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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1447563 (stock #4625f)
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This lengthy, 9 1/8", and weighty, 3.2 T. oz., berry scoop or shovel has origins in Boston, marked for "Bailey. Kettell & Chapman," 1854-58. It is also stamped "Pure-Coin," which is a characteristic New England term.

The handle is a die struck "Bead" pattern that appears on both the front and back sides. There is a cursive "EWL" monogram inscribed on the reverse.

The generously proportioned, 3 1/2" by 2 3/8", scoop is engraved with a highly detailed and finely rendered motif that portrays ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1447505 (stock #4624sh)
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A difficult to find piece in Tiffany's "Castilian" pattern, this sugar sifter measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.6 T. oz.

It has an oval, 2 3/8" by 1 7/8" by 1/2" deep, pierced bowl with a flange rim (see image 2).

The design is clean-lined and presents as somewhat formal, which, while not Art Deco per se, is certainly consistent with that trend dominant in the 1929 date this was issued.

The handle front is engraved with an Old English "S" monogram.

Without wear or damage, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1447465 (stock #4623f)
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This lengthy at 9 1/8", and weighty at just under 2.5 T. oz, spoon was produced by Wood Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem and "Sterling" appear alongside the patent date.

The pattern is "Angelo" which is a Renaissance Revival design that also shows Persian stylistic influences.

Having a large, 3 3/4" long by 2 3/8" at the widest, bowl, this is likely a salad serving spoon, although it certainly could function as a rice or platter piece.

The bowl has fluted or coffered shoulders and is engraved...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1447419 (stock #4622sh)
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An early example of International's Art Nouveau lily pattern "Frontenac," this pair of tongs are marked with the company's Simpson, Hall, Miller division "helmet and shield" emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling."

Measuring 3 5/8" long and weighing .6 T. oz., this small size sugar tong is identified as a tete-a-tete, intended to be used for intimate teas.

They have stylized claw grip tongs, a wide arch and are monogrammed with a script letter "M" on one arm.

In very fine estate condition, they ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1447334 (stock #4621f)
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Exceptionally well crafted, and in flawless condition, this coin silver place or serving spoon measures 8 1/2" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

A "Tipt" end pattern, it is marked "Welles & Strong" flanked by an eagle to left and a star to the right, for the Hartford, Connecticut partnership with dates 1841-45.

It is engraved with an elegantly rendered, feathered script, "C C" monogram set sideways on the handle front.

As suggested above, this remains in like-new condition, absent wear or dama...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1447302 (stock #4620sh)
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Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.4 T. oz., this piece has a large, 3 1/2" by 3" by 3/4" deep, reticulated bowl.

The form suggests a Saratoga chip server, although it is some small for this. Another possibility is that it is a bonbonniere.

In either case, it is an extravagant item made by Knowles (later Mount Vernon) in the "Apollo" pattern, which is a late Victorian design that incorporates rose, bead, and scroll elements.

The bowl has a ribbed interior interspersed wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1447247 (stock #4619sh)
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A 7 5/8" long, just over 1.8 T. oz. item, this has a large, approximately 3" square, intricately reticulated serving end with a cupped heel and five rounded prongs at the end (see image 2).

A croquette server, the pattern is "Victoria New" by Watson, whose "crown, lion, W" emblem appears on the handle backside, along with "Sterling" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co. Inc."

Issued in 1900, "Victoria New" bears marked similarity to Gorham's popular "Chantilly" that was ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1447092 (stock #4617f)
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The Cincinnati Art Museum holds an essentially matching piece to this 8 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., table or serving spoon. The Museum's example is shown in Figure 81 of Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940.

Coin silver, this was made by Wilson McGrew, c. 1840-56, and carries his mark on the backside.

It has a pronounced "Fiddle" shaped handle with a "Tipt" end, and high, angular and chamfered, shoulders, all characteristic of a silver style of this region and period.

It is engraved "Bu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1447042 (stock #4616sh)
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Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this serving, aka table, spoon is an early example of Whiting's 1905 "Violet" pattern, marked with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. App. For," an Old English "O," and an "M," which might be a weight designation (medium).

