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C.A.W. Crosby, Boston, "Scroll & Leaf" Pure Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3423f   $28.00


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The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon was one manufactured by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

The pattern is a "Scroll and Leaf" design, here accompanied by a stylized shell form bowl that may be singular to this form.

The handle reverse is engraved in script with the name "Viola."

It is in excellent condition, evidencing no polishing wear and having a fine finish. The... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell Mid 19th C. Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3419f   $65.00


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Measuring 7" long and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this preserve or jelly spoon traces to Boston, circa 1860.

It is stamped ". F&H ." for Farrington & Hunnewell, along with "Pure-Coin," which is a New England regional term designating the silver content.

The arched handle has a fan-shaped end, which along with the main shank, is finely engraved in an intricate leaf and scroll design. Boston design of the period is often associated with restraint, if not severity, and the embellishment... Click for details

Lincoln & Foss, Boston, Large Sterling Silver (Chicken) Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3406f   $265.00


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Measuring 7 7/8" long and weighing just over 3.2 T. oz., this pair of tongs are large enough in relative terms to be described as immense. They may be an old implement that is sometimes referenced as (fried) chicken tongs.

They are stamped "Lincoln & Foss" for the mid 19th century (1848-57) Boston firm, and quite unusual for the date, "Sterling," rather than the expected coin silver.

The scroll pattern that appears on each leg is one that was probably produced by Farrington & Hunnewell,... Click for details

Krider Large Engraved Coin Silver Mid 19th C. Shell Bowl Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3404f   $70.00


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Dating from the 1850s, and measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing approximately 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver berry or other serving spoon is stamped "P.L.K." for the Philadelphia silversmith Peter L. Krider.

Relatively plain in design, it nonetheless bespeaks its origins.

The "Reverse Tipt" handle is extensively engraved on the front in a design that is evocative of Philadelphia work of the period. It incorporates leafy elements, wriggle work, bright cutting, and fine line hatching that... Click for details

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

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3386f   $265.00


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Although commonly referred to as "Old English," this pattern is identified in the Gorham archives as "Old English." It follows after an early English pattern that is characterized by a flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank. The disk has a knurled edge, and in this case is engraved with an "E.N.T." monogram.

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... Click for details

C.A.W. Crosby Pure Coin Silver Master Butter Knife with Engraved Bird
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3379f   $36.00


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The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 7" long, .9 T. oz., master butter knife was produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.

It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle.

In good condition, it retains excellent form and... Click for details

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James Watts, Retailed by Bechtel, Coin Silver Mid 19th C Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3375f   $85.00


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Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.

Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.

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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

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

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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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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

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