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Gorham "Old English" aka "Seal Top" Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
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2507f   $295.00

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This pattern is identified in the Gorham archives (housed at Brown University and cataloged by scholar Sam Hough) as "Old English." It is commonly referred to, however, as "Seal Top" after the round, flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank, which in turn follows after a traditional "old English" form.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with the same... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter, Geo. Shreve Retailer
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2498f   $165.00

Gorham
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Made by Gorham and sold in San Francisco, this 7 5/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter dates pre-1868, which is the year Gorham instituted sterling as its standard.

The pattern, "Grecian," was patented in 1861, and this is so stamped, and continued in production beyond the 1868 date. This is also marked "Coin," thereby dating it quite closely, 1861-68. Lastly it is imprinted "Geo. Shreve & Co."

"Grecian" is a fan-shaped design representing a stylizing anthemion... Click for details

A. E. Warner "Kings" Baltimore 11 Standard Silver Ladle Spoon
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2490f   $110.00

A. E. Warner
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This pieces measures 7 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.3 T. oz. It is a ladle with the handle nearly on the horizontal, essentially like a spoon.

It is stamped "A. E. Warner" for the renowned early 19th century Baltimore silversmith. The standard mark, "11," is one of several peculiar to that city, and represents a silver grade of 917, above coin, but not quite sterling. The "11" was used 1816-30.

The pattern is a simplified "King" or "Kings," featuring a shell end with scroll and... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Beaded Medallion" Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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2488f   $155.00

Wood & Hughes
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Wood & Hughes thoroughly embraced the classical revival "Medallion" motif that was popular in silver design throughout the 1860s. The company produced numerous variations of it, three of which D. Albert Soeffing identifies in his work, "Silver Medallion Flatware."

The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., coin silver, preserve spoon likely one of the earliest expressions of the style.

It features a cast, oval disk... Click for details

SHEAF OF WHEAT SUGAR TONGS, Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-25)
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7331E   $125.00

SHEAF OF WHEAT SUGAR TONGS, Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-25)
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Coin silver sugar tongs by Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-1825), 6-5/8” long, lion paw nips, chamfered shoulders, pointed fiddle arms with crisp Sheaf of Wheat in each, minor cracking on each arm where joins bend, no monogram, marked on each arm “A. JACOBS” in a rectangular punch.

BSKT OF FLOWERS SAUCE LADLE, B. Van Vliet, Poughkeepsie (1830-40)
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7357   $125.00

BSKT OF FLOWERS SAUCE LADLE, B. Van Vliet, Poughkeepsie (1830-40)
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Coin silver sauce ladle by Benjamin C. Van Vliet in Poughkeepsie, NY (c. 1830-40), 6- 3/8”long, 1-7/8” by 1-3/8” oval bowl with crisp 10-lobed shell drop on back, chamfered shoulders, downturned fiddle pattern with crisp Basket of Flowers on front, feather script monogram “MT” on front and “MA” on back, marked “B.C. VAN VLIET” incuse on back of handle.

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COIN SILVER PLATTER SPOON, S&B Brower, NYC (c. 1830-1850)
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7361   $325.00

COIN SILVER PLATTER SPOON, S&B Brower, NYC (c. 1830-1850)
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Coin silver platter spoon by the partnership of Sperry Douglas Brower and his brother in New York City (c. 1830-1850), 12-½” long, large 4” long French-tipt bowl, broad drop, single-struck Fiddle Thread pattern, never monogrammed, marked on reverse “S & B. BROWER” in rectangular punch.

COIN SILVER PLATTER SPOON, S&B Brower, NYC (c. 1830-1850)
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7361   $325.00

COIN SILVER PLATTER SPOON, S&B Brower, NYC (c. 1830-1850)
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Coin silver platter spoon by the partnership of Sperry Douglas Brower and his brother in New York City (c. 1830-1850), 12-½” long, large 4” long French-tipt bowl, broad drop, single-struck Fiddle Thread pattern, never monogrammed, marked on reverse “S & B. BROWER” in rectangular punch.

Good Fluted Coin Silver Sauce Ladle marked by John Rich
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20150509-02   $20.00

Good Fluted Coin Silver Sauce Ladle marked by John Rich
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Offered is a good American coin silver cream or other serving ladle, made circa 1857-64 by Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, NY (apparently this version of their marks was in use in that period, though the firm continued to 1871 as a partnership). This piece also bears a retailer's mark of JOHN RICH. I am not familiar with this retailer. This ladle measures about 6 1/8 inches in length, and weighs about 22 grams. This piece bears a good period engraved script name of Crosby for the original... Click for details

Charming Engraved Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
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2452f   $28.00

Charming Engraved Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
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Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing just short of .7 T. oz., this sugar spoon likely dates from the 1860s.

It traces to the Boston area, being stamped "Harry Raynes" for the Lowell, Massachusetts retailer. It is also marked "Coin," but is absent a manufacturer's mark. Undoubtedly, though, it was produced in New England.

The handle has a plain, rounded end, a tipt backside, and is engraved in a delicate, stylized flower or grass motif that suggests early Aesthetic influences.

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Large Albert Coles "Grape" Twist Handle Coin Cheese Scoop
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Large Albert Coles
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Measuring 9" long, this cheese server is comprised of a solid handle and scoop joined to a hollow handle. It weighs 2.0 T. oz., which includes the fill in the handle, but to be sure, the solid portions of the piece are the substantial portion of the weight.

Made by Albert Coles, the pattern is a "Grape." A common motif for the c. 1860 period of this, this particular version is singular to Coles and quite a detailed and artful expression of this design.

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Farrington & Hunnewell "Olive" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Ladle
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2393f   $185.00

Farrington & Hunnewell
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An intermediate size, less than a full length soup and significantly larger than a gravy, this 9 3/8" long, substantial weight at 3.2 T. oz., piece may be a not-so-commonly found oyster or bouillon ladle.

The pattern is "Olive," a popular mid 19th century design, which in this case made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell," whose "lion, F&H, bust" pseudo hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.

It has a particularly appealing 2 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, scallop shell bowl.

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Joseph Seymour Figural "Prairie Flower" Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
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2368f   $45.00

Joseph Seymour Figural
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A rarely found figural pattern much in the manner of "Medallion," "Prairie Flower was produced c. 1865 by Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.

A classical looking figure surrounded by drapery and ivy detailing surmounts the handle tip while the center of the handle portrays a bellflower and additional ivy leaves.

This example is a 6" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon. The bowl is large, 2" by 1 1/2", and is uniquely shaped. It is something of an embossed double scallop form.

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Durgin "Bow" Flat Handle Coin Master Butter Knife
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Durgin
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This "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern by Durgin and was one of the first line designs of that company.

This example is a 7" long, heavy at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife. It has a solid silver flat handle and blade with a scalloped upper edge and engraved surface. The handle is inscribed in script "L.C.C. to L.A.C."

It is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches on the blade, there are no signs of use, including no bends, burrs, or nicks. ... Click for details

Circa 1860 Twist Handle Philadelphia Coin Soup Ladle
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2274f   $275.00

Circa 1860 Twist Handle Philadelphia Coin Soup Ladle
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This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design... Click for details

SUGAR TONGS, A.G. Storm & Son, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1825
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7356   $75.00

SUGAR TONGS, A.G. Storm & Son, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1825
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Coin silver sugar tongs by A.G. Storm & Son, Poughkeepsie, New York (c. 1825), 6-½” long, fiddle pattern with long, thing arms and vertical oval nips, fancy feather script monogram “SCT” on the bend, marked on the inside of each arm “Storm & Son” (script) in shaped conforming punch.

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