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F. Marquand, Savannah GA & NYC, "Shell Back" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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4277f   $28.00


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Born in Connecticut in 1799, Frederick Marquand learned silversmithing from his father in New York City, which was the location of his primary business activity. He is also associated with Savannah, Georgia, where he was listed in directories 1820-26 (Belden, Marks of American Silversmiths).

The identifier on this 5 7/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt" teaspoon with a shell back bowl, is "F. Marquand" with a three part "bust, lion, G" pseudo hallmark.

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Gale, Wood & Hughes "French Thread" Six Matching Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4267f   $144.00


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Measuring 5 3/4" long each and weighing a relatively substantial 5.2 T. oz. the lot, these teaspoons are marked "G.W&H" for the 1833-45 partnership of William Gale, Jacob Wood, and Jasper Hughes. They are also stamped with a "bust" and "eagle."

This was one of numerous business associations prominent New York City silver manufacturer that Gale entered into in his long career.

The pattern is a "French Tipt" aka "Fiddle Tipt" with upturned ends.

They are all engraved with a fine, script,... Click for details

Whiting "Peony Twist" Six Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Forks
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4266f   $180.00


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All matching, each of these oyster or seafood cocktail forks measures 5 5/8" long, with the group weighing 3.0 T. oz.

Made by Whiting circa 1885, the pattern is commonly referred to as "Peony Twist" referencing the large, single blossom that appears on the handle end, which is joined to a turned stem. The flower area is arched and has a satin matte surface on both sides.

These have three tines, the outer two of which are curved and hooked. The heel area is embossed with a starfish, and is... Click for details

Polhamus for Tiffany & Co. "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Tea Knife x 2
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4260f   On Hold


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Variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this piece measures 7 1/8" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It is solid silver, with a flat handle and blunt-end blade.

Dating from the 1860s, the pattern is an "Oval Thread" made by John Polhamus, New York City, whose "J*P" mark appears on the blade, which is also stamped "Tiffany & Co.," which in this instance was the retailer.

It is also marked "Sterling," which silver standard Tiffany required of its sources even while coin was... Click for details

Blackman & Warner, Bridgeport CT, 4 "French Thread" Coin Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4259f   $75.00


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Identical save for the engraving, each of these four teaspoons measures 5 7/8" long with the group weighing approximately 3.0 T. oz.

They are marked "Blackman & Warner," c. 1856-72, which was the last of several partnerships John C. Blackman of Bridgeport, previously Danbury, Connecticut entered in.

Presentation pieces, three of these are engraved "Pauline." in Old English script set sideways on the handle front. The fourth spoon reads "Maud." in matching lettering, with the added date,... Click for details

Not for Sale - Solve this Mystery Mark and Win a Coin Silver Spoon!
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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This spoon is an interesting mystery, that might be easily solved, or not. If you can provide a definitive identification of the maker of this spoon, with a reference, you will receive a nice coin silver spoon in good condition, or $15 off your next order with me. This spoon resembles some spoons by William Moulton, and may be by him, though I've not located a reference to this specific maker's mark. It could also be by someone else. The heel is quite specific. The spoon appears dirty, but... Click for details

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Frank Smith "Earle" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon with Ruffled Bowl
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4258f   $44.00


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A rococo design issued in 1890, Frank Smith's "Earle" is a dense, rococo, pattern featuring swirling acanthus leaves, scrolls, and floral elements on the handle front, and a plain backside, save for a script "K" monogram that appears on the backside of this 5 15/16" long, .8 T. oz. sugar spoon.

This piece has a singular to Frank Smith, flat bottomed bowl with a ruffled edge, which in this instance is finished with a pale matte gold wash front and back sides.

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Underhill & Vernon, 18th C. NYC, Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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4256f   $105.00


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References offer close dates, 1786-87, for the partnership of 18th century New York City silversmiths Thomas Underhill (b.1755) and John Vernon (b. 1761), whose marks, "T.U" and "I.V" respectively, appear on this 8 5/8" long, just over 1.8 T. oz., serving spoon.

