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Rare Set of 6 Baltimore Coin Silver Dessert Spoons Assay Marked - 1819
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160408-02   $275.00

Rare Set of 6 Baltimore Coin Silver Dessert Spoons Assay Marked - 1819
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Offered is a very fine and rare set of six early American coin silver dessert spoons bearing the maker's mark of Andrew Ellicott Warner, Sr., and fully marked with Baltimore assay marks for the year 1819. It is challenging to find a complete set of dessert spoons this far back, much less a set with Baltimore assay office hallmarks. This substantial set bears clear marks on each spoon, as well as a period script monogram. The spoons average about 7 3/8 inches in length, and they weigh about... Click for details

Set of Three Rare Early Teaspoons by Henry Biershing of Hagerstown MD
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160406-02   $125.00

Set of Three Rare Early Teaspoons by Henry Biershing of Hagerstown MD
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Offered is a lovely set of three early American coin silver teaspoons by watchmaker and silversmith Henry Biershing of Hagerstown, Maryland. Biershing was born about 1789 and was working in Hagerstown between about 1809 and 1843, the year of his death. These spoons measure about 5 3/4 inches in length and weigh about 36 grams altogether. They each have a period engraved block monogram and a clear maker's mark of H:B in a rectangle. They would most likely date to the first ten or fifteen years... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Sauce Ladle by George W. McDannold of Kentucky
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160405-01   $95.00

Southern Coin Silver Sauce Ladle by George W. McDannold of Kentucky
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Offered is a good American coin silver sauce ladle by well-known Southern silversmith George W. McDannold of Kentucky, ca 1829-50. This piece bears a maker's mark of G.W.McDANNOLD in a rectangular, non-serrated punch for George W. McDannold, working in Mt. Sterling circa 1829 to ? and then Covington circa 1848-63. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 34 grams. Condition overall is good, with a dimple or two to the bowl and a slightly over-polished surface, but no... Click for details

Large, Heavy Handled Southern Coin Silver Cup by Robert Keyworth of DC
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160313-01   Sold

Large, Heavy Handled Southern Coin Silver Cup by Robert Keyworth of DC
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Offered is a lovely American coin silver handled cup by noted Washington, D.C. silversmith Robert Keyworth (born 1795 in England, died 1856 in Washington, D.C.). Keyworth was working on Pennsylvania, west of 9th Street, by 1820, and was had a long and successful career. He was active in the local militia, attaining the rank of Major in the 1st Regiment, D.C. Volunteers; he was also a committed Mason. This cup is quite large at over 4 inches to the top of the handle, and weighs a heavy 190... Click for details

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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160312-02   $95.00

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

Good Pair of Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoons Assay Marked for 1821
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160312-01   $85.00

Good Pair of Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoons Assay Marked for 1821
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Offered is a very nice pair of early American coin silver table spoons by silversmith Nathaniel Munroe, and bearing his maker's mark as well as Baltimore assay marks for the year 1821. Baltimore was the only U.S. locality to institute a formal assay office and system, and pieces bearing these marks are coveted. These include a mark denoting the Arms of the State of Maryland, a mark of a male bust, and the dominical letter for the year. The website for the store Imperial Half Bushel, owned by... Click for details

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D. Mendel, Louisville, Kentucky, Coin Silver "Tipt" Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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2643f   $60.00

D. Mendel, Louisville, Kentucky, Coin Silver
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A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David... Click for details

Benjamin Lord, Vermont and Georgia, Long, Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
2584f   $34.00

Benjamin Lord, Vermont and Georgia, Long, Coin Silver Teaspoon
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An unusual size at 6 1/2" long, this spoon is marked "B[enjamin]. Lord." It weighs just over .6 T. oz.

Sources indicate that Lord was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1770, was working in Rutland, Vermont, in 1797, and finally in Athens, Georgia, from 1831 until his death.

The style of this is early 19th century and likely dates from his Vermont years, but could trace to his Athens period.

