a raised groove interior...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1415295 (stock #4111f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Norman Mack in Missouri's Silver Age: Silversmiths of the 1880s contains an extensive entry for Edward Mead(e), a prominent name in mid 19th Century Saint Louis silver retailing.

Mack indicates the "E. Mead & Co." (and "Coin") mark on this pair of large, 6 3/4" long, 3/4" wide at the arch, and heavy at approximately 2.2 T. oz., ice or other tongs, was in use "by 1870," although the partnership with "his son Edward H. Mead and another man, William H. Maurice," was established in 1852...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1415203 (stock #4110f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price per piece, two available.
This 7" long place or dessert spoon stands apart on several counts, the first of which is its exceptionally heavy weight at marginally over 2.0 T. oz.

Secondly, marked "Tiffany & Co.," it traces to the early years of the firm when it operated solely as a retailer.

In this case the maker was Henry Hebbard, whose three part "star, H, anchor" pseudo hallmark appears on the handle backside...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1415158 (stock #4109f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A 6 1/2" long piece, this cream ladle weighs just over .5 T. oz.

Dating circa 1840, it is marked "B&C" for the Hartford, Connecticut partnership of Edward Bolles and Lucius Childs.

It has a raised "Sheaf of Wheat" motif on the end of the rounded, down-turned, handle, and a long, slender shank with chamfered edges.

The 1 3/4" by 1 1/2" by 1/4" ovoid bowl has a line drop on the backside...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1415093 (stock #4108f)
Old Friends
$875.00
There are many many commanding features this circa 1870 piece possesses, the most immediate of which is its scale.

An all silver punch ladle, it measures an immense 15 1/2" long, weighs 8.3 T. oz., and has a large, 4" x 3" x 2 1/2", helmet shaped bowl with an uplifted spout.

Neo-Classical in design, this incorporates two figures. The first and most completely articulated is a cast, 4" long, full length, female figure with a thrust back head, and draped in a revealing garb.

Consistent wi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1415040 (stock #4107f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price for the three.
All of these three matched spoons measure 5 7/8" long, have large, feathered script "MSF" monograms, and are marked "Storrs & Cooley Utica" for a partnership with dates 1831-39. The group weigh just over 1.5 T. oz.

They have "Fiddle" shaped handles with plain, rounded ends, and high, slight and chamfered, shoulders off the slender and slightly pointed bowls.

The backsides are plain with no drops on the bowls.

In very good condition, they are without polishing wear, bends, cracks, or rep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414986 (stock #4106f)
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A dense floral, multi-motif, design, "Arlington" was one of Towle Silversmith's earliest patterns, issued in 1884.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, 1.9 T. oz., cheese scoop. It is an original piece and not made up from another form (usually spoon).

The serving end is tubular, with high, raised, tapered and angular sidewalls that nearly meet in an arc toward the heel. This is finished in a bright gold wash front and back surfaces.

The handle reverse is plain, save for the Towle "st...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414945 (stock #4105f)
Old Friends
$375.00
A 9" long, 3.2 T. oz., piece, this item was made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside. The name of the retailer, San Francisco's "Shreve & Co." is imprinted on the handle edge.

The pattern is "Dauphin," which is a late 19th century design that features an array of rose blossoms and leaves with a crossed ribbon motif along the handle edges. The floral pattern carries into the bowl where it covers about half the interior.

The backside of the handle is en...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1414901 (stock #4104f)
Old Friends
$285.00
Price for the set.
Designed by New York City's Albert Coles, "Jenny Lind" was subsequently produced by a number of mid 19th century manufacturers.

This fish serving fork and slice in this pattern are each stamped with the three part "eagle, V, bust" hallmark used by James Vancourt who was in a partnership with Albert's nephew, William Coles, from 1848 to about 1852. There is an "erased C" faintly visible in the marks on these, indicative of the former pairing (see William McGrew Manufacturers' Marks on Ameri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414799 (stock #4102f)
Old Friends
$44.00
This sugar spoon measures 5 3/4" long and weighs .7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian," which originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern offered by Whiting. Consistent with this, this is stamped on the blade with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat 1862," and "1."

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, with the horns extending to the backside, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414798 (stock #4101f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Solid silver and flat handled, this master butter knife measures 7 1/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian," which originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern offered by Whiting. Consistent with this, this is stamped on the blade with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat 1862," and "5."

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, with the horns extending to the backside, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and b...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1414755 (stock #4100f)
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One of numerous English designs that American silversmiths adopted whole cloth, "Prince Albert" is a scroll and acanthus leaf pattern.

Made by any number of manufacturers, this particular pair of circa 1850 coin silver teaspoons measuring 5 7/8" long each and weighing 1.3 T. oz. combined, are marked "N.A. Freeman 289 B.way," and with a "lion, leopard, S, bust" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in his work on marks attributes to the "Gilbert, Cunningham, Cooper complex."

They are particul...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1414706 (stock #4099f)
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The maker of this 8 1/8" tall, 6.5 T. oz., vase was Quaker Silver Company, whose three part emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "40" are imprinted on the underside of the 3 1/2" diameter, tiered base (not weighted).

The firm operated in the second quarter of the 20th century, becoming a part of Gorham in 1959.

The slender body is plain-walled, with a flared top that opens to a top that is 3 1/4" across. There is a rounded disk detail at the join between the body and the base.

 
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