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John W. Forbes, NY, Federal Coin Silver Tea Set with Hot Water Kettle
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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4067f   $2,050.00


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This set consists of a tea pot, a creamer and sugar, and a hot water kettle on stand.

The two pots and the creamer are stamped on the undersides "I.W. Forbes" with two stars and an anchor, for the prominent New York City silversmith and public figure, John Wolfe Forbes, 1781-1864, son of William Garret Forbes and brother of Garret, both also silversmiths of note.

An example of his work is housed in the Yale University Art Gallery and is valued by private collectors as well.

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J S MacDonald, Baltimore, Engraved Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4058f   $105.00


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Lengthy at 9 5/8" and weighty at 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a large, 4" long by 2 1/2" at the widest by 5/8" deep, bowl with flanged shoulders, a central rib in the base, and a gold washed surface that is bright cut and wriggle work engraved in a blackberry and leaves design.

Dating circa 1880, it is stamped "J.S. MacDonald" for the late 19th century Baltimore firm, and with the word "Sterling."

The "Old English Reverse Tipt" handle features an engraved "Lily" pattern that shows... Click for details

S. Kirk & Son "Repousse" 10.15 Silver Standard Letter Opener
Silver : Coin Silver

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4057f   $85.00


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An early example of a form that was produced for decades, beginning in the 19th century and extending well into the 20th, this solid silver, "Repousse pattern handle with an elongated, arrow head shaped blade," letter opener, dates to the mid 19th century.

It is relatively large compared to more recent pieces, measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz.

It is marked "S. Kirk & Son" and "1015" for the peculiar to Baltimore silver standard that is essentially equivalent to coin and was... Click for details

Zahm & Jackson, Lancaster PA, "Tipt" Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4052f   $85.00


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A 9" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this berry or other serving spoon has a "Tipt" end, and high, pointed, shoulders off the ovoid, scalloped edge bowl.

It is stamped "Zahm & Jackson," for the partnership that Vivian Gerstell in Silversmiths of Lancaster Pennsylvania 1830-50 indicates was established in 1845, although this piece dates some fifteen years or so later than that.

This also carries the "horsehead over shield" manufacturer's mark of Philadelphia's James Watts and the word... Click for details

Good Pair of Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Ward, Bartholomew & Trott c1802
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191124-01   $65.00


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Offered is a good pair of decorated early American coin silver sugar tongs by the partnership of James Ward, Roswell Bartholomew and a man named Trott (perhaps John Proctor Trott), working in Hartford, Connecticut circa 1802-03. The maker's mark of this firm is WB&T in a rectangular punch. The maker's mark on this piece is clearly struck (see pics), and the engraved decoration is well preserved. There is no monogram or sign of erasure in the oval reserve to the bowl. This piece measures... Click for details

Interesting Circa 1820 Twist-Arm Coin Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191123-03   $47.50


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Offered is a very nice example of a desirable and scarce form in American silver, a pair of twist-arm sugar tongs. This particular pair is un-decorated save for a period engraved script initial "B" monogram; the overall feel is of a small-town or country piece, perhaps from rural Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio or Kentucky. The grips are a rudimentary acorn form. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. Condition is fair overall, in that there is are... Click for details

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Fine Decorated 18th Century Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Isaac Hutton
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191123-02   $120.00


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Offered is an excellent example of late 18th Century American silver sugar tongs, in this case by noted Albany, New York silversmith Isaac Hutton. See my other listings for a 1780s example by Hutton in partnership with John Folsom. The tongs in this listing were made by Hutton probably during the period between 1790 and 1796 when he working alone in Albany. These tongs have great wrigglework decoration and an engraved period block letter set of owner's initials. One really unusual feature... Click for details

Exquisite Decorated Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Folsom & Hutton c1787-90
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191123-01   Sold


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Offered is one of the best pairs of American coin silver sugar tongs I've had the fortune to come across, bearing a very scarce mark. This exquisite piece was made the short-lived partnership of John Folsom and Isaac Hutton, working in Albany, New York circa 1787 to 1790. The decoration and period engraved monogram on this piece is top-notch, and the form of this pair of sugar tongs is an interesting transition between earlier pierced cast-arm sugar tongs and the single-piece sugar tongs of... Click for details

