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Laurel Pattern Coin Silver Master Butter Knife - Hotchkiss & Schreuder
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170118-01   Sold

Laurel Pattern Coin Silver Master Butter Knife - Hotchkiss & Schreuder
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Offered is a lovely American coin silver master butter knife made by Hotchkiss & Schreuder in that firm's Laurel pattern and retailed by H. K. Newcomb of Watertown, NY. This piece is engraved with an owner's name in period script in one reserve, and the date 1851 in the other reserve. This is probably roughly contemporaneous with the manufacture of the piece. Laurel pattern is quite attractive, and this is a nice usable piece. Aside from one small area with a couple of scratches on the blade... Click for details

Set of Four Baltimore Coin Silver Spoons by Charles H. Pepar c1840-60
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-07   Sold

Set of Four Baltimore Coin Silver Spoons by Charles H. Pepar c1840-60
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Offered is a nice example of American coin silver bearing the maker's mark of little-known Baltimore silversmith Charles H. Pepar, who was advertising in the Baltimore Sun in the 1840s. The book "Silver in Maryland" describes his birthdate as about 1812, and notes he was working at least from 1845. The fineness mark of 10.15 on these would not have been seen after about 1860, and the style of these spoons is consistent with the 1840-60 period. Each spoon has a legible maker's mark and a period... Click for details

Coin Silver Pattern Handled Master Butter Knife with Interesting Marks
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-03   On Hold

Coin Silver Pattern Handled Master Butter Knife with Interesting Marks
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Offered is a good American coin silver master butter knife bearing manufacturer's marks not firmly attributed by McGrew but perhaps from the New York city area. Like most of the knives in this style, there are some tiny dents and dings in the handle, but there are no major dents and no splits or repairs. The handle is firm and there is no looseness to the pitch inside. This piece has a period engraved script monogram and well-struck marks of a sovereign's head, an anchor and a bird, perhaps... Click for details

Scarce Pair of Pottsville, PA Coin Silver Spoons by Robert C. Green
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170115-01   $39.50

Scarce Pair of Pottsville, PA Coin Silver Spoons by Robert C. Green
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Offered is a very good pair of American coin silver teaspoons by Pottsville, Pennsylvania coin silver jeweler and watchmaker Robert C. Green, whose biographical information appears below. Green's mark is quite uncommon, and these teaspoons each have a clear, well-struck maker's mark, and a pseudo-hallmark or journeyman's mark in the form of a leaf. Each piece also has a period engraved script monogram. These spoons each measure about 5 3/4 inches in length, and the pair weighs a total of... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Tipt" Coin Serving Spoon Engraved "Mary"
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2968f   $42.00

Hotchkiss & Schreuder
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Perhaps the most recognizable name among Syracuse, New York, silver manufacturers, the firm of Hotchkiss & Schreuder existed under various names during the second half of the 19th century.

The specific "H&S" mark on this 8 7/8" long, heavy at 1.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is an early mark used 1857-64 according to the "Encylcopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

It is also stamped "W.S. Taylor" for the Utica, New York retailer with dates, 1858-61, convergent with the maker's... Click for details

Pair Wood & Hughes "French Thread" Coin Silver Dinner Forks
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2956f   $90.00

Pair Wood & Hughes
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Full size dinner forks measuring 7 5/8" long each, and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz. the pair, these items are early production examples made by the prominent 19th century, New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

Matching pieces, they are to a coin silver standard and both are stamped with the firm's "W&H" emblem. One also has a small "v" emblem which is likely a journeyman's mark.

The pattern is a "French, aka Fiddle, Thread." Each one has a fancy, feathered script "SA" monogram set... Click for details

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Set 8 Hovey, Parker & Co., Manchester NH, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Teaspoons
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2944f   $100.00

Set 8 Hovey, Parker & Co., Manchester NH,
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A "Fiddle Tipt" design typical of their early 1850s period, these eight teaspoons might at first seem undistinguished from the substantial inventory of such pieces that still exists.

