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Fine Large Coin Silver Pie Server in the Tuscan Pattern by Gibney
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160224-01   $125.00

Fine Large Coin Silver Pie Server in the Tuscan Pattern by Gibney
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Offered is a very good American coin silver pie or pastry server in the well-known Tuscan pattern, also known as pattern no. 59, by Michael Gibney. More on Gibney and the Tuscan pattern below. This piece measures about 10 1/2 inches in length and weighs 96 grams. It has no monogram or any sign of erasure and bears a good clear retailer's mark for Brackett, Crosby & Brown, in partnership in Boston, MA circa 1849-50. As such, it can be dated rather exactly. Condition of this piece is... Click for details

Scarce Chillicothe, Ohio Coin Silver Mustard Spoon by Edward P. Pratt
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160223-01   Sold

Scarce Chillicothe, Ohio Coin Silver Mustard Spoon by Edward P. Pratt
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Offered is a fine and scarce example of American coin silver bearing the mark of Chillicothe, OH silversmith Edward P. Pratt. Mr. Pratt worked in Cincinnati alone and in partnership from about 1828-30, and then spent the rest of his career (about 1831 to 1861) working as a silversmith and jeweler in Chillicothe. Mr. Pratt died in 1866 at the age of about 65. This piece appears to be a dry mustard spoon or perhaps a horseradish spoon; it has a good maker's mark or retailer's mark of E.P.PRATT... Click for details

Prince Albert Pattern Coin Silver Server - Beggs & Smith of Cincinnati
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160221-01   Sold

Prince Albert Pattern Coin Silver Server - Beggs & Smith of Cincinnati
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Offered is a very fine and rare American coin silver serving piece in the Prince Albert pattern, marked by Cincinnati silversmiths Joseph P. Beggs and Harry R. Smith, working in partnership as Beggs & Smith from 1848 to 1861. The exact intended use of this slice-type server is not clear to me - it may have been a cake slice or a lifting server. I do not think it was a fish slice, though it could be used for a variety of purposes. This piece is about 10 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 82... Click for details

Lincoln & Foss "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2639f   $30.00

Lincoln & Foss
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Lincoln & Foss, c. 1850, is one of several Boston partnerships that Charles Foss entered into.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon or large sugar spoon.

The style is characteristic of the period, with an "Oval Thread" pattern handle and a shell bowl. The backside carries a script "JAL" monogram.

In very good condition, it is essentially absent wear and has a warm, bright, patina. The bowl is free of dents, dings, cracks, or burrs.

Marks are a... Click for details

Interesting Cincinnati Coin Silver Master Butter Knife - Wilson McGrew
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160219-05   Sold

Interesting Cincinnati Coin Silver Master Butter Knife - Wilson McGrew
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Offered is a good American coin silver master butter knife by Cincinnati silversmith Wilson McGrew (1800-1859), circa 1840-50. This piece has a great flared fiddle pattern, and serving pieces in this style are hard to find. This piece has an engraved period script monogram and a clear, well-struck maker's mark. This piece measures about 6 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 28 grams. Condition is good overall, with some small dings on the edge of the blade from normal use, and modest... Click for details

R. Fisher, Jr., NYC, "French Thread" Coin Sugar Shell
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2623f   $45.00

R. Fisher, Jr., NYC,
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On the surface, a typical piece of its period, this 6 3/16" long sugar spoon, marked "R. Fisher Jr. 331 Broadway. N.Y.," 1846-50, is actually a superior example.

First, its weight is substantial at just over 1.0 T. oz. Second, it is in exceptionally fine estate condition, essentially without wear, and having a bright, even, finish.

The "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern stands alongside many other iterations of this popular design, and the shell bowl is a common form. The... Click for details

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Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Large Sterling Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2621f   $165.00

Hotchkiss & Schreuder
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Portraying a young Dionysus, this motif carries through the entire Hotchkiss & Schreuder, Syracuse, NY, line of "Medallion" flatware.

Teaspoons are commonly found in this pattern, and other pieces somewhat readily so, but this large, 5 7/8" long, weighty 1t 1.6 T. oz., pair of tongs rarely surface.

