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Merriman, Memphis, Tennessee, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3114f   $46.00


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Measuring 8 5/16" long and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this coin silver tablespoon is stamped "Merriman," for James Merriman, c. 1847-60, and "Memphis."

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" design, with a broad end characteristic of the lower Ohio River Valley and extending down the Mississippi.

A pre Civil War item, this is in fair to good condition. The bowl has a rough bottom, but apart from that, it is free of tip wear or dents. There is on one small burr on the side of the handle near the end. The... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon with Mark of Haas & Trau
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170514-03   $22.50


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Offered is a good Philadelphia coin silver spoon bearing the retailer's mark of jewelers James A. Haas and J. Philip Trau, trading under the partnership name of Haas & Trau. This piece has a clear mark and a good period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is good overall with minor wear and signs of normal use but no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of this firm's wares!

Rare Coin Silver Spoon by Isaac Woodcock Circa 1815
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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20170514-02   $65.00


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Offered is a nice little early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Delaware and Pennsylvania silversmith Isaac Woodcock, circa 1815. At this time, Isaac (son of noted silversmith Bancroft Woodcock) was working in Well's Valley, PA (between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg). This teaspoon bears one of Isaac Woodcock's full name maker's marks, and a period engraved script monogram that appears to be "NRG". This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is barely... Click for details

Rare Form - Coffin End Coin Silver Sauce Ladle Just Under 8" Ca. 1800
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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20170514-01   $65.00


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Offered is a lovely example of a rare form in early American coin silver - a coffin-end pattern sauce or gravy ladle. This piece measures a little under 8 inches in length and weighs about 46 grams. It bears a lovely period script monogram of what appears to be "DSH". This piece has no maker's mark. Condition overall is very good, with no dents, splits or repairs; however there is a little spot on the underside of the handle where someone unfamiliar with antique silver did a scratch test... Click for details

James Watts, Philadelphia, Engine Turned Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3100f   On Hold


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A 7" long, .9 T. oz., item, this preserve spoon dates from the mid 19th century.

It is imprinted on the backside with the horse head chevron of Philadelphia maker James Watts, and the word "Coin."

The design bespeaks its period and area of manufacture. The handle has a twisted shank and slightly upturned, broad end that is engine turned and bright cut engraved.

There is a feathered script "MEP" monogram in the shield-shaped reserve area.

The bowl is shell form, with a notched... Click for details

Lincoln & Reed, Boston, "Pure Silver Coin" Engraved Plate
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3098f   $265.00


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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and having a 3/4" wide, raised edge with a rim back, this plate is weighty at 5.2 T. oz.

It is stamped "Lincoln & Reed" for the Boston firm with dates 1838-48, and "Pure Silver Coin," which is a term typically used only in New England.

It is a thoroughly engaging period piece which takes its character from the delicate engraving on the top surface. The portraiture is of a wreath comprised of innumerable flowers that include among others, morning glories,... Click for details

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Rare Early Zanesville, Ohio Coin Silver Ladle, Charles Hill, c 1815-33
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170503-02   $125.00


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Offered is a very rare example of the work of Zanesville silversmith Charles Hill, working circa 1815-33 in that town. This piece is probably a cream ladle; it measures about 5 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 30 grams. This ladle is engraved "C" in period script and is marked three times with Hill's maker's mark of C.Hill in a serrated rectangular punch. This maker's mark is sometimes mis-attributed to another Charles Hill, working in Canadaigua, NY circa 1815-17. However, this piece... Click for details

Rare Colonial Tablespoon by John Burt Lyng of New York, Circa 1760s
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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20170503-01   Sold


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Offered is a very rare and extremely early example of the work of New York silversmith John Burt Lyng (born circa 1740, died 1785), whose work appears only infrequently. This is perhaps the earliest piece of flatware by Lyng that I could find any record of, and probably dates to the 1760s, the first decade of his career. During this period Lyng's shop was next door to that of Myer Myers. This tablespoon has good strikes of Lyng's maker's mark and his New York city mark. This piece measures... Click for details

R.&W. Wilson Twist Handle Large Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3097f   On Hold


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A substantial piece measuring 8 5/16" long and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this master butter knife was made during the second quarter of the 19th century by the prominent "Philad[delphi]a" firm of "R.&W. Wilson," as identified on the backside of the blade.

