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Rare Early Coin Silver Egg Spoon by Thomas Whartenby Circa 1830-52
Silver : Coin Silver

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20160322-02   $22.50


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Offered is a good and scarce early American coin silver egg spoon with gilt bowl by noted Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Whartenby, working circa 1811-52. This piece has much of the original gilding to the bowl and a good clear maker's mark. The original script monogram is also legible. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is fair overall, with no dents, splits or repairs but with some wear to the surface on the handle (pictured). All in... Click for details

Coin Silver Mustard Spoon by John M. Miksh of Bethlehem, PA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160321-05   $25.00


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Offered is a good American coin silver mustard or condiment spoon by noted Bethlehem silversmith John Matthew Miksh, whose biographical information follows a description of the spoon. This piece measures about 4 3/16 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. It has a clear maker's mark and engraved initials for several owners. Condition is good with some surface wear but no dents or splits. All in all a good American coin silver mustard spoon with a nice maker's mark! John Matthew Miksh... Click for details

Harrisburg, PA Coin Silver Salt Spoon by George Beatty Ca. 1840-50
Silver : Coin Silver

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20160321-04   $12.50


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Offered is an American coin silver master salt spoon bearing the mark of Harrisburg silversmith and merchant George Beatty. This piece measures about 4 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is only fair, with some ripples in the handle and wear to the surface and bowl. There is no monogram and no obvious sign of erasure. All in all a decent example of Beatty's mark. George Beatty, youngest son of Capt. James Beatty, was born January 4, 1781, at Ballykeel-Ednagonnel,... Click for details

Pair of Norristown, PA Coin Silver Salt Spoons by Washington T. Koplin
Silver : Coin Silver

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20160321-03   $17.50


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Offered is a pair of American coin silver master salt spoons by little-known Norristown, PA silversmith and retailer Washington T. Koplin. These spoons measure about 3 1/2 inches in length on average and weigh a total of 12 grams. The maker's mark is legible on each, and there are no monograms. Condition on one of the spoons is good, with modest wear but no splits or repairs. The other spoon has a tiny hole in the bowl. All in all an interesting example of silver from the Norristown... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Decorated Turned Handle Spreader Ca. 1860s
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20160312-02   $95.00


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Offered is a very good and scarce example of an American coin silver turned handle butter knife or spreader, bearing the maker's or retailer's mark of Augustus Shmedtie of Washington, D.C. This pieces measures about 7 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. In addition to the clear, well-struck mark for Shmedtie, it is engraved with decoration to one side of the blade and to the handle, and bears a period script monogram. This knife would most likely date to Shmedtie's early period... Click for details

Gorham "Pointed Antique" Coin Silver Serving Spoon, Old & Rare
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2647f   $115.00


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A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl,... Click for details

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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   On Hold


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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

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

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20151030-02   $25.00


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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!

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

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2571f   $165.00


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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

Gorham "Old English" aka "Seal Top" Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2507f   $325.00


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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

SHEAF OF WHEAT SUGAR TONGS, Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-25)
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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7331E   $125.00


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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)
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Hampton Galleries  
7357   $125.00


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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)
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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7361   $325.00


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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.

COIN SILVER PLATTER SPOON, S&B Brower, NYC (c. 1830-1850)
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Hampton Galleries  
7361   $325.00


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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.

Good Fluted Coin Silver Sauce Ladle marked by John Rich
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150509-02   $22.50


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Offered is a good American coin silver cream or other serving ladle, made circa 1857-64 by Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, NY (apparently this version of their marks was in use in that period, though the firm continued to 1871 as a partnership). This piece also bears a retailer's mark of JOHN RICH. Mr. Rich was an English immigrant and apprentice jeweler who opened the first jewelry store in Painesville, Ohio, in 1858. It appears his firm is still in the family and operating. This ladle... Click for details

Circa 1860 Twist Handle Philadelphia Coin Soup Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2274f   $275.00


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This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design... Click for details

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