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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1393292 (stock #3732f)
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A substantially-sized piece, measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this is a pudding, large berry, or other serving spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Persian," which dates from 1880, and is a Moorish design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 4" by 2 3/8" at the widest, and has a fluted or piecrust rim...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1393137 (stock #3729f)
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As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1920 item #1393105 (stock #3728f)
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A full size teaspoon measuring 5 9/16" long and weighing approximately .8 T. oz., this early 20th century spoon is marked with the "crossed pick and shovel over Co." mark of Joseph Mayer & Co., Seattle, as well as "Sterling."

It is a souvenir piece, reading "Hawaii" set vertically in raised lettering on the lower portion of the handle.

The upper end portrays Honolulu's famous "Diamond Head" landmark, identified in words written on a diagonal banner alongside the portraiture...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1392992 (stock #3726f)
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A numbered design, "610," this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection spoon (as identified in an 1892 Gorham catalogue), was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

Incorporating regal iconography, the tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in flowing robes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1392843 (stock #3723f)
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Likely dating either side of 1900, this item stands 4" high and is 3 3/4" across at the widest.

A syrup jug or pitcher, the base is panel cut glass, with a sterling collar and hinged lid. The glass handle is blown and applied.

The lid has a raised bead, almost egg and dart, trim around the edge. This detail repeats on the scrolled, solid silver handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392780 (stock #3722f)
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Standing 3 9/16" to the rim, 3 3/4" to the highest point at the tip of the handle, with a tapered body that is 3 3/8" wide at the top opening and 2 7/8" across on the base, and weighing 6.0 T. oz., this mug is exceptionally large.

It is marked on the underside "O[badiah]. Rich," "Boston," and "fine," indicating coin silver.

Rich (1809-88) was a Boston silversmith who left a considerable legacy in his work...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1392703 (stock #3720f)
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The style of this plain band, 1" wide, 1 3/4" diameter, .7 T. oz., napkin ring places it from the late 1800s.

The satin finish exterior is bright cut engraved in a leaf and scroll theme interpreted in an Aesthetic manner. Both edges have a repeating beaded design that looks like knurling.

There is a reserve within the engraving that is inscribed "TGM," while the inner side reads, "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25, '99.," so very likely it was a Christmas present given well over a century ago...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1392572 (stock #3718f)
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Early and original pieces, each of these two items is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880," and "M.," this letter dating them no later than 1891.

They are a matched salad serving pair, including a 10 3/8" long spoon and 10 1/8" fork. Extremely heavy, the spoon weighs 5.4 T. oz., and the fork 5.0 T. oz.

The pattern is "Chrysanthemum," which is an exuberant design that anticipates the Art Nouveau style...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1392506 (stock #3717f)
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Alfred, Francis and Arthur operating as the Pairpoint Brothers were noteworthy producers of English Arts & Crafts silver in the first part of the 20th century.

This 2 3/4" high, 4 1/2" top diameter, heavy at 7.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1392405 (stock #3716f)
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Measuring 9" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this pudding spoon is akin to a large berry or vegetable server.

The pattern is Whiting's "Arabesque," which is a Moorish design produced during the 19th century's Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s. It features a standing griffin with widespread wings.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a central vee in the base and a lipped edge.

The interior is intricately engraved in a design that repeats the main motif of the pattern, and retains traces of...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392352 (stock #3715f)
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This 3" high to the rim, 3 3/4" to the top of the handle, 2 5/8" top diameter, 4.3 T. oz., coin silver mug has identifiers that closely date it.

Stamped "Crosby & Brown" for the retailer that operated 1851-52, it is also imprinted "V.L.&B.," for significant Boston silversmith Vincent Laforme & Brother, active 1850-54.

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts holds a pitcher attributed to him, with extensive notes about the piece and maker available online, including this biographical detail, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1392269 (stock #3714f)
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Issued early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" was an expressive iteration of this popular floral motif.

The design incorporates numerous blossoms and buds along with trailing leaves on both sides of the handle and the heel reverse.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon. It has a lengthy, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange rim and pointed tip, which is finished in a bright gold wash front and back.

The handle has a delicate script "CLM" monogram on the fr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1392194 (stock #3713f)
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Price for the pair.
Decidedly period in style, each of these two, matching, master salt dishes features a pair of lofty arms that form an open circular area that contains a cast, three dimensional, ivy leaf. This is in turn supported by an also cast, curved, leaf.

They measure 3 7/8" from arm tip to arm, stand 1 1/2" at the highest, are 2 3/8" across at the top opening of the body, rest on beaded edge, rimmed bases that are 1 1/2" in diameter, and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the pair.

Made by Gorham, they are imprinted ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1392081 (stock #3712f)
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A matched set, each of these eight, flat handle, solid silver individual butter knives measures 6" long. They are weighty, at 7.3 T. oz. the group.

These are older examples of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

They are in outstanding estate condition, showing no polishing wear, without bends or nicks on the blades, and having bright, even finishes.

While the fronts have never been monogrammed, and the backsides are p...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1392016 (stock #3711f)
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Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver.

The pattern is a "Grape" or "Grapevine" on something of an "Olive" background ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1391974 (stock #3710f)
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Made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem including the date 1901 is imprinted on the underside, along with "Sterling" and model number "1734," this large, oval, flat bottom, 12" x 8 1/2" x 1 3/4" tall, 13.0 T. oz., bowl was retailed by Philadelphia's "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," whose name also appears with the other marks.

Fully in the Art Nouveau style, the undulating rim is decorated with four tulip blossoms, one each at the extremities, all joined by trailing leaves and accented with bu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1391771 (stock #3707f)
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Price for the set of six.
Full size dinner, measuring 7 3/4" long, these six, matched, forks are remarkably heavy at 15.7 T. oz. the group, or approximately 2.6 T. oz. each.

In the "Angelo" pattern dating from 1910, they were made by the J.B. & S.M. Knowles company of Providence, Rhode Island, and retailed by "A. Frankfield" of New York City, and so marked, along with "Sterling" and "Pat."

Each one is engraved "Zorah" in script, set sideways on the handle.

They are in superb estate condition, showing no wear wha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1391698 (stock #3706f)
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An early 20th century pattern, Tiffany's "St. Dunstan" is a straightforward design that features clean lines with oak leaf embellishments.

Individual pieces are characteristically large scaled and heavy, and those aspects show in this 7 1/4" long, nearly 3.1 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a 1" deep shell bowl with a flaring heel.

Never monogrammed, this is in very fine estate condition. Apart from some very slight softening of detail from polishing on the three oak leaves on the handle, th...

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