Offered is an important and rare early American coin silver pair of sugar tongs, circa 1799-1805, by little-known Mercersburg, Pennsylvania silversmith William B. Guthrie. Guthrie's biographical information appears below. This piece is the only pair of sugar tongs and indeed the only piece other than a teaspoon that I am aware of for this maker. This early pair of Franklin County sugar tongs is quite rare and lovely. The maker's mark is well struck on each arm and the period script monogram... Click for details
Offered is a fine and scarce American coin silver teaspoon bearing an armorial crest of a flaming tower or other device of some kind, by well-known New York silversmith Maltby Pelletreau. I haven't identified the family to whom the armorial is tied. The Pelletreau family of silversmiths of Southampton, Long Island are famous, the shop of Elias Pelletreau (father of Maltby) having survived to the present day. Maltby began his career circa 1804 in Southampton with his apprenticeship, and... Click for details
Offered is a good early American coin silver tea spoon by little-known Mercersburg, Pennsylvania silversmith William B. Guthrie. Guthrie's biographical information appears below. This piece is typical of Guthrie's work, from the early form and period script monogram, to the distinctive roulette-work style engraved heel. This spoon has a good clear maker's mark and overall is in excellent condition, with little wear and no dents, splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length... Click for details
Offered is a fine and rare set of American coin silver teaspoons circa 1805-10 by sought-after Chambersburg silversmith Charles Young, whose biographical information appears below. The spoons in this set of six measure about 5 5/8 inches in length on average, and the set weighs about 76 grams altogether. Each piece is marked with a clear maker's mark and all are engraved with a period script monogram. Condition is very good, with minor tip wear and signs of use, but no dents of note and no... Click for details
New York circa 1825, length 12 1/2 inches, weight 4.52 Troy ounces, monogrammed "M" in period script with flourishes. There is a slight abrasion above the initial, and some very minor scratches in bowl as shown in enlargements three and four but the overall condition is outstanding.
Maltby Pelletreau was the second generation of this illustrious silversmithing family. His partnership with Bennett and Cook lasted only three years, so the date range for this item is pleasantly narrow. ... Click for details
Offered is a fine and rare American coin silver (in this case in the sterling standard) beaker or julep cup by noted Philadelphia silversmiths Simon Chaudron and Anthony Rasch, who alone and in partnership as Chaudron's & Rasch made some of the most important American silver of the first quarter of the 19th Century. The partnership between Chaudron and Rasch lasted only three years and its work is highly sought after - particularly pieces like this one, marked STER*AMERI*MAN. This beaker has a... Click for details
Offered is a fine and rare group of three American coin silver teaspoons by little-known silversmith, jeweler and clock and watch maker Michael Bush, working in Easton, Pennsylvania circa 1831. His available biographical information appears below. These spoons average about 6 1/8 inches in length and the three together weigh about 46 grams. There is no monogram or sign of erasure on any of the spoons. Condition is fair, with modest tip wear and dents and dings to the bowls. The maker's mark... Click for details
Offered is a fine early American coin silver tea spoon by noted Harrisburg, Pennsylvania silversmith and clockmaker Joseph Doll, who worked in Harrisburg from about 1795 to his death in 1818. Doll was probably born in Lancaster in 1768, and was located on Second Street in Harrisburg by 1797. Silver bearing his mark is comparatively uncommon and is uniformly well executed. He is better known for his cased clocks, and perhaps known even more widely as a musical adapter and composer -... Click for details
Offered is a fine set of six American coin silver teaspoons by noted early small-town Ohio silversmith Henry (Harry) Safford. Biographical information on Mr. Safford follows discussion of the spoons. These teaspoons each bear a period engraved script monogram, and each also has a good clear maker's mark. The six spoons average about six inches in length, and the total weight for the set is about 120 grams. Condition overall is very good, with little wear and no dings aside from a shallow... Click for details
Offered is a good early American coin silver tea spoon by little-known Mercersburg, Pennsylvania silversmith William B. Guthrie. Guthrie's biographical information appears below. This piece is typical of Guthrie's work, from the early form and period script monogram, to the distinctive roulette-work style engraved heel. This spoon has a good clear maker's mark and overall is in fair condition, with some wear and with the bowl a bit out of round, but with no major issues or repairs. This... Click for details
Offered is a very fine and rare pair early Paris, Ohio coin silver teaspoons by the short-lived partnership of McNeely & Estep, working circa 1814. See my other listings for a single teaspoon from this same set. This pair of spoons is very fine indeed, with lovely proportions and only moderate wear. They are each graced with a good clear maker's mark and engraved with period script initials for the original owner (given Paris was a very small village in 1814, it is quite possible the... Click for details
Offered is a fine early American coin silver beaker by Philadelphia silversmith John Aitken, working in that city from at least 1780 through about 1808. Aitken's biography is given in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths" and elsewhere. This beaker is graced with a very well executed period script monogram, the large size of which indicates a likely earlier date for the beaker, perhaps around 1780-95. The maker's mark is also legible. This beaker or julep cup measures about 3 inches to the... Click for details
Offered is a nice early American coin silver teaspoon by the short lived partnership of Philadelphia silversmiths Charles Moore and John Ferguson, working as Moore & Ferguson between 1801 and 1804. This spoon measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is fair, with some surface scratching and modest tip wear and light dimpling, but no splits or repairs. This piece has a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. All in all a fine example of... Click for details
This pair of coin silver tongs measure a lengthy 6 1/4" long and weigh nearly 1.7 T. oz.
Stamped "Rockwell" along with a sheaf of wheat pseudo hallmark, this identifier is attributed to Edward Rockwell by both Louise Belden and John McGrew in their respective works on marks. He is to be distinguished from Samuel D. Rockwell with whom Edward was in partnership 1815-47, with some similarity of marks.
This item appears to date from Edward's early working years, 1803-14. It has a broad... Click for details
A fine late 18th or early 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Samuel Richards, working circa 1793-1818. This spoon has a nicely executed period engraved script monogram and a well-struck maker's mark. This spoon is in good condition with a minor dimple or two, but no serious dents and no splits or repairs. There is some wear and scratching to the surface that can be seen above the maker's mark on the reverse of the spoon. All in all a good piece of... Click for details
Offered is an extremely scarce example of a coffin-end spoon definitively from Philadelphia; in fact, this is the only such example I've ever observed. Coffin-end spoons from New York and New England are quite readily found, but the style never took hold in Philadelphia, and is virtually never seen. This spoon was made by John W. Gethen and retailed by Allen Armstrong, who was working circa 1806-16. This piece features good clear marks and a period engraved script monogram. Condition is... Click for details