Set of Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons by Robinson & Harwood c.1819-22
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191117-01   $75.00


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Offered is a fine set of five early American coin silver teaspoons by the rare and brief partnership of Benjamin Robinson & John Harwood, gold and silversmiths, working circa 1819-22 at 12 North 2nd Street. These spoons each have a period engraved script monogram and each has a legible maker's mark - the marks on most of these spoons are better than that shown in "Philadelphia Silversmiths", by Catherine Hollan. These spoons measure a bit over 5 3/4 inches in length, and the set weighs a total... Click for details

J.T. & E.M. Edwards, Chicago, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Salt Shovel
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4039f   $22.00


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Measuring 4" long and weighing 7 grams (just over .2 T. oz.), this master salt spoon features a pronounced "Fiddlet Tipt" handle, with high, pointed, shoulders off the shovel form bowl.

It is marked "J.T & E.M.E. Chicago," whom John McGrew in his Manufacturing Marks on American Coin Silver identifies as J.T. and E.M. Edwards, working 1852-64.

There is a finely engraved, script letter, "HPC" set sideways on the handle.

Essentially without wear, it remains well-shaped, free of... Click for details

Good and Rare Marietta, Ohio Coin Silver Spoon by Elisha Pratt
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191110-04   Sold


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Offered is an excellent early Marietta coin silver teaspoon by little-known silversmith Elisha Pratt (b. 1798 - d. 1855), who was trained by his father, silversmith Azariah Pratt in Marietta, his apprenticeship beginning around 1815 or a bit earlier. By the 1820s, Elisha would have been working on his own in Marietta, though the first formal note of his profession as a silversmith seems to date to 1828. By the 1850 census, Elisha Pratt was described as a gunsmith. This spoon by style should... Click for details

Syracuse, NY Coin Silver Spoon by Hiram Judson w/Interesting Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191110-03   $18.00


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Offered is a circa 1824-40 American coin silver teaspoon by Syracuse silversmith, watchmaker and jeweler Hiram Judson, working circa 1824 to his death in 1853. By style, this piece would be on the early end of his career. The maker's mark of H.JUDSON is well struck, and there is another, very interesting mark in a shield form, perhaps heraldic. This mark doesn't appear to be associated with any other Judson pieces observed online, and may have been the mark of a transiting journeyman. In any... Click for details

Set of Four Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons by John Morin c.1808-32
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191110-02   $65.00


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Offered is a nice set of four American coin silver teaspoons by Philadelphia silversmith John Morin, working circa 1808-32. These are probably from 1815-20 by style, but could be a few years earlier or later. Each spoon has a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. These spoons measure about 5 3/4 inches in length, and the set of four weighs about 66 grams altogether. These spoons are in good condition overall, with modest wear and some stubborn areas of tarnish, and... Click for details

Pr. Philadelphia Teaspoons Ca.1820 by James Watson - Early Script Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191110-01   Sold


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Offered is a really nice example of noted Philadelphia silversmith James Watson's early maker's mark - J.WATSON in script in a conformed punch. The mark on one of these spoons was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. These two Philadelphia coin silver teaspoons are very well made and each has a period engraved script monogram in addition to the maker's mark and a small star mark that is probably for a journeyman. These two spoons each measure about 6 1/8 inches... Click for details

Gorham "Ionic" Greek Revival Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4032f   $75.00


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One of Gorham's earliest full line patterns, references date it to 1865 although this 7 3/4" long, 1.4 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife is stamped "Patent 1867," indicating a later date and situating it just before the company's conversion to a sterling standard in 1868.

Other marks on this include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "Geo. H. Bechtel."

"Ionic" is a Greek Revival design that incorporates a central rosette with a stylized... Click for details

19th Century Silver Grappa Cup Hallmarked for Naples, Italy
Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191103-17   Sold


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Offered is a very nice Italian silver grappa or tot cup from the 19th Century, hallmarked for Naples. This cup has a hallmark for Naples but no maker's mark. This piece measures a little over 1 1/2 inches high and weighs about 16 grams. This piece is in good condition overall, with minor signs of wear and use, but no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine example for display or for use!

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