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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1373000 (stock #3386f)
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$295.00
Although commonly referred to as "Old English," this pattern is identified in the Gorham archives as "Old English." It follows after an early English pattern that is characterized by a flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank. The disk has a knurled edge, and in this case is engraved with an "E.N.T." monogram.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372998 (stock #3384f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching seafood or oyster cocktail forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the pair weigh nearly .9 T. oz. combined.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 "Lily of the Valley."

These stand apart on two bases. One, they are the less common, twisted handle, form of this piece. Two, they were retailed by "William Kendrick's Sons," the renowned Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, known as a supplier of julep cups...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372845 (stock #3382f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Lengthy items, intended to reach deep into a tall jar, horseradish spoons (sometimes identified as honey spoons) have paddle-like bowls, all of which describes this 6 1/4" long, .6 T. oz., example made by Knowles.

The pattern is "Apollo," which is a scroll, bead, and rose design that is very much in keeping with its late Victorian period (1892 issue date).

The cupped server on this is 1 3/4" long by 3/4" at the widest, and has a satin matte finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1372805 (stock #3381f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Likely dating from the 1880s, this 4 1/2" wide, 2" high to the rim, 4" to the top of the swing handle, 2.4 T. oz., basket, shows Aesthetic design influences.

The rim is scalloped and the tapered sidewalls are undulating. The solid handle is twisted, with a smooth, square, grip at the top.

There is a large scale representation of a wild rose blossom, branch, and leaves acid etched on the otherwise plain body...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372764 (stock #3380f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Largely rococo in style, Frank Smith's 1890 "Earle" is an asymmetrical pattern that features a dense array of acanthus leaf, scroll, and floral elements.

The handle backside is plain save for the marks, which are the Frank Smith "lion" emblem and "925/1000 fine."

This example is a 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.0 T. oz., youth fork.

Although having a reserve area, this was never monogrammed and is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372687 (stock #3379f)
Old Friends
$36.00
The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 7" long, .9 T. oz., master butter knife was produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.

It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1372583 (stock #3377f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Although dating from the Victorian era, this mustard pot presents more as Georgian in style.

Having a bulbous, cauldron shape body, it is relatively large, standing 2 1/2" to the top of the lid, 3" to the highest point on the thumb lift, is 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighs a substantial 4.0 T. oz.

The solid handle is a double cee scroll form, with an acanthus leaf detail...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1372533 (stock #3376f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style, "JA" monogram, suggesting a date circa 1900.

It is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372532 (stock #3375f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372531 (stock #3374f)
Old Friends
$34.00
Price per piece, two available.
One of Tiffany's favored suppliers before it began to produce its own silver, was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the manufacturer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard.

"Ionic" is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372420 (stock #3372f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A substantially sized piece, measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this spoon traces to the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Huntington & LaBoyteaux" for a partnership that existed 1850-56, between William C. Huntington, who first established himself in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1846, and Issac N. LaBoyteaux (Cincinnati Silver, Amy Dehan).

The "exaggerated fiddle handle and pointed shoulders" form is "typical of flatware associated with Cincinnati in the mid-19th century" (Deha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1372310 (stock #3370f)
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Large items, each measuring 10 1/2" long, the fork of this silver pair weighs approximately 2.5 T. oz., and the spoon 2.9 T. oz.

They are stamped "Porter Blanchard," who was a prominent, 20th century name in California Arts and Crafts silver, and "Sterling," on the backsides of "Pointed (1800)" pattern handles.

Alternatively identified as a large salad set, or buffet or platter items, they present as slender, elongated pieces, with a narrow bowl on the spoon, and two lengthy, splayed tin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1372276 (stock #3369f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Measuring 3" closed and 5" long fully opened, this circa 1850 knife has two blades, the larger one for cutting and the smaller one that resembles an awl, for piercing the skin of fruit.

Stamped "Coin" on the larger blade, there is no further identification, save that this belonged to "Emily" as engraved in script on the reserve area on one side of the engine turned surfaces of the handle.

There is a repeating line and star design on the upper edge of one of the blade braces, and a line a...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1910 item #1372178 (stock #3367f)
Old Friends
$34.00
This piece illustrates the once common practice of engraving standard line pieces with local historical features, and thus creating souvenir items.

In this case, the primary piece is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon in Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is a highly textured, Art Nouveau floral design.

The bowl is bright cut engraved in a representation of the American Civil War, "Soliders and Sailors Monument" in "Cleveland, O.," as inscribed around the actual port...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372177 (stock #3366f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Dating to the earliest decades of Gorham's history, these six, matched, coin silver, spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," for a partnership that traces to 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In their time, when large scale was favored, these would have served as standard place pieces.

They have a substantial feel, although they weigh marginally les...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1372176 (stock #3365f)
Old Friends
$98.00
This fully original, solid silver, server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is in the form of a tomato server, but larger than that item (7 3/4" long in this pattern).

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end.

The blade is essentially round and flat, and has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3". It has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.

The piece is without a monogram o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372159 (stock #3364f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Price for the set of eight.
Each of these eight, matching forks, measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 11.6 T. oz.

Marked "Sterling," they were retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) and carry forward some of the design sensibilities of earlier coin silver flatware.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned terminals. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372149 (stock #3362f)
Old Friends
$46.00
With a history tracing to 1859-60, M(artin) S. Smith became the largest jeweler of its time in Detroit. At least one source lists the firm as a manufacturer as well.

This 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon dates from the earliest years of the firm, and may have been produced by it.

It has a flat handle, with notched edges and an anthemion shaped tip. The surface front is extensively engraved with diamond bright cutting, wriggle work, and cross hatching. The backside shows much simpler, lar...

 
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