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L. Ladomus, Philadelphia Engraved Shell Bowl Coin Silver Serving Spoon
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3880f   $65.00


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Stamped "L. Ladomus" for Lewis, one of three brothers in the watchmaker, jewelry, and silver trade in Philadelphia, this 7 1/2" long, just over 1.3 T. oz., coin spoon dates to the mid 19th century.

With a pronounced "Tipt" end on a slightly upturned, rounded handle, it is finely bright cut and wriggle work engraved. This includes an exquisitely rendered, feathered script, "MFCH" monogram.

The backside is plain save for the above mentioned mark.

The bowl is shell form with scalloped... Click for details

Benjamin Moody Swan, Augusta Maine, c. 1820 Coin Silver Tablespoon
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3879f   $38.00


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Dating from the first quarter of the 19th century, this lengthy, 8 7/8", 1.5 T. oz., table serving spoon is marked "B. Swan," for Benjamin Moody Swan, who worked as a silversmith in Augusta, Maine beginning circa 1815.

Fiddle shaped, with a down turned, rounded end, and high, pointed and chamfered shoulders off the bowl, the piece demonstrates quality crafting.

It has a somewhat primitive, feathered script "RA" monogram engraved on the handle front, and remains in very fine condition.... Click for details

Twist Handle Engine Turned Coin Silver Berry Spoon circa 1860
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3872f   $115.00


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Marked only "Coin," absent a maker's stamp, this 8 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with a twisted shank and engraved and engine turned, notched, handle is reminiscent of a die struck pattern named "Imperial" that was produced by both Gorham and Wood & Hughes about 1860.

It is a handsome item exhibiting sophisticated design and manufacturing processes.

The twist feature was a favored device in the period, as was the fine engine turned surface complimented by precise... Click for details

Large Philadelphia Bright Cut c. 1860 Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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3865f   $48.00


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Weighing 1.6 T. oz. and measuring a lengthy 7 5/8", this master butter knife is a generously sized piece.

Marked only "Coin," the convex, shaped side and pointed end handle with bright cut engraving, is indicative of Philadelphia silver of the c. 1860 period, particular so that of William Faber.

The blade is wide, has an upswept tip, scalloped back, and is engraved in a design akin to that on the handle.

The join with the handle curves up and is especially thick, lending it extra... Click for details

Henry Hebbard NYC "Fiddle Thread" Coin Silver Cheese Scoop
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3859f   $115.00


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Dating circa 1860, this 7 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., cheese scoop is marked with an "H, star, anchor," pseudo hallmark that is attributed to New York City silversmith Henry Hebbard, who at various times had working associations with John Polhamus, George Strong, and George Moore. Some of Hebbard's designs were later produced by Whiting.

It is a robust piece, with a broad, slightly upturned end, "Fiddle Thread" aka "French Thread" pattern handle.

This is engraved in script lettering "M.W.C." on... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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3843f   $225.00


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This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology.

Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.

D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatewarenotes this particular pattern... Click for details

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Farrington & Hunnewell Bright Cut Pure Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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3840f   $48.00


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Dating circa 1865, this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "*F. & H.*" on the blade for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell, and "Pure Coin," which is a New England term, on the underside of the handle.

It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.

The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period.

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T. Nowlan, Petersburg & Richmond, Virginia Coin Silver Chicken Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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3834f   $335.00


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Most American tongs of this size, 8 1/8" long and 2.7 T. oz. in this instance, and configuration, namely with a talon or fork grip combined with a spoon or cup grip, date from the mid 19th century.

Commonly identified as chicken (salad or fried) tongs, they might have have been used for various salads.

This coin silver pair are particularly attractive, combining several design features.

Each of the arms, for instance, has a twisted section, which style was particularly favored in the... Click for details

C.H. Zimmermann, New Orleans, Coin "Fiddle Thread" Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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3832f   $85.00


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Identified in Crescent City Silver published by the "Historic New Orleans Collection," as either replacing or succeeding P. Zimmermann, Charles H. Zimmermann operated immediately following the Civil War, from 1866-70.

The same source indicates tht he was both a manufacturer and retailer. As this 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," coin silver master butter knife is marked "WwH" as well as "C.H. Zimmermann," it would have marketed by him but made by New York's... Click for details

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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3792f   $40.00


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Slender, with an elongated handle, this coin silver cream ladle measures 6 1/2" overall and weighs .9 T. oz. It has an oval bowl that is 1 7/8" wide, 1 1/2" back to front, and 1/2" deep.

A "Tipt" pattern, it is stamped "Boynton & Woodford," for the Boston jeweler and "comb maker" with dates 1837-54.

There is a large script "S.A.B." monogram on the backside of the handle.

In very fine condition, it is stylistically appealing and remains a quality example of its form and period. Apart... Click for details

O.D. Seymour "Tipt" circa 1850 Coin Silver Tablespoon
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3790f   $45.00


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Subsequent to a partnership with Julius Hollister that existed about 1843-46, Oliver D. Seymour operated his own shop in Hartford, Connecticut until at least 1852 (Dorothy Rainwater Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

This 8 11/16" long, 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon carries his name along with an "eagle" and "star" hallmarks that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies with Hartford.

A very clean example, showing no wear, this has a crisp, feathered script... Click for details

D. Kinsey Twist Handle Engine Turned Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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3783f   $90.00


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The mark on this 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is "D. Kinsey," for David, who along with his brother Edward were major silver manufacturers in 19th century Cincinnati, both singly and in partnership.

Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 indicates that David operated alone following Edward's death in 1861, and himself died in 1874, dating this to that time span.

These dates conform with the style which is mid 1860s, with a thick, twisted handle set at a right angle to the blade.... Click for details

Michael Gibney "Threaded" Coin Silver Flat Blade Fish Server
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3774f   $175.00


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While a holder of a number of widely embraced, older, flatware design patents, and a substantial manufacturer, pieces that actually carry any of Michael Gibney's marks are not particularly common.

This large at 10 1/4" long, and weighty at 3.4 T. oz., fish server is one of those examples that is stamped with his three part "oval, circle, diamond" emblem, with (a rubbed) "MG" in the upper portion and the date "1845" within the diamond.

There is an added "B" in a square, along with an... Click for details

Horace Hinsdale, NYC, "Kings" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3756f   $58.00


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Born in 1782, Horace Seymour Hinsdale enjoyed a long working career in New York City, spanning nearly all of the first half of the 19th century.

Early associated with the partnership of Taylor and Hinsdale, this example stamped only "Hinsdale" and with a "lion, W, bust" pseudo hallmark that McGrew in Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin Silver attributes to Jacob Wood, dates it to the 1830s or early 1840s.

The piece is an 8 1/2" long, relatively heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., table... Click for details

Applied "Medallion" Coin Silver Sardine Fork
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3741f   $95.00


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Marked "Coin" and with the number "4," but without a maker's identifier, this particular 1860s "Medallion" pattern is illustrated in D. Albert Soeffing's benchmark Silver Medallion Flatware within a grouping that he classifies as "naive" or "primitive."

Soeffing shows a sugar sifter, while this is a 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., sardine fork.

The "Medallion" is cast and applied, portraying in this case a right facing female figure surrounded by engraved detailing, and on the... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. "Tuscan" Large Coin Silver Pierced Blade Pie Server
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3729f   $165.00


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As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T. oz., pie server in the "Olive" variant "Tuscan" pattern, which design later became associated with... Click for details

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