It has a slender, down turned, rounded end with "Tipt" backside, handle that has a period, block letter, "I*D" monogrammed engraved on the front.

There is a pronounced long drop on the bowl reverse.

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Rare Norfolk, Virginia Coin Silver Spoon Engraved "Dr. Willson, USN"
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20200611-02   $120.00


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Offered is a nice Southern coin silver dessert spoon by noted Norfolk, Virginia silversmith Joseph M. Freeman, with period engraving of "Dr. Willson" over "USN". This piece probably dates to the 1830s or 1840s, and Dr. Willson was presumably a Navy surgeon attached to the Atlantic Fleet at Norfolk at that time. Given the Navy's extensive records and the availability of resources at Norfolk and at the Navy Museum in Washington, it is quite likely Dr. Willson could be tracked down and... Click for details

Twist Handle Engraved Coin Silver Flat Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4252f   On Hold


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A handsome example of mid 19th century American silver flatware, this 7 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., master butter knife features three favored style elements from the period.

First, it has a twisted stem that joins the broad and flat handle end to the blade. Second, the handle and blade are notched and scalloped in a unique pattern. Third, the front side surfaces are bright cut and wriggle work engraved in a leaf, scroll, and crosscut design.

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Gorham "Bust" Solid Coin Silver Tea or Dessert Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4247f   $325.00


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A rare form in a rare pattern, this 8 1/8" long, weighty at 2.1 t. oz., coin silver tea, dessert, or breakfast knife was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" hallmark is stamped on the backside of the blunt end blade, which is also engraved with an Old English "S" monogram on the front.

The pattern is "Bust," dating circa 1860.

The line features a solid, cast, three dimensional, male or female head (hence "Bust") resting on a scrolled pedestal base.

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John Cox & Co. NYC Mid 19th Century Large Coin Silver Teaspoon x 3
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4246f   $16.00


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Oversized at 6 1/4" long, and weighing just under .7 T. oz., this coin silver teaspoon is stamped "John Cox & Co." for the New York City silversmith and retailer with a history tracing to 1817, although this particular mark dates to the 1850s.

It has an down turned, fiddle handle with a rounded end and plain back.

There is a very fancy, feathered script, "RMM" monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The shoulders off the bowl are high, softly curved and chamfered, while the... Click for details

Reading, PA Coin Silver Spoon w/Rare Mark of Thomas A. Willson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20200602-01   $27.50


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Offered is a very nice American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of Reading, Pennsylvania jeweler Thomas A. Willson, in business in that town at least by 1864 and the firm (T. A. Willson & Co.) continuing at least until 1920. This piece has a clear maker's or more likely retailer's mark for Willson as well as a city mark for Reading. It also features a good period engraved script "EJM" monogram. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Gorham "Josephine" Platt & Bro., NYC, Coin Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4243f   On Hold


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An early example of Gorham's "Josephine" pattern, this 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.3 T. oz., pie server is marked "Coin," "Patent 1855," and "Platt & Bro. N.Y," for the New York City retailer with dates 1836-62.

"Josephine" features an acanthus leaf set on the end of a "Thread and Scroll" handle, with an expanded leaf on the backside heel of the blade.

This has a "JRC" script monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

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Thomas Sargeant, Springfield MA, c. 1800 Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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4241f   $45.00


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Matching, each of these two spoons measures 5 1/8" long. They weigh approximately .7 T. oz. combined.

They are stamped "T. Sargeant" for Thomas, 1773-1834, who worked in Springfield, Massachusetts, 1795-1821. He took over the business of Jacob Sargeant, either Thomas's father or brother, when he moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 1795 (Flynt and Fales The Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver).

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Squire & Bro. "Prince Albert" 6 Coin Silver Tea or Dessert Place Forks
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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While a matched set of six, 6 5/8" long each, 7.0 T. oz. the group, forks, five of them are marked "Squire & Brother" and "Coin," for the New York City firm, operating 1845-53, with one marked "N. Harding" and "Pure-Coin," for the Boston manufacturer and retailer, of the same mid 19th century period.

The pattern is "Prince Albert," which is a design with English origins that was made with slight variation by a number of American producers.

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