Very much a period piece and emblematic of a regional style, it has twist handle set at a right angle to the blade, both of which are broad, flat, and have shaped margins. These areas are extensively engraved in a leaf and scroll design, with... Click for details

Tablespoon by John Andrew; Salem,MA; circa 1775
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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5320   $290.00


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Upturned handle, long midrib. Length 8-1/8". Weight 2-1/4 troy ounces. The monogram on the back of the handle is I*P. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Tablespoon by John Blowers, Boston, circa 1740
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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5319   $995.00


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rattail, upturned handle, long midrib. John Blowers lived only from 1710-1748 and Kane's Colonial MA Silversmiths lists no tablespoons by him.Length 8". Weight 1-1/2 troy ounces. The monogram on the back of the handle is A/C? ?. Overall condition is very good (slight tip wear); mark condition is good (bottom of letters rubbed).

Three-piece tea service by J.Sayre, NY, circa 1800
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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5309   $1,865.00


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Teapot, creamer, sugar bowl with separate lid. Bright- cut engraving, wood handle (repainted) on teapot. Pot and sugar bowl are boat-shaped. Height of pot 7-3/4" (to finial), maximum horizontal dimension 12-1/8". Sugar bowl height 7", maximum horizontal dimension 8". Creamer height 5-3/4", maximum hoizontal dimesion 5-1/2". Weight of the three ieces (including wood handle) is 39-3/4 troy ounces. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

E.E. & S.C. Bailey, NH, "Tipt" Six Matched Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3089f   $90.00


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Each of these six spoons measures 5 7/8" long and is engraved with the same "AI" monogram. The group weigh just under 2.4 T. oz.

They are stamped "E.E. & S.C. Bailey," for brothers Ebenezer and Samuel, who established a partnership in Claremont, New Hampshire, circa 1825.

They are particularly well-crafted and elegantly formed. Slender in shaped, they have elongated "Tipt" handles with upturned ends. The bowls are also rather narrow and long, and have pointed tips and exposed drops on... Click for details

Fine Pair of 1770s or 1780s Sugar Tongs by William Hollingshead, Phila
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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20170416-02   Sold


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Offered is an excellent pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs by noted Philadelphia silversmith William Hollingshead (1728 - 1800), working in that town circa 1748 to 1787. A fair amount of important 18th Century American silver bears his mark. This pair of sugar tongs would date to the late 1770s or 1780s, and is in excellent condition, with no bends, dents, splits or repairs. It has a clear maker's mark inside the bow and a period set of engraved block initials on the outside of... Click for details

Excellent Pair of Kings Husk Pattern Dessert Forks by Benjamin Gurnee
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

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20170416-01   $85.00


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Offered is a lovely and well-made pair of American coin silver dessert or table forks in the King's Husk pattern by New York City silversmith Benjamin Gurnee, whose biographical information follows the description of these pieces. These forks are exceptionally heavy, measuring about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighing a total of 106 grams, or more than three troy ounces, for the pair. Each is engraved with a period script name of Flint for the original owner, and each bears Gurnee's mark and... Click for details

Four Gerrish "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoons, Engraved "Pote"
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3077f   On Hold


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Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Oliver Gerrish established himself as an able silversmith and jeweler in not far distant in Portland, Maine.

These four, matching, generously sized, 6 1/8" long, 2.5 T. oz. the lot, teaspoons bear his mark and have a second provenance in the inscriptions on the backsides, which read, "J.S. Pote" in script.

They are in choice condition, showing no wear and having bright finishes. The pointed tip bowls remained well-shaped and are free of dents, burrs,... Click for details

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