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Edward Lownes, Philadelphia, Footed Coin Silver Milk Pitcher c. 1830
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3020f   On Hold

Edward Lownes, Philadelphia, Footed Coin Silver Milk Pitcher c. 1830
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A significant name among early 19th century Philadelphia silversmiths, Edward Lownes (1792-1832) trained with his uncle, Joseph (d. 1820), also a prominent maker.

In her benchmark work, "Philadelphia Silversmiths," Catherine Hollan offers extensive biographical material on both men, and notes that "Yale University Art Gallery has a salver, sugar and creamer, tongs, and spoons by [Edward]; Winterthur Museum has a kettle on stand and a covered (sugar?) bowl." Joseph, who was much longer lived,... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Sterling Silver Place or Youth Spoon Engraved "Jeff"
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3016F   $45.00

Whiting
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A weighty 1.2 T. oz., this spoon measures 6 3/4" long, which is the length of a dessert or oval soup.

Two aspects of it, however, suggest it was a youth spoon.

One is obvious, specifically the engraving in the bowl, which reads, "JEFF Dec. 10. 90," which is likely a birth date.

The second feature is the dual sided gold wash on the bowl. This is an unusual embellishment for a place piece.

The pattern is Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," in this case elderberry, which is portrayed on... Click for details

George Sharp "Cube" Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3014f   $485.00

George Sharp
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The 1860s saw a proliferation of three dimensional designs that included a ball, sphere, knob, and perhaps scarcest of all, cube form end as found on this very large, 11 1/4" long, 3.5 T. oz., (likely vegetable) serving fork.

Made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who is most associated with this style, and particularly so his "Ball End," it is stamped "Patent 1863," "G.S.," and "Sterling," on one of the facets of the six-sided handle.

The cube is substantial, measuring 3/4" square, and... Click for details

Pair Wood & Hughes "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoons
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3012f   $85.00

Pair Wood & Hughes
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Dating from the mid 19th century, this matching pair of spoons are early production items from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

A simple but well-executed "Tipt" pattern, they show the modest beginnings of a manufacturer which later produced some of the most elaborate designs of its time.

Each of these measures 8 3/4" long and has a feathered script "MAP" monogram set sideways on the handle. The pair weigh 2.8 T. oz.

They are in very good condition. Free of polishing wear,... Click for details

A.L. Coan coin silver soup ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2238   $750.00

A.L. Coan coin silver soup ladle
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length 12 1/2 inches, weight 6.0 Troy ounces, monogrammed "J.E.L." in period script with flourishes, marked A.L. Coan Mobile" in serrated rectangle.

The bowl has a few more scratches than we'd like to see, and a small dip at the edge which we show in excruciating detail (see third photo), but all in all a pleasant and substantial item which presents itself quite well.

N. Harding "Threaded" Pure Coin Silver Pudding Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3009f   $105.00

N. Harding
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Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks... Click for details

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Johnson & Godley, Albany, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
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3005f   $34.00

Johnson & Godley, Albany,
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Made and retailed in Albany, New York, circa 1850, this coin silver sugar spoon measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

It has a broad, slightly down turned, "Reverse Tipt" handle and a shell bowl.

There is a fancy script "D W" set sideways on the handle.

It is in superb condition, showing no polishing wear, bends, nicks, or burrs, and having a clean, bright finish.

Marks on the reverse are the Johnson & Godley three part "eage, J&G, lion" emblem and the name of the retailer,... Click for details

Ram's head coin silver sauce ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2238   $225.00

Ram's head coin silver sauce ladle
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length 7 5/8 inches, weight 1.84 Troy ounces, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement, gilt bowl, outstanding original condition. Concerning the engraving, both the quality of design and the execution are far above average.

Marked only "coin," back in the day we would have hastened to read through many musty issues of "Silver Magazine" in order to find the maker of this fine ladle, but now, in our dotage, we will leave this task to you, dear reader.

