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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385765 (stock #3603f)
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$85.00
Price per piece, two available.
Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1385639 (stock #3600f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This 7 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., coin silver, preserve or jelly spoon has a double provenance in that it is stamped with a Gothic "W&H" for Philadelphia's Watts & Harper manufacturer, and with the name "C.F. Greenwood," for the Norfolk, Virginia, jeweler.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths gives narrow dates for the W&H partnership, 1859-61/62, while Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia indicates Greenwood began his business about 1850...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1385316 (stock #3595f)
Old Friends
$575.00
Larger than most examples of this form, this piece measures a full 12" from arm to arm, has a bowl 9" in diameter, stands 5" to the rim and 6" at the highest point of the arms, and rests on a pedestal base that is 4 5/8" across at the bottom. Commensurately heavy for its size, it weighs a substantial 21.4 T. oz.

A coin silver tazza or compote, it is essentially plain and clean-lined, save for the remarkably innovative and forward looking, cast and applied, solid, arms...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1385211 (stock #3592f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching, coin silver teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long, while the pair weigh just over 1.0 T. oz. combined.

Having "Reverse Tipt" ends on down turned handles, thumb drops on the backsides of the bowls, and inscribed "CJP" set sideways on the handle fronts, they are stamped "Hedges" for David Hedges, 1779-1856, of East Hampton, New York.

Their style places them in the early 1800s...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1385084 (stock #3589f)
Old Friends
$265.00
An original julep cup, this piece stands 3 1/2" high, weighs 3.9 T. oz., and has a tapered body that goes from a 2 1/2" wide bottom to a 3" diameter top.

Coin silver, it is stamped on the underside "Duhme & Co.," for the prominent Cincinnati firm, and likely dates from the 1860s.

Plain walled, it has applied rims top and bottom, and is engraved "C.W.K." in a stylized lettering that seems to be an Old English variant...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384855 (stock #3584f)
Old Friends
$46.00
This mid 19th century, coin silver berry or 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 : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1384610 (stock #3580f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A long item for its form at 6 1/2", and heavier feeling than its .9 T. oz. actual weight, this coin silver cream or sauce ladle traces to the second quarter of the 19th century. It is marked "Boynton & Woodford for the Boston retail partnership with dates 1837-54.

The "Tipt" end pattern places it toward the earlier end of those years. A graceful piece, the handle is arced with an upturned terminus. The plain, well-formed, bowl is ovoid at 1 7/8" by 1 1/2" by 7 1/16" deep...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1384408 (stock #3576f)
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$85.00
This large, 9 1/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., table or serving spoon was produced by Edwin Stebbins & George C. Howe, working 1827-31 in New York City. Well regarded silversmiths, each man subsequently operated independently.

The rounded end, arched handle, features a representation of a "Basket of Flowers." This motif, along with "Sheaf of Wheat," were popular design embellishments in a period when coin silver was largely plain...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1383861 (stock #3565f)
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$130.00
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...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383454 (stock #3561f)
Old Friends
$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.

It has a plain end with a slight...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1383064 (stock #3553f)
Old Friends
$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.

It is in flawless condition, showing no polishing wear, having a fine fine, an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382110 (stock #3537f)
Old Friends
$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.

The tines...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381740 (stock #3532f)
Old Friends
$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.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a rais...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381687 (stock #3531f)
Old Friends
$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. Mead."

Probing for the specifics about the lives of these persons is aided by the fact that both the retailer and manufacturer are located in New York's Hudson River Valley...

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.

This is inscribed "M.Walker." set sid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1380987 (stock #3521f)
Old Friends
$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. There is a very slight hint of a t...

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.

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...

 
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