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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389182 (stock #3662f)
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$120.00
Made by and marked for San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and a fluted or pie crust border...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1389181 (stock #3661f)
Old Friends
$135.00
This mug stands 3" to the top edge, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed foot that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It has double marks, one of which is "WG&S" for William Gale & Son, and a second which is three part, one of which includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscured.

The form is octagonal, with a beaded edge top and beaded rim base...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389032 (stock #3659f)
Old Friends
$105.00
Measuring 7 3/4" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this fork has rounded shoulders and three wide and lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed.

The form is uncommon and hence of uncertain function. It may be a spinach or toast/bread fork, or for another purpose yet. The proportions assure it is definitely original and not adapted from another piece as, for example, most potato forks are derived from dinner forks...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1837 VR item #1388928 (stock #3657f)
Old Friends
$225.00
The name Wilson is deeply entwined with the history of Philadelphia silver dating from the first half of the 19th century, and that story began with Robert Wilson Senior (1766-1824) and continued through two more generations...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1388803 (stock #3653f)
Old Friends
$34.00
Price for the pair.
These two identical teaspoons each measure a lengthy 6", are slender, have an exposed drop on the heel of the bowl, and show a midrib running down from the subtle tipt end on the backside of the handle.

They also have deeply beveled and highly angular shoulders coming off the pointed bowls.

The pair weight approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, and each one has the same feathered script, period "HM" monogram engraved on the front...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388760 (stock #3652f)
Old Friends
$30.00
At 8 1/4" long, and relatively weighty at 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece in its circa 1865 period, but is today's tablespoon size.

Made by Albert Coles of New York City, it bears his three part "eagle, AC, bust" mark on the reverse, along with "A. Coles," which added identifier is not frequently found.

There is a feathered script "W" monogram on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388633 (stock #3649f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz. Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

All have a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388468 (stock #3647f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Measuring 7 1/16" long and substantial weight at just under 1.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver master butter knife has a flat handle on a plane with the blade.

Stamped "R&W. Wilson Philad" on the blade, it was made by brothers Robert and William with dates spanning the second quarter of the 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388195 (stock #3642f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Catherine Hollan in her volume Philadelphia Silver lists 1825-49 as directory dates for the Philadelphia firm of Robert & William William, noting they were referenced in a letter dated 1821, while the firm "continued to be listed in Bywater's and Boyd's directories until 1851."

A wide variety of silver is still found with the company's various marks, the one on this 7 1/8" long master butter knife being "R&W.W."

It is coin silver, with a solid, blunt end, blade, and a hollow, filled...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388194 (stock #3641f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388146 (stock #3640f)
Old Friends
$62.00
A charming composition, this 6 3/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife incorporates a cherub-like child sitting on a floral garland swing, surrounded by an open, scrolled border that is situated above a raised heart. The handle end is surmounted by a basket of flowers.

A non-line, meaning it was not produced in a full service, flat handle, pattern, it is stamped on the blade "Sterling," and with Alvin's early lion emblem. The quality of design and execution is equal to such other well-regarded offe...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388038 (stock #3638f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Price for the set of six.
Recognized as the creative impulse who, with his son Edward, transformed Tiffany & Co. from a retailer to the major silver manufacturer that it became, New York City's John C. Moore was an established silversmith long before his association with Tiffany began.

He was in fact the second manufacturer, after Michael Gibney to patent a flatware design, with that on these six, matching, coin silver tea or dessert forks, dating to 1847 as indicated by the "Patent 1847" mark on the reverse. The actu...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387807 (stock #3635f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Price for the set of ten.
A non-line flatware pattern, meaning it was made in only a limited number of pieces, the design on these ten, 4 1/8" long, 2.9 T. oz. the group, coffee spoons (slightly larger than a true demitasse) features of series of graduated size rosettes on the front a scalloped edge handle.

Aesthetic in manner, and likely dating about 1880, there are two types of blossoms, one six petaled and one multi-petaled.

The relatively generously sized bowls, 1 3/8" long by 13/16" at the widest, have crimped...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1387247 (stock #3625f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Measuring 9 1/2" overall, this fish server has a filled coin silver handle joined to a solid coin silver, four tine fork. It weighs 3.8 T. oz., which includes the inner content of the handle.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Thread."

The shank, which is stamped in two places "W.G & S" for William Gale & Son, New York City, 1850-66 various years, is four sided and attaches to an open heel area with pointed shoulders.

All surfaces of the serving end are extensively and attractively e...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387094 (stock #3622f)
Old Friends
$75.00
New York City manufacturer Wood & Hughes responded to the pronounced interest in and popularity of "Medallion" pattern silver by producing several different series.

The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.

It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386960 (stock #3620f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Price for the set of six.
Each measuring 4 9/16" long, with the set weighing 2.4, these six, matching, coffee spoons trace to the mid 19th century.

They are stamped "T[heodore] Evans & Co.," for the New York City and Newark, New Jersey firm with dates 1855-65.

The pattern on these is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" aka "Plain Thread" and they are monogrammed "Hofman." in script lettering set sideways on the handles.

In excellent condition, they retain well-shaped, pointed bowls that are free of tip wear, d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1385765 (stock #3603f)
Old Friends
$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. oz., tabl...

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.

These dates are conv...

 
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