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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428697 (stock #4314f)
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An early 20th century pattern, Wallace's "Violet" is an expressive floral design offered in the Art Nouveau manner.

This example is a 7 1/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

A large blossom occupies the central portion of the handle and is surrounded by additional blossoms, buds, and leaves the full length of the handle and on the backside.

The pattern also extends onto the scalloped edge, rounded end, bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428630 (stock #4313f)
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$185.00
Of uncertain function, but generally thought to be used to withdraw soaked or mulled fruit from tall pitchers, claret spoons were largely a Victorian or early post Victorian device.

This lengthy, 13 1/2", just over 2.0 T. oz., solid silver example was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" are imprinted on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Norfolk" aka "Villa Norfolk" introduced in 1904...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1428548 (stock #4312f)
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A late 19th century design, Durgin's "Empire" presents in a regal manner, consistent with the pattern name.

It incorporates a crown, cornucopia, torches, a crossed ribbon wreath, and other festooning on the handle front, and simpler laurel and acanthus leaf and ribbon detailing on the reverse.

This example is a 7" long, 1.4 T. oz., place spoon, typically identified as a dessert or oval soup.

The front is engraved with an Old English "C" monogram in the oval reserve area...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428523 (stock #4311f)
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Specialized items, croquette servers were variously interpreted by different manufacturers, although a feature common to most producers and patterns is an elongated, spatulate blade.

This all silver example was made by International in its turn-of-the-twentieth century "Avalon" line.

Measuring 8 1/8" overall, and weighing a substantial 2.5 T. oz., it has the characteristic oblong blade, 3 3/4" by 2 1/4" in this instance...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428484 (stock #4310f)
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$22.00
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Slightly smaller than a full size tea, this five o'clock spoon measures 5 7/16" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

It is an early example of Whiting's "Lily" marked with the company's "winged lion" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and an Old English "O."

A striking and highly detailed Art Nouveau floral design, this retains excellent pattern detail, is without dents or bends in the bowl, and has a fine finish.

There is a lightly inscribed, script "G" monogram on the handle front.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1428447 (stock #4309f)
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$215.00
Characterized by very large bowls and relatively small handles, cracker scoops or spoons are fanciful and uncommon serving items in any flatware line.

This 8" long, 2.2 T. oz., example was made by Whiting in its "New Empire" aka "Empire" pattern.

The shell-shaped bowl is 4" long, 3 3/8" at the widest, and 3/4" deep in the cupped and embossed heel. It is finised in a pale gold matte wash in the interior...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1428213 (stock #4306f)
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$165.00
Price for the pair.
Large scaled, this pair of salad servers measure 9 1/4" long each item and weigh 4.8 T. oz. combined.

Made by Whiting, whose "lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1893" appear on the backsides, the pattern is "Imperial Queen."

The design incorporates shell, acanthus leaf, and scroll elements evocative of a traditional "Queens" pattern, apropos of the pattern name.

Both pieces are engraved in a flowing script "ECF" monogram on the handle fronts...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1428178 (stock #4305f)
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$140.00
Desk items, stamp boxes had one or more compartments to store individual postage.

This solid silver, two slot example was made by Dominick & Haff whose three part "rectangle, square, diamond" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "15" appear on the underside. It measures 2 1/2" by 1 1/2" by 7/8" high and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

There is a solid dividing wall between the slots, while the bottoms are slanted to facilitate removing the stamps...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1428146 (stock #4304f)
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$65.00
At 4" long and weighing .4 T. oz., this is a demitasse or coffee spoon.

It is hallmarked on the bowl reverse for London, 1899-1900, sterling, and renowned maker "Liberty & Co" (partially rubbed).

Designer Archibald Knox is strongly associated with this firm, and he very likely designed this which falls within the company's "Cymric" line. The pattern name is "Egbert" and is decidedly Art Nouveau in style and appears to be hand worked in whole or in part...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1428111 (stock #4303f)
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Produced in the same period that Gorham generated its legendary "Narragansett" line of silver, this pair of 2 5/8" diameter, 1" high, 2.2 T...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1428081 (stock #4302f)
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$85.00
An early pattern that Durgin made first in coin and continued in production in sterling, "Strawberry" faithfully portrays a single plump fruit with leaves on the handle end, and a cluster of leaves midway on the handle.

