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E. & D. Kinsey, Cincinnati, Twist Handle Coin Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3128f   $75.00


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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61).

It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded end shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front.

It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script.

It is in excellent condition. The detail remains well-defined, showing minimal evidence of... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Caleb Davis of Woodstock, VA
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-13   Sold


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Offered is an interesting early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark C*D in an oval punch, struck twice. This mark was originally attributed in the book "Silver in Maryland" to Cantwell Douglass (1774-1807), but has now been re-assigned by Cathy Hollan in "Virginia Silversmiths" to Caleb Davis (1769-1834), apprenticed to clockmaker Elijah Evans in Frederick County MD in 1784, married to Mary Upp in Maryland in 1792, working in Woodstock, Virginia circa 1796-1816 (partnered as Fry &... Click for details

Rare Pair of Early Kentucky Coin Silver Teaspoons by Asa Blanchard
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-07   Sold


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Offered is a lovely pair of transitional shoulder-less Southern coin silver tea spoons by noted Virginia and Kentucky silversmith Asa Blanchard, circa 1807-15 by style and given their Kentucky origin. The maker's mark on these spoons (mark "d" in Hollan's "Virginia Silversmiths", corresponding to mark "29C" in Boultinghouse's "Silversmiths of Kentucky") has only been found on pieces with Kentucky provenances. Each spoon has a legible maker's mark, and each is engraved with a period script "H"... Click for details

Set of Four Kentucky Coin Silver Spns, Warren B. Ewing of Shelbyville
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-01   Sold


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Offered is a rare set of four Southern coin silver spoons by Shelbyville silversmith Warren B. Ewing, working from about 1845 to his death in 1876. Each of these spoons is marked WBE incuse, which is a much scarcer mark used by Ewing than is his full name mark. Each spoon has the typical style and proportions of Ewing's work, and each has a legible maker's mark. There is no sign of a monogram or erasure. By style, these spoons probably date to before the Civil War. These spoons measure... Click for details

Good Pair of Lynchburg, Virginia Coin Silver Tspns by Jehu Williams Sr
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-09   $75.00


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Offered is a good pair of Southern coin silver teaspoons by Virginia silversmith Jehu Williams, Sr., working first in Fredericksburg and then for the majority of his career in Lynchburg. For most of his time in Lynchburg, Williams was in partnership with John Victor - the partnership began around 1814 and lasted until Victor's death in 1845. Williams then worked alone from 1845 to 1856 and with his son from 1856 to Jehu Sr.'s death in 1859. The mark on these spoons is attributed by Hollan to... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1820, Marked PEABODY
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170120-01   $120.00


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Offered is an unusual early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1820 bearing a crude mark of "PEABODY." in a rectangular punch. The maker's mark is slightly rubbed but still legible. This mark is attributed by William Voss (see the American Silversmiths website by googling "silversmiths" and "genealogy") to Nathaniel Prentice Peabody (1806-1883), working in Bennettsville, Marlboro, SC circa 1830-70. However, I think it possible due to the style of this piece that this is the work and mark of... Click for details

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West Virginia Coin Silver Teaspoon by James T. Scott & Co. Ca. 1855-70
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-06   $25.00


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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.
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-05   $47.50


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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
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20170116-04   Sold


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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

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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

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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

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20160312-01   Sold


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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

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

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