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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1410182 (stock #4009f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Weighty at 1.2 T. oz., this 4 3/4" long pair of sugar tongs is stamped with the "crown, W, lion" mark of the Watson Company, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Lily," dating from the early 20th century.

An expressive Art Nouveau design, it incorporates a cluster of blossoms at the tops of the arms, and has cupped grips that are imaginatively formed into a gathering of undulating leaves...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1410061 (stock #4007f)
Old Friends
$95.00
An early line pattern first issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard, "Cottage" continued in production for many years, through Gorham's transition to sterling in 1868.

This 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz, pie server is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," indicating it dates post 1868.

It has a triangular shaped serving end, with a cupped heel and flanged shoulders and edges. The surface is engraved in an anthemion, leaf and flower, period design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1410026 (stock #4006f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A charmingly delicate piece, this bon bon measures 4 3/8" long and weighs .6 T. oz.

All sterling silver, and so marked, it features an open work bowl that incorporates a series of swirls, leaves, and beading, punctuated by four symmetrically-situated floral rosettes.

The wire frame handle repeats the same structure and motif as the bowl.

In flawless condition, this is without any wear or damage. The filigree work is completely intact, absent any breaks or bends...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1409975 (stock #4005f)
Old Friends
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Incorporating the shield and flanking lions rampant of the coat of arms of the Prince of Wales, along with his ostrich feathers badge, this spoon measures 6" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

It was made by Watson whose "pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the handle backside.

A rare piece, it is doubly so for its unusual "diamond pane," i.e. faceted, bowl. Whether simply decorative or symbolic, it adds interest to this and sets it apart from other commemorative spoons...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1409937 (stock #4004f)
Old Friends
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Issued in 1875, Wendt's "Ribbon" incorporates a dense, repetitive design that seems to draw upon the Renaissance and Moorish Revival sensibilities of the period.

This example is a 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon.

It has an oblong bowl with a raised heel and groove in the interior, which is engraved with wriggle work and a leaf motif.

The rim has a flanged edge, and both the inner and backside surfaces retain a portion of an original gold wash...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1409881 (stock #4003f)
Old Friends
$65.00
True dinner length at 7 1/2", and substantial weight at 1.8 T. oz., this fork was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" appear on the handle reverse, along with the name of the retailer, "T.E. Thompson," Galveston, Texas.

The pattern is "Fontainebleau" issued in 1882. It features a variety of figures drawn from the court of French King "Francis I."

The image in this instance is of a young man in period garb carrying a tray with a roasted bird on it...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1409616 (stock #4000f)
Old Friends
$120.00
A large item measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this spoon is marked "W&H" for "Wood & Hughes," New York City, "Pat. 1878," and "Sterling."

The pattern is "Venetian," which is a Moorish design that incorporates intricate tracery arrayed on an arch-like handle.

The bowl is decidedly distinct in style and scale. Plum-shaped, it is 4" long by 2 3/8" wide by 1" deep, has a central vee running the length of the base, and flange shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1409508 (stock #3999f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Lengthy at 5 1/4" and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is marked with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. App'd For."

They are large sugar tongs in the multi-motif, floral, "Orchids" pattern, first issued in 1889.

These have claw tongs and are monogrammed with an "M" in Old English lettering on the arch.

In excellent condition, they are without wear. Pattern detail remains well-defined, and the finish shows a soft patina...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1409412 (stock #3998f)
Old Friends
$65.00
The pattern on this 6" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon is "Radiant," issued by Whiting in 1896.

An elaborate design, it features a fan-like end with a gadrooned surface, along with a series of floral clusters and acanthus leaf detailing.

This pattern appeared in at least three bowl styles, one of which is a shell form and one a modified shell, while this example is essentially round, and has ruffled shoulders and heel, complimented with an embossed flower swag, all finished in a de...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1409309 (stock #3997f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Measuring 9" long and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this pie server has a triangular shaped, 4 3/8" by 2 5/8" at the widest, blade with flanged shoulders.

