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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382110 (stock #3537f)
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$22.00
Julius Hollister, whose name along with the words "Pure Coin" appears on the backside of this 5 3/4" long, .6 T. oz., fork, began working in Hartford, Connecticut in 1841, then relocated to Oswego, New York, with a short time in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

While Hollister was of no particular distinction, this pickle or early pastry fork is an unusual form in that it has four tines, the lowest one of which is widened. Most examples of such mid 19th century pieces have three tines...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1381973 (stock #3535f)
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Dating from the mid 19th century, and tracing to the American Midwest, this 7 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., master butter knife shows exceptional refinement.

The blade and handle both have sculpted margins and are set at a right angle to one another. The stem of the handle is narrow and blocky, while the blade is thick where it joins the handle. This lends the piece strength at a stress point, and adds an architectural design component...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381740 (stock #3532f)
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$135.00
Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381687 (stock #3531f)
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$40.00
This 7 3/8" long, T. oz., 1840s, "Reverse Tipt" 1.0 T. oz., dessert or place spoon tells a story that such items rarely do.

Firstly, the extensive inscriptions offer a lot to the genealogist.

The front of the handle reads "Sarah Aurora Dauchy" while the reverse is inscribed in similar script, "From her grandmother A...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381025 (stock #3522f)
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$68.00
This "leaf" design, often identified as "Josephine" because of Gorham's use of that name for its variant, was produced by several mid 19th makers with slight variation among them.

This example, a full size dinner fork measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz., was made by Henry Hebbard, as indicated by the "H.H. & Co. Patent 1855" stamped on the reverse, along with the retailer's name "Robert Rait," both mid 19th century New York City firms...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1380987 (stock #3521f)
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$35.00
Tracing to the lower Hudson River Valley and dating to the third decade of the 19th century, this coin silver tablespoon measures 8 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.7 T. oz.

It is stamped "A. Hanford," who worked in Peekskill, New York, 1820-30. Documentation about him is scant--for instance, no references offer a first name--and examples of his work are not particularly common.

This has a broad, fiddle shaped with down turned and rounded end, handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1380181 (stock #3506f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Impressively heavy, indeed massive, this 8 5/8" long table or serving spoon weighs just over 3.1 T. oz.

It is a double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, coin silver, "Kings" design, with the name "M. Higbie" inscribed on the front in cursive lettering, and a shell design on the backside heel of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1379936 (stock #3502f)
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$215.00
A form dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is likely an early ice cream or pudding spoon.

Weighing over 2.5 T. oz., it measures 9 1/2" long overall, and has an oversized bowl that is 4" by 2 3/4" by 1/2" deep.

It was made by Boston's Newell Harding company, whose name along with the New England term "Pure Coin" appears on the handle reverse.

The pattern is a "Grape" that is associated with this company...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1379459 (stock #3499f)
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$40.00
A solid name among New York City silversmiths of the second quarter of the 19th century, William I...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1379390 (stock #3498f)
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$42.00
Born about 1787 according to Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths and working by the second decade of the 19th century, Samuel Hildeburn became a recognized name among that city's silversmiths.

This example, an 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz. table or serving spoon, is stamped "Hildeburn" over "Phila" and with an "eagle."

It is a plain end pattern with a slightly tipt backside dating early in his working years.

It is monogrammed "TCR" in feathered script lettering set sideways o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1378816 (stock #3488f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing not quite .3 T. oz. (8 grams), this master salt spoon has a plain, rounded, down turned and slightly tipt back, handle, with the style dating it the first quarter of the 19th century.

Curiously it is only marked "Norfolk," without a maker's identification.

A review of Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia does not illustrate this specific italicized version of the word "Norfolk," but does show several sources that used similar lettering in their touch...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1378370 (stock #3479f)
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$85.00
Price for the pair.
This matched pair of candlesticks are large for this form, standing 4" tall, have a broad base, measuring 4 3/16" in diameter, and tops that are 2" across. The tops have threaded interiors so they could accommodate extensions.

Stamped "International," with the Simpson, Hall, Miller "shield and helmet" emblem, "Sterling," and "121 15 /2," they weigh 18.2 T. oz. combined. As, however, the undersides indicate they are "weighted reinforced," the actual silver content is only a fraction of this, e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377837 (stock #3467f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Amy Miller Dehan's Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 offers separate entries on four related operations employing "Michie" in their names, with the mark on this 8 1/4" long, heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon associated with "Michie Brothers," and "used by the firm between 1885 and 1888."

Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.

Made...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1377422 (stock #3461f)
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This item is an original beaker or julep cup, and not a mug with the handle removed as is sometimes the case with such items.

It stands 3 1/4" high, has a top opening of 3", tapers to a a base diameter of 2 1/2", and weighs 3.2 T. oz.

It has a rim bottom and top and is otherwise plain except for two inscriptions.

One of these, "Castlelow 1854," relates to the maker's marks on the underside, which reads, "E. & D. Kinsey," "Prem. B. Co A.S.," "1854."

The word "premium" references t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375970 (stock #3438f)
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$52.00
One of several umbrella partnerships that Walter S. Brower, Albany, New York, established, Hall, Hewson & Brower, whose "HH&H in a diamond surmounted by an eagle" appears on the backside of this 7 5/16" long, just under 1.2 T. oz., coin silver, master butter knife, operated 1846-52.

This is also imprinted "J.S. Sanders," for the nearby Schenectady, New York, jeweler who retailed this.

A flat-surfaced piece with a high shouldered, pointed end, handle that angles downward to the broad, 1" ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375771 (stock #3435f)
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$65.00
Identified in Catherine Hollan's work Philadelphia Silversmiths as a member of "the extended Butler-Peters-McCarthy families from New London, CT," James Butler established himself in Philadephia and became closely associated with that city's James Watts with whom he was actually in active partnership as Watts & Butler for one year, 1867.

Butler also used an animal head over chevron emblem, as found on this 7 1/8" long, T. oz., preserve spoon, that is similar enough to that used by Wat...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375007 (stock #3423f)
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$28.00
The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon was one manufactured by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

The pattern is a "Scroll and Leaf" design, here accompanied by a stylized shell form bowl that may be singular to this form.

The handle reverse is engraved in script with the name "Viola."

It is in excellent condition, evidencing no polishing wear and having a fine finish. The bow...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1374799 (stock #3419f)
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$65.00
Measuring 7" long and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this preserve or jelly spoon traces to Boston, circa 1860.

It is stamped ". F&H ." for Farrington & Hunnewell, along with "Pure-Coin," which is a New England regional term designating the silver content.

The arched handle has a fan-shaped end, which along with the main shank, is finely engraved in an intricate leaf and scroll design. Boston design of the period is often associated with restraint, if not severity, and the embellishment...

 
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