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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374085 (stock #3406f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing just over 3.2 T. oz., this pair of tongs are large enough in relative terms to be described as immense. They may be an old implement that is sometimes referenced as (fried) chicken tongs.

They are stamped "Lincoln & Foss" for the mid 19th century (1848-57) Boston firm, and quite unusual for the date, "Sterling," rather than the expected coin silver...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1373930 (stock #3404f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Dating from the 1850s, and measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing approximately 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver berry or other serving spoon is stamped "P.L.K." for the Philadelphia silversmith Peter L. Krider.

Relatively plain in design, it nonetheless bespeaks its origins.

The "Reverse Tipt" handle is extensively engraved on the front in a design that is evocative of Philadelphia work of the period...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1373000 (stock #3386f)
Old Friends
$295.00
Although commonly referred to as "Old English," this pattern is identified in the Gorham archives as "Old English." It follows after an early English pattern that is characterized by a flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank. The disk has a knurled edge, and in this case is engraved with an "E.N.T." monogram.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372687 (stock #3379f)
Old Friends
$36.00
The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 7" long, .9 T. oz., master butter knife was produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.

It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372532 (stock #3375f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.

Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372149 (stock #3362f)
Old Friends
$46.00
With a history tracing to 1859-60, M(artin) S. Smith became the largest jeweler of its time in Detroit. At least one source lists the firm as a manufacturer as well.

This 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon dates from the earliest years of the firm, and may have been produced by it.

It has a flat handle, with notched edges and an anthemion shaped tip. The surface front is extensively engraved with diamond bright cutting, wriggle work, and cross hatching...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1371911 (stock #3352f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860s.

It is a fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backside...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1371497 (stock #3345f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Stamped "F.A.B & Co.," this 8" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter was produced by Francis A. Bunnell (also Bunnelle) of Syracuse, New York, in the 1860s.

The pattern is known as "Fox Head" or "Wolf Head," indicative of the three dimensional animal figure situated at the tip of the handle. This is embellished by ivy leaves that appear on both sides of the handle and backside heel of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1369881 (stock #3314f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A 6" long, .9 T. oz., item, this sugar spoon is stamped "C C S" on the reverse, for the maker, Charles C. Shaver, who worked in Utica, New York, during the second half of the 19th century.

Made of coin silver, this dates c. 1865.

The pattern is described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appears on both sides of the handle and features anthemion leaves, along with other period detailing.

The bowl is a shell form in the manner o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1368667 (stock #3294f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Slender and delicate, this piece measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.2 T. oz.

Marked only "Coin," without a maker's or retailer's identification, the rounded handle with notched tip essentially matches Gorham's early, 1865, "Italian" pattern, and the quality of manufacture suggests such a significant maker.

This is bordered by fine wriggle work engraving and has an elegant period "EC" feathered script monogram set in the center of the plain area of the surface.

The lower por...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1367056 (stock #3264f)
Old Friends
$88.00
With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant silver manufactury.

While "Tipt" end examples of their work, which this is, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.

One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.

The handle has...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1366740 (stock #3258f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Dating from the mid 1850s, this 6 7/8" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon has New England origins.

It is stamped "S.N. Story" for the Worcester, Massachusetts silversmith and jeweler. Also marked "Pure Coin," which was a regional term, this was likely made in Boston.

The pattern is "Olive," which was a very popular design in the period.

What sets this apart from other examples is its intermediate size, shell bowl, solid weight, quality manufacture, and good condition.

The ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1363880 (stock #3209f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver sold out to Brown in 1858, but whose interest he bought back in 1863. All this history indicates the mark on this piece is rarer than most associated with the Shaver name.

The pattern is one described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appear...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1837 VR item #1362855 (stock #3188f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing a substantial 1.8 T. oz., this spoon dates c. 1835.

It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.

The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.

It is also marked "10....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1361387 (stock #3163f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more o...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360809 (stock #3152f)
Old Friends
$45.00
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.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., master butter ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360599 (stock #3142f)
Old Friends
$95.00
While his early working years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut, George Eno is identified as a Philadelphia silversmith where he spent most of his life.

This large, 7 3/4" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "Eno & Co." and "Coin," dating it 1854-60, prior to Eno's 1860-70 partnership with George Bechtel.

The narrow handle is hexagonal with two square block elements. The end is broad and spreads out into a fan or anthemion form. This is finely engraved and outlined in...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360196 (stock #3128f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61).

It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded end shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front.

It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script.

It is in excellent condition. The detail remains well-defined, showing minimal evidence of polishin...

 
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