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S. Kirk & Son "Reverse Tipt" 10.15 Silver Rice Serving Spoon
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3854f   $52.00


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Dating from the mid 19th century, this unusual length at 9 1/2", rice or other serving spoon is marked "S. Kirk & Son," and "10.15," which is a silver standard designation equivalent to coin and particular to Baltimore, in which city Kirk worked.

It has a fiddle shaped handle with a subtle "tipt" backside, high, pointed and chamfered shoulders, and a line drop on the bowl backside.

The handle front is engraved with a fancy, feathered script, "JSE" monogram.

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A.E. Warner, Baltimore, "Jenny Lind," 11 Standard Silver Place Spoon
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3846f   $46.00


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"Jenny Lind" was a pattern first introduced by New York City's Albert Coles in 1850, although numerous contemporaneous manufacturers took up the design, leaving extant pieces that bear a variety of makers' marks.

This example, a 7 1/4", weighty at 1.5 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon is a rarity though in that it is stamped "11" (one of Baltimore's individualized standard marks, for a .917 silver content, midway between coin and sterling) and "A.E.W" for Baltimore's Andrew... Click for details

Decorated Shell-Back Providence, RI Coin Silver Spoon by John G. Gibbs
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20190418-01   Sold


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Offered is a lovely 18th Century American coin silver teaspoon marked JG, apparently for John Gladding Gibbs (1751-97) of Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1790-97. This piece measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and is a good 14 grams. It is decorated with a lovely shell to the heel, and nice engraving to the front, including a period script monogram and the number "3" in a reserve made for the purpose. Such numbering is uncommon anywhere, but even more so on American spoons than on English... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell Bright Cut Pure Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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3840f   $48.00


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Dating circa 1865, this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "*F. & H.*" on the blade for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell, and "Pure Coin," which is a New England term, on the underside of the handle.

It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.

The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period.

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George Hendel, Carlisle Pennsylvania, "Birdback" Coin Silver Teaspoon
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3838f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Having a slender handle with pointed end, faint midrib on the reverse, and elongated drop on the backside of the bowl, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs approximately .4 T. oz. (12 grams).

It is marked GH in an oval, attributed to George Hendel (1776-1842), born in Philadelphia and working in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

This is an example of a "birdback" spoon, so identified for the, in this instance, "dove on a branch" image impressed on the heel of the bowl.

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Early American silver soup ladle, John McMullin,
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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Philadelphia circa 1790, with round downturned end and rounded drop, length 14 1/4 inches, weight 6.0 Troy ounces, monogrammed "RRC" (period script, obverse), with a scratch below these initials as shown and a few minor nicks in bowl but very good overall condition. In an attempt to distinguish this ladle from its peers, we'll mention that the bowl has a slight boat shape when viewed head on, as you may see in photo number four.

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Levi Clark, Norwalk, CT, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Place Spoon
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3833f   $30.00


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This place, aka dessert or oval soup, spoon measures 7" long and weighs approximately 1.0 T. oz.

It is appealing in several respects.

First is its pleasing form, with a broad, down turned, "Reverse Tipt" handle, oval bowl with a pointed end, and clean drop on the bowl back.

The name "H E Benedict" is engraved in handsome, feathered script, lettering set sideways on the handle.

There are abundant maker's marks, which would feed a collector's interest. They include "Clark" "and... Click for details

Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Nicholas LeHuray, Jr.
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20190407-03   $24.00


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Offered is a very nice early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler Nicholas Le Huray (or LeHuray) Jr., working circa 1821-46 in that city. Nicholas Junior's work is always desirable and usually very finely done. This spoon is no exception, with a lively period engraved script monogram, and nice proportions. Please scroll through all the pictures by clicking on the first picture. This spoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 13 grams. ... Click for details

Solve this Ca. 1790-1810 Mark & Win a Spoon or $15 Off Your Next Order
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20190406-NFS   Not For Sale


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NOT FOR SALE - Here's a challenge - a circa 1790-1810 American coin silver tablespoon marked only IS in a large serrated punch, with a nicely engraved period script monogram of GJM and a V-shaped drop. This piece measures about 9 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 59 grams. It came in a lot with a piece by Caleb Bentley of DC, VA and MD, and it has the look of rural VA, MD or PA. I haven't seen this particular mark before, and am hoping someone else has. If you can solve this piece (or... Click for details

Abner Kirby, Milwaukee, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Place Spoon
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3826f   $35.00


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Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this size spoon is variously identified as a place, dessert or oval soup.

