Freeman’s employs an experienced team of American silver specialists with a local and national reputation for successful auctions. With sales conducted at both our Philadelphia headquarters and online, our departmental experts have a comprehensive knowledge of current market conditions, always an essential component to the overall positive outcome of these sales. Freeman’s offers American silver within our American Furniture, Folk, and Decorative Arts and annual Pennsylvania Sale auctions.
The American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts Department offers a wide selection of American silver dating from the 17th through the 20th-centuries at auction twice a year. An emphasis is placed on fine examples of early silver from New England, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the Southern states, as well as on standout and unique pieces from America’s leading makers, such as Tiffany & Co., Gorham and Kirk. Freeman’s dedicates special attention to, and consequently achieves, strong results for rare silver with historical significance and strong provenance.
Notable auction successes include three silver “History of the Revolution” medals (sold for $65,725); the Lee family silver tea and coffee service by William Ball of Baltimore, circa 1795 (sold for $86,250); the important Bonaparte Family silver wine coaster by S. Kirk & Son of Baltimore (sold for $28,750); and a silver and enameled vase by George Paulding Farnham for Tiffany and Co., exhibited at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition (sold for $115,000). A prestigious grouping of American Silver to be sold at Freeman's was the collection of Property from the Reed & Barton Archives. One of the most recognizable names in the history of American silver, Reed & Barton produced some of the finest silver-plated and sterling silver wares of any American factory. Featuring original design drawings, master molds, and other items representative of the silver making process, this prestigious collection brought nearly $250,000, with a 96% sell-through rate. The standout piece of the group was the monumental Progress Vase, designed by W.C. Beattie, which achieved an impressive $125,000. Substantial in size and ambitious in scope, the vase triumphed at its unveiling at the Centennial Exhibition in 1876.
Freeman’s offers American silver in auctions within our American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts auctions, and in the annual Pennsylvania Sale. For more information about buying or selling in an upcoming auction, please contact one of our specialists to make your appointment for a private and complimentary consultation.