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George Sharp Fanciful Engraved Handle Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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George Sharp Fanciful Engraved Handle Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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Stamped with the "lion, S, lion" hallmark of Philadelphia's George Sharp, this coin silver preserve or jelly spoon measures 7 1/8" long and weighs 1.1 T. oz.

Finely engraved, which is a mark of Philadelphia silver of the 1860s period from which this dates, the unusually shaped handle sets it apart from contemporary pieces. It has notched borders, a pair of which are particularly pronounced at the upraised tip.

The bowl is shell form and has a bright gold wash on the interior. The... Click for details

Baltimore Retailed Gorham Figural "Bust" Large Coin Silver Gravy Ladle
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2959f   $365.00

Baltimore Retailed Gorham Figural
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Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first "golden age" of design.

The defining feature of the line is a cast "bust" that surmounts the lengthy, square handle. There is some variation from piece to piece, and in this case, the image is of a female looking slightly sideways.

A product of the Classical Revival movement of the period, the figure sits atop a pedestal base, much as she might be presented in a museum or salon, or in... Click for details

1860s Boston Large, Twist Handle Coin Silver Cheese Scoop
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1860s Boston Large, Twist Handle Coin Silver Cheese Scoop
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This piece is reflective of a style of that especially popular in the 1860s.

It is a large and sturdy cheese scoop, measuring 9 3/8" long, and weighing nearly 2.1 T. oz. The central portion of the shank is twisted, while the end is a broad and flat, notched disk. The surface is extensively engraved and has an area that is engine turned. This surrounds a central reserve that is engraved with an Old English "W.F." monogram.

The backside is plain, save for the name of the retailer,... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Grape" Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
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2953f   $45.00

Wood & Hughes
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While not a documented pattern and not commonly, Wood & Hughes' "Grape" is one of the most expressive of such designs produced in the third quarter of the 19th century.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar spoon with a large, shell bowl.

It features intricately rendered grape clusters and leaves, with additional acanthus leaf detailing on the top and sides of the handle. The lower portion of the handle portrays stylized crossed vines.

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Patent 1855 "Grape" Large, Heavy, Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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2546f   $45.00

Patent 1855
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This 7 1/2" long, heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife features two grape and leaf clusters set against a ground that is very similar to "Le Cordon."

"Le Cordon" is a pattern identified with Whiting, although it was not originated by that firm. One online source also assigns this "Grape" design to Whiting, but in fact and again, it traces to another source, having originally been patented by Michael Gibney of New York City. An unpublished reference notes that this pattern frequently... Click for details

R. & W. Wilson Twist and Engraved Large, Heavy Master Butter Knife
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2538f   $85.00

R. & W. Wilson Twist and Engraved Large, Heavy Master Butter Knife
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Unusually large at 8 3/8" long, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife traces to Robert and William Wilson of Philadelphia, whose mark appears on the backside of the blade.

Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the design sensibilities of the period.

The blade and handle are joined at a right angle by a stout extension of the blade that attaches to a twisted stem. The shaped, flat handle is extensively and finely engraved and finished with a fancy, feathered... Click for details

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Southern Coin Silver Sauce Ladle, Richard H. L. Villard, Washington DC
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20150809-03   $125.00

Southern Coin Silver Sauce Ladle, Richard H. L. Villard, Washington DC
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Offered is a fine Southern coin silver sauce ladle by Washington, D.C. watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Richard H. L. Villard, working in Georgetown in the 1820s and 1830s. He had a shop on Bridge Street (now M Street) in Georgetown. Villard was born circa 1794, probably the third son of French emigre parents Andre and Sophie Villard. Richard's middle initials were probably Henry Lee; a near neighbor of his parents in Westmoreland County, Virginia was named Richard Henry Lee, and the couple... Click for details

Early 19th Century Hayes & Adriance Coin Silver Sugar Tongs
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2535f   $45.00

Early 19th Century Hayes & Adriance Coin Silver Sugar Tongs
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Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, John Adriance, 1795-1873, lived his entire life there working as a silversmith, beginning with an apprenticeship in 1809. He joined in a partnership with Peter Hayes in 1816 and that lasted until 1826.

