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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1383861 (stock #3565f)
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$130.00
One of William B. Durgin's earliest patterns, dating circa 1865, and not formally named but commonly called "Spray, this design features a bouquet of woodland flowers and grasses tied by a bow.

This motif appears in the top center of the handle, and is repeated on the lower front at the join with the blade and on the backside heel.

This example is a 9" long, 2.1 T. oz., pie or pastry server...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1383816 (stock #3564f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A relatively large item, this piece measures 4 1/2" wide and stands 3" tall.

It is a dresser jar made c. 1900 by Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr & Co., whose "mace" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "7200-4" are stamped on the edge of the silver lid, which by itself weighs nearly 2.1 T. oz.

The bulbous glass base is panel cut with a star pattern on the underside.

The lid is relatively plain, with a rimmed and scalloped edge and a line script "EP" monogram in the center...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383763 (stock #3563f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A full size teaspoon measuring 6" long and weighing a substantial 1.0 T. oz., this piece was made by Dominick & Haff and retailed by Baltimore's Hennegen, Bates & Co., as indicated on the reverse along with the word "Sterling."

A highly collectible item, it is one of those items by which the whole notion of souvenir spoons is defined...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1383715 (stock #3562f)
Old Friends
$95.00
The William B. Durgin Company, which produced such renowned patterns as "New Art," "Dauphin," and others, offered a line of tea caddy spoons all of which utilized a single bowl form shaped like a sawtooth edge, tea leaf, companioned with various handle designs.

This 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., example is a naturalistic form, portraying a twisting vine that turns back on itself to form a looped handle. The surface is textured, lending it a fully authentic look...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383379 (stock #3559f)
Old Friends
$45.00
This 5 3/4" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is an example of a line pattern appropriated as a souvenir piece.

The pattern is Whiting's 1880 "Berry," a multi-motif design that in this instance features blueberries. It is marked with the Whiting "lion" logo, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383314 (stock #3558f)
Old Friends
$65.00
A full figure nude in the manner of "Bacchante," a design that offended the sensibilities of turn of the 20th century Bostonians, Watson's companion "Phoebe" (1895) likewise expresses the freedoms of style and subject found in the Art Nouveau mode.

The figure is surrounded by considerable imagery including wheat, a grape cluster, a shell, and clouds, this last details perhaps derivative of her mythological identity as a Titan associated with light.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .8 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1383147 (stock #3554f)
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A large, 10 1/2" wide by 2" tall, and weighty at 15.1 T. oz., this item is aptly described as a centerpiece or console bowl, as it is of a caliber to serve as a prominent display item.

It is sterling silver, model "4805A" made by Gorham in 1907, all of which information is indicated by the marks on the underside.

It is decidedly Art Nouveau in style, featuring raised wild rose blossoms and trailing stems arrayed on an undulating rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1382940 (stock #3551f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Definitely a product of the Gilded Age, this 6 5/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., glove stretcher bespeaks a refined lifestyle.

This example is model number "5" by Gorham, and so identified by marks on the inside of the handle, which also include the word "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1889."

One other imprint by the pin that holds the two pieces together reads "Pat. 75," which no doubt is a reference to the spring mechanism that controls the pivoting arms...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1950 item #1382870 (stock #3550f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Introduced in 1945, Frank Smith's clean and stylized "Woodlily" (trillium), pattern is a mid century modern design that evokes earlier Danish modern sensibilities.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.2 T. oz., all silver gravy ladle.

It has a large bowl that measures 2" in diameter and 1/2" deep...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382817 (stock #3549f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A very early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895," this olive spoon is the long version, measuring 8 1/2" and weighing 1.0 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382784 (stock #3548dd)
Old Friends
$26.00
In business from 1879 to 1918, Coddington Brothers & Heilborn of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was a manufacturer of silver novelties.

This 5 1/8" long, light weight, three tine, strawberry fork illustrates the imaginative diversity of the firm's products.

Apropos of the firm's New England location, the handle features a sculptural portrait of a Victorian woman in bathing or beach garb, with her hand resting on a pier post. Below this is an array of seashore creatures, including a fish, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382683 (stock #3546f)
Old Friends
$575.00
Price for the pair.
A matched pair, this spoon and fork could readily be used as a salad serving set, or individually as buffet or platter pieces.

Made by George Shiebler, with a likely late 19th century date, they are imaginatively designed--which in reference to Shiebler is often an understatement--and extravagantly scaled. Both items are stamped with a "winged S" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "2733."

Each piece measures 10 1/2" long, with the fork weighing 3.2 T. oz. and the spoon nearly 3.4 T. oz. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1382604 (stock #3545f)
Old Friends
$175.00
Measuring 7" in diameter, this relatively heavy at 6.7 T. oz., plate or shallow dish is marked "S. Kirk & Son Co" and "925/1000" on the underside, which was a mark used 1896-1924.

It has a 1 3/4" wide, double border rim that has a hand raised leaf and floral design. Repousse as represented on this reflects a style and technique that was a hallmark of Baltimore silver, and this applies especially so to Kirk.

The interior has a line script monogram. As the base is flat bottomed, the piece co...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382528 (stock #3544dd)
Old Friends
$55.00
A 6 1/2" long, .6 T. oz., piece, this butter pick has a pierced and twisted end.

It is a fully original piece, i.e.not made up or custom, produced by William B. Durgin in its 1897 "Madame Royale" pattern.

The scroll, leaf and berry design borders the handle and flat area of the pick, repeating on the backside of the handle but not the pick.

There is a script "LHB" monogram engraved on the front.

It is in immaculate estate condition, free of bends or polishing wear, and having a brigh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382458 (stock #3543dd)
Old Friends
$45.00
An extremely rare item in the original, this 6 3/4", 1.0 T. oz., example of a corn fork is an older, custom made, or adapted, piece of old "Chantilly" marked "lion, anchor, G," along with "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," and "T," which is a weight designation meaning "trade."

The multi-tine, reticulated serving end is quite faithful to the original, although there are subtle differences that distinguish it.

It is in flawless estate condition, and without a monogram or removal. The finish is bright...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1382373 (stock #3541f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Heavy at 2.0 T. oz., this 7" long place fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "m."

The pattern, "Hamilton," dates from 1938, the late Art Deco period.

The thick handle is fiddle shaped with a double lined border, and otherwise plain save for a bit of extra shaping around the shoulders.

Never monogrammed, this is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches, there are no signs of use. The tines remain pointed, straight and even, while the finish has a soft...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1382334 (stock #3540f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Sometimes referred to as a buffet fork, this 10" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., six tine server is a beef serving fork.

The pattern is "Williamsburg Shell" which was a reproduction flatware line produced by Stieff for sale through Colonial Williamsburg, the design of which was inspired by period items in the museum's collection.

It is an "Old English" pattern with a raised shell added to the tipt end of the slender, elongated, handle. A second shell appears on backside heel of the serving end.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1381899 (stock #3534f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Classically French in style, as befits its name, "Du Barry" aka "Madame Du Barry," this sculptural design was issued by Durgin in 1901.

The motif is dominated by laurel and other leaves arranged in sprays, clusters, and wreaths, all surmounted with a scroll handle terminus.

The pattern is high relief and substantial, as evidenced by the 2.0 T. oz. weight of this 7 5/8" long, chipped beef fork.

The serving end has four, lengthy, splayed, tines, shaped shoulders, repeats the pattern theme...

 
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