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Eight Matching c. 1865 Boston Sterling Place Forks
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2316f   $250.00

Eight Matching c. 1865 Boston Sterling Place Forks
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Marked "Sterling," these eight forks retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) are transition pieces between the coin and sterling silver standards. Each one measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs 11.6 T. oz.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned ends. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The are in very good estate condition. There is slight... Click for details

C. & A.W. Johnson, Albany, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Tablespoon
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2284f   $38.00

C. & A.W. Johnson, Albany,
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Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt," design, this is akin to much production of the period. ... Click for details

Pr. of tablespoons by Wm. Kendrick, KY
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Gebelein  
4260   $100.00

Pr. of tablespoons by Wm. Kendrick, KY
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Fiddle, upturned handles, chamfered finsength 8-3/4", tipt, drop. Length 8-3/4". Wt. of pair 3.15 troy ounces. The monogram is a lengthwise script JEBP. Overall and mark condition are excellent (minor dents in bowls).

Tiffany "Antique Ivy Engraved" Sterling Dessert Spoon
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Old Friends  
2267f   $65.00

Tiffany
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 7 1/16" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is... Click for details

Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh (Micksch)
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141023-01   $22.50

Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh (Micksch)
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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh or Micksh of Bethlehem, PA. This piece is a little over 5 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 14 grams. This spoon has a good clear mark and a well-executed period script monogram, as well as an early script engraved mono to the reverse. Condition is fair overall, though the bowl has two small splits (pictured) and is somewhat out of round. All in all a nice piece with a great maker's mark! Biographical... Click for details

Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141021-02   $35.00

Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
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Offered is a very fine early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of Harrisburg craftsman George Beatty. Beatty seems to have focused mainly on clocks, and his silver generally bears the "Philadelphia Eagle" manufacturer's mark, thought to have been in use between 1825 and 1850. Biographical information on Mr. Beatty follows the description of this piece. This spoon is engraved "R.McClure" in period script and has good legible mark. It measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and... Click for details

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Rare Lititz (Lancaster County) Spoon by Francis Lennert
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141019-04   $60.00

Rare Lititz (Lancaster County) Spoon by Francis Lennert
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Offered is a rare and fine early American coin silver teaspoon by Lititz silversmith and watchmaker Francis (Frantz) Lewis Lennert. See below for biographical information on this interesting craftsman. This piece is in good condition, with a dent to the bowl but little wear and no splits or repairs. This spoon has a well-executed period engraved script monogram, and a good legible maker's mark. There is also a later engraved monogram to the reverse. This piece measures about 6 1/4 inches in... Click for details

Large Gorham "Cottage" Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2246f   $85.00

Large Gorham
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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is also... Click for details

Excellent Lancaster Coin Silver Spoon by Zahm & Jackson
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141008-03   $22.50

Excellent Lancaster Coin Silver Spoon by Zahm & Jackson
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A fine American coin silver teaspoon by prolific Lancaster, Pennsylvania jewelers, watchmakers and silversmiths Michael Zahm and John W. Jackson, working in partnership as Zahm & Jackson from about 1845 on. This spoon is in excellent condition, with little surface wear and no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. This spoon features a legible maker's mark and a good period engraved script monogram. All in all a fine piece of... Click for details

Set of 6 North Carolina dessert spoons, c1825
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

North Hill Antiques  
660   $1750.00

Set of 6 North Carolina dessert spoons, c1825
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Made by John C. Stedman, Raleigh -- downturned fiddle handle, reverse tipt, slight pointed shoulders, feathered script mono T W B on front; 7" in length. Condition of all6 is near mint.

Rare Paterson, NJ Coin Silver Teaspoon - David Laverack
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140803-05   $20.00

Rare Paterson, NJ Coin Silver Teaspoon - David Laverack
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Offered is a great, early American coin silver teaspoon from the little-known shop of David Laverack, working in Paterson, NJ circa 1850-65. A watch paper from Laverack's shop in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society. Laverack is also listed in Kirkbride's New Jersey Business Directory for 1850. This piece measures about 6 1/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. Condition overall is fair, with some wear and dings, but no splits or repairs. There is a small notch from... Click for details

11 Luncheon knives by R&W Wilson, Phila., circa 1840
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5151   $360.00

11 Luncheon knives by R&W Wilson, Phila., circa 1840
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Silver blades, hollow handles, thread pattern. Length 8". Weight 1-3/8 troy ounces each including steel rods to attach handles. Overall condition excellent (1 has blade pulled away from handle by 1/4"). Mark condition is excellent.

15" ladle by Fletcher & Gardiner
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

North Hill Antiques  
896   $750.00

15
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This piece was probably made in Philadelphia, c1815-20, after the dynamic duo had left Boston. It has a downturned fiddle handle, square shoulders, an oversized drop on the bowl back, and a reverse rib on the back of the handle. Mono is MSA in a feathered script on front of the handle. An oval bowl is 4-14" at its widest point. The ladle is quite hefty -- over 6.5 T oz. Condition is minty.

Marquand & Co. "Kings" Coin Silver Small Fork
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2165f   $35.00

Marquand & Co.
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Frederick Marquand is one of the storied names associated with New York City silversmithing, having established the lineage which eventually became "Ball, Black & Co." and subsequently "Black, Starr & Frost." He is also associated with Savannah, Georgia where he spent some of his early working years.

This 6 9/16" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., probably youth fork is stamped "Marquand & Co." which dates it 1830-33.

It is a "Kings" pattern with a plain back. The front is inscribed "Rockwell"... Click for details

18thC southern ladle by James Geddy, Petersburg, VA
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

North Hill Antiques  
681   $5,000.00

18thC southern ladle by James Geddy, Petersburg, VA
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val-end handle, c1790 -- drop on back of bowl, light reverse rib, feathered script mono B O on front. Long slender handle extending 14-7/8" and ending with 3-3/4" oval bowl.

Until recently, this JG mark was unknown, or attributed elsewhere. Then, a few years ago, Catherine Hollan published her excellent volume on Virginia silversmiths, and there the questions were resolved.

Rare Bethlehem, PA Teaspoon - David Henry Bishop
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140727-01   $45.00

Rare Bethlehem, PA Teaspoon - David Henry Bishop
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Offered is a rare American coin silver teaspoon marked by David Henry Bishop of Bethlehem. David H. Bishop (b. November 19, 1815, d. December 10, 1874) was apprenticed to Charles F. Beckel to learn the clockmaking business, and according to Whisker (whose book has his first and middle names transposed), took over from Beckel in 1830, while still a boy. Bishop was apparently listed as both a silversmith and a clockmaker, but his silver seems to be exceedingly uncommon, so he may have focused on... Click for details

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