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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396453 (stock #3786f)
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$46.00
An elaborate leaf, bead, and stylized shell design, Wallace's "Sappho" bespeaks the artistry of the ancient poet from whom the pattern takes its name.

This 6 7/8" long, quite heavy at nearly 1.4 T. oz., tea or dessert size fork may have been used as a youth piece, given the engaging inscription, which reads in fine script lettering, "To Carrie" on the front, and "From Mother Dec. 4th 98." on the reverse...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396017 (stock #3780f)
Old Friends
$52.00
A name of note among 19th century Philadelphia silver manufacturers, William Faber, later joined by his sons, produced items of high quality and lasting appeal.

This substantial sized gravy ladle, 7 1/2" long, 2.0 T. oz., with a 2 5/8" wide, 1" deep, oval bowl is a case in point.

It is distinguished by its extensive bright cut engraving that appears on a rounded end "Antique" handle, and additionally in the bowl with double vee shaped grooves and scalloped shoulders...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395866 (stock #3778f)
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An original production item, this 10 7/8" long, weighty at 3.4 T. oz., ice cream knife aka slice(r), is an early production item in Gorham's 1888 "Versailles," stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G" logo, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted" on the blade backside.

It is solid silver, with a flat, substantial, handle that portrays a courtly woman holding a cornucopia full of fruits and flowers.

The sweeping blade has a pointed tip and upswept, scalloped back edge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395775 (stock #3777f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price per piece, offered individually.
Each of these two forks measures 7" long and, while not identical, are matching.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 high relief "Lily of the Valley" with blunt ends.

One of the two has a script "S" monogram on the handle reverse, weighs just under 1.1 T. oz., and is marked with the Whiting "lion" logo and "Sterling."

The other one is monogrammed "E.A. McKee" in Old English lettering, weighs 1.2 T. oz., and in addition to the lion and standard marks, is stamped for the retailer, "T.C...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395692 (stock #3776f)
Old Friends
$85.00
A late 19th century design produced by the Chicago silver firm of Wendell Manufacturing Company, "Ariel" is a highly expressive design.

The central element is a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is strongly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

It is a multi-motif line, meaning the figural representation varies between different pieces.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395618 (stock #3775f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Small, or even diminutive, for a cake saw, and charmingly so, this piece measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It has a long, relatively narrow, blade, with a sawtooth upper edge, which is the requisite component for the form.

The pattern is Wood & Hughes' 1870s "Zephyr," which is a Renaissance Revival or Moorish inspired design. Indeed, the blade front on this is engraved in an arabesque pattern, which has Islamic style origins...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395502 (stock #3773f)
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Introduced circa 1865, Whiting's "Lotus" closely resembles Gorham's pattern by the same name and from the same period, with both designs falling within the Egyptian Revival style.

It features five fronds with their stalks appearing to be joined and looped together to form a slender stem.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, .9 T. oz., flat handle, master butter knife, with a particularly attractive blade...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1395365 (stock #3771f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Price for the set.
Comprised of a 6 7/8" long knife with a hollow silver handle and stainless blade, a 6 1/4", 1.0 T. oz. fork, and a 5 3/4" .9 T. oz. spoon, this group is an original youth set in International's 1939 "Royal Danish" pattern.

Never monogrammed and in barely used estate condition, all three pieces are without wear or flaw and have bright, even, finishes...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1395213 (stock #3768f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Tiffany's "Florentine" takes its name from the city whose identity is synonymous with the Italian Renaissance, and its decorative elements mirror that style period.

The use to which this 5 7/8" long, heavy at 1.1 T. oz., teaspoon was put is without question as the handle is engraved "Baby" in script.

In good overall condition, retaining clear pattern detail and without damage, it does show overall wear, particular so in the bowl which has some pinpri...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1395154 (stock #3767f)
Old Friends
$48.00
Price per piece, four available.
Lengthy at 7 7/8" and heavy at 2.2 T. oz., this dinner fork is to a scale larger than most American examples of its circa 1870 period.

A plain, rounded "Antique" pattern with a "Tipt" backside and a formal script "EM" monogram on the front, and smooth, subtly soft finish, this is a statement in understatement.

In choice estate condition, it shows no polishing wear, and retains straight, even, and pointed tines.

It is stamped "Sterling" and with the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1394989 (stock #3765f)
Old Friends
$225.00
A 9 7/8" long, 2.5 T. oz., item, this cake saw is an early production example of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and upper sawtooth edge blade, which is the defining characteristic of this form. The shoulders are embellished with the same leaf and flower components as the design.

There is a flowing script "LMcC" monogram on the handle front.

In excellent estate condit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394943 (stock #3764f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Measuring 7 3/4" long and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this serving spoon is an old example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Pat. 1895," and "Sterling."

It has a three-lobed bowl with flanged shoulders and a bright gold wash surface in the interior.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice condition, absent any evident wear and with a bright, even, finish. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or burrs.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394906 (stock #3763dd)
Old Friends
$525.00
One of the most imaginative American silver designers ever, George Shiebler's work in many instances went well beyond conventional constructs.

A product of the Aesthetic Movement and falling broadly within the "Medallion" category, what is now identified as his "Etruscan" or "Homeric" style, circa 1880, and subsequently imitated by other makers, is an example of Shiebler's probing and innovative instincts.

Produced in flat and hollow ware as well as jewelry, this pattern is characterized...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394825 (stock #3761f)
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Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., this preserve or jelly spoon is marked "Sterling" without a maker's identification, although the style is suggestive of an 1870s New England or New York origin.

Slightly convex, the handle is otherwise plain, with a fan end and two nubs on either side about mid length and two notches at the join with the bowl. The surface is bright cut engraved with wriggle work detailing that points to Aesthetic sensibilities.

The 2 1/2" by 1 3/...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394739 (stock #3759f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this slender, long handle, 6 5/8", weighty at 1.9 T. oz., cream ladle is "Sleeping Diana," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line (William P. Hood Jr., Tiffany Silver Flatware).

It has a plain, oval, 1 7/8" by 1 5/8" by 1/2" deep, bowl, with a small animal head on the backside heel.

There is an "M.A.C." monogr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394671 (stock #3758f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Patented in 1878, as imprinted on the backside of the blade, along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the word "Sterling," "Hindostanee" is a Moorish design that particularly in its repetitive palmetto motifs, exhibits influences from the Greek and Egyptian Revivalist movements of the period.

This example of the line is a rather rare ice cream server, aka ice cream knife or cleaver.

Measuring 9 3/8" overall, with a solid silver, concave, rectangular blade with a raked front edge a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394489 (stock #3754f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Issued in 1891, Dominick & Haff's "Cupid" features a raised relief, winged cherub's face on the handle, with variation in the portraiture from piece to piece.

Rococo in manner, the pattern also incorporates a series of scrolls and leafy elements that are complementary to the main figure.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, .9 T. oz., four tine sardine fork. The heel area is cupped and has raised scroll detailing on the shoulders.

There is a delicately engraved, fancy script "CLA" monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1394387 (stock #3752f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Marked with Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd," this 8 1/4" long, 2.2 T. oz., solid silver, tomato server is an early production example of "Fairfax," introduced in 1910.

It has a broad, flat, blade, with extensive piercing and a cupped heel area.

With a line Old English "R" monogram on the handle, the piece is in outstanding estate condition. It is free of polishing wear, bends, or damage, and has a warm, even, finish.

 
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