American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1406634 (stock #3962f)
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$55.00
An established name in the Chicago Arts & Crafts movement that took root in the first decade of the 20th century, Julius O. Randahl founded a firm that had a long history in that city.

This piece is napkin ring model number "88", stamped with the mark "Hand Wrought Randahl," used in the 1930s, and "Sterling."

It is flat on one side, arched on the other, and measures 2 3/4" long and weighs .7 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1800 item #1406567 (stock #3961f)
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The benchmark reference Jackson's Hallmarks notes that Henry Greenway was a "very good maker of particularly fine coffee pots, etc."

This 7" x 5 3/8" x 3/8" high, footed tray is stamped on the backside with Greenway's "HG" maker's mark, along with a "lion" for sterling, "leopard" for London, a date letter "p" for 1790-91, and a regent's bust duty mark...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1406479 (stock #3960f)
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$54.00
A lengthy at 8 1/2", and weighty at 2.4 T. oz., piece, this fork dates to the early 20th century.

The pattern is "Stratford," which is an Art Nouveau floral design made by International, whose Simpson, Hall, Miller division "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The floral portraiture is carnation, bundles of which are arrayed on both sides of the handle, abundantly so in the cup and shoulders of the serving end front and modestly so on the heel reverse...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1406391 (stock #3959f)
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$38.00
A substantial piece measuring 7 3/4" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife traces to the mid 19th century.

Stamped "N. Harding" for Boston's Newell Harding, it is exemplary of the engraver's art as it developed in Boston in this period.

The angular shouldered with pedimented top, handle shows fine work diamond cutting, wriggle work, and a modified Vetruvian scroll design along the border...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1406349 (stock #3958f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Standing 2 7/8" high, this tapered wall beaker has a top span of 3 1/4", a base diameter of 2 3/8", and weighs 3.6 T. oz.

It is hallmarked for sterling silver, London, 1902, and maker Henry Wilkinson & Co. Ltd., which firm is identified in Jackson' Hallmarks as an "important manufacturer."

It has applied, lined banding on the top and bottom edges and is otherwise plain, and has never been monogrammed or inscribed.

Comfortable in the hand, this remains in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1406273 (stock #3957f)
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Designed to reach deep into a characteristically tall horseradish jar, this condiment spoon measures a lengthy 7 1/8" and weighs .6 T. oz.

Made by Paye & Baker whose "P&B inside hearts" emblem, and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside, the pattern is "Poppy", which is one of that company's several expressive Art Nouveau designs issued during the first decade of the 20th Century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1406188 (stock #3956f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Price for the set of eight.
Each of these matching oyster, aka seafood or shrimp cocktail, forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the group weighs 7.4 T. oz., or just under 1.0 T. oz. each.

Marked "Sterling 925," the pattern is Stieff's (later Kirk-Stieff, Baltimore) early 20th century "Chrysanthemum," which is a dense repousse design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1406026 (stock #3953f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Five o'clock coffee size at 5 3/8" long and weighing .5 T. oz., this spoon was made by Watson, whose Mechanics Silver division "Pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Pond Lily," which is a high relief, Art Nouveau design executed with the kind of detail, fidelity to form, and artistic expression which set Watson apart.

The bowl shows a die cut representation of "Fort Sumter" in "Charleston, SC," and so identified...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405983 (stock #3952f)
Old Friends
$48.00
An 1880 design, Whiting's "Italian" was issued as a primary pattern, and in several variants which were the same as the basic pattern, but had additional engraving.

This 5 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., sugar sifter is in the basic pattern, which has a pointed end with a convex area on each side of the arched handle. Other detail includes a lacy leaf design that is accented by what appears to be a tied ribbon or bow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1405953 (stock #3951f)
Old Friends
$635.00
Model number "985," solid sterling silver, and made by Gorham Manufacturing Company, all of which is documented by the marks on the underside along with a date letter for 1883, this stands 7 1/2" tall, weighs 26.0 T. oz., and has a capacity of 4 1/2 pints. (See enlargement 3 for a facsimile of the 1882 Gorham catalogue entry).

