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A. Stowell "Aesthetic" Engraved Butterfly Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4435f   $38.00


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This sugar spoon measures 6" long and weighs .5 T. oz.

It has an "Antique," rounded end, handle that along with the bowl, is engraved in an Aesthetic mode design.

In addition to the non-figural, Eastlake, style elements, the handle features an endearing portraiture of a butterfly alighting upon a wispy, leafy stalk.

The oval bowl has notched edges, a pointed tip, and repeats the engraved theme on the handle, save it is absent a butterfly.

The backside is plain except for the marks,... Click for details

Hall Hewson & Brower Albany "Tipt" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4429f   $36.00


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Dating circa 1845, this 6 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., sugar spoon is stamped with a three part "D, eagle, bust" hallmark that John McGrew in Manufactureres' Marks on American Coin Silver attributes to the Albany, New York, firm of Hall, Hewson & Brower.

It has a "Tipt" end handle with high, rounded, shoulders off the bowl, which is an interesting shell form variant with a plain heel and central vee.

There is a script letter "S.J.S." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

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Duhme "No. 1" Engraved Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4426f   $48.00


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The broad fiddle-shaped handle on this 6 5/8" long, solid feeling 1.0 T. oz., coin silver spoon was characteristic of mid 19th century Ohio River silver design, and was embraced by Cincinnati's Duhme & Co. for its "No. 1" pattern, issued in 1869.

There were several variants, each having a different tip at the handle end. Some versions had twist stems and others plain ones. This piece has a plain handle shank and small "knob" at the end.

The handle is engraved with wriggle work detailing... Click for details

B. Pitman, New Bedford MA, "Tipt" Pure Coin Silver Shell Bowl Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4408f   $55.00


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A jelly or large sugar spoon, this piece measures 6 3/4" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

It has a "Tipt" handle and a shell-shaped bowl with a deep, flattened, heel, and rounded shoulders.

With a likely 1840s date, it is stamped on the reverse "B. Pitman," "New Bedford," and "Pure Coin," with this last term used largely in New England.

Benjamin Pitman was one of the most recognizable names among 19th century silversmiths in a city made prosperous in this period from the proceeds of the whaling... Click for details

F. Marquand, Savannah & NYC, "Sheaf of Wheat" Coin Silver Lg Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4391f   $70.00


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A serving or large table spoon, this item measures 8 7/8" long and weighs approximately 1.6 T. oz.

It is a very fine example of the "Sheaf of Wheat" motif, showing a clear, well-detailed and free of polishing wear, raised strike on the rounded handle end.

There is is an engraved, feathered script, "JP" monogram set sideways below the bundle of wheat.

The backside is stamped "F.M" for Frederick Marquand, along with a "lion, bust, C" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Medallion" Twist Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4376f   $85.00


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One of several "Medallion" patterns, i.e. designs representing classical figures, produced by Wood & Hughes, the c. 1863 version on this 7 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter, or possibly fish, knife is the only one that incorporates a twisted stem as part of the design.

The handle end is shield-shaped with a rosette at the base.

Fine, trailing leaves and vines surround the high relief, youthful warrior's right facing profile. His helmet is surmounted with a griffin, which may be an... Click for details

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R&W Wilson "King" aka "Honeysuckle" Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4365f   $46.00


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Measuring 7 1/16" long and substantial weight at just under 1.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver master butter knife has a flat handle on a plane with the blade.

Stamped "R&W. Wilson Philad" on the blade backside, it was made by brothers Robert and William with dates spanning the second quarter of the 19th century.

The pattern is a "King," and more specifically what Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies as a "Honeysuckle" variant for the stylized floral element set... Click for details

A.J. Evans, Binghamton NY, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Sugar Shovel
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4346f   $46.00


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The "eagle, H, bust" pseudo hallmark imprinted on the backside of this 5 7/8" long, weighty feeling approximately 1.0 T. oz., coin silver spoon is attributed to maker Richard Huntington of Utica, New York, 1823-55, and prior, 1811-23, Springfield, Massachusetts.

