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M.S. Smith, Detroit, Michigan Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3362f   $46.00


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With a history tracing to 1859-60, M(artin) S. Smith became the largest jeweler of its time in Detroit. At least one source lists the firm as a manufacturer as well.

This 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon dates from the earliest years of the firm, and may have been produced by it.

It has a flat handle, with notched edges and an anthemion shaped tip. The surface front is extensively engraved with diamond bright cutting, wriggle work, and cross hatching. The backside shows much simpler,... Click for details

Gorham "Cottage" Large and Heavy Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3361f   $72.00


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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are extra long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether originally intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861.

As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is... Click for details

Coin Silver Pie Server with Applied Medallion and Engine Turned Blade
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3359f   On Hold


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Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period.

One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name.

The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it demonstrated a specialized capacity of a given manufacturer.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2... Click for details

Nice Coin Silver Cream Ladle by Newell Matson, With Fluted Bowl
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171231-04   $22.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver cream or sauce ladle by well-known silversmith Newell Matson, who worked at various times in NY, OH, IL and WI. This piece is engraved 'Cushman' for the original owner, and has a clear maker's mark. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. Condition is excellent, with minimal wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice little coin silver service piece!

Hotchkiss & Schreuder Twist Handle Engine Turned Coin Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3352f   $68.00


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Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860s.

It is a fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backside.

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Superb Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Stuffing Spoon by William Seal
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171226-09   $275.00


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Offered is a wonderful early American coin silver stuffing spoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith William Seal, born and perhaps trained in Virginia but known to be working alone and in partnership in Philadelphia between 1810 and 1822. He lived until 1853 but the style of his silver does not post-date about 1820. This piece is gorgeous and in superb condition, with minimal wear and no dings, dents, splits or repairs. It is nicely engraved with a period script monogram and has a clear,... Click for details

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Philadelphia Coin Silver Stuffing Spoon by Christian Cornelius, c.1810
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171226-06   $165.00


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Offered is a very scarce example of a quite early American coin silver platter spoon or stuffing spoon, measuring about 12 3/8 inches in length and weighing about 122 grams, by Christian Cornelius of Philadelphia. Mr. Cornelius, who came to the U.S. from Holland, worked only briefly as a silversmith in the U.S., from about 1810-14. After that he had a long and successful career in in making and selling patent and fancy lamps and associated garniture. His silver is quite uncommon - this is... Click for details

Lovely Philadelphia Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Lewis & Smith c1805-11
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171221-05   $95.00


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Offered is a fine and rare pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs by the celebrated Philadelphia partnership of Lewis & Smith. Harvey Lewis and Joseph D. Smith worked in partnership from about 1805 to 1811, and produced some of the most finely executed and beautifully engraved silver of their era. Many examples of their excellent hollowware and flatware are extant in public collections.

This piece measures about 6 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 54 grams. It features a... Click for details

Francis A. Bunnell "Fox or Wolf Head" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3345f   $225.00


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Stamped "F.A.B & Co.," this 8" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter was produced by Francis A. Bunnell (also Bunnelle) of Syracuse, New York, in the 1860s.

The pattern is known as "Fox Head" or "Wolf Head," indicative of the three dimensional animal figure situated at the tip of the handle. This is embellished by ivy leaves that appear on both sides of the handle and backside heel of the bowl.

The actual sifter is round, 2 1/2" in diameter, has an essentially flat... Click for details

Good Large Coin Silver Sugar Sifter by Harbottle & Smith Ca. 1850-67
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171128-01   $65.00


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Offered is a lovely American coin silver sugar sifter in an unknown but attractive pattern, bearing the maker's mark or retailer's mark of Harbottle & Smith, retailers of Auburn, NY circa 1850-67. The partners were George Harbottle and Charles Augustus Smith. This piece measures about 7 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 54 grams. It is engraved with period script monograms to the front and back of the handle, and a slightly later but similar small script monogram at the bottom of the... Click for details

Lovely Basket of Flowers Coin Silver Sugar Tongs c1825 by Charles Bond
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171127-02   $95.00


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Offered is a good pair of American coin silver sugar tongs decorated with die-struck basket of flowers motifs to each arm, and bearing the maker's mark of jeweler and silversmith Charles Bond of Boston, working circa 1825. This piece has a period engraved script monogram of "MJB" and is in good condition, with moderate surface wear and a few signs of use, but no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 38 grams. All in all a lovely example of a... Click for details

Charles Shaver, Utica, NY "Leaf" Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3314f   $38.00


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A 6" long, .9 T. oz., item, this sugar spoon is stamped "C C S" on the reverse, for the maker, Charles C. Shaver, who worked in Utica, New York, during the second half of the 19th century.

Made of coin silver, this dates c. 1865.

The pattern is described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appears on both sides of the handle and features anthemion leaves, along with other period detailing.

The bowl is a shell form in the manner... Click for details

Fine Decorated San Francisco Coin Silver Buckwheat or Tomato Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171121-03   $75.00


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Offered is a lovely and scarce American coin silver serving piece bearing the maker's mark of George C. Shreve, working in San Francisco from about 1852 on. This piece appears to be a buckwheat or tomato server, but I am happy to be corrected if this piece had a different purpose. This server measures about 8 inches in length and weighs about 56 grams. It is decorated with a period Gothic initial "C" and clearly marked. The engraving on this piece is excellent and highly decorative. ... Click for details

Gorgeous Late 18th Century Decorated Coin Silver Soup Ladle Circa 1790
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20171121-01   Sold


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Offered is an exquisite late 18th Century American coin silver soup ladle decorated in a circa 1790-1800 style, probably made in the mid-Atlantic, perhaps inland Pennsylvania given the slight midrib to the reverse and the narrow, elongated engraved reserve for the period monogram, which appears to be "YDC". This soup ladle is unsigned but nonetheless stands out for its style and workmanship. This piece is heavy and well-made, measuring about 14 inches and weighing about 162 grams. Condition... Click for details

Twist Handle & Engraved Coin Silver Shell Bowl Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3294f   $95.00


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Slender and delicate, this piece measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.2 T. oz.

Marked only "Coin," without a maker's or retailer's identification, the rounded handle with notched tip essentially matches Gorham's early, 1865, "Italian" pattern, and the quality of manufacture suggests such a significant maker.

This is bordered by fine wriggle work engraving and has an elegant period "EC" feathered script monogram set in the center of the plain area of the surface.

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R&W Wilson, Philadelphia, Heavy Coin Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3264f   $88.00


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With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant silver manufactury.

While "Tipt" end examples of their work, which this is, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.

One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.

The handle has... Click for details

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