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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1406349 (stock #3958f)
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Standing 2 7/8" high, this tapered wall beaker has a top span of 3 1/4", a base diameter of 2 3/8", and weighs 3.6 T. oz.

It is hallmarked for sterling silver, London, 1902, and maker Henry Wilkinson & Co. Ltd., which firm is identified in Jackson' Hallmarks as an "important manufacturer."

It has applied, lined banding on the top and bottom edges and is otherwise plain, and has never been monogrammed or inscribed.

Comfortable in the hand, this remains in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1406273 (stock #3957f)
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Designed to reach deep into a characteristically tall horseradish jar, this condiment spoon measures a lengthy 7 1/8" and weighs .6 T. oz.

Made by Paye & Baker whose "P&B inside hearts" emblem, and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside, the pattern is "Poppy", which is one of that company's several expressive Art Nouveau designs issued during the first decade of the 20th Century...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1406188 (stock #3956f)
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Price for the set of eight.
Each of these matching oyster, aka seafood or shrimp cocktail, forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the group weighs 7.4 T. oz., or just under 1.0 T. oz. each.

Marked "Sterling 925," the pattern is Stieff's (later Kirk-Stieff, Baltimore) early 20th century "Chrysanthemum," which is a dense repousse design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1406026 (stock #3953f)
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Five o'clock coffee size at 5 3/8" long and weighing .5 T. oz., this spoon was made by Watson, whose Mechanics Silver division "Pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Pond Lily," which is a high relief, Art Nouveau design executed with the kind of detail, fidelity to form, and artistic expression which set Watson apart.

The bowl shows a die cut representation of "Fort Sumter" in "Charleston, SC," and so identified...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405983 (stock #3952f)
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An 1880 design, Whiting's "Italian" was issued as a primary pattern, and in several variants which were the same as the basic pattern, but had additional engraving.

This 5 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., sugar sifter is in the basic pattern, which has a pointed end with a convex area on each side of the arched handle. Other detail includes a lacy leaf design that is accented by what appears to be a tied ribbon or bow...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1405953 (stock #3951f)
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Model number "985," solid sterling silver, and made by Gorham Manufacturing Company, all of which is documented by the marks on the underside along with a date letter for 1883, this stands 7 1/2" tall, weighs 26.0 T. oz., and has a capacity of 4 1/2 pints. (See enlargement 3 for a facsimile of the 1882 Gorham catalogue entry).

The body is bulbous and is capped by a tall, sleeve like neck. There is a 1/2" band with something of a woven pattern where these two sections join...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405904 (stock #3950f)
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Patented in 1891 by renowned designer Charles Osborne while employed by Whiting Manufacturing Company, "Ivory" may be the most impressive line of flatware offered by that company.

Always esteemed by collectors, its "fate" has become clouded by current regulations concerning the material.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., cream ladle is presented here largely to exhibit the pattern and show its merits...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405853 (stock #3949f)
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A late 19th century line, Whiting's "Berry" incorporated a variety of fruits assigned to different pieces.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, nearly 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle that features a blackberry motif. This includes the fruit, leaves, stems, and blossoms of the plant arrayed on the full length of the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1405793 (stock #3948f)
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Issued in the mid 1870s, Wood & Hughes "Viola" is a period pattern, successfully incorporating then prevalent Renaissance Revival design elements, as well as borrowing from the Greek and Gothic Revival fashion of the previous decade.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with an exceptionally attractive bowl with a matte gold finish, bright cut and wriggle work engraved, interior. The backside has a bright gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405635 (stock #3945f)
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At 1.0 T. oz., this 6 1/8" long youth fork is heavy for its size...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405592 (stock #3944f)
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An 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this is likely a berry or large preserve serving spoon.

This has a rounded end, upturned, "Antique" handle that is engraved in an Aesthetic (Eastlake) design that places it circa 1880.

The plum-shaped bowl has a raised central vee in the base,a flanged rim, and is finished in a gold wash front and back sides. The interior is bright cut in a design consistent with the handle and has wriggle work bordering.

The backside is plain save for the word "Sterli...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1405392 (stock #3941f)
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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths offers dates of 1876-87 for the firm of "McCarty & Hurlbert," the name imprinted on the backside of this 9 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., berry spoon, with antecedent firms tracing back to c. 1845.

It is also marked "Coin," which is late for this standard, as most manufacturers had converted to sterling by the 1870s.

It has an "Old English" handle with a tipt backside and a bright cut fine flower and leaf theme on the front.

The pointed end b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1405342 (stock #3940f)
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A large item measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing just under 3.5 T. oz., this piece is identifiable by its unusual 4" by 3 1/2", open work blade, designed to accommodate toast.

Made by Towle at the turn of the 20th century, the pattern is "Old Newbury," which has beaded margins and a scroll and leaf tip handle.

There is a line script "J" monogram on the handle front and "1876-1901" engraved on the reverse, indicating this was a 25th anniversary piece, and also incidentally documenting that i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405285 (stock #3938f)
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This lengthy at 7 5/8" and robust at approximately 1.5 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife was made by New York's John Wendt, whose characteristic "Patent 925" (for sterling) and "Bailey & Co.," for the Philadelphia retailer appear on the blade.

The pattern is "Union," and is quite similar to "Gibney," designed by F.H. Gibney, later Whiting, with both it and "Union" issued in 1862.

The handle has a central leaf rosette and leaf tipped, oval end, all elements that are very much of its ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405239 (stock #3937f)
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An engraved design dating from the 1880s, Gorham's "Jac Rose" must have been an especially well-received pattern given the quantity of inventory of it that has survived to the present time, though there are few extant examples in as fine condition as this piece.

The rose theme is presented on an "Old English," rounded end, handle with a bright finished, tipt back, and a satin matte finished front.

The detailed floral and leaf imagery shows to full advantage at the scale of this 8 1/2" long...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1405206 (stock #3936f)
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Measuring 6 3/8" long, with a large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8" at the widest bowl, and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz., this is a preserve or jelly spoon.

It is an early example of Alvin's Art Nouveau style "Old Orange Blossom" pattern marked with the Alvin emblem, "Patent," and "Sterling," all in fine, precise, lettering as would be expected of an original piece in this line.

There is a script "SRN" monogram lightly engraved on the handle front.

In very good estate condition, the pattern remains...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1405134 (stock #3935f)
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Solid silver, this pie or pastry server measures 9" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz.

It has a large, triangular shaped, 4 3/8" long by 2 3/4" at the widest, blade with a cupped heel and slightly flanged shoulders.

Marked "Shreve & Co.," for the San Francisco firm known for its Arts & Crafts style silver, which this is, and "Sterling," the pattern is "Norman," patented in 1909. It was offered in a plain version, and as is this, with a hammered surface.

The upturned handle front is engraved wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1405071 (stock #3934f)
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One of Tiffany's most successful 19th century patterns, "English King" derived from British design. It is yet sought after, more than a century and a quarter after it was issued.

This example is an early production piece marked "Tiffany & Co." "Sterling," and with a capital "M," this letter dating it no later than 1891.

It is an 8 5/8" long," extremely heavy at 3.7 T. oz., table or serving spoon.

Never monogrammed, it is in superb estate condition. Pattern detail remains clear and is fr...

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