The pattern is "Queen," which is one of the earliest designs produced by Knowles & Ladd, later J.B. & S.M. Knowles. It was first issued in 1865, and made in both coin and sterling silver; this is older production to a coin standard.

"Queen" is actually a strawberry motif that portrays three hanging fruit and a leaf cluster set on a handle that is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1409051 (stock #3994f)
Old Friends
$375.00
Price for the pair.
Monumentally scaled, this salad serving fork and spoon each measure 9 1/2" long, and weigh 3.5 and 3.4 T. oz. respectively.

Early examples of Reed & Barton's "Francis I," they are marked with the company's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. June 25, 07," in small, fine lettering as expected of old pieces.

Each piece has a flowing script "EMH" engraved on the handle reverse, and a gold washed, front and back sides, serving end.

The bowl areas have ribbed bases and cupped heel...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1408813 (stock #3990f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Solid silver and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this flat handle, 7 1/4" long, individual fish knife (suitable as a master butter) is stamped on the blade with George Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and retailer "Jas. Mix Jr.," Albany, New York, and "Patent" on the handle.

The pattern is "Diamond," which originated with John Polhamus and continued by Shiebler.

This has an Old English "B" monogram engraved on the handle, and a scalloped edge, upswept and pointed blade.

In outstanding est...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1408693 (stock #3988f)
Old Friends
$46.00
Measuring 6 3/8" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this spoon has an "Old English" rounded end handle with a tipt reverse.

American in origin, the front of this is artfully engraved in a wild rose motif with Aesthetic detailing, all set against a satin finish ground. The style suggests a date circa 1880.

The bowl is shell form with a deep matte gold surface front and back sides.

Highly refined in both design and production, this has never been monogrammed, and remains in mint condi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1408628 (stock #3987f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Price per piece, two available.
A 4 3/4" long, .9 T. oz., bon bon spoon, this is an early example of Reed & Barton's "Francis I," marked with an "eagle, R, lion," "Sterling," and "Pat. June 25 07."

It has a solid (vs. pierced) bowl with scalloped shoulders, a ribbed base, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

Never monogrammed, it remains in immaculate estate condition. Pattern detail remains sharply defined, the bowl is free of dents, bends, or nicks, or loss of gold, and the surface is bright and even.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1408473 (stock #3985f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Price for the pair.
This fork and spoon are both marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1900," and have decorated shoulders on the bowls, such as appear only on earlier production pieces in this line.

A matched pair, they form a salad serving set.

The spoon measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just over 2.5 T. oz., while the fork is the same length and weighs just over 2.7 T. oz.

Both pieces are finished in bright gold washes on the serving ends, front and back sides, and the fork is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1408426 (stock #3984f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Consistent with its name, "Dauphin" is stylistically French in manner. It features a multi-floral and leaf, high relief, design with crossed ribbon margins on the handle.

In the instance of this hard to find, 7 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz., large individual fish fork, the imagery cascades onto the heel and shoulders of the tine end.

This is an early piece, made by Durgin before that company was absorbed into Gorham.

Marked with the firm's "D" emblem, "Sterling," it has a flowing, Art Nouveau s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1408166 (stock #3980f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Issued in 1898, Towle's "Georgian" quickly established itself as a signature design for the company.

The handle front portrays an Ionic column that is draped with a garland of roses and capped with a basket of flowers, while the backside features a shell bordered by rosettes.

This early example is a 5 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz. almond scoop.

This is similar to, but to be distinguished from, the bon bon scoop, which is fractionally shorter and has angular corners on the front edge of the bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1930 item #1408078 (stock #3979f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Large, measuring 9" long and weighing 3.2 T. oz., this solid silver server is hallmarked for London, 1922, registry number "529440," "sterling," and "Asprey & Company," which Jackson's Hallmarks describes as "justifiably famous for the quality of its products."

The handle pattern is "Old English" with a tipt backside and exposed drop where it attaches to the blade.

The server is large, 3 1/2" by 3", flat, and has a raised, sloped back edge where is joins the handle.

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