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Mt. Holly, New Jersey Coin Silver Teaspoon - Henry B. James c.1834-55
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160813-01   $22.50

Mt. Holly, New Jersey Coin Silver Teaspoon - Henry B. James c.1834-55
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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon by New Jersey watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Henry B. James, whose biographical information appears below. This teaspoon measures 6 3/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It has a nicely executed period script engraved monogram, and a rubbed but legible maker's mark. Condition overall is good, with some surface wear and signs of use and shallow dings to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. This spoon would almost certainly date to... Click for details

Fine Set of 4 Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoons, Levering & Powell
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160807-10   Sold

Fine Set of 4 Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoons, Levering & Powell
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Offered is an excellent set of four American coin silver table spoons by Philadelphia jewelers and silversmiths Francis Levering and Thomas Powell, working in partnership on North 8th Street between 1856 and 1858. The mark of this partnership is uncommon. Each spoon is engraved with a well-executed period script monogram of "MAW" and each spoon also has a clear, legible maker's mark. These spoons each measure about 8 3/4 inches in length, and the four weigh about 162 grams altogether. ... Click for details

Fiddle Pattern Dessert or Luncheon Fork by Samuel T. Crosby Circa 1850
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160807-09   $22.50

Fiddle Pattern Dessert or Luncheon Fork by Samuel T. Crosby Circa 1850
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Offered is a useful American coin silver dessert or luncheon fork in the fiddle pattern by Samuel T. Crosby of Boston, circa 1852-61. This piece measures about 6 13/16 inches in length and weighs a heavy 40 grams. It features a worn period engraved script monogram as well as Mr. Crosby's maker's mark. Condition is fair, with some surface wear but only moderate tine wear and no splits or repairs. All in all a good usable fork for a fiddle pattern coin silver set!

Heavy Philadelphia Coin Silver Table Fork Engraved w/Monogram & "USA"
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160807-07   $45.00

Heavy Philadelphia Coin Silver Table Fork Engraved w/Monogram &
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Offered is a scarce American coin silver fiddle pattern table fork by Philadelphia silversmith Peter G. Perdriaux, working circa 1850s. Perdriaux was born circa 1830 and died circa 1865, cutting short a promising career as a manufacturer. This fork is of typically good quality, measuring about 7 1/8 inches in length and weighing approximately 50 grams. It is engraved with a period script monogram, and below that is engraved (probably slightly later, but within the same generation) "USA". ... Click for details

Duhme Twist Handle Coin Silver Tea or Youth Spoon
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Duhme Twist Handle Coin Silver Tea or Youth Spoon
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Dating from the mid 19th century, this coin silver teaspoon measures 6" long and weighs .7 T. oz. Engraved "Frank" on the handle, it may have been a youth spoon originally.

It is stamped "Duhme & Co." for the prominent Cincinnati firm. While the shape of the handle and the detailed engraving are characteristic of the company's output in the period, the twist handle is not nearly as common as the more typical solid handle.

It is in immaculate condition, showing essentially no wear. The... Click for details

Scarce Maryland or Pennsylvania Coin Silver Spoon by Emanuel Holsey
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160723-12   $25.00

Scarce Maryland or Pennsylvania Coin Silver Spoon by Emanuel Holsey
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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon by itinerant Maryland and Pennsylvania silversmith and clockmaker Emanuel (or Emmanuel) Holsey (ca. 1798 - 1849), who apprenticed to Henry Biershing in Hagerstown, MD around 1815 and who was working on his own in Williamsport, MD circa 1820-21, Hagerstown circa 1821-23, Chambersburg, PA circa 1823-39, and perhaps in Union County, PA circa 1839-49, where he died. Holsey's silver is graced with his relatively crude maker's mark and a great eagle... Click for details

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Fine 18th Century Philadelphia Coin Silver Tspn - Joseph Richardson Jr
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160723-09   $50.00

Fine 18th Century Philadelphia Coin Silver Tspn - Joseph Richardson Jr
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Richardson, Jr., circa 1790-1800. This teaspoon is initialed "CB" in period script and bears one of Richardson's larger maker's marks. This piece measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is good overall, with some surface wear and some minor dents and dings to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. There could have been a silver test given there is a small notch on the... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Richardson Jr. c.1790-1800
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160723-08   $60.00

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Richardson Jr. c.1790-1800
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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Richardson, Jr., circa 1790-1800. This teaspoon is initialed "SM" in period script and bears one of Richardson's smaller (and less common) maker's marks. This piece measures about 5 9/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with some surface wear but no dents, splits or repairs. The surface is a little bright but I am fairly sure it was not machine buffed. All in... Click for details