It is also stamped "A.J. Evans," for Alfred, who operated as a Binghamton, New York jeweler beginning in 1830.

It has a "Fiddle Tipt" handle with a finely rendered, feathered script "NHP" monogram engraved sideways on the front.... Click for details

Shreve, Brown & Co. "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4339f   $48.00


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A substantially sized item that measures 7 1/2" long and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz., this master butter knife traces to mid 19th century Boston.

It is stamped "Shreve, Brown & Co.," which was an 1857-60 partnership in the chain of evolution for the firm that eventually became Boston's carriage trade "Shreve, Crump & Low."

It is also marked "Sterling," which is early for this period when coin silver was the prevailing silver standard.

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J.E. Caldwell Twist Handle Engraved Pure Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4338f   $70.00


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Dating from the mid 19th century, this preserve or jelly spoon measures 7 1/4" long and weighs 1.0 T. oz.

It is stamped on the backside of the handle "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the renowned Philadelphia jeweler and retailer of fine goods, and "Pure Coin," suggesting this piece may have been sourced from a New England manufacturer, given this term was typically used in that area.

It has a twisted central stem, with a broad, plum-shaped, tipt backside, end that is extensively engraved with... Click for details

Tice & Co., Brooklyn, "Oval Thread" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4335f   This item is currently being auctioned


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A mid 19th century, 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon, this piece is marked "Tice & Co.," presumably for Brooklyn, New York jeweler, William R. Tice. The only other firm that incorporates this surname cited in references is "Huntington & Tice," Cincinnati, and not a likely match for this.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with the name "Julia Atwater" inscribed sideways in cursive lettering on the handle front.

The generously-sized bowl is shell form with a... Click for details

Haddock, Lincoln & Foss "Olive" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4323f   $52.00


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A popular mid 19th century pattern, "Olive" was produced by numerous manufacturers, and was especially well-received in Boston.

Indeed, this 7" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon is marked "Haddock, Lincoln & Foss," which was a Boston firm with dates 1857-68. It is also stamped "925" in an oval for sterling. Makers were transitioning from coin to sterling about the time this was made, so this represents a forward looking piece for its period.

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Durgin "Strawberry" Pure Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4302f   $85.00


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An early pattern that Durgin made first in coin and continued in production in sterling, "Strawberry" faithfully portrays a single plump fruit with leaves on the handle end, and a cluster of leaves midway on the handle.

It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on the front and backsides.

This 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., example is an early run item, marked "Patent," "Pure Coin," which is a characteristically New England term, and with the name of the retailer, "A. Skinner," Boston.... Click for details

Schulz & Fisher, San Francisco, "Pacific" Coin Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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Having rounded, double scroll shoulders, with a triple leaf drop and a different single leaf also flanked by scrolls set mid handle, "Pacific" issued in 1870 by San Francisco's Schulz & Fisher was very much a period design. It is highly reminiscent, for example, of Knowles & Ladd "Crete" and Gorham's "Pompeii," both contemporaneous with "Pacific."

This example is an 8 7/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., pie server marked "coin" for the silver content.

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William Thomson NYC 1835 "Kings" Coin Silver Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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A significant name among New York City silversmiths of the first half of the 19th century, examples of William Thomson's work are held in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, and Winterthur.

This piece, marked "W.Thomson" on the inside of one leg, is a 6 1/2" long, weighty at 1.9 T. oz., pair of tongs.

They are in a(n English) "Kings" pattern and have shell grips.

The 7/8" wide arch is engraved in an elegant, feathered... Click for details

Philo B. Gilbert, NYC, "Medallion" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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Writing in Silver Medallion Flatware, D. Albert Soeffing comments that "[Philo B.] Gilbert was a prominent New York City manufacturer, working for about thirty years. Although not well know today, he was one of the leading producers of his day."

This 6" long, .8 T. oz., coin silver sugar spoon is an early example of his "Medallion" pattern, marked only "Patent 1867."

Relatively rare, the line is multi-motif, featuring a variety of different helmeted knight's heads facing left. This... Click for details

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