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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1403155 (stock #3906f)
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$52.00
This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., coin silver master butter spreader was made by "Duhme & Co.," Cincinnati's prominent 19th century silversmith and jeweler, and so stamped on the blade backside.

The pattern is "No. 1," introduced in 1869, and is characterized by a twisted stem with a flat, oval, handle, set in this instance at a right angle to the blade...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1402624 (stock #3897f)
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$165.00
Lengthy at 9 3/8", and weighty at 2.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver cheese scoop dates from the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Bailey & Co.," for the prominent Philadelphia firm that operated under this name 1848-78 (Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers) and which eventually became "Bailey, Banks & Biddle."

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern, with the design on both sides of the arched handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402232 (stock #3889f)
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The pattern of these two, matching 5 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. combined, late 1860s, coin silver teaspoons is "No. 1" produced by the Cincinnati firm of "Duhme & Co.," and so marked.

With twisted stems and shaped handle ends engraved in a bright cut design with wriggle work borders, perhaps no design so bespeaks this significant maker.

Each of these is engraved "K.L." in feathered script lettering set sideways on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1401954 (stock #3884f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Measuring 8 1/8" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver item has a generously sized, 2 1/2" diameter, shell-shaped, pierced, bowl and "Reverse Tipt" handle.

Generally identified as a large sugar sifter, there is some argument to be made that pieces this scale from this period were actually early ice spoons.

In either case, it is a fine representation of what it is.

It is stamped "R...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1401679 (stock #3879f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Dating from the first quarter of the 19th century, this lengthy, 8 7/8", 1.5 T. oz., table serving spoon is marked "B. Swan," for Benjamin Moody Swan, who worked as a silversmith in Augusta, Maine beginning circa 1815.

Fiddle shaped, with a down turned, rounded end, and high, pointed and chamfered shoulders off the bowl, the piece demonstrates quality crafting.

It has a somewhat primitive, feathered script "RA" monogram engraved on the handle front, and remains in very fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1400952 (stock #3872f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Marked only "Coin," absent a maker's stamp, this 8 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with a twisted shank and engraved and engine turned, notched, handle is reminiscent of a die struck pattern named "Imperial" that was produced by both Gorham and Wood & Hughes about 1860.

It is a handsome item exhibiting sophisticated design and manufacturing processes...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1400616 (stock #3865f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Weighing 1.6 T. oz. and measuring a lengthy 7 5/8", this master butter knife is a generously sized piece.

Marked only "Coin," the convex, shaped side and pointed end handle with bright cut engraving, is indicative of Philadelphia silver of the c. 1860 period, particular so that of William Faber.

The blade is wide, has an upswept tip, scalloped back, and is engraved in a design akin to that on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400470 (stock #3862f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price per piece, four available.
One of four available, varying in weight from 1.2 to 1.4 T. oz., this 6 3/4" long place, aka dessert or oval soup spoon, is marked "Stebbins & Co.," for the mid 19th century firm operated by William Stebbins, successor to his brother Edwin.

It is also stamped "Patent 1848," which is the date of the "Gothic" style pattern, as designed by Abraham Wood of the New York City firm A&W Wood.

The handle is engraved "Williams" in cursive lettering...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1400093 (stock #3855f)
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$26.00
A 7" long, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert piece, this spoon traces to the early decades of the 19th century.

It is marked "B&SD" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt. Multiple sources date this New York City partnership to 1820-35...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399896 (stock #3846f)
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$46.00
"Jenny Lind" was a pattern first introduced by New York City's Albert Coles in 1850, although numerous contemporaneous manufacturers took up the design, leaving extant pieces that bear a variety of makers' marks.

This example, a 7 1/4", weighty at 1.5 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon is a rarity though in that it is stamped "11" (one of Baltimore's individualized standard marks, for a .917 silver content, midway between coin and sterling) and "A.E.W" for Baltimore's Andrew Ellic...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399708 (stock #3843f)
Old Friends
$225.00
This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology.

Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.

D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatewarenotes this particular pattern wa...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399541 (stock #3840f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Dating circa 1865, this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "*F. & H.*" on the blade for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell, and "Pure Coin," which is a New England term, on the underside of the handle.

It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.

The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period.

The scalloped ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399241 (stock #3834f)
Old Friends
$335.00
Most American tongs of this size, 8 1/8" long and 2.7 T. oz. in this instance, and configuration, namely with a talon or fork grip combined with a spoon or cup grip, date from the mid 19th century.

Commonly identified as chicken (salad or fried) tongs, they might have have been used for various salads.

This coin silver pair are particularly attractive, combining several design features.

Each of the arms, for instance, has a twisted section, which style was particularly favored in the pe...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399131 (stock #3832f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Identified in Crescent City Silver published by the "Historic New Orleans Collection," as either replacing or succeeding P. Zimmermann, Charles H. Zimmermann operated immediately following the Civil War, from 1866-70.

The same source indicates tht he was both a manufacturer and retailer. As this 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," coin silver master butter knife is marked "WwH" as well as "C.H. Zimmermann," it would have marketed by him but made by New York's ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1398837 (stock #3826f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this size spoon is variously identified as a place, dessert or oval soup.

This example is in a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern and is stamped "Kirby," for Abner, "Milwaukee," and with a "P, eagle, star" pseudo hallmark.

In his work on marks, William McGrew identifies this combination of symbols with William Pitkin of Hartford, Connecticut, but he also associates the particular eagle on this with Chicago, which is a much more likely source ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1398527 (stock #3820f)
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$24.00
References indicate that William Braisted Heyer, born 1776, began his working career in New York City at the end of the 18th century and continued until his death in 1828, and for a short while during this time was in partnership with Jesse L. Gale.

Based on its style, with a straight sided, rounded end, slender handle with a slightly tipt backside, this spoon dates circa 1810.

It measures a lengthy 6", and has a weighty feel at approximately .8 T. oz.

Well crafted, it has a gently arch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1397424 (stock #3802f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Price per piece, two available.
A standard design that was first produced in the coin silver era, and continued after the adoption of the sterling standard in the mid 19th century, "Oval Thread" is a "Pointed Antique" with a tipped end and lined border.

This 6 15/16" long, 1.4 T. oz., example is a place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon stamped "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the renowned Philadelphia firm, and "925" in an oval, for sterling. This style of "925" mark was commonly used in Boston, suggesting this piece may originate...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1397341 (stock #3800f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1788, James Nevins Hyde was a silversmith with a presence in both New York City and New Orleans.

This example of his work, a 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt" teaspoon with an exposed drop, bears the mark "Hyde & Nevins," referencing his 1814-19 partnership with his cousin Rufus Nevins.

Sources indicate Hyde also began marketing in New Orleans in 1816 or 1817, with his brother-in-law, Charles Whiting Goodrich, moving there in 1818 to support this enterp...

 
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