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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1392727 (stock #3721f)
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$62.00
The Syracuse, New York, silversmith Francis A. Bunnell, also Bunnelle, worked during the third quarter of the 19th century, both solely and in a number of partnerships.

This example of his output, a 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "F A B" for him alone and dates from the 1860s.

It is very much a period piece, with a broad, notched, engraved and engine turned handle joined to the twisted shank. There is a wriggle work border on the reverse, with additional engraved detailing...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1392016 (stock #3711f)
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$165.00
Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391164 (stock #3698f)
Old Friends
$34.00
Price for the pair.
With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant manufacturer, producing a wide array of silver flat and hollow ware.

While modest and unpresuming in terms of function, size, and design, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, .5 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons nonetheless reflect the full quality of craft for which the firm was known...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390476 (stock #3685f)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price per piece, two available.
Measuring 8 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this would have been an individual place spoon in its circa 1840 period, but is equivalent size to today's tablespoon.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, it is marked "Perry O. Daniel" and "Standard," which is a regional term for coin silver.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies the maker as Oliver Perry O'Daniel, born in Wilmington, Delaware, and working in Philadelphia 1836-52...

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 : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389032 (stock #3659f)
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$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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388760 (stock #3652f)
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$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 : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1388468 (stock #3647f)
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$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)
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$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.

Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period (see Old Friends catalogue item 3170), and which in turn is akin to Knowles &...

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 : 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...

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. In his Manufacturers' Ma...

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. "

There is a scrip...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1384408 (stock #3576f)
Old Friends
$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.

It also has a "Shell Back" drop on the heel and is engrave...

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

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. The pointed blade measures 4 1/2" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, and has a cupped heel and flange edge...

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...

 
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