Pre-Revolutionary Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1760-75 With Shell Heel
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160723-02   Sold

Pre-Revolutionary Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1760-75 With Shell Heel
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Offered is a good little example of pre-Revolutionary American coin silver, in the form of a shell-back teaspoon circa 1760-75. This spoon has no maker's mark but does have period engraved owner's initials and a die-struck shell to the back at the location of the heel. It measures about 4 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 8 grams. Condition is fairly good overall, with no splits or repairs. The only issue of note is that the shell decoration was struck with such force as to be visible... Click for details

J.P. Trott, New London, CT, "Kings" Coin Silver Teaspoon
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2788f   $28.00

J.P. Trott, New London, CT,
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One of the most well-known names in New London, Connecticut, silversmithing, John Proctor Trott left a significant legacy in his extensive body of work, including some significant ecclesiastical pieces.

Long-lived, 1769-1852, he began working in the 18th century and continued well into the 19th century.

This 5 7/8 long, not quite .6 T. oz., teaspoon dates from early in the 1800s. It is unusual in that it is a patterned piece rather than one of the simple, unembellished, designs... Click for details

Rare Chicago Coin Silver Teaspoon with City Mark by Isaac Spear/Speer
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160717-03   $22.50

Rare Chicago Coin Silver Teaspoon with City Mark by Isaac Spear/Speer
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Offered is a very rare and fairly early example of Chicago coin silver from the 1840s or 1850s, by Chicago silversmith Isaac Spear (also spelled Speer). Mr. Spear's information appears below the item description. This piece has a lightly engraved period script monogram and a good clear maker's mark. The CHICAGO city mark is scarce and difficult to find. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with some slight dimples in the bowl... Click for details

Two Benedict, New York, "Prince Albert" Coin Silver Spoons
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2784f   $80.00

Two Benedict, New York,
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These two, coin silver, spoons are matching in all ways save for their sizes. One is an 8 9/16" long, 2.1 T. oz. tablespoon, and the other a 7", 1.0 T. oz. place or dessert spoon.

They are marked "Benedict," for Samuel Ward Benedict, a well-known New York City jeweler and watchmaker, working 1818-60.

In his work on marks, John McGrew attributes the "bust, lion, C" pseudo hallmark that also appears on them to the "Gilbert-Cunningham/Cooper Complex."

They are a "Prince Albert" pattern... Click for details

L. Le Gross "Tipt End" Coin Silver Dessert Spoon
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2776f   $24.00

L. Le Gross
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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .9 T. oz., this c. 1835 "Tipt" coin silver dessert or place spoon is marked "L. Le Gross."

Identification for this, presumably, retailer is elusive, but other pieces with the same name bear the pseudo hallmark of silversmith Richard Huntington of Utica, so this likely places Le Gross in central New York.

It is a well-formed item, with a broad end, and high, rounded shoulders off the somewhat elongated, pointed tip bowl.

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11 Teaspoons by Forbes, NYC, retailed by Rockwell (9 sheaf of wheat)
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5269   $485.00

11 Teaspoons by Forbes, NYC, retailed by Rockwell (9 sheaf of wheat)
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Nine with very crisp sheaf-of-wheat motifs on handles and a shell on the back of the bowls, two spoons plain but with same monogram plus drops. Fiddle,tipt, rounded chamfered fins. Length of 9 sheaf-of wheat spoons is 5-7/8", of 2 plain spoons 6". Nine sheaf-of wheat spoons are marked with lion right and G in a circle (see McGrew p.30) The two plain spoons are marked with an eagle right and C in a circle (see McGrew p.86 and Hollan [eagle book] p.79). The weight is about 6 dwt.each. All eleven... Click for details

Two Joseph Seymour "Leaf" Coin Silver Tea Knives
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2759f   $75.00

Two Joseph Seymour
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Each of these two, flat handle, solid silver, tea or dessert knives measures 7 1/4" long, with the pair weighing just under 2.6 T. oz.

Made of coin silver and dating from about 1860, they are marked on the blades with a "bust" and "JS & Co" for Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.

These are a matched pair in all aspects, except for the inscriptions on them. One is engraved "Marion." in Old English lettering, while the other reads "Daniel" in script on one side, and "F.D.G." in a fancy... Click for details

Exotic Shiebler Sterling Silver Wine Taster or Nut Spoon
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2753f   $250.00

Exotic Shiebler Sterling Silver Wine Taster or Nut Spoon
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George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, or possibly nut spoon, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes.... Click for details

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