This example is in a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern and is stamped "Kirby," for Abner, "Milwaukee," and with a "P, eagle, star" pseudo hallmark.

In his work on marks, William McGrew identifies this combination of symbols with William Pitkin of Hartford, Connecticut, but he also associates the particular eagle on this with Chicago, which is a much more likely source... Click for details

Reading, PA Coin Silver Tablespoon by Prisca Levan Mannerback
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20190331-11   $45.00


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Offered is a very nice American coin silver table spoon by Prisca Levan Mannerback (Mannerbach), son of the well-known Reading silversmith William Mannerback. The younger Mannerbach/Mannerback, who went by Levan based on his maker's mark, started working under his own mark not much earlier than 1825, given that he was born in 1807, and that would make him 18 in 1825. This piece probably dates to the 1825-40 period. You can see all the pictures by clicking on the first picture. This piece has... Click for details

William B. Heyer, New York, Early 19th Century Coin Silver Teaspoon
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3820f   $24.00


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References indicate that William Braisted Heyer, born 1776, began his working career in New York City at the end of the 18th century and continued until his death in 1828, and for a short while during this time was in partnership with Jesse L. Gale.

Based on its style, with a straight sided, rounded end, slender handle with a slightly tipt backside, this spoon dates circa 1810.

It measures a lengthy 6", and has a weighty feel at approximately .8 T. oz.

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Hyde & Nevins, New York (& New Orleans), c. 1817 Coin Silver Teaspoon
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3800f   $35.00


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Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1788, James Nevins Hyde was a silversmith with a presence in both New York City and New Orleans.

This example of his work, a 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt" teaspoon with an exposed drop, bears the mark "Hyde & Nevins," referencing his 1814-19 partnership with his cousin Rufus Nevins.

Sources indicate Hyde also began marketing in New Orleans in 1816 or 1817, with his brother-in-law, Charles Whiting Goodrich, moving there in 1818 to support this... Click for details

Excellent Coin Silver Salt Spoon by George H. Lewis of Philadelphia
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20190303-02   $27.50


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Offered is a very nice American coin silver master salt spoon by Philadelphia jeweler and watchmaker George H. Lewis, working circa 1855-61. This piece has a clear maker's mark or retailer's mark complete with address, as well as a period engraved monogram. This piece measures about 3 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. It is in excellent condition, with almost no surface wear and no dings, dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of the form, with a quite uncommon... Click for details

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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3792f   $40.00


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Slender, with an elongated handle, this coin silver cream ladle measures 6 1/2" overall and weighs .9 T. oz. It has an oval bowl that is 1 7/8" wide, 1 1/2" back to front, and 1/2" deep.

A "Tipt" pattern, it is stamped "Boynton & Woodford," for the Boston jeweler and "comb maker" with dates 1837-54.

There is a large script "S.A.B." monogram on the backside of the handle.

In very fine condition, it is stylistically appealing and remains a quality example of its form and period. Apart... Click for details

O.D. Seymour "Tipt" circa 1850 Coin Silver Tablespoon
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3790f   $45.00


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Subsequent to a partnership with Julius Hollister that existed about 1843-46, Oliver D. Seymour operated his own shop in Hartford, Connecticut until at least 1852 (Dorothy Rainwater Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

This 8 11/16" long, 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon carries his name along with an "eagle" and "star" hallmarks that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies with Hartford.

A very clean example, showing no wear, this has a crisp, feathered script... Click for details

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