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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1388984 (stock #3658f)
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A tea infuser is essentially a tea ball with an attached handle, and that is precisely what this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.1 T. oz., item is.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is imprinted on the handle underside, along with "Sterling" and model number "B3910," the pattern is a "Pointed Antique" in the manner of the company's "Mothers."

The infuser itself is a perfect orb, 1 1/4" in diameter, with circular piercings and a snap latch...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1388895 (stock #3655f)
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This example of late Victorian grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388688 (stock #3651f)
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A large piece, measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this is a berry, pudding, or other serving spoon. The pattern is Whiting's "Persian," which dates from 1880, and is a Moorish design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 4" by 2 3/8" at the widest, and has a fluted or piecrust rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1388364 (stock #3645f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388301 (stock #3644f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1388244 (stock #3643f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387869 (stock #3636f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1387676 (stock #3633f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1387614 (stock #3632f)
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One of the pairings within the Bateman Family of silversmiths, that of Peter and Ann, brother and sister-in-law, son and daughter-in-law respectively, of Hester, dates from the last decade of the 18th century.

This 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon, has complete and clear marks for these makers, "PB/AB," sterling, 1791, and a duty (bust) stamp.

It is an "Old English" form with a downturned, tipt backside, handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387550 (stock #3631f)
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Measuring 4 1/2" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are marked "Sterling" and "J.H. Hart," for the Brooklyn, New York retailer with dates 1857-c. 1910.

This piece is a small silver jewel in that its major feature, namely the bright cut Aesthetic period engraving on each arm, that includes a lily of the valley flower, is exquisitely executed in a technique that shows diamond cutting at its finest...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387499 (stock #3630f)
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A very lengthy 10 7/8" overall, with a triangular blade that measures 5" by 3" at the widest, and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this pie or pastry server dates to the third quarter of the 19th century.

It is marked "Bigelow.Bros & Kennard" for the major Boston firm that operated under several name variations, and "925" in an oval for sterling silver.

The handle is an "Old English" pattern with a "Tipt" backside. The front is engraved in a design that is identified as either "Buckle" or "Garter," th...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1920 item #1387416 (stock #3629f)
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Stamped with the pattern number "17070," which was put into production in 1911, this piece is also marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," order number "1393," "Sterling," "925-1000," and "m" (used 1907-47).

Solid silver, it is a 2" high, 2 1/2" top diameter, 1.9 T. oz., master salt dip that sits on a rimmed pedestal base 1 1/2" across.

It is round and smooth walled with a triple lined border around the outside top, and has never been monogrammed or inscribed. The interior retains traces of an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387356 (stock #3627f)
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A solid silver, 5 7/8" long, just under 1.1 T. oz. sardine fork, this piece was made by Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey.

The pattern, "Douvaine," is the embodiment of the Art Nouveau style, for which Unger became so well known in both silver flatware and jewelry realms.

It features a dolphin or fish image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure or mask face set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a cro...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1387247 (stock #3625f)
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Measuring 9 1/2" overall, this fish server has a filled coin silver handle joined to a solid coin silver, four tine fork. It weighs 3.8 T. oz., which includes the inner content of the handle.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Thread."

The shank, which is stamped in two places "W.G & S" for William Gale & Son, New York City, 1850-66 various years, is four sided and attaches to an open heel area with pointed shoulders.

All surfaces of the serving end are extensively and attractively e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387126 (stock #3623f)
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Drawing upon Moorish, i.e. Islamic, design sensibilities, Whiting's 1880 "Alhambra" is a non-figural, repetitive pattern akin to the company's "Arabesque" of the same period.

This example is a 9 1/2" long, 2.1 T. oz., ice cream server.

The blade has a curved and upswept lower edge that leads to a pointed tip. The upper edge is raised and has a scalloped flange edge, which repeats on the lower shoulder.

The surface is engraved with a rosette motif with acanthus leaves leading from this. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387094 (stock #3622f)
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New York City manufacturer Wood & Hughes responded to the pronounced interest in and popularity of "Medallion" pattern silver by producing several different series.

The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.

It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386770 (stock #3617f)
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Price for the set of three pieces.
A complete youth grouping, consisting of a 6 3/4" long knife, 5 7/8" long fork, and 6 1/16" long spoon, 2.7 T. oz. combined weight, this set was made by New York City's John Wendt, and retailed by "Ball, Black & Co.," with whom Wendt was closely affiliated.

The pattern is "Medallion" dating from the 1860s, and features Wendt's young male figure on the fork and spoon, and his less commonly found female image on the knife.

The high relief portraiture remains crisp and sharply defined on all ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1386723 (stock #3616f)
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Price for the set of twelve.
A non-line pattern, these twelve, matching, 4" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, likely cast handle rather than die struck, coffee spoons are as singular as they are appealing.

Made by Whiting, the company's "lion" emblem and "Sterling" are stamped on the backside of each piece.

Probably dating from the late 19th century, and toward Art Nouveau in manner, the pattern features a stylized, raised grape cluster and leaf motif on the terminal end. The lower section of the handle has an also raised lea...

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