American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1427277 (stock #4283f)
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$120.00
A very early example of Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs," this berry spoon is large at 9" long and weighty at 3.5 T. oz.

A multi-motif, Art Nouveau, design that features orchids, narcissus, and possibly poppy on this piece, the portraiture is set in high relief and is particularly expressive.

This item is laden with provenance, reflected in the various inscriptions that appear in the gold washed bowl and handle front and backsides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1427202 (stock #4282f)
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Originated by Henry Hebbard and continued in production by Whiting, "Grecian" features two figures.

One is a ram's head placed at the terminus of the handle, while a satyr appears in a medallion midway up the handle. In addition, ivy leaves and what is either grape clusters or ivy blossoms are portrayed on the handle front and backside heel.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, .7 T. oz., pickle fork (similar to a later pastry or fish fork)...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1427147 (stock #4281f)
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$135.00
This pair of 6" long tongs that weigh a sturdy near 2.0 T. oz., are consequential on several counts.

The first and most immediate feature is the design. They are a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern with concave shells at the terminus of each arm. The shell form is repeated on the cupped grips.

The wide arch has a gentle point on either side, where it accommodates an unusual crest, which is the second outstanding aspect of this...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1427069 (stock #4280f)
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A resplendent line, Whiting's "Hibiscus" was cast rather than die struck (which is the manner by which most flatware is produced) and made only in a limited number of pieces.

This serving spoon is an original estate item that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs 6.56 T. oz.

The portraiture is boldly Art Nouveau and extravagantly rendered, incorporating open blossoms and buds overall, with sinuous leaves enveloping the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1427020 (stock #4279f)
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$85.00
A generously sized piece that measures 9" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz., this berry or serving spoon is an example of Gorham's late 19th century "Cambridge."

The large bowl is 3 5/8" long by 2 5/8" at the widest, 5/8" deep, has slight flanges on the shoulders, a groove in the base, a faintly pointed tip, and retains portions of an original gold finish on the interior...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1426968 (stock #4278f)
Old Friends
$23.00
Price per piece, 7 available.
An expressive floral design that features densely arrayed, high relief blossoms and leaves of what appear to be chrysanthemums or ageratum, "Yetiv" was an early 20th century Art Nouveau pattern.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, approximately .8 T. oz., oyster or seafood cocktail fork, marked with the animal head emblem of "H.H. Curtis Co." who shared this design with "Mount Vernon Company." Other marks include "sterling" and "Pat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1426890 (stock #4276f)
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Numerous American silver manufacturers experimented with enamel on metal flatware in the late 19th century, perhaps paced by the allure for this highly decorative style that European producers, notably Faberge, had created in the marketplace.

George Shiebler was particularly successful in this effort in his "Maintenon" line introduced in 1895.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz., preserve or serving spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1426849 (stock #4275f)
Old Friends
$70.00
This cup or mug stands 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 7/8" to the top of the handle, has a top diameter of 2 7/8", a 2 1/2" flat bottom base, and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz.

It has a plain, cauldron shaped body and a cee scroll, hollow, handle.

It is stamped on the underside "Fisher" with a "crown, f, shield" emblem for the Jersey City, NJ, and New York City firm that was the circa 1936 successor to M. Fred Hirsch (out of business by 1975)...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1426789 (stock #4273f)
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The combination of an olive spoon and fork joined on opposite ends of one lengthy piece was a table serving item that was particularly popular in the second half of the 19th century.

This 10 3/4" long, weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., item dates from this period and follows the general template for the form.

It has a twisted stem with a central, flat bar that is bright cut engraved in an Aesthetic style fern, leaf, and lily of the valley pattern...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1426739 (stock #4272f)
Old Friends
$98.00
A late 19th century "Kings" pattern variant, Dominick & Haff's "Charles II" features a prominent raised shell on the handle front and a concave one on the back, as well as a heavily beaded edge with honeysuckle detailing mid-handle...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1426650 (stock #4269f)
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .6 T. oz., the handle on this spoon features two Art Nouveau manner blossoms (perhaps clematis) and trailing leaves on its handle front.

