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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376636 (stock #3449f)
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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1376594 (stock #3448f)
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A 2 5/8" long overall, 4 gram item, this ribbon threader, also referred to as a bodkin, has a 1 1/2" long, 1/2" at the widest, wire loop functioning end.

The handle has a flat backside with a raised, scroll and bead, Victorian style design on the front.

In flawless condition, it shows no signs of use or wear. Pattern detail remains well-defined, absent any polishing wear. The wire loop is perfectly shaped, without any bends or breaks. The finish is warm and even...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1376551 (stock #3447f)
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While the actual pattern name "Wave Edge" applies to a line of silver produced by Tiffany & Co., the border on this 6" by 3 1/8", 1.7 T. oz., dresser, pin, or other tray can appropriately be described using the same descriptor.

It has a 1/2" high sidewall with a scalloped edge and a series of raised scrolls that appear to mimic breaking waves.

The center bottom of the piece has an oval dome that is engraved "HCE" in lined script. Ridges radiate out from this, suggesting a sunburst...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376475 (stock #3446f)
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An expressive and innovative design introduced early, 1872, in the history of Tiffany as a silver manufacturer, "Vine" appeared in many motifs.

This example is a 9" long, 3.3 T. oz., berry spoon in "Grapevine."

William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware notes that this was made with a variety of bowl forms, and the shell or fluted design on this is observationally one of the less common ones. It is finished with a bright gold wash front and backsides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376368 (stock #3445f)
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A 7 5/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., piece, this example of Whiting's "Arabesque" pattern, is imprinted with the company's "lion" logo and the number "19" on the backside heel of the bowl, and "Sterling" and "Pat. 1875" on the handle reverse.

The griffin set against a Moorish style background composition is emblematic of the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a flange rim and central vee running from the handle to the midpoint of the base...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1376333 (stock #3444f)
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This sterling silver bowl is model number "2385" made by Gorham in 1881, all documented in the marks on the underside of the flat bottom.

It measures 2" tall to the rim, 2 3/4" at the highest point of the arms, has a body that is 3 1/2" wide, 5 1/4" handle tip to handle tip, 2 3/8" across on the bottom, a top opening of 2 3/4", and weighs 4.6 T. oz.

Likely a sugar bowl, it stands on its own...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1376273 (stock #3443f)
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Not "made up" or "hand crafted," this 6 1/4" long, relatively weighty at .7 T. oz., butter pick is a completely original piece, rather than adapted from another item as many examples of this form are.

The pattern is "Passaic," introduced by Unger Brothers in 1900.

Known for its innovative Art Nouveau designs, executed in both flatware and jewelry, the style of this goes in another direction, to the rococo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376205 (stock #3442f)
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Cincinnati, Ohio's Duhme & Co. offered numerous patterns that were teasingly close to those produced by other manufacturers, enough so that it raises the question whether these designs were copies or produced by third party firms for retailing by Duhme.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an example of this practice. The rarely found pattern is a very close match to Whiting's "Berry," introduced in 1880...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1376108 (stock #3440f)
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An early example of Whiting's "Lily," this pair of 4 15/16" long, heavy at just under 1.0 T. oz., tongs are marked with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. App...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1376048 (stock #3439f)
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The marks on this 3 1/8" top diameter, 1 1/8" high, bowl standing on a 2" wide rim base and weighing a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz., beg identification, although the quality of work bespeaks a skilled producer.

They are "MKH" and "JAH" in block lettering, "Hand Wrought," and "Sterling."

The piece is compellingly appealing in its simplicity of design, good heft, and the high quality of its workmanship.

In flawless condition, it exhibits precise construction, is perfectly round, and has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1375809 (stock #3436f)
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As is so much the mark of George Shiebler's work, this late 19th century, 5 1/2" long, button hook reflects imaginative and innovative design characteristics.

The handle, about half the overall length, is sterling silver, so marked, along with Shiebler's "winged S" emblem and the model number "5264," while the lower portion with the actual "hook" that defines the piece, is plated steel.

The silver portion is comprised of a central rod wrapped by two strands of heavy wire that encircle th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1375680 (stock #3433f)
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This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.4 T. oz., spoon is marked only "Sterling," but the pattern is Whiting's 1880 "Antique Tip," which is itself similar to Knowles' "Antique."

It has a pointed tipt end with scroll detailing and a raised fleur-de-lis drop.

The length of a tablespoon, the oversized, wide and deep with a pointed end, bowl suggests this was designed to function as a versatile server.

While relatively plain, it is adorned with an embellished Old English "L" monogram that stands for...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1375594 (stock #3432f)
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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this solid silver cheese knife dates from the second decade of the 20th century.

The pattern is "Chippendale Old" made by Frank Smith. It features a raised acanthus leaf design set on the terminal end of the handle and the backside heel of the blade. The front of the handle is otherwise smooth and tapered, while the reverse has a midrib.

The handle curves downward where it joins the nubbed shoulders of the blade, which has a bev...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1375512 (stock #3431f)
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Not a standard line, the design on this circa 1880, 8 7/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon is akin to Durgin's "Bouquet," although that is a die struck pattern and this is acid etched, with supplemental hand engraved finishing.

The portraiture is detailed, intricate, and true to life, illustrating sawtooth edge leaves, all joined to woody stems (tentatively identified as a "dwarf blackberry" by an informed source). The background is finely stippled, resulting in a matte gray s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1375398 (stock #3429dd)
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Originally associated with Arthur Stone, Gardner, Massachusetts, arguably the most well-known American silversmith of the early 20th century Arts & Crafts movement, George Erickson established himself as an outstanding craftsman in his own right, with the tradition carried on to his grandson Peter today.

This 12 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., ladle is variously identified as a lemonade, bar, or martini spoon.

An estate piece, this is an early example of Erickson's work, tracing directly to him. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1374946 (stock #3422f)
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A weighty item at 1.0 T. oz., this 5 7/8" long teaspoon is a superb example of Wallace's figural "Irian" pattern.

It portrays a full-sized, semi-draped, female image with three putti surrounding her head. One of these is cupid like and is pointing a bow and arrow at her.

Additional detailing includes orchid blossoms, leaves and other flowers, front and back sides, all presented in an Art Nouveau manner, which is consistent with the 1902 date of this line.

The handle reverse is engra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1374915 (stock #3421f)
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This style of tea strainer is designed to hang from the spout of a tea pot.

The body is a basket, in this instance 2 1/4" in diameter and 1" deep, with a bail handle that is attached to a double wire prong that is held in the spout by tension. The total weight is nearly .5 T. oz.

This circa 1900 example made by Blackinton is model number "64" as stamped on the underside, along with the company sword emblem, and the word "Sterling."

The basket has a scalloped edge that is imprinted wi...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374737 (stock #3418f)
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Described in Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, as the "best known" of the family of silversmiths that included his father, brother, and son, Andrew Ellicott Warner was also "the most prolific Baltimore silversmith next to Kirk."

This example of his work is a 5 7/8" long, .7 T. oz., teaspoon.

Stamped with his name and the Baltimore "11 oz." standard designation, which equates to midway between coin and sterling, it dates from the mid 19th century.


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