A fine and rare American coin silver tablespoon by little-known Zanesville, Ohio jeweler Theodore Schwabe, working circa 1846-58. This is the only example of Schwabe's work that I've encountered or heard of. Schwabe was also a clockmaker, and an eight-day clock is known bearing his name. Schwabe advertised as a manufacturer of Masonic jewelry in 1858; he died in that year. Silver bearing Schwabe's mark appears to be quite rare, and this is a good example, with an extremely clear maker's... Click for details
An American coin silver tablespoon by silversmith and watchmaker Alpheus E. Noe, working in Philadelphia in the 1850s. Mr. Noe later moved to Ohio and took up the profession of farming. Little is known about Noe, and this is the only example observed of his work. The maker's mark is A.E.NOE in large letters in a serrated punch. This tablespoon bears a period script monogram of "JFCB" or "JFB" and is in excellent condition, with little wear and no dents, splits or repairs. This piece... Click for details
A scarce American coin silver tea spoon by Philadelphia silversmith and watchmaker John Townsend, circa 1825-50. John Townsend's son John K. Townsend was also a watchmaker, as well as a dentist, and so this spoon could have been the work of the son, though more likely the father. The mark on the spoon is J.TOWNSEND in a rectangle, and the spoon is also decorated with period script monograms of "ALH" to the front and "AH" to the back. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs... Click for details
A good American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia watchmaker and clockmaker George K. Lentz, working circa 1825 at 96 N. 4th Street. This is the first and only example I've seen of silver marked by Lentz. He appears on page 370 of Hollan's book under the clockmakers, but isn't listed as a silversmith as no silver was known by him until now. This spoon measures about 6 inches in length and weighs 16 grams. It features a well-executed period engraved script monogram of "EAM" and a good... Click for details
A fine American coin silver teaspoon by Maryland and Pennsylvania silversmith Emanuel (Emmanuel) Holsey, born circa 1798, who apprenticed with Henry Biershing of Washington County, MD circa 1815. Holsey worked in Williamsport, MD circa 1820-21, Hagerstown, MD circa 1821-23, and Chambersburg, PA circa 1823-39. He died in 1849 in Union County (probably IL or PA). This spoon measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. It is engraved with a period script monogram of "ETC" or... Click for details
A good American coin silver tea spoon by Philadelphia silversmith and spectacle maker Christian Smith, circa 1820-30. This maker's work is rarely seen. This spoon is marked with the maker's mark of "C.Smith" in script, and the familiar Philadelphia eagle pseudo-hallmark. The spoon is engraved with a period script monogram of CSG. Condition overall is good, with little tip wear and no splits or repairs, but with some surface wear and scratching. This piece measures about 5 5/8 inches in... Click for details
A lovely American coin silver teaspoon by watchmaker and silversmith Henry Biershing of Hagerstown, Maryland. Biershing was born about 1789 and was working in Hagerstown between about 1809 and 1843, the year of his death. This spoon measures about 5 13/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. The spoon has an engraved period script monogram of "MF" and a clear maker's mark of H.BIERSHING in a serrated rectangle. Biershing's work is rarely seen, despite his relatively long career. A... Click for details
A fine set of six American coin silver teaspoons by little-known watchmaker and jeweler Asa Hartshorn, who was working and advertising as a watchmaker and jeweler as early as 1818 in Montrose, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hartshorn bought the drugstore in Montrose around 1826 and also continued to function as a jeweler. He sold out in 1833. Hartshorn's mark is very uncommon. These spoons measure about 5 7/8 inches in length on average, and weigh a total of 96 grams. There are six... Click for details
A good and scarce American coin silver tea spoon from Hagerstown, Maryland. Some consider silver from these towns to be Southern coin silver due to the sympathies of many of the inhabitants. This piece is marked with the maker's mark of Thomas Alexander Boullt (1818-1876), a well-known Hagerstown silversmith, jeweler, watchmaker and clockmaker. In the latter part of his long (1846-70s) career, Boullt was advertising as an jeweler and optician, at No. 16 West Washington Street in Hagerstown.... Click for details
An excellent American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Lewis Quandale, circa 1825-50. This spoon is in great condition, with no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. The spoon has a clear maker's mark and a good period engraved script monogram. A fine piece!
A rare early American coin silver teaspoon by Easton, Pennsylvania clockmaker and silversmith George Bush. Bush apprenticed to Christian Bixler from 1806-12, and worked in Easton from 1812 through at least the mid-1830s. This spoon has a highly unusual period engraved decorative element to the handle, and also has a period engraved script monogram "MO". This spoon also has a good clear maker's mark. Condition is very good overall, with some light dimpling to the bowl and a small amount of... Click for details
American silver (coin silver) table spoon bearing the maker's mark of John Smart, watchmaker and jeweler of Philadelphia. Smart was working circa 1836-58. This spoon measures about 8 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 40 grams. Condition is good with no dents, splits or repairs. John Smart's mark is not commonly seen.
Forward-tipt fiddle handle, c1830 -- high pointed shoulders, drop on bowl back, feathered script mono E S N on front; 9" in length. Condition is mint, extended bowl tip unworn. Both maker's name and town in which he worked struck on back of handle (as shown). Can't find the mark in any of the usual and many of the unusual references.