These 5 7/8" long, 3.9 T. oz. the set, spoons are exceptional, however, in several regards.

One is that they are an original matching set, with each piece monogrammed in a fancy script "M.H." placed sideways on the handle.

Secondly, they are extraordinarily well-crafted. The bowls are elegantly shaped,... Click for details

J. L. Westervelt "Floral" 8 Matching Coin Silver Teaspoons
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2930f   $160.00

J. L. Westervelt
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Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

The pattern appears on both sides of the handles,... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by George H. McCully Ca. 1828-61
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20161124-01   Sold

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by George H. McCully Ca. 1828-61
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Offered is a good 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler George H. McCully, working circa 1828-61. This piece is engraved with a period script monogram and has a clear, well-struck maker's mark. It is about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minor wear and signs of normal use; there are no splits or repairs. All in all a good example of an uncommon maker's mark!

Rare Montrose, Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by Bentley & Read
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-01   $25.00

Rare Montrose, Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by Bentley & Read
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Offered is a great and scarce American coin silver spoon from Montrose, Susquehanna County, PA. This piece bears the mark of the partnership of Bentley & Read, successors to Bentley & Mitchell, who were in turn successors to Asa Hartshorn. Little has been documented about Bentley & Read, but they were active in the 1850s as a fire started in or near their shop in 1854. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest tip... Click for details

Solve This Late 18th Century American Mystery Mark and Win a Prize!
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161029-UNK   Not For Sale

Solve This Late 18th Century American Mystery Mark and Win a Prize!
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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there. This piece measures about 9 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It is marked I*C in an irregular punch. The engraving and monogram are in... Click for details

Exquisite Coin Silver Basket of Flowers Pattern Sugar Tongs c. 1825-35
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20161002-01   $120.00

Exquisite Coin Silver Basket of Flowers Pattern Sugar Tongs c. 1825-35
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Offered is a superb example of the "Basket of Flowers" style of coin silver, in the form of a large pair of sugar tongs dating to around 1825-35. This pair of tongs measures about 6 5/8 inches in length and weighs 46 grams. Please click on the picture to see all the pictures. This piece has a period script monogram of what appears to be "AH" and is marked on each arm by silversmith C.HASTINGS, who I haven't found anything about. Most of these tongs were marked by silversmiths or retailers... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by William Baily, Jr.
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20160923-03   $17.50

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by William Baily, Jr.
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Offered is a nice Philadelphia coin silver teaspoon by silversmith William Baily, Jr., bearing a specimen example of his early mark, with the Jr. being used while his father (also a silversmith) was still alive. This piece probably dates prior to 1835. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is fair, with some dimpling to the bowl and some ripples in the handle, but no splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece of Philadelphia silver!

Gorham & Co. "Bead" Solid Sterling Silver Youth Knife
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2850f   $46.00

Gorham & Co.
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This 7 3/8" long, slightly over 1.0 T. oz., youth knife is an early example of "Bead."

It is stamped "Gorham & Co.," "Patent 1861" and "Coin" on the backside of the blade, and is engraved "Bertha" in Old English lettering on the front of the handle.

Solid silver, it has a flat handle and blunt end blade. The pattern is raised and appears on both sides of the handle.

It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear and with a blade that is free of nicks or burrs. There are... Click for details

Tiffany "Olive" Flat Handle Coin Silver Tea Knife
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2836f   $50.00

Tiffany
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This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., tea or dessert knife is unusual in several regards.

One, it is an example of Tiffany retailed coin silver. Early to adopt a sterling standard, coin instances perforce go deep into the history of that storied company.

Second, it an "Olive" pattern, which is one not commonly found among Tiffany's offerings.

Lastly the maker is unknown, with this only marked "Tiffany & Co." on the backside of the blade, and absent a manufacturer's identification that... Click for details

Large 19th Century Engraved Sterling Silver Pie Server
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2830f   $90.00

Large 19th Century Engraved Sterling Silver Pie Server
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Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been... Click for details

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