Rare Reading, PA Coin Silver Spoon by P. Levan Mannerback Ca. 1840-60
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170206-02   On Hold

Rare Reading, PA Coin Silver Spoon by P. Levan Mannerback Ca. 1840-60
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Offered is a scarce American coin silver teaspoon by Reading, Pennsylvania silversmith Prisca Levan Mannerback, who worked from about 1838 (the year of the death of his famous father, William Mannerback) to 1869. Mr. Mannerback appears not to have enjoyed his first name, as his work is always signed either L.MANNERBACK or LMB, with or without the READING city mark that appears on this spoon. The marks on this piece are clear and well struck. The period engraved script "MMc" monogram is... Click for details

Delaware or Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by William F. Robinson
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170206-01   $35.00

Delaware or Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by William F. Robinson
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Offered is a very scarce example of the work of Delaware silversmith and clockmaker William F. Robinson (b. 1810 - d. 1849), who worked briefly in Philadelphia in the 1830s, and then spent the last decade of his life working in Wilmington. Silver bearing his mark is uncommon. This teaspoon bears a rubbed but legible maker's mark of W.F.ROBINSON in a rectangular punch, and has an engraved period script monogram. It measures about 6 3/16 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Duhme, Cincinnati, "Twist & Engraved" Coin Silver Large Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3000f   $265.00

Duhme, Cincinnati,
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Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin tongs are early production items from Cincinnati's premier silver and jewelry house, "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

They are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements. They may be pickle tongs, for use with a tall caster.

The lower portions of the arms are blocky where they join with the substantially-scaled talon grips.

This area is joined to... Click for details

Lovely Decorated Coin Silver Serving Fork by Bailey & Co., Phila
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170204-01   $57.50

Lovely Decorated Coin Silver Serving Fork by Bailey & Co., Phila
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Offered is a very well decorated American coin silver serving piece in the form of a beef fork, cold meat serving fork, or similar implement. Perhaps this was intended as a sliced tomato server or something similar, as the business end was gilt on the front side. Please click on the picture to see the other pictures. I would appreciate any input if someone is aware of the exact use of this piece! This piece is finely engraved throughout, and has no monogram or erasure. It bears the maker's... Click for details

Lovely 18th Century Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Benjamin Bussey
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-11   Sold

Lovely 18th Century Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Benjamin Bussey
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Offered is a lovely pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs by Dedham, Massachusetts silversmith Benjamin Bussey (1757-1782), whose work is rarely seen. He worked from 1778 to an unknown date - this pair of tongs dates to about 1785-95, so at least to that period. He apparently moved to Boston around 1792, and may have shifted his focus at that time. This piece measures about 6 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 34 grams. The period engraved script monogram of "MS" is surrounded... Click for details

Pair of Lynchburg, Virginia Coin Silver Teaspoons by Williams & Victor
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-10   $50.00

Pair of Lynchburg, Virginia Coin Silver Teaspoons by Williams & Victor
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Offered is a nice pair of Southern coin silver teaspoons by the well-known partnership of Jehu Williams, Sr. and John Victor, working together in Lynchburg circa 1814 to 1845. (Please see my other listings for a pair of teaspoons from the same family by Jehu Williams working alone.) Each spoon has a rubbed but legible maker's mark of W&V and a period engraved script monogram. These spoons each measure about 5 3/8 inches in length and the pair weighs about 28 grams. Condition is fair, with... 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

Good Pair of Lynchburg, Virginia Coin Silver Tspns by Jehu Williams Sr
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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 Set of 6 Florida Coin Silver Forks, Myers & Gorman of Tallahassee
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-08   Sold

Rare Set of 6 Florida Coin Silver Forks, Myers & Gorman of Tallahassee
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Offered is a good set of six early Southern coin silver table forks by Florida watchmakers and jewelers Selim Myers and Robert Berry Gorman, working in partnership from early 1858 through about 1881, with a break due to Mr. Gorman's service in the Confederate service during the War. Biographical information follows a description of this piece. Please click on the picture to see the rest of the pictures, and please take a look at a separately listed Tallahassee coin silver teaspoon by Towle &... Click for details

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