An Art Nouveau design, this features violet blossoms on the end and midpoint of the handle, along with trailing, sinuous, stems the full length of the handle, ending with a leaf detail at the join with the handle.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1446750 (stock #4612sh)
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Readily identifiable from their length and round bowl spoon, chocolate muddlers are designed to reach deep inside tall chocolate pots to stir any settled powder on the bottom.

This example measuring 7 1/2" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz. was made by Dominick & Haff in the "No. 10" pattern.

A dense yet delicate multi-floral design dominated by a single chrysanthemum set at the handle end, "No. 10" was patented in 1896, as marked on backside.

Other marks include the company's three part embl...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1446620 (stock #4610f)
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Patented in 1881, as stamped on the handle backside, along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," this piece is a 6 1/2" long, 1.3 T. oz., sugar sifter.

The pattern is "Domestic," which employs a variety of design elements, the primary one of which is an intricate and finely rendered array of ivy leaves and vines, accented by a rosette midway on the handle and an anthemion at the tip.

This has a strikingly attractive bowl with fluted walls and a pierced interior. It is fini...

All Items : Silver : Plate : Pre 1900 item #1446494 (stock #4608f)
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Known as a major manufacturer of solid silver, Gorham also produced an extensive line of high quality silverplate items different in material but not in design merit from sterling, as evidenced by this matching pair of 6" tall candlesticks marked on the underside with the company's "anchor" emblem, the words "Gorham electroplate," model number "0190," and a date symbol for 1899.

Columnar in form, each one sits on a square, tiered base that is 2 7/8" on the sides, with beaded detailing at each...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1446450 (stock #4610sh)
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A large, 9" long, 2.7 T. oz., server in Knowles' "Argo" pattern, this piece is marked with the company's "standing lion with a K" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat.," the number "41," and the name of the retailer, Chicago's "C.D. Peacock."

It has a large, oval bowl with a scalloped upper side with a flange rim, and a pierced lower edge with prongs. The entire surface front and backsides is finished in a gold wash, while the interior is engraved in a leafy design with wriggle work detailing.

It is ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1446357 (stock #4609f)
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Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "80," this pair of grape shears aka scissors have a novel design.

They have matching, 1" diameter, round grips that are joined to curved arms with faceted surfaces and a bullseye detail where they cross.

Blunt ended, one of the arms is fitted at the end with a steel cutting edge.

Illustrated in Gorham's 1892 catalogue, they measure 5 1/2" long overall and weigh 2.0 T. oz., which includes the minor value of the s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1446308 (stock #4608f)
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The online source Sterling Flatware Fashions notes that David Carlson was a "Boston Society of Arts & Crafts 'Master Craftsman,' . . . [who] worked with Arthur Stone until 1919 then operated his own shop [in Gardner, Massachusetts] until his death in 1931."

He produced both flat and hollow ware, but was a specialist in the latter, as this open, 8 1/2" top diameter, 3" tall, 12.1 T. oz., footed bowl illustrates.

It has a dramatically splayed body with a rounded bottom and applied rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1446219 (stock #4607f)
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A 6" long, weighty at 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon, this piece is engraved in embellished period lettering in the satin finish bowl "Medina, Ohio" and in script on the handle backside "1904."

An early example of Reed and Barton's "La Parisienne," this is marked on the reverse with the company's "eagle, R in a shield, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Apr. 15. 1902," all in fine, precise, lettering as should be on an old piece.

"La Parisienne" is a multi-motif design that features different flowe...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1446178 (stock #4606f)
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A charming late 19th century pattern that evokes the bucolic quietude of a summer's afternoon, Gorham's "Meadow" shows Art Nouveau design influences. It features an array of wild grasses and leaves with a large central clover blossom, all set on a textured ground, front and backside of the handle.

The pattern is represented to full advantage at the large scale of this 7 3/4" long, heavy at nearly 2.5 T. oz., fully original, cheese scoop.

The generously sized, 2 3/4" by 1 1/4", actual scoop...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1446126 (stock #4605f)
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While the length of a sugar spoon at 5 7/8", this .7 T. oz., coin silver item was no doubt intended for jam or preserves. Victorian custom often employed purpose-related decorative detail on the serving portion of pieces, and given the strawberry fruit, leaves and stem engraved in the ovoid, gold washed bowl of this, the intended function appears self-evident.

The rounded, slightly downturned handle has a tiered end and a front surface that is diamond cut in an intricate design. The overall s...

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