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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372147 (stock #3360f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1372079 (stock #3358f)
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Model number "30" made by "Wallace" in "Sterling," as inidcated on the underside, this mug stands 2 1/4" high to the rim, has a top diameter of 2 5/8", a maximum span of 3 5/8" to the end of the handle, and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a solid handle and a rolled rim top, and retains hints of an original gold wash on the interior.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it was produced about the middle of the 20th century.

It is in very good condition, free of dents or bends...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372041 (stock #3355f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1371990 (stock #3353f)
Old Friends
$90.00
Triangular in shape and with rounded corners, this shallow bowl or dish measures 5 1/2" on a side, weighs 4.4 T. oz., and sits on three ball feet.

It is solid silver, made by the Watson Company, whose "crown, W, lion," emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "A65" appear on the underside.

It is fully in the Mid Century Modern style, building upon sleek, plain, and clean design lines that are emblematic of the 1950s and 60s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371804 (stock #3351f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1371696 (stock #3349f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and 1 3/8" across, and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this is a moderate sized napkin ring.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "B2306" are imprinted on the inner wall.

It is engraved "Betty" flanked by "four years old . . . April 3 1904.," which date is consistent with the low tone Art Nouveau style of the piece...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1371627 (stock #3347f)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1371454 (stock #3344f)
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Marked with the "griffin" emblem of the Merrill Company, "Sterling," and model number "291," this round trivet measures 5 1/2" in diameter.

It stands 3/4" high and rests on four silver ball feet, which distinguishes it from most other similar items which do not have feet.

The body is thick glass with a plain surface. This is encased in a sterling frame (not overlay) with leaf and flower engraving. There is a reserve area, which in this instance was never monogrammed.

In keeping wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1371391 (stock #3343f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370649 (stock #3330f)
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All of these six, matched, knives measure 8 1/2" long and have hollow, filled, sterling silver handles with (original) silverplated, blunt end blades.

They are early production items in Whiting's scroll motif, "Louis XV" pattern. All the pieces are stamped with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1891."

Never monogrammed, they are in excellent estate condition. The handles are free of dents or splits, and remain tightly secured with the blades, which apart from slight wear o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1370601 (stock #3329f)
Old Friends
$42.00
Price for the pair.
A well-regarded name among Arts & Crafts producers, with an expertise in reproduction silver, New York's Currier & Roby was both a manufacturer and retailer.

This matched pair of 3" long, .6 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons marked with the company "CR" emblem, "Sterling," and "26 S," are no doubt inhouse production items, consistent with the firm's best work generated during the first quarter of the 20th century.

The pattern is "Onslow," which is an older English design that features ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370554 (stock #3328f)
Old Friends
$180.00
Price for the set of six.
A matched set, these six, 5 3/4" long teaspoons have special attributes.

First, they are exceptionally fine, extra weight, 5.9 T. oz. the group, examples of Wood & Hughes' Moorish or similar, Renaissance Revival, "Venetian" pattern.

Second, they are anniversary presentation pieces, with mirror inscriptions front and back sides of the handles. The reverses read "HCA" in an elegant, feathered script "HCA" over "Nov. 3d, 1852." The obverses are identical save for a different year, "1877."...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1370497 (stock #3327f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Weighing over 2.1 T. oz., this 8 11/16" long tablespoon is a heavy item with a narrow, thick handle, and a lengthy, sturdy bowl.

It is an elegantly crafted, sterling silver, piece made by London's George Smith and William Fearn in 1787-88, with sharp, clear hallmarks for the same.

It is an "Old English" pattern, with a downturned reverse tipt end, and a thumb drop on the bowl backside.

The handle front has a diamond bright cut edge with wriggle work detailing, and a lion's head crest...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1370440 (stock #3326f)
Old Friends
$90.00
An 8 3/8" long item, this lettuce fork is heavy, weighing 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part emblem, the word "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94.," is the pierced version of this pattern.

The more common examples of "Renaissan...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1370356 (stock #3323f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the Got...

 
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