Offered is a fine large early American coin silver table spoon by well-known Virginia silversmith James Meredith, who spent the majority (1812-60) of his career working in or around Winchester, VA. Judging by style, this tablespoon should date to about 1825-35, but could be somewhat earlier or later. This piece measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 60 grams. Condition is fair, with some surface wear and scratching, and minor tip wear, but no splits or repairs. All in all a... Click for details
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
Offered is a very rare example of the work and maker's mark of William Wates Keyworth, silversmith of Washington, DC. William is related the much better known Robert Keyworth - they are both buried in the Keyworth Family Vault in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington. However, I've not yet found the exact family relationship. William seems to have died in August, 1838; prior to that he was working as a watchmaker, silversmith and jeweler at his stand (shop) opposite Gadsby's Hotel (located... Click for details
Offered is a fine and very rare example of American coin silver hollowware bearing the mark of little-known Washington, D.C. silversmith Greenberry Gaither. Biographical information follows the item description. This cream pitcher is fairly large and heavy, measuring about 6 1/2 inches high to the top of the handle, and weighing 322 grams, or about ten troy ounces. The piece dates somewhere between 1820-35 based on style. This creamer is lightly engraved with a period script monogram, which... Click for details
Offered is a fine and rare American coin silver miniature spoon by noted Lexington, KY silversmith William Poindexter, whose biographical information can be found below. This piece is probably a snuff spoon or a toy spoon, sometimes called a dollhouse spoon - either purpose would be served with a piece this size. These were sometimes also used as condiment spoons. This spoon measures about 3 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 4 grams. Condition is excellent with modest surface wear but no... Click for details
Offered (available singly or as a group) is a set of three Southern coin silver fiddle pattern teaspoons by noted Virginia and Washington, D.C. silversmith Charles A. Burnett. Biographical information appears below, and Catharine Hollan's seminal reference work on Virginia silversmiths has all the detail one could ask for. These teaspoons measure about 5 13/16 inches in length on average, and the group of three weighs about 54 grams altogether, indicating an average weight of about 18 grams... Click for details
Offered is a lovely American coin silver soup ladle 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 ladle is engraved with a period feathered script monogram and features a legible though... Click for details
Offered is a very good and rare example of the maker's mark or retailer's mark of George Keesee of Richmond, Virginia, working circa 1831-47. Silver bearing Keesee's mark is rarely encountered, perhaps because he died at age 36 in 1847. This piece has a good clear mark for Keesee and manufacturer's marks for Philo Gilbert. This spoon measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is decent overall, with some surface wear to the engraved period script owner's... Click for details
Offered is a good pair of American coin silver (many would consider this Southern coin silver) teaspoons bearing the retailer's mark of F. J. Posey. Frederick J. Posey (1815-1881) was active as a silversmith, jeweler, watch and clockmaker in Hagerstown, Maryland from at least 1842 until after 1860. He also reportedly worked as a watch and clockmaker in Shepherdstown, Virginia in 1842. This pair of teaspoons, made by James Watts in Philadelphia and retailed by Posey, are lightly engraved with a... Click for details
The firm of Mitchell & Tyler occupies a prominent place in the history of mid 19th century Richmond, Virginia silver production. A successor firm to that established by William Mitchell c. 1818, sources date its years of operation from 1845 to 1866.
The style of this 5 1/2" long, just over .5 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon locates it early in that period, well before the Civil War.
It is a "Reverse Tipt" pattern with a feathered script "M" on the front of the handle.
Offered is a fine set of three American coin silver tea spoons marked by Louis Muh, noted silversmith, jeweler, watchmaker and retailer of New Orleans, LA. Muh worked in New Orleans between about 1823 and 1853; he advertised his retirement in newspapers by July 1853. Although Muh appears to have had a long and successful career, silver bearing his mark is still quite uncommon. These teaspoons bear a Philadelphia eagle pseudo-hallmark or trademark, indicating they were likely made there,... Click for details
Offered is a rare and fine early American coin silver teaspoon by little-known Fincastle and Liberty, Virginia silversmith Charles Aunspaugh (b. 1799, d. 1887). Aunspaugh lived and worked most of his life in Fincastle (and was even apparently postmaster of Fincastle for a period of time), though he spent a few years (possibly in partnership throughout) in Liberty. Little is known about Aunspaugh's life, and only a few teaspoons are known as evidence of his work. This spoon probably dates to... Click for details
Offered is a fine and rare early American coin silver egg spoon by little-known silversmith and jeweler Joseph Huggins, who had an interesting and varied career. Huggins was first recorded in Philadelphia in 1837, where he could have apprenticed; by 1840 he relocated to Baltimore, where he was listed in directories between 1840 and 1842. He appears to have next relocated to Washington, D.C. - In an article entitled "OLD WASHINGTON (Drinks & Businesses)"
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Offered is a fine Southern coin silver tea spoon 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
Offered is a fine and rare set of Western Maryland coin silver tea spoons by little-known Cumberland City (Allegany County) jeweler and watchmaker John H. Kelenbeck, circa 1860. Mr. Kelenbeck appears to have started his career in Baltimore, as a John Kehlenbeck, watch & clock maker, jeweler, is listed in "Silver in Maryland" as working in that city circa 1845-51. That same volume references that the jewelry firm of "Kellenbeck & Johnson" was working in Cumberland circa 1867. However, Mr.... Click for details