This pair of 5 1/2" long, just under .9 T. oz., sugar tongs are a product of that partnership, marked "Hayes & Adriance."

They have a broad arch, 7/8" at the widest, that is inscribed "CC" in a period, feathered script. The grips are cup form and have... Click for details

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, Long Handle Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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2516f   $35.00

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, Long Handle Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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A partnership dating c. 1838 to 1854, Boynton & Woodford was a jewelry firm and importer located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Their mark appears on the backside of this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., coin silver cream ladle with a tipped end handle, the style of which places it early in the above date range.

Distinctions among plain coin silver pieces such as this are all about subtlety. For example, the handle on this is relatively long, which would have been utilitarian for sitting in a deep... Click for details

Fine Mother of Pearl Handled Coin Silver Master Butter Knife Ca. 1850
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20150719-01   $45.00

Fine Mother of Pearl Handled Coin Silver Master Butter Knife Ca. 1850
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Offered is a fine American coin silver master butter knife with mother of pearl handle, made by Tifft & Whiting of Attleboro, Massachusetts. More information on this firm can be found below. This piece has a crisp and clear maker's mark, engraved period script owner's initials on the blade, and a tight, undamaged handle. Condition overall is very good, with minor scratches and surface wear from normal use. This piece measures about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 32 grams. All in... Click for details

Gorham "Old English" aka "Seal Top" Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
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2507f   $325.00

Gorham
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This pattern is identified in the Gorham archives (housed at Brown University and cataloged by scholar Sam Hough) as "Old English." It is commonly referred to, however, as "Seal Top" after the round, flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank, which in turn follows after a traditional "old English" form.

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 the same... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter, Geo. Shreve Retailer
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2498f   $165.00

Gorham
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Made by Gorham and sold in San Francisco, this 7 5/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter dates pre-1868, which is the year Gorham instituted sterling as its standard.

The pattern, "Grecian," was patented in 1861, and this is so stamped, and continued in production beyond the 1868 date. This is also marked "Coin," thereby dating it quite closely, 1861-68. Lastly it is imprinted "Geo. Shreve & Co."

"Grecian" is a fan-shaped design representing a stylizing anthemion... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Beaded Medallion" Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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2488f   $155.00

Wood & Hughes
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Wood & Hughes thoroughly embraced the classical revival "Medallion" motif that was popular in silver design throughout the 1860s. The company produced numerous variations of it, three of which D. Albert Soeffing identifies in his work, "Silver Medallion Flatware."

The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., coin silver, preserve spoon likely one of the earliest expressions of the style.

It features a cast, oval disk... Click for details

SHEAF OF WHEAT SUGAR TONGS, Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-25)
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7331E   $125.00

SHEAF OF WHEAT SUGAR TONGS, Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-25)
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Coin silver sugar tongs by Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-1825), 6-5/8” long, lion paw nips, chamfered shoulders, pointed fiddle arms with crisp Sheaf of Wheat in each, minor cracking on each arm where joins bend, no monogram, marked on each arm “A. JACOBS” in a rectangular punch.

BSKT OF FLOWERS SAUCE LADLE, B. Van Vliet, Poughkeepsie (1830-40)
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7357   $125.00

BSKT OF FLOWERS SAUCE LADLE, B. Van Vliet, Poughkeepsie (1830-40)
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Coin silver sauce ladle by Benjamin C. Van Vliet in Poughkeepsie, NY (c. 1830-40), 6- 3/8”long, 1-7/8” by 1-3/8” oval bowl with crisp 10-lobed shell drop on back, chamfered shoulders, downturned fiddle pattern with crisp Basket of Flowers on front, feather script monogram “MT” on front and “MA” on back, marked “B.C. VAN VLIET” incuse on back of handle.

COIN SILVER PLATTER SPOON, S&B Brower, NYC (c. 1830-1850)
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7361   $325.00

COIN SILVER PLATTER SPOON, S&B Brower, NYC (c. 1830-1850)
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Coin silver platter spoon by the partnership of Sperry Douglas Brower and his brother in New York City (c. 1830-1850), 12-½” long, large 4” long French-tipt bowl, broad drop, single-struck Fiddle Thread pattern, never monogrammed, marked on reverse “S & B. BROWER” in rectangular punch.

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