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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1411773 (stock #4041f)
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$265.00
Issued in 1878, Gorham's fabulously designed "Narragansett" pattern was developed using models from sea life found in the Rhode Island bay of this name.

The positive reception to the line apparently inspired numerous other kindred but less elaborate items, of which this napkin ring is an example (such pieces are frequently facilely identified as "Narragansett" although not actually so).

Measuring 1 3/4" wide, 2" in diameter, and weighing 1.2 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1940 item #1403247 (stock #3908f)
Old Friends
$85.00
This urn shaped, cut glass, perfume bottle stands 5 3/4" to the upper edge of the stopper and sits on a round base that is 2 1/4" in diameter.

The top is silver and stamped with Wallace's "RW&S plus deer head" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "93."

It has a long, glass extension something in the manner of a tang, that reaches clear to the bottom of the tapered jar...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1395321 (stock #3770f)
Old Friends
$68.00
This liquor tag was produced by Gorham in 1910, stamped on the reverse with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, a date symbol for the year, the word "Sterling," and the letters "TGR," indicating this is special order (or sample) item.

It is an unusual piece in several regards.

First is the above noted fact that, as a special order, it is essentially one of a kind, or few at most...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1393805 (stock #3742f)
Old Friends
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This example of late Victorian grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co." and "Sterling," which applies to the entire piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1392703 (stock #3720f)
Old Friends
$38.00
The style of this plain band, 1" wide, 1 3/4" diameter, .7 T. oz., napkin ring places it from the late 1800s.

The satin finish exterior is bright cut engraved in a leaf and scroll theme interpreted in an Aesthetic manner. Both edges have a repeating beaded design that looks like knurling.

There is a reserve within the engraving that is inscribed "TGM," while the inner side reads, "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25, '99.," so very likely it was a Christmas present given well over a century ago...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1960 item #1378417 (stock #3480jl)
Old Friends
$250.00
Price for the group of eight.
This assemblage of eight boxes vary in size from a 1 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 1/2" high square at the largest, to a 1 1/8" by 3/4" by 1/2" tall oval and 1" by 5/8" high round one at the smallest.

The square one has a lined base, engine turned top, is marked "925" and "FS" in a circle, and weighs 26 grams (just over .8 T. oz.). The next largest is rectangular with rounded corners, plain-surfaced, marked with the Blackinton emblem, and weighs 16 grams (approximately .5 T. oz.)...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1364679 (stock #3227f)
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Produced the last year of the reign of Queen Victoria, this knife rest measures 3 1/4" long, stands on two, four-spoke, arms that are 1 5/8" in diameter, and weighs a substantial 1.5 T. oz.

It is fully marked for Sheffield, sterling silver, a date letter "h" for 1900-01, and the maker's "RM over EH" in a diamond.

It is Georgian in style, having a center bar with turned ends and a hexagonal middle section. The resting legs have double ball tips...

 
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