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Rare Early Zanesville, Ohio Coin Silver Ladle, Charles Hill, c 1815-33
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20170503-02   $125.00


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Offered is a very rare example of the work of Zanesville silversmith Charles Hill, working circa 1815-33 in that town. This piece is probably a cream ladle; it measures about 5 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 30 grams. This ladle is engraved "C" in period script and is marked three times with Hill's maker's mark of C.Hill in a serrated rectangular punch. This maker's mark is sometimes mis-attributed to another Charles Hill, working in Canadaigua, NY circa 1815-17. However, this piece... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Berry Spoon, George Webb Retailer
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3072f   $68.00


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Gorham's "Grecian" was an early line pattern in the history of that company, patented in 1861, as indicated by the stamp on the reverse of this 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon.

Other marks include a "lion, anchor, G," and the name of the retailer, Baltimore's "Geo. Webb & Co."

The design incorporates a large, fan-like, anthemion end attached to a tubular handle. The backside of the anthemion is plain with a leafy border, and never monogrammed.

The bowl is melon... Click for details

N. Harding "Threaded" Pure Coin Silver Pudding Spoon
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3009f   $105.00


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Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks... Click for details

Duhme, Cincinnati, "Twist & Engraved" Coin Silver Large Tongs
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3000f   $265.00


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Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin tongs are early production items from Cincinnati's premier silver and jewelry house, "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

They are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements. They may be pickle tongs, for use with a tall caster.

The lower portions of the arms are blocky where they join with the substantially-scaled talon grips.

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F. Tinkham, NYC, "Fiddle" Coin Silver Tongs with Shell Grips
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2980f   $65.00


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This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date.

The grips are shell form, and the arch is engraved in a very elegant feathered script, "SAE."

They are in remarkably fine condition, and especially so for an item the better part of... Click for details

Coin Silver Long-Handled Condiment Spoon by D.OLIVER Possibly of Phila
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20170121-10   $22.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver long-handled salt spoon or condiment spoon, circa 1810-30, marked D.OLIVER in a rectangular punch. This mark is attributed by Ensko to a Daniel Oliver of Philadelphia, circa 1805, but Hollan was unable to uncover any objective evidence supporting this attribution for her book "Philadelphia Silversmiths". Nonetheless, the mark on this spoon was included in the book for discussion purposes. I have not been able to locate any additional information on this... Click for details

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Long-Handled Mustard or Horseradish Spoon by Wriggins & Warden
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20170116-12   $17.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver long handled condiment spoon, probably either a horseradish spoon or a dry mustard spoon, bearing the maker's mark of Wriggins & Warden of Philadelphia, working in that town from the mid-1850s on into the 1860s. This piece measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 8 grams. It is engraved with a period script monogram and has a clear maker's mark. Condition overall is fair, with some dings and moderate ripples to the handle, but no splits or... Click for details

Durgin "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
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2969f   $24.00


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Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script.

Essentially a rarity because of its age and... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Pudding Serving Spoon 1860s
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2965f   $125.00


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Measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this item has a large, ovoid bowl that measures 3 3/8" by 2 9/16". It has a flange rim with notched shoulders, pointed tip, and, while similar to a berry, the relatively shallow depth suggests it was likely was a much less common pudding serving spoon.

An early, coin silver, example of Gorham's "Grecian," this piece is marked "Patent 1861," with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Shreve, Stanwood & Co.," which was a predecessor... Click for details

Bigelow Bros. & Kennard "Tipt" 1859 Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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2960f   $36.00


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Having a broad "Tipt" end, a narrow shank, and a shell bowl with a double scalloped rim, this piece traces to mid 19th century Boston.

A preserve or jelly spoon, it measures 7" long and at 1.1 T. oz. is slightly weightier than most instances of this sort.

A clean item, it is entirely unadorned save for a script "1859" engraved on the backside, which is also stamped with the name of the retailer, "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard."

An assuming piece, it nonetheless possesses simple appeal and... Click for details

Rare and Fine Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Soup Ladle, Thomas A. Boullt
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20161231-01   $295.00


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Offered is a good and scarce American coin silver soup ladle from Hagerstown, Maryland. Some consider coin silver items from these towns to be Southern coin silver due to the sympathies of many of the inhabitants.

This piece is marked with the maker's mark of Thomas Alexander Boullt (1818-1876), a well-known Hagerstown silversmith, jeweler, watchmaker and clockmaker. In the latter part of his long (1846-70s) career, Boullt was advertising as an jeweler and optician, at No. 16 West Washington... Click for details

James Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Bouillon Ladle
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2942f   $115.00


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This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First it measures 8 3/8" long, which is substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, and was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the... Click for details

Henry Hebbard "Grecian" Coin Silver Figural Sugar Sifter
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2842f   $135.00


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A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the... Click for details

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
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20160903-04   $85.00


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Offered is a good American coin silver sauce or cream ladle measuring about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighing about 32 grams, engraved with an armorial of a hound's head erased, issuing from a coronet. This piece bears the maker's mark of Platt & Brothers, silversmiths of New York City, NY, working circa 1836-46 with a shop at 12 Maiden Lane. Crested American coin silver is comparatively uncommon but was especially popular in New York City and in Baltimore. This ladle is in very good... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon, Immaculate
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2831f   $295.00


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The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

This is an exceptionally fine example in... Click for details

Maine Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by Albert Titcomb, Ca. 1823-46
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20160814-10   $22.50


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Offered is a nice little American coin silver master salt spoon by silversmith Albert Titcomb (1802 - 1890), who was working in Portland, ME between about 1823-35 alone and between 1835-46 in partnership with Philip Titcomb in Portland. After 1846, Albert continued to work as a silversmith, but moved his shop to Bangor and worked there until about 1880. This piece was almost certainly made during Albert's Portland years, and the mark of TITCOMB in a serrated punch could have been used by him... Click for details

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