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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1392572 (stock #3718f)
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$675.00
Price for the pair.
Early and original pieces, each of these two items is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880," and "M.," this letter dating them no later than 1891.

They are a matched salad serving pair, including a 10 3/8" long spoon and 10 1/8" fork. Extremely heavy, the spoon weighs 5.4 T. oz., and the fork 5.0 T. oz.

The pattern is "Chrysanthemum," which is an exuberant design that anticipates the Art Nouveau style...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1392405 (stock #3716f)
Old Friends
$130.00
Measuring 9" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this pudding spoon is akin to a large berry or vegetable server.

The pattern is Whiting's "Arabesque," which is a Moorish design produced during the 19th century's Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s. It features a standing griffin with widespread wings.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a central vee in the base and a lipped edge...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1392269 (stock #3714f)
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$32.00
Price per piece, two available.
Issued early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" was an expressive iteration of this popular floral motif.

The design incorporates numerous blossoms and buds along with trailing leaves on both sides of the handle and the heel reverse.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon. It has a lengthy, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange rim and pointed tip, which is finished in a bright gold wash front and back...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1392081 (stock #3712f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for the set of eight.
A matched set, each of these eight, flat handle, solid silver individual butter knives measures 6" long. They are weighty, at 7.3 T. oz. the group.

These are older examples of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

They are in outstanding estate condition, showing no polishing wear, without bends or nicks on the blades, and having bright, even finishes...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1392016 (stock #3711f)
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$165.00
Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1391771 (stock #3707f)
Old Friends
$295.00
Price for the set of six.
Full size dinner, measuring 7 3/4" long, these six, matched, forks are remarkably heavy at 15.7 T. oz. the group, or approximately 2.6 T. oz. each.

In the "Angelo" pattern dating from 1910, they were made by the J.B. & S.M. Knowles company of Providence, Rhode Island, and retailed by "A. Frankfield" of New York City, and so marked, along with "Sterling" and "Pat."

Each one is engraved "Zorah" in script, set sideways on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1391698 (stock #3706f)
Old Friends
$120.00
An early 20th century pattern, Tiffany's "St. Dunstan" is a straightforward design that features clean lines with oak leaf embellishments.

Individual pieces are characteristically large scaled and heavy, and those aspects show in this 7 1/4" long, nearly 3.1 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a 1" deep shell bowl with a flaring heel.

Never monogrammed, this is in very fine estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391574 (stock #3704f)
Old Friends
$235.00
A Bostonian by birth who apprenticed in Belfast, Maine for four years beginning when he was nineteen, Edward A. Tyler subsequently (1838) established himself and a successful business in New Orleans, Louisiana, which operation became "large and at one time or another employed a number of silversmiths." (Biographical material sourced from Crescent City Silver published by The Historic New Orleans Collection.)

This item, which is stamped "E.A. Tyler," along with "Sterling," and "P...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391509 (stock #3703f)
Old Friends
$44.00
Price per piece, two available.
Measuring 8 5/16" long and weighing a substantial 2.2 T. oz., this serving, i.e. large table, spoon traces to the end of the 19th century.

The pattern, "La Reine," was made by Reed & Barton and first issued in 1893.

It incorporates a high relief, leaf and scroll motif, which apropos of the name, exhibits a French design influence.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition, with the only signs of use being light surface scratches consistent with age. The bowl remains well-shaped a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1391449 (stock #3702f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Dating from early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Fleury" is a subdued Art Nouveau pattern that features small poppy blossoms set against a leaf and scroll border.

Delicate in portraiture, the design resembles the company's "Buttercup" as well as Watson's "Meadow Rose," both from the same general period.

This example is a large, 8" long, heavy at 2.1 T. oz., solid silver tomato server.

An early piece, this has decorated shoulders on the 3" diameter, reticulated blade. This detail appears...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1391299 (stock #3700dd)
Old Friends
$48.00
Devised in 1900 by the Graf Niemann Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the "Earl Patent Fork" was an adaptation of a standard youth implement.

This example is based on a 5 7/16" long, just over .6 T. oz., fork in Whiting's "Louis XV" pattern. It is fitted with a finger slot (with trim matching the pattern) on the back, intended to direct the way the child would hold the piece.

Clearly novel, and perhaps widely embraced, as a Google search turns up contemporaneous advertisements appearing...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391100 (stock #3697f)
Old Friends
$68.00
A captivating and not commonly found design, Durgin's "Bouquet" is one of that company's first full line patterns, issued in 1875.

Multi-motif, it features a variety of dense, low relief, floral images, all portrayed on irregularly shaped handles with a raised border on the backsides that resembles bamboo. This detail suggests an Aesthetic influence, and is some similar to Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge," introduced five years after "Bouquet."

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1391010 (stock #3695f)
Old Friends
$295.00
Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390769 (stock #3690f)
Old Friends
$78.00
Price for the two pieces.
Without a formal name, but commonly referred to as "Peony" for the large, single, arched, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its twist stem.

The line is number "26," by Whiting, and this number, along with the company "lion" logo and "Sterling," appears on the backsides of this youth set, comprised of a 6 3/8" long fork and 5 7/8" long spoon, with a combined weight of 2.1 T. oz.

Each piece is engraved "Ellen Burdett" in script on...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390669 (stock #3688dd)
Old Friends
$225.00
Price for the set of six.
First appearing in Gorham's 1884 catalogue, offered as a set of twelve, "Number 3" oyster or seafood cocktail fork was illustrated in later catalogues (through the 1890s) shown with other exotic designs of the period (see image 2).

The primary feature of the pattern is an apparent bat face situated at the end of the handle. This suggests some resemblance to a boar or devil as well.

Other design details include wings, and possibly toes, wrapping around both sides of the handle.

All surfa...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1390594 (stock #3687f)
Old Friends
$52.00
Measuring 3 3/4" long and weighing a robust 1.1 T. oz., this baby or infant spoon was made by Tiffany & Co. and is so marked, along with "Sterling," "m," and model number "1338."

While not a line pattern, it has the plain, clean style of an Arts & Crafts piece, akin to Tiffany's "Gramercy" or "Hamilton," and, as do those pieces, likely dates from the second or third decade of the 20th century.

The handle wraps around to form an open loop.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent condition....

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390411 (stock #3684f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this 7 3/8" long, very heavy at just under 3.8 T. oz., gravy ladle is "Paris, the son of Priam," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line (William P. Hood Jr., Tiffany Silver Flatware).

It has a plain, oval, 2 3/8" by 2" by 3/8" deep, bowl, with a large classical face on the backside heel.

There is a block "K.L"...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1390343 (stock #3683f)
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One of Tiffany's most imaginative lines of flatware, "Lap Over-Over-Edge," 1880, was an exercise in theme and variation.

The theme is the turned back margin on the reverse of the handle, which is the defining element of the pattern. Subsets of this include plain, acid etched, and applied groupings, and within the latter two, there are further, seemingly countless, flora and fauna themed, iterations.

This piece, a 7 1/8" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., large sugar sifter is etched in what a...

 
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