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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373003 (stock #3387f)
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This 4 1/8" long, .3 T. oz., master salt spoon reflects sophisticated design sensibilities.

Dating circa 1870, just post the coin silver period, it is marked only "Sterling," with no maker's identification, although much about it suggests Philadelphia as a place of origin.

The flat handle has a cut, fan or anthemion like shape, broad end. This is extensively bright cut with stippling and wriggle work borders. The backside shows only wriggle work, but has an artful "S&A" period monogram...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372998 (stock #3384f)
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$95.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching seafood or oyster cocktail forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the pair weigh nearly .9 T. oz. combined.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 "Lily of the Valley."

These stand apart on two bases. One, they are the less common, twisted handle, form of this piece. Two, they were retailed by "William Kendrick's Sons," the renowned Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, known as a supplier of julep cups...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372845 (stock #3382f)
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$46.00
Lengthy items, intended to reach deep into a tall jar, horseradish spoons (sometimes identified as honey spoons) have paddle-like bowls, all of which describes this 6 1/4" long, .6 T. oz., example made by Knowles.

The pattern is "Apollo," which is a scroll, bead, and rose design that is very much in keeping with its late Victorian period (1892 issue date).

The cupped server on this is 1 3/4" long by 3/4" at the widest, and has a satin matte finish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372764 (stock #3380f)
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$24.00
Largely rococo in style, Frank Smith's 1890 "Earle" is an asymmetrical pattern that features a dense array of acanthus leaf, scroll, and floral elements.

The handle backside is plain save for the marks, which are the Frank Smith "lion" emblem and "925/1000 fine."

This example is a 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.0 T. oz., youth fork.

Although having a reserve area, this was never monogrammed and is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372531 (stock #3374f)
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$34.00
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One of Tiffany's favored suppliers before it began to produce its own silver, was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the manufacturer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1372310 (stock #3370f)
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$385.00
Price for the pair.
Large items, each measuring 10 1/2" long, the fork of this silver pair weighs approximately 2.5 T. oz., and the spoon 2.9 T. oz.

They are stamped "Porter Blanchard," who was a prominent, 20th century name in California Arts and Crafts silver, and "Sterling," on the backsides of "Pointed (1800)" pattern handles...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372206 (stock #3368f)
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Fully emblematic of the style, Wendt's "Moresque" was produced in 1873 during the Persian Revival period in silver design that generated such landmark patterns as Whiting's "Arabesque," Gorham's "Hindostanee," and Tiffany's "Persian," among many others.

"Moresque" is arguably the most complex of any iteration in this mode, and within its own line had variations.

Some examples have upturned and others downturned, handles...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1372176 (stock #3365f)
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$98.00
This fully original, solid silver, server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is in the form of a tomato server, but larger than that item (7 3/4" long in this pattern).

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end.

The blade is essentially round and flat, and has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3". It has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372159 (stock #3364f)
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$235.00
Price for the set of eight.
Each of these eight, matching forks, measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 11.6 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372158 (stock #3363f)
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The design on this 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon features a bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow. It is altogether quite charming in a bit naive way, in its representation.

Commonly referred to as "Spray," it is sometime identified as "Bouquet," and while made by Durgin, is occasionally attributed to other makers.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, sometimes carrying the Durgin name or "D" emblem, and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372148 (stock #3361f)
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$72.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are extra long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether originally intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861.

As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372147 (stock #3360f)
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$55.00
Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense design that reflects quite a different, and more complex, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.

This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork.

The overall condition is excellent and there is no monogram or removal. The tines retain a portion of an original gold wash and are pointed and free of bends or burrs. The pattern detail remains well-d...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372041 (stock #3355f)
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$120.00
Stamped "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent New York Century firm dating from the third quarter of the 19th century, this pie server is very large scaled.

It measures 10" long overall and is exceptionally heavy at 3.8 T. oz.

The triangular blade is 4 1/2" long and 3" at the widest.

The handle has a period "Bead" pattern front, and curiously a "Thread" pattern on the reverse.

There is a fancy, feathered script "CAC" monogram on the obverse, and what appears to be a "CAP" monogra...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371804 (stock #3351f)
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$85.00
The first in-house pattern produced by Tiffany became the company's namesake design, designated "Tiffany," and reflected Greek Revival design sensibilities. "Beekman" was an 1880s or 1890s reissue of the line, with slight changes.

This 7" long, 1.4 T. oz., preserve spoon is an example of the original pattern, retaining side knobs and having a pointed anthemion tip.

It is marked "Tiffany & Company," "Sterling," Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m," dating it no later than 1891.

It h...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1371627 (stock #3347f)
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$65.00
Measuring 5" long overall, this tea caddy spoon has a sterling silver, shell-shaped, bowl that is fully hallmarked for Birmingham, England, 1811, with a maker's stamp that appears to be "J.L" or "J.D".

It is fitted with a natural, likely bone, handle that has a rounded end and polished surface.

The bowl has a small, flat, hood that covers the heel, and a silver sleeve that accommodates the handle.

The piece is in excellent condition, showing no bends, tears, or other damage in the bo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1371391 (stock #3343f)
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$225.00
A very large item measuring 10 3/4" long overall, with a blade that is 5" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighing 4.1 T. oz., this solid silver pie server traces to the Boston Arts & Crafts movement as it existed during the first half of the twentieth century.

It is stamped "KLF & Son" and "Sterling" for the renowned Finnish born and trained silversmith Karl F. Leinonen, who headed the (Boston) Handicraft Shop from 1901 to at least 1932.

The design of this is in the manner of Georg Jensen,...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371324 (stock #3341f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 1/8" long, and weighing nearly .7 T. oz., very heavy for its size, this demitasse (referred to in most older catalogs as coffee) spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with an unclear letter or number, all on the backside heel of the bowl. This mark may be an "L," which would indicate newer (c. 1956) production.

The pattern is the company's fabled "Olympian," which builds upon motifs drawn from classical mythology.

The theme on this is "satyrs receiving instructi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1960 item #1370817 (stock #3333f)
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$68.00
Dating to the mid 20th century (1952), this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., fork is fully hallmarked for the year, sterling, and maker, "Worcester Silver Company," London, England.

While a relatively contemporary piece, the scrolled terminal pattern, "Onslow," is an older English design, and the three tine configuration also harkens to an earlier period, all defining this as a reproduction piece.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent estate condition. There is no visible wear, the t...

 
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