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Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by Jabez Gorham & Son, Providence, RI
Silver : Coin Silver

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20181016-03   $15.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver master salt spoon by Jabez Gorham and son John Gorham of Providence, Rhode Island, working in partnership between 1841 and 1850. Their maker's mark (one of several used by the partnership) is "J.G. & Son." in a banner. The maker's mark on this piece is well-struck and well preserved. This piece is also engraved with the family name of the original owner(s). It measures about 3 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 5 grams. Condition is fair, with some... Click for details

Two Circa 1860 Engraved Coin Silver Sugar Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3654f   On Hold


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Not quite an identical pair, these two spoons are nonetheless clearly kindred pieces.

They have nearly the same flat, shaped, handle with an upturned end and matching scallop shell bowls with gold wash.

Likewise both are monogrammed on the backside "HAW," one in a fancy leaf script and one in plain script.

One measures 6 1/8" long and the other 6 1/4", and each weighs approximately .6 T. oz., with 1 gram difference between them.

What most distinguishes them is the style of the... Click for details

Albert Coles "Bead" Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3652f   $30.00


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At 8 1/4" long, and relatively weighty at 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece in its circa 1865 period, but is today's tablespoon size.

Made by Albert Coles of New York City, it bears his three part "eagle, AC, bust" mark on the reverse, along with "A. Coles," which added identifier is not frequently found.

There is a feathered script "W" monogram on the handle front.

It is in choice condition, retaining excellent pattern detail, and having a well-shaped bowl... Click for details

R&W Wilson "King" Flat Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3647f   $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, 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 midway on... Click for details

Coin Silver Sauce Ladle, Interesting Marks of F.FRANKS&CO. and DOLLARS
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181008-09   $25.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver sauce ladle by F. Franks & Co., and also marked DOLLARS in reference to the standard of silver used. This piece has a somewhat worn period engraved script monogram, and a legible maker's mark. The mark denoting fineness is very well struck. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 22 grams. Condition is very good overall, with moderate surface wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice small serving piece in coin... Click for details

R&W Wilson Hollow Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3642f   $38.00


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Catherine Hollan in her volume Philadelphia Silver lists 1825-49 as directory dates for the Philadelphia firm of Robert & William William, noting they were referenced in a letter dated 1821, while the firm "continued to be listed in Bywater's and Boyd's directories until 1851."

A wide variety of silver is still found with the company's various marks, the one on this 7 1/8" long master butter knife being "R&W.W."

It is coin silver, with a solid, blunt end, blade, and a hollow, filled... Click for details

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Wm. Faber, Philadelphia, c. 1865 "Emperor" Coin Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3641f   $42.00


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Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887.

Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period (see Old Friends catalogue item 3170), and which in turn is akin to Knowles &... Click for details

Large, Heavy Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Chicken Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3637f   $235.00


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Tongs of this size, 8" long and weighing nearly 3.4 T. oz., and form may be for fried chicken or salad.

This particular pair has a large shell grip on one arm and four extended, fork-like, tines on the other, both of which are finished in a bright gold wash.

The arms are square and solid, with chiseled edges. They widen and have notched shoulders where they join the arch, and are diamond cut in a design that includes anthemion and other period elements.

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Wm. Gale & Son "French Thread" Coin Silver Fish Serving Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3625f   $135.00


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Measuring 9 1/2" overall, this fish server has a filled coin silver handle joined to a solid coin silver, four tine fork. It weighs 3.8 T. oz., which includes the inner content of the handle.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Thread."

The shank, which is stamped in two places "W.G & S" for William Gale & Son, New York City, 1850-66 various years, is four sided and attaches to an open heel area with pointed shoulders.

All surfaces of the serving end are extensively and attractively... Click for details

Scarce Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Baldwin & Cowles, Elyria, OH 1834-39
Silver : Coin Silver

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20180914-01   $35.00


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Offered is a rare example of American coin silver made in Elyria, Ohio (a town somewhat west of Cleveland, near Lake Erie) - by the partnership of Seymour W. Baldwin and Orrin Cowles, working in partnership in Elyria between 1834 and 1839. This pair of sugar tongs measures about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 35 grams. The maker's mark of BALDWIN&COWLES in a rectangular punch is rubbed but quite legible. To see the maker's mark, click on the picture and scroll through the picture... Click for details

Gorham Long Twist Handle Coin Silver Pickle Caster Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3612f   $110.00


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An early item in the history of Gorham patterned ware, dating circa 1860, these tongs measure a full 10 1/2" long and weigh 1.5 T. oz.

For pickles (or suitable for olives as well), they have thin, twisted arms with small, three-tine, cupped grips that retain traces of an original gold wash, and were designed to reach deep into a caster.

The upper areas just below the crimped (for strength) arch, are broad and notched in a design that echoes Gorham's "Imperial" pattern of this time frame,... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Sterling Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3603f   $85.00


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Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz.,... Click for details

C.F. Greenwood, Norfolk VA, Twist & Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spn
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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3600f   $110.00


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This 7 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., coin silver, preserve or jelly spoon has a double provenance in that it is stamped with a Gothic "W&H" for Philadelphia's Watts & Harper manufacturer, and with the name "C.F. Greenwood," for the Norfolk, Virginia, jeweler.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths gives narrow dates for the W&H partnership, 1859-61/62, while Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia indicates Greenwood began his business about 1850.

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S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Serving Spoon with Shell Bowl
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3584f   $46.00


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This mid 19th century, coin silver berry or serving spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia manufacturer and retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his Manufacturers'... Click for details

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3580f   $38.00


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A long item for its form at 6 1/2", and heavier feeling than its .9 T. oz. actual weight, this coin silver cream or sauce ladle traces to the second quarter of the 19th century. It is marked "Boynton & Woodford for the Boston retail partnership with dates 1837-54.

The "Tipt" end pattern places it toward the earlier end of those years. A graceful piece, the handle is arced with an upturned terminus. The plain, well-formed, bowl is ovoid at 1 7/8" by 1 1/2" by 7 1/16" deep. "

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Stebbins & Howe "Basket of Flowers" Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3576f   $85.00


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This large, 9 1/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., table or serving spoon was produced by Edwin Stebbins & George C. Howe, working 1827-31 in New York City. Well regarded silversmiths, each man subsequently operated independently.

The rounded end, arched handle, features a representation of a "Basket of Flowers." This motif, along with "Sheaf of Wheat," were popular design embellishments in a period when coin silver was largely plain.

It also has a "Shell Back" drop on the heel and is... Click for details

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