Offered is a fine American coin silver toy or demitasse spoon (it measures 3 13/16 inches or so in length, and weighs 8 grams) bearing the mark of Ft. Wayne, Indiana silversmiths and jewelers Mayer & Graff. This firm seems to have been active in Fort Wayne from the 1860s on. This piece is in the twist handle style peculiar to parts of the Mid-West around the 1860s and 1870s. It has no monogram engraved. Condition overall is very good, though there is a little corrosion in the bottom of the... Click for details
Offered is an American coin silver teaspoon in the fiddlethread pattern by Baldwin Gardiner, working circa 1827-48 in New York City. Although this spoon is fairly nondescript in style and has a worn and scratched surface, it also happens to have an interesting armorial and motto - used by a major branch of the Morris clan of Wales, specifically the descendants of Lewis Morris, Lord of the Manor of Morrisania, New York, who arrived in New York in 1674 and was a progenitor of a large branch of... Click for details
Offered is a fine American coin silver christening or dessert fork bearing the mark of Columbus, Georgia jeweler and silversmith Samuel B. Purple, working alone in Columbus from about 1845-57. This fork is a pattern example and probably dates to the latter part of Purple's career; it is assumed Purple retailed rather than manufactured this piece. This fork has a good clear mark as well as a well-executed period script monogram. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about... Click for details
Offered is a lovely decorated (engine turned and engraved) coin silver spoon manufactured by Watts of Philadelphia and retailed by the jewelry firm of Bixler & Fox, working circa 1873-80. See below for more information on the firm. This spoon is nicely decorated and has a period engraved script monogram, as well as clear marks. The piece measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is good overall, but I've taken a closeup picture of some scratching in the bowl. ... Click for details
Offered is a fine American coin silver condiment spoon or perhaps baby spoon in the fiddlethread or fiddle and thread pattern, circa 1850s by William Gale & Son. This piece measures about 4 3/16 inches in length, and weighs about 14 grams. It is well made and has a period engraved script monogram and a maker's mark for William Gale & Son. All in all a fine useful piece of early American coin silver!
Offered is a good American coin silver master butter knife in the Medallion pattern variant manufactured by Hotchkiss & Schreuder - this piece bears their maker's mark as well as a scarce Midwestern retailer's mark for Janesville, Wisconsin jeweler James A. Webb, who established his store in that town in 1856. In 1865 his shop was at Lappin's Corner in Janesville. This piece measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 34 grams. Condition is fair, though there is quite a bit of... Click for details
Oval-end handle, c1795 -- raised pointed drop, reverse tipt, feathered script mono J E S on front; 8-3/4" long. Condition is excellent. Pseudo marks (as shown) are a sunburst and a lion, both upside down in relation to A&R mark. NOTE: beaded edge, the first flatware pattern, originated in England in the 18thC. This is perhaps the first U.S. example of the pattern. It became common here, of course, in the 1830s and beyond.
Pattern is a variation of Olive, with styllized leaf on back of bowl. The mono is Danchy in block letters on front. Length is 7-1/2", oval bowl is 2-1/2" x 2". Good weight at nearly 2 T oz. Condition is excellent throughout.
Single-struck Kings pattern, flared shoulders, scalloped hourglass scoop picturing berries and plant surrounded by brightcut flowers and wrigglework decoration; feathered script monos on reverse, E M K over F C L. Overall length is 8", scoop is 4" x 2-1/2". Weight is over 2 T oz. Condition is excellent. This is a neat piece, perhaps unique.
In the beaded-edge pattern -- 14-1/2" blade in shape of fish and 13-1/2" fork with 2-3/4" tines. Weight is a hefty 12.5 T oz. Condition is near-mint throughout. This set is suitable for serving salmon, sturgeon, and perhaps a big-muddy catfish with a minimum weight of 20 pounds.
In the 1930s, Gebelein was commissioned to design a pattern based on the classic Sheaf-of-Wheat, but unique: a Sheaf-of-Flax. Only a few pieces were produced. This cold meat fork is 6-1/4" long and weighs a hefty 36 grams. It is in mint condition. Several other pieces remain in our collection.