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Southern Coin Silver Handled Cup by Henry Semken of Washington, D.C.
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-10   $195.00

Southern Coin Silver Handled Cup by Henry Semken of Washington, D.C.
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Offered is a gorgeous Southern coin silver christening or baby cup by leading Washington, D.C. jeweler Henry Semken (born circa 1825 in Prussia, died in 1895 in D.C.), in business in Washington circa 1855-89. This cup has a clear maker's mark or retailer's mark for Semken, and is very well engraved with the dedication inscription, which is touching. I have rarely seen a piece of coin silver hollowware, especially a handled cup, in better condition. There is little in the way of signs of use... Click for details

West Virginia Coin Silver Teaspoon by James T. Scott & Co. Ca. 1855-70
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-06   $25.00

West Virginia Coin Silver Teaspoon by James T. Scott & Co. Ca. 1855-70
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Offered is a nice Southern coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of James T. Scott & Co., working in Wheeling, Virginia and later West Virginia circa the mid 1850s through the late 1860s. Mr. Scott and his partners seem to have mostly retailed silver, though this bears only his maker's or retailer's mark, and no manufacturer's marks. In my other listings on the site, I have several other spoons, with different monograms but also found around Wheeling, with James T. Scott & Co.'s mark. This... Click for details

Good Pair of West Virginia Coin Silver Teaspoons, James T. Scott & Co.
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-05   $47.50

Good Pair of West Virginia Coin Silver Teaspoons, James T. Scott & Co.
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Offered is a nice pair of Southern coin silver spoons bearing the mark of James T. Scott & Co., working in Wheeling, Virginia and later West Virginia circa the mid 1850s through the late 1860s. Mr. Scott and his partners seem to have mostly retailed silver made by James Watts in Philadelphia, and these spoons bear one of Watts' manufacturer's marks. In my other listings on the site, I have several other spoons, with different monograms but also found around Wheeling, with James T. Scott &... Click for details

Rare Set of Six Southern Coin Silver Spoons by Seraphim Masi of DC
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-04   $175.00

Rare Set of Six Southern Coin Silver Spoons by Seraphim Masi of DC
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Offered is a fine set of six early Southern coin silver teaspoons by well-known but scarce Washington, DC silversmith and jeweler Seraphim Masi (1797-1884), who was working in DC by about 1820 and who is best known for making many of the skippets (diplomatic seals) for the United States government during the 1820s and later including one for Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan in the 1850s. Masi's work is hard to find and is always good quality. These teaspoons each bear a good clear maker's... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Tablespoon by Philip L. Reese of Mt. Sterling, KY
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-01   $75.00

Southern Coin Silver Tablespoon by Philip L. Reese of Mt. Sterling, KY
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Offered is a good example of the maker's mark and work of Philip Louis Reese (1839-1897), a little-known jeweler and silversmith who trained in Cincinnati, Ohio and then commenced in business in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He appears to have begun his trade in Kentucky around 1857, and by 1860 was married and prospering. He apparently made and/or sold flatware and julep cups, among other items, though his mark seems to be quite rare - Boultinghouse's "Kentucky Silversmiths" could not find a single... Click for details

Lexington, Kentucky Coin Silver Soup Ladle by Frederick Yeiser & Co.
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161231-02   $275.00

Lexington, Kentucky Coin Silver Soup Ladle by Frederick Yeiser & Co.
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Offered is a very rare Southern coin silver soup ladle bearing the maker's mark of Frederick Yeiser & Co. of Kentucky. Frederick Yeiser (born circa 1822) and his brother George worked first in Danville circa 1840s to about 1855, and then moved to Lexington sometime between 1855 and 1859. Sometime probably after the war he moved to Lancaster (Garrard County), KY, but was back in Danville by the mid-1870s. The Yeiser family was one of the early Danville families, having moved there by 1814. ... Click for details

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Kitts & Werne, Louisville, KY, Large Coin Silver Ice Cream Slice
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Kitts & Werne, Louisville, KY, Large Coin Silver Ice Cream Slice
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Measuring 10 1/8" long overall, and weighing a substantial 3.1 T. oz., this generously scaled ice cream server has a blade that is 5" by 3 1/8" at the widest.

It is stamped "Kitts & Werne," for the prominent Louisville, Kentucky, silver, jewelry, and watch retailer with dates 1864-78.

It has a tipt end handle and scalloped edge blade, all of which are engraved in a period design that includes palmettes and leaf and vegetative elements, along with bright cut detailing. The backside is... Click for details

Southern Silver - Mobile, Alabama Fiddlethread Master Butter Knife
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160922-04   $85.00

Southern Silver - Mobile, Alabama Fiddlethread Master Butter Knife
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Offered is a fine fiddlethread pattern master butter knife bearing the mark of Mobile, AL jeweler and watchmaker Albert J. Leslie, and the manufacturer's mark of Wood & Hughes. This is not technically Southern coin silver as it is marked sterling, but it dates just to the end of the coin silver era, circa 1865-75. This piece measures almost eight inches in length and weighs about 44 grams. It is graced with a good period engraved script monogram and a clear, legible retailer's mark for A. J.... Click for details

Good DE or VA Coin Silver Tablespoon by Thomas McConnell Ca. 1810-25
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160807-01   $75.00

Good DE or VA Coin Silver Tablespoon by Thomas McConnell Ca. 1810-25
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Offered is a good early American coin silver table spoon circa 1810-25 by well-known silversmith Thomas McConnell, who worked from about 1797 to 1818 in Wilmington, Delaware (with a brief stint in Baltimore in 1814 or so), and then in Richmond, Virginia from 1818 until his death in 1825. This piece could have been made in either location as McConnell had known production under taxation in both locations, though the majority of his work that has a provenance points to a Delaware origin. This... Click for details

Vermont or Georgia Coin Silver Spoon by Benjamin Lord
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160626-02   $35.00

Vermont or Georgia Coin Silver Spoon by Benjamin Lord
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Offered is a fine early fiddle pattern American coin silver teaspoon bearing the maker's mark B.LORD, for Benjamin Lord, a silversmith who began his career in Rutland, Vermont and moved to Athens, Georgia by 1831. Benjamin died in Athens in 1843. His two sons, Benjamin Buel Lord and Ebenezer Lord, also worked in Athens, and in theory his son Benjamin B. Lord could have marked this spoon. By style, this spoon could date from the 1820s or 1830s, so it is unknown whether or not it was made in... Click for details

Set of Three Rare Early Teaspoons by Henry Biershing of Hagerstown MD
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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

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

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

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

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