American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1401632 (stock #3878f)
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Dating from 1908, Wallace's "Nile" pattern reflects the early 20th century shift away from the elaborate designs of immediately preceding decades to a cleaner, more straightforward look.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., all silver (later examples of this form often had stainless blades), tomato server.

It has a broad, 3" at the widest, splayed serving end with scalloped edges, a cupped heel, and reticulated surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1401576 (stock #3877f)
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Of a size, 7 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., that is larger than a typical nut scoop and smaller than a berry or cracker, the intended function of this piece is uncertain.

With a large, 2 7/8" by 2" at the widest, shovel like, serving end, it is nonetheless a versatile item.

Marked with the emblem of the Philadelphia firm of "Hamilton & Diesinger," successors to Davis & Galt, plus "Sterling," it dates 1895-99...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1401547 (stock #3876f)
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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 6" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/8" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1401497 (stock #3875f)
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Price for the set. Individual items including forks also available.
Comprised of a core grouping of ten different month spoons with two additions to complete the year, this assemblage consists of a full set of twelve Gorham "Zodiac" teaspoons.

Each piece measures 5 7/8" and is heavy, with the group weighing 14.6 T. oz., well over 1.0 T. oz. each on average.

The ten from the one group are all monogrammed on the reverses "EMT" in script, while the remaining two (August and December) are without monograms...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1401423 (stock #3873f)
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A late 19th century line, Whiting's "Berry" featured a variety of fruits assigned to different pieces.

This instance is a 7 3/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife, and features blueberries and leaves on a stem.

The blade has a curved lower edge and scalloped upper margin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400895 (stock #3871f)
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An unusual and highly specialized place piece, American melon forks followed after a form that evolved in mid 19th century France. Few American makers produced them, so they are truly hard to find items.

Having the typical-to-the-piece extended blade with three, slightly upturned tines at the end, this example is 8 3/8" long, weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz., and is all silver with a hollow handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400847 (stock #3870f)
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Cincinnati's prominent 19th century silver manufacturer and jeweler, Duhme & Co., produced numerous designs that were clearly derivative, or even imitative, of other companies' work, but its early "No. 2" pattern was decidedly of its own devising.

It has sculpted margins decorated in scroll, leaf, flower, beading and lattice detail. The pattern at one and the same time appears Victorian and Elizabethan in nature.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, heavy at approximately 1.4 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400725 (stock #3868f)
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"Grecian" originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern within Whiting.

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an expanded ivy motif on the backside heel of the bowl.

This example is an 8 3/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., serving or table spoon, with the name "Sanford." engraved in script, set sideways on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1400691 (stock #3867dd)
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George Shiebler's exotic design that features heads of classical figures superimposed upon a hammered ground is identified with equal frequency as "Etruscan" or "Homeric."

In some instances, the heads are gold, and that is the case with this oval 2 5/8" by 2 3/8", just over .8 T. oz., cuff bracelet. It has an overlapping area, so is expandable beyond this size...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1400666 (stock #3866f)
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A matched pair, each of these master salts measures 2 1/4" in diameter and stands 1 3/8" high, while the pair weigh 3.2 T. oz...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1400519 (stock #3863f)
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Each of these twelve, matching, spoons measures 5 3/4" long, with the group weighing 12.4 T. oz.

They are early examples of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

With fully original (meaning not made up), pointed bowls that are slightly larger, i.e. wider, than typical grapefruit or orange spoons in this line, and having a central bottom ridge as well as fluting in the heel, and slightly flanged shoulders, this form...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400423 (stock #3861f)
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Replete with design elements that are expressive of its name, Gorham's "Old Baronial" incorporates acanthus leaves, clusters of fruit, a shell, and commandingly, a lion's face at the tip of the handle end.

This example of the pattern is a solid silver tomato server that measures 6 3/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.6 T. oz.

The defining feature of the piece is an approximately 2 5/8" by 2 5/8", flat, reticulated server, with in this instance, raised shoulders with high relief acanthus le...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1400378 (stock #3860f)
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Each of these two, matching, master salts measures 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the tip of the handles, has a top opening that is 2 5/8" across, a maximum span of 3 5/8" handle end to handle end, and stands on a tiered, pedestal base that is 2" across on the bottom. The pair together weigh a substantial 5.2 T. oz.

Cauldron shaped, each one has a knurled band below the top rim and is fitted with a pair of upswept, solid silver, handles with anthemion leaf detailing.

Both pieces are eng...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1940 item #1400247 (stock #3858f)
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Finely crafted, each of this matched pair of sterling silver baluster form shakers measures 5" high, with the pair weighing 4.9 T. oz.

"Georgian Revival" in style, they stand on solid, not weighted, footed bases, and have screw, not sleeve, caps with simple flame finials and slightly different sized holes to accommodate the salt and pepper grains.

Made by Manchester Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island, they date from the early decades of the 20th century.

In outstanding condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1400200 (stock #3857f)
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Measuring 8" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this place spoon made by William Scarlett, London, during the last year or so of his life (d. 1729, source Grimwade). His slightly rubbed, but distinct "W over C" in a shield appears on the handle reverse. Other marks include a lion, crowned leopard, date letter "N," and an extraneous and peculiar "p."

This last mark apparently is something of a mystery to collectors of English period silver. A letter from Anthony Brown, that appears in the May/June ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1399971 (stock #3848f)
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To a European scale, meaning large compared to a typical American counterpart, this French fork measures 8 1/16" long and weighs a massive 2.8 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva, indicating .950 purity silver vs. sterling at .925, and "P, spade, Q" in a caret for well documented maker Pierre Queille, 1834-46, and a bigorne assay mark.

Having a double lined, fiddle-shaped handle, the pattern incorporates a leaf and flower motif at the front and backside handle ends as well a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1399924 (stock #3847f)
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Issued in 1900, Alvin's "Majestic" was a multi-motif line of Art Nouveau flatware that featured a variety of floral themes.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, substantial weight at approximately 1.3 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

The flower is narcissus or daffodil and is represented by a number of blossoms on the handle front and leaves and buds on the backside.

The 1 7/8" wide by 1 1/2" back to front by 1/2" deep bowl has three lobes and a scalloped edge.

Never monogrammed, it is in fla...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1399896 (stock #3846f)
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"Jenny Lind" was a pattern first introduced by New York City's Albert Coles in 1850, although numerous contemporaneous manufacturers took up the design, leaving extant pieces that bear a variety of makers' marks.

This example, a 7 1/4", weighty at 1.5 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon is a rarity though in that it is stamped "11" (one of Baltimore's individualized standard marks, for a .917 silver content, midway between coin and sterling) and "A.E.W" for Baltimore's Andrew Ellic...

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