The backside is plain save for the marks, which are "925/1000" and "sterling."

A child's piece, it reads in the soft finish bowl with a hint of an original gold wash, "This little pig went to market," with an engraved scene of a pig in a cart being pulled by a horse.

The handle end is inscribed "1909."

A ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1426617 (stock #4268f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of ten.
These ten, matching, (after dinner) coffee spoons measure 4 1/2" long each and weigh a substantial 4.6 T. oz. the lot.

Dating from the mid to late 1860s, they are marked for the Boston firm of "Bigelow Brothers & Kennard" and are to a sterling standard, as indicated by the "925 in an oval" alongside the company name.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread," with each piece engraved in a fancy, leaf script and block, period, "EFB" monogram on the handle front.

Very well crafted, they are well-pr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1426476 (stock #4265f)
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Dating from around the turn of the 20th century, this spoon measures 5 1/2" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz.

It is a child's piece, with the pronounced feature of a baby's chubby face bursting out of the bowl, like a little bird coming out of an egg shell.

The handle pattern portrays a viny leaf and flower design on the front that embodies an Art Nouveau influence, and a plain, bordered, backside that in this instance is engraved "Sibyl" in script lettering.

In immaculate condition, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Pre 1900 item #1426430 (stock #4264f)
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Auction
References indicate that the "S. Kirk & Son" mark along with the peculiar to Baltimore "11 oz." silver standard designation (midway between coin and sterling) that appears on this 2 1/8" diameter, 1 1/8" high, .9 T. oz., early, napkin ring, was used in the mid 19th century and again 1880-90.

Plain bordered, the main part of the sidewall is convex and chased in the "Repousse" design that is the hallmark of Kirk.

There is an open reserve area which in this instance is engraved "R. Butler Jr....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1426301 (stock #4263f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
Measuring 5 5/8" long each, and weighing 1.3 T. oz. combined, this matching pair of teaspoons were made by Alvin at the turn of the 20th century.

The pattern, "Apollo," is Colonial Revival or Adamesque in style, and features a raised shield surrounded by a laurel wreath and ribbon and bow on the notched end handle front.

Otherwise these are plain, save for the marks on the reverse, which include the Alvin three part emblem, "Sterling," and one other stamp, which appears to be "JWx."

In ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1426240 (stock #4262f)
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In his foundational work Gorham Silver, Charles Carpenter indicates that Gorham introduced its line of copper wares in 1881, with "most pieces . . . made in the 1881-1885 period."

This 4 1/2" long by 2 1/4" high cigar lighter actually bears a date mark for 1888 on the underside, along with the model number "Y20," "Gorham & Co.," and a single "anchor."

This has a dragon handle, bronze spout and cap through which a wick feeds, and solid silver scenic applique on two sides.

The imag...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1426198 (stock #4261f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A Colonial Revival bead, leaf, and scroll design issued in 1900, "Old Newbury" quickly established itself as one of Towle's standard bearer patterns.

This example is a medium, albeit actually large at 8 1/2" long and very weighty at 2.9 T. oz., cold meat fork.

It has four broad and curved tines, the inner two of which are joined by a leaf-like crossbar.

The handle is inscribed with a fancy Old English "C" monogram.

In very good condition, the only signs of use are fine surface scratc...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1426168 (stock #4260f)
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Variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this piece measures 7 1/8" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It is solid silver, with a flat handle and blunt-end blade.

Dating from the 1860s, the pattern is an "Oval Thread" made by John Polhamus, New York City, whose "J*P" mark appears on the blade, which is also stamped "Tiffany & Co.," which in this instance was the retailer.

It is also marked "Sterling," which silver standard Tiffany required of its sources even while coin was s...

 
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