American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380327 (stock #3509f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380260 (stock #3508f)
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A truly exotic pattern, Tiffany's "Lap Over Edge" is really a family of designs with almost endless variations.

It was offered as a plain line, with acid etched motifs, and finally in mixed metals.

This example, a long handle, 8 3/8", nearly 1.1 T. oz., olive spoon, features a bird aloft an array of grasses that rise up along the length of the slender handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380220 (stock #3507f)
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$48.00
A novel design generated by George Shiebler and often, as is the case with this example, marked with an "H.S. & Co." retailer's stamp, this spoon features the high relief portraiture of a nutmeg and leaves on the handle, along with a bowl that is a full representation of the whole seed.

The backside of the handle is smooth, while the bowl is textured both sides and finished in a gold wash on the interior...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1380098 (stock #3505f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1380016 (stock #3504f)
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$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1379906 (stock #3501f)
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$72.00
Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey, produced a series of exceptional Art Nouveau designs that possess dreamlike or mystical qualities, among which is "Dawn," shown on this 5 7/8" long, nearly 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon.

In their entirety, the series incorporates female figures, fairies, cherubs, and flowers. This example features the profile of a young woman set against a poppy blossom, with a second blossom gracing her hair...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1379278 (stock #3496f)
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This 7 1/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., circa 1875, cream ladle documents the evolution of American silver craft into a high art form as the 19th century progressed.

The motif is a lotus blossom, fully developed in the 1 5/8" diameter, 1" deep, bowl, complimented by a triplet of lotus leaves surmounting the handle.

That simple descriptive, however, scarcely encompasses the delicacy and subtlety with which the piece is imbued...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1379164 (stock #3494f)
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$36.00
This 5 5/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., orange or grapefruit spoon could scarcely be more decorative.

It has a cast, reticulated, rococo style, arched handle that shares a design sensibility with Dominick & Haff's "Trianon."

The entire piece is finished in deep colored gold, while the handle has enamel highlights in various shades of blue, white, and purple.

The embossed bowl is relatively deep, and has an embossed base and softly pointed tip...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1379056 (stock #3492f)
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$265.00
Measuring 7" long and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this cheese scoop, also identified by some sources as a marrow spoon, has a 3 1/4" by 1" wide serving end.

The pattern is number "21" introduced by Georg Jensen about 1920. This example carries that number, the words "Sterling" and "Denmark" and a Jensen mark consonant with the design date...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1378866 (stock #3489f)
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$42.00
Produced by Watson, this version of "Cherub" is to be distinguished from the company's full line pattern with this name (see Old Friends item 2714f for comparison).

The figure on this 4 1/4" long, unusually heavy at nearly .5 T. oz., spoon appears to be cast rather than die struck, and possesses much more dimension and detail than the line design.

Indeed, the youthful image evinces an angelic, innocent, and ethereal quality, suggesting she or he is not of this world. Other detail on the ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1378679 (stock #3486f)
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$42.00
Price per piece, five available.
Measuring 8 1/2" long, and weighing nearly 1.6 T. oz., this table or serving spoon dating circa 1880 and originating in Baltimore, is stamped with "Sterling" and "J.S. MacDonald."

It is an engraved "Lily" pattern set on an "Old English" handle, and shows the influence of Aesthetic (Eastlake) design sensibilities in its naturalistic and abstract motifs.

The background behind the engraving has a satin finish along with an "FMA" feathered script monogram.

It is in superb estate condition....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1378238 (stock #3476f)
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$375.00
Gorham produced a great array of items in various forms either side of 1900 in a line which the company designated with an "H" number.

Generally cast, they all bear in common innovative design features, with a preponderance falling within the Art Nouveau style, particularly fine execution and finishing, and often, as in the instance of this massive, 10 1/8" long, 5.1 T. oz., example, commanding presentation.

There were several designs offered in this subset of large spoons, of which this i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1378136 (stock #3473f)
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$110.00
Measuring a generous 11 3/8" long and weighing a substantial 4.0 T. oz., this fish slice is fully marked for London, 1801-02, sterling silver, and maker Thomas Freeth (TF).

It is something of a utilitarian item with a straightforward design. The handle pattern is essentially "Old English," with a rounded and down turned end, but without a tipt backside. It has a "C.A.G." monogram on the front, with a subtle dip in the surface below this which may be an old monogram removal, or just a slight ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1378054 (stock #3471f)
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$235.00
Featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's 1889 early Art Nouveau "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., serving fork, however, are quite rare.

The design detail shows to advantage at the scale of this. The surface is highl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377837 (stock #3467f)
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$52.00
Amy Miller Dehan's Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 offers separate entries on four related operations employing "Michie" in their names, with the mark on this 8 1/4" long, heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon associated with "Michie Brothers," and "used by the firm between 1885 and 1888."

Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.

Made...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377681 (stock #3464f)
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$210.00
An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name, all of which show particularly well at the scale of this 9 1/8" long, weighty at 2.5 T. oz., (salad) serving spoon.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

The b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377548 (stock #3463f)
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$32.00
A 5 5/8" long, .7 T. oz., item, this spoon was made by A.F. Towle (later Lunt), as indicated by the "TS" emblem imprinted on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

Based on the 1899 "Wentworth" pattern, it includes an image of a plump, completely baby-like, winged cherub draped in a garland of roses, all set in very high relief that rises off the handle sculptural-like.

The figure is surrounded by beading, below which are more fully developed rose blossoms.

The handle backside is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1800 item #1377467 (stock #3462f)
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$225.00
Measuring precisely 12" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this meat skewer is nearly 250 years old.

It is fully hallmarked for Newcastle, England, 1774-75, sterling silver, and makers William Stalker & John Mitchison.

Typical of the form, it has a tapered shank that goes from 3/8" wide to a pointed tip. This has beveled edges, with feathering on the upper portions front and back. This is also the place where the marks are located on one side and a "WWS" monogram on the other.

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