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

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4593f   $46.00


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A major name in mid 19th century Boston silver production and retailing, Farrington & Hunnewell was the maker of this 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., coin silver preserve spoon marked "< F & H >."

F&H were masters of bright cut and fine engraving, which this piece illustrates. The work on the front of this portrays anthemion and leaf detailing against a fine line background that mimics engine turning.

The handle has a rounded end with a slight "Tipt" backside, and a shield form reserve,... Click for details

John Westervelt "Cone" Heavy Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4585f   $65.00


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Stamped with the "star, lion, D" pseudo hallmark of maker John L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, and the name "Andrew Dunn" of Fort Plain, New York, this master butter knife measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz.

The pattern is "Cone," dating circa 1860, and features ivy and other leaves, along with anthemion and bellflower detail set on a shaped handle, all of which is suggestive of the Greek Revival design mode of the period.

The 1" wide, broad, blade is set at a... Click for details

Jacob Harley, Phila., "Antique Tipt Engraved" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4565f   $46.00


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The name "Jacob Harley," which appears along with the word "Coin" on the backside of this 6 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter is best known by virtue of his 1852-61 Philadelphia retail jewelry partnership with Isaac Stauffer.

This item dates from the ten year period when Harley operated on his own after the dissolution of the partnership.

The style is characteristic of its place and time, with a rounded end, engraved, "Antique Tipt" handle.

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Gray & Libby, Boston, "Olive" Large Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4539f   $52.00


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Lengthy and unusually heavy at 7 3/4" and 1.9 T. oz. respectively, this master butter knife is marked "Gray & Libby." for the Boston firm with dates 1850-81.

The "Olive" pattern on this, however, suggests it may have been made by Farrington & Hunnewell, also a Boston operation and with which this period American design was strongly associated, and retailed by Gray & Libby.

The design appears on both sides of the curved handle, with the backside engraved with an Old English "J" or "I"... Click for details

C. Beckwith Early 19th Century Coin Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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A 6" long, .6 T. oz., piece with a 1 1/2" diameter bowl, this cream ladle is stamped "C. Beckwith," on the backside, which name is not identified in any of the standard references. He may have been a regional or otherwise obscure maker.

Well-crafted in a naive way, it has a long, arced, handle, with rounded shoulders off the bowl and a broad end.

It is engraved "M R Cook" in a feathered script that, while proud and precise, has a primitive quality to it.

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Notched & Engraved Handle Gold Bowl Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4477f   $105.00


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Measuring a lengthy 9" and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this berry is an especially attractive example of mid American 19th century silver flatware.

It has a shaped, notched handle that is bright cut engraved in a leaf and diamond pattern with a central reserve that is inscribed "Hattie" in fine cursive lettering.

The large, 3" by 2", scalloped bowl has a rich gold wash finish on the interior, which is bright cut and wriggle work engraved in the heel in a design which is consonant with that on the... Click for details

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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