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Gorham "Ionic" Greek Revival Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4032f   $75.00


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One of Gorham's earliest full line patterns, references date it to 1865 although this 7 3/4" long, 1.4 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife is stamped "Patent 1867," indicating a later date and situating it just before the company's conversion to a sterling standard in 1868.

Other marks on this include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "Geo. H. Bechtel."

"Ionic" is a Greek Revival design that incorporates a central rosette with a stylized... Click for details

Rare Coin Silver Sauce Ladle by Sylvanus Bramhall (1776-1827) of Mass.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20191103-07   $25.00


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Offered is a good example of the work of little-known Massachusetts silversmith Sylvanus Bramhall, working in Plymouth circa 1790 to the 1820s, and then in Boston for the final few years of his life. This ladle has a very well-struck and clear maker's mark and also has a period engraved script monogram. This sauce ladle measures about 6 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 23 grams. Condition is good overall aside from one issue - some stubborn spots of tarnish or corrosion the bowl (see... Click for details

Goodwin, Hartford, "Sheaf of Wheat" Coin Silver Long Serving Spoon
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Measuring a lengthy 9 1/4" and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this serving spoon is stamped on the reverse "Goodwin" and "Hartford." The name could reference either or both of two brothers, Allyn or Horace, who worked independently in the first half of the 19th century, and as partners 1821-25.

The name accompanied by location seems to be a rare mark as standard sources fail to illustrate it (although the mark of "Goodwin & Dodd," 1811-21, includes "Hartford" as shown in Flynt and Fales work on New... Click for details

Zalmon Bostwick, New York, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4023f   $38.00


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Marked with a three part "anchor, diamond with the letters ZB, horse head" hallmark, this 6" long, .9 T. oz., "Tipt" ladle is for cream or sauce.

The maker was Zalmon Bostwick, who was born in Vermont and worked as a silversmith in New York City, 1841-56 according to one source, 1841-52 to another.

A clean piece with a particularly bright, hand polished only, finish, it has a finely rendered, feathered script, "CCI" or "CCJ" monogram set sideways on the handle.

The ovoid bowl measures 1... Click for details

Good Large English Georgian Sterling Silver Soup Ladle. Circa 1802
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20191019-02   $135.00


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Offered is a very nice large English sterling silver soup or punch ladle, bearing London hallmarks for 1802, and a maker's mark of T*D, perhaps for Thomas Dicks. This piece has clear marks and also features a nicely done period engraved script monogram. This ladle measures about 13 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 181 grams. Condition is good overall; there are some bumps to the bowl, but no major dents and no splits or repairs. Please take a look at all the photos. All in all a nice... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" 1861 Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4011f   $95.00


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Introduced in 1861, and initially made to a coin silver standard then continued in production beyond the conversion to sterling in 1868, Gorham's "Grecian" features a solid tubular stem capped with an elaborated anthemion or palmette.

This 6 1/2" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., ladle dates post 1868, as it is marked "Sterling," along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Patent 1861," and the name of the retailer, Rochester, New York's "Sunderlin & Weaver."

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Gorham "Cottage" Engraved Blade Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4007f   $95.00


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An early line pattern first issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard, "Cottage" continued in production for many years, through Gorham's transition to sterling in 1868.

This 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz, pie server is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," indicating it dates post 1868.

It has a triangular shaped serving end, with a cupped heel and flanged shoulders and edges. The surface is engraved in an anthemion, leaf and flower, period design.

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Knowles & Ladd "Queen" (Strawberry) Coin Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3997f   $65.00


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Measuring 9" long and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this pie server has a triangular shaped, 4 3/8" by 2 5/8" at the widest, blade with flanged shoulders.

The pattern is "Queen," which is one of the earliest designs produced by Knowles & Ladd, later J.B. & S.M. Knowles. It was first issued in 1865, and made in both coin and sterling silver; this is older production to a coin standard.

"Queen" is actually a strawberry motif that portrays three hanging fruit and a leaf cluster set on a handle that is... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Leaf" aka "Shell" Coin Silver Fish Serving Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3991f   This item is currently being auctioned


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An early design in the production history of Wood & Hughes, the "Leaf," often identified as a "Shell," pattern on this 9 3/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., fork dates to the mid 19th century.

A coin silver fish server, this has four, broad, tines, the outer two of which are splayed, with all surfaces including the pierced heel, densely engraved in a floral, leaf, and scroll motif.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

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Taylor (& Hinsdale), NYC, "Shell" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3983f   $52.00


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One of two 9" long, just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoons that are identical in every way, save one is marked for Horace Hinsdale, and one for the partnership of Taylor & Hinsdale, this has a "Shell" end handle and a second shell on the reverse heel of the bowl, as well as a large, feathered script "LC" monogram set sideways on the handle front.

Dating from the first third of the 19th century, the piece stamped "Hinsdale" also has a "bust, lion, G" pseudo-hallmark, while the "T&H" one... Click for details

J.P. Trott, New London, CT Early 1800s Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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3966f   $48.00


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Born in Boston in 1767, where he apprenticed to his father, John Proctor Trott established himself in New London, Connecticut in the 1790s, where he became a prominent silversmith and jeweler. He died there in 1852.

This lengthy, 9 1/8", 1.7 T. oz., coin silver table serving spoon marked "J.P. Trott" dates from his early working years.

It has an elongated, fiddle shaped handle with rounded end and plain back. The shoulders off the bowl are narrow, barely more than a widened area with... Click for details

McCarty & Hurlbert, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3941f   $90.00


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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths offers dates of 1876-87 for the firm of "McCarty & Hurlbert," the name imprinted on the backside of this 9 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., berry spoon, with antecedent firms tracing back to c. 1845.

It is also marked "Coin," which is late for this standard, as most manufacturers had converted to sterling by the 1870s.

It has an "Old English" handle with a tipt backside and a bright cut fine flower and leaf theme on the front.

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Wood & Hughes "Diana" Medallion Coin Silver Berry Shovel
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3933f   $285.00


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The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, 2.5 T. oz., coin silver, berry shovel (often identified as a cracker scoop) is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this category of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

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Rene Beauvais, St. Louis, "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon x 2
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3929f   $58.00


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Norman Mack writes in Missouri's Silver Age, "Francis A. Beauvais and his silversmith brothers, Charles, Rene, and Augustus, were born into a family of artisans."

Their father, Gemini Beauvais, resettled in St. Louis from Montreal, Canada, before 1800, when the former place was yet a village, and the family became a presence in the burgeoning city as it grew vigorously through the 19th century.

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Baltimore circa 1830 10.15 Standard Silver Tongs attrib. A.E. Warner
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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This 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of coin silver tongs trace to Baltimore with an approximate 1830 date.

This information can be inferred from the marks, which are singular to Baltimore, and appear in an unusual combination on this particular item.

They include two "10.15" (coin) silver designations, one in italics, and the "head of liberty," used in conjunction with Baltimore assay marks beginning in 1815.

An essay in Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art... Click for details

Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, "Leaf" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3922f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Likely dating 1855-1862, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz.

It was made and sold by Philadelphia's "Bailey & Co.," and is so marked, along with a "lion, S, shield" with additional "lion," pseudo hallmark that was used while George Sharp was the company's manufacturing manager 1852-c. 1862 (Catherine Hollan Philadelphia Silversmiths).

The "S" indicates sterling, while a like mark with a "U" indicates coin silver, with the former introduced in 1855 (Hollan).... Click for details

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