American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1990 item #1467292 (stock #5063f)
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An prominent name among contemporary British metal workers, Michael Allen Bolton (1938-2005) produced signature jewelry, flatware, and small items in silver.

There is ample biographical information about him available online, along with illustrations of his products.

One UK source notes these details,

"He exhibited successfully at the Goldsmith's Company 'Loot' exhibitions from 1975 to 1981 and in their 'Contemporary Silver Tableware' exhibition in 1996. In that catalogue it stated 'His...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1467242 (stock #5062f)
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An oval soup or dessert spoon in American usage, this English place piece measures 6 5/8" long and weighs 1.1 T. oz.

It is fully hallmarked for London, 1796-97, sterling silver, and makers Peter and Ann Bateman, who were members of the renowned Bateman dynasty.

It has a rounded end with tipt back, Old English, handle, narrow shank and thumb drop on the bowl reverse.

The bowl is well-shaped, evenly formed, and comes to a gentle point.

The handle front is engraved with what is p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1467210 (stock #5061f)
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Characterized by large, usually round, pierced, bowls, pea spoons are impressive serving pieces.

This 8 7/16" long, 2.2 T. oz., solid silver, example is in the Pompadour pattern by Whiting and follows after the typical form.

It has an essentially round, 3" by 3 1/4" diameter, slightly cupped, bowl that is pierced in a dot and bellflower design. It is also embossed in the heel with a raised, stylized, leaf and shell motif that mirrors the design on the handle.

The basic pattern is...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1467181 (stock #5060f)
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An early Gorham line pattern, Palm was issued in the same 1865-75 date range as the company's Lotus, Lily of the Valley, and Ivy designs, all inspired by naturalistic forms popular in the period.

It features a single palm frond set against a stippled background on the lower half of a Pointed Antique handle with a lined edge border on the backside.

This piece is a rarely found, 5 1/2" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sardine fork.

It has four relatively w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1930 item #1467138 (stock #5059f)
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A transplant from Massachusetts where he was steeped in the Arts & Crafts tradition of hand worked metal, Porter Blanchard relocated to California where he established himself as one of that state's premier 20th century silversmiths.

This pair of 8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz. combined, iced tea or lemonade spoons with plum-shaped bowls are in Blanchard's 1920 Lotus pattern.

Of this design, Leslie Greene Bowman writing in Silver in the Golden State observes, "his Lotus patter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1467096 (stock #5058f)
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While not a full line pattern, Whiting employed this raised Rosebud with stem and leaves design on multiple flatware and service pieces, such as this 4 5/8" long nut spoon or bon bon likely dating around the turn of the 20th century.

It has an essentially round, somewhat apple shaped, solid, cupped bowl with cut leaf edges.

The interior heel is embossed with leaves and stems akin to those on the handle.

The handle backside has a lined margin with flanking scrolls on the tip and i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1467036 (stock #5057f)
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The long dominant 19th and 20th century Cincinnati silver and jewelry house, Duhme produced a number of flatware lines of its own design.

In addition, several patterns that are essentially identical to, or strikingly reminiscent of, other makers also appear with Duhme's name on them, and that is the case of this 7 7/8" long, weighty at just over 2.3 T. oz., serving fork that markedly resembles Durgin's 1891 Louis XV .

The two designs incorporate the same densely arrayed rococo eleme...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1467004 (stock #5056f)
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Featuring a raised ram's head at the handle end, a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the shank, and an expanded ivy motif on the backside heel of the bowl, Grecian originated with Henry Hebbard, New York City, and was subsequently produced by Whiting.

This is an early, coin silver, example of the line marked "H.H. Patent 1862," and with the name of the retailer, "[E.S. & J.] Ettenheimer," Rochester, NY.

A sugar spoon, it measures 6 1/8" long and weighs .8 T. oz.


All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1930 item #1466988 (stock #5055f)
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This tapered clear glass cup stands 2 1/2" tall, has a top diameter of 2", is 1 1/2" wide on the base, and holds just over two ounces of liquid.

