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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390669 (stock #3688dd)
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$225.00
Price for the set of six.
First appearing in Gorham's 1884 catalogue, offered as a set of twelve, "Number 3" oyster or seafood cocktail fork was illustrated in later catalogues (through the 1890s) shown with other exotic designs of the period (see image 2).

The primary feature of the pattern is an apparent bat face situated at the end of the handle. This suggests some resemblance to a boar or devil as well.

Other design details include wings, and possibly toes, wrapping around both sides of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1390594 (stock #3687f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Measuring 3 3/4" long and weighing a robust 1.1 T. oz., this baby or infant spoon was made by Tiffany & Co. and is so marked, along with "Sterling," "m," and model number "1338."

While not a line pattern, it has the plain, clean style of an Arts & Crafts piece, akin to Tiffany's "Gramercy" or "Hamilton," and, as do those pieces, likely dates from the second or third decade of the 20th century.

The handle wraps around to form an open loop.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1390537 (stock #3686f)
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Nearly three centuries old, this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., sugar sifter with a 1 7/8" round, pierced, bowl, had its origins in Georgian England.

While the marks are some rubbed, the maker's stamp is clear for Richard Gosling, London, and the date letter for 1733. Gosling must have been something of a scurrilous character as Grimwade's London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 notes, he was "tried and convicted [in 1742] for counterfeiting marks," although "This fall grace did not . . ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390411 (stock #3684f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this 7 3/8" long, very heavy at just under 3.8 T. oz., gravy ladle is "Paris, the son of Priam," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line (William P. Hood Jr., Tiffany Silver Flatware).

It has a plain, oval, 2 3/8" by 2" by 3/8" deep, bowl, with a large classical face on the backside heel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390343 (stock #3683f)
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One of Tiffany's most imaginative lines of flatware, "Lap Over-Over-Edge," 1880, was an exercise in theme and variation.

The theme is the turned back margin on the reverse of the handle, which is the defining element of the pattern. Subsets of this include plain, acid etched, and applied groupings, and within the latter two, there are further, seemingly countless, flora and fauna themed, iterations.

This piece, a 7 1/8" long, approximately 2.0 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1390170 (stock #3681f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Price per piece, two available.
One of the largest and heaviest of the multitude of master salts illustrated in George and Carolyn Thompkins The Handbook of Gorham Open Salt Dishes, model number "A6440," as this is marked, along with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling, and a date symbol for 1911, measures 4" long by 3" wide, stands 2" high, and weighs a more than substantial 3.8 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1390063 (stock #3679f)
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While a popular form with many many variations available, this example of a shell dish stands apart on the basis of both its quality of design and craft as well as its generous size.

Solid silver and nearly circular at 7" diameter, it weighs a substantial 5.9 T. oz., and stands 1 1/8" high, resting on three ball feet.

It has a 3/8" wide scalloped rim with a broad heel grip area that is finished with an applied, raised, leaf and shell detail...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390011 (stock #3678f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Embodying a rococo pattern, and likely dating from the late 19th century, this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., bread or toast fork incorporates leaves, scrolls, acanthus leaves, and floral elements.

It is hollow with three tines and is all silver, marked "Sterling," model number "1223," and with a maker's emblem, which is a triangle with a rubbed interior.

There is a feathered script "L" monogram engraved on one side of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1389772 (stock #3674f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Lengthy at 5", and weighty at 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are heavily ornamented in a way that is reminiscent of the dominant architectural style popular in the period of the piece...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1389620 (stock #3671f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A form popular in the third quarter of the 19th century, this 2.9 T. oz. serving spoon is large overall, measuring 10 1/8" long, and and is characterized by a very generously proportioned 4" by 2 5/8" bowl...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389335 (stock #3667f)
Old Friends
$42.00
This Whiting pattern introduced in 1890 is known by several names including singular and plural variations of "Rose & Scroll" as well as "LaFrance" and "LaFrancais."

This example is a 3 3/8" long, .4 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.

The bowl is scoop or shovel form and quite decorative. It has an embossed surface, cupped heel with scalloped shoulders, and is finished in a gold wash on the interior.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition. The pattern on the handle remains clear and well...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1389255 (stock #3666f)
Old Friends
$115.00
A large item, measuring 10 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this solid silver ice cream slice was made by Frank Whiting in the "Palm" pattern.

Introduced in 1887, and embodying an Aesthetic sensibility, "Palm" is a floral and leaf design with a large fan or spray element at the terminus that evokes a palm leaf. The design is raised, lending it a chiseled or sculpted quality.

The blade on this is a statement in its own right. It has a sweeping lower edge running to a defined point,...

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.

The maker was George Sharp, Philadelphia, as indicated by his "lion, S, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1388364 (stock #3645f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Price for the pair.
A matched set, each of these candlesticks is marked on the brushed finished, flat bottom, underside, "Tiffany & Company," "Sterling," "925/1000," "m," pattern number "18929" (introduced in 1916), order number "5839," and the word "weighted."

They weigh 19.9 T. oz. the pair, but that is essentially irrelevant because of the fill in them.

A matched, baluster form, pair, they stand 6 1/2" tall, have bases that are 3 7/8" across, and have solid silver removable bobeches that are 2" in diameter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388301 (stock #3644f)
Old Friends
$245.00
Price for the set of six.
A pattern originated by John Polhamus in the second half of the 19th century, and continued by George Shiebler, "Corinthian" is a Greek Revival design that features an anthemion at the handle end, supported by rosettes and palmettes.

These six place or dessert spoons are all matching, were never monogrammed, measure 7" long each, and weigh 8.0 T. oz. the group.

They are in excellent condition, are absent polishing wear and have bowls that remain well-shaped and are free of dents, bends, ni...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388244 (stock #3643f)
Old Friends
$135.00
A large item measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this serving fork has four tines, the outer two of which are notched. The serving end has a cupped heel with decorated shoulders and is finished in a gold wash front and backsides.

The pattern is "Empire," which is a late 19th century design that incorporates imagery suggestive of majesty, nobility, and imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown, cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387869 (stock #3636f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing just over 2.0 T. oz., this piece is a berry scoop or shovel.

Marked "Berry & Co. Baltimore," for that city's firm with working dates 1880-94 according to Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, and "Sterling," the pattern is a finely engraved flower and leaf design on the tipt back handle. This is interpreted in an Aesthetic manner, set against a satin matte finish.

The engraving repeats in an enlarged representation in the scallo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1387676 (stock #3633f)
Old Friends
$160.00
Measuring 7 7/8" long, with a round bowl 2 1/2" in diameter and 3/8" deep, and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this piece is French in origin

It is fully stamped with Paris hallmarks for first standard, i.e. .950 pure (vs. .925 for sterling), including the "bearded man" head used 1819-38, a female head large guaranty mark, and a bigorne.

The maker's mark is diamond shape with a tower like image in the center, three letters in the left, right, and bottom corners, the right hand one of which is "G" whi...

 
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