It is very finely made, having a broad end with an extremely narrow shank. It and the... Click for details

Fine Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Tablespoon by Thomas A. Boullt
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160102-01   Sold

Fine Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Tablespoon by Thomas A. Boullt
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Offered is a good and scarce American coin silver table spoon from Hagerstown, Maryland. Some consider silver from Maryland towns like Hagerstown 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... Click for details

Crested Baltimore Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by Robert Monteith
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151227-02   $25.00

Crested Baltimore Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by Robert Monteith
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Offered is a good American coin silver dessert spoon by Baltimore silversmith Robert Monteith, working circa 1814 to 1849. This dessert spoon is crested with a not-very-frightening looking lion, and also has slightly later script initials below. The maker's mark is very well struck. This spoon measures about 7 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 32 grams. Condition overall is quite good, though there is a 1/16" fissure at the bowl edge by the handle (on the front side only, so not a... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon Retailed by M. W. Galt & Co., Washington
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151114-03   $17.50

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon Retailed by M. W. Galt & Co., Washington
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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon retailed by M. W. Galt & Co. of Washington, D.C., dating to 1857 or before. This can be established by the manufacturer's marks of Taylor & Lawrie of Philadelphia, who made this spoon and who were in business between 1837 and 1857. This spoon measures about 5 3/8 inches in length, and weighs about 12 grams. This piece bears a period engraved set of script owner's initials. Condition is good, with moderate wear and signs of use, but no notable... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Tablespoon by Samuel Lewis of Washington, D.C.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151114-02   $37.50

Southern Coin Silver Tablespoon by Samuel Lewis of Washington, D.C.
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Offered is an early American coin silver table spoon by Washington, D.C. silversmith and jeweler Samuel Lewis, who worked primarily on Pennsylvania Avenue from about 1840 until his death in 1880. Lewis trained in Baltimore and upon the end of his apprenticeship immediately established himself in Washington, where he enjoyed the patronage of the White House, among others. This tablespoon bears a good strong maker's mark for Mr. Lewis, and also has a period engraved script monogram to the... Click for details

Fine Pair of Philadelphia, PA or Louisville, KY Spoons by R. W. Choate
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151108-02   $65.00

Fine Pair of Philadelphia, PA or Louisville, KY Spoons by R. W. Choate
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Offered is a good pair of early American coin silver teaspoons by Robert W. Choate, who worked in Philadelphia circa 1829-38, and then in Louisville at some point thereafter, through at least 1852. Robert W. Choate seems to have been the brother of Stephen D. Choate. This fine pair of teaspoons measures about 6 1/16 inches in length and weighs about 40 grams. Condition is very good, with some minor dings to one bowl but no splits or repairs. Each spoon features a period engraved script... Click for details

Set of Three Southern Coin Silver Teaspoons by John Y. Savage of NC
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151003-05   $295.00

Set of Three Southern Coin Silver Teaspoons by John Y. Savage of NC
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Offered is an exceptionally scarce set of three Southern coin silver teaspoons by John Y. Savage, silversmith. According to Cathy Hollan's 'Virginia Silversmiths,' John Y. Savage was working in Raleigh, NC between 1814 and 1824, in Salisbury, NC in 1823, in Richmond, Virginia circa 1829-32 (he may have been working as a dentist as well), and in New York City circa 1839-60. These three spoons almost certainly date to Savage's Raleigh period - the style is right, and the proportions and shoulder... Click for details

Set of Three Very Early Coin Silver Spoons by James S. Sharrard of KY
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151003-04   Sold

Set of Three Very Early Coin Silver Spoons by James S. Sharrard of KY
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Offered is a very scarce example of the early work of Kentucky silversmith James S. Sharrard (1816 - 1880). Sharrard was working in Paris, KY by 1836; around 1841 he moved to Shelbyville and moved again around 1856 to Henderson. Around 1863 Sharrard moved to Louisville, where he spent the majority of his final years, though he appears to have been buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville. The book "A New History of Kentucky" by Harrison & Klotter (2009), notes Sharrard also had a presence... Click for details

Rare Paris, Kentucky Coin Silver Ladle by George Snyder Sr. or Jr.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150920-01   Sold

Rare Paris, Kentucky Coin Silver Ladle by George Snyder Sr. or Jr.
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Offered is a lovely and rare example of the work of Kentucky silversmith George Snyder Sr. (working in Paris, KY circa 1803-13) or his son George Snyder, Jr. (working in Paris alone circa 1813? to 1831 or so). George Snyder Sr. is most famous for having invented the first American fishing reel with multiplying gears - only about 8 of these reels still exist, and are valued in the tens of thousands of dollars. After George Sr.'s death in 1813, the Snyder family continued to make both silver and... Click for details

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