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Great Pair of Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoons by George Gordon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170119-04   $39.50


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Offered is a lovely pair of American coin silver tea spoons by Philadelphia silversmith George Gordon, working in that town in the second quarter of the 19th Century. These pieces are engraved with excellent period script monograms, and have well-struck, very clear maker's marks. This pair measures about 6 1/4 inches in length on average, and weighs about 36 grams altogether. Condition is excellent, with minimal wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a specimen example of this... Click for details

Scarce Pair of Pottsville, PA Coin Silver Spoons by Robert C. Green
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170115-01   $39.50


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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"
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2968f   $42.00


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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
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2956f   $90.00


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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

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


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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


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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

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Rare Montrose, Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by Bentley & Read
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-01   $25.00


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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

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20161029-UNK   Not For Sale


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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
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

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20161002-01   $120.00


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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


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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!

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


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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


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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

Large Delaware Coin Silver Tablespoon by James Guthre Ca. 1822-50
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160828-01   $55.00


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Offered is a very good American coin silver table spoon by Wilmington silversmith James Guthre (1796-1877), who was working by about 1820 and continued to work for a fairly long period of time. Guthre was fairly prolific and this tablespoon is a good example of his work. It bears a clear strike of his maker's mark and a well-executed period engraved script monogram of JPJ. This piece measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 58 grams. Condition overall is good, with a very... Click for details

Pair of Early Chicago Coin Silver Spoons c1850-54 by Samuel Hoard & Co
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160820-01   $32.50


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Offered is a good pair of earlier Chicago coin silver spoons, bearing the mark of Samuel Hoard & Co., in business at 117 Lake St. from about 1850 to 1854. Chicago silversmiths, jewelers and watchmakers are not widely documented, and it is always a treat to find silver bearing their marks. These teaspoons also each have a period engraved script monogram. They measure about 5 7/8 inches in length on average, and the pair weighs a total of about 28 grams. Condition overall is good, with modest... Click for details

Worn 18th Century Coin Silver Birdback Spoon - Joseph Richardson, Jr.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20160814-07   $45.00


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Offered is a nice serviceable but worn early American coin silver teaspoon by major Philadelphia and Quaker silversmith Joseph Richardson, Jr., circa 1790. This spoon features die-struck birdback decoration, though it is about 80 percent worn off. The bowl also has wear and a few small dings. There are no splits or repairs. This spoon has a period engraved block monogram and the maker's mark for Richardson, Jr. is struck twice near the top of the stem. This is one of the earliest spoons... Click for details

Dover, New Hampshire Coin Silver Spoon by George Gray Circa 1826
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160813-10   $19.50


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Offered is a nice Dover coin silver teaspoon by silversmith George Gray, who was born around 1800 and worked in Dover from the 1820s until at least 1860. He was listed as retired in 1870 and died around 1875. This spoon bears one of several maker's marks known for him, in this case his initials in a serrated rectangular punch. This spoon measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. It has an engraved period script monogram and the maker's mark is clear and legible. ... Click for details

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