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Durgin STRAWBERRY pie knife
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2426   $245.00


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length nine inches, weight 2.44 Troy ounces, monogrammed "D" (obverse), outstanding original condition, retailed by A. Skinner. The blade features an aesthetically pleasing and exceptionally well executed combination of geometric and floral engraving.

Imperial Russia 84 Standard Silver 1881 Table Serving Spoon x 2
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4499f   This item is currently being auctioned


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This 8 1/2" long, solid silver spoon was made in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1881, as indicated by the assay mark for Ivan Vonifatiyevich Yevstigneyevon, 1870-94, that appears on the handle backside.

The maker's stamp is "AS," and the silver standard is 84 zolotniki, representing .875 silver content, slightly lower than American coin at .900.

The piece has several distinguishing features, the first of which is its robust weight, at nearly 2.8 T. oz.

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Newell Harding "Leaf and Bead" 1872 Pure Coin Silver Tea Knife
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4498f   $46.00


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An unnamed pattern, the mid 19th century "leaf with beaded border" design on this 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., solid silver, tea aka dessert aka breakfast knife is generally attributed to Boston's Newell Harding & Co., whose name along with the New England term "Pure Coin," are stamped on the blade reverse.

The pattern appears on both sides of the handle, with the front reserve area engraved in an elegantly rendered, leaf script, "J.S.P." over "1872" monogram.

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John Polhamus "Ionic" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon x 2
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4497f   $48.00


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This 8 3/8" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz. piece, coin silver spoon dates from the 1860s.

The pattern is "Ionic," which incorporates gadrooning and stylized acanthus leaf elements, portrayed on both the obverse and reverse of the handle, with a leaf detail extending onto the backside heel of the bowl.

There is an "L.C.H." monogram engraved in Old English lettering on the handle front, set sideways.

In excellent condition, this is absent polishing wear and retains a well-shaped bowl that... Click for details

Worn Coin Silver Birdback Spn Marked I*D; Unrecorded John David Mark?
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210207-06   $29.50


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Offered is a mystery late 18th Century American coin silver birdback teaspoon marked I*D, quite possibly an unrecorded mark used by John David of Philadelphia, or less likely a mark used by Joshua Dorsey, also of Philadelphia. Perhaps an attribution can be made based on the pictureback decoration of the eagle, though it is quite worn. This spoon has a clear maker's mark and a period engraved block-letter monogram. It measures about 5 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 11 grams. Condition... Click for details

Interesting Scroll Pictureback Spoon Ca. 1785-1800 Marked J*N - Maker?
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210207-04   $39.50


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Offered is an interesting late 18th Century American coin silver teaspoon with die-struck foliate scroll decoration to the back of the bowl, similar to Boston spoons a bit earlier in date. This spoon appears to date to about 1785-1800 by style, but could be a bit earlier or later. It is marked J*N in a rectangular punch, and the punch is a bit primitive, but that doesn't guarantee this is a small-town piece. I'm not sure of the maker, but John Nelson of Portsmouth, NH is a possibility, though... Click for details

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William Gale & Son 1858 "French Thread" Unusual Coin Silver Place Fork
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4495f   $55.00


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Singular in form, this place fork measures 7" long and weighs a heavy 1.9 T. oz.

Visually it is divided into two sections. The upper part is flat, thick, and set in a "French Thread" pattern on both sides.

The lower part of the shank is also flat, and has a splayed end where it joins the handle.

The tines are broad and relatively blunt.

It was made by William Gale of New York who operated in numerous partnerships, this one is denoted "WG&S," for William Gale and Son, which spanned... Click for details

Albert Coles "Kenilworth" Medallion Coin Silver Tea Knife
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4491f   $115.00


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Taking its name from the novel by Sir Walter Scott, "Kenilworth" originated with Albert Coles in the 1860s and was later continued in production by George Shiebler.

This 7 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz., tea aka breakfast aka dessert knife is an early solid coin silver example marked with Coles' three part "eagle," "A/C," "bust" emblem.

