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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1381899 (stock #3534f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381740 (stock #3532f)
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$135.00
Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1381443 (stock #3527f)
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$45.00
Large at 7 7/8" long and weighty at 1.4 T. oz., this master butter knife is solid sterling silver.

The pattern is Gorham's "Fleury," which is a floral design very reminiscent of that company's "Buttercup," although the flowers in this instance appear to be wild rose, and in that regard, there is a close parallel with Watson's "Meadow Rose."

All these patterns date from the first decade of the 20th century and show the expressiveness of the Art Nouveau style that was popular in the period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381439 (stock #3526f)
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$335.00
A form particularly popular with English silver makers, asparagus servers also found expression among American manufacturers in the second half of the 19th century.

This particular pair are stamped "Ford & Tupper" and "Sterling," and are in the form of large tongs.

A firm associated with high quality silver, Ford & Tupper operated under this partnership name 1867-74; there is considerable question about whether it was a retailer exclusively or also a manufacturer...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1381347 (stock #3525f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price for the set of six.
Measuring 5 1/2" long, these spoons are 5 o'clock size, slightly smaller than a full size teaspoon.

Slender and delicate, with the six weighing 2.9 T. oz., the pattern is "Martha Washington Star" by Frank Smith, dating 1927.

A "Pointed Antique" design, the handle surfaces are gently rounded and have satin finishes that are bright cut in an abstract star burst or starfish motif.

Each piece is lightly engraved in a flowing script "MG" monogram that is an enhancement to the overall design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1381276 (stock #3524f)
Old Friends
$285.00
In her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, author Dorothy Rainwater notes of George C. Shreve & Company, the maker of this large, 3 3/16" high to the rim, 3 3/8" top diameter, 4.9 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1381191 (stock #3523f)
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Standing 5" tall and 4" maximum diameter, this syrup jug is an especially fine item produced by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "119," and a year symbol that is difficult to discern, are all imprinted on the lower edge of the fitted all silver top.

Dating circa 1900, the body is panel cut with a ground base, high quality, glass.

The fitted top has a wide collar, with a broad spout, hinged lid, and a solid, cast thumb grip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1380941 (stock #3520f)
Old Friends
$105.00
Price for the pair.
Kettle or cauldron shaped, this set of two matching master salts each measure 2 1/2" in diameter, stand 1 1/4" high, and weigh approximately 3.0 T. oz. combined.

They were made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "304," and name of the retailer, New York's "Theodore B. Starr," are imprinted on the undersides.

The bodies have raised floral and acanthus leaf repousse designs and attached beaded handles...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1380853 (stock #3517f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Price per piece, four available.
A stand out name, if not the standout name, in modern Italian silver, "Buccellatti" immediately invokes an aura of style and refinement.

The clean lines and superb finishes associated with the company are fully evident in this 7 1/8" long, weighty at just over 1.6 T. oz., place or dessert spoon.

The pattern is "Milano," dating 1970, which has a lined edge, midrib, and beaded top handle.

This is in immaculate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1980 item #1380852 (stock #3516f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Price per piece, four available.
A stand out name, if not the standout name, in modern Italian silver, "Buccellatti" immediately invokes an aura of style and refinement.

The clean lines and superb finishes associated with the company are fully evident in this 6 7/8" long, weighty at approximately 1.7 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380766 (stock #3515f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
These two spoons measure 5 7/8" long and weigh just over 2.4 T. oz. combined.

They are early examples of "English King," marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating them no later than 1891.

They have matching "W" monograms engraved in delicate script lettering on the handle fronts, and are in choice estate condition.

Pattern detail remains crisp, showing no polishing wear, and the finishes are bright and even. The bowls are well-shaped, showing no tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1380714 (stock #3514F)
Old Friends
$28.00
Price per piece, four available.
Originally working in Gardner, Massachusetts, Porter George Blanchard became arguably the premier name in the history of 20th century, hand crafted silver production in California, where sources indicate he established himself in 1923, and joined shortly thereafter by his father and brother.

His 1920 "Lotus," which is the pattern on this 6 1/8" long, .7 T. oz., teaspoon, exhibits the clean, simple lines and textured surfaces that define the Arts & Crafts style.

The bowl is particularly a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380604 (stock #3513f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Price for the set of twelve.
Comprised of six each matching forks and knives, this set was made in Sheffield, England in 1899. Every piece is fully marked with the city "crown" symbol, date letter "g," "lion" for sterling, and "GH" for "George Howson" aka "Harrison Borthers & Howson."

A fruit set, or perhaps for breakfast or dessert, they are small size, with the forks measuring 5 3/8" long and the knives 6 7/16". The group weighs 10.4 T. oz., and although they are all silver, including the blades on the knives and fork ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1380562 (stock #3512f)
Old Friends
$165.00
A 9 3/4" long, heavy at nearly 3.4 T. oz., item, this spoon in Whiting's "King Edward" is identified by different sources as a large berry or salad serving spoon.

It has a relatively long and narrow, 4" by 2 3/8" by 3/8" deep, bowl, with a raised shell design in the interior as is consistent with the line, while the edge is plain rather than fluted which is more typical in this pattern.

A well-received and elaborate rendition of a design derived from English "Kings," "King Edward" incorpor...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380327 (stock #3509f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Price per pair, two pairs available.
One of the major names in 19th century San Francisco silver manufacturing, Koehler & Ritter produced several full line patterns, holloware, and even some monumental individual items (see Silver in the Golden State).

This pair of 7 3/8" long, 2.8 T. oz. combined, coin silver forks are examples of the firm's "Alameda" aka "Ivy" design.

Similar in style to Gorham's Greek Revival "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 period, it is more embellished than that pattern, with added ivy sprays whi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380098 (stock #3505f)
Old Friends
$36.00
This 5 3/4" long, weighty feel at .9 T. oz., teaspoon is an early example of Durgin's "Dauphin" pattern, as indicated by the "Faber 1899" engraved on the reverse in fancy, period lettering.

It remains in excellent condition. The high relief rose pattern retains clear, precise, detail front and backsides, and on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The bowl remains well-shaped and free of tip wear. There is one faint pinprick dimple in the base. The finish is bright and warm.

Marks are the Durg...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1380016 (stock #3504f)
Old Friends
$46.00
A fully authentic item, that is, not made up or adapted from another piece, this butter pick measures 6 3/8" long and weighs approximately .6 T. oz.

It is an early example of Durgin's 1910 "Fairfax," marked with the company "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

It has a fancy script "F" monogram on the handle front, and a pierced and twisted single tine end that is finished in a gold wash.

A lesser common piece in the "Fairfax" line, this is in immaculate condition, showing no signs of w...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1379936 (stock #3502f)
Old Friends
$215.00
A form dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is likely an early ice cream or pudding spoon.

Weighing over 2.5 T. oz., it measures 9 1/2" long overall, and has an oversized bowl that is 4" by 2 3/4" by 1/2" deep.

It was made by Boston's Newell Harding company, whose name along with the New England term "Pure Coin" appears on the handle reverse.

The pattern is a "Grape" that is associated with this company.

The bowl exhibits extraordinary refinement in its intricately e...

 
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