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Farrington & Hunnewell Bright Cut Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4186f   $44.00


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Marked "F&H" for Boston manufacturer "Farrington & Hunnewell" and "S.M. Hewett" for Putnam, Connecticut jeweler, this 7" long, just over .8 T. oz., piece dates to the mid 19th century.

A slender piece, it is a master butter, or possibly a pickle, knife.

The shoulders of the handle are angular, while the smooth surface is extensively engraved in a diamond cut and wriggle work design that is character of this period Boston silver.

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Clark & Biddle Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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The Biddle family of Philadelphia had a number of individuals involved in the manufacture and sale of silver in 19th century Philadelphia, one of whom, John W., son of William, was a principal in the partnership of Clark & Biddle, which is the name imprinted on this 7 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

Coin silver, the style is consistent with Philadelphia flatware design of its 1870 period.

It has a twisted stem with an oblong, tipt end handle that is... Click for details

Duhme, Cincinnati, "Twist" Handle Coin Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4167f   On Hold


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Stamped "Duhme & Co.," for the Cincinnati manufacturer and jeweler, the pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .9 T. oz., sugar spoon is "No. 1," introduced in 1869.

It has a twisted stem with a flat, oval, handle, that in this instance is engraved in a (grape?) leaf and tendril design and the name "A. Ayler." set sideways.

An online commentator notes that there are at least six "types" or variations of this design, apparently the most common of which has a pointed handle end. This is one of two... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. Whiting "Le Cordon" Large Coin Silver Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4131f   $110.00


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A pattern identified with Whiting, "Le Cordon" originated otherwise, as evidenced by this pair of tongs stamped "Ball, Black & Co.," and with an "M."

Dating from the mid 19th century, they are coin silver and large (suitable for ice), measuring 6 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz.

The "knot" pattern appears on each arm, with the added embellishment of a shield on one. Intended for a monogram, this area remains plain although there is a feathered script "C" engraved on the 5/8" wide arch.... Click for details

R. & W. Wilson "Leaf & Scroll" Heavy Coin Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4120f   $165.00


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The pattern on this 9" long, weighty at 2.8 T. oz., pie server is a "Leaf & Scroll" design that is indigenous to Philadelphia.

It is illustrated in a "handle patterns" unit of Catherine Hollan's Philadelphia Silversmiths, where it is attributed to Robert and William Wilson, a partnership that dates from the second quarter of the 19th century, and their "R.&W. Wilson" mark does appear on the backside of this coin silver piece.

The handle is flat and double die struck, meaning the... Click for details

E. Mead & Co., St. Louis, "French Thread" Large Coin Silver Ice Tongs
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4111f   $135.00


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Norman Mack in Missouri's Silver Age: Silversmiths of the 1880s contains an extensive entry for Edward Mead(e), a prominent name in mid 19th Century Saint Louis silver retailing.

Mack indicates the "E. Mead & Co." (and "Coin") mark on this pair of large, 6 3/4" long, 3/4" wide at the arch, and heavy at approximately 2.2 T. oz., ice or other tongs, was in use "by 1870," although the partnership with "his son Edward H. Mead and another man, William H. Maurice," was established in 1852.... Click for details

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Bolles & Childs, Hartford CT, "Sheaf of Wheat" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4109f   $65.00


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A 6 1/2" long piece, this cream ladle weighs just over .5 T. oz.

Dating circa 1840, it is marked "B&C" for the Hartford, Connecticut partnership of Edward Bolles and Lucius Childs.

It has a raised "Sheaf of Wheat" motif on the end of the rounded, down-turned, handle, and a long, slender shank with chamfered edges.

The 1 3/4" by 1 1/2" by 1/4" ovoid bowl has a line drop on the backside.

There is a script letter "EET" monogram set sideways on the handle.

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James Vancourt, NY, "Jenny Lind" Coin Silver Fish Serving Knife & Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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Designed by New York City's Albert Coles, "Jenny Lind" was subsequently produced by a number of mid 19th century manufacturers.