The arms are mirror images of each other, with the portraiture of a young man set in profile, showing tumbling hair encircled by a garland of ivy. He has a wistful, forward-looking gaze,... Click for details

Fine Crested Coin Silver Cake or Fish Slice, 12 9/16" and 148 Grams
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

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20160131-01   Sold

Fine Crested Coin Silver Cake or Fish Slice, 12 9/16
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Offered is a very attractive and large American coin silver cake knife or similar server by New York silversmith Albert Coles; this piece is crested with an engraved period armorial of an arm grasping what appear to be wheat ears. This server is hallmarked with Coles' maker's mark and pseudo-hallmarks resembling Georgian English marks in a vague way. This server measures about 12 9/15 inches in length, and weighs 148 grams or so. The blade is finely engraved with a pastoral scene and the... Click for details

Early Georgian Sterling Silver Onslow Pattern Stuffing Spoon c.1768-73
Silver : Sterling

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20160110-01   Sold

Early Georgian Sterling Silver Onslow Pattern Stuffing Spoon c.1768-73
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Offered is a fine and rare example of a period George III "Onslow" or "Scroll" pattern stuffing or platter spoon, sometimes also called a gravy spoon. This pattern is highly sought after, to the point that there are many later alterations out there. However, those spoons are not generally joined in the same way the period Onslow serving pieces were; a period spoon should have a scarf joint joining the cast scroll end to the stem, as this spoon does (see pictures). And, this spoon bears the... Click for details

Rare Coin Silver Sugar Tongs w/Marks of Rene Roche Duche and J. Germon
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160102-02   Sold

Rare Coin Silver Sugar Tongs w/Marks of Rene Roche Duche and J. Germon
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Offered is a very fine and rare pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs bearing a mark of R.R.D. on the outside of each arm for Rene Roche Duche, and a mark of "Germon" and a city mark of "Philad" for Philadelphia silversmith John Germon. More discussion on these men follows the description of the tongs. These sugar tongs are well made and have clear marks; they measure a little under six inches in length and weigh a heavy 52 grams. It appears a period script monogram was worn off or... Click for details

Long-Handled Mustard or Horseradish Spoon by Hildeburn & Watson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151115-06   $15.00

Long-Handled Mustard or Horseradish Spoon by Hildeburn & Watson
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Offered is an American coin silver condiment spoon, probably a dry mustard or horseradish spoon, by Philadelphia silversmiths Samuel Hildeburn and James Watson, working in partnership under the name Hildeburn & Watson from 1829/30 to 1833. This piece measures about 5 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. Condition is fair, as there is a slight twist in the handle and a few dings to the bowl. The period engraved script monogram has little wear, and the maker's mark is legible though... Click for details

Coin Silver Cream Ladle by Baldwin & Jones Circa 1816-20
Silver : Coin Silver

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20151030-02   $25.00

Coin Silver Cream Ladle by Baldwin & Jones Circa 1816-20
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Offered is a good American coin silver cream ladle by the Boston partnership of Jabez Baldwin and John Belknap Jones, working circa 1816-20. This piece bears a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a period script engraved monogram. It measures a bit under six inches in length and weighs about 22 grams. Condition is good considering this piece is almost 200 years old; there are a few small dings and bumps, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice useful piece of early Boston coin silver!

Rare Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Platter Spoon by Peter Gallard
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151016-02   $125.00

Rare Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Platter Spoon by Peter Gallard
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Offered is a very rare early American coin silver platter spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Peter Gallard, working circa 1800-22. This piece measures 10 1/8 inches long, half an inch longer than any other Philadelphia coin silver tablespoon I've ever seen; typically a spoon this size would be considered a ragout spoon or platter spoon. This piece weighs about 52 grams and is engraved with a very well-executed period script monogram of "MVD"; there is also a good clear maker's mark (the mark on... Click for details

Koehler & Ritter, San Francisco, Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2571f   $195.00

Koehler & Ritter, San Francisco, Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
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Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border.... Click for details

Large S.H. Johnson Twist Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2567f   $52.00

Large S.H. Johnson Twist Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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Lengthy at 7 7/8" overall, and weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife is a substantially scaled example of the form.

It is stamped "S.H. Johnson" for the early 1860s New York firm which had a short life before becoming the generally better known Kidney, Cann, & Johnson. There is also a three part, "bust, SHJ in a lozenge, lion" pseudo hallmark which is a second identifier of the company.

The flat, oval, handle is bright cut with wriggle work detailing. ... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Sauce Ladle, Richard H. L. Villard, Washington DC
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20150809-03   On Hold

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

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