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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1383861 (stock #3565f)
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$145.00
One of William B. Durgin's earliest patterns, dating circa 1865, and not formally named but commonly called "Spray, this design features a bouquet of woodland flowers and grasses tied by a bow.

This motif appears in the top center of the handle, and is repeated on the lower front at the join with the blade and on the backside heel.

This example is a 9" long, 2.1 T. oz., pie or pastry server...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383454 (stock #3561f)
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$28.00
Long lived, Nathaniel Munroe was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1777 and died in Baltimore in 1861, where he began working in 1815, and may have worked in Selma, Alabama, 1842-50 (source Maryland Silver, Baltimore Museum of Art).

This example of his production is a single, 6" long, not quite .5 T. oz., teaspoon, marked "N. Munroe," "10.15" for the Baltimore standard roughly equivalent to coin silver, and a "star," which may be a journeyman's mark...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1383217 (stock #3555f)
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$65.00
This mid 19th century, coin silver berry or othr serving spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia manufacturer and retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1383064 (stock #3553f)
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$65.00
Made in a limited number of pieces, rather than a full line of flatware, this "Iris" theme pattern is strongly Art Nouveau in style and likely dates either side of 1900.

This example is a long handle, 8 7/8", .7 T. oz., two tine, olive or pickle fork.

In addition to the novel design, it has an unusual double twist handle. Overall it is an elegantly slender and graceful piece, well-crafted and finely finished...

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 : 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)
Old Friends
$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...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1380181 (stock #3506f)
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$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.

Stamped "T.B & Co." and with a three part, "bust-lion-D" hallmark, it appears to trace to Taylor & Baldwin of Newark, New Jersey, with a late 1830s date...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1379936 (stock #3502f)
Old Friends
$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.

The bowl exhibits extraordinary refinement in its intricately e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1379459 (stock #3499f)
Old Friends
$40.00
A solid name among New York City silversmiths of the second quarter of the 19th century, William I. Tenney produced quality hollow and flatware.

This example of his work is "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," 6 1/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel.

High walled and flat-bottomed, the shovel form used by numerous manufacturers, was an alternative to a bowl, and appeared in pieces as small as a master salt spoon up to berry size.

This has an engraved "eagle head" crest in lieu ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1379390 (stock #3498f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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 : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1375970 (stock #3438f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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...

 
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