Classified as a "Medallion" pattern by D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work on this design genre, he cites a May 8, 1895 article in the Jewlers' Circular... Click for details

Duhme & Co., Cincinnati, "Thread" Three Piece Coin Silver Youth Set
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4481f   $115.00


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Marked for the prominent Cincinnati firm of "Duhme & Co.," this 6" long fork, 6 3/8" knife, and 6" spoon set has additional provenance as each piece is engraved what appears to read, "Andrew K. Reuss" on the handle front and "Jan. 26th 1872." on the reverse.

Artfully crafted, the hollow handles have rounded ends with a "Thread" design and arum leaf detailing at the join with beaded and engraved banding.

The knife blade, fork, and spoon themselves are all solid silver, and each one is... Click for details

J. Munro, New Brunswick, Canada "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Tablespoon
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4479f   $85.00


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As was a practice with many American silver manufacturers working in coin, even more so did Canadian silversmiths employ pseudo hallmarks imitative of English silver to identify their work.

This 8 5/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., circa 1840, coin silver table serving spoon is a case in point. It is stamped with a "crown, bust, lion" along with "IM" for John Munro, and "NB" for the province of New Brunswick, the city of St. John in this case, for the this maker.

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Late 18th Century Chambersburg,PA Coin Silver Spoon by Charles Young
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210117-01   $45.00


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Offered is a scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by Chambersburg, Pennsylvania clockmaker and silversmith Charles Young (fl. 1791-1833), circa 1791-1800. It is unusual to find such early American silver from a Chambersburg craftsman, and Charles Young's work is rare.

This spoon is marked with a clear strike of Charles Young's maker's mark (see pictures), and this spoon is also decorated with a period engraved script monogram. This spoon measures about 5 3/8 inches in length, and... Click for details

Lincoln & Reed, Boston, "Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon x 3
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4460f   $12.00


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One of several partnerships in which silversmith and jeweler Albert Lamb Lincoln participated, "Lincoln & Reed" operated in Boston 1838-48.

This 5 3/4" long, .4 T. oz., teaspoon with an upturned, "Tipt" end is a particularly finely crafted item in mint estate condition.

The handle reverse is engraved "M. Dix." in precise script lettering.

It has a brilliant, hand polished only, finish and is without bends, dents, nicks, or other signs of wear.

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William Gale & Son "Leaf" 1856 Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon
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4453f   $48.00


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A popular 1850s design, the leaf form on this 8 5/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., coin silver spoon was made by several makers with slight variation, including William Gale & Son who produced this piece, Gorham whose pattern was named "Josephine," and Henry Hebbard.

The leaf appears on the handle end front and back sides, in elaborated manner on the reverse heel of the bowl, and in smaller stylized form on the front join with the bowl.

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Wolcott & Gelston, Boston c. 1825, "Shell End" 5 Coin Silver Teaspoons
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4418f   $70.00


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Measuring a lengthy 6 1/4" each and weighing 2.7 T. oz. the group, this matched set of teaspoons are marked for the Boston partnership of "Wolcott & Gelson" (1820-30).

The Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver by Flynt & Fales suggests that Henry Wolcott was the principal member of the pairing. According to a curious detail in the biographical entry from the above, Wolcott died at about 33 years old, and it was in a probate filing that his widow identified that half his assets... Click for details

S. Richard NYC 19th Century Coin Silver Patterned Pickle Knife & Fork
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4402f   $85.00


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A matched set, this c. 1835, coin silver, 6 5/8" long, likely pickle, fork and 7 1/2" knife, 2.8 T. oz. combined weight, are marked "S. Richard" for the New York City silversmith Stephen Richard.

The handles are filled (which is included in the total weight above), and feature a complex, double-sided, pattern that incorporates leaves, scrolls, flowerets, and two kinds of shells, one that is spiraled and one that appears to be a conch.

The pattern may be attributable to Richard's... Click for details

Duhme, Cincinnati, Twist Handle Engraved Four Coin Silver Place Spoons
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4400f   $180.00


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A matched set, each of these four place, aka dessert or soup, spoons measures 7 1/8" long, with the group weighing 5.0 T. oz.

They are all stamped "Duhme & Co.," for the Cincinnati manufacturer and jeweler, and all have the same feathered "TGM" monogram inscribed sideways on their handle.

The pattern is "No. 1," introduced in 1869.

These have twisted stems with flat, oval, ends, which are engraved with wriggle work borders as well as leaf and other period detailing."

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