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Rare Set of Six Southern Coin Silver Spoons by Seraphim Masi of DC
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-04   $175.00


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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

Good DE or VA Coin Silver Tablespoon by Thomas McConnell Ca. 1810-25
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160807-01   $75.00


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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
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160626-02   $35.00


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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
Silver : Coin Silver

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


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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
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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


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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


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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   $52.00


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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
Silver : Coin Silver

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


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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


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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


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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

Unusual R. H. L. Villard Coin Silver Teaspoon from Washington, DC
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-04   $25.00


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Offered is a good 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 had... Click for details

Good West Virginia Coin Silver Teaspoon - James T. Scott & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150816-04   $27.50


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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon made in Philadelphia by James Watts and retailed in Wheeling, West Virginia by James T. Scott & Co. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is very good overall, with modest wear from normal use, and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine useful piece of Southern coin silver!

Southern Coin Silver Creamer - Greenberry Gaither, Washington, DC
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150809-01   $575.00


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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

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark - George Keesee of VA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150509-03   $45.00


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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

Good Pair of Southern Coin Silver Teaspoons by Frederick J. Posey
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150426-03   $60.00


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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

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Richard H. L. Villard
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140925-01   $37.50


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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

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