This fish serving fork and slice in this pattern are each stamped with the three part "eagle, V, bust" hallmark used by James Vancourt who was in a partnership with Albert's nephew, William Coles, from 1848 to about 1852. There is an "erased C" faintly visible in the marks on these, indicative of the former pairing (see William McGrew Manufacturers' Marks on... Click for details

Wm. W. White "Leaf" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon
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4093f   $46.00


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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this coin silver spoon is stamped with the mark of William Wilson White, New York City, and dates from the mid 19th century.

It is an acanthus "Leaf" pattern with an anthemion and rosette tip.

A preserve or jelly spoon, the shell form bowl is something of a scoop with a deep heel that is decorated on the reverse with the same leaf design as on the handle.

It is finely engraved with an "LLRA" monogram in feathered script lettering.

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Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Bright Cut Coin Silver Sauce Ladle
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4073f   $65.00


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A major mid 19th century silver manufacturer, Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell produced a number of die cut patterns as well as an extensive array of engraved designs.

This 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., shell bowl, sauce or cream ladle, is an especially fine example of the later form.

It has a gracefully arced, broad, "Reverse Tipt" handle that is bright and diamond cut on the front in a floral, leaf, and swag design.

There is a central reserve area that is engraved in a leaf script "W" monogram.... Click for details

Gorham "Ionic" Greek Revival Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4032f   $75.00


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One of Gorham's earliest full line patterns, references date it to 1865 although this 7 3/4" long, 1.4 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife is stamped "Patent 1867," indicating a later date and situating it just before the company's conversion to a sterling standard in 1868.

Other marks on this include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "Geo. H. Bechtel."

"Ionic" is a Greek Revival design that incorporates a central rosette with a stylized... Click for details

Rare Coin Silver Sauce Ladle by Sylvanus Bramhall (1776-1827) of Mass.
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20191103-07   $25.00


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Offered is a good example of the work of little-known Massachusetts silversmith Sylvanus Bramhall, working in Plymouth circa 1790 to the 1820s, and then in Boston for the final few years of his life. This ladle has a very well-struck and clear maker's mark and also has a period engraved script monogram. This sauce ladle measures about 6 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 23 grams. Condition is good overall aside from one issue - some stubborn spots of tarnish or corrosion the bowl (see... Click for details

Zalmon Bostwick, New York, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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4023f   $38.00


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Marked with a three part "anchor, diamond with the letters ZB, horse head" hallmark, this 6" long, .9 T. oz., "Tipt" ladle is for cream or sauce.

The maker was Zalmon Bostwick, who was born in Vermont and worked as a silversmith in New York City, 1841-56 according to one source, 1841-52 to another.

A clean piece with a particularly bright, hand polished only, finish, it has a finely rendered, feathered script, "CCI" or "CCJ" monogram set sideways on the handle.

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Good Large English Georgian Sterling Silver Soup Ladle. Circa 1802
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20191019-02   $135.00


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Offered is a very nice large English sterling silver soup or punch ladle, bearing London hallmarks for 1802, and a maker's mark of T*D, perhaps for Thomas Dicks. This piece has clear marks and also features a nicely done period engraved script monogram. This ladle measures about 13 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 181 grams. Condition is good overall; there are some bumps to the bowl, but no major dents and no splits or repairs. Please take a look at all the photos. All in all a nice... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" 1861 Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4011f   $95.00


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Introduced in 1861, and initially made to a coin silver standard then continued in production beyond the conversion to sterling in 1868, Gorham's "Grecian" features a solid tubular stem capped with an elaborated anthemion or palmette.

This 6 1/2" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., ladle dates post 1868, as it is marked "Sterling," along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Patent 1861," and the name of the retailer, Rochester, New York's "Sunderlin & Weaver."

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Gorham "Cottage" Engraved Blade Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4007f   $95.00


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An early line pattern first issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard, "Cottage" continued in production for many years, through Gorham's transition to sterling in 1868.

This 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz, pie server is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," indicating it dates post 1868.

It has a triangular shaped serving end, with a cupped heel and flanged shoulders and edges. The surface is engraved in an anthemion, leaf and flower, period design.

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