It fits into a 1 3/4" tall, approximately .8 T. oz., lattice work, silver holder with a double lined upper rim, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and model or production number "3704" on the underside.

A double shot glass, aka jigger, there is a customized block letter "AJP" monogram engraved on the lower band of the holder.

Likely dating cir...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1466884 (stock #5053f)
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One of Gorham's first full line patterns, Grecian was issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard and continued in production through the transition to sterling silver in 1868.

This 6 3/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon is an early example marked "Patent 1861" and "Coin."

Apropos of its name and reflective of its Greek Revival period, the pattern features a large anthemion set atop a tubular handle.

The bowl is appealingly shaped, with notched shoulders, a double ribbed b...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1800 item #1466787 (stock #5051f)
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While a matching pair, these two large serving pieces come from different sources, with slightly different dates.

Both are marked for London, England, and sterling silver. The earlier one is an 11 3/8" long, 2.9 T. oz., platter, aka stuffing or basting, spoon. It is marked "PB/AB" for Peter and Ann Bateman, and with a date letter for 1798-99.

The second piece is an 11" long, also 2.9 T. oz., runcible spoon (which is actually a fork with a spoon bowl) marked "RC" for Richard Crossley...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1466487 (stock #5049f)
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Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin silver tongs are early production items made by Cincinnati's premier firm "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

Possibly for use with a (pickle) caster, they are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements.

The arms have a twisted central section joined to a solid squared block where they meet the substantially-scaled talon grips.

The upper portions are br...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1466424 (stock #5048f)
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Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat 1885," this youth fork measures 5 7/8" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

The pattern is St. Cloud, which was one of the outstandingly successful designs produced by Antoine Heller in his long and consequential career with Gorham.

It is in very good condition. The dense leaf and shell motif remains well-defined, showing minimal polishing wear. The tines remain straight and pointed, although they evidence faint r...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1466407 (stock #5047f)
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Standing 1 11/16" tall, measuring 1 3/4" in diameter, and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this is a substantially sized napkin ring.

Solid silver, it is marked "Sterling" and with the model number "78," but no maker's identification. Wood & Hughes, however, comes to mind as that firm produced an array of similar pieces that were often unmarked.

It has a top and bottom applied band that incorporates a repeating leaf and dart pattern. The plain sidewalls are bright cut engraved in a design that is deci...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1970 item #1466384 (stock #5046f)
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Standing 2" tall, having a top diameter of 2 3/4", and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this solid silver toothpick, or possibly cigarette, holder was made by "S. Kirk & Son," as stamped on the underside.

This particular style of the company name was used 1932-61 according to Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers. Other marks include model number "10" and "Sterling."

It has a bulbous body with an attached sleeve top with a rolled rim that is chased in Kirk's ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1466362 (stock #5045f)
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Among the most impressive of the myriad early 20th century Art Nouveau flatware designs, Alvin's Raphael features a standing female figure with an upraised arm reaching toward a flower blossom.

A multi-motif pattern, the woman's pose varies from item to item, as does the blossom, which in the instance of this original, 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., citrus, i.e. grapefruit or orange, spoon is an orchid or iris.

The bowl is narrow, pointed, and has a flange edge. It repeats a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1466316 (stock #5044f)
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Similar to Cherub produced by Watson & Newell Co. in the late 19th century, the imagery on this 4 1/4" long, not quite .5 T. oz. (14 grams), also Watson, coffee or demitasse spoon is actually distinct from that line pattern.

It is sculptural in nature, showing the raised bust of a child-like figure set against the subtle portraiture of wings, which confirms his cherubic identity.

The handle reverse show his curly hair in detail, along with the wings and a plainer representation of t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1466163 (stock #5040f)
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An example of Shiebler's Month series of flatware introduced in 1902, this four tine, likely youth, fork measures 6 1/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.2 T. oz.

The month is March with the corresponding flower being Violet.

Decidedly Art Nouveau in manner, the portraiture is expressively sinuous and fluid as is characteristic of the mode.

There is a flowing script "WKH" monogram engraved on the handle front.

In very good condition, this shows little evidence of ...

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