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C.A.W. Crosby, Boston, "Scroll & Leaf" Pure Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3423f   $28.00


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The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon was one manufactured by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

The pattern is a "Scroll and Leaf" design, here accompanied by a stylized shell form bowl that may be singular to this form.

The handle reverse is engraved in script with the name "Viola."

It is in excellent condition, evidencing no polishing wear and having a fine finish. The... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell Mid 19th C. Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3419f   $65.00


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Measuring 7" long and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this preserve or jelly spoon traces to Boston, circa 1860.

It is stamped ". F&H ." for Farrington & Hunnewell, along with "Pure-Coin," which is a New England regional term designating the silver content.

The arched handle has a fan-shaped end, which along with the main shank, is finely engraved in an intricate leaf and scroll design. Boston design of the period is often associated with restraint, if not severity, and the embellishment... Click for details

Lincoln & Foss, Boston, Exceptionally Large Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3406f   $265.00


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Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing just over 3.2 T. oz., this pair of tongs are large enough in relative terms to be described as immense. They may be an old implement that is sometimes referenced as (fried) chicken tongs.

They are stamped "Lincoln & Foss" for the mid 19th century (1848-57) Boston firm, and quite unusual for the date, "Sterling," rather than the expected coin silver.

The scroll pattern that appears on each leg is one that was probably produced by Farrington & Hunnewell,... Click for details

Peter Krider coin silver asparagus fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2298   Sold


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length 7 inches, weight 1.30 Troy ounces, monogrammed "T" (?) reverse, very slight wear to engraving but fine overall condition.

Krider's early work was sometimes whimsical (note the asparagus stalks in enlargement number four). His later output tended more toward the elaborate (see our listing 2242). But his quality was consistently good, as one may see here in the engraved decoration.

Though asparagus tongs had been common since the early 1800's, serving forks from this era... Click for details

Krider Large Engraved Coin Silver Mid 19th C. Shell Bowl Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3404f   $70.00


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Dating from the 1850s, and measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing approximately 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver berry or other serving spoon is stamped "P.L.K." for the Philadelphia silversmith Peter L. Krider.

Relatively plain in design, it nonetheless bespeaks its origins.

The "Reverse Tipt" handle is extensively engraved on the front in a design that is evocative of Philadelphia work of the period. It incorporates leafy elements, wriggle work, bright cutting, and fine line hatching that... Click for details

JE Caldwell Engine Turned Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle with Shell Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3397f   On Hold


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An exceptionally fine period piece, this circa 1870, 6 3/4" long, solid weight at 1.8 T. oz., gravy ladle has Philadelphia origins.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the retailer of note, and although the design could just as well be coin silver, "(925)" for sterling.

The style and quality of execution are consistent with work from this source and time. The "Pointed Antique" handle has an engine turned surface with additional engraving. This includes a shield shape reserve area... Click for details

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Gorham "Old English" aka "Seal Top" Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3386f   On Hold


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Although commonly referred to as "Old English," this pattern is identified in the Gorham archives as "Old English." It follows after an early English pattern that is characterized by a flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank. The disk has a knurled edge, and in this case is engraved with an "E.N.T." monogram.

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... Click for details

C.A.W. Crosby Pure Coin Silver Master Butter Knife with Engraved Bird
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3379f   $36.00


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The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 7" long, .9 T. oz., master butter knife was produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.

It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle.

In good condition, it retains excellent form and... Click for details

James Watts, Retailed by Bechtel, Coin Silver Mid 19th C Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3375f   $85.00


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Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.

Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.

There is a handsome, feathered... Click for details

Butler & McCarty Coin Silver Salt Spoon with Rare Initials Mark
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20180106-02   $12.00


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Offered is a nice fluted-bowl American coin silver master salt spoon by well-known Philadelphia makers Butler & McCarty. This piece probably dates to the 1850s. It is uncommon in that it bears the initials-only maker's mark the partnership used infrequently on flatware, and more often on spectacles and other smalls. This piece also has a period engraved script monogram. It measures about four inches in length and weighs about 8 grams. Condition is fair overall, with some small dings to the... Click for details

Fiddlethread Pattern Coin Silver Soup Ladle by William W. White, 177g
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180102-02   $135.00


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Offered is a very good American coin silver soup ladle by New York City silversmith and jeweler William W. White, working circa 1827-56. This piece is nicely engraved with a period script monogram of 'CJH' and has a legible maker's mark. This large ladle measures about 13 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 177 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minimal surface and bowl wear, only one tiny dimple and no splits or repairs. Please take a look at all the pictures. All in all a... Click for details

M.S. Smith, Detroit, Michigan Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3362f   $46.00


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With a history tracing to 1859-60, M(artin) S. Smith became the largest jeweler of its time in Detroit. At least one source lists the firm as a manufacturer as well.

This 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon dates from the earliest years of the firm, and may have been produced by it.

It has a flat handle, with notched edges and an anthemion shaped tip. The surface front is extensively engraved with diamond bright cutting, wriggle work, and cross hatching. The backside shows much simpler,... Click for details

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

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3361f   $72.00


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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are extra long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether originally 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... Click for details

Coin Silver Pie Server with Applied Medallion and Engine Turned Blade
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3359f   $115.00


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Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period.

One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name.

The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it demonstrated a specialized capacity of a given manufacturer.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2... Click for details

Nice Coin Silver Cream Ladle by Newell Matson, With Fluted Bowl
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20171231-04   $22.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver cream or sauce ladle by well-known silversmith Newell Matson, who worked at various times in NY, OH, IL and WI. This piece is engraved 'Cushman' for the original owner, and has a clear maker's mark. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. Condition is excellent, with minimal wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice little coin silver service piece!

Gorham "Lancaster" Sterling Silver Cucumber Server, No Mono
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3357f   $48.00


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Introduced in 1897, Gorham's "Lancaster" is a rose and bead design that gained early popularity.

This 6" long, .8 T. oz., cucumber server is an old example that has never been monogrammed and remains in original condition.

The defining characteristic of this piece is its pierced, circular serving end that has six curved prongs on the lower edge, and a raised shoulders.

The pattern remains well-defined, the finish is bright and even, and the server is without bends, nicks, or burrs. ... Click for details

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