The body is bulbous and is capped by a tall, sleeve like neck. There is a 1/2" band with something of a woven pattern where these two sections join...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405904 (stock #3950f)
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Patented in 1891 by renowned designer Charles Osborne while employed by Whiting Manufacturing Company, "Ivory" may be the most impressive line of flatware offered by that company.

Always esteemed by collectors, its "fate" has become clouded by current regulations concerning the material.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., cream ladle is presented here largely to exhibit the pattern and show its merits.

Model number "2888," this has a deep, double spout, bowl, that along with all si...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405853 (stock #3949f)
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A late 19th century line, Whiting's "Berry" incorporated a variety of fruits assigned to different pieces.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, nearly 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle that features a blackberry motif. This includes the fruit, leaves, stems, and blossoms of the plant arrayed on the full length of the handle front.

The handle backside is plain save for an embellished Old English "D" monogram and the marks, which include Whiting's "lion" emblem, "Sterling," "9," and the name of the retailer...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405793 (stock #3948f)
Old Friends
$105.00
Issued in the mid 1870s, Wood & Hughes "Viola" is a period pattern, successfully incorporating then prevalent Renaissance Revival design elements, as well as borrowing from the Greek and Gothic Revival fashion of the previous decade.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with an exceptionally attractive bowl with a matte gold finish, bright cut and wriggle work engraved, interior. The backside has a bright gold wash.

In mint estate condition, this shows n...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405635 (stock #3945f)
Old Friends
$26.00
At 1.0 T. oz., this 6 1/8" long youth fork is heavy for its size.

Made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" mark, along with "925/1000 Fine" appears on the backside, the pattern is "Earle," issued in 1890.

"Earle" is a dense, rococo, design featuring swirling acanthus leaves, scrolls, and floral elements on the handle front, and a plain backside.

There is a reserve area which has never been engraved or monogrammed.

In good condition, the only evidence of use is some rounding of the ot...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405592 (stock #3944f)
Old Friends
$70.00
An 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this is likely a berry or large preserve serving spoon.

This has a rounded end, upturned, "Antique" handle that is engraved in an Aesthetic (Eastlake) design that places it circa 1880.

The plum-shaped bowl has a raised central vee in the base,a flanged rim, and is finished in a gold wash front and back sides. The interior is bright cut in a design consistent with the handle and has wriggle work bordering.

The backside is plain save for the word "Sterli...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1405450 (stock #3942f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price for the set of six.
Each of these six spoons measures 4 3/4" long, with the set weighing just under 3.0 T. oz.

All of them have matching bowls and twisted stems, but are surmounted with an individual cast figure of a standing "Apostle," which is the generic term applied to this widely employed motif.

This particular group was made in Holland, with each piece bearing the Dutch "sword" emblem used 1814-1905 (shown lower left in above image), and indicating a minimum .833 silver standard (sterling is .925).

T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1405392 (stock #3941f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths offers dates of 1876-87 for the firm of "McCarty & Hurlbert," the name imprinted on the backside of this 9 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., berry spoon, with antecedent firms tracing back to c. 1845.

It is also marked "Coin," which is late for this standard, as most manufacturers had converted to sterling by the 1870s.

It has an "Old English" handle with a tipt backside and a bright cut fine flower and leaf theme on the front.

The pointed end b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1405342 (stock #3940f)
Old Friends
$265.00
A large item measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing just under 3.5 T. oz., this piece is identifiable by its unusual 4" by 3 1/2", open work blade, designed to accommodate toast.

Made by Towle at the turn of the 20th century, the pattern is "Old Newbury," which has beaded margins and a scroll and leaf tip handle.

There is a line script "J" monogram on the handle front and "1876-1901" engraved on the reverse, indicating this was a 25th anniversary piece, and also incidentally documenting that i...

 
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