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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
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

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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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
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

Fine Mother of Pearl Handled Coin Silver Master Butter Knife Ca. 1850
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-01   Sold

Fine Mother of Pearl Handled Coin Silver Master Butter Knife Ca. 1850
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Offered is a fine American coin silver master butter knife with mother of pearl handle, made by Tifft & Whiting of Attleboro, Massachusetts. More information on this firm can be found below. This piece has a crisp and clear maker's mark, engraved period script owner's initials on the blade, and a tight, undamaged handle. Condition overall is very good, with minor scratches and surface wear from normal use. This piece measures about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 32 grams. All in... Click for details

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

Old Friends  
2507f   $325.00

Gorham
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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

Hampton Galleries  
7331E   $125.00

SHEAF OF WHEAT SUGAR TONGS, Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-25)
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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

BSKT OF FLOWERS SAUCE LADLE, B. Van Vliet, Poughkeepsie (1830-40)
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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

Hampton Galleries  
7361   $325.00

COIN SILVER PLATTER SPOON, S&B Brower, NYC (c. 1830-1850)
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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

COIN SILVER PLATTER SPOON, S&B Brower, NYC (c. 1830-1850)
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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

Good Fluted Coin Silver Sauce Ladle marked by John Rich
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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

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