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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1362956 (stock #3190f)
Old Friends
$395.00
First introduced to British hallmarking in 1697, the "Britannia" standard demarcates a silver content of 95.8%, significantly higher than sterling's 92.5%.

It remained required for less than a century, but continued in limited use subsequent to the reversion to sterling in 1720, enjoying a revival in the late Victorian era.

This muffineer, aka sugar shaker or caster, traces to that period, having an Old English "a" date letter for 1896-97...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1362810 (stock #3187f)
Old Friends
$48.00
An appealing multi-motif floral design, this 5 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., "Majestic" pattern bon bon is further enhanced by its decorative, relatively large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8", three-lobed, bowl.

A turn of the 20th century design, it was made by Alvin, whose company emblem and the word "Sterling" is imprinted on the handle backside in fine lettering.

The flowers on this item include an iris set midway on the handle, and roses at the terminus...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362437 (stock #3181f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Retailed by Tiffany, this lengthy, 7 7/8", and weighty at 1.6 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife dates prior to 1868.

A "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," design, it was made by New York City's Henry Hebbard, who with his contemporary and sometime partner John Polhamus, was one of Tiffany's major suppliers in the 1850s and 60s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362159 (stock #3180f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat 1885," this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork once belonged to "Gladys," whose name is engraved in script on the backside.

The pattern is "St. Cloud," one of the outstandingly successful designs produced by Antoine Heller in his long and consequential career with Gorham.

It is in very good condition. The dense leaf and shell motif remains well-defined, showing minimal polishing wear...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1362095 (stock #3179f)
Old Friends
$46.00
At 6 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., this piece is marked for London, 1775-76, sterling, and maker "John Lambe."

It has an "Old English" handle, i.e. down turned, round end, with a tipt back, and a long drop on the bowl.

Well-made and without a monogram or inscription, it is in very good condition. The marks are clear, the bowl is free of dents or tip wear, and the finish is soft and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362024 (stock #3177f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Antique Tip" has a notched, pointed end, handle with a diamond-shaped drop flanked by two scrolls. In their entirety, the design elements resemble a fleur-de-lis.

This example is 9" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., (probably berry) serving spoon. The plum-shaped bowl is elongated, relatively narrow, and has a lip edge. It is finished in a satin matte gold wash front and back sides.

The otherwise plain handle has an embellished leaf script "P" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1361823 (stock #3175f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the set of six.
These six matching lemonade or iced tea sipping straws are 8 1/4" long each, while the group weighs approximately 2.4 T. oz.

They were made by Watson, whose "crown, W, lion" mark (used 1910 forward) and the word "Sterling" are stamped near the upper ball ends.

Much of this sort of thing was produced by notions manufacturers whose quality does not match these made by a major silver firm...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1361703 (stock #3173f)
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A substantial piece, this inkwell has a 3" square by 2" tall glass base. This is plain walled with diamond cut beveled edges.

The top is silver mounted, fitted with a 2" collar with a hinged lid that rises to a maximum height of 1 3/4".

The cap is chased in an acanthus leaf and floral design and has a large, script "ER" monogram set in the upper center...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361634 (stock #3172f)
Old Friends
$32.00
A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361590 (stock #3170f)
Old Friends
$95.00
While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361501 (stock #3168f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Price for the pair.
A course during a Victorian era meal, pickles evolved their own complementary forks and knives, often bought bought as a boxed presentation set.

This matched pair in Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," introduced in 1885. It immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again rep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361328 (stock #3162f)
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An original production item, this pair of tongs measure 4" long and weigh approximately .8 oz. Made by Towle in the "Georgian" pattern, they are marked "925/1000," with the company "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898."

For serving bon bons, they have four-tine, stylized talon, cupped grips.

Each leg incorporates the column capped by a basket of flowers motif that constitutes this design, which shows to particular advantage in this form. The arch is plain and witho...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1361186 (stock #3160f)
Old Friends
$275.00
Marked with a lion for sterling, a leopard for London, a date letter "e" for 1780-81, and a script "GS" for George Smith III, this marrow spoon aka scoop measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It is a very fine period example of this particularly English form, produced by a well-recognized maker.

The larger of the two elongated ends shows a thumb drop on the back and is inscribed with a crest of a long-necked bird with a snake in its beak.

It is in outstanding condition. It is f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361071 (stock #3158dd)
Old Friends
$115.00
A large piece measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this item is an unusual, perhaps croquette, server.

It has a flat, 3 1/2" long by 2 3/8" wide, blade with four, curved and rounded tines, scalloped margins, and an intricately pierced surface.

The pattern is "Wellington," a late 19th century design issued in 1897 by Alvin. It features a double shell and scroll terminus with an egg and dart margin on the handle front and a relatively plain scroll backside.

There is a lightl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1361016 (stock #3156f)
Old Friends
$225.00
All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form.

The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, with in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of de...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1360805 (stock #3151f)
Old Friends
$325.00

The handled cup measures 3" high, has a top diameter of 2 5/8", a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the end of the handle, and a 2 3/16" wide underside. It weighs 4.2 T. oz. There is a script "DMC" monogram on the sidewall.

Made by Gorham about 1900, it combines two styles.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau mode popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1360748 (stock #3150f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Free standing, this 4" square, 1/2" deep, tea strainer stands on four slender, splayed feet.

The body and a portion of the handle are sterling silver, as identified on the underside. Other marks include the Dominick & Haff three part emblem, and the model number "34."

The end of the handle is an off white material, possibly celluloid, with turned rings and a knob end.

The strainer body is sturdy, weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., has scalloped edges, sloped sides with four raised ve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360747 (stock #3149f)
Old Friends
$200.00
Price for the set of eight.
This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is an intricate, figured design, the main one of which on these is a woman holding a bucket. There is also a satyr set midway on the handle.

The backsides have an "N" monogram offered in a manner that imitates an Eastern character. This f...

 
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