It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on the front and backsides.

This 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., example is an early run item, marked "Patent," "Pure Coin," which is a characteristically New England term, and with the name of the retailer, "A. Skinner," Boston....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1427938 (stock #4299f)
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$46.00
Described in an 1885 historical recounting as "a perfect museum of ancient and modern art," Jacksonville, Florida's "Greenleaf & Crosby" evolved into a jeweler of national reputation.

The firm marketed an array of sterling silver souvenir spoons that featured a variety of state locations and themes (such as alligator handled pieces).

This 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at .9 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon stamped "Greenleaf & Crosby Co.," features the "Old City Gates" of "St. Augustin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1427914 (stock #4298f)
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$145.00
An over the cup tea strainer, this 1.1 T. oz., all silver piece has a 2 1/2" wide by 1" deep bowl with a 2 3/8" long handle on one side, and a shorter, matched lip on the other.

As imprinted on the bowl edge, it is model "159" made by Gorham, whose name, "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Sterling" appear alongside the number.

Arts and crafts in manner, the arm and lip are reticulated in something of a Chippendale style, while the fine piercings in the bowl are a dot and cross pattern.

The ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1427877 (stock #4297f)
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$46.00
Unusual for Whiting in regard to the pattern which is a "Twist" handle with a faceted, four-sided, solid end, and the bowl form which is an elongated, gold washed, shell with a cupped heel with flange shoulders, this 6 1/8" long, .7 T. oz., item is likely a sugar spoon.

Dating from late in the 19th century, it is marked with the Whiting "lion with W" logo, "Sterling," and the number "30" on the heel backside.

Never monogrammed, it remains in outstanding condition, with the only wear being ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1427836 (stock #4296f)
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$38.00
This 5 7/8" long, approximately .9 T. oz., teaspoon is an example from Wallace's early 20th century series that features zodiac signs and flowers from each of the twelve months of the year.

The month represented is "December" as appears on the lower portion of the handle, and the corresponding sign and flower are "Capricorn(us)" and "Holly."

In mint condition, and never monogrammed, this appears to have been little, if ever, used as an implement. All details remain well-defined showing no ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1427759 (stock #4294f)
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A design derived from an English "Kings" pattern, Whiting's "King Edward" incorporates shell, leaf, and scroll motifs set in high relief.

These ice cream spoons, of which there are three, two engraved with an Old English "M" monogram and one with a line script "FGL," measure 5 1/2" long, with the "M" ones weighing .7 T. oz. each and the "FGL" one .5 T. oz.

They have stylized shell-shaped bowls, with gold finishes front and back sides.

In superb condition there is no wear, or bends or d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1970 item #1427716 (stock #4293f)
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Exhibiting the clean lines characteristic of Modernist design, this intermediate sized, 9 1/2" long, weighty at 4.7 T. oz., ladle has a plain band, arched handle with a sharply defined, angular end.

It is clearly marked on the backside for "F. Ramirez," "Federal District," i.e. Mexico City, "Sterling," and with the Mexican "eagle" symbol used 1948-c. 1980.

The generously proportioned, ovoid, bowl measures 3 1/2" by 2 1/4" by 1" deep.

In outstanding condition, and never monogrammed or in...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1427617 (stock #4292f)
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$46.00
This 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty at .8 T. oz., baby spoon is stamped with an early Arthur Stone "Hammer & S" mark, "Sterling," and a "B" for bench craftsman George Blanchard, who became a renowned craftsman in his own right and was the father of California silversmith Porter Blanchard.

The pattern is "Round End" issued in 1901 and identified by sources as Stone's first flatware line.

The handle front is engraved with a flowing, line script, "BCP" monogram.

Simple as it is, this pie...

 
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